FFor die-hard Central Oregon mountain bikers, there’s a race on their calendar every year: the High Cascades 100, a race that takes riders through 100 miles of pristine Central Oregon trails and deep into the mountains. Over 90% of the race is on the area’s famous single track, which means trails about the width of mountain biking that roll fast. The total run climbs to around 8,000 feet and is officially 97.6 miles.
Last season’s riders came prepared for the trip. Around 90% of participants completed the race, with elite runners completing the course in just under 8 hours. More “casual” runners usually finish within 9-14 hours, there’s no shame in having to walk a few sections.
The route changes each year due to weather and conditions and this year’s route will take runners up Swampy Lakes Sno Park, up Tumalo Creek and back up again to circle Tumalo Mountain just across from the Mount Bachelor.
Although registration is already full, there are plenty of viewing opportunities for those who want to see the region’s most demanding athletes and experience wrestling first-hand. Mudslinger Events, the organizing organization for the race, asks that if you have a runner you wish to observe, do not leave town until 6am. Because the race starts at 5:30 a.m., the organization wants to avoid a bottleneck in the direction of Cascade Lakes Highway.
The race begins and ends at the Athletic Club of Bend. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature prizes for the top three finishers in nine different categories. If you missed this year, start preparing for next year. Registration opens August 1.
High Waterfalls 100
Sat. July 16 5:30am-7pm
Elbow Athletic Club
61615 Athletic Club Drive, Bend
free to watch