34th Annual Hagg Lake Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival


Event Details 07/09/2016 8:00 am waves start


About The Race

Check out how much fun we have at Hagg Lake!


Hagg Lake Triathon – Rich in Beauty, Rich in Tradition!
Olympic & Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike

IMPORTANT PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATHLETES

The modern sport of triathlon had its modest beginnings with an event held in Mission Bay in San Diego, CA on September 25, 1974. There were 46 athletes that day. Seven years later, Hagg Lake Triathlon became one of six stops on the Bud Light Triathlon Series Tour drawing about 500 athletes, with Dave Scott coming out on top. Today, as one of the nation’s oldest and longest running triathlon events, Hagg Lake enters its 34th year and it continues to draw upwards of 600+ athletes. Its popularity is rooted in this rich tradition and the exceptional venue, which is one of the most scenic in the country. And, the Hagg Lake course offers a true test of this terrific sport with its rolling hills on both the bike and run leg portions of the event. Make the Hagg Lake Triathlon one of your summer stops and compete on the course that has seen many of the greats in the sport of triathlon.

Schedule:

  • Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 40k Bike (Start Time - 8:00am in waves)
  • Sprint Triathlon: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:25am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 12.5 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:25am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: 1/2 mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike (Start Time - 8:25am in waves)
Note: All athletes must be out of transition by 7:45am regardless of their race start time to assure all timing mats can be set.

NEW THIS YEAR! Hagg Lake is offering us the opportunity to camp at the park this year. Our mission is to replicate the super fun atmosphere at WildFlower Triathlon in California where athletes camp, hang out, and share race stories by the camp fire at night! Stay tuned for more details.


Date

07/09/2016

8:00 am waves start


Location

Henry Hagg Lake State Park
Gaston, Oregon
Outside Forest Grove
Boat Ramp "C"


Map & Directions

DIRECTIONS TO HAGG LAKE - Boat Ramp C
From Portland take Hwy 26 (Sunset Hwy) west to the Glencoe Road/North Plains turnoff (exit #57–about 17 miles). Turn left onto NW Glencoe Road and travel 1.35 miles and turn right onto Zion Church Road. Continue south for approximately 3.65 miles through a flashing yellow light (NW Susbauer Rd) to the first of two traffic circles. At the first circle, travel counterclockwise to the first exit out of the circle towards Forest Grove on Verboort Rd. Travel another 0.45 miles to traffic circle #2. Continue counterclockwise 3/4 around the circle to Martin Rd. Travel another 1.9 miles turning left onto Quince St (Hwy 47). Continue straight ahead 0.4 miles crossing Rt 8 (TV Hwy) and remain on Route 47 towards Yamhill and McMinnville for another 5.2 miles. You will travel through Dilly before turning right at the flashing yellow light onto Scoggins Valley Road (brown sign on left side of Hwy 47: Scoggins Valley Park/Henry Hagg Lake). Travel 3.0 miles to the park entrance. Turn left onto SW West Shore Drive, crossing the Dam and then clockwise four miles to Boat ramp C. 

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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 will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Female champions for the Triathlon & Duathlon Distances (Overall Male & Female, and Masters Male & Female will be removed from the individual age division awards). Top Overall Male & Female AquaBike athlete will also be awarded. Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the Open & Masters Clydesdale and Athena divisions. The 1st and 2nd place teams in each relay division will also receive awards.

Divisions: Individuals: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. Clydesdale’s (men 220 lbs & over) and Athena’s (women 165 lbs & over) in Open (39 & under) and Masters (40 & over) divisions.

Relay Teams: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions.

Friends and Family Division - A non-competitive division created for the sole purpose of allowing participants of different ages and genders to swim in the same wave. For example, this allows fathers/daughters, mothers/sons, husband /wives, boyfriends/girlfriends, siblings, etc. to enjoy the triathlon together and to help one another through the swim leg of the event. When participants fail to swim in their correct wave, as determined by age & gender in most all triathlons, their split times and finish time are compromised. So, if you choose to participate out of your wave choose this division to uphold the integrity of your results and the overall results of the event.

NOTE - Awards Ceremony will begin as soon as the majority of racers have completed the event. Sit around, have a drink, eat some food and share your racing stories while we wait for the results to be verified. Awards must be picked up. Unfortunately, they cannot be mailed.

Award Criteria: 

  • If you choose to race in the Elite/Champion Category, you are not eligible for Age Group awards due to USAT restrictions. You must choose one or the other.
  • If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards due to USAT restrictions. You must choose one or the other.
  • Based on USAT age categories, if your birthday is prior to December 31st of that race season, you will race in the older age group even if you haven’t celebrated your birthday yet. Due to USAT sanctioning you will ‘age-up’.
  • Friends & Family – if you choose to race in this category, you will not be eligible for awards. This is a non-competitive category that allows friends and family to start in the same wave group together regardless of their ages.


Beneficiary

Multiple School programs and clubs

Why Racing Events is proud to support High School sports programs and other non-profit organizations through this event and all the races and fundraisers on the Why Racing Events calendar each year. Some of the High School sports programs rely solely on the donations made via these events.

Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $2 million dollars! We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!


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 for a triathlon 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!


