The Bend Endurance Academy has a new home. At our recent open house, we celebrated our partnership with the Bend community, thanked our families and supporters and unveiled our new Rock Climbing Training Center. Together, we are looking to the future and pushing forward. Our 2017-18 Annual Campaign is critical to meeting our long-term goals, which include making our programs available for generations to come.

By entrusting us with your children and referring other friends and families, you have enabled the Academy’s rapid growth. Program affordability and quality coaching are the hallmarks of our innovative Nordic skiing, Climbing, and Cycling programs, which served more than 1,000 young athletes in 2017. With this success come challenges. The requirements of maintaining our vans, adding new vehicles, and offering equipment assistance to families simply costs more. Although we are proud of our ability to do more with less, in order to meet our community’s expectations for excellence, we are asking for your continued support through whatever you are able to give.

While the Academy supports athletes with aspirations to compete at the highest levels, the stories of athletes and families who view the Academy as part of their family, and even their home, are the stories that fill our hearts. We plan to share some of those stories with you during the upcoming campaign. You will learn why those stories are so important to us and we hope to inspire you and earn your support.

Whatever your connection to the Academy, thank you. We believe the Academy and the Bend community together can close the gap between our present and our shared future. Please contact us with any questions about our programs, operations, or the campaign, and donate here.


Sandy Visnack, Executive Director
Greg Rhodes, Nordic Director
Bill Warburton, Cycling Director
Mike Rougeux, Climbing Director
Ann Leitheiser, Development Director

Sharing Our Stories

Part 1: The Academy’s New Rock Climbing Training Center

Sharing Our Stories

Part 2: Nordic Team: Mentorship and Belonging

Sharing Our Stories

Part 3: Cycling Team: Skills, Friendships and Adventure