About Cascade Relays

Cascade Relays is a small, family-run business based in Bend, Oregon.  Founders Scott and Carrie Douglass grew up in Bend, met in 6th grade and eventually married five days before the inaugural Cascade Lakes Relay in August 2008.  Working closely together, Scott & Carrie are focused on the Cascade Relays Family, including the loyal participants, dedicated staff and volunteers, and local communities that contribute to the success of Cascade Relays events.

Cascade Relays currently produces the Cascade Lakes Relay and The Beer Chase Series – with local one-day relays in Bend, San Diego, Coeur d’Alene, and Boulder.

Our Mission

To produce exceptional and unique relay experiences that focus on community, personal relationships, friendship, scenic courses, and supporting local non-profits. More than just a race…it’s a lifetime
experience. 

Our Vision

While producing exceptional and unique relay race experiences, we continually strive to maintain a family feel and personal connection to our participants while expanding The Beer Chase series to America’s best craft beer regions.

Having Fun!

While we might be all business when we’re putting on our races, it’s no secret that our staff likes to have a little fun together when we aren’t on duty. Every once in awhile we capture our adventures on video or in photos. Enjoy.

Meet the Team

Scott Douglass

Scott Douglass

Race Director

Bio

Our friends think we’re crazy for producing these events as an extra hobby on top of our full-time jobs, but we love talking with our participants throughout the year and seeing you each summer along the course! Thank you for bringing us so much joy – your energy and enthusiasm keeps us going throughout the year on this crazy venture!

Carrie Douglass

Carrie Douglass

COO and Foundation President

Bio

I am the Co-founder of Cascade Relays as well as the President of the Cascade Relays Foundation.  My husband and I first created the Cascade Lakes Relays for runners from all over the world to experience the beauty of Central Oregon.  We have since expanded to multiple cities with overnight and one day relays. Throughout our expansion we have been able to maintain the family vibe because we love all the people. Our staff, ambassadors, runners, volunteers and charities are all the best.  We love to see participants join us year after year. My favorite event has to the be the Bend Beer Chase. We created the concept while running the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky and thinking how much better beer goes with running rather than liquor. I love the distance and the fact that you get to experience an entire region of craft breweries in one day with your friends while exercising. Perfection!

Liz Allore Shurmur

Liz Allore Shurmur

Assistant Race Director

Bio

I am the Assistant Race Director of Cascade Relays, having previously been a private consultant . I also hold a degree in Education with a focus on Health and Community Wellness. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy successfully organizing and presenting at a number of large-scale events for a variety of audiences. These include  many different triathlon and adventure races, fundraising and ‘friendraising’ events, Girls on the Run, and many more! I am excited to be apart of the Cascade Relays team because I am passionate about helping others reach their goals while also supporting the local Bend community.

I also enjoy spending freetime with family, friends, and my dogs – all of whom love to run, bike, and swim with me!

Erik Zeitlow

Erik Zeitlow

Boulder Beer Chase Assistant Race Director

Bio

I am an entrepreneur, high school cross country coach and lifetime runner having run 70+ long distance races from the marathon, 50k, Comrades and 100k distances.  I’ve had the opportunity to run marathons on all 7 continents and have completed 5 of the 6 world marathon majors (apparently London is really hard to get into). I even spent 19 straight days running 620 miles across my home state of Colorado. While individual events are fun, I really love relays and have run over 30+ overnight relays.

I first met the Cascade Relays team at the 2017 Running USA Industry Conference and they were so welcoming and friendly. They invited me to have a beer with them (surprise surprise) and by the end of the night they felt like old friends. We kept in touch and now I’m so excited about being part of the family as the Assistant Race Director for the Boulder Beer Chase Relay that will bring the exceptional Cascade Relays experience to the great state of Colorado.  Get your friends together come enjoy some great running, amazing beer and an overall awesome time.