Special Instructions

EVENT PARKING- There is a $6 parking fee for access to Hagg Lake. Due to the size of our event and the limited resources at Hagg Lake, it is required that we collect this fee in advance of the event. You can purchase online here http://why-racing-events-inc.myshopify.com/products/hagg-lake-6-parking-pass-2016 or at Packet Pickup on Friday at Athletes Lounge or Saturday at the race venue before the event. Purchasing online will definitely minimize the lines/delays. When you pick up your packet, we will provide you with a parking pass to be displayed on your vehicle dashboard. This will speed up the process and minimize lines upon entry to the park. We will pay the collected fees along with the remaining 60% of the assessed fee to Henry Hagg Lake Park. Because of this Park Usage Fee, Hagg Lake participants should NOT purchase a parking pass when arriving at Henry Hagg Lake Park. Athletes should drive straight to Boat Ramp C with your parking pass. If you DO NOT pick up packet & parking pass, you will need to come to the Registration area onsite from 6:00-7:30am at Boat Ramp C and pay for your parking pass there. Athletes - please share this link with your spectators so they can also purchase a parking pass. Parking is limited - carpooling is highly recommended! There is absolutely NO PARKING on the road for the safety of all athletes.

If you need to leave early after your race, park in the Sain Creek parking area just prior to Boat Ramp C, a quick walk from the transition area. You will have a much easier time getting out of this parking area while the race is taking place. We recommend that no one try to leave Boat Ramp C until all cyclists are off the road.

EVENT PARKING
- There is a $6 parking fee for access to Hagg Lake. Because of the size of our event and the limited resources at Hagg Lake, it is required that we collect this fee in advance of the event. You can purchase online hereor at Packet Pickup on Friday at Athletes Lounge or Saturday at the race venue before the event. When you pickup your packet, we will provide you with a parking pass to be displayed on your vehicle dashboard. This will speed up the process and minimize lines upon entry to the park. We will pay the collected fees along with the remaining 60% of the assessed fee to Henry Hagg Lake Park. Because of this Park Usage Fee, Hagg Lake participants should NOT purchase a parking pass when arriving at Henry Hagg Lake Park. Athletes should drive straight to Boat Ramp C with your parking pass. If you DO NOT pick up packet & parking pass, you will need to come to PPU area onsite from 6:00-7:30am at Boat Ramp C and pay for your parking pass there. Athletes - please share this link with your spectators also so they can also purchase a parking pass. Parking is limited - carpooling is highly recommended! There is absolutely NO PARKING on the road for the safety of all athletes.

If you need to leave early after your race, park in the Sain Creek parking area just prior to Boat Ramp C, a quick walk from the transition area. You will have a much easier time getting out of this parking area while the race is taking place. We recommend that no one try to leave Boat Ramp C until all cyclists are off the road.

CAMPING: Cost - $15 per tent. Hagg Lake has provided athletes this one time opportunity to camp onsite on Friday night adjacent to the transition area. Please be respectful, clean up after yourself, remove everything you bring in and assure lights are out at a decent time to assure we are provided this privilege every year. We will direct you to the mock camping area once you arrive onsite on Friday. Here are the camping rules that Hagg Lake has provided us and adhering to them will definitely impact our ability to camp here next year.
  • All garbage generated by campers must be packed out.
  • No open flame in the park except in park camp barbecues.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO use of the lake in any capacity between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. including wading, floating, swimming, canoeing or kayaking.
  • No amplified sound or bright lights between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Flashlights, lanterns, and the like are acceptable.
  • All tents and all campsites must be taken down and properly stowed before 7:00 a.m.
  • Park bathrooms will be locked however, portable restrooms will be available for campers.

Purchase camping pass herehttp://why-racing-events-inc.myshopify.com/products/camping-at-hagg-lake-for-athletes-2016

Body Marking: You will need to get your body marked BEFORE you enter transition. Body marking is for safety, identification and competition. 

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

“Tri” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon.
"AQ" for AquaBike

Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf and an "R" if you are on a relay team.

Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms

RELAY TEAMS: Teams are a great way to bond with friends and family in a fun and active way! After having your body marked, please place your gear and bike at the designated RELAY area in transition. Each teammate will wear their own Timing Chip. The swimmer will wear the designated Swim cap for Relay Teams (not their age group), the Biker will place the Bike Stickers on their bike and helmet and Runner will wear the Running Bib. After body marking, please place your gear and bikes at the designated "Relay" area in the Transition. During competition, you must tag (touch finger tips) at the designated Team Start location upon finishing or starting your segment of the event.  VERY IMPORTANT:  If you are the cyclist or runner, please be very careful NOT to cross any blue timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg.  If you cross a blue mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped onor too close to the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results, and it is very important to understand this element of the timing process. Make sure that you return your chip after you have finished your portion of the race so you can then walk around the area freely without worrying about stepping over a timing mat (clippers and a bucket will be located in the RELAY area for this purpose). We encourage all Relay Members to meet their runner at the finish line and run across together to collect your finishers’ medal as a team but remember not to come near the finish line with a chip on until that time.

