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Pacific Crest Triathlon & Weekend Sports Festival - 20th Anniversary

Event Details 06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016 Various start times depending on event. See Master Schedule below.

About The Race

Check out how beautiful Pacific Crest is! It has been listed as one of the most scenic races in the country!

This course will take your breath away!

Each year, during the last weekend in June, over 5000 athletes, their family and friends, converge on majestic Central Oregon to take part in the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. Pacific Crest is known as the jewel of multisport events in the Northwest and it has become a traditional destination race for athletes from across the nation, as well as from across the globe. Coupled with a finishing in a five star destination resort, it is the perfect family vacation destination. You don’t have to take our word for it — join us for this spectacular event and see for yourself.

Pacific Crest events begin Friday morning, with the competition and fun continuing into Sunday afternoon. The full, fun weekend includes Tour de Crest Bike Tours, Long Course, Olympic & Ultra-Sprint Triathlons, Duathlons & AquaBike, Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k, 5k and three kids events – truly something for everyone! Plus, The Village shopping area in Sunriver becomes the Athletes Village and Sports & Fitness Expo, with a terrific assortment of gear, clothing, health products, food and beverages to sample and fun “giftables” to purchase. In the Deschutes Brewery Beer Garden, next to the Village Bar and Grill, athletes, family and friends can enjoy Deschutes Brewery beers, great food, and live entertainment throughout the weekend. Bands from around the region, including the extremely popular Hit Machine will perform Friday and Saturday nights to Rock the Village and keep the celebration in full swing. Plus local groups will entertain the crowd through the afternoons Friday and Saturday.

Join the many thousands of athletes who have enjoyed the Pacific Crest experience and take this opportunity for fun, camaraderie, and most of all – some of the best competitive racing you will find in the country. It’s an ideal active family vacation opportunity in beautiful Sunriver, in the heart of scenic Central Oregon.

The event and accomodations often SELL OUT so it is advised you register and make your travel plans as soon as possible - especially since this is the 20th Anniversary so you know it's going to be special! There is only enough room for 1,000 bikes in the multi-sport events. You don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event!


Central Oregon Visitors Association -
The Central Oregon Visitor’s Association is the official provider of Visitor Information for PACIFIC CREST and will assist you with planning all your travel and accomodation needs. Go to visitcentraloregon.com, or call COVA's free Concierge Service at 800-800-8334 to plan your entire stay in Bend-Sunriver, Oregon (lodging, activities, dining and transportation).

Top 10 Reasons for participating in Pacific Crest 2016:

  1. It’s the 20th Anniversary – You can’t miss this one! We’ve got all kinds of fun 20th Birthday-themed festivities planned!
  2. Sunriver is AMAZING. If you’ve never been before, check out the video below to see how much there is to do in and around breath-taking Sunriver. This is a RACE-cation that your family will love and want to come back to year after year! Your kids will absolutely love the SHARC– you can chill on the deck while the kids spend hours and hours on the slides, wave pool and activities…or you can join in on all the fun!
  3. Hit Machine – Yep, they’re back to Rock the Party on Friday and Saturday night. We know you can run and you can Tri and Du…but can you DANCE?!
  4. You’ve asked us to adjust the finish line so you can hang with your friends and family once you’ve finished and we agree! So we are expanding the Village Bar and Grill Outdoor Food & Beer area where you can hang with your supporters after the race and they can purchase food and drink too! It’s going to be an awesome area for the music, award ceremony and sharing post-race stories!
  5. You’ve asked for a Sprint Tri distance and we aim to please so Happy Birthday Pacific Crest!! We’ve added an Ultra Sprint – ½ mile Swim, 28 mile Bike - sorry, we can’t move the Lake any closer to the village ;) - and a 5 km run! With the altitude and hills, this distance will be a huge hit with many and more manageable than the Oly and the Long Course!
  6. We’ve added in an AquaBike division for those of you who like to Swim and Bike but running is not your thing or you are rehabbing from a running injury. #SWIM/BIKE/DONE
  7. There is a race for absolutely everyone from the Long Course Tri/Du/Aquabike, Olympic Tri/Du/AquaBike, Ulta-Sprint Tri/Du/AquaBike, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, 26 and 55 mile Tour de Crest, Kids Tri and Kids ½ mile and 1 mile dashes. And yes, we are bringing back the BEAST medal so if you do 2 or more events over the weekend, you’ll get some pretty cool bling!
  8. Fun Expo with vendors offering specials and samples catering to all you fit and healthy athletes. Awesome kids areas with Jump-Houses, Rock-climbing, Mini Golf and Bumper Cars so the kids can have a blast too! Oh and yes, of course, Deschutes Brewery is back to add to the fun because we will definitely swim, bike or run for BEER!
  9. Bend is 15 minutes away and the rest of Central Oregon and all it has to over is a short drive! Click here to get a glimpse of what a short drive to Bend has to offer.
  10. This is Central Oregon’s and the Northwest’s largest sporting race! 5000 athletes just like YOU ready to race, party and have a fabulous weekend!
If you've never been to Sunriver before, check out the videoclip below that highlights the beauty of this area.

If you've got kids, you'll want to spend lots of time at the SHARC!!



  • Tour de Crest Bike Tours 26 and 55 miles - 7:30am Sharp!
  • Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash for kids ages 12 & under - 4:00pm


  • Long Course Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike - 8:00am
  • Marathon & Half Marathon - 7:00am


  • Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike - 8am
  • Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike - 8am
  • 5K & 10K Run/Walks - 8:30am/8:45am
  • Kids Dashes (1-mile & 1/2-mile) - 8:00am

Click here to print & review the Master Schedule for the entire weekend.

Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival has been dubbed one of the PREMIER events of it’s kind in the country. The triathlons are expected to sell out and it’s advised that athletes register AND make travel arrangements early.
 Come join us for a weekend of excitement in beautiful, sunny Central Oregon. The competition will be fierce and this is an event not to be missed!

Speaking of competition, the Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon will offer a prize purse for the top five overall males and females of almost $5000. So all you speedsters can race to have your weekend paid for!


06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016

Various start times depending on event. See Master Schedule below.


SUNRIVER: is located approximately 15 miles South of Bend, Oregon just off Hwy. 97 in Central Oregon. 57100 Beaver Dr, Sunriver, OR 97707

ALTITUDE: 4,200 feet

CLIMATE: Daytime temperatures range in the mid-seventies, with nights cooling down to the lower mid-forties. Click here to view Sunriver weather.

CityMi to SunriverTravel Time
Boise, ID3346 hours
Eugene, OR1432-3/4 hours
Missoula, MT60010 hours
Portland, OR1753 hours
Reno, NV3556 hours
San Francisco, CA4908-1/2 hours
Seattle, WA3556 hours
Spokane, WA4187 hours
Vancouver, BC5038-3/4 hours
Yakima, WA2384 hours

*Based on an average driving speed of 60mph

Map & Directions

Driving Directions to Sunriver from the North:
South Bound on US-97
Take exit 153 for S Century Dr. toward Sunriver
Turn right at S Century Dr 1.5 mi
Turn right at Abbot Dr 0.2 mi
Turn right at Beaver Dr
Sunriver Village Mall will be on the right.

Driving Directions to Sunriver from the South:
North Bound on US-97
Take exit 153 for S Century Dr. toward Sunriver
Turn left at S Century Dr 1.5 mi
Turn right at Abbot Dr 0.2 mi
Turn right at Beaver Dr
Sunriver Village Mall will be on the right.

