MT. BACHELOR SPORTS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that operates out of the Bill Healy Training Center. Our mission is to create opportunities through competitive snow sports programs for athletes to achieve their individual athletic, academic and personal goals.
Throughout the year, we host many events and races that are not just for our athletes, but for our community. Our programs and events run year round, and focus on building and providing an outlet for a lifetime of healthy activity.
LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED!
MBSEF offers both developmental and competition programming for youth athletes in Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Freeride Skiing, Freeride Snowboarding, Big Mountain Skiing and Mountain Biking. Adult Athletes can join our Masters Alpine Ski Team to build skills and participate in local and regional masters races. We also organize community Nordic Races and will have expanded Masters Nordic Programming for the winter of 2023-24. We are always looking for sponsors and partners for our programs and volunteers for our events, and as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit can accept tax deductible donations toward scholarships, programs and equipment. You can find out more by clicking on “Get Involved” at www.mbsef.org.
45th Annual SELCO POLE PEDAL PADDLE
Sometimes called the “Bend Olympics”, the SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle is a multi-sport race with six legs that include alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, biking, running, paddling and a short run to the finish. You can complete the race by yourself, on a team or in a pair. More than 2000 people participate in the PPP annually.
This year’s SELCO PPP will be held on Saturday, May 13th. Teams, pairs, and individual participants will be composed of recreational to expert athletes competing from Mt. Bachelor to the finish party in the Old Mill District in Bend.
SELCO mini POLE PEDAL PADDLE
Why should adults have all the fun? Easy answer – they shouldn’t! The SELCO Mini PPP, presented by Sylvan Learning Center, is another Community Tradition. This year’s event will take place on May 14, 2023, the day after the SELCO Pole Pedal Paddle.
In the Mini, teams of six kids between Kindergarten and 5th grade work together on team challenges, race through an obstacle course, and experience fun competition against peers in their same age group. This is a great event for participants and observers alike, as evidenced by the fact it sells out by mid-April almost every year! To register visit www.pppbend.com/mini-ppp
The MBSEF Team wants to give a shout-out to our partner, SELCO Community Credit Union, for their support of Pole Pedal Paddle and the Mini PPP. Now in their fourth year as Presenting Sponsor of these events, SELCO continues to show its support for our Central Oregon community and beyond.
Whatever a “Good Life” means to you, learn how SELCO can help you reach it by stopping by their booth at the PPP finish line, selco.org, or one of their 15 branches throughout the state.
Our Vision is to positively impact the life of every athlete we serve.
Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation creates opportunities through competitive snow sports programs to support athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals.
SATURDAY, MAY 13TH
RACE DAY SCHEDULE:
9:00 a.m. 92.9FM starts Live Coverage of the race
9:15 a.m. First wave starts at Mt. Bachelor
11:00 a.m. Finish Celebration begins in West Event
Lawn at Old Mill District: food, vendor booths, and beer garden open; The Jess Ryan Band performs
1:15 p.m. SEED LING and Night Channels Perform
3:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony on stage at Old Mill
Finish Area with 92.9 FM
4:00 p.m. Beer Garden closes, Finish celebration concludes.
Sponsored by Mt. Bachelor
Racers begin with the Alpine Leg, which starts at the top of Mt. Bachelor’s Red Chair lift. First, skiers must sprint 200 feet uphill without their skis, find their skis, put them on and ski down the Leeway run. The run is considered beginner/ intermediate in difficulty. All participants must wear a helmet and navigate the gates on their way to the exchange point at the bottom of Red Chair, near West Village Lodge.
Sponsored by Coldstream Wealth Management
After the Alpine is the Nordic Leg, in which skiers may use either skate or classic skis. The 6 km Nordic Ski Course largely stays in the protection of magnificent old growth timber, treating participants to exhilarating descents and gradual climbs of the groomed Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center Trails. The loop winds around the parking lot and finishes at the bike exchange point in front of the Nordic Lodge.photo by unsplash Map by Jenny Severson
Sponsored by East Cascade Women’s Group
Upon leaving the exchange area, racers will proceed out of the West Village parking lot toward Bend. The course is primarily downhill, descending 2,805 ft, with one uphill climb after the Sunriver Junction. Bikers will make their way down Century Drive, where downhill race traffic from Mt. Bachelor will be limited.
Volunteers are posted along the course to ensure racer safety on the 20 mile stretch. Spectators and non-support crew spectators will be detoured through Sunriver, limiting traffic to ensure course safety on the largely downhill route. Bikers are required to wear helmets and drafting is prohibited.
As bikers approach Bend, they will turn into the Athletic Club of Bend just before the Reed Market round-a-bout for the Bike to Run transition.