So for example, when the race begins, the swimmer will complete their swim and then go through the normal swim entrance so they get their timing split.  Then they will run to the Relay Transition area, tag their biking team-mate and then the biker will get their bike and exit through the normal bike exit.  At this point, the swimmers must give their chip timing piece to the Relay volunteer.  The biker will complete their bike, enter into the transition area through the normal bike entrance, rack their bike and then run to the Relay transition area and tag their runner.  The biker’s timing chip will then need to be given to the Relay volunteer. The runner then takes off through the normal Run Exit and completes the run course.  Everyone meets at the finish line to greet the runner and run through the finish line together, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!


FAQ's

Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled "Registration & Packet Pickup". If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

What are the Rules?
We currently adhere to the USAT Rules for Triathlon & Duathlon.  Please click here to review complete list of USAT Rules. Important rules include no drafting, you must wear a helmet and music is ABSOLUTELY NOT allowed during the bike for obvious safety reasons.

Can I use a personal music devise while cycling? Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks and will result in immediate disqualification.

Can I use a personal music devise while running? During any running segments, we prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.

  • If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time. In addition, if you opt to use music, you will not be eligible for awards, points and rankings. So as an athlete, you have to make a choice…music or awards/points/rankings.
  • If you are using a personal music devise with two earbuds, you will be immediately disqualified. Trust us, we don’t want to have to enforce a disqualification but in order to assure the safety of all athletes, this is a very important rule.
  • We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?  No, you do not need to wear a wetsuit. Many will not wear a wetsuit while others will choose to wear a wetsuit because of the buoyancy and warmth factor. 

Where can I rent a Wetsuit to try one out or for race-day?  Sign up today and reserve your wetsuit with our sponsors at Athletes Lounge. Quantities are limited with Athletes Lounge so call them directly at 503-477-5906. They are located at 2671 NW Vaughn St, Portland OR 97210.

Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? Yes, Athletes Lounge will be on-site to provide high quality Bike Service/repairs, parts, and accessories for sale.

Where can I find lost items? Any equipment that is unmarked will be returned to the stage during the event. After the event, we will take to the Why Racing office and you can contact us to locate. Please come to the event with all personal belongings well marked with your name and/or race number.

What should I do if my shirt doesn't fit? If the size of the shirt you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt Swap” after the event at the information booth. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap, since it will depend on left over shirts, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Do I have to use a road or racing bike?  No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars.

Do I have to run?  No, you could walk, jog, wog, hop or prance your way to the finish line.  As long as you get there under your own volition, that is acceptable!

Will there be water on the course?  Water Aid Stations will be approximately every 2 miles. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses. Energy Drink and Gel will be available at the Aid stations.

Will there be bathrooms on the course? We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! We will have a couple porta potties located along the run course.

Where should I tell my friends and family to go to cheer me on? The best approach for your family, friends and cheerleaders is to park at Hagg Lake Park. They can see you start and finish. They can take a short walk up the Access road and see you bike out, bike past you, bike in, run out and finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang in the expo area after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch you swim/run in, bike out, bike in, and then head to the finish line to watch you finish. Be sure to tell them to make signs for you, bring cowbells, and bring you flowers for the finish. Especially if this is your first race, you’ve got to celebrate! It’s a big accomplishment!

We DO NOT want them driving on the Bike course to maximize safety for all cyclists.


Travel & Accomodations

Portland has so much to offer so come for the entire weekend and make it a fun and memorable RACE-cation! Although a weekend is not nearly enough to see all the beauty in this area so feel free to extend your stay or be sure to come back for one of our other local races. You can check off one bucket list item each time you visit - there really is that much to see!



Out of Town Guests:
Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location, Hagg Lake, is about 45 minutes from Airport.

Hagg Lagg is in close proximity to the quaint town of Forest Grove. You can review all logding and dining options at the following link http://forestgrove-or.gov/

LODGING & GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION
Larkspur Landing Hotel: (503) 681-2121
Forest Grove Travel Lodge Suites: (503) 357-9000
Best Western Rama Inn (Forest Grove): (503) 992-8888
Grand Lodge by McMenamins (Forest Grove): (503) 992-9533

Camping - Hagg Lake is also offering us the opportunity to camp at Hagg Lake this year. Our mission is to replicate the super fun atmosphere at WildFlower Triathlon in California where athletes camp, hang out, and share race stories by the camp fire at night! Stay tuned for more details. 


Course Details

Olympic Triathlon - 1500k Swim / 40k bike / 10k Run - The Hagg Lake course is famous for its race history, scenic beauty, and challenge. The swim is a two counter clockwise laps, 1500 meter triangular with water temperatures in the mid 70’s. The bike course is challenging with rolling hills. Cyclists will complete two counter-clockwise loops around the lake. Both loops will include a two mile out and back section on Scoggins Valley Road. The 10K mile run is also scenic and challenging, with an out and back course clockwise along the lake side road.

Olympic Duathlon - 5k Run / 40k Bike / 10K Run - Olympic Duathlon participants will begin with an out and back 5k run. They will complete the same 2 bike loops that the Olympic Triathletes complete. The final 10K run will take place on the same out and back course as the Olympic Tri.

Olympic AquaBike - 1.5k Swim / 40K Bike - Same Swim and Bike Course as the Olympic Tri.

Sprint Triathlon - 1/2 mile Swim / 20k Bike / 5k Run - The Sprint course will include a one loop 1/2-mile swim, one complete 20K loop (including one out-and-back on Scoggins Valley Road) on the bike, and a 5k out and back run.