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Long Course Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike - Are you up for the challenge? As the jewel of triathlons here in the Northwest, Pacific Crest Long Course has become a destination race for athletes from across the nation. Racing at altitude, some agressive climbs and Half Iron+ distances make this event a badge of honor in the world of Triathon & Multi-sport and is not for the faint of heart. It's an absolutely stunning course and if put your mind to it, you can do anything! Are you ready to Swim, Bike & Run amongst the fittest Triathletes across the country?  You will definitely earn your Deschettes Brewery beverages!

Long Course Tri – 1.2mi Swim/58mi Bike/13.1mi Run
Long Course Duathlon – 58-mi Bike/13.1mi Run
Long Course AquaBike - 1.2 mi Swim/58 mile bike

Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBikeAlthough half the distance of the Long Course Triathlon, the Olympic Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike will still challenge you while rewarding you with absolutely incredible views.

Olympic Tri: 1.5k Swim/28mi Bike/10k Run
Olympic Duathlon: 28mi Bike/10k Run
Olympic AquaBike: 1.5k Swim / 28 mile Bike

Ultra-Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBikeWe've shortened the Swim and Run for the Ultra-Sprint Distances (1/2 mile Swim and 5k Run) but maintained the longer 28 mile bike (we have to since we haven't been able to figure out how to move the lake closer to the village ;)  This makes our Ultra-Sprint a little harder than a Sprint Distance and a little easier than an Olympic Distance. A perfect mid-distance! You'll get all the beauty at a manageable distance so you still have the energy to party! 

Ultra-Sprint Tri: 1/2 mile Swim/28mi Bike/5k Run
Ultra-Sprint Duathlon: 28mi Bike/5k Run
Ultra-Sprint AquaBike: 1/2 mile Swim / 28 mile Bike

Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k Run/Walks:  These courses circle Sunriver Resort on wide, paved, very scenic bike paths that will take you through meadows and forests, past rivers, and beautifully landscaped golf greens and summer homes. Each course has minimal elevation gain to navigate and a fast downhill and flat finish. Runners and Walkers will finish the race at the Sunriver Village Mall (Athlete Village) to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. Once finished, runners can enjoy the finish line festivities, including the Sports & Fitness Expo and live entertainment.

OR Half Series

Tour de Crest: These non-competitive 26 mile & 55 mile bike tours offer fantastic scenery allowing friends and family to ride parts of the Long Course and Olympic Distance triathlon bike courses. It's also a great way for our athletes to preview parts of the course at an easy pace before race day. These rides offer a chance for the whole family to participate together in the same event. The roads used are very well-maintained with very little traffic. The routes chosen are also moderate in that they do not include any ultra-steep grades, and the scenery will take your breath away. With that said, these courses aren't kid-friendly. If you want to ride with your kids, stay on the SunRiver Bike paths - much safer and flat so the kids won't be complaining the whole time! Make the Tour de Crest events part of your family getaway and enhance your enjoyment of the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. This is a supported event with water, energy drink, fruit and energy bars at the water stations along the course and a post-event meal once you finish. 

Kids Races: We like to get the kids involved at a young age so they develop the habit of a healthy lifestyle and the love for sport and competition. Pacific Crest boasts one of the best and most popular Kids Splash, Pedal n' Dash events with over 500 kids participating and enjoying the opportunity to cross the same finish line as their parents and grandparents to the roaring cheers of the crowd. The smiles on their faces is precious and priceless. We also host a 1 mile and 1/2 mile Dash for the kiddos and the goal of all of our kids’ races is to offer a fun, non-competitive, no pressure event for our future generation of multi-sport athletes.

Detailed Pacific Crest Master Schedule: The Pacific Crest Weekend begins on Friday morning and the Celebration continues through Sunday. The weekend festival includes a Sports & Fitness Expo, the Deschutes Brewery Beer & Food garden, Live Entertainment, fun, camaraderie, and to top it off, some of the best competitive racing you will find in the country.

Click here to review and print the Pacific Crest Master Schedule.

Awards & Celebrations

We think you're all winners just for showing up! But to reward those speedsters, we will be awarding Top 3 Male & Female and Top Masters athletes in each event (we remove overall champions from Age Groups & Divisions so no double-dipping and more people go home with some hardware!)

We will also offer a prize purse for the top five overall males and females for the Long Course Triathlon. So all you speedsters can race to have your weekend paid for!

Total Prize Purse for the Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon:

1st Place$1000
2nd Place$650
3rd Place$450
4th Place$250
5th Place$125

($2475 x 2 for Females/Males)

Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the Clydesdale, Athena and Relay Divisions.

Individual: 14 and under, 15-19, 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)

Athena’s (women 165 lbs & over)

Duathlon Relay Teams - Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Divisions.

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.

BEAST MEDAL: Are you one of those people?! You know, someone who is always looking to do the incredibly insane, seemingly impossible task.  Well, if so and if you are plan to double or triple up your racing at Pac Crest, you will earn a special BEAST Medal.  So for example, you could do the Tour de Crest on Friday morning, the Long Course Triathlon on Saturday and the 5k on Sunday or any combination of available races. Beast medals will be distributed during the award ceremonies Saturday and Sunday. You crazy animals!

If you can't make it for the Awards Ceremony, pick up your special Age Group Medal or Beast Medal at the Awards Table adjacent to the Stage in the Food/Beer tent area.


Three Rivers Care for Kids Foundation

The 2016 Pacific Crest Weekend is proud to benefit the Three Rivers Care of Kids Foundation which promotes the education and welfare of children in the Three Rivers area of southern Deschutes County, between Bend and LaPine. Three Rivers Cares for Kids Foundation, which serves approximately 2,000 kids in the local area, supports many children’s activities through programs including: Healthy Beginnings free health screenings; New Generations low-income day-care; enhanced math and science programs and field trips for local public K-8 schools; and grants to offset “pay-to-play activities fees, for 4-H, Boy Scouts, Lego Robotics competitions, parenting classes and more. Proceeds from the Pacific Crest Splash, Pedal-n-Dash and Kids Dashes go directly to benefit their efforts.

The annual Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival provides a unique opportunity for athletes to compete and fundraise as part of their participation, for various non-profit organizations. Over $1.9 million has been raised over the years through the efforts of groups including Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Team Defeat MS, PEO groups and more.

Additionally, Pacific Crest 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 $850,000. 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!

If you are competing for a special foundation or group and are interested in having it featured on the website, please contact: info@whyracingevents.com

Special Instructions

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Pacific Crest is such an incredible event but there is a lot to understand, especially if you've never participated in this race! Please print the following materials and review so you fully understand important parking logistics, various venue locations and directions, specific race instructions for all races and the Master Schedule of events and all timelines. The Planning, Preparation and FAQ file is long - 20 pages - but will provide you with absolutely everything you need to know to have a great race! There's a lot going on and we want to make sure we answer all your questions and assure you enjoy a fun, safe and memorable Pacific Crest weekend. Email us at info@whyracingevents.com if you need any further clarification - we want to make this an incredible experience for you!

Review and Print the Pacific Crest Master Schedule.

Review and Print the Pacific Crest Planning, Preparation and FAQs.

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.

Kid's Events

We’ve got to start them young! Our Kids Splash, Pedal & Dash and our ½ mile and 1 mile Kids Dash events accomplish two things. First, we introduce our kiddos to running, multi-sport and a fun, active lifestyle and secondly, we teach our kids how to give back because 100% of the proceeds from their participation in these events supports Care for Kids, and serves approximately 2,000 kids under the age of 18 in the area between Bend and La Pine, Oregon. Funds raised support many children’s activities including: Healthy Beginnings free health screenings; New Generations low-income day care; enhanced science and math programs and field trips for the local K-8 public school; grants to offset “pay-to-play” activities fees for low-income kids to participate in school athletics; grants to local 4-H clubs, Boy Scouts, Lego Robotics competition, building bus stop shelters and providing scholarships for parenting classes. If you haven’t done so yet, register your Kids for these events and provide them incredible Pacific Crest racing memories too!

