Blue Lake Triathlon & Multi-Sport Festival


Event Details 06/03/2017 - 06/04/2017 8:00-8:30am Start Times


About The Race

Check out how much fun we have at Blue Lake!

SWIM BIKE RUN

The Annual Blue Lake Triathlon was started by the Portland Triathlon Association and Frank Goulard, who is still an active, local Masters Triathlete. He participates in many of our events so come on out and meet the legend, the man who started it all for us here locally!

This weekend festival offers an Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike, and a Super Sprint course that offers shorter distances for those new to the sport or just going for pure, raw speed. The Super Sprint is also a great event for our Junior Triathletes!

Recognized by NW triathletes as the “must do” event to open the triathlon season, the Blue Lake Triathlon encompasses two full days of racing (Super Sprint & Kids races on Saturday & Sprint & Olympic races on Sunday) including a Sports & Fitness Expo. Triathlon Clubs from across the NW gather to launch the MultiSport season.

The bike courses of these races are flat and fast, with the majority occurring on a section of Marine Dr that is closed to all but local traffic. This makes the course one of the safest and fastest in the region.

Super Sprint Tri  – This novice race is designed for the first time triathlete, those new to the sport, our Junior Triathletes or those who can't race on Sunday and/or are looking for raw speed! The swim is a shorter, more manageable 1/4 mile distance, (instead of the standard 1/2-mile Sprint distance swim), 10 mile bike ride (vs 12 miles and it's a 2 loop course making it very spectator friendly!) and a flat 2 mile run (vs 3 mile sprint course).

A maximum of 1000 athletes per day can race so be sure to register early as this race fills fast!

Enjoy the after-race party with music, food and beverages, awards and prizes, and lots of fun as we Rock the Park during the Blue Lake Tri & Du! The energy and fun keeps flowing after the races, making this a party not to miss!

Post-race food and beverages will help athletes refuel and Deschutes Brewery Beer will be onsite to help you celebrate your accomplishment! Vendors in the Sports & Fitness Expo will have samples for tasting throughout the events.

SATURDAY:

  • Super Sprint Triathlon: 1/4 Mile Swim, 10 Mile Bike, 2 mile Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • Super Sprint Duathlon: 2 mile Run, 10 Mile Bike, 2 mile Run (Start Time – 8:00am mass start)
  • Super Sprint AquaBike: 1/4 Mile Swim, 10 mile Bike (Start Tme - 8:00 in waves)
  • Kids Tri Races - Start at 10:30am.  See Details below in the Kids Race section.

SUNDAY:

  • Sprint Triathlon: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 12.5 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike (Start Time - 8am in waves)
  • Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike (Start Time - 8:30am in waves)


Date

06/03/2017 - 06/04/2017

8:00-8:30am Start Times


Location

BLUE LAKE PARK: 21224 NE Blue Lake Road


Directions

DIRECTIONS TO BLUE LAKE PARK:
Blue Lake Park is located 15 miles east of downtown Portland, OR. Take I-84 to the Fairview Exit (exit #14). Follow the signs to Blue Lake Park. Do not try to enter the park from Marine Drive. That exit will be closed that morning for course setup.


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). 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 220lbs & over) and Athena’s (women 165lbs & 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.

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 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

Local school athletics and programs

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 Blue 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

  • Participants must pay a $5 park fee per vehicle when entering the park on race day. Please bring $5 CASH to keep the lines short!
  • Practice swimming is to occur INSIDE THE ROPED BUOY-LINE at the Swim Beach ONLY. Violators are subject to an $89 citation (Metro Title 10.01.130) and exclusion from the event.
  • Please be aware: Park officials have asked us to pass along to all the dog lovers out there – NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE PARK. Sorry, but pooches have to stay home for this event.

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 one arm and one hand

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 provide 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 Blue 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! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!


Kid's Events

Most kids love to swim, bike and run – so we say, why not give them a chance to put it all together in one fun and fantastic race! Parents can introduce their kids to the sport of triathlon in the perfect venue for the young ‘uns to “try a tri” – what better way for them to actually be part of the multisport action during the event. There’s nothing more fun and exciting than to see happy, proud, young faces crossing the finish line – you might just see a future superstar triathlete blossoming into the sport!

Kids Tri race entry includes a t-shirt and a cool medal for the kids so they can brag about their well-earned accomplishment.

Note: More competive Junior & Youth athletes may find a better challenge partcipating in the Super Sprint race. We will offer a separate wave for our younger athletes participating in the Super Sprint.

Kids 6 and under: 10:30am
Kids 7-10: will start as soon as all the little kiddos have crossed the finish line
Kids 11+ years: will start as soon as the 7-10 year age group has finished. We may combine 7-10 and 11+ year athletes depending on numbers.

Swim:

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

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566148

7-10 years & 11 plus years – 100 yard swim (.05 miles)

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566147

Bike:

6 and under – ¼ mile Bike - it's a loop course in the parking lot area (closed to traffic during race)

7- 10 years and 11 plus years – .59 mile Bike

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566154

Run Courses:

6 and under .1 miles

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566153

7-10 years and 11 plus years - .2 miles

www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566156

Read these Important Instructions for Kids Triathlon


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.

Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? Yes, Western Bikeworks/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 Blue Lake Park. They can see you start and finish. They can take a short walk up to Marine Drive 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

Out of Town Guests: Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location is about 10 minutes from Airport.

Vesta Properties is our premier lodging partner. Their properties near this venue are:

Staybridge Suites- 5 miles from the start/finish
11936 NE Glenn Widing Dr.
Portland, OR 97220
503-262-8888
Please use Corporate ID: 786822239 if booking online, or mention Why Racing if booking by phone.