Sprint Duathlon - 5K Run / 20K Bike / 5k Run - Sprint Duathlon participants will begin with a 5k run. They will complete the same bike loop that the Sprint Triathletes complete. The final 5K run will be the same route as the initial 5k.

Sprint AquaBike - 1/2 Mile Swim / 20K Bike - Same Swim and Bike Course as the Sprint Tri.

Aid Stations - Water and electrolyte will be provided at approximately each mile on the run (which will provide two water stops for the 5k distance and five water stops for the 10k distance).

SWIM COURSE MAP:



Hagg Lake Bike Map: 1 Loop for Sprint Athletes / 2 Loops for Olympic Athletes:

Click here to view Online Map for Hagg Lake Bike course.



5k Run Map:

Click here to view Online Map for 5k Run Course.



10k Run Map:


Click here to view Online Map for 10k Run Course.


Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

HAGG LAKE FEES

Solo vs Relay

By Dec 31

Jan 1 –  April 30

May 1 – July 7

PPU/DOR

SPRINT OR OLYMPIC DUATHLON/TRIATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$85

$95

$105

$110

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp


Cost Includes

  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Timing
  • Awards/prizes
  • Post-race refreshments including Deschutes Brewery Beer
  • Best competition in the NW
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Sense of pride knowing you're helping out a number of school and sports programs

Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered a month before race day. Quantities/sizes limited for those registering after that date.  There will be no post-race shirt orders.


Registration Details

It's time to make the commitment and put purpose to your training! Registration is available through a secure online registration platform generally until 2 days prior to packet pickup or by downloading a printable registration form and sending by mail postmarked at least 10 days prior to race day. If you have any registration questions or have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at registration@whyracingevents.com so we can help you and to confirm your registration asap!

REGISTRATION FAQS:

Can I register on Race Day?  Yes, but if you can, please register ahead of time. It gets so busy on race day and we want to focus all of our energy on taking care of all of our athletes  But again, if you come down and you really want to race and weren’t able to pre-register for whatever reason, we will take care of you. Ideally, sign up ahead of time so we can pre-order tshirt sizes and everything we need so we’re not guessing on total numbers. You know what it’s like when you’re trying to host a party and you don’t know who and how many are coming! Thanks so much for understanding!

Can someone else pick up my racing packet? Yes, however, you must complete this authorization form to allow them to pick up your packet and send them with your ID. This form will confirm that you will be the individual participating in the event and that you agree to not allow anyone else to race on your behalf.

Can I get a refund? There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do understand that things come up that are beyond your control. As a customer service initiative, we do offer the ability to transfer your registration to next year's event, another upcoming Why Racing Event that year or to transfer your registration to another participant. Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their emergency contact info and to assure the credibility of results. If you don’t let us know, it messes up everyones' results because they may be in a different age group or division! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy and you may be fined.

DEFER OR TRANSER policy: If you are unable to race due to medical reasons or a simple change of schedule, athletes may defer their general race entry slot to the same race the following year, transfer to another Why Racing Event that year or transfer their entry to another athlete. Deferrals or transfers do not carry over beyond one year. Note: This deferral or transfer only covers the race entry fee. USAT one day passes, processing fees and online registration fees will not be included in your credit. In order to defer or transfer your registration you will need to e-mail us at registration@whyracingevents.com with your Full Name, Race Venue, Race Distance and desired changes.

  • You can defer or transfer your entry outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can defer or transfer your entry between 60 and 30 days of the event for a $10 fee (running only event) or $25 fee (multi-sport event).
  • You can defer or transfer your entry within 29 days or less of the event for a $25 fee (running only event) or $50 fee (multi-sport event).
  • Athletes wishing to defer or transfer to another race or participant, will be provided with a unique entry code and must re-register for the event. Athletes are not guaranteed registration if the race sells out before they attempt to enter.
  • There is only one transfer or defer allowed per original registration.
  • If transferring from a race with a higher entry fee to race with a lower entry fee, the athlete will receive no refund of the difference in the fees.
  • If transferring from a race with a lower entry fee to race with a higher entry fee, the athlete will be required to pay the difference of these two race fees.
  • Athletes who are not annual USAT members will be required to purchase a USAT single day membership for the event that they transfer into. USAT rules do not allow single day memberships to be transferred between events.
INTRA-EVENT TRANSFER POLICY: If you wish to transfer your own entry within an event to another distance, you will need to e-mail registration@whyracingevents.com.
  • You can change your distance within an event outside of 61 days from the event for no fee.
  • You can change your distance within an event between 60 days or less of the event for a $10 fee.
Can I register by mail? Yes, please complete, print and mail-in this Printable Registration Form 10 days prior to race day to the following address and make Checks payable to Why Racing Events Inc. Please list the event name you are registering for on the memo line on the check.

Why Racing Events Inc.
1011 Broadway, Vancouver WA 98660

Register Now

Call 360.574.7292 for more information


Packet Pickup Details

Packet Pickup and Registration will be held Friday, July 8th from 11am - 6pm at Athletes Lounge, 2671 NW Vaughn St, Portland OR 97210, 503-477-5906.