KIDS SPLASH PEDAL-N-DASH – ages 12 & under

  • Splash Pedal-n-Dash starts at the SHARC, within walking distance of the Athletes Village along Beaver Drive starting at 4pm on Friday.
  • It is a fun, short race with kids starting by maneuvering through an inflatable obstacle course. Then they’re directed to the parking lot transition area to get their bikes and ride to the Community Church parking lot. They will enter the transition area at the church, drop their bikes, and are directed out to the run path along Abbot Drive towards the finish line.
  • Splash Pedal-n-Dash finishes at the Athletes Village through the same Finish line that all the athletes will cross to the roar of the crowds making the kids feel super special as they receive their finisher’s medal!
  • The Splash Pedal-n-Dash is a timed but non-competitive, fun event!
  • Packet Pickup – Pickup your Child’s packet and/or register for the Kids races on Friday from 10am-3pm in the Village at PPU/Registration tent. Try not to leave this until the last minute because there’s a lot to get organized and you want this to be fun and stress-free for your child. We try to make this feel like a real event with body marking and bike & helmet stickers.
  • Bikes may be dropped off at the SHARC back parking lot from 1:30pm to 3:45pm but you may not park your car there.
  • 5 different age divisions –
    • Group 1: Age 11 & 12 (no parents)
      Group 2: Age 9 & 10 (no parents)
      Group 3: Age 7 & 8 (no parents)
      Group 4: Age 5 & 6: (no parents / exceptions made for children not ready to venture out on their own – just speak to a Race official)
      Group 5: Age 4 & Under (with parents) – Parents walk beside pools and stay with kids on course.
  • The Splash, Pedal & Dash schedule is below.
    • Friday at 1:30pm Transition area at SHARC opens for bike check-in. Volunteers will help direct you where to place your child’s bike on the parking line behind their age cone. Handlebars should be facing north for ages 9 to 12, and south for ages 4 to 8. Please hold onto your child’s bike helmet, as they will need to wear it at the start of the Splash.
    • 3:45pm Transition area closes. All bikes must be staged in the transition area at this time. All kids and parents should be in the spectator area in the SHARC Amphitheater. Please do not climb over, under or through the fencing/flagging. Bikes not placed in transition area by this time are not allowed and must be held by the parent until their child completes the splash. The parent is then allowed to hold the bike for the child at end of the pools. The child must walk it back into transition and to the appropriate exit out of the parking lot.
    • All Kids start in a time-trial format, two at a time through the slide/wading pools. Kids must have their SHOES, BIB AND BIKE HELMET ON AT THE START.
  • Before the race, please don’t allow your child to get close to the timing mats by the pools, as their time will be activated.
  • If you want two of your children to go together, but they are in different groups, please choose the younger group to start.
  • After race, bikes may be picked up at any time from the Community Church parking lot transition area.
  • Parents are allowed to watch and take pictures from behind the fencing during the splash and as they begin the bike leg of the race. Parents may meet up with their child on the run course, or take the Beaver Drive path to village to meet at the Finish Line. Always use gates to cross the course, and don’t cross over, through or under any fencing. This allows for the safest environment for all.
  • It is best to divide and conquer this race if possible. For example, one parent is at the start with their child while another parent/family/friend is at the finish line to capture photos and congratulate your athlete! It’s very difficult to start with your child and make it to the finish line by the time they finish – especially with the older, faster kids!
  • Safety Tip: Write your child’s name and your cell phone number of back of children’s bib at registration.
  • Maps will be provided at the Packet Pickup/Registration tent in Athletes Village. Our Kids races are well-monitored and take place on the wide, paved bike paths.
  • Bikes may be picked up from the Community Church parking lot transition area after the event is completed.

KIDS DASH - ½ Mile & 1 mile distance - Sunday at 8am

  • Kids Dash events start and finish at the Athletes Village through the same Finish line arch that all the athletes will cross to the roar of the crowds making the kids feel super special as they receive their finisher’s medal! Meet at the arch about 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the races to get organized and for race instructions.
  • The Kids Dash events are non-competitive & fun! If your child requires more of a challenge, feel free to sign them up for the 5k!
  • Packet Pickup – Pickup your Child’s packet and/or register for the Kids Dash runs on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the race) in the Village at the designated time listed on the Master Schedule. Try not to leave this until the last minute because there’s a lot to get organized and you want this to be fun and stress-free for your child.
  • Maps will be provided at the Packet Pickup/Registration tent. Our Kids races are well-monitored and take place on the wide, paved bike paths.
Click here to view and print instructions for Kids Races at Pacific Crest

Click here to view map for Kids Splash Pedal & Dash 3-8 years old

Click here to view map for Kids Splash Pedal & Dash 9-12 years old

Click here to view map for Kids 1/2 Mile Dash

Click here to view map for Kids 1 Mile Dash


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.

Travel & Accommodations

AIR TRAVEL - The Redmond-Bend Airport (RDM) is the closest airport to Sunriver, which is approximately 45 minutes by car from the resort. Current carriers that service Redmond are American AirlinesHorizon AirlinesUnited Express and Delta. Direct flights are available to the Redmond-Bend Airport from the following cities: Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

The Portland International Airport (PDX) is roughly a 3 hour drive from Sunriver, and is normally a less expensive option for flights.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Make a vacation out of your Pacific Crest Weekend participation! Come to Sunriver for the competition and stay to enjoy all that Sunriver and beautiful Central Oregon have to offer!

Choose from nearly 700 homes, condominiums and cabins managed by Sunriver’s elite vacation rental managers. Bring friends and family. Soak in a hot tub. Get a massage. Tell stories, play and laugh together. Enjoy memorable meals, outdoor adventures and the scenic vistas of Central Oregon’s unspoiled nature. And run, ride and/or swim in the Pacific Crest events while based in Sunriver. One of the six Property Management companies will be able to help you create a memorable Pacific Crest Weekend plan. Bonus: Pacific Crest participants receive 10% off their rental rates.


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CAMPING AT GULL POINT (North Wickiup Reservoir): Make Pacific Crest the WILDFLOWER event in the Northwest. The Forest Service has a wonderful campground adjacent to the T-1 (Swim/Bike Transition) start area. Roll out of your tent and you're at the start of the Multisport events! Share your race stories around the camp-fire at night! Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. For information on camping call recreation reservation line at 877-444-6777.

Course Details

WATER TEMPERATURE is expected to be between 62 – 66 degrees. The temperature will be taken on Friday and the morning of the race. Wetsuits are recommended.

LONG COURSE SWIM – 1.2mi - Participants will make two clockwise, diamond shaped loops in crystal clear Wickiup Reservoir, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of green forests and majestic mountains. Large buoys will mark the turn points. Kayakers will be positioned on the water to support the swimmers. Medical support will be present on the beach.


