The Deschutes Dash is our only local triathlon in Bend, OR with a unique river swim. The swim takes place in the frigid Deschutes River and swims downstream making for some very fast swim times, even for the very slowest of us swimmers (aka, me!).
The Deschutes Dash was my first triathlon in 2015 after almost two years off. I signed up for it then with just three weeks to train before race day. Originally I was only going to do the sprint as I had not been training but my husband encouraged me to do the Olympic, and three weeks later, that’s where I found myself my first summer in Bend, July 2015; a PR Olympic Triathlon (thanks to the current swimming down river) and a brand new member of Deschutes MultiSport Club, or DMC.