Jan 20

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Expedition Oregon Competitor Newsletter #1

Jan 20, 2019  We have been hard at work this holiday season vetting some sections of the course and preparing for the event 3 months time. We hope your training is going well, and that this newsletter can help you better use the time you have for training between now and then.  So please read the entire letter, and make sure you send it along to everyone on your team.  

HOST LOCATION: BEND, OR - The HEART of Central Oregon

Getting To Bend

Air traveler can fly into either Redmond (RDM) or Portland (PDX).  

Redmond is preferred as it is only 30 minutes from the host hotel.  We will arrange transport for teams and equipment arriving at RDM on the 21st of April or the morning of the 22nd.   Teams arriving outside of this time can book transport for about $50 with a van that can accommodate bike boxes and luggage.  

Portland is a cheaper airport to fly into, but is 3 hours away from Bend.  But car rentals are relatively inexpensive, flight options more prevalent, and the drive across the mountains is beautiful.  It may be worth it overall if the tickets are significantly cheaper.  

Personally the airport in Redmond is so easy and delightfully small that we almost always choose to fly in and out of Redmond. 

Driving:  Bend is nestled into the high desert - just east of the Cascade Mountains in central oregon.  6 hours from Seattle, and 8 from San Francisco.  It is an amazingly scenic area with plenty to do if you choose to make a road trip vacation to and from the venue.  Roads are generally very safe and conditions good that time of year.


Bend Ammenities

Bend is consistently listed as one of the top outdoor towns in America, and is home to one of the most experienced AR teams in North America.  As racers, the Bend Racing/YogaSlackers athletes are excited to be involved in designing a course that showcases all of the amazing terrain that they’ve spent the last 10 years exploring.  

Bend has a population of around 100,000, with a thriving outdoor sports culture.  It is also famous for its concentration of micro-breweries, and growing food scene.  The climate is mild and generally dry, with 300 days of sunshine per year.  It is flanked by the Cascade range on the west, and the high desert plateaus to the east.  And the iconic Deschutes river cuts through it’s heart, creating magnificent canyons to the north and south.  

Bend has so many outdoor shops that you could show up to this race naked and buy nearly everything you need to race in just a few hours.  Not recommended of course, but possible.  So if you forget it, don’t stress too much.  


Climate concerns

April 22-28 is what we call the "shoulder season" in Bend, and one of the most magnificent times according to local multisport athletes.  The days are longer and warmer, the mountains still holding their snow,  and the rivers full and healthy.   These are the classic days when you can ski in the morning, mountain bike tacky single track for lunch, paddle the whitewater park in the afternoon and rock climb as the sun sets.   And this is just what the locals imagine what it will be like for a group of endurance athletes that don’t need sleep and want to race through the night!  You’ll get to do SO much!

That said, we expect the temps at night to potentially dip below 32 degrees (0 C) on some nights.  We expect significant snow on at least one of the legs, and some shorter snow sections on others.  Day temps may range widely, we’ve seen late April swing from 30s at night to 70 during the day - even hotter if you are on the exposed plateaus to the east.   The desert typically has some wild temperature swings that time of year, so plan for it.   We expect at least one or two teams to have their race ended or shortened simply by not being well enough prepared for this.  Don’t let it be you.    

We’ll know a lot more in the weeks before the event.  But keep this in the back of your mind!



We are pleased to return to LOGE Bend, the same host hotel from last year.  The new owners that took over just before last years race have finished all the improvements, so it will be pretty perfect for racers.  LOGE is a unique lodging group focused on outdoor adventure lovers.  Rooms have bike hooks, gear lockers, hammocks, YETI coolers and lots of space.  Best of all, they’ve agreed to let us stay at the same prices as last year (pre-remodel!).  

LOGE is situated 2 miles outside of Bend, with a paved pedestrian trail right to town. Right when you hit town there are lots of food options, outdoor stores, coffee shops and beer. 

There are several room options: Budget ($99/night):  Double Queen room.  You can all fit in here.  Much more room than your 4 person bothy bag. AR special ($109/ night):  Room with one Queen, and one set of twin bunks.  This room is bigger and perfect for a whole team wanting to stay together that leads a bit more space. Deluxe ($ varies) just get 2 rooms, opt for the king can go as big as you want.

There is a pool and a hot tub for guests, and the LOGE sits on Forest Service land with trails right from the property.  It is a short distance to the river too.  