Wave #1  (8:00)  (WHITE CAPS) - Elite

Wave #2  (8:03) (YELLOW CAPS) – Males 44 years & Under

Wave #3  (8:06) (NEON GREEN CAPS) – Males 45 years & over + Clydesdale

Wave #4  (8:09) (PURPLE CAPS) – Females 44 years & Under

Wave #5  (8:12) (PINK CAPS) – Females 45 and over years + Athena

Wave #6  (8:15) (GREY CAPS) – Relays and AquaBike


Note: If you are ‘Aging up’ into a new Age Group this racing season based on USAT Rules, you go in the Age Wave based on your age on December 31st 2016. So for example, if you are 44 on race day but turning 45 on September 1st, then you will actually race in the 45 and over age group. If this doesn’t make sense, please see an Event Crew and we can explain to you!

LONG COURSE BIKE – 58 Miles: A scenic point-to-point course that travels over gently rolling hills prior to three hard climbs as you make your way around Mt. Bachelor. The bike course will be marked with large directional signage and there will be course marshals at key intersections to help direct you. Cyclists leave the transition zone and ride for approximately 3.15 miles and turn (left) onto FS Hwy 42. You will travel another 4.55 miles crossing the Deschutes River then turning right onto FS Hwy 46 (the Cascades Lakes Hwy). It’s now another 32.8 miles before making your next turn (right) onto FS Hwy 45. Within this section there will be long stretches of flat to gently rolling hills followed by three challenging climbs. It culminates with a 2.5-mile steep decline to the intersection of FS Hwys. 45 & 46. The decline flattens out considerably after making the turn onto FS Hwy 45, but continues for another 10 miles or so. After turning left onto FS Hwy 40 at about the 51.9-mile mark it is relatively flat the final 4.4 miles. ELEVATIONS: The first climb begins just past Elk Lake resort, approximately 27 miles into the bike. Just north of Elk Lake you will begin to climb for approximately 650 ft, passing Devils Lake before reaching a flat spot, then climb again to Todd Lake (elev. 6,150 ft). You will experience another flat spot, at about the 35-mile mark, before the final climb to the entrance of Mt. Bachelor (6,500 ft, about 38 miles into the ride). You will then enjoy a 14 mile + downhill ride, the first 2.5 miles being steep with a sharp 90 degree turn onto FS Hwy 45 (*see caution note below).


Here's a fast-paced video clip of the entire Long Course Bike - 58 miles in less than 2 minutes!

LONG COURSE RUN – 13.1mi - A mostly flat loop course on widely paved bike paths that traverse through and around this beautiful and scenic destination resort (two hills total with a minimal elevation gain).


– 1,500 meters: Olympic Athletes will make two clockwise, diamond shape loops in crystal clear Wickiup Reservoir, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of green forests and majestic mountains. Large buoys will mark the turn points. Kayakers will be positioned on the water to support the swimmers. Medical support will be present on the beach.


Wave #1  (8:20)  (SILVER CAPS)  ELITE

Wave #2  (8:23) (ORANGE CAPS) – Males 44 years & Under

Wave #3  (8:26) (YELLOW CAPS) – Males 45 years & over + Clydesdale + Relays

Wave #4  (8:29) (GREEN CAPS) – Females 44 years & Under

Wave #5  (8:31) (WHITE CAPS) – Females 45 and over years + Athena + AquaBike


Note: If you are ‘Aging up’ into a new Age Group this racing season based on USAT Rules, you go in the Age Wave based on your age on December 31st 2016. So for example, if you are 44 on race day but turning 45 on September 1st, then you will actually race in the 45 and over age group. If this doesn’t make sense, please see an Event Crew and we can explain to you!

OLYMPIC & ULTRA SPRINT BIKE – 28mi - A scenic point-to-point course that travels over gently rolling hills. The bike course will be marked with large directional signage and course marshals will be present at key intersections. There is only one climb of significance after turning from FS Road 4270 (access road passing Crane Prairie Reservoir) onto FS Hwy 40 (about the 12 mile mark), then its downhill and flat to T-2 (Sunriver Business Park). ELEVATIONS: The course is relatively flat for the first 12 miles or so. Shortly after turning onto FS Hwy 40 and turning right you will begin a sustained climb of about 3/4 mile. The elevation gain is approximately 400 ft.


– 10K - A mostly flat loop course on widely paved bike paths that traverse through and around this beautiful and scenic destination resort (one hill total with a minimal elevation gain).


The Ulta-Sprint Course is a 1 loop, 1/2 mile swim, the exact same 28 mile Bike Couse as the Olympic distance and a 5km run - half of the 10k course.

– 1/2 Mile - Ultra Sprint Athletes will make one clockwise, diamond shape loop in crystal clear Wickiup Reservoir, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of green forests and majestic mountains. Large buoys will mark the turn points. Kayakers will be positioned on the water to support the swimmers. Medical support will be present on the beach.


Wave #1  (8:00)  (GOLD CAPS)  Elite

Wave #2  (8:03) (BLUE CAPS) – Males 44 years & Under

Wave #3  (8:06) (RED CAPS) – Males 45 years & over + Clydesdale + Relays

Wave #4  (8:09) (PINK CAPS) – Females 44 years & Under

Wave #5  (8:12) (PURPLE CAPS) – Females 45 and over years + Athena + AquaBike


Note: If you are ‘Aging up’ into a new Age Group this racing season based on USAT Rules, you go in the Age Wave based on your age on December 31st 2016. So for example, if you are 44 on race day but turning 45 on September 1st, then you will actually race in the 45 and over age group. If this doesn’t make sense, please see an Event Crew and we can explain to you!

- 28 Miles. Same course as the Olympic Bike course.

5K - A mostly flat loop course with a short out and back on widely paved bike paths that traverse through and around this beautiful and scenic destination resort


: Marathon (26.2-miles) & Half-Marathon (13.1-miles) start in Sunriver Village adjacent to the PPU/Registration tent. These runs circle Sunriver Resort on wide, paved, very scenic bike paths. The paths are approximately 6 ft wide, perfectly paved and wind through the forest. Each course has only two small hills, with a minimal elevation gain to navigate and a fast downhill to flat finish. Marathoners will receive their Half-Marathon split when traveling through the Athlete Village before heading out on the second loop of this beautiful scenic course that will take you through meadows and forests, past rivers, and beautifully landscaped golf greens and summer homes. The Marathon and Half-Marathon events start and finish in the Athletes Village to the cheers of the enthusiastic crowd. Once finished, runners can enjoy the finish line festivities, including the Sports & Fitness Expo and live entertainment. Post-race refreshments will be provided and the Awards Ceremony for the Marathon/Half-Marathon will begin once the results have been certified.



5K/10K COURSE: The 5K and 10K events start and finish in the Sunriver Athletes Village adjacend to the PPU/Registration tent. The paths are approximately 6 ft wide, perfectly paved and wind around through the forest. Each course has only two small hills with a minimal elevation gain to navigate and a fast downhill to flat finish to the roaring cheers of the crowd.



26-Mile Tour de Crest Bike Ride:
The ride starts and ends in Athletes Village. Participants will exit Sunriver via Beaver Dr and take Abbott to the main entrance into Sunriver Resort (approximately one mile). Turn right (west) and ride to the 5.6 mile mark crossing over the Deschutes River to the intersection of FS Hwy 40 (known as both Upper Deschutes Rd & 3 Trappers Rd) and FS Hwy 45 (known as Mt Batchelor Cutoff Rd & Edison Ice Cave Rd). This piece of road is the finishing stretch for both the Long Course and Olympic Distance Triathons held on Saturday & Sunday respectively. This is the only stretch of road where Cyclists will encounter any residential areas and the road is generally flat. There will also be a hydration station and porta-potties along the course which participants can stop at on both the way out and the way back.