Peter Schrey

Peter Schrey

Assistant Race Director

Bio

My role at Cascade Relays is Assistant Race Director for the Cascade Trails Relay and ambassador for the Bend area. This is in addition to my full time job as a Physical Therapist and parent. I first heard about the Relay through some other runners in the area and went onto the “Looking for a Team” spreadsheet on a whim in 2014. I “swiped right” and haven’t looked back since.  I love Cascade Relays because I get to work with wonderful, passionate people who help more people experience how amazing running relay be! My favorite event at Cascade Relays is the first Cascade Lakes Relay I did in 2014. I knew nobody beforehand, hopped in a van with a bunch of strangers for a stinky sweaty weekend and am still running with them 4 years later.

“If life could be like a Cascade Lakes Relay, the world would be a better place.”

Kate Kranzush

Kate Kranzush

Walk Race Director

Bio

I hope to provide a great experience for our walkers so that our walk division grows over the years. As an avid world traveler, I enjoy walking and trekking wherever I go. Whenever I go somewhere new, I find the best way to get to know the area and the people is to just get out there and walk around. I also think that walking the CLR and S2S courses gives participants the best chance to really take in the beauty of the areas.

The rest of the Cascade Lakes Race Group Crew

The rest of the Cascade Lakes Race Group Crew

Bio

Hands down, we’ve got the best staff around and we can’t say enough about the incredible people who help us put on these races. Our core race staff includes:

  • Hannah St. John, Merchandise Director
  • Larry Murphy, Course Director
  • Craig McClure, Medical Coordinator
  • Dave & Deb McPherson, Race Central
  • Ashley Perry, Social Media

Ambassadors

Kerry D.

Kerry D.

West Linn, Oregon

Bio

I am so excited to be a Cascade Relay Ambassador! I ran my first half marathon in 2008 and have loved running ever since. CLR was the most beautiful and well-organized relay I had ever been a part of and then the Bend Beer Chase was born. The BBC took relays to another level of fun and shenanigans! Running and beer…what could be better?  My friends and I look forward to this weekend all year long!

Fun Fact: I have a lifetime goal to run a half marathon in every state.

Ehren D.

Ehren D.

Assistant Race Director

Bio
Ehren’s first overnight relay was the Cascade Lakes Relay in 2013 and he has been hooked ever since. The camaraderie and laughs from such a unique event well outweighed the lack of sleep, running through the night on dusty fire roads, and a van full of body odor. Despite having raced many other courses, Ehren has always particularly enjoyed the events put on by Cascade Relays. He has since become an Ambassador and Race Official with Cascade Relays, working and volunteering at events such as the Bend Beer Chase, San Diego Beer Chase, and Cascade Lakes Relay.
Located in San Francisco, Ehren is the California Lead Ambassador for Cascade Relays and a member of several San Francisco Bay Area running clubs. When he is not relaying, he races ultra-marathon and marathon distances and also enjoys competing in the occasional triathlon.
Casey H.

Casey H.

Boulder Beer Chase Assistant Race Director

Bio
“I don’t always watch a total solar eclipse less than 45 minutes from my house, but when I do, I do it wearing CLR gear.”
Hi! I’m Casey. I’m a mom, a wife, a yogi, a sports writer, a foodie and a relay junkie. I joined my first CLR team five years ago, having never heard of the event a few days before the race. With two toddlers and a 1-year-old at the time, I heard the ‘you’ll be gone about three days’ part and said an enthusiastic ‘YES!!!!’
The details I learned as I went. Meet some strangers and spend 30 hours with them in a van? Sure! Run at altitude, in the summer heat… and then do it again and again? Absolutely! No sleep? Check! (Thanks, kids). Spend the time you’re not running clanging cowbells, cheering on strangers, and eating? Um, can someone say ‘spa day’?
Anyway, clearly I was hooked from the start. Those strangers became friends. On almost every CLR team I’ve been apart of, transformations happen during the grueling, incredible, indescribable 217 miles. I hope YOU can join us for a CLR soon! It truly isn’t just another race — this is the really good stuff.
Dani R.

Dani R.

