The 28th Annual Salmon Run

April 10, 2016 all-day
Luke Larsen

The Salmon Run: Celebrating One Of The Oldest Organized Races In Bend

Kick off the 2016 race season on April 10 with a true Bend tradition.

The 28th annual Salmon Run returns to the Deschutes River Trail in the Old Mill District on April 10, 2016. One of the first half marathons of the year in the Northwest, it has long been central to the local racing scene. Because of its early-season timing, it is also an important race for runners looking to build a base for future half-marathons.

Harnessing the spirit of the salmon, a species whose migration pattern is nothing short of miraculous, the Salmon Run is as classic to the race scene here as is the monumental run of its namesake. Traversing beautiful dirt and paved trails along the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District, the race winds through some of the most scenic trail in town and attracts some 400-500 racers every year.

“The Salmon Run is one of the oldest organized races in Bend and a tradition amongst many local runners,” said Luke Larsen, event coordinator.

The kids race, aptly named The Little Fry, is a great opportunity to get the entire family involved. Young racers age 10 and under will have the chance to compete in three race distances, 100 yards, 500 yards and 1.5K. This kid-friendly race is one of many produced by Lay It Out Events. Their series, Kids Rock the Races, gives kids a non-competitive and exhilarating opportunity to run in a race and mirror the physical goals and achievements of adult racers. Other Kids Rock the Races events include Happy Little Kids Run at Happy Girls Run, Little Hopper Root Beer Run at the Bite of Bend, Balloon Blast at Balloons Over Bend and Kids Splash ’n Dash at Deschutes Dash.

Registration is now open for the 28th annual Salmon Run. Kick off the race season with a true Bend tradition and support the area’s natural environment. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Environmental Center. For more information and to register please visit

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