Lucky Triathlon Festival
Event Date & Location - July 30th & July 31st, 2022 Woodland WA

 Lucky Triathlon Festival
Event Date & Location - July 30th & July 30st, 2022 Woodland, WA

 Lucky Triathlon Festival
Event Date & Location - July 30th & July 31st, 2022 Woodland, WA

 Lucky Triathlon Festival
Event Date & Location - July 30th & July 31st, 2022 Woodland, WA

About The Race


Join us for the 3rd annual LUCKY TRIATHLON Festival in beautiful Woodland, WA hosting a Sprint, Olympic & My First Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike, a Sunset 5K & 10K and a FREE KIDS TRI on a flat, fast and scenic course! NEW: Paddle Triathlon for those of you who would rather kayak or paddle-board! Relay options are great for friends, family and co-workers to Try a Tri together!

Woodland WA is the southern gateway to Mt. St. Helens where the Columbia River and Lewis River converge. You’ll be swimming in beautiful Horseshoe Lake, biking along country fields with views of the rivers and running along the river trail.

How did we come up with the name “LUCKY’ triathlon? First, you’ll be swimming in Horseshoe Lake which is literally the shape of a Horseshoe – what’s more lucky than a Horseshoe?! Plus this event is just minutes away from Ilani Casino so you can try you luck at this incredible new facility. We’ll be hosting some other fun games at the event to go along with our LUCKY theme. LIVE LUCKY! RUN LUCKY! TRI LUCKY!

Here’s some links to plan your RACE-cation in Woodland WA:

More info about Woodland, the southern gateway to Mt. St. Helens

Visit Mt. St. Helens

Golfing in Woodland

Ilani Casino and Resort

Visit Vancouver WA

Race Starts in:








Check out how much fun we had last year at The Lucky Triathlon!

Date & Time



Saturday JULY 30th: 

4:00 pm: FREE KIDS TRI

6:00 pm: SUNSET 5K/10K – Kids 12 and under race the 5K for FREE!


Sunday JULY 31st:


  • Olympic Triathlon: 1.5K Swim, 43K/26.8MI Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30 am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 43K/26.8MI Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30 am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 43K/26.8MI bike (Start in Olympic AquaBike wave)
  • Olympic Paddle Triathlon: 1.5K Paddle, 43K/26.8MI Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30 am in waves)
  • Olympic Paddle AquaBike: 1.5K Paddle, 43K/26.8MI Bike (Start in Olympic AquaBike wave)
  • Sprint Triathlon: 750m Swim, 22K/13.8MI Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:00 am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 22K/13.8MI Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:00 am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: 750m Swim, 22K/13.8MI Bike (Start in Sprint AquaBike wave)
  • Sprint Paddle Triathlon: 750m Paddle, 22K/13.8MI Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:00 am in waves)
  • Sprint Paddle AquaBike: 750m Paddle, 22K/13.8MI Bike (Start in Sprint AquaBike wave)
  • My First Tri: 1/4 mile Swim, 22K/13.8MI Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – last Sprint wave)


Attention Canucks: The first weekend in August is a holiday for our Canadian friends, so we invite you all to come down for a long weekend, race and enjoy Woodland, Mt. St. Helen’s and all the beauty in the surrounding areas. 


This Lucky Triathlon Festival is a MUST event to put onto your racing calendar and a wonderful way to spend a summer weekend.


Location Details

Horseshoe Lake Park, Woodland WA (Exit #21 off I5)

DIRECTIONS TO HORSESHOE LAKE PARK – Take I5 North/South. Take Exit #21. Horseshoe Lake park is on the West side of I5.

Woodland is 20 minutes North of Vancouver WA/Portland OR and 2 hours South of Seattle.

Frenchman's Bar

Special Instructions

Parking: ***2021 Participants – Please note, there is a $3 parking fee for the Frenchman’s Bar location.  If you would like to purchase this before heading to the event site, please use this link:

For Lucky Tri 2022 – If you would like to park in the field adjacent to the start/finish line and transition, bring $5 cash. 100% of the money is going to the Woodland Action, the local food bank.

Packet Pickup Details

REMEMBER YOUR ID AND USAT MEMBERSHIP CARD (if applicable) - It's a USAT requirement! If you're picking up packages for other athletes, be sure you have a signed copy of the Authorization form and a copy of the athlete's ID.

