It’s a Central Oregon tradition: work off all that Thanksgiving yumminess with a brisk morning run to raise money for three deserving charities: the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Girls on the Run of Central Oregon and NeighborImpact. Yes, we’re talking about the “I Like Pie” Run/Walk, typically held around Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District area. This year, like most things, the format of the event is a bit different, and producer Cascade Lakes Relays and the FootZone Bend have created a week-long virtual event instead. Participants will have from November 23-29 to complete their run or walk, either in a small group of their own choosing or on their own!

As in past events, there will be coveted prizes given for different categories, such as best group pictures, costumes, pie creations and more. Even if you aren’t in Bend or Central Oregon, you can participate from wherever you might be in the new virtual format. Also, if you are one of the first 2,500 people to register, you get a cool “I Like Pie” beanie to keep you toasty this winter.

Here’s more about the groups you will be supporting:

Boys and Girls Club of Bend: Funds raised will support their important mission, which is to “inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” They’ve recently added Club+, which encompasses new programming to help with distance learning models. This offers an expanded full-day program that combines school support with other youth development activities. So very needed during these tough times, where many parents are struggling to balance work alongside childcare and helping with schoolwork.

Girls on the Run of Central Oregon: One of the many unwelcome side effects of the pandemic is that kids have fewer opportunities to recreate, play sports and get moving. This affiliate program of the Boys and Girls Club helps encourage girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. Using running as a “creative outlet and tool” the program helps girls build a foundation for well-being in all aspects of their lives.

NeighborImpact: With a wide number of initiatives that help fulfill basic needs in our community – like rent and bill assistance, education, food and more – this organization’s programs are in high demand right now. Funds raised by the I Like Pie race will help them fulfill their mission of supporting economically disadvantaged residents from the entire Central Oregon area, and strengthen our communities. With a flexible model to help where it is most needed, NeighborImpact has been instrumental in helping families in our region get through this exceedingly tough year.

You can register for the event here

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