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Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival
08/16/2019 - 08/17/2019
Vancouver WA

Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival
08/16/2019 - 08/17/2019
Vancouver WA

Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival
08/16/2019 - 08/17/2019
Vancouver WA

About The Race

YES, YOU CAN CROSS THE FINISH LINE!
This summer weekend Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival at a beautiful venue along the Columbia River offers something for everyone from a Sunset 5K & 10K Run/Walk, Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon, & AquaBike, Girlfriends All Womens Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon/AquaBike & 5k, 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 16th:

Kids Triathlon starts at 5pm. See Kids Section below (after Special Instructions) for more details.

Sunset 5K/10K starts at 7pm. A flat, fast and scenic evening run!

SATURDAY AUGUST 17th – Sprint & Olympic Co-ed Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike

Sprint Triathlon – Waves begin at 8am
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 across the finish line so we can announce your name and 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.

SUNDAY AUGUST 18th: Girlfriends All Women’s Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, AquaBike & 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.

NOTE – To register for all Girlfriends events and for specific details for all Girlfriends events, please click here.

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

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Check out how much fun we have at the Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festiva!!

Date & Time

08/16/2019 – 08/17/2019

Various start times depending on event. See schedules above.

Location Details

800 Main Street between 8th & 9th Ave in downtown Vancouver in front of Main Event

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

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities

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 non-profits, school and sports programs

Packet Pickup Details

Registration package pick up location changes so pay attention to times and days listed below. If you unable to pickup at any of the times listed below, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com to make other arrangements.

Remember your ID and USAT Membership Card (if applicable). It's a USAT requirement! If you're picking up a package for someone else, please be sure to have their siged authorization form and a copy of their ID.

Foot Traffic Vancouver THURSDAY AUGUST 15th 10am to 7pm

Foot Traffic, 305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

FRIDAY at Frenchmans Bar from 2pm-7pm
9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

SATURDAY at Frenchmans Barfrom 6am-7:30am and Noon-2pm
9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

SUNDAY at Frenchmans Bar from 6:30am-8:30am for Girlfriends events
9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660

If you have to pick up on race morning, we will accomodate you but just be sure to be there early to avoid delays. We typically open registration and transition 2 hours prior to race start.

Awards & Celebrations

Course Records

Sprint Triathlon:

2018 – Keller Norland 58:58.1

2017– Jessie Rubin 1:05:19

Sprint Duathlon:

2016– David Hopper 1:07:39

2015– Laura Wiley 1:14:36

Sprint Aquabike:

2018 – Daniel Piper 45:38.1

2018 – Tiffany Taylor 49:44.5

Olympic Triathlon:

2018 – Nathan Ansbaugh 1:56:50

2016– Seeley Gutierrez 2:12:03

Olympic Duathlon:

2018 – Collin Bundy 1:59:48

2016– Leah Brown 2:20:59

Olympic Aquabike:

2018 Stephen Brown 1:38:34

2016– Jennifer Cotton 1:45:16

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 and Sunset 5K/10K. 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 BEAST Medal for anyone who competes two events over the weekend (Kids Included!) and gals can earn a special 3-Headed BEAST Medal and a TRI PRINCESS Necklace for any gal who completes an event on Friday, Saturday & Sunday!  Who is up for the challenge?! 

Award Criteria: 

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 Inc. is proud to support High School Sports programs and various local non-profits. As a result of your participation in these events, we have exceeded $2,000,000 in donations and funds raised for various local clubs, teams and non-profits. Some of the sports programs we support rely completely on our donations for their yearly funding. We want to thank all of you for participating in this event allowing us the opportunity to extend this support to high school athletes

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 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.

“S” for “Sprint” and “O” for “Olympic”
“T” 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, once the race starts, be sure to not cross over a timing mat and mess up all your splits when you’re waiting for your turn. Each teammate will wear a Timing Chip in order to give you your individual splits. 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. Once your leg is complete, remove your disposeable timing chip so you can freely wander around the race venue. 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 remove their timing chip. 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 will then remove their timing chip. 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 remove your timing chip. We want to celebrate your great accomplishment!

