8th Annual Columbia River Triathlon & Fitness Festival


Event Details 08/19/2016 - 08/21/2016 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!

Yes, you CAN cross the finish line!

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS

This summer weekend Triathlon & Fitness Festival at a beautiful venue along the Columbia River offers something for everyone from a Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon, & AquaBike, Girlfriends All Womens Triathlon/Duathlon/AquaBike, 5k & 10k runs, Kids Triathlon and so much more! It is one of the most scenic areas with views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Vancouver Lake.

Friday August 19th:

Kids Triathlon starts at 6pm. See Kids Section below (after Special Instructions) for more details.

Saturday August 20th: Girlfriends All Women's Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, AquaBike, 10k & 5k: Rally your best girlfriends and complete this event together. The venue is beautiful, the course is flat and fast and there are distances for everyone. All events begin at 9am.

Girlfriends Sprint Triathlon: Begins at 9am.

1/2 mile swim, 12 mile (11.77) Bike, 5km Run

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

5km Run, 12 mile (11.77) Bike, 5km Run

Girlfriends Sprint AquaBike: You will complete the 1/2 mile swim, then complete the 12 mile (11.77) bike route. Rack your bike, exit the transition without timing mats and casually make your way through the finish line so we can reward you with your finisher's medal. This is a perfect event for those who are not runners (and don't want to walk the Tri) and/or those who are recovering from a running injury.

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

Girlfriends 10km (6.2 mile) Run: Start at the Finish Line Arch at 9am

Sunday August 21st- Sprint & Olympic Co-ed Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike

Sprint Triathlon - Waves begin at 8am - The Sprint Swim/Bike/Run course is the same as Saturday's events. 1/2 mile Swim / 12 mile Bike (11.77 mile) / 5km Run

Olympic Triathlon - Waves begin at approximately 8:45am (once all Sprint Swimmers have completed their course)

1500m Swim / 22.8 mile Bike / 10km Run

Sprint & Olympic Distance Duathlons: Start at the Finish Line Arch

Sprint Du - 5km run / 12 mile (11.77) Bike / 5km Run - Start at the Finish Line arch at 8:00am

Olympic Du - 5km run / 22.8 mile Bike / 10km Run - Start at the Finish Line arch at 8:45am

Sprint & Olympic AquaBike: You will start in the AquaBike wave and complete the 1/2 mile or 1500m swim, then complete the specific bike route (12 miles (11.77) or 22.8 miles). Then rack your bike, exit transition through the entrance without timing mats and make your way through the finish line so we can reward you with your finisher's medal. This is a perfect event for those who are not runners (and don't want to walk the Tri) and/or those who are recovering from a running injury.


Date

08/19/2016 - 08/21/2016

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 August 19th: Kids Triathlon – Try to be at the park at 5pm to get the kids all situated and the equipment set up.

Saturday August 20th: Girlfriends All Women Events– We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at about 7:30am at the latest for multi-sport athletes. For Triathletes & Duathletes, it takes quite a bit of time to park, get your body marked, get your transition spot set up, take a potty break, 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 8:45 at the latest for the accuracy of the results and the safety of all participants.  We have to walk 1/2 mile to the start of the swim so we'll start heading out at 8:40am. Runners should show up at about 8am at the latest.

Sunday August 21st: Sprint & Olympic Co-Ed Distance Events - We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at 7am 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. Sprint athletes have to walk ½ mile to the swim start so we’ll have to start heading in that direction at about 7:40am. Pre-race announcements and a welcome address will begin at 7:30am. 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 (even if you are an Olympic athlete who doesn't start til 8:45)


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 (Overall Male & Female, and Masters Male & Female will be removed from the individual age division awards) for the Olympic and Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon. We will also award the Overall Male and Female AquaBike champion for the Sprint and Olympic division. Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the 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).

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 (approx 11:15am on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday). 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.

We will also be giving a special TRI PRINCESS Medal to any gal who completes an event on Saturday & Sunday!  Who is up for the challenge?!

Award Criteria: 

  • If you choose to race in the Elite 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

Race to benefit local schools, sport clubs and non-profits!

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

VERY IMPORTANT - It is very important that your supporters understand that they must arrive to Frenchmans's Bar 15-30 minutes before the race starts because once the race begins, no vehicles will be allowed on the road for the safety of the cyclists.  If they don't make it before the race begins, they will be forced to walk 3 miles from Vancouver lake parking to Frenchman's Bar (or they can bring bikes and ride). They should also understand that NO VEHICLES will not be able to leave the parking lot until the last cyclist is off their bike.