Participants will then bear right and begin a long gentle incline on FS Hwy 45 for approximately 6.9 miles over a beautifully paved road with wide bike lanes, a favorite stretch of road of the many competitive cyclists living in the Bend, OR area. The turn-around point will be marked with a hydration station and porta potties where you can stop and rest before the downhill return back to Sunriver and the Athletes Village. The ride will finish at the Official Finish Line in Athletes Village where you will collect your medal and post-race meal.


55-Mile Tour de Crest Bike Ride
: Participants will exit Sunriver via Beaver Dr and follow Abbott to the main entrance into Sunriver Resort (approximately one mile). Turn right (west) and ride for approximately ½ mile before turning left onto FS Hwy 42 (S Century Drive). Continue south for approximately three miles where South Century Drive (FS Hwy 42) meets Huntington Rd and makes a dramatic 90 degree turn west. The next stretch of the course is just over 18 miles in length, flat to gentle uphill where the majority of the road is well paved. There will be a hydration station and porta potties approximately 13 miles into the ride, where you can stop and rest before continuing.

Your next turn is left at the 22.8 mile point, taking you into the Twin Lakes recreation area and T-1 (the swim-to-bike Transition Zone for the Long Course and Olympic Triathlons) at North Wickiup Boat Ramp on Gull Point, which is located 3.2 miles further. T-1 will serve as a hydration stop and allow participants to enjoy the beautiful scenic views from the lake’s edge.

The course continues by departing T-1 and retracing steps back to the intersection of FS Rd 4260 & FS Hwy 42 (S Century Dr – 3.2 miles). There riders will turn left, then continue west for another 0.7 miles before turning right onto FS Rd 4270 (known as Keefer Rd & E Crane Prairie Rd). Now it is 7.7 miles over flat to moderate hills to the intersection of FS rd 4270 & FS Hwy 40 (3 Trappers Rd) where you will encounter your next hydration station with porta-potties. This location is 37.7 miles into the ride.

The next section is a long, deceiving climb for several miles prior to a long decent to the intersection of FS Hwys 40 & 45 located at the 49.7 mile mark. Here will be the final hydration station with porta-potties prior to the remaining 5.6 miles back to Sunriver and Athletes Village. The ride will finish at the Official Finish Line in Athletes Village where you will collect your medal and post-race meal.


NOTE: This Tour de Crest Bike Rides are designed as a non-competitive event and not a “race”. All participants will be required to follow all rules governing cyclists on Oregon roads (i.e.: stop at stop signs). Why Racing Events will have support vehicles on the road to assist with mechanical problems and to transport cyclists if needed.

Expo & Post-Event Festivities Map:  Review this map to see the location of the PPU/Registration tent, Food & Beer Tent, Results, Info booth, Athlete Recovery Zone and all vendors. It's going to be an amazing weekend!

Cost, Registration & Packet Pickup



Solo vs Relay

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Cost Includes

  • Sense of accomplishment - Priceless
  • Food & Beer courtesy of Deschuttes Brewery
  • Access to the weekend’s Live Entertainment & Fitness Expo
  • 20TH Anniversary Commemorative Finisher medal
  • Accurate Chip Timing for competitive races
  • Pacific Crest 20th Anniversary Commemorative Tech Shirt
  • Post-event party & fun - We've been told that the Pacific Crest post-event festivites and atmosphere are second to none!

NOTE: Tech shirts guaranteed to pre-registered participants only. Quantities and sizes will be limited for registrations after May 31st.

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!


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! Note: Due to the point-to-point logistics for our Pacific Crest multisport events, Race Day Packet Pickup and registration is NOT AVAILABLE for multisport events!

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

PACKET PICK UP / REGISTRATION HOURS - ON-SITE:  Located in Sunriver Village at the Packet Pick up / Registration tent between the Bank of the Cascades and the Beer Garden. Remember your ID!

  • 3:00pm to 5:00pm Tour de Crest Bike Tours
  • 6:00am - 7:15am - Tour de Crest Bike Tours start at the SHARC. Both Rides begin at 7:30am and all riders MUST start at this time. Sunriver cannot accommodate a casual 'rolling' start. For those of you who miss the Packet Pick up for the Tours on Thursday night, you can pick-up at the SHARC before the start of the Tours. (SHARC - 57250 Overlook Rd off Circle 2)- the start of the rides.
  • 10:00am - 7:00pm - PPU/Registration for All Saturday/Sunday Events. Note all Saturday Long Course athletes, must pick up your packet on Friday. Due to logistics, day-of-race Saturday packet pickups are not available for Long Couse athletes. If for whatever reason, you are not able to pick up your packet before closing at 7pm on Friday, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com to make arrangements.
  • 10:00am - 3:00pm PPU/Registration for Kids' Splash Pedal-n-Dash in Sunriver Village at Registration / Packet Pickup tent by the Bank of the Cascades.
  • 5:30am - 6:30am - Half-Marathon / Marathon
  • 12:00pm - 4:00pm - 5K/10K, Olympic & Ultra-Sprint Tri/Du/AquaBike, Kid's Dashes. Note: Olympic & Ultra-Sprint athletes must pick up your packet on Friday or Saturday. Due to logistics, day-of-race Sunday packet pickups are not available for Olympic and Ultra-Sprint athletes.
  • 6:30am - 7:45am - Kids' Dashes
  • 6:30am - 8:00am - 5K/10K

Packet Pickup, Registration and Expo Map:

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

If you are new to the sport of Triathlon or Duathlon (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, schedule in with a trainer or coach so they can 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.



  • 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 or Duathlon, 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!

Time to TRI & DU (PUN INTENDED!): If this is your first Triathlon or Duathlon, 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, 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 or Duathlon 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!


  • 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 Golazo and then transition to Deschutes Brewery – it’s time to celebrate! Definitely consume some of the fruit, salad, rolls, and Kind 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.

Woody will be at Pacific Crest! He will be pouring delicious Deschutes Brewery beer all weekend. Participants please stop by to get your free beer. You can't miss him in the grassy area by the main stage. Deschutes beer will also be available for friends and family for purchase in the beer garden. Don't forget to bring your ID for age verification.
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Cascara Vacation Rentals is focused on one thing: Your Vacation. Family owned and operated by Central Oregonians gives Cascara the knowledge and experience necessary to help make your vacation everything you want it to be - for Pacific Crest Weekend and every other Central Oregon visit! From golfing at one of Central Oregon’s 25 courses to Skiing and Boarding at Mt. Bachelor, just 20 miles away, Sunriver offers all of Central Oregon’s outdoor activities and so much more.
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Discover Sunriver Vacations invites you to the splendor of days and the magic of night in beautiful Central Oregon. Their Sunriver properties range in size from 1 to 7 bedrooms, with styles from cabins to condos to luxury vacation homes and their specialities are Pacific Crest Weekend adventures, family reunions, ski and golf getaways, romantic weekends for couples, and delightful family vacations.
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Sunriver - Central Oregon - Mt. Bachelor is a great place to visit… no matter which season! Create Your Memory Today with Sunriver Vacations Made Simple by Mountain Resort Properties.
Mountain Resort Properties is family owned and operated, specializing in the very best of Sunriver, Oregon vacation rental options for Pacific Crest Weekend every ohter time of year. Whether you need a small condo, luxury executive home or a cluster of houses to accomodate an entire group, Mountain Resort is here to help you plan your ideal Central Oregon stay. And they have Pet Friendly Homes, too!
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Sunset Lodging has served Sunriver visitors for over 25 years with the best service and selection available.  We offer the best value in private home accommodations in Sunriver, including Sunset Perks discounts on local dining and adventures, free WIFI, and the largest selection of pet friendly homes. 
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At Village Properties, your dreams are our passion! Village Properties is where to go for Sunriver vacation home rentals. Whether you plan to play, stay, or live in Sunriver, we can help make your dreams happen. Whether you are planning your Pacific Crest Weekend, a winter visit, your own home-away-from-home or a permanent residence in Sunriver, Village Properties is here to help you make your dreams come true!
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The Village at Sunriver offers something for everyone. Coffee and patries, craft beer, great restaurants, boutique shopping, fine art galleries, outdoor recreation and rentals, family entertainment and events. They look forward to seeing you at The Village!
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Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center- With more than 2.5 acres of grass, plus indoor/outdoor recreation pools, hot tub, water slides, lazy river, and a winter tubing hill – you can splish, splash, slide, and sunbathe to your heart’s content. 
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Located southwest of Bend near the base of the Cascade range, Sunriver's 3,300-plus acres are bordered on the west by more than five miles of Deschutes River frontage and on the north by the Deschutes National Forest. The unique forest environment of ponderosa and lodgepole pine is on the edge of the high desert to the east. Homes are painted in muted tones and common areas are managed to ensure a natural feel. While a majority of Sunriver homes may be vacation retreats, our resident owners consider themselves the lucky ones. Experiencing all Sunriver has to offer on a daily basis can be the ultimate lifestyle choice for families or outdoor-loving active adults.
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Alpine Entertainment manages year-round activities and events at The Village at Sunriver. Enjoy Bumper Cars, Ice Skating, Power Jump, Rock Wall, Mini Golf, Twilight Cinema, events and more! Bring the family to The Village for a day of family fun, great restaurants and shopping.
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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

