Now kids can join in on the racing fun! Instill your love for running and the outdoors.
Not only is this race series a chance for little ones ages 3-10 to be a part of the “Big Kid” races, but it’s also a great way to teach children how to lead a healthy lifestyle. The races are non-competitive — everyone receives a finishers ribbon for participating! Distances vary based on age and location but is always less than a mile.
Run multiple races, earn more prizes!
Check out our lineup for 2023!
Kids Mini Marshmallow Run
Part of Oregon WinterFest
Feb. 18, 2023 at Noon
At the Deschutes County Expo Center
Kids will run from station to station collecting cocoa ingredients, and as they cross the finish line they will get the final touch — a splash of hot chocolate and a finisher ribbon!
Little Fry Run
Part of Salmon Run
April 22, 2023 at Noon
At the Athletic Club of Bend
Help your Little Fry hatch into runner—enter them into the Little Fry Run! If you’re child is too young to run with the big salmon, this fun run will still get them moving upstream!
Happy Little Kids Run
Part of Happy Girls Bend
May 20, 2023 at Noon
At Riverbend Park
Let the kids join in on the happy, at the Happy Little Kids Run!
Kids Summer Sprint
Part of Bend Summer Festival
Saturday, July 8, 2023 at Noon
At Troy Field
Kids between the ages of 3-10 will have a blast on this fun summer themed course at Troy Field.
Part of Balloons Over Bend
Friday, July 28, 2023 at 4pm
At Central Oregon Community College
The Balloon Blast combines obstacles with a colorful course, perfect for kids ages 3-10. The exciting obstacles are appropriate for all types of children with a wide range of skill levels to tackle.
Part of Bend Fall Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Noon
At Troy Field
Each little runner will receive a pumpkin to take back to the Bend Family Play Zone’s Pumpkin Painting Station after the race.