BEND, OR -- Pole Pedal Paddle has experienced a more than 20% drop in registrations for this year's event, due to the possibility there won't be any "poles" in the iconic relay. The event typically draws over 3,000 participants. Molly Cogswell-Kelly tells KBND, "We've had a few challenges with Mother Nature. We were really on track with registration early on; and then when we made the announcement that we weren't really sure if we'd have enough snow to do the nordic portion, registration slowed down quite a bit."
Pole Pedal Paddle is set for May 16th, and Cogswell-Kelly says Mt. Bachelor still hasn't decided if there will be enough snow for the downhill and cross-country skiing portions. But, she's hopeful the resort's efforts to create snow will be enough. "Mt. Bachelor is an amazing partner with us. They know how important this event is to the community and to our nonproft. All of our MBSEF programs are run at Mt. Bachelor. They have an amazing team that I think can work a little bit of magic."
Race organizers are evaluating the situation and are expected to announce tomorrow whether the nordic events will take place.