The Les Schwab Amphitheater is an independent, outdoor riverfront Amphitheater built in the historic Old Mill District in 2001. Since our first season in 2002 we have hosted over one million guests at our venue for ticketed and free concerts, brewfests, and races. It is our honor and privilege to provide the best experience possible for our guests and visiting artists, and we look forward to making each year even better than the last.
Pole Pedal Paddle
The 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. Complete the race by yourself or in a team/pair. Some 3,100 people participate in this multi-sport race. The event starts with three legs at Mt. Bachelor – a short downhill ski, 8k Nordic race and 22-mile bike ride – before the 5-mile run, 1.5-mile kayak and half mile sprint legs back down in Bend. Teams, pairs, and individual participants are composed of recreational and expert athletes competing from Mt. Bachelor to Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. The Les Schwab Amphitheater area will host a day-long festival of various foods, music, sponsor booths and don’t forget, all the cheering and spectating of the PPP participants. Pole, Pedal, Paddle supports the work and mission of the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MSBEF). Over 600 young athletes participate in MBSEF’s winter sports programs for junior athletes—alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, freeride skiing, and cycling training. Our main objective is to assist junior athletes in achieving their individual athletic, academic, and personal goals. Generations of local youth have benefitted from the positive experiences and values nurtured through MBSEF programs—sportsmanship, self-discipline, goal setting, character building, and the pursuit of healthy lifetime activities.