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!

Kid’s Events

Kids Triathlon: Friday August 16th:

Start times:
Kids 6 and under: 5:00pm
Kids 7-10: approx 5:20pm
Kids 11-15 years: approx 5:40pm

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 – 1/2 mile Bike

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2187354670

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

Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race?

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, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time.  
•    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.  

Will you offer a Bag Check:

Yes! If you would like to leave items at the start/finish area, we will provide a Bag-check location at Union Chapel. We ask that you place your belongings in a bag with your first and last name and Bib # clearly taped to the outside of the bag so we can easily identify your bag. We will ask you to show your Bib # when you pick up your bag at the finish. Please understand that we can’t be responsible for your valuables so anything of value, please lock in your car.

Can I switch my t-shirt size?

Getting the shirt sizes accurate for all different body shapes and sizes is extremely difficult! Sometimes shirts run small and sometimes they run big but we often don’t know that until we have them in our hands. If the size of the ‘shirt’ you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a ‘Shirt’ swap area at the Bag check after the race. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap but will do our best to accommodate your need.

Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard?

Unfortunately, for liability reasons, no bikes, skateboards or rollerblades are allowed.

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?

We will not be able to provide awards for walkers due to the inability to control adherence to walking only during the event.

How many porta-potties will you have at the start/finish area?
  • We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal!
  • Main Event, Union Chapel and other businesses along Main Street will also have bathrooms available for participants.
How many porta-potties will be on the Course?

Fortunately, there are plenty of bathroom opportunities along the course. We’ll post signs at each opportunity – typically at about every 2 mile

Where should my family go to cheer me along?

Good spots for your loved ones are:

  • Beaches Restaurant (7 & 10 mile)
  • Fort Vancouver Area (all races at the start)
  • Officer’s Row (all races at the start)
  • And of course, the finish line in front of Main Event

Just remind spectators to be careful if they are going to drive along the course to cheer you on at various locations.  And also remind them to make awesome signs for you, bring their cowbells to help keep your energy up and flowers for the finish line! 

Are Dogs allowed on course?

Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.

Are strollers allowed on course?

Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. With that said, 7 and 10 miles for the kiddos might be a little much especially if the weather is poor. Unless you don’t mind hearing “Mom/Dad, How much longer?” for a couple hours. Plus it might be a little dangerous for your fellow walkers and runners to try to maneuver around you because some of the areas overlap and the intersections can be a little tight! But if you want to run with a stroller, you can do the 3 mile course but just start at the very end to help make sure you don’t run into anyone. Your time won’t start until you pass over the timing mat so it won’t affect your race time too much.

Travel & Accommodations

Travel & Accommodations

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.

View the following video 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!

You can also check 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:

BOOK YOUR RESERVATION*

OR

Call our front desk directly at (360) 891-3000 to reserve a room.

315 SE Olympia Dr, Vancouver, WA 98684

*Cutoff date to reserve at the group rate: July 31st

Restaurants

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

Main Event – One of our Event Sponsors and owned by some very fun, cool guys!

Beaches – One of our aid stations with fabulous views of the Columbia River

Warehouse 23 – A great restaurant with beautiful views.

Heathen Brewing – Great beer and good eats!

Jorges Tequila Factory – Tacos and Tequila!

Tommy O’s – Fun, healthy ambiance. Ask to meet Tommy!

The Rock Woodfire Pizza

Little Italy

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!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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.

Volunteers

This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can 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!

Event Partners

We’re honored to partner with these great companies to provide you the absolute best race experience. We couldn’t do it without them so please show them the LOVE and support them as a thank you for all they do for our community.

CONNECT

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CONTACT

WHY Racing Events Inc.
2310 E 2nd Street, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone: (360) 574-7292
Email: info@whyracingevents.com