Spring Classic Duathlon & Home Depot
Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 19th, 2020
Portland OR

Spring Classic Duathlon & Home Depot
Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 19th, 2020
Portland OR

Spring Classic Duathlon & Home Depot
Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 19th, 2020
Portland OR

About The Race


Time to dust off the cob-webs and start the multi-sport racing season with the 36th Annual Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K! It’s time to see who stayed in shape all winter!

Choose the Duathlon or any of the 3 different running distances and let’s Spring into Action!


The Spring Classic Duathlon is a great opportunity for triathletes to shake off the winter-season rust and for the duathletes to get in an early season race. This long-running event is contested almost entirely on Marine Dr, which is closed to vehicle traffic – a rarity in the sport.  You will ride and run right along the mighty Columbia River with beautiful views to make the time fly!

It will be a flat & fast course…perfect for those new to the sport of Duathlon and Triathlon! And for you veterans, this will be a fabulous opportunity to go all out and see who stayed in good condition this winter!

There are no railroad tracks on the bike route – just 15 miles of smooth pavement ideally suited for fast times. The course is virtually flat with the only appreciative elevation gain or loss occurring as you travel beneath the Glenn Jackson Bridge. And for the novice athlete, the sense of safety from not having to be overly concerned with vehicle traffic makes this event an ideal introduction to the world of multi-sport racing.

Home Depot Half Marathon, 10K & 5K – This beautiful, flat and fast course along the Columbia River is a wonderful event to set as a goal to keep your conditioning strong through the winter and spring cold and rainy seasons!

Our start/finish location at the Home Depot off Airport Way will allow us to relax and share our racing stories once we all finish! We will have high energy music, fun vendors, food and who is ordering the sunshine?!

Enough Hibernating! Wake up, Get out & Race at the Spring Classic!

Race Starts in:








Check out how much fun we had last year at theSpring Classic Duathlon!

Date & Time

April 19th, 2020

7:45am for Half & 10K / 8:00am for 5K / 9:00am for Duathlon

Location Details

HOME DEPOT: The post-event festivities will take place in the parking lot at Home Depot, 11633 NE Glen Widing Drive, Portland, OR.

Please park in front of Concordia College to leave parking in front of Home Depot for their customers. – It’s a great venue and we want to keep this partner happy! Thank you!

From the south (Salem, OR)

Follow I-5 N

Take Exit 288 toward I-84/The Dalles/Seattle

Take Exit 24B for Airport Way E

Follow NE Airport Way

Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr

Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left

Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College

From the North (Ridgefield, WA)

Follow I-5 S, keeping right at the fork to continue on I-205 S/Salem

Take Exit 24 for Airport Way toward Portland Airport

Turn left onto NW Airport Way

Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr

Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left

Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College

From the East (Hood River)

Follow I-84 toward Portland

Take Exit 13 

Turn Right onto NE 181st Ave (toward Airport Way)

Continue onto NE Airport Way

Turn right onto NE Glenn Widing Dr

Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left

Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College

From Portland

Take I-84 East (toward Troutdale)

Take Exit 24B for Airport Way E

Follow NE Airport Way

Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr

Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left

Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities

7:45am – Start of the Half Marathon & 10K

8:00am – Start of the 5k

9:00am – Start of the Duathlon

Post-event festivities immediately after your race in the Home Depot parking lot.

Runners, stick around after your race and cheer on the Duathletes and be inspired to add another sport to your training and racing plan!

Packet Pickup Details

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

Packet Pickup – SATURDAY APRIL 18th 10am to 6pm

Foot Traffic, 4020 NE Freemont St., Portland, OR 97212

Awards & Celebrations

Course Records


2018– Willy Sayers 18:33

2018– Margaret Kell 22:07

2019 – C.Thompson 21:26


2018– Evan Consolati  39:52

2018– Juliet Hochman 42:18

2019 – Jeremy Gourd 37:16

Half Marathon:

2018– Tanner Barlow 1:19:16

2016– Kelly Cole 1:36:11

2019 – Charmion Freifeld 1:29:53

Sprint Duathlon:

2012– Andrew Langfield 1:10:32

2017– Juliet Hochman 1:22:24

We think everyone is a winner but we also like to reward the Speedsters!

Awards will be presented to the Overall Top 3 Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Master Female champion (who will then 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, Athena and Relay Divisions.

Individual: 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)

Athena’s (women 165 lbs & over)

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

NOTE: Awards Ceremony will commence at the conclusion of each event, once we have enough finishers to announce. Winners need to pick up their awards – we are not able to mail awards.