We are working to bring some food trucks out to the property like last year, and LOGE is in the process of building a small coffee shop and cafe on site.  

It is suggested that you pre-book rooms once you know your arrival and departure dates.  Ideally checking in on the 21st of April and staying the nights of the 22nd and 23rd.  We will be transporting to race start early morning the 24th.  Awards banquet will be on the night of the 28th, so we suggest you also book this night.   Teams finishing early will be able to stay on the 27th if desired.  

Book directly with LOGE, and use the code: Expedition Oregon to get the special rates.


And that brings us to GEAR:

EO is part of the AR World Series.  As such we will be using the ARWS Mandatory gear list with a few notable exceptions below.  If you have questions, please reach out to us.  We are working on partnerships with some key gear companies to get you deals on some of this gear.  The ARWS Mandatory gear list can be found here: 

The following are changes/additions to the standard gear list:


Packrafting sections

1 single boat per person, or 2 doubles per team.  Each racers must have a “seat” in a boat.  We know all the packrafts on the marked, so if it is not designed for 2 people, you can’t count it for 2.  “XL” boats or “1+” setups do not qualify for 2.  Teams will NOT paddle any boats other than packrafts in this race.WW helmet.  Multisport helmet ok, such as Petzl Meteor III+, (will accept new Petzl Meteor), Kong Scarab, etc. 2M flat webbing "tail" attached to the stern of each boatwetsuit or drysuit.  This may be waived due to warm weather, but teams should make plans to bring.suitable packraft repair kitNote that this is in addition to standard ARWS paddle gear, including whistle, knife, pfd, paddle, and glow sticks.  



Any snowshoes will be allowed.


Climbing Gear

Per Person

Harness (certified for climbing)Locking belay/rappel Carabiner rappel device (no figure 8s)2 daisy chains or 60 mm sewn slings2 additional auto-locking carabiners Climbing Helmet (multisport certified for climbing ok)Climbing shoes.  (can be rented in town)

Per Team

2x 100 cm sewn sling,3 additional locking carabiners1x fall arrester device (rope solo device)2 x chalk bag (recommended)40m dynamic climbing rope.  Any diameter is ok as long as it is Single rated.  (Must be designed to catch falls on the single rope) No 1/2 or twin ropes will be allowed.


Gear Rentals, and Gear Deals

Bikes: LOGE also has a small sport store and rental shop onsite that rents high end mountain bikes.  They have a limited supply, but have offered EO racers the option of renting a bike for the event for $250.  Imagine traveling without a bike!  Some of you may want to seriously look at this if you are still riding that 2006 26er hardtail!  

You could show up at the event, get in a test ride on the 23rd and just drop your bike at the finish.  You need to bring your own pedals unless you want flats...but the bike would be waiting for you and ready to go.  

If this is what you decide to do, we can try to help source a bike box for you (it might be cardboard that you tape up) ahead of time if you give us notice.  

There are many other bike shops in town too, our favorite being Pine Mountain Sports.

Packrafts: Backcountry packrafts is our go-to rental.  They also sell used boats.  We suggest you buy a boat (since this discipline in AR just seems to be growing), but these guys are great to work with if you do need a boat.  There are a few other packraft rental companies in the US too if you want to compare.

Alpacka raft is offering all EO Racers a 15% off discount for new boats purchased through Feb 22.  That is a HARD date, to ensure boat delivery in time for the event. For doubles, we recommend the new forager, explorer 42 or GNU race (if you can talk them into it, as it won't officially launch till later in the spring). All of the single boats are amazing, the caribou is the lightest we'd recommend for this event.

Call Alpacka and order by Feb 22 with "Expedition Oregon" to get the discount.

There are many other packraft brands out there.  Kokopelli boats are also reasonable priced and performance, and the closest to Alpacka we've found.  We've personally had OK luck as well with MRS, and horrible luck with "Raftpack" and "Aqua Extreme" brands.  Both Aqua Extreme and Kokopelli make doubles too.  

Climbing Gear:   Mountain Supply in Bend rents climbing shoes for about $40 for a week.  It is an option if you really cannot source shoes.  But considering you can get shoes on sale for around $50USD, we recommend you just buy some and become a rock climber.  It is great training.  