Sponsored by the Athletic Club of Bend
Fourth off is the run leg. The 5-mile course starts at the Athletic Club of Bend. The single track trail runs along the Deschutes River and finishes at the Riverbend Park in Bend, handing off to the kayak exchange. Next, racers proceed to the run course for the fourth leg. The 5-mile run course exits The Athletic Club and weaves through Mt. Bachelor Village, connecting with the River Trail. The single-track trail run along the Deschutes River, under Bill Healey Bridge, and finishes at the Riverbend Park, the location of the Paddle transition zone. Teams that are 12 and under will do a shortened run course.
Sponsored by Tumalo Creek Kayak and Canoe
The Paddle leg begins at Riverbend Park, where boaters will paddle upstream from the put-in point. After paddling upstream for 1/2 mile on the Deschutes River to Healy Bridge, racers turn around a buoy to head back downstream for 3/4 mile. After their second turn around a buoy, racers paddle back upstream for 1/4 mile to the sprint exchange.
Any non-motorized vessel is permitted for the Paddle leg, as long as it floats and does not have oarlocks. Flotation devices are required for all boaters.
The sixth and final leg is the sprint/run to the finish, which is 0.9 miles on pavement and grass. The sprint starts at the canoe/kayak take-out and ends at the finish line at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. This is a great place to cheer on the contestants for a job well done!Map by Jenny Severson Sponsored by INSITE Ergonomic Insoles
JESS RYAN BAND
WEST EVENT LAWN @ THE OLD MILL DISTRICT BEER GARDEN
- 4 PM
SEED LING in an Indie Rock band based in Bend, OR with dark and dreamy vibes. The band was originally formed in San Francisco in 2016 by singer and songwriter Rachel Shahvar, who eventually moved to Bend to find the right combination of talent to bring SEED LING to life. Lindsey Elias is a local drumming legend and sings alongside Rachel to create haunting and enchanting female harmonies. Charan Mellor plays the bass and cites Justin Chancellor as a key influence to his mesmerizing basslines that drive SEED LING’s dark and melodic sound.
2:15pm - 3pm
Central Oregon’s Night Channels is a 4-piece alt. rock band formed through the “musicians” community on Craigslist. Through sheer luck and the law of attraction, the Bend based outfit have been honing their sound since before the pandemic. Blending nearly every style of guitar music, the band’s notable compositions and dynamics bring a fresh take to the alternative rock revival. Powerful hooks, infectious rhythms, and heartrending chords flow effortlessly from the group’s memorable, high-energy performances. Members include: Alex Montoya (drums), Mason Coats (bass/ vocals), Josh Ryan (guitars), and Joey Vaughn (guitar/vocals)
Every so often you will encounter a great performer. Someone who gets on stage, and then seems to just open up like a stadium roof, as if to better draw their audience into the dark canyon within. This ability is usually not acquired through the kinds of contrived musical efforts that are practiced or taught. It’s a particular talent that certain performers just have. Jess Ryan has this talent in spades, and to witness her perform is to feel the full force of unbridled human expression. Together, with four other extremely talented musicians, the five-piece band deliver a driving, twang-inflected, psych-infused rock with the kind of emotional power, passion, and intensity that can only come from deep within the heart. Catch The Jess Ryan Band performing their debut album across the Pacific Northwest.
Audi of Bend
Latitude 44 Sports
East Cascade Women’s Group
Mt. Bachelor Property Mgmt.
Shift Functional Med
Ride 2 You
Boy Scouts of America
Rebound Physical Therapy
Advanced Pain Solutions
Blake E. Insurance
Well Within Chiropractic
Oregon Adaptive Sports
INSITE Ergonomic Insoles
Bend Pizza Cart
My Cookie Binge
POLE, PEDAL, PADDLE MINI
Presented by Sylvan Learning
Don’t miss out on the Mini Pole Pedal Paddle summer kickoff event happening on May 14th at Seventh Mountain Resort! This actionpacked event has something for everyone, with a lineup of fun activities that will keep the family entertained all day long.
Come see the live band from 10am - 2pm that will be set the soundtrack for the day. While you’re enjoying the music, make sure to check out the interactive vendor booths, where you can discover some amazing local products and services. Don’t worry about getting hungrythere will be plenty of delicious food available from Backyard BBQ, PACAYA, and Kona Ice, so you can refuel and keep the fun going.
For the kids, the Mini PPP obstacle course race will challenge their agility and test their speed, with prizes up for grabs for the top three teams in each heat! So, gather your friends and family and join us on May 14th for the Mini Pole Pedal Paddle - a day full of entertainment, activities, and great memories!
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.