Athletes Lounge is our official bike tech sponsor for the Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. Please visit their booth for the latest and greatest tri gear and products!
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When you visit Portland Running Company for new shoes, expect a small workout. They don’t mind if you do it in a business suit but you may be more comfortable in workout clothes. They will do a field gait evaluation, check the wear pattern of your old shoes, watch you walk or run looking for foot motion which can lead to injury, and check the fit of your shoes. Armed with this information, they can narrow down a confusing sea of shoes to a few good options that fit your characteristics. 
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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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Born on a bike. Kitchen crafted. Family and employee owned. Clif Bar’s vision always has been to do business in a better way. They in believe in creating a healthier, more just and sustainable food system. Recognizing that food is at the center of everything it does, the company places organic ingredients and organic farming at the forefront of its sustainability efforts. They have developed an innovative business model guided by Five Aspirations—Sustaining their Business, Brands, People, Community and the Planet. With a portfolio of great-tasting food crafted for athletes and active people, they are a category leader among health and lifestyle bars.
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Clif Kid bars are organic baked whole grain snacks made with a nutritious blend of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and fat to maintain kids' energy…so kids can keep zipping and zooming along.
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From Day One, EartH2O’s mission has been to do business the right way. What’s in the bottle is as important as what isn’t. Their water comes exclusively from Opal Springs, Oregon. This water is filtered by thousands of layers of volcanic basalt and it absolutely pristine, protected, and perfect straight from the aquifer. Three core principles of ensuring Sustainable Water, Environmental Responsibility, and Natural Pure Water plus a practice of giving back, guide their decisions and make them the company they are. Their mission, for every day, starts here. Sustainability leads thinking and action at EartH2O. Their Commitment is to create, maintain and improve conditions under which humans and the environment can exist together productively, allowing each to flourish Socially, Environmentally, and Economically for present and future generations.
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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 Eberhard Family is...'Driven by excellence, inspired by our community.' They begin with fresh milk and cream in their processing plant located in Redmond, Oregon. Their local farmers participate in sustainable practices, prioritizing fair treatment of their cows through not administering the growth hormone rbST.Eberhard’s aims to ensure the best quality dairy products available. Their roots in the community for over half a century drive their customer service. Committed to local excellence, they seek out and implement the best dairy methods, resulting in only the finest dairy products on your table. When you see Moo Moo Belle you know you can count on a superior product.
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Cog Wild Tours is more than a mountain bike touring company. They are a group of passionate riders, travelers, adventurers, advocates, and community members that love sharing the best of Oregon by mountain bike. And like all the best things in life, mountain biking is best enjoyed with friends, so they treat you like their best friend. They invite you to ride Bend, McKenzie River region, Umpqua River, Mt. Hood, and Oakridge area trails with them, your local experts.
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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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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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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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From its humble beginnings as a small business run from a garage, Sun Country Tours has evolved into one of the largest and most respected river outfitters in the Northwest. They value their role as ambassadors to our incredible natural environment for families who want to create special, lasting memories. They strive to carry on the distinguished outfitter tradition of providing access to– and interpretation of –our remarkable landscape. Additionally, as stewards of our natural environment, they donate time and resources to protect and preserve our incredible public lands and waterways.
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How do they stay small and sell big? It's simple: years of experience. At Pro Caliber Bend, their mission is to offer you the latest in parts and products, at the best prices, and with unparalleled service. They pledge to use thier best efforts to make your experience both beneficial and enjoyable. Once you give them a try, they're sure you'll be back for more!
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Skratch Labs mission is simple – to develop and sell food and drink products based on real world science and practice that taste great, that are made from real ingredients, and that optimize performance for both sport and life. Most importantly, they intend to educate and to continue to learn and grow themselves – to help their customers improve and thrive as they help them to do the same.  There’s no better time to start than now. 
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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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This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can help recruit friends, family, spouses, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

Click here to review volunteer needs and to sign up!

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.

Race participants can also volunteer in return for race credits for future events! We love having athletes as volunteers because you totally get it and know how to take of our athletes!

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. Pacific Crest, because of the special nature of this event, requires about 800 volunteers for the weekend!

We work with a number of Central Oregon non-profits who volunteer in return for a donation to their organization. If you or your non-profit organization would like more information about how to volunteer for Pacific Crest, please click on the link above, complete the informaiton below or email volunteer@whyracingevents.com

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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OFFICIAL PACIFIC CREST MERCHANDISE: Check out the 20th Anniversary Pacific Crest Merchandise! You're definitely going to want to get your hands on this gear as a reminder of your fabulous accomplishment. You can pick up in Sunriver at the Pacific Crest Official Merchandise Tent or you can even pick up at the Portland Running Co after the event. Even if you can't participate this year, you're still going to want to sport these commemerative items to highlight this very special event!


SWAG:  The official 20th Anniversary Finisher's shirts, Medal Bling and Drawstring Goody Bag look pretty cool! It will all be worth your racing efforts!

Results & Photos

Kids Splash, Pedal "N" Dash
55 Mile Bike Tour
26 Mile Bike Tour

1/2 Marathon
LC Triathlon
LC Duathlon
LC AquaBike

Olympic Triathlon
Olympic Duathlon
Olympic AquaBike
Ultra-Sprint Triathlon
Ultra-Sprint Duathlon
Ultra-Sprint AquaBike
Kids Mile
Kids 1/2 Mile




Archive Results - Pacific Crest Friday events

Archive Results - Pacific Crest Saturday events

Archive Results - Pacific Crest Sunday events

Hey all you Pac Crest athletes:

I bet you all slept well after your incredible performances this weekend at Pac Crest! I want to thank you all for such a fun and inspirational weekend! It was so amazing to watch all of you compete - from the elite speedsters to our last finishers, from the youngest to the oldest - you all rocked and made it such a joy for all us behind the scenes!

We experienced a lot of highs this weekend and a few lows. Here's a recap.


