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Pole Pedal Paddle

Pole Pedal Paddle

Spring brings warmth and competitive athletes to Bend as we approach the annual Pole Pedal Paddle race. On May 16, hundreds of racers will take to the slopes of Mt. Bachelor to begin their journey to Les Schwab Amphitheater.

Made up of six legs, the PPP starts with an alpine ski leg and transitions into a cross-country ski leg before a twenty-two mile long bike ride. The ride is followed by a five-mile run, a paddle portion in either canoe or kayak and finally a sprint.

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The PPP is raced in either teams or by individuals and has a course time that can take from an hour and a half to four hours to complete, depending on the athletes. There is even a division for children 12 and under, which takes place on a shortened course.

Proceeds of the Pole Pedal Paddle support Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF), a non-profit organization promoting training for amateur junior athletes in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and cycling.

Though the lack of Central Oregon snow this year has caused some concern about the ski portions of the race, PPP planners have created a contingency plan in case of no new snow or excessive snow melt. Details can be found on the web at: pppbend.com/lack-of-snow-plan.

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