2013 Snowshoe National Championships in Bend, Oregon

It’s not the NCAA Final Four or the Super Bowl but VisitBend has secured yet another national sporting event for our area.  This time it will be snowshoers invading Central Oregon for their championship event.  The dates will be March 15 – 17, 2013.  One thing I noticed in the press release below is that not only will there be championship races but there will also be races for those who haven’t qualified or aren’t United States Snowshoe Association members.

Remember to keep us in mind when you come to Bend for the event.  This town is amazing and many people have come to visit and left owning a house here.  Not only can we help you buy it but we can manage it for you while you are away!

BEND, Ore. (PRWEB) March 08, 2012

As a result of its abundance of fluffy white stuff and its reputation for hosting top-notch elite sporting events, Bend, Oregon has been selected to host the 2013 Snowshoe National Championships.

Officials with the U.S. Snowshoe Association made the announcement last week. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with the folks at Visit Bend to present our 13th annual Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships,” noted Mark Elmore, Director of Sports for the U.S. Snowshoe Association. “The USSSA was very impressed with Bend and the city’s experience hosting national level sporting events. Our last national championship held in the western region was extremely well-attended, so we expect a large and enthusiastic turnout.”

The event is slated for March 15-17, 2013 and will take place at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park. It features six different race events including several “open” events that don’t require qualifying or USSSA membership. “Some of these categories are tailored for newcomers to the sport, so it truly is an inclusive event,” Elmore added.

Categories will include junior boys and girls 5k, senior men and women 10k, and a 5k that will be open to local citizens. There’s also a Kids Kilo event and a 4×2.5km team relay.

According to Visit Bend CEO Doug La Placa, the event is expected to draw 500 competitors, spectators, and support staff to the area. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to show winter recreation enthusiasts from around the country why Bend is a top destination for all kinds of snow sports,” La Placa added. “Landing an event of this caliber solidifies Bend’s status as a top destination for elite sporting events.”

In recent years, Bend has been named one of the world’s top 25 ski towns (National Geographic), #1 Town for Sportsmen (Outdoor Life), America’s Top Adventure Town (Men’s Journal), Top 10 Fly Fishing Towns in the U.S. (Fly Fisherman), one of the Best Fishing Towns in America (Field & Stream), best trail running town (Outside) one of the country’s Top Five Ski Towns (Travel + Leisure), and the #1 mountain biking town in the United States (Mountain Bike Action).

About Visit Bend: Visit Bend is a non-membership, non-profit economic development organization dedicated to promoting tourism on behalf of the City of Bend. We’re a leading provider of information on Bend, Oregon hotels, restaurants, activities, and Oregon vacation planning. To learn more or to order a complimentary Official Visitor Guide to Bend, contact Visit Bend at 1-800-949-6086 or visit http://www.visitbend.com

About Dan Seim

Dan Seim is the primary contributor to Preferred Residential's blog. He has been writing about real estate issues that affect home owners in Bend and Central Oregon since 2011.