Q. Where do I register?
A. Registration is online here until Tuesday at 7pm. Late registration will be available at Fleet Feet, see below for details.
Q. Can I register the morning of the race?
A. No. The last day for registration is at packet pick-up the day before the race. For the Olympic distance triathlon, aquabike, duathlon and 10K run the last day to register is Friday, July 12. For the Splash N Dash, you can sign up until 11:30am on the day of the event (Saturday, 7/15).
Q. When and where is packet pick up?
A. All packet pick-up for adult events and the youth triathlon take place July 13th & 14th at Fleet Feet located at 1320 NW Galveston Ave, Bend, OR. Registration for the Splash N Dash Obstacle Course is available until 11:30am on Saturday July 15 (race begins at noon).
Q. Can my friend/spouse/neighbor/teacher or other acquaintance pick up my race packet?
A. Yes absolutely, just make sure they have the correct spelling of your name and they know which race you are participating in.
Q. I am part of a relay team; can I pick up my race packet for the entire team?
A. Yes, absolutely. There will be one packet for each team, but each member of the team will have a goody bag.
Q. Can I pick up my race packet on race morning?
A. Late packet pick-up will be set-up at race finish in Riverbend Park on race mornings at 6 am. Please allow for ample time to set your gear for transitions.
Q. How do I get my timing chip?
A. Timing chips are distributed with your packet. Note that you are 100% responsible for your chip. If you lose your timing chip you will not be timed. And you may be responsible for the cost of the lost chip. The chips are secured on your left ankle with an ample velcro strap. It is important to ensure security of the ankle strap at the start of your event.
Relay Teams – each member of the relay team will have their individual timing chip. DO NOT transfer timing chips during the race. Please read relay specific information in the athlete guide for more detailed information.
Q. How many events are there at The Deschutes Dash?
A. There are nine events total: Olympic triathlon, Olympic aquabike, Olympic duathlon, sprint triathlon, sprint aquabike, sprint duathlon, 10K run, 5K run, for ages 10-15 and the Splash N Dash for kids ages 3-10.
Q. Is The Deschutes Dash a USA Triathlon sanctioned event?
Q. Do I need a wetsuit? What is the water temperature?
A. We highly recommend wearing a wetsuit for this race if nothing else, for added buoyancy! The average temperature has been 62 degrees the last two years. Wet suit rental or purchase is available at Fleet Feet Bend.
Q. Okay, but I don’t have a wetsuit. Can I rent one somewhere?
A. Yes, Fleet Feet in Bend has wetsuits available to rent in advance of the event.
Q. How many aid stations are on the course and what will they have?
A. There are two aid stations on the 10k run course in addition to aid stations at each transition area. There is one aid station on the 5K course in addition to the transition areas. Aid stations will also be located at each turn around point on the bike courses. Water, GU and Nuun will be at all aid stations.
Q. What about First Aid?
We are proud to be providing medical and first aid response by Adventure Medics; a complete EMS solution providing an affordable solution to first aid, advanced medical, and safety services for any event or race. Licensed, insured, and staffed with EMT, Paramedics, and Doctors they’re raising the standard. Look for them at the start/ finish area and along the course. www.advmedic.com
Q. Will there be food at the finish line?
A. Absolutely. We will have post-race food from Johnny Carinos. And of course, we will have free beer for racers from Deschutes Brewery. Please make sure to bring a legal form of ID.
Q. Is there a place to stay nearby?
A. There are several hotels in Bend, and we recommend booking early during summer months. The Hampton, Mt. Bachelor Village and The Pine Ridge Inn are all within walking distance of the start/finish line. The Visit Bend website also has great info for places to stay and things to do.
Q. I am thinking I’d like to camp. Can you recommend a camp site?
Parking and Shuttle Service
Q. How much parking is available at the race start?
A. Parking will be limited due to the popularity of the park for other recreational activities. Parking will be available across from Riverbend Park in the dirt lot off Shevlin Hixon Road (access it via Simpson) and at the adjacent dog park off Columbia (access it off of Bond). Remember that Columbia street and Colorado Avenue will be closed to traffic (for you!) so plan your timeline for arrival accordingly. No parking is permitted in the Old Mill Lot/ Swim-Bike Transition Area or on Columbia. Cars will be towed at the owner’s expense if we have to move a car.
Q. Will I be able to see people while they are racing?
A. This is the most spectator friendly venue in the Pacific Northwest! There are two footbridges over the river to view the swimmers as they swim down the Deschutes River. The run course loop is accessible from many points so you’ll have plenty of opportunity to photograph, encourage and cheer the athletes through to the finish line.
Q. Are there any places to get a meal near the race venue?
A. The Old Mill District is teeming with shops and restaurants and their website has a complete listing with phone numbers. Restaurants include Ben & Jerry’s, Hola Cafe, Red Robin, Greg’s Grill, Anthony’s HomePort Seafood Restaurant, Cafe Yumm, Flatbread Community Oven and Pastini’s Pastaria. All are within walking distance of the start/finish line. In fact, get there early and sit out on the deck at Anthony’s, Red Robin or Pastini’s and you’ll have front row seats as the runners come by!