Doug La Placa with Visit Bend says this can be a challenging time of the year for those in the tourism industry. So a healthy turnout for the Pole, Peddle, Paddle is a welcome boost to the local economy. “What kind of economic impact? About half of the racers in the big event are from out of town and some even from out of state.” Race organizers say they've already broken past records of those enrolled with about 3100 racers signed up. The big race is on Saturday and the Kids Mini-PPP is on Sunday.