Gear Thoughts (if you need help deciding)

Packrafting:  Single boats have the advantage of maneuverability in technical rapids but are generally slower in flat water.  They can be lashed together (bow to stern) though to make them almost as fast as a double.  This takes practice however.  Singles also make it easier to share weight between teammates when you are carrying them.   Doubles are faster, but unless you practice in them, they are much harder to control in technical whitewater.   Consider either using a self bailer, or decked boat for whitewater.  An open boat - while lighter - will take on more water and hold it until you are essentially paddling a floating bathtub.

Also, strongly consider getting a boat with a Tzip (internal storage), to keep gear dry during the stages.  Packs MAY NOT be worn during packraft sections, and all gear must be secured to the boat.  Teams needing gear rescued from the river by staff may incur time penalties.

Snowshoes: Light snowshoes are preferred, however, it may be deep powder in sections, so ultralight trail running snowshoes may not be the best choice.  Racers will be required to carry snowshoes on only one leg, but may opt to carry them on other legs depending on conditions. 

Climbing Gear:   Ultralight gear is perfect for this race, and both Edelrid and Camp make UIAA rated harnesses that weigh less than 100 grams.  The Petzl Altitude is also a fantastic harness at only 150 grams which is a bit more normal (gear loops, belay loop, etc).  We have used all 3 extensively and are working on getting discounts for racers.  

Edelrid also makes some ultralight auto locking carabiners that are the lightest in the world.  

Fall arrester device:  These will be used as safety for one of the climbing sections.  There are a large variety of devices that will work, so it is essential that you understand how to use your device.  A traditional handled ascender is heavy, but can also work if it is all that you have.  Non-handled ascenders, or mini capture devices are recommended.  You must be able to demonstrate safe use of your setup.  Below are several suggested devices if you do not have one.  Must be CE or similar certified.  

Xinda rope gripper Generic Chest ascender Petzl Croll

There are many many other options, so please do not hesitate to ask if you are unsure.



Due to the technical nature of this course, participants in Expedition Oregon will be required to show competency in a variety of specific skills - primarily in packrafting and climbing.  The most technical sections of the course will be "optional" - in the sense that they will not be required to continue on the course, but opting to skip them may result in missing an optional "pro" point, or facing a time penalty, so we suggest you take your skill training seriously.

All significant rapids will be portage-able. 

Bend Racing has a core philosophy that the "adventure" part of adventure racing is vital to an epic event.  


Packrafting.  The following are required skills.

Boat wet re-entry.  (Getting back in the boat wearing life jacket in deep water)Boat inflation.Equipment securing (making sure all equipment is attached well to boat)Eddy turns and Eddying out.Assisted water rescue Reading the river and risk assessmentBoat repair

All boats will be required to have a “tail”.  2m piece of flat webbing attached to stern.  Boats cannot have perimeter lines around the boat, but may have lines across the bow and the stern.  

Proving Proficiency:  Teams can send a letter explaining their experience (packraft course, past WW experience, etc).  Race staff will assess wether or not an onsite skills check will be required.  Teams without extensive packraft training/experience will be checked during pre-race.  Rapids may be up to technical class III.   


Rock Climbing:

2 members of the team will be required to have the understanding of lead climbing - including lead belaying, following, basic top-anchor building (bolted anchors), how to avoid z-clipping, rope management, basic crack climbing technique (hand and foot jamming), and the ability to climb to a 5.9 level indoors.   Other climbers will need to understand basic top rope setup, figure eight knot, and possess top rope ability to a 5.8 level. All team members must have understanding of rappelling.  

Only one team member will be required to "lead", but two people must understand the lead/follow multi-pitch process.  Teammates could also "swap leads" if they are both comfortable on the sharp end.


Teams must send a letter explaining climbing experience (must be extensive and include multi-pitch), OR two of the members must send in copy of a climbing gym “leading cerificate” which allows them to lead climb in the gym.  All racers must demonstrate their set-up pre-race and be ready to answer basic climbing questions.   Teams that fail to meet the climbing requirements will still be allowed to race, but may not be allowed to complete the climbing stage.

Ultimate Navigation Training

We've partnered with to bring you a brilliant AR training tool.  Check it out, and make sure your navigation is up to the challenge.  We've been beta testing it for 4 years now, and are super pleased with our personal results!  It allows you to create courses via online map tools, and then "run" the course using your phone as a virtual passport.  It is perhaps the ultimate navigation training we've ever done.  No more navigation excuses!  Get out there and use to finally up your nav game to the world class level like we did. 

