Columbia River Triathlon & Fitness Festival


Event Details 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015 Various start times depending on event. See schedules above.


About The Race

Check out how much fun we have at the Columbia River Tri Festival - formerly the Girlfriends & Dudes Tri

Yes, you CAN cross the finish line!

This summer weekend Triathlon & Fitness Festival at a beautiful venue along the Columbia River offers something for everyone from a Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlons, Sprint & Olympic Distance Duathlons, Kids Triathlon, Bike Tour and 5k/10k Runs. It is one of the most scenic areas with views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Vancouver Lake.

Friday July 17th:
Kids Triathlon starting at 6pm. See Kids Section below (after Special Instructions) for more details.

Saturday July 18th:
Olympic Distance Triathlon:
This Triathlon is a perfect distance for the veteran triathlete or someone who is looking for a bigger challenge. The bike and run portions are flat making it a very manageable course for recreational triathletes.

8:00am: Charity Wave Start
8:10am: Men 39 and younger begin
8:15am: Men 40 plus & Clydesdale begin
8:20am: Women 39 and younger begin
8:25am: Women 40 plus & Athena begin and all Relay Teams

Olympic Swim: We will start the .93 mile course swimming upstream close to shore against a slow current. At the turnaround, you will be swimming strong and fast with the current back to the finish. Always keep the buoys to your right. Wetsuits are allowed but not required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554355

Olympic Bike: The cycle is a 24 mile flat double loop course along quiet, country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. *Note the course is a little shorter than the traditional 24.8 mile Olympic Bike course due to safety issues and permitting. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565155

Olympic Run/Walk: The course is a scenic 6.2 mile flat, out and back run or walk on paved trails out to Vancouver Lake and back. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565149

Olympic Distance Duathlon: Start at the Finish Line Arch at 8:00am

1st Run/Walk: You will start with a 2 mile flat, out and back run or walk.

The Olympic Duathlon Bike and Run 2 are the exact same as the Olympic Tri.

Olympic Solo 6.2 (10km) Run: Start at the Finish Line Arch at 8:00am

Sunday July 19th, 2015:

Sprint Distance Triathlon: This Triathlon is a perfect distance for the novice or veteran triathlete. It's short enough that anyone can finish it. And for those who are more experienced, you can push the pace and work on your speed.

9:00am: Charity Wave Start
9:10am: Women 39 and younger begin
9:15am: Women 40 plus & Athlena begin
9:20am: Men 39 and younger begin
9:25am: Men 40 plus & Clydesdale and all Relay Teams begins

Sprint 1/2 Mile Swim: A fast, down current swim in the Columbia River! Novice swimmers can feel comfortable knowing the edge is just a few feet away if they get tired. The only rule is you can't advance forward if you're touching the sand. So if you must take a break, you must stay where you are until you are ready to resume swimming. Any swim stroke is acceptable including front crawl, back crawl, side-stroke, back float and doggie paddle. :) Athletes will walk from the swim exit to the swim start 1/2 mile upstream. Consider it a great warm-up! Wetsuits or pull buoys are allowed but not required. You can even use arm floaties or swim vests if that would make you feel more safe. :) www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554358

Sprint Bike: The cycle is a 12.5 mile flat ride along country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554359

Sprint Run/Walk: The course is a 5k (3.1 mile) flat, out and back run or walk on paved trails. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565152

Sprint Distance Duathlon: Start at the Finish Line arch at 9:00am

1st Run/Walk: You will start with a 2 mile flat, out and back run or walk.

The Sprint Duathlon Bike and Run2 courses are the exact same as the Sprint Tri.

Sprint Distance Solo 5km (3.1 mile) Run: Start at the Finish Line arch at 9am

Solo Bike Tour – 23.29 miles. Starts at 9am. Meet in the parking lot by the Bike Transition area Entrance/Exit at 7:45am. This non-competitive, non-timed ride will travel into Downtown Vancouver, along the Columbia River waterfront to Wintler park and back. It's a scenic, flat ride with plenty of opportunities for photos!