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’.




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

We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!

What to Bring

Bike & Helmet (mandatory for all Duathletes)

Your bib, pins, helmet & bike stickers (if applicable) and chip timing piece

A small towel for duathletes to place on the ground for your gear

Water bottle, sunscreen, glasses

Change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event festivities

Kick-butt attitude!

WHAT SHOULD DUATHLETES WEAR: For a Duathlon, you typically don’t want to change clothes too much in between your runs and cycle portions. Ideally, find an outfit that you will feel comfortable biking and running in. If you have regular pedals or a toe/pedal cage, you will wear the same shoes throughout the entire run/bike/run. If you use cycling cleats, you will start in your running shoes, quickly change into your cycling cleats and then change back into your running shoes. 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. In honor of the Spring theme, let’s all wear super bright and pastel spring colors. Plus it will make the photos look that much better!

Special Instructions

Timing of the event will be done using the ChampionChip™ Timing System. Duathletes must wear a Timing Chip on their ankle in order to receive splits and final results.  Runners will wear a bib number with disposeable timing chip.

Body Marking for Duathletes:When you arrive there will be volunteers to mark your body with marker for safety reasons. This is mandatory for Duathletes and just for fun for runners (not necessary but fun to see who is in your age group!)

Left Calf – Your event will go on your Left Calf that way you can easily see if you are racing another athlete in the same category.

“D” for Duathlon

“Half” for Half Marathon

“10k” for 10k

“5k” for 5k

Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf – that way you can easily see from behind if that athlete is in your age group and whether you need to speed up! 😉 If you are on a Relay team, let the volunteer know and they will place an R under your age to indicate you are racing on a Relay team.

Arms/Hands – Your Bib # will go on your Arms or Hands



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”. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

What are the rules for Duathlon?

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 not allowed during the bike. We do allow music during the runs only – with only 1 ear bud in and 1 ear bud out so you can hear instructions and other racers and for the safety of all. NO MUSIC/IPODS etc during the Bike course. This is for everyone’s safety.

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

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

How does the Relay Division work for the Duathlon?

After body marking, please place your gear and bikes at the designated “Relay” area in the Transition. Biker will place Biking sticker on bike and helmet and runner will wear bib for Ru1 & Run2. During competition, you must tag (touch finger tips) at the designated Team Start location upon finishing or starting your segment of the event. VERY IMPORTANT: If you are the cyclist or 2nd runner, please take your ankle strap off so you can freely walk around the venue without crossing over timing mats affecting your results.Be very careful NOT to cross any Blue timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg. If you cross a Blue mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped on the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results, and it is very important to understand this element of the timing process. Be sure to all go to the finish line to cheer on your last runner so you can all collect your medals!

Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support?

Yes, there will be a bike mechanic on-site to provide high quality Bike Service/repairs, parts, and accessories for sale.

Where can I find lost items?

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

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 area. 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 for the Duathlon?

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 and Gatorade Stations will be at the Turnaround spots on both Run1 and Run2 for the Duathlon and approximately every 2 miles along the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K courses. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses.

Will there be bathrooms on the course?

We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal plus you can use the restrooms located in Home Depot and 7/11. For the Duathlon, since this is a shorter race and you return back to the transition area multiple times, there are no bathrooms along the course. We will have a couple porta potties located along the run courses at mile 3 and mile 7/9.

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

The best approach for your family, friends and cheerleaders is to park at Concordia also. They can see you start and finish along 112th. To watch Duathletes, supporters can take a short walk to Marine and see you run back, bike out, bike past you, bike in, run out and finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang in the Home Depot parking lot after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch Duathletes 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!

Since Marine Drive will be closed, it will be difficult for supporters to watch you anywhere else along the course

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 run course?

Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. Be very careful and aware of your fellow athletes as some areas are narrow.

Travel & Accommodations

Travel & Accommodations

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

Accomodations – If you stay at any hotel around the airport, you will be minutes from the Start/Finish line area.

Clarion Hotel 

Marriott Courtyard

Shilo Inns

Staybridge Suites

Portland Oregon Visitors Association: www.travelportland.com

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


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

Click here to check out some other popular options.

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!

Event Partners

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


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1108 NE 146th Street, Suite J
Vancouver, WA 98685

Phone: (360) 314-4682
Email: info@whyracingevents.com