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

How does a Relay Team work? If you are competing on a Relay team, please read the following information very carefully.  If you are on a Relay Team, you will have a separate entrance/exit that you will use to freely enter and exit the transition area once the race starts (this is to ensure a teammate doesn’t inadvertently cross over a timing mat and mess up all your splits once the race starts and you’re waiting for your turn).  We will have a Relay Team Coordinator in that area to be able to answer any of your questions. Each teammate will wear a Timing Chip in order to give you your individual splits. Your Relay Team will share a Bib # - the swimmer only needs your bib# marked on their body, the biker will have their Bib # on their helmet and bike and the runner will wear the bib # on the front of their body.  After having your body marked, 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 (back corner of transition area). VERY IMPORTANT: If you are the cyclist or runner, please be very careful NOT to cross any timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg. If you cross a mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped on the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results so it is very important that you understand this element of the timing process. Team swimmers and cyclists must turn in their Timing Chip to the Relay Team Coordinator.  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 as they finish, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals crossing the finish line together! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!

AQUABIKE Athletes -
You will swim in the AQUABIKE wave (not your Age Group wave) for your respective distance. Complete your swim and bike. Your race and time splits are complete once you cross the last bike timing mat upon your entrance back into transition. At this point, you can take your time, rack your bike, exit through the NO TIMING mat entrace/exit and casually make your way to the finish line to cross and receive your finishers' medal and have your chip timing piece removed. We want to celebrate your great accomplishment!


Kid's Events

Kids Triathlon: Friday August 19th:

Start time: Kids 6 and under: 6:00pm
Kids 7-10: 6:30pm
Kids 11-15 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

11-15 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

11-15 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

Parents, please read these important PRE-RACE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE KIDS TRIATHLON

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 15 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 11-15 year old Age Category will be timed and awards will be given to the Top 3 Boys and Girls in this group.

KIDS TRIATHLON COURSE MAP:





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! There is a bathroom opportunity for the Olympic Distance runs at Vancouver Lake close to the turnaround.

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 within Frenchmans Bar. 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. Frenchmen’s Bar is a great venue for spectators to watch. There's a playground and beach for the kids, and volleyball nets for fun after-event activities so bring the whole family - just make sure they get their early before the race starts - otherwise they'll be walking 3 miles to get to the start/finish area since the roads will be closed once the race begins to assure the safety of the cyclists.  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!

Note - It is very important that your supporters understand that they must arrive to Frenchmans's Bar 15-30 minutes before the race starts because once the race begins, no vehicles will be allowed on the road for the safety of the cyclists.  They should also understand that they will not be able to leave the parking lot until the last cyclist is off their bike.

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


Travel & Accomodations

There is so much to do in our beautiful city of Vancouver WA. Make it a full weekend and enjoy so much of what our city and the surrounding area has to offer.

Click here for a glimpse of all there is to do in Vancouver WA. Plus Portland OR is literally right across the river so come for the weekend or stay a week or more and soak it all in!

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


Restaurants

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


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!

Saturday Events:

Girlfriends Tri 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 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

Girlfriends Sprint Tri Bike: The cycle is a 12 mile (11.77 miles) flat ride along country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1194970360



Girlfriends Sprint Tri 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

Girlfriends Sprint Distance Duathlon: 1st Run/Walk: You will start with 5km flat, out and back run or walk. Same course as Sprint Tri 5k Run and Run2. The Girlfriends Sprint Duathlon Bike and Run2 courses are the exact same as the Sprint Tri.

Girlfriends Sprint AquaBike: You will start in the AquaBike wave, then complete the bike route.  Rack your bike and then make your way through the finish line so we can reward you with your finisher's medal. This is a perfect event for those who are not runners (and don't want to walk the Tri) and/or those who are recovering from a running injury.

Girlfriends 5km (3.1 mile) Run: Same 5k course as Sprint Tri 5k Run.

Girlfriends 10km (6.2 mile) Run: Same 10k course as Sunday's Olympic Tri 10k Run.

Sunday events- Sprint & Olympic Co-ed Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike

Sprint Triathlon - The Sprint Swim/Bike/Run course is the same as Saturday's events.







Olympic Swim:
We will start the 1500m 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 22.8 mile flat double loop course along quiet, country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required. *Note the course is shorter than the traditional 24.8 mile Olympic Bike course to maximize safety for athletes and due to road closures at the northern end of Lower River Road.
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1195079011



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



Sprint & Olympic Distance Duathlons: 1st Run/Walk: Both distances will begin with a 5km flat, out and back run or walk. Same as Sprint Tri Run and Run2. The Sprint Duathlon Bike and Run2 are the exact same as the Sprint Tri (12 mile (11.77 mile) Bike & 5km Run2) The Olympic Duathlon Bike and Run2 are the exact same as the Olympic Tri. (22.8 mile Bike & 10km Run2)

Sprint & Olympic AquaBike: You will start in the AquaBike wave and complete the 1/2 mile or 1500m swim, then complete the specific bike route (12 miles (11.77 miles or 22.8 miles).  Then rack your bike and make your way through the finish line so we can reward you with your finisher's medal. This is a perfect event for those who are not runners (and don't want to walk the Tri) and/or those who are recovering from a running injury.

