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Sat, Jul 22


Deschutes County

Cultus lake Challenge (formerly Elk Endure)

Cultus lake has crystal clear waters and is surrounded by miles of singletrack and rugged mountains. Nestled in the high Cascades, it will be cool and crisp when the summer temps start rising in nearby Bend. What more could you ask for?

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Cultus lake Challenge (formerly Elk Endure)
Cultus lake Challenge (formerly Elk Endure)

Time & Location

Jul 22, 2023, 8:00 AM

Deschutes County, Cultus Lake, Oregon 97413, USA


About the event

We've moved the race next door due to some new permitting restrictions - but are excited to announce the new venue - Cultus Lake.  Another one of the jewel lakes in the high Cascades, Cultus is surrounded by singletrack, cultus mountain and lots of small alpine ponds.  A perfect backdrop for a mid summer race!  Cultus is only 15 miles from Elk so the terrain and feel will be almost identical, and the singletrack mountain biking is actually better!  Come join us!  Single and Tandem kayaks available for rent - let us know if you need one!)

Cultus lake played host to one of our early area adventure races nearly a decade ago, and its natural splendor and classic Cascade terrain brings us back again and again for our team’s training.  This year’s race will mimic one of Team Bend Racing’s personal training courses and is sure to pack a punch in terms of Adventure Race value!  Ride real singletrack, paddle pristine waters, and trek across rugged terrain.

Disciplines with difficulty ratings:

MTB 6/10

Trek 7/10

Paddle 2/10

Navigation 3/10

Endurance 5/10

Mandatory Gear: Standard list, including paddling equipment.  Packrafts, canoes, kayaks, SUPs all ok.  Rental boats available at Elk Lake Lodge.

Estimated time for winners: 5.5 hours

Course open: 10 hours

Team Formats: 1,2,3,4 person.  3 or 4 person co-ed is premiere category for USARA rankings

Prizes: Sponsor gear TBD, Pride, Ranking points!

Entry Fee PP: $105* (includes swag, maps, post race food, jerseys, insurance etc)

* a portion of each ticket price will be going to Bend Sustainability Fund and to a non-profit listed on our impacts page.

Bend Sustainability Fund, a Visit Bend Project, invests in projects that create sustainable experiences in Bend’s community.

At Visit Bend, sustainability is based on three pillars: economic, environmental, and social. Our community is dependent on all three, and it is important to find a balance between them. To have a thriving, sustainable community for residents and visitors alike, it is important that we take into consideration all three pillars.

Since the inception of the Bend Sustainability Fund in 2021, $2,290,000 has been awarded to 17 projects.

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