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/774817909


Date

07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015

Various start times depending on event. See schedules above.


Location

Frenchmans Bar, Vancouver WA – 9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660


Map & Directions

Directions: Take I-5 to Exit# 1C (Mill Plain Blvd) and go West on Mill Plain. Mill Plain Blvd turns into Lower River Road. Follow Lower River Road for about 5 miles (Note—at the fork in the road at Vancouver Lake—stay to the left towards Frenchmans’ Bar) Follow signs to Frenchman's Bar park. 9612 NW Lower River Road Vancouver, WA 98660 It's about a 10 minute drive from I5 Bridge.

View Map


Activities

When to Arrive:

Friday July 17th: Kids Triathlon – Try to be at the park at 5pm to get the kids all situated and the equipment set up.

Saturday July 18th: Olympic Distance Events– We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at about 7:00am at the latest. It takes quite a bit of time to get your transition spot set up, take a potty break, get your body marked and get yourself mentally and physically prepared. It’s also a good idea to get oriented to the transition area. Where do you enter after the swim, where do you leave on your bike, where do you return on your bike and where to leave for the run?? Memorize where your bike is. It’s so easy to get disoriented during the race. All participants must be out of the transition area by 7:50 at the latest for the accuracy of the results and the safety of all participants.

Sunday July 19th: Sprint Distance Events - We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at about 8:00am at the latest. It takes quite a bit of time to get your transition spot set up, take a potty break, get your body marked and get yourself mentally and physically prepared. It’s also a good idea to get oriented to the transition area. Where do you enter after the swim, where do you leave on your bike, where do you return on your bike and where to leave for the run?? Memorize where your bike is. It’s so easy to get disoriented during the race. We also we have to walk ½ mile to the swim start so we’ll have to start heading in that direction at about 8:40am. Pre-race announcements and a welcome address will begin at 8:30am. All participants must be out of the transition area by 8:50 at the latest for the accuracy of the results and the safety of all participants.


Awards & Celebrations

You're a winner just for showing up to support this great community event. But to reward those speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with:

Awards for Top Three Men and Women Overall (Sprint & Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon & Solo Runs) and Top Masters Male & Female

Top 3 Age Group & Relay, Athlena & Clydesdale Division Winners in all distances:

15 and under, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24yrs, 25-29yrs, 30-34yrs, 35-39yrs, 40-44yrs, 45-49yrs, 50-54yrs, 55-59yrs, 60-64yrs, 65-69yrs, 70-74, 75-49, 80+


We will also be giving a special BEAST MEDAL to anyone who completes an event on Saturday & Sunday!  Who is up for the challenge?! 

Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately Noon on Saturday & 11:00am on Sunday


Beneficiary

Children

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Children’s Center can commit to serving the mental health needs of the children and families of Clark County, Washington. It takes all of our available resources to enable our professional staff to work with youth and provide issue-specific treatment intervention. These staff members offer children and their families hope for the future.

Our clients walk into our clinic with any number of issues related to the following:

        • Domestic violence
        • Physical or sexual abuse
        • Parenting
        • School-related behavioral problems
        • Adoption
        • Chronic mental disorders (i.e. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)

We offer an extensive outreach program through the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts by providing on-site services to students and their parents. It is often difficult to comprehend the scope of mental health issues within the community. However, the following illustrates the tremendous need for our services:

        • The Children’s Center served close to 1500 children and families between July 2005 and June 2006.
        • 93% of families served live in poverty.
        • 8% of the children served were treated for issues related to sexual abuse.
        • 22% of the children served were victims of crime, including physical abuse and/or domestic violence.

Children’s Center Needs List: We are asking all athletes to bring a donation of one of the following for Children’s Center.


Snacks – power bars, fruit leather, peanut butter crackers, etc.
Personal Items – soap, tooth brushes and paste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, cleaning products, etc

Many of the Children Center's clients arrive at the organization for their session and they haven’t had breakfast that morning or even dinner the night before! They try to keep snacks on hand to give the children so they can focus on their issues, and not their hunger. In addition, many of Children's Center clients are on food stamps. Food stamps cannot be used to buy personal care items, like those listed above.