Bend, OR

Bio

I have lived in a variety of cities and states but moved to Bend, Oregon in the summer of 2017.  Approximately 3 days after moving to Bend I met Scott, the Chief Endorphin Officer, through a former Portland work colleague. I was suddenly on a Bend Beer Chase team the next weekend…Shout out to team ‘I Like Big Buttes’! I love being part of the Cascade Relays family because of the community of runners and the ability to work with a beer in hand. My absolute favorite event hosted by Cascade Relays is the CLR, the Cascade Lakes Relay.  All of the events have a positive, open and encouraging environment for all ability levels.

Three words I would use to describe Cascade Relays? Fun. Booze. Run.

Anthony B.

Anthony B.

Sandy, OR

Bio

Hi, I’m The Beerded Runner and I love to pray, run, drink beer and grow my beard out! I love to run and explore trails from all over the Pacific Northwest & beyond! My motto is “every mile is a challenge, an accomplishment, and should be rewarded with beer.” Please give me a follow on my social media.

PC: Paul Nelson @trailjunkiephotos
Nicole R.

Nicole R.

Bend, OR

Bio

My name is Nicole and I am so excited to be a part of the Ambassador program! I started running at the age of 5 and I have run everything from a one miler to 50k! This is going to be my 8th Cascade Lakes Relay and I am honored to be a part of it again!!  I look forward to cheering everyone on and encouraging my fellow runners…oh and drink beer after ?.

Miranda F.

Miranda F.

Bend, OR

Bio
I’ve been a CLR team captain for three years, and a participant for many more.  I’ve had the opportunity to work on the Crackerjack medical team, and have done a few other things to see the other side of the Cascade Relays events and what it takes to make it all come together for the participants.  Joining the Ambassadors has introduced me to the most fantastic family of friends that anyone could ask for!  When I’m not running a relay, I’m probably either training for one, or talking someone’s ear off about one.  I love trail racing and finding small new events – lucky for me, there’s a lot of those around the great northwest.  I have raced every distance from 100 meters to marathons, but my favorite race will always be 216 miles!
Melissa G.

Melissa G.

Bend, OR

Bio

I have lived in a variety of cities and states but moved to Bend, Oregon in the summer of 2017.  Approximately 3 days after moving to Bend I met Scott, the Chief Endorphin Officer, through a former Portland work colleague. I was suddenly on a Bend Beer Chase team the next weekend…Shout out to team ‘I Like Big Buttes’! I love being part of the Cascade Relays family because of the community of runners and the ability to work with a beer in hand. My absolute favorite event hosted by Cascade Relays is the CLR, the Cascade Lakes Relay.  All of the events have a positive, open and encouraging environment for all ability levels.

Three words I would use to describe Cascade Relays? Fun. Booze. Run.

Melissa G.

Melissa G.

Portland, OR

Bio

I am a proud native Oregonian and mother runner who loves relays for the team aspect and van shenanigans. Relays are my favorite races because it makes running a team sport! Running for me is a stress-reliever, social outlet and means to combat my family history of heart disease and stroke. When I am not running, I enjoy my family, live music, being outdoors, all types of sports and volunteering in the community.

Luke W.

Luke W.

Bend, OR

Bio

Running saved my life. And joining the Cascade Relay Ambassador family has opened up a whole new world of fun and running.

Lisa G.

Lisa G.

Spokane, WA

Bio
Hi my name is Lisa and I am relatively new to the running world. I am from Spokane Wa born and raised, I love the area but love the adventure of new areas (city’s) too. I’ve been doing 5k’s for a few years and Bloomsday for several years. I will be the first to say I am a Wogger…Walker/Jogger. I have to say since I started running I have met so so many kind people and been welcomed into a community of runners.
Rod W.

Rod W.

Portland, OR

Bio

I’m a Portland native who fell in love with running over 20 years ago. I’ve completed nine full marathons countless half marathons, triathlons and one half-Ironman. Running rewards me with the benefits of being spiritually and physically healthy. I have competed in CLR as an ultra team runner 3 times and a team captain twice. When I’m not out logging the miles I love to spend time with my girlfriend Cat and our 80lb lab puppy Larry.

