In all, 2,922 racers competed — as individuals or members of teams — in the 2012 PPP. The Pole Pedal Paddle, sponsored by U.S. Bank, is a fundraiser for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation. The multisport race is made up of six stages, for a total course distance of about 34 miles.
1. Alpine skiing
A 200-foot uphill sprint through snow to skis and snowboards, and a race down a gated course on the Leeway Run at Mt. Bachelor ski area.
2. Nordic skiing
An 8-kilometer loop along the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center trails, first skirting the Bachelor parking lot and then finishing at the Nordic Center. Both skating and classic techniques are allowed.
A 22-mile mostly downhill ride along Century Drive from Mount Bachelor to Colorado Avenue in Bend.
A 5-mile run along Century Drive and the Deschutes River Trail to the boat exchange near Riverbend Park.
A 1½-mile paddle in a kayak or canoe (or other PPP-approved watercraft) on the Deschutes River, including upstream and downstream sections.
A half-mile run from the paddle finish along a paved path and grass to the finish at the Les Schwab Amphitheater.