Country Inn and Suites- 7 miles from the start/finish
7025 NE Alderwood Rd.
Portland, OR 97218
503-255-2700
Please use this link if booking online WRACE, or reference WRACE if booking by phone.

Homewood Suites- 13 miles from the start/finish
701 SE Columbia Shores Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
360-750-1100
Please use Corporate ID:003081430 if booking online, or mention Why Racing if booking by phone.

Portland Oregon Visitors Association: www.travelportland.com

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!


Restaurants

Portland is known for it's fabulous restaurants and night life. We would love to suggest Deschutes Brewery, one of our season partners who support Running, Triathlon & Multi-sport races all year! http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

Click here to check out some other popular options.


Course Details

Swim: Triangular counter-clockwise lake swim (water temperature in the mid to upper 60’s). All swim distances are one loop courses.






Bike
: The Super Sprint is a 10 mile, 2-loop Bike Course along Marine Drive - flat and fast! The Sprint bike course is a 12 mile course (local traffic only) on Marine Drive along the Columbia River. The Olympic distance 24.8 mile (40k) bike course will head East on Marine Drive for an out and back section and then will head back west almost to the John Gleason Boat ramp. Both courses are fast, flat and scenic along the Columbia river with beautiful views of Mt. hood.

BIKE COURSES:

Super Sprint 10 mile Bike Course (2 loops)

Sprint 12 Mile Bike Course (1 loop)

Olympic 40K Bike Course (25 miles - 1 loop)



RUN COURSES:
The Sprint and Super Sprint Run courses are flat and fast within Blue Lake Park, with an out and back section on the Marine Drive bike path. The Olympic course will first take you West on Marine Drive path into the Interlachen and Fairview Lake communities and finish heading East with an out and back along Marine Drive path.

Super Sprint 2 Mile Run Course

Sprint 5k Run Course (3.1 miles)



Olympic 10K Run Course (6.2 miles)




Water/Electrolyte Aid stations: You will have access to hydration twice during the Sprint Courses and four times during the Olympic Distances. We will place a porta-potty at the approximately 3.5 miles along the run course and you'll hit it again around 4.5 miles. Multiple porta potties and park bathrooms will be available at the transition area.  

KIDS TRIATHLON:

Click here to view Kids Triathlon map

Here's some more footage of how much fun we have at Blue Lake!



More footage of Blue Lake Triathlon & MultiSport Festival...











Registration & Packet Pickup


Cost

BLUE LAKE FEES

Solo vs Relay

By Dec 31

Jan 1 –
Mar 31

Apr 1 –
June 3

PPU/DOR

SATURDAY EVENTS SUPER SPRINT TRIATHLON/ DUATHLON/AQUABIKE

Individual

$80

$85

$95

$105

2 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

3 person Relay

$40pp

$45pp

$50pp

$55pp

SUNDAY EVENTS:
SPRINT & OLYMPIC TRIATHLON/DUATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$90

$95

$105

$115

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

KIDS TRI – 12 & under

-

$20

$25

$30

$35


Cost Includes

  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Timing
  • Awards/prizes
  • Post-race refreshments including Deschutes Brewery Beer!
  • Music
  • Early season 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 Form10 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

PRE-RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP: Friday June 2nd from 11 am to 7 pm at

If you can please pick up your packet at the Pre-Race day Packet Pickup. However, if you absolutely cannot pick up your materials during this time, please email us at info@whyracingevents.com and we will accomodate you. Thank you!

Remember to bring your ID and USAT Member Card (if applicable)


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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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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Running Princess Apparel carries athletic wear for the fierce competitor to the Netflix marathoner. Their flagship store is now open at 351 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333, or find them online at www.runningprincess.com. "Running Princess Apparel celebrates the athlete in every princess"
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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
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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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There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. KIND® believes you deserve both—they call it their brAND philosophy. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to high standards in the KIND® kitchen. So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: Kind will always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy.
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Western Bikeworks was founded in 2003 and is dedicated to providing excellent service and great products for the avid cyclist, whether they be commuters, triathletes, road cyclists, cyclocross competitors, or mountain bike enthusiasts. By consistently delivering great prices, same-day shipping and fantastic service, they've grown into one of the most popular internet retailers of road cycling gear on the net. Western Bikeworks has two great locations in the Portland metro area with a huge selection of bicycles of all kinds, great gear from top brands, professionally staffed service centers, and advanced bike fit featuring the Guru Dynamic Fit Unit.
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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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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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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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NWPT is passionately committed to their mission of changing people's lives around the world by helping them adopt a more healthy and fit lifestyle so they look and feel their best. Their primary focus is to ensure their clients achieve the goals they have set for themselves. Nothing brings their trainers more joy than knowing they have positively impacted someone’s life.
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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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RLA Ice, LLC is the first IceBorn franchisee in the PNW. We are a local company with machines in Vancouver, WA, Washougal, WA and soon to be in OR. We own and operate automated crushed ice and purified water vending machines. Our machines automatically bag ice and customers bring their own water containers. Our water purification process includes: (1) microfiltration > 5 um, (2) activated carbon filtration, (3) ion exchange, (4) microfiltration > 1 um, (5) reverse osmosis and (6) UV light cleansing. You, our customer, are the first person to touch the ice and water hence our “Fresh From The Source” tag and since we don’t have handling or transportation overhead we pass those cost savings to our customers as well. Check out one of our machines to enjoy our purified ice and water!
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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, juniper@whyracingevents.com, jaime@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below.

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

Juniper & Jaime
Directors of Marketing & Partnerships
juniper@whyracingevents.com 503-522-7193
jaime@whyracingevents.com 360-607-2112

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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 signup at the onlink signup link below, email volunteer@whyracingevents.com or complete the information field below.

VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK

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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