Kristin C.

Kristin C.

Hillsboro, OR

Bio

I LOVE everything Cascade Relays related.  Started running back in early 2011 to take back my life.  My two favorite races other than of course the Cascade Relays races are the Eugene Marathon (2012), Rock ‘n’ Roll Vancouver BC (2014 & 2015), and the Girlfriends Half in Vancouver, WA (2011 & 2012).  Loved all the beautiful colors in Vancouver BC.  I’ve taken the last few years off from running due to injuries but I’m hoping to rejoin the running sport sometime soon.  I’ve missed the “runner high” so much and the stress release I used to get from running.

Fun fact about Kristin – I lost 100 pounds in just over 11 months.  I’ve been with the same employer for the last 20 years.  Wow where did the years go????

Joe H.

Joe H.

Salem, OR

Bio

I work for Oregon Department of Corrections at Mill Creek Correctional Facility as a Release Counselor.  My wife and I have been married for 34 years and have raised three children.   In August of 2016 our first granddaughter was born.  I got serious about running when I was 40. To date I’ve run 35 different and have 16 marathons under my belt. Besides running, I’ve been on a “geezer league” soccer team for a number of years.  (I’m still the kid on the team). This past year, my running has really been hampered by injuries. After a couple months of physical and a very recent knee surgery I’m anxious to resume running and playing soccer again.

Jeremy H.

Jeremy H.

Bend, OR

Bio

I’ve run over 100 races after running my first CLR in 2009.

Fun fact about me: Most people start their running habits with a mile challenge or a local 5K… My 1st ever event was CLR 2009. Nothing says welcome to running like a 36 hour adventure.

Emily S.

Emily S.

Spokane, WA

Bio

I am 27 years old and live in Spokane while currently working on my MBA with an emphasis in Sports Business. I work at 509, which is a snowmobile and off-road company. I never imagined working here but love it and would not trade it for anything. I love that I can combine my passion for the outdoors with work and face new and exciting challenges every day. I started running races during college and have been addicted ever since! The thrill and energy that surround races are like nothing else, I ran Bend Beer Chase last year and it was my absolute favorite! I’m looking forward to the 2018 race season and can not wait to continue to grow with the Cascade Relays Ambassadors team.

Denise H.

Denise H.

Salem, OR

Bio

Denise is a runner (and triathlete) who is out for fun, fitness, and lifting others up in their goals. Relays are the perfect way to hit all three of those! You can find her in Salem most often, but as an avid traveler, she always has a pair of running shoes ready to go explore any new place. She particularly enjoys having Bend Beer Chase on her birthday weekend and brings a bunch of friends over to celebrate with running & a sleepover!

Candace M.

Candace M.

Kennewick, WA

Bio

I started running in 2010 as a form of stress relief and now I run as a form of fun.  I have run several local fun runs and half marathons, completed 3 triathlons (Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron), and found a love for relays.  In 2016, I ran in 4 relays in the course of about 8 weeks, Spokane to Sandpoint, Ragnar Trails, Centennial Beer Chase, and Ragnar Hawaii.  Thankfully, my significant other is a runner too, which allows us to go on run-cations or other run adventures together.  Our daughter, Alexa, is 9.  She isn’t a runner yet but she definitely keeps us running with her active lifestyle and involvement with extracurricular activities.  She is always supportive of our running goals and is always there to help with any fundraising or volunteer efforts.  I am excited to be part of the Cascade Relays Ambassador team.

Raven P.

Raven P.

Spokane, WA

Bio

I used to weigh nearly 400lbs and was completely inactive. My life changed in 2010 when I started on a whole new journey of health and happiness. To drop weight I used a lot of walking, and that walking led to me doing a bunch of 5k’s – no big deal. After losing a lot of weight a friend of mine thought I was ready for half marathons. I protested and protested and she insisted and insisted. I made excuse after excuse, and then one day I opened my email and there was my registration for the Windermere half marathon. She secretly signed me up. That was 2013. Since then I have done 3 triathlons, the S2S 5 times (first year I was on the first place walking team), the Riverside 24 hour three time, and 18 half marathons… 5 of those taking place in 2015, 5 weeks in a row…called my 5 in 5.

