RUN BEND FAQS

Why here?
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-cooked 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, coffee, transportation, drivers, experienced guides, organized,supported 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 lunchtime the first day. Departures should be no earlier than 1:00pm 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 a shorter options for those who don’t want to go that far. 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 will stay in a beautiful 10-room, family-run B&B in the heart of downtown Bend. Everyone will have their own comfortable room with a queen or king 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. 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?
Of course! As long as they don’t mind a weekend planned around running, we can certainly make it work. All of the trails make for great hiking, which gives the non-runner an equally great experience.

What are the sleeping arrangements?
Every gets their own room with a queen or king bed (note that the trip cost is discounted for couples sharing a room) and shared restroom facilities. Four of the rooms have private restrooms, an upgrade that you may opt for upon registration.

What sort of food will we be eating?
Home-cooked! Your hosts will be planning, preparing and serving meals to the group, and will aim for tasty, healthy & filling. We’ll have the coffee ready when you wake up, and will keep you well-supplied with snacks as well – no one will go hungry! Lunches are picnic-style with a new menu each day. If you have special dietary restrictions, please contact us before signing up and we will accommodate as best we can – we have no trouble planning for vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. We will have one meal at a local brewery with plenty of menu options!

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 book and 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, cleaning, driving, trail guiding, etc) and while tips are not expected, they are very much 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 gabe@roguexpeditions.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 (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
  • 121+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
  • 61-120 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, we will retain your full deposit

How do I sign up?
A $500 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 4 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are first come-first serve, so don’t wait!

All questions can be sent to gabe@roguexpeditions.com