  • The venue - can it get any more beautiful than Sunriver?! So much to do and if you love the outdoors, this is the place for you
  • The finisher's shirts look really great on all of you! Great colors that really popped while you were walking around the village. Wear it proudly as a reminder of your accomplishment! I hope you liked the beautiful big medals - they looked amazing around your neck! Gotta love the bling! And I hope you liked the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Draw String bags that are great to use at the pool or gym with your wet clothes. I loved seeing you all in the water with your Athletes Lounge/Why Racing swim cap! Gotta love the bling & SWAG! And remember to put your 20th Anniversary Decal on your vehicles - that's definitely a badge of honor - if you can conquer Pac Crest, you can do anything! There were lots of great offers and gifts inside your goody bags so be sure to go through it closely so you don't miss out on a lot of freebies!
  • Village Bar & Grill post-event party with Hit Machine and Deschutes Brewery on Friday and Saturday was a HUGE HIT! Runners CAN dance! Village Bar & Grill supports the food, post-race entertainment, and the Pac Crest Pint Glasses! We definitely could not do it without VBAG so please, anytime you are visiting Sunriver, eat there and thank Brian and his team for all their support of our sport and Pac Crest!
  • The Speed - It is so impressive to watch the elite athletes race! It was so cool to have Tim Reed from Australia, winner of Australia Ironman, join us this year for the Long Course Triathlon. Hopefully, we can get him back next year to defend his title! Congratulations to all of our Overall Male, Female & Master champions! I hope you wear your new WHY Champion Trucker hat proudly! You are definitely an elite group!
  • Congratulations to all the Age Group and Division winners and of course, congratulations to anyone who crossed the finish line because regardless of whether you came in first or last, you had the courage to start! Remember that you are earning points for the Why Racing Overall and Division series championships so get to as many races as you can and earn those points! It's a test of speed and endurance to see who can continue to perform all summer long! Next opportunity to earn points is at Hagg Lake, one of the oldest Triathlons in the country. Come be a part of the legacy going strong for 34 years! Looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Special Kudos to the Why Racing BEASTS who raced 2 or more events! Super impressive especially with that heat! You truly are BEASTS! Next year, we are going to design a 3 headed Beast Medal for those of you crazies who participate in an event each day over Pac Crest weekend. Now that will be a badge of honor!
  • The Kids' events were priceless! The look of determination on their faces was precious! Major kudos to all the parents who encouraged your kids to participate because it develops a love of health and fitness and a commitment to giving back. 100% of the proceeds for the Kids' Races goes to the Care for Kids organization benefitting kids right here in Sunriver.
  • The youngest to the oldest...we had multiple 2 year olds complete our Splash Pedal and Dash and ½ mile and 1 mile events this weekend. And it was absolutely the most sweetest thing ever! And our oldest competitor, sweet Camille Mercier, 96 YEARS OLD, completed the 5k!!!! I so want to be her! What an incredible accomplishment and inspiration to all of us!
  • Although we enjoy watching all the pros and top age groupers compete, probably some of the most special moments are watching the last competitors of the day finish after conquering the heat, the altitude, the hills and so many obstacles along the way to reach their goal. It is always a great reminder of WHY we do what we do!
  • We also love to see all the Pac Crest Relay Teams...there were father/daughter, mother/daughter, father/son/daughter, husband/wives, friends' teams, siblings and more. What a wonderful way to spend quality active time and accomplish a goal together!
  • The inaugural Ultra Sprint distance seems to be a hit for everyone! It will definitely be back next year!
  • Our new AquaBike category showed some great interest and we'll continue with this option for those who don't run and/or are injured. #SWIM/BIKE/DONE #SWIM/BIKE/BEER
  • Medical -Between all the efforts from our Event crew, medical team, and volunteer support, we are happy to report that no serious injuries or health issues were reported. The extra efforts from our Water station crew, led by Rod and Karissa Schoene, to assure there was always enough water, electrolytes, ice, misters, & cold towels helps to keep your core temperature down and keep you all out of the medical tent. There is always a sense of anxiousness until that last finisher comes in each day and to hear that the medical team was bored is a huge blessing!
  • Volunteers: We had some of the most incredible volunteers ever at PAC Crest! Giving, caring, salt-of-the-earth kind of people who gave their time, energy and awesome attitude to support all of you. Many stayed longer than they were scheduled and others brought double the energy! Huge thanks to Kristi Cornwell, the best volunteer director ever, for overseeing our world-class volunteers!
  • Food - we received lots of good feedback about the post-event food - you can thank Brian from Village Bar and Grill and Dave & Bev Alley, our sweet husband and wife Food Managers! They managed to prepare enough food for all of you all weekend! Now that is impressive! I hope you liked the new set up this year...quick energy like fruit and drink at the immediate finish line and then your actual meal at the Beer and Food tent at Village Bar and Grill where you can all hang with your friends and family and share your race stories.

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

  • Timing & Results - There were numerous issues with timing and results this weekend and it is absolutely unacceptable and we have no excuses. As someone who participates in events across the country, I know exactly what you all expect and how important accuracy and timeliness of results is. It is now industry standard to be able to cross the finish line and see your results immediately and even get a personalized print out. It is standard at world class events for spectators and supporters to be able to track their athlete on course. It is now common to be able to register onsite with a kiosk and make real-time changes to event categories when you want to switch events so all the data and information goes directly into the timing system to minimize errors with processing all that information. We had hundreds and hundreds of people register onsite and make changes from one event category to another and since the information had to be inputted and processed manually into the timing system, this amongst many other issues caused significant errors and delays with results. It was devastating to watch all of you wait in the sun for hours on Saturday after already completing the Long Course multi-sport events to then have to tell you we had no results whatsoever. And then for it to happen again on Sunday was just horrifying and so embarrassing as a company. We worked so hard on logistics leading up to the event and to have everything on course be so seamless with safety, course marking and volunteer support and then to have you all leave so disappointed and upset was just the biggest downer ever. I promise you we will make this better. I understand there are still of number of errors and many of you are still not showing up in results at all. Any issues, errors or concerns can be directed to jon@aasportsltd.com at the timing company and please cc myself also at sherri@whyracingevents.com. From what I understand the majority of the data should be all there and Jon should be able to fix any errors. Results can be viewed at https://whyracingevents.com/event/871/#past-events-results-photos
  • Tour de Crest - Our 25 and 55 mile bike rides launched with no issues. It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous course - although a little chilly. But then as our lead cyclists were finishing, we had issues as cyclists were entering into the Village. We will work hard to remedy the problem. We had issues in this same area last year when signs were stolen so we will definitely come up with a better solution to assure no one misses these turns back into the village including multiple signage, duct tape and volunteers directing you. Fortunately, everyone got back safely so huge kudos to your athleticism, sense of direction and orienteering skills!
  • Swim Course - We have been informed that our Olympic Swim course was long. I will be working with our swim course manager to find out how and why this happened.
  • Marathon/Half Marathon - We understand that there were a small group of you that were misdirected on course. The path led back to the main path so everyone got back on track quickly but we will definitely improve the signage and volunteer support in this area to assure that doesn't happen next year. The duct tape on the paths seemed to help a lot this year at key intersections on the run courses but we've noted a few more key areas that we can do a better job at.
  • On-site registration and packet pickup: It seems like everyone comes to pick up their materials right when we open the tent on Friday at 10am. It was crazy for about an hour and we definitely weren't prepared for that rush. We will ramp up our support in this first few hours to make sure we can take care of you all better and more quickly next year. We also are determined to work with a system that allows you to make those real-time event registrations and event changes into the timing system which will speed up things significantly and reduce errors.
  • Porta Potties - I heard you need more Porta Potties at T1. It's always so difficult to calculate because the formula is 1 unit for every 75-100 people but it's hard because with this kind of venue, you all want to use it all within a 15 minute time frame. We will definitely increase the number of units for next year so they delays aren't so long!

