U.S. BANK PPP / MAY 20TH, 2017 / BEND, OREGON

The U.S. Bank Pole Pedal Paddle is a relay race with six legs that include alpine skiing/snowboarding, cross-country skiing, biking, running, canoeing/kayaking/stand up paddle boarding, and sprinting to the finish! You can do it all yourself or be part of a team (or pair). We invite you to take part in the festivities and enjoy Central Oregon.

alpine1. The Alpine leg starts at the top of Mt. Bachelor's Red Chair where skiers have to sprint 200 feet uphill without their skis, then find where they put their skis, put them on and finally ski down the LeeWay run. The course is a beginner/intermediate run. There will be ski corrals for each wave to place skis. Please do not move other competitor's skis, it is first-come, first-serve placement. Helmets required. Upon entering the Exchange Area, please check your speed and slow down before entering the chutes. Each chute is labeled with a letter (A,B,C,D,E). The last digit of your bib number corresponds to a specific chute: 
A: 0-1, B: 2-3, C: 4-5, D: 6-7, E: 8-9
This helps spread everyone out and helps you find your teammate and equipment easily. Please verify with your Cross Country skier what chute you have been assigned. Note: The same chute system will be used at the Cross Country/Bike and Run/Canoe exchanges.

nordic2. The Cross Country leg is an 8 km skate ski. The course may change in 2015 from previous years to make it a little longer, but also a little easier. The exchange to cycling takes place in front of the Nordic Lodge parking area. 

bike3. The Bike leg is a 22 mile beautiful ride into Bend along Century Drive. The majority being a descent, except the one uphill stretch after the Sunriver junction. Upon leaving the Exchange area, please proceed out of the West Village parking lot toward downtown Bend for 22 miles. No drafting allowed. This will be enforced in the Elite categories. Please read Drafting Rules found in the Competitor Guide. Please BE AWARE of vehicles. Remember to have your bib number visible as you approach the bike finish for volunteers to call your number for your teammate or support crew to be ready. The bike finish will be just before the first roundabout on Century Drive by the Athletic Club of Bend. 

run4. The Run leg is a 5 mile, single track trail run along the Deschutes River. The course starts at the Athletic Club of Bend and runners will run up behind the Club and proceed counter clockwise around the Mt. Bachelor Village tennis courts. Then they will continue going through Mt. Bachelor Village and past Touchmark down Reed Market to the Healy Bridge. Adults turn south on the River Trail to go to the South Canyon Bridge. Then they will run counter clockwise around the perimeter of Farewell Bend Park, across the Farwell Bend Park footbridge and into Riverbend Park for the next leg. 

Kid teams that are 12 and under (each member has to be 12 or younger) will cross the Healy Bridge on a sidewalk, then loop under the bridge. They will then run counter clockwise around the perimeter of Farewell Bend Park, across the Farewell Bend Park footbridge and into Riverbend Park for the next leg. 

kayaks5. The Canoe/Kayak/SUP leg begins at Riverbend Park. Boaters will paddle upstream from the put-in point for 1/2 mile on the Deschutes River to Healy Bridge then back downstream for 3/4 mile, then back upstream for 1/4 mile to the sprint exchange. Any float-worthy craft that does not have oarlocks is legal. Dress appropriate; the Deschutes River can be cold in the spring. Floatation devices are required. The Canoe/Kayak/SUP leg will be a chute system based on your division. The course is .8 km upstream to the turnaround buoy under the Healy Bridge, then downstream 1.2 km around the island (stay to your right of the island!), and back upstream to the Canoe/Kayak/SUP finish (~150 yards downstream of the put-in). Tumalo Creek Kayaks will have rafts and guides to monitor the course and assist in an emergency. 

sprint6. The Sprint leg starts at the Canoe/Kayak/SUP finish and goes under the Columbia Street Bridge on a paved footpath to the grass Finish Arena in Les Schwab Amphitheater, approximately 1/2 mile. Only one team member may cross the Finish Line with the bar coded bib. Crossing the Finish Line without the bar coded bib may result in a disqualification. Team members may join the sprinter in the competitor's area of the Finish Arena.