The Broken/Vista Trail Half & Marathon features a stunningly beautiful course winding through the Deschutes National Forest from the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park just outside Bend, OR.
With views of the Oregon Cascades this pine-studded route will challenge you with 1350 ft of gain in the half marathon and 3100 ft of gain in the full marathon. Broken/Vista is certified, sanctioned, and conducted with the highest standards for quality. A portion of the proceeds from this event is donated to the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA) who build and maintain the awesome trail systems here in Bend. https://www.cotamtb.com/
The course is entirely off-road and primarily consists of beautiful single-track with medium technical difficulty. The remainder of the course is fire road. Both distances are a single-loop design starting and finishing from the Swampy Lakes Sno Park. In the marathon you'll get some awesome views of Broken Top and Mt Bachelor!
The half marathon winds through the high alpine stands and into the meadows of Swede Ridge. The full marathon ventures further east of the Swede Ridge and loops down into the Skyliners valley for an adventure characteristic of the PNW.
Here's the twist - in most years you'll encounter snow pack :D Will it be hard? Yes. Will it kick your butt? Probably. Will it be EPIC? Oh heck yes! Your reward for powering through the challenges is a life-defining moment of achievement.
Poles are permitted but you must be aware of your surroundings - the poles will be considered an extension of you, and cannot impede or endanger those around you.
CUTOFFS: The half marathon will have a cutoff of 1:00pm (5 hours; 22:54/mi) and the marathon will have a cutoff of 4:00pm (9 hours; 20:36/mi). A cutoff of 12:45pm will also apply for the marathon at the aid station at 17.5 miles.
Registration will remain open until Wednesday, June 1.
The half marathon will be $85. The full marathon will be $135. A waitlist will be available when the event fills up.
Anyone good enough to volunteer with us will receive an event shirt as well as big discounts on future events. Want a free entry to next year's Broken/Vista? Well here you go.
We'll need help with aid stations and sweepers. Please see details by clicking the green "Volunteer" button above.
Swag and Awards
All registered participants will receive an awesome event shirt. Shirts are gender fitted (order a size based on your normal fit, we'll adjust for the shirt maker). Please register before May 4th to guarantee a proper fit.
Finisher awards to all half and full finishers. Age group awards as follows: The winner of each age group will receive a special award for both female and male, in 10 year divisions. 19-under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ for each race distance.
This event is vegetarian friendly, and we will try to provide vegan friendly options. We will offer two fully-stocked aid stations in the half-marathon. The full marathon will feature four fully-stocked aid opportunities.
Post meals provided, and cold drinks including beer will be available. To access the beer/ciders you will need to verify your age with a photo ID when you pick up your packet.
Poles and snow shoes are permitted for those who are worried about the snow pack in the first 5 miles. Marathoners can utilize a drop-bag at the 9-mile aid station. You can pick your bag up again at 22 miles, or wait for the bags to be returned to Swampy Lakes in the evening.
This event is sponsored by Honey Stinger and Tailwind. Their products are proudly offered at the aid stations. Chip-timing and logistical support are provided by RunningLane.
Packets will be delivered on race morning as you arrive at the Swampy Lakes Sno Park. All packets will be stuffed using hospital-grade clean techniques.
Elite entries are available. Please email the RD before registering (firstname.lastname@example.org). Qualification standards apply.
Dawn is at 4:47am with dusk at 9:20pm (sunrise 5:23am and sunset 8:44pm). Weather in Central Oregon in early June is normally dry, sunny, and excellent for ultra running. Cool mornings and evenings, and very predictable. Expect highs around 70 and lows around 40. However because the course ranges between 4700ft and 6300ft you should expect a chance of cold and/or precipitation. The event is highly unlikely to be affected by weather.
Local time: 5:05 AM
If a weather system does roll in, weather breaks over the mountains at the west end of the course. Be prepared for wind but it's not a particular concern thanks to mountain and tree cover along the course.
The RD reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule the event if weather threatens the safety of runners or volunteers, or if the trails may be significantly damaged by weather + foot traffic. All reasonable efforts will be made to avoid this scenario, but in the VERY unlikely event of a cancellation, deferrals and partial refunds will be arranged.