The Bend Endurance Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Central Oregon with a mission to promote healthy living through active, outdoor experiences. We emphasize teamwork, personal growth and community responsibility.

Founded in 2009, the Bend Endurance Academy currently features development programs for youth and juniors in Rock ClimbingCycling and Nordic Skiing.   In 2019, more than 900 people participated in our programs and participants ranged in age from 4 – 74 years of age.

We teach kids the joy of being active for life!  Our coaches, program directors and board of directors are passionate about the organization and children.  As an integral part of our community,  we are parent partners and kid advocates who look after each other, cheer each other on and face adversity together.

Additionally, the Bend Endurance Academy is about inclusion.  We think that sports should be accessible and affordable to all kids. We want to price our programs to cover our expenses and to help us grow, but not at the exclusion of families who cannot afford full tuition.  Our pricing strategy is to be competitive with other youth programs and we offer scholarships and tuition assistance to families who need them.

The Academy operates in the Deschutes National Forest under a Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service and in partnership with the Bend Rock GymMeissner Nordic and many local businesses.

 

our Programs

NORDIC

The Bend Endurance Academy Nordic Team has historically been one of the largest Nordic ski clubs in the Pacific Northwest.   We offer cross country ski programs for children and adults.  Our shortest programs last only a few weeks where we introduce kids to the joys of moving over snow.  We also offer a whole range of winter long programs for children and adults who want to improve their skiing efficiency and fitness in a supportive and fun atmosphere.  We encourage anyone interested in Nordic skiing to give BEA a try.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The Academy’s many Mountain Bike Programs promote youth and junior development at the grassroots level, helping kids have fun on two wheels year-round. We are one of the largest junior cycling teams in the Northwest, with cross-country and enduro mountain biking disciplines. By creating teams where boys and girls can ride with their friends, learn from great coaches, explore new places to ride, travel together and receive training for competition, we are supporting the riders of the future.

 

CLIMBING

Our Climbing Programs offer participants the opportunity to learn from some of the most seasoned climbing coaches in the US.  Our competition team has routinely been one of the top 20 teams in the US and has fielded many Junior national Team Members. Our indoor programs operate in partnership with the Bend Rock Gym, which serves as our primary training facility for our teams. We also offer the unique option of outdoor climbing trips to world class Smith Rock State Park and other local crags.

Donate

Donating money to the Academy is a great way to support our mission.

Our programs charge tuition but we do not turn children away because of what they can afford. We run a very lean company with low overhead and use our resources efficiently. Business sponsorships, fundraisers and events are important for our success, but it is still individual donors — our families– who give the most!

Individuals may make tax-deductible donations because we are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We also accept gear donations like bicycles, skis and other sport equipment that we use as loaners or provide to kids in need.

Businesses may sponsor the Academy, our vans, uniforms or one of our events.

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Mike Rougeux
Executive Director

Mike has been working with kids in the outdoors/recreation field since 1995 and can’t imagine doing anything else. His background in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership provides a strong foundation for his teaching and coaching style. Mike has been coaching rock climbing since 2006 and finds it just as fun and challenging as when he first started.

Ann Leitheiser
Development Director

A seasoned project manager and fundraiser with a background in athletic footwear development, Ann has come on board to manage financial development and events and to Coordinator our Nordic After School skiing program.

She has two girls in our Nordic and Cycling programs and loves how they have become part of the BEA family.

Virginie Calme
Mountain Bike Director

Virginie is a “retired” teacher from France. Since she moved to Bend in 2017, she’s embraced our Central Oregon’s outdoor life by teaching skiing  and downhill biking camps. Her biking experience ranges from cyclocross to road and mountain biking. She loves ripping down the trails with the whole family. Favorite trail in Bend: Funner!

Natasha West
Nordic Director

Natasha is a lifelong Oregonian who originally moved to Bend to attend OSU Cascades. While an avid cyclist in the summer and fall, in the winter she spends her time as a nordic and alpine ski instructor. She loves helping kids find joy and independence in the outdoors

 

Brady Kendrick
Climbing Director

Brady earned a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Programming at the University of North Texas. After college, he headed to Colorado and became a rock climbing instructor, coaching a climbing team and leading trips outdoors. For the following year and a half, Brady traveled the western U.S., living on the road, climbing desert towers and classic long multi-pitch routes. Brady has now settled in Bend, Oregon where he continues to share his love for rock climbing with others.