Suzy J.

Suzy J.

Sandpoint, ID

Bio

I was born and raised in N. Idaho. I love everything to do with the outdoors! My biggest passions are my family, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking and of course Running! My husband and I have been married 27 years and we have two wonderful children. Our daughter, Taylor, is a sophmore in high school. She is an honor student and is busy with student council, basketball, track and preparing for a year abroad in Denmark as a Foreign Exchange Student. Our son, Tristan, is in 6th grade and also an honor student. He too is a busy young man with school, soccer and football. They are both enjoy active lifestyles and are Jr. Black belts in Taekwondo. My husband, Jeremy, is in construction and is very supportive of my running addiction. He has always been a runner but only started racing on a regular basis to encourage me. I, on the other hand, am new to running. Honestly, running was one of my least favorite things to do before I got hooked on racing. I only started running to loose weight, ran my first 5k and it grew from there. I am very competitive and racing fuels my soul. I have only been running for seven years, but hope to run the rest of my life! I have competed in all race distances up to and including marathons. I look forward to further distances and bigger challenges. I would LOVE to BQ!!! Who wouldn’t?!? My professional background is in sales and marketing and I own my own jewelry business. I am very proud to be an ambassador for Cascade Lake Relays and have participated in ten relays and have captained five of the teams. The relays are a lot fun for me because I get to share my love for running and racing with other people who love it as much as I do. I am happy to share my passion of running with anyone who will listen.

Tina S.

Tina S.

Keizer, OR

Bio

My name is Tina and I am very excited to have been selected as one of the Cascade Relays Ambassadors. Since running my first Cascade Lakes Relay, I knew it was organized by a wonderful group of people and a relay I wanted to do every year. When I’m not running relays or other fun races, I am outdoorsy and enjoy gardening, fishing, biking, hiking, and anything else I can do outside. I am known by my relay and running friends as the crafty one. I am always trying to come up with tutus and other creative accessories for my team to wear. I have been known to craft up until the morning of the race. In addition to my activities, I am the mom to 3, 4 legged kids. Kona my 3 year old Belgian Malinois/German Shephard dog, and Cole and Sadie my two cats. Kona loves running with me and is sad when I leave her behind. I look forward to what this year as a Cascade Relays Ambassador has in store for me. I am already planning ahead on what fun sock, tutus, and other accessories I can create as I represent!

Andy M.

Andy M.

Spokane Valley, WA

Bio

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 18 years.  We have two amazing boys that keep us extremely busy with soccer and gymnastics.  I’ve been running for 26 years and I love everything from 5K’s to full marathons.  My favorite distance is the half marathon, and of course, 200.2 miles (S2S!).  I’ve ran S2S for seven years now and I feel fortunate that I can share my love of running through the ambassador program.  Promoting and talking about CLR events is a fun and easy way to meet so many amazing people in our community.  There are so many great stories out there and it is very rewarding getting both friends and strangers together to run, laugh, encourage, and participate in these events!  The more, the merrier!  I can’t wait to see YOU out there.  Cheers!

Amy F.

Amy F.

Spokane, WA

Bio

I started running in 2014. My SIL asked me to do a half marathon. I didn’t even know what a half marathon was but, I said YES. It was literally the worst experience of my life and I almost died. I woke up the next day very sore and I went to the gym. Something inside me clicked. I got the running bug. Spring of 2015 I was asked to be on a Spokane to Sandpoint team. I mean running 200.2 miles with strangers has to be fun right?? Well, it ended up being the most twilight zone fun I’ve ever had. The people on my S2S team have become a part of my family. They are the most supportive, motivational people I have ever met. BEADS4BEER !! Spokane to Sandpoint relay race changed my entire life. Run to live, Run for life!

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