Set up a Donation Page: Are you really passionate about our cause?! If so, you can make a significantly great impact to our fund raising efforts! When you register, become an official fundraiser, set up your personal donation page and invite your friends to pledge your efforts on behalf of the Children's Center. Imagine if we each raised only $20, which would be an extra $15,000 raised! Wow!


What to Bring

Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. You must wear your chip timing piece during the entire event. You will be given a band that will hold your chip timing piece around your ankle throughout the entire event. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the timing mats after each segment of the race. If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.

Swim: Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit so no worries. We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.

Bike: A biking helmet is mandatory. You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them. The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet. The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame. Road or mountain bikes are acceptable. For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.

Run: You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you. Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it. Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike. Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run. Use whatever option feels best for you.

Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!

Last, please bring a donation for Children's Center. Check out their Needs List.


Special Instructions

Body Marking: When you arrive there will be volunteers to mark your bodies with marker for safety reasons.

Left Calve - Your event will go on your Left Calve.

“T” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon
“R” for Relay.
“Run” for solo run.

Right Calve – Your age will go on your Right calve.

Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms

Both Arms - If you signed up for the Charity Wave, you get a ‘C’ on both your arms so we know to take extra special care of you. Be sure to let your body marker know you’re in the Charity Wave.

Transition Area for Triathletes & Duathletes: For the safety of your bike and equipment, only athletes are allowed in the transition area. You must have your body marked and your bike number on your bike before you will be allowed in. When you enter/exit, you will be asked to show your Bib # and it must match the number on your bike. Please don’t get upset at the volunteers for enforcing this rule –it’s in your best interest. A triathlon transition spot would be a primo location for bike thieves! Also note, when setting up your transition spot, please set up your bike based on your bib number. Note: Charity Waves have their own separate premium spot at the front to thank them for their extra donation. Also be sure to not to take up too much room – we have to fit a lot of triathletes into the area. Set up your bike and then right beside or under your bike, set up a small towel with all your stuff on the towel. A good rule of thumb is not to use any more than 1.5 feet of space beside your bike. Also make a mental note of your transition area location to help you remember where to find your bike when you exit out of the water – it’s really easy to get disoriented. When you get your transition spot set-up, take a moment to get oriented to the transition area. After you complete your swim, you will enter the transition into the entrance titled “SWIM ENTRANCE”. You will leave the transition on your bike, through the exit titled “BIKE EXIT”. After your bike, you will re-enter the transition area through the entrance titled “BIKE ENTRANCE”. You will leave for your run through the exit titled “RUN EXIT”. It is important that you understand the flow of the transition area because timing mats are set-up at these specific exits/entrances to collect your separate event splits.

Rules of Triathlon: For bike safety, make sure that you follow all rules of the road. Always pass another cyclist on the left. Do not cross the center line on the road. Drafting and blocking are not allowed - you can’t ride right behind another cyclist or right beside another cyclist because it offers an unfair advantage. So if you come up to another cyclist, you must pass them in a timely manner and they must drop back and not draft off of you. And as mentioned earlier, be sure to have end plugs on your handlebars, always wear a helmet, strap your helmet before you leave the transition, mount and dismount your bike inside the designated areas (you are not allowed to ride your bike in the transition area), and always obey race officials.


Kid's Events

Kids Triathlon: Friday July 17th

Start time: Kids 6 and under: 6:00pm
Kids 7-10: 6:30pm
Kids 11-16 years: 7:00pm

Swim Distance:

6 and under - 25 yard swim (.01 miles)

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565431

7-10 years – 100 yard swim (.05 miles)

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565432

11-16 years – 200 yard swim (.11 miles)

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565433

Bike Distance:

6 and under – 1 mile Bike

http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565434

7- 10 years – 2 mile Bike

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565435

11-16 years – 3 mile Bike

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565438

Run Distance:

6 and under .25 miles

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565430

7-10 years - .45 miles

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565429

11-15 years - .55 miles

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565428

Set up – Be there early to help your kids set up their transition area. It’s a Friday night so be sure to leave enough time to account for traffic. It can add a lot of pressure on kids if they are feeling late and rushed.

