Bend, OR
May 27th-October 5th, 2022

Big Butte Challenge - 2022

"I like big buttes"

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Course: Black Butte - To the top!
  • 1.90 mi
  • 15
  • $20

Smith Rock

Course: Misery Ridge (Counter-Clockwise)
  • 3.32 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Bessie Butte - Quick and Fun!
  • 0.64 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Tumalo Mountain (Up Only from TH)
  • 1.95 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Barnes (Up only)
  • 1.35 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Paulina Peak - Visitors Center to Peak (v2)
  • 2.97 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Overturf Butte - Get It!
  • 2.79 mi
  • 15
  • $20


Course: Pilot Butte - Short n Sweet!
  • 1.03 mi
  • 15
  • $20



What is the Big Butte Challenge?

The Big Butte Challenge is an immersive outdoor event held over 18 weeks that brings people together to accomplish one common goal: to reach the summit of 8 Buttes in Central Oregon. Between Memorial Day Weekend and October 5th, 2022. Participants hike or run each butte, on their own schedule, using a GPS-enabled activity tracker to submit their efforts. You can participate simply for the accomplishment or to be competitive. At the completion of each Challenge, participants can visit the sponsoring brewery for a pint on the house.


The Big Butte Challenge has been extended through October 5th, 2022!  We’re excited to bring you more buttes, breweries, swag, and a chance to win a four-pack of tickets to the upcoming Sir-Mix-Alot performance at the Century Center. We like big buttes…do you?!


How does it work?

  • Participants can register for all 8 Challenges, or just one.
    Both registration options include custom merch, a jam-packed swag bag, perks from our sponsors, and a free beer for every butte you summit.

  • The Big Butte Challenge consists of 8 butte challenges; participants can complete the challenges in any order, as many times as they like, within the 14-week timeframe.

  • Course routes are set one-way, from the trailhead to the summit. Only your uphill effort to the summit is tracked and recorded to the leaderboard. Once you reach the summit you can enjoy the spectacular views, take pictures, eat a snack and make your way down the butte at your leisure... You may even decide to take a different way back!

  • Registration will remain open throughout the duration of the event, which runs Memorial Day Weekend - October 5th, 2022

  • You’re competing against other hikers and/or runners, just not at the same time.

  • If you aren’t familiar with the Challenge route, load the Challenge onto your device by downloading it from the webpage prior to your attempt.

  • You don’t need to start/stop your activity tracker at the start/finish point of each Challenge. Your Challenge effort will automatically be recorded the moment you arrive at the start/finish point.

  • Track Challenge effort using your GPS-enabled activity tracker or smartphone.

  • Sync efforts by either exporting a GPX file from your activity tracker or smartphone. You can also automatically sync using your Strava account.

  • You must register for the Challenge before hiking/running for it to count in the standings (i.e. no running or hiking first and then registering)

  • You must follow the published Challenge route closely. If you deviate from the course by 200 meters or more, your effort will be excluded from the rankings.

  • Efforts must be submitted within 24 hours from the time the attempt has started.

  • Login and track your progress on the leaderboards and activity feed.

  • We calculate scores for all efforts during the 18-week timeframe. Participants who have the lowest cumulative time in each category will be eligible for prizes.

  • It’s not all about being speedy! We will also be giving prizes to the first to complete all 8 Challenges, the best summit selfies and many more fun giveaways.

  • Post photos #bigbuttechallenge and tag @cascaderelays and our brewery partners.


Event Dates

Memorial Day Weekend through October 5th, 2022



Early Action Pricing (First 200 to Register)

$95 for all 8 Butte Challenges

$20 for 1 Butte Challenge

Age 13 and under: Free (use code BENDKIDS!)


Regular Pricing

$120 for all 8 Butte Challenges

$20 for 1 Butte Challenge

Age 13 and under: Free (use code BENDKIDS!)


The Swag

Every participant receives:


  • One custom “I LIKE BIG BUTTES” Trucker hat

  • One complimentary pint of beer from every sponsor brewery (at the completion of their challenge effort).

  • CBD recovery gel
  • One entry to to win a four-pack of tickets to the upcoming Sir-Mix-Alot performance at the Century Center.

  • Tons of product samples from our partners include Vida Mate, Ablis, Liquid Death, Avid Cider and more!


Swag Pickup

The Haven Coworking
1001 SW Disk Dr, Bend, OR 97702

Swag Pickup will be available after May 31st at The Haven Coworking front desk during regular business hours: Monday - Friday from 8 am to 5pm.


The Butte Challenges and Sponsor Breweries

View and Download the courses here:



The Big Butte Challenge is really about bringing people together to accomplish one common goal. But in addition to that, we will also award the following:

  • First to complete all 8 Challenges

  • Multiple prizes awarded for Best Summit Photos throughout the 18-week timeframe with the #bigbuttechallenge hashtag and tagging @cascaderelays and the sponsoring brewery

  • For each Challenge, awards will be presented to top finishers

  • An award will be given to the male and female with the best time for the cumulative challenge.



If you do need to contact us with any questions, thoughts, issues, or to share any epic photos/moments, please email us.

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Important Dates



Registration Opens
Check back on May 26 @ 12:00 am to register for races



Registration Closes
Be sure to register for races before October 5 @ 12:00 am



Racing Starts!
You can start running your race efforts beginning May 27 @ 12:00 am



Racing Ends
You must complete your race efforts and sync them by October 5 @ 12:00 am