Questions, bugs, ideas for future development?  Email

Final Thoughts

Train hills, technical singletrack and biking endurance, packrafting, and rock climbing.  Become familiar with all your gear as much as you can.  Dial in your food systems, spend time with your team if possible.  Train in some snow if you can.  And go ahead...get a little scared....we expect only half the teams to finish the full course.  We are not known for "easy" races.


See you in April.

Register nowThank you to all of our amazing partners: Alpacka RaftCaboost KombuchaDeschutes BreweryEdelridEllsworth Bikes Entrada LodgeGear JunkieLekiLone Pine CoffeeMountain KhakisNite IzeOrganic ValleyPaleo EatsPine Mountain SportsprAnaRebound Physical TherapyRecharge SportRed Tank CiderREI BendTravel OregonUnited States Forest Service, and Visit Bend


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  • bendracingor
    Nov 5

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Medical help: In the spirit of the above, we want to make clear that our medical staff are not here to make your race faster or more pleasant. They are here to help you in the case of serious medical need. And to be clear - blisters or macerated feet are not medical emergencies. The expectation will be for teams to take care of themselves - especially the normal "wear and tear" of AR. Ask for advice, or consultation. But do not expect walk battered into a TA, lay on a medical cot and sleep while the medic fixes your feet. But if you suffer any traumatic injuries, please do not hesitate to seek our medical staff when available. Race Bins, bags and boxes: In addition to the gear storage listed in newsletter #2, teams will be allowed a Snowshoe bag (big enough for all 4 pair of snowshoes), and a climbing bag (big enough for all climbing gear). RACE FORMAT: EO will run a point-to-point race with a few notable unique rules as follows Short course will be self selected, in order for teams to not miss the various technical cut-offs in the event. Teams will have many opportunities to move themselves ahead (all human powered) to control their overall pace and make it to the finish in time. There will be three types of checkpoints: Mandatory points. If you miss one of these, your team goes to unranked, but can continue the journey. PRO points. These are optional. They count the same in the final checkpoint tally (for ranking purposes) as mandatory points. Usually PRO points will take an 1-2 hours for team to get in addition to following the mandatory course. O-points. These points are also optional. They are on certain sections only. 3 O-points = 1 PRO point. If you get only 2 O-points, you do not get credit for a PRO point. O-points are cumulative throughout the race, so if you get 2 O-points in one area and 4 in another, you have a total of 6 O-points = 2 PRO points. O-points are generally clustered closer together and several can be found in an hour or two with good navigation. That said, the course is designed with the expectation that top 5 (maybe more) teams will clear the entire course in the time allotted and will be ranked based on time. RACER ETTIQUETTE: We expect all racers to be kind and courteous to each other, (help each other if a team is in need), yield to other recreational users, and be good stewards for our sport. Be nice, make friends, race hard, play fair. The course is looking great with so much snow melting over the last 2 weeks. Things are looking fast on much of the stages! You'll be traversing quite a range of landscapes and climates, so if things feel tough, keep going and they will change! Questions? Ask. But we'll be pretty busy for the next week. And then it is your turn See you soon. Bend Racing Oh yeah. I almost forgot. The climbing is gonna be awesome. Historical. Seriously. Not hard. Just awesome.
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  • bendracingor
    Sep 29