Age-Limits - The upper age limit is 16  years old at the time of the event. There is no set lower age limit but parents/guardians should assess the child's abilities to complete the prescribed course. The Kids Mini Triathlon is designed to be a positive experience and no child should be entered that is not going to benefit from the experience. Being asked to perform beyond one's abilities may not be a positive experience so help them train so they are properly prepared. Give your kids the permission to take breaks or walk if needed. Try not to put too much pressure on them! Make it fun!

Swim Aids: Swim aids such as floatties or flotation vests will be allowed. Fins are not allowed for safety reasons.

Swim Assistance from parent/guardian: Swim assistance is MANDATORY during the swim course. At least one parent/guardian must walk along the shore or beside their child for safety reasons. Kids can easily touch the bottom, however, this is a river with a current, so each child must have one adult overseeing them the entire time they are in the water. In addition, adult volunteers will be in the water for safety. We have never lost a child during the swim and want to maintain our 100% success rate!

Adult Course Assistance: Younger children (6 and under) should be assisted throughout the entire event by a parent/guardian to ensure they stay on course and are encouraged. Parents can assist older children in the 7-10 age group depending on the child’s need. Parents cannot assist the older children in the 11-16 age group since this category will be timed. When assisting kids, as much as possible, try to let them do everything by themselves (but assistance is allowed to ensure a positive experience). It's also helpful to have the parent there to keep younger children on the right side of the trail during the bike portion. If they will be completing the bike on their own, be sure you discuss with them the importance of staying to the right of the trail and not making any abrupt changes in direction to avoid any bike crashes.

Training Wheels - Training wheels will be allowed.

Awards. All Kids Tri participants receive a finisher’s medal. The 10 and under age groups will not be timed and no placement awards will be given to this group. The 11-16 year old Age Category will be timed and awards will be given to the Top 3 Boys and Girls in this group.


FAQ's

Will there be a Bike Tech onsite:  We will have Bike-Techs from Downtown Vancouver’s Premiere Bike Shop “Bad Monkey Bikes, Board & Skate” onsite to assist you with any bike issues.

What happens if I have Bike Trouble during the event. If you have a mechanical failure and you are unable to fix it, flag down a volunteer or Officer Reserve so they can bring you back to the finish.

Are Jogger strollers allowed? Yes, for the Solo Run options only. But please be very careful and watch out for other athletes.

Are Ipods and headsets allowed?  Yes, they are allowed for the running routes but are not allowed for the swim and bike options for safety reasons. If you are running with headsets, please keep the volume down so you can hear course marshal instructions and be aware of traffic and what’s going on around you.

Can I pick up my friend’s race package?  Yes, just please be sure you have the correct spelling of their name and their contact info so we can verify you have the correct package. 

Can I switch my t-shirt size?  Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the 'shirt' you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt' swap area on Sunday at 11am-1pm and at the studio the week after the event. Please call ahead at 360.574.7292 to determine which sizes we have left over.

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?  We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

Can I get a refund or transfer my registration to next year or to someone else?  There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

There is no fee to transfer to the same event or to a shorter distance, however, if you are transferring up to a longer distance, you will need to pay the difference in event fees. There will be no refunds to transferring to a shorter distance. 

If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@whyracingevents.com to confirm this year's registration asap!

How many bathrooms will you have at the start/finish area? Frenchmans Bar has plenty of restroom options.

How many bathroom opportunities will be on the Course: The swim?  Well, lots!!  Bike, you’re only opportunity will be the start and finish of the bike at the restrooms. Run - The only opportunity for bathroom breaks for the short distance run will be at the start/finish at the restrooms.  For the Olympic Distance, you will have another opportunity at Vancouver Lake at the halfway point.