DAY OF RACE PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION: At the race site (Hagg Lake Park) from 6am-7:30 am (30 minutes prior to the start of the races). Participants must pay a $6 park fee per vehicle when entering the park on race day.


Training & Preparation

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!

Step #2. It's time to train!  Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!

One way to help your training is to join a local running, biking or Tri club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:

Running Clubs:

Biking Clubs:

Triathlon Training Clubs:

Personal Training & Coaches

Time to TRI & DU (PUN INTENDED!): If this is your first Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, just focus on having fun. Get there early so you can set up your bike and gear in your marked transition spot. Rack your bike, place your helmet and glasses on the handle bar ready to put on. Place a towel on the ground and put your cycling cleats on it (if you wear cycling cleats). Remember, you should only take about 1.5 feet of space in your area. If you take more space than this, you will get some raised eyebrows from the veterans. Just remember that there’s lots of cyclists that have to fit their bikes and gear in a small area so don’t spread out too much. Now take the time to study the transition area. Where do you start, where is the swim in (or Run1), bike in, bike out, run out and finish? Understand the flow. Memorize where your bike is racked. Feel free to ask questions to the Why Racing Event Crew – they are there to help you! Once the race starts, rookie triathetes should start at the back or to the sides of the swim. If someone panics, it would typcially be during the swim so try to start gradually and give yourself some space.  Once you finish your swim (or Run1), you will run to your bike, put on your helmet and glasses, change shoes if needed and follow instructions from course marshals to direct you around the transition area out the exit. You will be instructed to mount your bike and you’re off exiting safely, Once you’re safely out of transition and the access roads, bike as hard as you like but take the last mile or so to ride in an easier gear and flush out your legs a bit. That will help your final run a ton! When you arrive back at the transition area, you will be asked to dismount your bike and then run to your transition spot. You will rack your bike, take off your helmet and then change shoes if needed. Then you’re off for your final run. This is the segment of a Triathlon that is typically more challenging. Yes, your legs will feel heavy and tired. Feel free to go easy and take walk breaks if needed. It usually takes some time but your legs will start feeling better and you can ease into your normal pace. Triathletes & Duathletes prepare for this tough transition by practicing this type of Bike/Run workout appropriately called a ‘Brick Workout’ because your legs feel like bricks when running after cycling. But the more you practice, the easier that transition becomes. So when first starting out, don’t be so hard on yourself if it feels really tough – it gets better! Once your cross the finish line – CELEBRATE! You did it! Wear your medal and finishers’ shirt proudly! WAY TO GO!

AquaBike athletes - Once you have completed your Swim and Bike distances, rack your bike and make your way to the finish line so you can cross it and receive your medal.  We want to celebrate your accomplishment!

If you are new to the sport of Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike (or just need some training tips), we posted a 6 week Triathlon Training program that you can read to give you some general guidelines for designing your program and some tips for race day & transitiion.

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.

IMPORTANT EVENT TIPS FOR OUR ROOKIES:

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Swim gear – goggles, swim cap, wet suit (optional)
  • Bike & Helmet (mandatory)
  • Shoes (running and cycling cleats if you are wearing them)
  • Your bib, pins, helmet & bike stickers and chip timing piece
  • A small towel to place on the ground for your gear
  • Water bottle, sunscreen, glasses
  • Change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event festivities

WHAT TO WEAR: For a Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, you typically don’t want to change clothes too much in between your swim, cycle and run portions. Ideally, find an outfit that you will feel comfortable swimming, biking and running in. If you have regular pedals or a toe/pedal cage, you will wear the same shoes throughout the bike/run. If you use cycling cleats, you will put your cleats on and then change into your running shoes after your bike portion. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a form-fitting, water-proof jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Body Glide or Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, inner thighs, feet). Be sure to have your Bib and Helmet and Bike sticker visible.

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 make sure it's snapped tightly! 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!

WHAT TO EAT BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE RACE:

  • 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 or three nights before should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. 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. Oatmeal, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. Eat what’s worked in the past. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
  • During the event, take water at each of the aid stations. Even just a few sips will help. There will be no aid stations for the bike course, so please carry water and fuel on your bike. Gels and Energy Drink will be available at the aid stations.
  • Post event - Be sure to get some fluids into your system right away. Start with water and electrolyte energy drink and then transition to Deschutes Brewery – it’s time to celebrate! Definitely consume some of the fruit, salad, rolls, and energy bars 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! :)

HAVE FUN! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how good 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!


