RUN BEND FAQS
Breweries, sunshine, mountain air, innumerable trails to discover and, oh, did we mention breweries? Bend is an outdoor mecca, and one of the top trail running destinations in the country. Our trip features epic runs, home-style meals, countless waterfalls, sweeping mountain views, fairy tale forests and more than a few opportunities to kick back and enjoy a local brew.
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals excluding one dinner, all snacks, water, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized, guided runs, a brewery tour, river tubing and a Rogue Expeditions shirt. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, alcohol, one dinner (you get to go out and explore as you wish that night!) or tips.
Why isn’t the flight included?
Lets be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception. Come early, stay late. Drive, fly, or take a bus. Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive in Bend (either at the Redmond/Bend airport or via transport from Eugene or Portland) by 1:00 pm the first day. Departures should be no earlier than 1:00 pm on the final day. Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.
How far do I have to be able to run?
There are no requirements! All runs use out/back routes to accommodate all levels. However, runners will have the best experience if they are comfortable with at least a 10 mile long run & 4-6 miles for everyday runs. Longer distances are fine! A truly epic experience is to run at least the full 10 miles on long run day. We strongly encourage you to prepare for this (you can hike all you want!), though we will also support shorter options for those who don’t want to go that far (and if you want a bit more, no problem).
Please note: Given the beautiful trails, variety of routes, the luxury of time to recover and group enthusiasm, nearly everyone ends up running significantly more than they expected!
What are the accommodations like?
We stay in a beautiful 8-room, family-run B&B in the heart of downtown Bend. Everyone will have their own comfortable room with a queen bed and shared restroom facilities (a few of the rooms have private baths; you may opt for this upgrade when you sign up). There is a cozy communal area downstairs as well as a great backyard complete with a hot tub and fire pit for evening beverages and story telling. There will likely be a few other guests, but our group will be the primary occupants of the B&B.
What sort of terrain will we be running on?
Trails trails and more trails! None of our runs are especially technical, but you’ll certainly be navigating some rocks and roots. There is no requirement to have trail running experience, though it will enhance your experience. All runs will take place between 3000-6000 ft., so expect to run slower than usual; we’ll avoid steep climbs, but you will be running in the mountains and may need to hike the occasional ascent, especially if you are traveling from sea level.
What will we do when we aren’t running?
We aim to strike the perfect balance between running and non-running time! Everything is done at a relaxed pace, giving you plenty of time to enjoy leisurely morning coffee and to relax before dinner with a drink and a book or explore downtown Bend. Meals are big affairs, and evenings are a time to eat, drink and revel in things seen and done that day. We also incorporate a tubing trip down the Deschutes River and a brewery tour! Expect challenging runs that will wear you out, but plenty of time to kick back, relax and enjoy a break from your daily grind. This is runcation!
Can my non-runner spouse/friend come too?
The answer is usually yes; as long as they don’t mind a weekend planned around running and can enjoy some hiking, non-runners can have a great time. We suggest getting in touch prior to signing up so that we can discuss and ensure that it will be a good fit.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Most everyone gets their own room with a queen bed (note that the trip cost is discounted for couples sharing a room) with either private or shared restroom facilities, and there is one twin room available as well. Each room style is priced accordingly and available on a first-come, first-serve basis at registration.
What sort of food will we be eating?
Home-cooked, catered, and picnics! Your hosts will be planning, preparing and serving meals to the group, and will aim for tasty, healthy & filling. The chefs at the B&B will have coffee ready when you wake up along with lots of breakfast options (healthy or hearty). Lunches are picnic-style with a new menu each day. Dinners will be a combination of home-cooked by the B&B chef and a couple of catered evenings from wonderful local restaurants. We can accommodate most special dietary requirements (ie vegetarian, vegan, gluten or dairy-free) - if you have unusual restrictions please contact us prior to sign up to make sure that it’s a good fit for you.
What should I pack?
Expect chilly mornings/evenings and warm days, making layers a key component. A couple of running outfits, shoes (trail shoes are not required, but strongly encouraged), a hat, a swimsuit, flipflops, some “regular” clothes for the evening and a warm jacket should cover the clothing component. A hydration pack or hydration belt (with multiple bottles) is required. You’ll probably want a camera. We will provide you with a detailed packing list once you register.
What are the tipping expectations?
Your Rogue Expeditions trip leaders will be handling all aspects of your trip (cooking, driving, trail guiding, etc) and while tips are never expected, they are always appreciated from those who enjoy their experience.
Can I reserve this as a private trip for me and my running friends?
Yes you can! Contact Gabe at email@example.com to discuss details.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part.
If you cancel:
Within 30 days of signup: Full refund
90+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
61-90 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, your deposit is non-refundable.
Can I switch to another trip?
If you wish to transfer your deposit from one trip to another you must notify us at least 90 days prior to your original departure date. A fee of $150 per person will apply and will be deducted from your original deposit. If you notify us less than 90 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Deposit transfers may only be made once, and must be made to another trip departing within 12 months of your original departure date.
How do I sign up?
A $500 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 3 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are first come-first serve, so don’t wait!
Register for a 2019 trip here.
Register for a 2020 trip here.
All questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org