pacific crest weekend 2018

It’s that time of year again — Pacific Crest Weekend 2018! School’s out for summer and after months of training and preparation, you’ve brought the whole family to Sunriver for both a vacation and to participate in the Pacific Crest Triathlon and Weekend Sports Festival. Whether you’ve been competing in the event since it’s inception over 20 years ago, or this is your first go-round, it never hurts to have a refresher on how to survive this fun and busy weekend in Sunriver.

Surviving Pacific Crest Weekend 2018

We won’t get into the details of how to survive the race itself, as that involves your personal limits as well as common sense. Be sure to stretch, drink enough water, and above all — have fun! Beyond the race, we’ve gathered together tips and tricks for getting the entire family through the weekend happy and healthy.

1 — Lodging

Have you booked your lodging yet for Pacific Crest Weekend 2018? With the race quickly approaching, there may be some last minute availability, but hopefully, by now, you’ve locked down your accommodations for one of the busiest weekends of the year in Sunriver. If not, give our office a call and one of our reservation specialists can assist you in finding a Sunriver vacation rental home for your group — depending on availability.

Once you have lodging secured, plan for the weekend itself. Many of the homes you rent through Sunset Lodging in Sunriver include hot tubs, SHARC passes and the essentials for a weekend well-spent with family and friends. Check the listing of your home to verify if the home you rented includes games, sports equipment, bikes and movies.

Upon your arrival, be sure to check the home to make sure you have everything you need and everything is in working order. Let your property management company know right away if you see something that requires the attention of maintenance or housekeeping. If you find anything out of the ordinary during your stay, please call the front desk right away so we can find a solution to your problem as soon as possible. We want you to have an enjoyable and delightfully memorable stay in Sunriver during Pacific Crest Weekend 2018 and do our best to accommodate requests as quickly as possible.

2 — Parking

Don’t risk getting towed! The Village at Sunriver acts as the finish line for many races and the after party takes place here. While under normal circumstances this area includes ample parking, during Pacific Crest you may have to get a little more creative. Many of the other area businesses don’t allow event parking in their lots in order to reserve the space for their customers and staff. Remember that Sunriver prohibits roadside parking. Please abide by all parking restrictions and regulations during Pacific Crest Weekend 2018. Carpool, walk, ride your bike, the adoption of alternative commute options helps alleviate the parking situation during Pacific Crest events.

For supporters and family members traveling to the festivities in the Village, we encourage you to park at the auxiliary lot located at Lake Penhollow off of Cottonwood Road between 5am-7pm on Saturday and 7am-3pm on Sunday. A shuttle bus operates every 20 minutes taking athletes and supporters back and forth from the parking lot to the Village.

3 — Be Respectful

We’ll all be able to survive Pacific Crest Weekend 2018 with a little mutual respect and kindness paid to our fellow athletes, vacationers, restaurant works, parking attendants, and event staff. Being one of the busiest weekends in Sunriver throughout the year means there will be more people everywhere, more cars, more congestion. Practice patience, be kind to your neighbors and remember while you may be on vacation, someone in the condo next door may be racing at 6am the next day.

People work tirelessly leading up to and through the event all throughout Sunriver. Due to the extra people in town, it may take a little longer to get your pizza delivered or for maintenance to come out to fix your hot tub. If we all practice a little patience and understanding, the fun and excitement of Pacific Crest Weekend will permeate our community for years to come.

4 — Come Prepared

For athletes, do you have all of the items necessary to compete in your race and backups just in case? We’re talking spare tires and tubes for your bike, your favorite running shoes, goggles for the swim portion of the race? While many of these items may be available at local bike shops and at the festival itself, the chaos of the weekend may make it more difficult to acquire these items on short notice.

Insider Tip: Don’t wait until you get to Sunriver to go grocery shopping. The Country Store will be incredibly busy with guests arriving with the same idea you have. Instead, we suggest stopping at one of the many grocery stores in Bend or if you’re coming from the south, stop in La Pine at one of the three stores there. You’ll thank us later!

5 — Drink Water!

Whether competing in the event or observing, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re drinking lots of water and staying hydrated. And, no — light beer doesn’t count. Traditionally, this has been a hot weekend, which makes it important to take it lots of fluids to prevent dehydration and possible heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Fill up that Camelbak or Hydroflask and keep drinking water throughout the weekend. This becomes especially important for athletes, as well as small children.

6 — Have Fun! Be Responsible!

The Pacific Crest Triathlon and Weekend Sports Festival includes a variety of fun activities for the entire family. The Fun Expo features bounce houses, rock climbing walls, mini golf, bumper cars for kids and a Deschutes Brewery beer garden for adults. After the races end, The Village becomes party central with the music of Hit Machine to dance the night away. You’ll also find a food and beer area here, as well as the awards ceremony. This after party sets the perfect backdrop for exchanging race stories and cutting loose after having just run 26.2 miles.

During this race-cation, you’ll be able to enjoy quality time with your family as well as thousands of other athletes. We encourage you to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver. After all, we want to see you back in Sunriver next year for Pacific Crest Weekend 2019!

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