Sponsors & Exhibitors


Our Partners

Deschutes Brewery is the Official Craft Beer Sponsor at all Why Racing Events. They provide varieties of their adventurous, award-winner lineup of hand-crafted beers for the athletes after the races and generously donate product for prizes. Deschutes Brewery is a strong supporter of various community events so when you're reaching for a beer, enjoy DB to thank them for their support of our sport, our athletes and our community.
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Established in 1996, Vesta Hospitality, LLC is a fully integrated hotel development and hospitality management company based in Vancouver, Washington. Offering a complete range of services, including hotel management, hotel development and purchasing, Vesta Hospitality leverages its team's more than 100 years of combined experience to drive maximum profitability for your investment. Rick, Kari and their team, have a proven record for supporting community events.  When you need a great place to stay, enjoy one of their properties at a discounted rate and support a company that supports our sport, our athletes and our community.
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Central Oregon, home to the cities of Bend, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Prineville, and Madras and the resort community of Sunriver. Start your vacation planning with a place to stay. In Central Oregon you will find some of the finest outdoor adventure with places for paddling, hiking, cycling, golfing and dining al fresco in the summer. In winter, areas of the High Desert turn into a snowy playground with skiing, snowboarding, sledding and ice skating. It doesn't hurt that, whatever the season, we are home to some of the country's top craft breweries, unique boutiques for tax-free shopping, and world-class restaurants to please every lifestyle and budget. #adventurecalls #visitcentraloregon
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For 15 years, Fleet Feet Sports PDX has been a locally owned and operated specialty store dedicated to providing the Portland and Southwest Washington communities with superior products, excellent service, and unique events. Whether you are a runner, a walker, or anyone looking for a lifetime of fitness, then Fleet Feet Sports PDX is your store.
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AthletesLounge.com is the NW premier online Triathlon website with options for beginners to elite athletes. Look for monthly features and multiple product specials
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Franz Bakery is a long-time valued partner of Why Racing Events. Franz Bakery is a fourth generation, family-owned baking company based in Portland, specializing in fresh and delicious bread, buns, bagels, cookies and pastries including healthy, organic, gluten-free options. And being a true NW bakery, their products include only the highest quality ingredients, baked fresh daily!
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Alpenrose Dairy is celebrating their 100 year anniversary. They are family owned and operated in Portland and have a long tradition of of providing the very best. All Alpenrose Dairy products are kosher and come farm fresh with no added hormones.
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The Gatorade Company provides sports performance innovations designed to meet the needs of athletes at all competitive levels and across a broad range of sports. Backed by more than a 40 year history of studying the best athletes in the world and grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Gatorade provides scientifically formulated products to meet the sports fueling needs of athletes in all phases of athletic activity. 
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At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting and investing in the local communities where we operate.
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The mission of University of Western States is to improve the health of society and advance the science and art of integrated health care through leadership and excellence in health sciences education, service, and the enhancement of knowledge through research and scholarship. University of Western States is committed to improving the quality of human life. They are a leader in education and health care, renowned for their programs, facilities and people. They achieve excellence through transformative practices in teaching and learning, scholarship, wellness promotion, and by fostering professional and community relationships.
 
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Founded in Treviso in 1985 by the creative genius of Rudy Barbazza, Rudy Project aims to improve the performances of athletes the world over. They have been the leader in Europe in the sports and eyewear sector for 30 years, whereas today, the U.S. is their main market. This success is the result of constant investment in the development of new materials and technologies, a special vocation to qualitative excellence, and a well-conceived and targeted marketing and communication strategy.
Rudy Project listens to the athlete's needs, takes in their requirements and then researches and uses the latest-generation materials to produce totally innovative technical solutions. An intense sponsorship activity, involving some 10 thousand athletes from all sports across the globe, is the basis of the marketing and communication strategy that has put Rudy Project on the front covers of the top magazines.
Technical sunglasses, bicycle helmets, wraparound glasses, but also sport accessories for brand extension - watches, clothing and bags, the range now comprises more than 5,000 articles. The innovations from Rudy Project are guaranteed top of the range.
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XX2i supports people that make a difference every day. People who are committed to a healthy, athletic lifestyle and being good citizens. People who appreciate quality, innovation and transparent marketing. We are committed to producing the best possible eyewear for outdoor enthusiasts and stand behind each product we produce with integrity and pride to insure your completely satisfied no matter what. All of our products are perfect for running, cycling, golfing, fishing, tennis, sport shooting and just about any outdoor activity.
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Peter Clarke and his crew at ANC movers are professional, hard-working and reliable. They have been assisting Why Racing events with pick up and drop off of event equipment for 10 years! When you have any moving needs, call ANC movers and be rest-assured your valuable items will be taken care of!
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Sweetwater SUP Rentals offers the premier stand up paddle board and kayak experience on beautiful Lacamas Lake in Camas WA. Calm waters, a scenic lake shore and wildlife above and below the water creates the perfect paddling experience regardless of skill level.  Group rates and lessons are available.  Find out more at www.sweetwatersuprentals.com or call us at 360-609-1212.
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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 help recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be paid to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.

We typically need about 100 volunteers per day for most events with tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below.

And remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to 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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Results & Photos

2016 HAGG LAKE RESULTS

Rogue Multisport Timing offers a FREE RESULTS APP available for android and apple phones. Results are live for each event provided we have a mobile broadband connection at the venue.  

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PHOTOS FROM HAGG LAKE!

Archive Results - Hagg Lake

POST EVENT RECAP:

Hey all you Hagg Lake athletes:

I hope you’re chilling out right now enjoying the glory of your fabulous athletic accomplishment. Hagg Lake is never for the faint of heart and today, you conquered the hills and the wind making the conditions more challenging – but clearly, nothing you all can’t handle!

