The Academy

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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 Climbing, Cycling and youth, juniors and adults in 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 endurance sports!  Our coaches, program directors and board of directors are passionate about the organization and your 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 Gym, Meissner Nordic and many local business.





The Bend Endurance Academy Nordic Team is the largest Nordic ski club 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.


The Academy’s many Cycling Teams 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 & enduro mountain biking, cyclocross and road 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.


Our Climbing Teams operate in partnership with the Bend Rock Gym, which serves as our primary training facility. We also offer the unique option of outdoor climbing trips to world class Smith Rock State Park and other local crags.


We work with various schools to provide additional after-school opportunities throughout the school year. Some programs are offered to all schools in Bend, while others are exclusively offered for certain schools. For example, on Wednesdays with early release for cycling, skiing and climbing, we pick up at nearly a dozen schools, while our REALMS Sports Programs are reserved only for their students. Learn more, or get in touch with our staff about offering something for your child’s school.



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 climbing shoes that we use as loaners or provide to kids in need.

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

Your Gift Supports

  • Affordable Tuition
  • Scholarships
  • Passionate Coaches
  • Transportation
  • Access to training venues

All of your donations help us provide quality programing!

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about the Academy!

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