BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Online registration with preferential rates is now open for the nation’s largest multi-sport event – the 44th annual SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle. The event, which has been contested every May in Bend since 1976, is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. Participants can register as individuals, pairs or teams at PPPBend.com.
The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is a Central Oregon tradition that attracts thousands of competitors from all over the Northwest and beyond each year. The multi-sport race includes downhill and cross-country skiing, cycling, running and kayaking, and stretches from the slopes of Mount Bachelor to the finish line in Bend’s Hayden Homes Amphitheater. Athletes of all ages compete in divisions ranging in skill level from novice to elite, and individually or as a team.
New for 2022, the event has been moved one week to May 14, giving attendees the opportunity to not only indulge in central Oregon’s outdoor recreation, but also indulge in the popular Bend Brewfest, which runs May 13-14. Also new this year, team participants will have the option to include a mountain bike leg instead of Nordic cycling and road cycling.
“The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle has thrived for generations because it is enjoyed by such a wide range of competitors every year, from less competitive racers who want to share a fun experience with family and friends, to former Olympians and multi-sport athletes who achieve incredible individual feats,” said Molly Cogswell-Kelley, director of events at the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, which organizes the event. “One thing that has always remained constant is the he original spirit of PPP. We are proud that the camaraderie and fun the event fosters—along with the celebration of all that makes central Oregon such an outdoor haven—enduring year after year.
The individual feet of the Pole Pedal Paddle include:
Alpine stage: Starting at the top of Mount Bachelor’s red chair, participants sprint 200 feet uphill to their waiting skis or snowboards, then descend the LeeWay trail to the base of the mountain near the West Village Lodge.
MTB formula: New for 2022, participants have the option of completing a mountain bike stage instead of the Nordic and road cycling stages. The mountain bike course takes riders down Century Drive to Wanoga Sno Park, where they will continue along the Funner and Storm King single-track trails before exiting onto Conklin Road, then Century Drive to the Athletic Club of Bend.
Nordic stage: The 8km cross-country stage winds around the West Village parking lot before taking skiers through the extensive Nordic Trials system of Mt. Bachelor, ending near the Nordic Center.
Bike leg: The 22-mile, mostly downhill bike stage takes riders from the West Village parking lot at Century Drive to the edge of Bend, ending at the Athletic Club of Bend.
Race stage: The race leg leaves the Athletic Club of Bend for a 5 mile single track trail along the Deschutes River, ending at Riverbend Park. Children’s teams (under 12) will follow a shortened route.
Canoe/Kayak leg: The 1.5 mile canoe/kayak leg begins at Riverbend Park and heads upstream for ½ mile, before heading downstream for ¾ mile. A final quarter-mile upstream segment brings paddlers back to the finish in Riverbend Park.
Sprint Stage: Beginning at the finish of the paddle at Riverbed Park, the 1-mile sprint stage features a new course for 2022 that follows the paved path along the Deschutes River, taking participants to the finish line in the Old Mill district.
The SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is produced by and for the benefit of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, which creates opportunity through competitive snow sports programs to help athletes achieve their athletic, academic and personal goals.
The event is presented by SELCO Community Credit Union and sponsored by Mt. Bachelor Property Management, East Cascade Women’s Group, Bend Anesthesiology Group, Bigfoot Beverages, Hydro Flask, HWA, Mt. Bachelor, 10 Barrel Brewing, The Source, 92.9, Old Mill District, News Channel 21 and Fox Central Oregon.
Discounted early bird registration is available through April 19 and ranges from $55 per team member to $85 for adults racing individually. For more information or to sign up for the SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle, visit www.pppbend.com.
About the Mt. Bachelor Athletic Education Foundation:
The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to help Central Oregon athletes achieve their athletic, academic, and personal goals. His vision is to have a positive impact on the life of every athlete he serves. For more information about MBSEF and its programs, visit www.mbsef.org.