Where should my family go to cheer me along? For the safety of all athletes, ask your supporters to be at the event by 7:45am (Saturday) or 8:45am (Sunday) at the very latest.  Otherwise, they will most likely experience significant delays and will miss the start/finish and potentially the majority of the event.  Frenchmen’ Bar is a great venue for spectators to watch the swim, transition, run and the finish from the park. There's a playground and beach for the kids, and volleyball nets for fun after-event activities so bring the whole family.  Tell them to make signs, bring cow-bells or pots and pans to make lots of noise and cheer you on and perhaps suggest flowers for the finish line…sometimes, you just got to tell them exactly what you need to make it a very special experience for you!


Travel & Accomodations

For our out of town guests, if you are flying, you will need to schedule your flight arriving into Portland Oregon. Hotels listed below are 20 minutes from airport.

Book your accommodations at one of the following hotels. They are about a 10 minute drive to the start/finish area:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver/Portland
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd
Vancouver WA 98661
360-750-1100
1-800-Call Home
www.vancouverportland.homewoodsuites.com

Tell them that you are participating in the Columbia River Tri and you will get 10% off!

The Hilton Hotel
301 W. 6th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.993.4500
www.vancouverwashington.hilton.com

Comfort Inn & Suites
401 E. 13th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 696-0411
http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-vancouver-washington-WA198

Red Lion Hotel at the Quay
100 Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Phone: 360.694.8341
http://www.redlion.rdln.com/


Restaurants

Here's a list of great local restaurants to help you carb up. Be sure to make reservations early:

        • Main Event – One of our Event Sponsors and owned by some very fun, cool guys! Main Event
        • Beaches – Great restaurant with fabulous views of the Columbia River Beaches
        • Tommy O's – Fun, healthy ambiance. Ask to meet Tommy! Tommy O's


Course Details

This is one of the prettiest Triathlon venues in the Northwest sitting right on the beautiful Columbia River. You will be biking through scenic, flat country roads and running on paved, flat country trails. Not only will you enjoy views of the Columbia River but also you’ll enjoy scenic views of Mt St. Helen’s, Mt. Hood and Vancouver Lake!

Olympic Distance Swim: We will start the .93 mile course swimming upstream close to shore against a slow current. At the turnaround, you will be swimming strong and fast with the current back to the finish. Always keep the buoys to your right. Wetsuits are allowed but not required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554355

Olympic Distance Bike: The cycle is a 24 mile flat ride along quiet, country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565155

Olympic Distance Run/Walk: The course is a scenic 6.2 mile flat, out and back run or walk on paved trails out to Vancouver Lake and back. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565149

Note: The Olympic Duathlon and Solo 10km Run Course will be on the same route as the Olympic Tri Bike and Run. The initial 2 mile run will be a 1 mile out and back course on the same running path that you will finish on.

Sprint Distance Tri 1/2 Mile Swim: A fast, down current swim in the Columbia River! Novice swimmers can feel comfortable knowing the edge is just a few feet away if they get tired. The only rule is you can't advance forward if you're touching the sand. So if you must take a break, you must stay where you are until you are ready to resume swimming. Any swim stroke is acceptable including front crawl, back crawl, side-stroke, back float and doggie paddle. :) Athletes will walk from the swim exit to the swim start 1/2 mile upstream. Consider it a great warm-up! Wetsuits or pull buoys are allowed but not required. You can even use arm floaties or swim vests if that would make you feel more safe. :) www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554358

Sprint Distance Tri Bike: The cycle is a 12.5 mile flat ride along country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554359

Sprint Distance Run/Walk: The course is a 3.1 (5k) mile flat, out and back run or walk on paved trails. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=565152

Note: The Sprint Distance Duathlon and Solo 5km Run Course will be on the same route as the Short Distance Triathlon Bike and Run. The initial 2 mile run will be a 1 mile out and back course on the same running path that you will finish on.


Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

Individual Sprint or Olympic Distance Triathlon or Duathlon
Before May 18th: $75
May 18th:- July 1st: $85
July 2nd - July 16th: $95
July 17th/18th/19th: $100

Relay/Corporate Team for Sprint or Olympic Distance Triathlon or Duathlon:
Before May 18th: $105
May 18th - July 1st: $120
July 2nd - July 16th: $135
July 17th/18th/19st: $150

3.1mile (5km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) Solo Run or Solo Bike Tour
Before May 18th: $40
May 18th:- July 1st: $45
July 2nd - July 16th: $50
July 17th/18th/19th: $55

Charity Wave: $25 per person optional charitable contribution to Children's Center and obtain Premium Transition Spot and First Wave Rights for all events. For a Relay Team to access Charity Wave, they must pay $25/person for a total of $75 with 100% of the monies going to Children's Center.

Kids Mini Tri – 10 and under age groups
Before May 18th: $25
May 18th – July 1st $30
July 2nd – July 16th: $35
July 17th/18th/19th: $40

Kids Timed Triathlon – 11-16 years
Before May 18th: $40
May 18th – July 1st $45
July 2nd – July 16th: $50
July 17th/18th/19th: $55


Cost Includes

Cost Includes:

        • Technical Runner’s Shirt Adults & Kids
        • Accurate Chip Timing for Adults & Kids 11-16 age group category
        • Finisher’s Gift for Adults & Kids
        • Bag of stuff
        • Post-Race Festivities – ongoing as athletes finish
        • Music
        • Food
        • Vendors/Health Fair

Not a bad price for a fun, active event, shirt, medal, food, music and so much more!

Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.

If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.

There is no fee to transfer to the same event or to a shorter distance, however, if you are transferring up to a longer distance, you will need to pay the difference in event fees. There will be no refunds to transferring to a shorter distance.

If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at shantina@whyracingevents.com to confirm this year's registration asap!


Registration Details

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information


Packet Pickup Details

Registration package pick up location changes so pay attention to times and days listed below.

Pick up Location: Northwest Personal Training, 1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

        • Friday July 17th from 5:30am-3:00pm at NWPT for all events

Pick up Location: Frenchmans Bar, 9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660

        • Friday July 17th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Frenchmans Bar for all events
        • Saturday July 18th from 6:00am-7:15am at Frenchmans Bar for Saturday events
        • Saturday July 18th from 11am-2:00pm at Frenchmans Bar for Sunday events
        • Sunday July 19th from 7:00-8:15am at Frenchmans Bar for Sunday events


Training & Preparation

Be sure to train with us at Northwest Personal Training so you can be in the best shape of your life and cross the finish line. We will be hosting a Triathlon Training clinic to help ensure you get to the finish line! Call us at 360.574.7292 for more details.

We posted a 6 week Triathlon Training program that you can read to give you some general guidelines for designing your program.

Week 1:  http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/16/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line/

Week 2  http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/23/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-2/

Week 3:  http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/30/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-week-3/

Week 4:  http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/06/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-running-tips/

Week 5: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/15/try-a-triathlon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-training-tips/

Week 6: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/17/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-transitions/

Tapering: At about 1-2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.

Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During & After the event:

        • Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner the two nights before should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. For example, a chicken/tofu and vegetable pasta with half marinara/cream is a nice option. Or a Vegetable, Meat/Tofu stir-fry with brown rice is a good option. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
        • On race morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. bread, cereal, bagel, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
        • During the event, be sure to take water at each of the aid stations on the run. Even just a few sips will help. When you take your water cup, try squeezing the top of your cup together to create a narrow opening, so as you drink, you don't inhale and choke on too much water. If you are biking, be sure to have water and fuel on your bike. Some runners/walkers like to have a little bit of sugar for a longer race- we'll have PowerBar Gels and Fluid Replacement Drink at all the aid stations to give you that last little push to the finish.
        • Post event - Congratulations! Be sure to get some fluids - especially the energy drink that Corwin will provide - into your system right away. Definitely consume some of the fruit, bagels, and PowerBars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! :)

Race Day Mental Prep:  Have Fun! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how well you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!


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A huge thank you to PowerBar for supplying energy bars and gels to keep us going strong to the finish line!

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CORWIN

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A huge thank you to Corwin for keeping us hydrated and supplying all of our hydration needs for the Girlfriend's Half Marathon.

