Saturday, May 20, 2023 • Bend, OR • Course Map
Designed as an event especially for women of all ages — organizers tell entrants to bring their daughters, moms, sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers and friends — Bend’s Happy Girls Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Run makes its 13th annual running this year.
Featuring an out-and-back course that starts in Bend’s Riverbend Park, which was completed in 2009 and features public access to the Deschutes River as well as access to the Deschutes River Trail, the 10-ft.-wide running, walking and jogging trail (with both pavers and soft running surfaces) that runners will head out on when they leave the starting line for the race.
Once runners head out onto the trails leaving the park, they first head south along the Deschutes River for the first mile and a half before crossing the river and heading north along the other side of the river.
The Deschutes River Trail leads runners for much of the first five miles and passing Farewell Bend and Miller’s Landing Parks along the way. After a turnaround near mile 8, runners retrace their steps before crossing the river near mile 11 and continuing south along the west side of the river until reaching the finish line at Riverbend Park.
The course features a combination of neighborhoods and riverside trails over the course of the race, and organizers add that the terrain on the course is made up of a combination of paved surfaces and groomed trails. Both walkers and runners are welcome to take part in the half marathon.
The race also features a number of events at the expo and on race day designed to inspire and empower, including what organizers are calling “Women’s Inspiration” stations on which participants can write why they’re taking on the challenge of running a half marathon — or as encouragement to friends, spouses or family members who are running.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central Oregon along the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains, just over 160 miles southeast of Portland, Bend typically sees cool to moderately warm and usually dry weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 13 degrees (in 1965) and as high as 93 degrees (in 2001).
On race day (May 20), the average low is 38ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
- 2022 Results
- 2019 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Happy Girls Run Half Marathon Results
See the race route map for the Happy Girls Run Half Marathon here.
- 9:00 AM – half marathon
- 9:15 AM – 10K
- 9:30 AM – 5K
- $80 – $99 for the half marathon
- $45 – $65 for the 10K
- $40 – $60 for the 5K
- $38 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2023 in-person running of Bend’s Happy Girls Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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Can I walk the half marathon instead of running it?