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

Friday, 7/29 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Foot Traffic Vancouver

305 SE Chkalov Dr., Vancouver, WA 98683

Saturday, 7/30  2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Frenchman's Bar Regional Park

9612 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660

Sunday,  7/31 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Frenchman's Bar Regional Park

9612 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660

Awards & Course Records

Sunset 5K Male Champion
2021 – Matthew Dettman  17:54
Sunset 5K Female Champion
2021 – Annie Noffsinger 17:55
Sunset 10K Male Champion
2021 – Evertt Barr 42:56
Sunset 10K Female Champion
2021 – Mary Oathout 53:21
Olympic Triathlon Male Champion
2021 – Matthew Wells 1:59:22
Olympic Triathlon Female Champion
2019 – Emily Painter 2:26:14
Olympic Duathlon Male Champion
2019 – David Hopper 2:11:42
Olympic Duathlon Female Champion
2019 – Heather Leach 2:37:27
Olympic AquaBike Overall Champion
Male: 2021  – Scott Mcbeth 1:20:01
Female: 2021 – Katie Guest 1:39:59
Sprint Triathlon Male Champion
2021 – Bennett Marter 1:06:05
Sprint Triathlon Female Champion
2021 – Shelly Sanders 1:09:14
Sprint Duathlon Male Champion
2021 – Rolf Vellek 1:18:26
Sprint Duathlon Female Champion
2019 – Josie Thode 1:35:03
Sprint AquaBike Overall Champion
Male: 2021 –  Thomas benedetti 51:22
Female: 2021 – Jennifer Cotton 50:36

You’re a winner just for showing up to support this great community event. We’ll celebrate your achievements post-race with a party. Relax and enjoy your much earned Deschutes Brewery beer and food, listen to music in the park and admire your Finisher Medal.

Plus to reward those speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with: 

Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Female champions for the Olympic and Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon distances and the Sunset 5K/10K. We will also award the Overall Male & Female for the AquaBike and My First Tri division Note: Overall Male & Female, and Masters Male & Female will be removed from the individual age division awards. Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the Clydesdale and Athena divisions. The 1st and 2nd place teams in each relay division will also receive awards.


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

Relay Teams: 

Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions.

Friends and Family Division

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

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

Award Criteria: 

If you choose to race in the 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.



The Lucky Triathlon Festival benefits the Woodland School Athletic programs and Woodland Action, the local food shelter. Thanks for helping us support local kids and programs important to the local community.

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

Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $3 million dollars. We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!

Kid’s Events

Let’s give our kids a chance to fall in love with Multi-sport. There’s nothing more fun and exciting than to see happy, proud, young faces crossing the finish line – you might just see a future superstar triathlete blossoming into the sport!

The Kids Triathlon is FREE and includes a gift and an awesome medal for the kids so they can brag about their well-earned accomplishment. It’s a non-competitive, non-timed, fun event for the kids! We also offer kids 12 and under to do the Sunset 5K for Free with a paying adult and kids 13 ~ 17 will get 50% off of their registration!


Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete?

All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled “Registration & Packet Pickup”. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at

What are the Rules?

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

Can I use a personal music devise while cycling?

Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks and will result in immediate disqualification.

Can I use a personal music devise while running?

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

  • If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time.
  • If you are using a personal music devise with two earbuds, you will be immediately disqualified. Trust us, we don’t want to have to enforce a disqualification but in order to assure the safety of all athletes, this is a very important rule.
  • We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.
Do I need to wear a wetsuit?

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

Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support?

Yes, we will have a bike mechanic on-site to provide basic Bike Service/repairs.

Where can I find lost items?

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

What should I do if my shirt doesn't fit?

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

Do I have to use a road or racing bike? N

No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars.

Do I have to run?

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

Will there be water on the course?

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

Will there be bathrooms on the course?

We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! We will have a couple porta potties located along the run course.

Where should I tell my friends and family to go to cheer me on?

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

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

Travel & Accommodations

Out of Town Guests: Fly into Portland (PDX) – The event location is about 25 minutes from Airport.

Here is a list of Woodland hotels

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

Visit Mt. St. Helens

Golfing in Woodland

Ilani Casino and Resort

Visit Vancouver WA


Training & Preparation

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

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Our athletes – triathletes, duathletes, runners, walkers, cyclists – are active, educated, middle to high income earners who are committed to their fitness while also supporting our community.


This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!




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Vancouver, WA 98685

Phone: (360) 314-4682