    Expedition Oregon 2019 Competitor Newsletter #2 Please note that much of the staff will be away at GodZone from March 5-20.  So if there is a delay in reply, please be patient. March 4, 2019 In seven weeks, the first of the teams will arrive here in Central Oregon to take part in the second Expedition Oregon.  We hope your training is going well and that you are as excited as we are! The high desert, snowy mountains, lava fields, rivers and forests are waiting. TEAM LIST Getting to the start of an expedition race is sometimes the hardest part, as it takes a lot of training and planning. Sometimes, injuries or life complications get in the way.  So here is to hoping that all of you make it to the start line - and if you do - we have an amazing line-up of teams, from all over the USA, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe.  With many of the top teams from last year returning, this will be the most competitive Adventure Racing field in the USA this year! While we are still waiting for confirmation on a number of teams, the list below represents teams that have confirmed entry into EO 2019: BendRacing/Canada Quest AR Bones Nyara/Montbell Norcal AR Georgia MRC/MainNerve Perpetual Motion Spotted Kiwis KoliFit Recalculating Adventure South Racing Zona 3 Untamed New England Around the Bend Rennegades Journey Racing Alpha Dental Natrokopaniet Pioneers Flying Grizzlies LOGE lodging REMINDER Remember to book your lodging with LOGE soon to ensure availability.  You can email them via the website, or just call them.  They will get you set up! SCHEDULE April 21-22 (or earlier) Teams arrive at the host hotel, the L OGE  at Entrada . April 23 Tentative schedule, subject to change. 9AM - 3 PM Racer check-in, skills checks, mandatory gear checks, waivers, gear pick up, team pictures, etc. 3PM Racer meeting, course description, and maps handout 8PM Gear Drop-of April 24 5AM Board the bus for transport to race start 8AM Race start April 27 First teams expected at finish line. April 28 3PM Course closes (tentative) 6PM Awards and food SKILLS CHECKS Teams may be required to complete ropes, boating skills checks, and snow travel safety as these sections of the course will require real outdoor skills to navigate safely. Be prepared to demonstrate/show: Packrafting wet exits and entries, river reading, river signals (ie; eddy out, swimmer in the water, i’m ok, etc) Packraft repair kit Throw bag use Rappelling, lead climbing, lead belaying, multi-pitch logistics Use of bothy bag, and knowledge of hypothermia indications Navigation skills LOGISTICAL NOTES Gear Each 4-person team must have (2) bins, (4) paddle bags, and (4) bike boxes as described below: (2) Bins no bigger than 100 liters/27 US Gallons. These must be stackable. We suggest t his bin  or something like it. We can source these for you and have them waiting at check-in for $40 (for two bins). See “order gear” section below. You will see these bins at every transition area (TA). (4) Paddle bags. These will be provided for you.  You will see these paddle bags at the start of every paddle stage and then carry them with you to the end of that stage. (4) Bike boxes to ARWS standard size or smaller.  You will see the bike boxes at every bike TA. Water This course is designed as an old-school expedition route and finding water will be part of the challenge. In that vein, we will NOT BE SUPPLYING water at the TAs for racers.   We will however be parntering with Hydrapak to help you carry it! There is a lot of water on this course, and the strategy of when to fill and how much to carry will become relevant. Most TA’s are very near to a clean water source, but we suggest that teams have a good way to purify water that is fast and efficient. The “ Be Free ” filter has become one of our team staples. We can order these for you ($25 filter only, $50 filter with bottle) Hydrapak will also be providing teams with a few “be free” compatible bottles free of charge, as well as some speed cups for use in the higher alpine areas where the water is safe to drink without filtering.  Smart use of these can help a team move light and fast and minimize water weight.   Two Words - Manzanita and Lava  Shin protection is STRONGLY recommended. We will be selling compression calf sleeves with built-in honeycombed shin protection for $20. We have been using these since the zippers on our nicer Moxie Gaiters broke and have no complaints. They even have the “Bend Racing” logo on them.     Our supply is limited, as our re-order will likely not be recieved in time for the race, so we have only 30 or so pair left. These will be held according to first email orders in.  Sizes M,L,XL (eastern sizing, so go up one or two sizes).  POLES:  We have partnered with Leki to bring racers some great pole deals Team Bend Racing has been using Leki micro folding poles for nearly 10 years at races across the world, and we love them.  So now is your chance.  We’ve convinced them to offer three different tried and true AR pole styles at special EO prices.  These will be ordered and picked up pre race, so you are sure to have what you need.  See below for the poles: Trail RCM.  Retail $219, EO Racer $160.  A fixed length foldable carbon pole that is our favorite. At under 175 grams, you hardly notice it in the pack, and it deploys in seconds when needed.  