It was an incredible day watching you all race and I’m feeling super thankful right now for so many reasons…

  • The weather – it was forecasted to rain heavily today and somehow, someway, we got blessed with an absolutely perfect racing day – not too hot, not too cold and NO RAIN leading to some stellar performances.
  • The venue – Hagg Lake offers such a stunning back drop for our race. I can’t wait to see all the race photos! Remember to tag #WHYracing and #WHYBend to be entered into a drawing for an 3 day active vacation in Bend Oregon.
  • The finisher’s shirts look really great on all of you! We went with a more casual shirt that you could wear to train in or more casual with a pair of jeans. We figured you probably have more technical runners’ shirts that you know what to do with so we thought we’d mix it up. The finishers’ medal was bada$$ and looked amazing around your neck – definitely a badge of honor. Wear that proudly. And all you Overall and Age Group champions – I hope you liked your 34th Annual Commemorative Deschutes Brewery & WHY Growlers! We hope you remember your accomplishment every time you drink beer!
  • Results & Timing – We want to give major kudos to Chuck Neely and his team from Rogue Multisport Timing (Tommy the Timer J and John) who did an absolute stellar job for Hagg Lake. Our packages were prepared perfectly making it a super stress free packet pickup, they were readily available to answer questions, make changes and add athletes as needed into the timing system and they had kiosks set up so you could review your results right when you finished and a Results APP that offered real-time results. And here’s the best part – RESULTS FOR THE AWARD CEREMONY ON TIME! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me as a Race Director to have accurate and timely results. I know how hard you all work and how important your time is so I fully understand the importance of accurate and timely results. The fact that both our Sprint and Olympic Triathlon Awards ceremony went off without a hitch was amazing and I was so happy to award our overall champions correctly. Evan Pardi – how does that make you feel having been denied your champion title two races previously?! We had one issue with our Male Olympic Duathlon race with Jeff Hoppert and David Hopper not being listed in the overall results. Apparently the chip reader missed their Run1 time making it appear as if they didn’t finish the race when it fact, they were 1st and 2nd overall and are regular podium champions for us at Why Racing. So Hoppert and Hopper – I honestly think the timing equipment gets confused with you two because of you’re very similar names and performances! Keep duking it out for top honors – you two are fun to watch compete!
  • The Speed – It was so impressive to watch our speedsters race to the finish line. Congratulations to our following champions!

Olympic Triathlon Male Champions:

  1. Evan Pardi, age 23, overall time 2:02:42
  2. Kevin Le, age 20, overall time 2:10:56
  3. Francisco Maya, age 45, overall time 2:12:11.6

Top Masters - Stephen Holmes, age 52, overall time 2:19:21           

Olympic Triathlon Female Champions:

  1. Cymon Kersch, age 30, overall time 2:29:07
  2. Kari Vreugdenhil, age 44, overall time 2:29:55
  3. Hannah Braun, age 26, overall time 2:30:58

Top Masters - Lisa Wourms, age 48, overall time 2:34:06

Olympic Duathlon Male Champions:

  1. Jeff Hoppert, age 43, overall time 2:06:51
  2. David Hopper, age 47, overall time 2:09:44
  3. John Clifford, age 54, overall time 2:31:41

Top Masters - Gary Terlecki, age 42, overall time 2:31:42.2

Olympic Duathlon Female Champions:

  1. Leah Brown, age 29, overall time 2:47:51
  2. Lindsay Brown, age 32, overall time 2:54:39
  3. Christina Snyder, age 39, overall time 2:56:40

Top Masters - Corina Jacquot, age 60, overall time 3:06:07 

Olympic AquaBike Overall Champions:

Male Champion - Richard Earle, age 60, overall time 1:44:58          

Female Champion - Cynthia Werhane, age 47, overall time 1:50:31

Sprint Triathlon Male Champions:

  1. Blair Bronson, age 28, overall time 1:02:41
  2. Garen Marter, age 19, overall time 1:04:00
  3. Marco Ramirez, age 23, overall time 1:04:51

Top Masters - Scott McBeth, age 47, overall time 1:06:49

Sprint Triathlon Female Champions:

  1. Juliet Hochman, age 49, overall time 1:10:29
  2. Remy Maguire, age 37, overall time 1:11:50
  3. Janet Howard, age 55, overall time 1:16:19

Top Masters - Tami Martin, age 43, overall time 1:19:34

Sprint Duathlon Male Champions:

  1. Cory Erickson, age 32, overall time 1:24:03
  2. Bruce McAllister, age 52, overall time 1:31:15
  3. Aaron Sage, age 38, overall time 1:32:19

Top Masters - Brady Cowing, age 41, overall time 1:32:34

Sprint Duathlon Female Champions:

  1. Laura Wiley, age 44, overall time 1:27:06
  2. Nancy Richman, age 48, overall time 1:39:28
  3. Tracy Arnold, age 45, overall time 1:42:24

Top Masters, Shannon Olsen, age 50, overall time 1:44:30              

Sprint AquaBike Overall Champions:

Male Champion - Greg Joy, age 49, overall time 1:05:30

Female Champion - Heather Harmon, age 45, overall time 1:09:20

  • Congratulations to all the Age Group and Division winners and of course, congratulations to anyone who crossed the finish line because regardless of whether you came in first or last, you had the courage to start! Remember that you are earning points for the Why Racing Overall and Division series championships so get to as many races as you can and earn those points! It’s a test of speed and endurance to see who can continue to perform all summer long! Next opportunity to earn points is at MidSummer at Blue Lake on July 31st, a very fast and flat course!
  • The youngest to the oldest…we had multiple 13 year old youth athletes competing today all the way to Rex Sustello, age 72 and Gil Holzmery, age 73. How impressive!
  • Although we enjoy watching all overall champions and top age groupers compete, probably some of the most special moments are watching the last competitors of the day finish –the epitome of an endurance athlete who were out there the longest putting one foot in front of the other. We loved cheering on Bobbi Spargo, celebrating her 59 Birthday today while completing her Olympic Triathlon. She definitely earned her Birthday cake!
  • We loved seeing all the Relay Teams…there were father/daughter, mother/daughter, father/son/daughter, husband/wives, friends’ teams, siblings and more. What a wonderful way to spend quality active time and accomplish a goal together! #BONDING
  • Congrats to our AquaBike athletes, a new category for us perfect for athletes who don’t run or are injured but still want to compete or as we like to call it…#SWIM/BIKE/DONE #SWIM/BIKE/BEER
  • Water Safety Crew – A huge thank you to Ken McClarty, our Swim Course manager, Sweetwater SUP who oversaw our water safety and our lifeguards on the water today. You did a fabulous job keeping the swimmers safe especially as the wind picked up and the lake got a little more choppy.
  • Volunteers: A huge thank you to our incredible team of volunteers, who gave of their time and positive energy today to support all of our athletes. Kristi Corwell – thank you for recruiting and overseeing one of the most important aspects of our event. We could never do it without our very special volunteers!
  • Event Crew – A huge thank you to our event crew who managed the swim course, bike course, run course, aid stations, finish line, transition, volunteers, registration, food, marketing, sponsors, motorcycles, equipment, sound and so much more. It takes a huge tribe to pull off an event like this and I feel so fortunate to work with such a hard-working, passionate and fun team!

AREAS TO IMPROVE:  Our survey is listed below which will really help to understand what we did well and what we can do better from your perspective. Here’s a list of what we already have on our radar to improve for next year:

  • Swim Course – I’m sure you’ll all agree that our swim course distances were very accurate today however, we are going to move that first starting buoy out a little further from the shore to give you a little more space and a little deeper water – especially for our Olympic athletes having to start their 2nd loop…although some of you told me you liked the little break before you started your second lap!
  • Bike – We are seriously considering making the Out and Back section along Scoggins a little shorter to avoid the tight turnaround in front of the mill. It would reduce the distance by about a mile but would allow for a much safer turnaround. We had a few road rage vehicles along the course today that put our athletes at jeopardy and we just can’t control and plan for people who just don’t like cyclists on the road. I’d rather be more proactive and create a turnaround area that would minimize any potential safety risks. We will meet as a team including our flaggers to determine the best option for 2017 but know, that our first priority is always your safety.

Hagg Lake Survey: Please take a moment to complete our survey to help us do better next year. We have already made lots of notes for all aspects of the race but would love to hear your feedback too!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCNRM9J

#WHYBEND CONTEST: Why Racing has partnered with Bend & Central Oregon to offer our athletes the chance to win an incredible active Dream Vacation adventure including:

  • 3 nights at Riverhouse on the Deschutes River
  • Adventure for 2 with Wanderlust Tours
  • $200 in gift certificates to Bend’s Breweries.

In order to be entered to win, post your face photos at any Why Racing event using the hashtag #WHYBend & #WHYracing. We will announce the winner at our end of race season party in the fall. There is no limit to how many times you post photos! Just make them fun and active!”

WHY Facebook?! If you haven’t liked us on our Why Racing Facebook page yet, be sure to do so for training tips, inspiration and information about other upcoming events. We upload lots of photos and videos post-event.

https://www.facebook.com/WhyRacingEvents

SPONSORS & VENDORS: There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. So please join us in thanking  Deschutes Brewery * COVA (Central Oregon Visitors Association *Athletes Lounge *Franz Bread  *Athletes Lounge *Fleet Feet * Vesta Hospitality *University of Western States *Alpenrose Dairy *ANC Moving *Rudy Project *XX2i *Northwest Personal Training *Pepsi *Gatorade *Sweetwater SUP *NW Boat Inflatables and the best way to thank these companies is to do business with them and to let them know you're doing business with them because you appreciate the support they give to the sport of Triathlon & Multisport.

Donations: Your involvement helped support many school clubs, athletic teams and non-profits so you helped in more ways than you know! Our final donations will be reported soon!

Congratulations on a fabulous race!

Sherri McMillan & the entire Why Racing Event Crew

Ps.  Here is our upcoming multi-sport event schedule with 2 event weekends coming soon!  Be sure to get these dates into your calendar and sign up asap to make the commitment! Keep that training going strong!

32ND Annual MID SUMMER TRIATHLON, DUATHLON & AQUABIKE - Fairview, OR 

Date: Sunday July 31st

http://whyracingevents.com/event/876

8TH Annual COLUMBIA RIVER TRIATHLON & FITNESS FESTIVAL – Vancouver, WA

Dates: August 19-21st

http://whyracingevents.com/event/877

20TH Annual GIRLFRIENDS TRIATHLON & FITNESS FESTIVAL – Vancouver, WA

Dates: August 20TH

http://whyracingevents.com/event/878