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We want to thank the Clark County Washington Reserve Unit for helping to keep our race participants safe!
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We are so excited that Whole Foods Market will be providing healthy and nutritious snacks for us to enjoy in between our climbs.
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Partnership Opportunities

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community. They are loyal to brands that support their mission towards a healthy body, mind, spirit and world.

These athletes are strong consumers of:

  • Health & Wellness services such as Massage, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Natural Medicine, Acupuncture, Personal Training and Coaching. They break it down and need you to build it back up again and keep them healthy, fit and strong.
  • Bicycles – A Triathlete will often spend more money on their bike and accessories than they do on vital services!
  • Running Shoes – Every runner/triathlete recognizes the importance of a good pair of shoes and once they connect and have success with your brand, they become die-hard, loyal customers and brand ambassadors by default.
  • Active Gear & Clothing – Runners & Triathletes will spend a lot of money on tights, compression socks, waterproof clothing, running vests, water-proof jackets, hats, and gloves that make them more comfortable and able to endure the elements better. They also love shirts with fun, witty captions!
  • Technical Gadgets – Runners & Triathletes are often technological geeks and love GPS systems and downloadable products that allow them to track and analyze their performances
  • Energy Drinks, Bars & Jells – Competitive athletes require healthy, quick energy products and when they find the product that works for them, they rarely waiver and again become brand ambassadors and advocates.
  • Fast, cool cars – Runners & Triathletes have a need for speed and it’s not limited to their bikes. They love cool, fast, sporty vehicles that allow them to get outdoors!
  • Beer & Wine – Yes, serious athletes do enjoy drinking! Isn’t that why they train so hard?!
  • Restaurants – They train hard & eat big to refuel. They are often foodies always looking for the next go-to restaurant.
  • Financial Services – They are an educated, wealthy group and are smart enough to know they need to develop a plan for their financial future

Why Racing Events Inc., is the largest producers of Multi-Sport Events in the Northwest. We can provide you with the opportunity to gain brand recognition and loyalty of thousands of triathletes, runners, cyclists and walkers. We value businesses that provide high-quality products and relevant services which allow our athletes to thrive and to achieve their goals. We look for partnerships with companies which are creative and which help enhance our events and our athletes’ experiences.

We take our partnerships very seriously and recognize that both parties must benefit to assure a win:win arrangement. We offer a diverse range of sponsorship packages tailored to align seamlessly with your company’s marketing goals and provide a dynamic environment for delivering your corporate message and introducing your relevant products or services to this desirable target audience.

  • Title, Presenting, Gold, Silver, Bronze & Copper Penny options – We can tailor a sponsorship package to work with your budget!
  • Vendor Opportunities – Get face to face with our athletes and their family & friends and showcase your products and/or services
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media
    • Recognition in email and direct athlete correspondence
    • Logo and link placement on Website, Event Pages and Social media platforms
    • Logo on event promotional fliers and posters
    • Logo on event products – ie t-shirts, goody bags, water bottles
    • Coupon/Promotional material in goody bags or online virtual goody bags
    • Company banners posted at events
    • Sponsor recognition during race announcements

For information on vendor opportunities at specific events and sponsorship opportunities for Why Racing Events Inc. please contact us at sponsorships@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below.

We’re always happy to discuss the possibilities of creating a win/win partnership with you!

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Volunteers

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. Have them complete the info below or email volunteer@whyracingevents.com

And remember, there's no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event. So be extra-nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, Officers, and anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year! :-)

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Friday Events

2015 RACE RESULTS
Kids Tri (6 YOA & Under - Participation List)
Kids Tri (7-10 YOA - Participation List)
Kids Tri (11 YOA & Over)

 

Saturday Events

2015 RACE RESULTS
Olympic Triathlon
Olympic Duathlon
10K

 

Sunday Events

2015 RACE RESULTS
Sprint Triathlon
Sprint Duathlon
5K
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  • Date: 07/17/2015 - 07/19/2015

  • Time: Various start times depending on event. See schedules above.

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