Comes in fixed lengths from 110, 115, 120, 125,130, and 135 cm). Specify length when ordering. Micro Vario Carbon.  Retail $199, EO racer $150.  Variable length carbon folding pole from 110-130cm. Great for use by various team member sizes.  We always carry at least one set of these to that even if someone loses there poles we have an extra to fit them. 240 grams. Micro Vario Cor-tec TA.  Retail $140, EO racer $99.  Budget, bombproof, versatile race pole.  Variable length from 110-130cm, folds up to fit in a pack, and under 300 grams.   All poles will come with add on big powder snow baskets (you’ll probably need them on stage 1) at no additional cost to the racers.  Just an awesome $10 gift from Leki! Extra maps Each team will be provided with one set of waterproof maps. You can pre-order through us an additional set for $50 for waterproof or $25 for normal paper.  How to order gear?   If you want bins, filter water bottle, shin guards, or extra maps, simply email with “Pre-race gear order for Team XXX” as the subject line. Let us know what you want.  Make sure you include sizes for the shin guards (M,L or XL) and paper quality for the maps, size and type of poles, and filter or filter/bottle. Orders will be ready at check-in. You will pay then, too. MANDATORY GEAR Snowshoes may now be required on additional stages, depending on snowpack in April.   Helmets must be multi-sport rated (Kong Scarab, Petzl Meteor or Meteor III) if you are going to use them for both the climbing section, the bike, and the paddle. Otherwise, you must bring a climbing helmet, whitewater helmet, and a bike helmet.  A bike helmet will be allowed for the WW section, but it NOT recommended.  Cmon - you race AR, get a multisport helmet already.  The Petzl Meteor is identical to the old triple rated Meteor III+, except that they are no longer going through the triple certification process. Tent/bothy bag will be required gear on stages that go over 5000ft in elevation. Sleeping bags are  required per ARWS rules -   Or a more durable survival bivy from Adventure Medical Kits.  A mylar Space blanket “bag” does not meet the minimum requirement. Each team needs only 2 throw bags, not one per boat. If you have any gear questions, do not hesitate to ask.  Exciting race jersey news As racers, the standard race bibs that we are required to wear on the outside of our race kit annoy the heck out of us.  And sometimes they make things downright dangerous.  No mountaineer would ever put a wet, frozen polyester net ON TOP of thermal clothing when they are cold in the mountains at night.... But as race directors, we know the importance of image, marketing, and having our sport taken seriously... So we are attempting something new this year.  All racers will be issued a custom printed full zip, lightweight vest.  Ideally, these are actually pieces that you might choose to wear, so we'll feel a little less bad making you wear them.  And hopefully, they'll be work again and again when you are adventuring in the future. We can dream right?!? Odds, Ends, and Payments Please fill out the following form for you team so that we can confirm everyone's information pre-race. The mandatory race jersey's will be a bit different this year, so it is best if we know your sizes.   We also would love to know your itinerary, especially if you'd like transport from the airport on the 21st or 22nd.   If you have not sent us your arrival and departure itinerary and you need us to transport you to and from the airport, you must do this by the end of March  or you will not have a ride! If you still owe us entry fee, please pay up! We do not want to collect large sums of money at check-in. If you do not know your final balance, please ask and we'll give it to you.  Otherwise, pay via one of the following: Paypal (easiest) to email: .   Add 3% to your final balance to cover paypal fees. Check:  Send/make out to: Jason Magness.  Address 61445 Barleycorn Ln, Bend OR 97702 Bank Transfer Domestic and international (no SWIFT code)   Recipient bank information: Transit Routing Number:  314074269USAA Federal Savings Bank10750 McDermott FreewaySan Antonio, TX 78288International (with swift code): Wire to receiving bank: SWIFT code:  IRVTUS3NXXXThe Bank of New York Mellon225 Liberty StNew York, NY 10286 Credit to beneficiary bank:Account number: 8900624744USAA Federal Savings Bank10750 McDermott FreewaySan Antonio, TX 78288 For all the above methods, you will need the actual account #, name and address of the receiving account.  Please email us and we will send that information to you privately. Thank you to all of our amazing partners: Alpacka Raft ,  Caboost  Kombucha ,  Deschutes Brewery ,  Edelrid ,  Ellsworth Bikes ,  Entrada Lodge ,  Gear Junkie ,  Leki ,  Lone Pine Coffee ,  Mountain Khakis ,  Nite Ize ,  Organic Valley ,  Paleo Eats ,  Pine Mountain Sports ,  prAna ,  Rebound Physical Therapy ,  Recharge Sport ,  Red Tank Cider ,  REI Bend ,  Travel Oregon ,  United States Forest Service , and  Visit Bend This email and more information about the race will also live in our Expedition Oregon Forum and can be accessed at any time. Expedition Oregon Forum GET EXCITED! OREGON IS WAITING FOR YOU.

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