Considering this is our 2nd year managing this beast of an event, I am so proud of our team. I have a long list of things we can do better next year but I'm happy to report they are all easy fixes that will make the event even better. Huge thank you to Shantina Fox, our overall Event Director and my right hand girl who oversees it all and manages to do it all with a fun and positive attitude; Juniper and Jaime, our Marketing, Sales & Promotions director who did a fantastic job with our expo and all the stuff in the goody bags; Richard Jessup, our transition manager who makes it all seamless, Frank Stevens and his fabulous student athletes managing T1 and security, Jeff Smith, Dennis Mullen, Karen Welda, Brian & April Davis, Barry and Cindy Shrum and the rest of lifeguards and water safety crew; Charlie Warner, our Course Director overseeing permits and sanctioning and course management, Robby Halterman, our Bike Course manager, Charlie Warner, Jay Golden, Elba Benzler, Terry Kindschuh for executing an almost perfect bike course, Kurt Krohn, Dave and their incredible student athletes who managed T2 and supported so many aspects of the event with very long, challenging days, Blair Bronson and Staci Partridge for letting us use your bike racks and overall event and moral support, Ric Wagnor and the motorcycle crew for support on the bike course, Peter Clarke, JJ and their crew from ANC Moving for help with pickup, delivery, loading and unloading of all the equipment, Dean & Sheryl Hinchliff - our run course managers (over 600 signs to direct you through all the run courses) who have to mark and manage hundreds of intersections and junctions to make sure you don't get lost; Christian Meneses-Zurita, Larry Nguyen, Ahn Hoang, & Austin Powers our Village support crew; Lilian Overby, our Registration director, maintaining a positive attitude focusing on our athletes despite all the chaos at the PPU/Registration tent, with support from Hannah McHaney, Cheryl Scheirman, Danielle Frost, Pamela Easter, Tamara Fuller, Brock Schoene, Dillon Easter, Brianna McMillan, Shyala Rocco, Jane Halterman and the rest of our Registration team; Colton Chambers, overseeing our radio and communications, Bobby Brown, our DJ and sound system director; Greg Pressler, Brian Davis and Spectacular Stu, our event MCs who bring the energy and entertainment; Dave & Paula Harkin, our official Pac Crest merchandise crew with fantastic items this year, Richard Jones mastering the Finish line; David Brinduse for hooking up your finish line shower; Henri Moreau, your event concierge, plus many friends and family who helped pull this event off! Plus we had many of our kids volunteering and interning various aspects of the event - your future Why Racing crew and we are all so proud of how hard they all worked this event! Pacific Crest is a beast and requires a huge village to support so huge thanks to all of you for your time, energy and passion for the sport of running, triathlon & duathlon and striving for excellence in all we do! I hope I didn't forget anyone!!

We are also so grateful for the support we receive from the Sunriver village, all the property managers, Alpine Entertainment, Sunriver Citizens Patrol, Sunriver Fire & Police, the Deschutes National Forest Service/Bend Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes County and Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Oregon State Department of Transportation, Community Bible Church, COVA, Sunriver Home Owners Association, Sunriver Chamber of Commerce, our flaggers from Traffic Control Consultants and so many more local departments, organizations and businesses. Thank you so much for letting us intrude into your incredible community for this awesome event! SUNRIVER ROCKS!

SPONSORS & VENDORS: There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. So please join us in thanking *Deschutes Brewery *COVA (Central Oregon Visitors Association) *The Village Bar & Grill *Sunset Lodging *Bennington Properties *Discover Sunriver *Cascara Properties *Mountain Resort Properties *Village Properties *The Village at Sunriver *Alpine Entertainment *SHARC *Sunriver Owners Association *Athletes Lounge *ClifBar *Clif Kids Bar *Franz Bread *Athletes Lounge *Portland Running Company *Vesta Hospitality *University of Western States *Eberhards' Dairy *ANC Moving *Earth2O *Rudy Project *XX2i *Sunriver Country Tours *Pro Caliber *Cog Wild * Northwest Personal Training * Skratch Labs *Sunriver Country Store and the various vendors - including Pearl Izumi, Running Princess, Lachelle's Snowy Treats, Hawaian Moon, Mt Hood Meadows, Footzone, Hoka, Mercedes Benz, Gary West Meats, Maui Wowi Smoothies, Recharge, RooSport, Alpine Sports, Skratch, Sunriver Sports, Energy Events, Get Bold Events, Triumph, Best in the West, and the best way to thank these companies is to do business with them and to let them know you're doing business with them because you appreciate the support they give to runners, multi-sport athletes and Pac Crest.

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

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


FREE Photos coming soon! Photos are downloading now which will take a couple days to process (can you imagine the difficulty of attaching a name to each bib number on thousands and thousands of photos!) We will send a link so you can view them as soon as they are ready.

If you haven't liked us on our official Pacific Crest Facebook page yet, be sure to do that so you can access photos, training tips and info for upcoming events. You can also like us on our Why Racing Facebook page for information about other upcoming events. We have already uploaded some fun photos and videos.



Can't wait til next year! Be sure to mark your calendar and book your accommodations now for June 23rd-25th 2017 - homes fill up so quickly for this weekend! Stay a whole week and experience everything this incredible area has to offer #PacCrestSunriver2017

With respect and appreciation for all of you,
Sherri McMillan & the entire Why Racing Event Crew

Ps. Here is our upcoming multi-sport event schedule with 3 events coming soon! Be sure to get these dates into your calendar and sign up asap to make the commitment!

Date: Saturday July 9th

Date: Sunday July 31st

Dates: August 19-21st

Dates: August 20TH

"My husband and I participated (as walkers) in the half marathon this past Saturday at Sunriver.  I have completed many racing events, including Portland Marathon, Portland Half-Marathon, ORRC events, Hood-to-Coast, and a host of others.  Never have I participated in such a well organized event.  The course was very clearly marked; we loved that there was water, Gatorade, and Cliff Shots at every mile, as well as porta-potties every couple of miles.  We liked the central nature of start and finish.  It was fun to be in the area when other finishers came through.  And the course was lovely, but how can you lose at Sunriver?! Please pass on our thanks to the rest of the staff.  We hope to participate again next year.

Connie & Bob Greenlee
Hillsboro, Oregon

  • Date: 06/24/2016 - 06/26/2016

  • Time: Various start times depending on event. See Master Schedule below.

  • SUNRIVER: is located approximately 15 miles South of Bend, Oregon just off Hwy. 97 in Central Oregon. 57100 Beaver Dr, Sunriver, OR 97707

    ALTITUDE: 4,200 feet

    CLIMATE: Daytime temperatures range in the mid-seventies, with nights cooling down to the lower mid-forties. Click here to view Sunriver weather.

    City Mi to Sunriver Travel Time
    Boise, ID 334 6 hours
    Eugene, OR 143 2-3/4 hours
    Missoula, MT 600 10 hours
    Portland, OR 175 3 hours
    Reno, NV 355 6 hours
    San Francisco, CA 490 8-1/2 hours
    Seattle, WA 355 6 hours
    Spokane, WA 418 7 hours
    Vancouver, BC 503 8-3/4 hours
    Yakima, WA 238 4 hours

    *Based on an average driving speed of 60mph
    Map & Directions: View Map