Water/Electrolyte Aid stations: Sprint athletes will have access to water stations twice on the run course and Olympic athletes will have access to water stations five times. There is a bathroom option at Vancouver Lake near the turn-around and multiple bathrooms will be available at the transition area. 

KIDS TRIATHLON COURSE MAP:



Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

COLUMBIA RIVER & GIRLFRIENDS TRI FEES

Solo vs Relay

By Dec 31

Jan 1 –
June 15

June 16 – August 18

PPU/DOR

 

SPRINT, OLYMPIC & GIRLFRIENDS TRIATHLON/DUATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$85

$95

$105

$110

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

GIRLFRIENDS 10K

-

$40

$45

$50

$60

GIRLFRIENDS 5K

-

$30

$35

$40

$50

KIDS MINI TRI
10 and under

-

$25

$30

$30

$30

KIDS TRI
11-15   *Timed

-

$40

$45

$50

$55


Cost Includes

  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Timing
  • Awards/prizes
  • Post-race refreshments including Deschutes Brewery Beer!
  • Music
  • Fun competition
  • 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

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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.

Remember your ID! It's a USAT requirement!

Thursday, August 18th from 4pm-7pm at Fleet Feet Sports PDX, 2258 NW Raleigh Street, Portland, OR, 503-525-2122 

Friday, August 19th from 10am-2pm at Fleet Feet Sports Vancouver, 16020 SE Mill Plain Blvd. #113, Vancouver, WA 98684, 360-885-4556 

Friday, August 19th from 4pm-5:30pm - At the race venue (focusing on kids events) Frenchmans Bar 9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

Saturday, August 20th from 7:00am-8:15am for Saturday events at the race venue (Frenchmans Bar, 9612 NW Lower River, Road, Vancouver, WA 98660)

Saturday, August 20th from 11am-2:00pm for Sunday events at the race venue (Frenchmans Bar, 9612 NW Lower River, Road, Vancouver, WA 98660)

Sunday August 20th from 6:00-7:15am for Sunday events at the race venue (Frenchmans Bar, 9612 NW Lower River, Road, Vancouver, WA 98660)


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/

For you Runners - General Running Program Design: If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.

  1. If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
  2. As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks.  Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
  3. Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible.  Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
  4. Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
  5. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and consult with an expert to help determine the right show for your body.  Check out the following column where I discuss in detail the key pointers on getting the right running shoe for you.  http://blogs.columbian.com/sherri-mcmillan/2014/07/22/choosing-right-athletic-shoes/
  6. If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body.  If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement).  Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
  7. Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program.  As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces.  As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints.  If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds.  The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip.  Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal.  Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits.  All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week.  This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week.  We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in.  If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you.  This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
  8. Incorporate cross training into your program.  We'd rather see a runner run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week.  Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
  9. Consider how you run.  Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot.  But there is actually a science to it.  Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/ In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! :)
  10. Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk.  This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout.  Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.

    • Start with one leg in front of the other.
    • Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf.  Repeat 10-15x.
    • Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock).  Repeat 10-15x
    • Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
    • Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh).  Repeat 10-15x.
    • Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way. 
      Repeat this sequence on the other leg.
      Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises. 
      You're now ready to start your workout.  Ease into your training zone.
    • Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release.  This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please a local trainer/coach or call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.

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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DOING THE RIGHT THING SINCE 1952. Ever since Les Schwab opened his first tire store, their business has been about earning your trust. They strive to bring you the best selection, quality and service every time you walk through the doors. When you purchase a set of tires from Les Schwab, it only marks the beginning of your relationship with them. They stand behind you for the life of your tires, with services like: 

Free Flat Tire Repairs
Free Tire Rotations
Free Tire Rebalancing
Free Air Checks
Free Pre-Trip Safety Checks
Free Road Hazard Protection
Free Brake & Visual Alignment Checks
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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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Suja believes that best-quality, clean juice is a grocery not a luxury. We’re talking cold-pressured, always organic, never (ever) GMO, chemical-free, filler-free, gluten-free, preservative-free, juice without the junk. Because if it’s not all of those things, it’s not worth it. All three lines of Suja juices and smoothies are cold-pressured using High Pressure Processing (HPP) to kill harmful bacteria and preserve maximum nutrition and taste. Get some Suja in you so you can get back to living a long, beautiful life. Check out our three product lines – Classic, Elements & Suja – and drink the love at a store near you.
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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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Products

Check out the Columbia River Finisher Shirt - Great to train in or to wear with a pair of jeans or shorts. It's super soft and looks fabulous on!


Check out the Finisher's Medal! This will look great around your neck!





  • Date: 08/19/2016 - 08/21/2016

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

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

    Map & Directions: View Map

    Sponsors