Leadman Bend Course Preview From Local Pro Matt Lieto

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Sep 18, 2012


The 22K/11K run is indeed beautiful, starting out along the lovely Deschutes River. Sorry, no free descents on this leg—you’ll have to earn ’em! The run starts with a short section of flat, but then cruises up, up, up for almost 4 miles into the Tetherow Golf Club. The route is a mix of dirt and pavement, with some pretty steep pitches and some gentle rollers.

Once you get up into Tetherow you will be greeted with some insane vistas of the Cascades—the Three Sisters, Mount Bachelor and Broken Top. The course continues to roll up and down until you make your way into the Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Here you will make a quick jaunt through Compass Park, and then your return trip into the Old Mill where the finish awaits. Nothing too steep on the way down, just a good opportunity to get the pace back that was lost on the way up the hill.

The finish line is across the bridge at the Old Mill, which is, you guessed it, an old mill. It is now turned into a cool little shopping and movie center—just a hobble away to a cold bevy and good treats, or maybe a new belt for your Leadman buckle.

Course Tips: Your run is obviously going to depend on how honest you were in your bike training. Those unprepared for that long of a ride is going to struggle on this run, even though it is shorter than most. It is tough, and will sting from the very get-go. Besides that, make sure you throw some hill strides and efforts into your training, inclusive of some bricks. Some treadmill speed work as well will help you with your turnover for the fast downhills. Make sure your nutrition is dialed in—don’t ignore it just because it’s 13.7 miles and not 26.2.

Get ready for a supreme challenge with some beautiful surroundings! Be prepared for the weather to throw anything your way, and be smart about your calorie intake. It’s going to be a long day out there, but for the well-prepared, glory and Bend’s finest microbrews wait for you across the finish line.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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