Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 20, 2025
Vancouver WA

Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 20, 2025
Vancouver WA

Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 20, 2025
Vancouver WA

Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon – 5k & 10k
April 20, 2025
Vancouver WA

About The Race


Dust off the cob-webs and start the multi-sport racing season with the 41st 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 along the well know pancake flats of Vancouver Lake. We are taking the event back to its original home at Vancouver Lake Regional Park, a fast and flat ride that is sure to kick off your multisport season with some fast rides and beautiful scenery with this course nestled between Vancouver Lake and the Columbia River.

It will be a flat & fast course…perfect for those new to the sport of Duathlon and Triathlon! For you veteran multisport athletes, 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 13 miles of smooth pavement with minimal elevation gain guaranteeing fast times. For the novice athlete, an easier course with minimal traffic makes this event an ideal introduction to the world of multi-sport racing.

This beautiful, flat and fast course along Vancouver Lake and 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 Vancouver Lake Regional Park 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!

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

Date & Time

April 20, 2025

7:45 AM for Half / 8:00 AM for 10K & 5K / 11:00am for Duathlon

Location Details

Vancouver Lake Park:

Post-event festivities immediately after your race is at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Runners, stick around after your race and cheer on the Duathletes and be inspired to add another sport to your training and racing plan! One sport is awesome but two is even better!

Event Highlights & Post-event Festivities

Free Beer & Post-event meal

Technical Runner’s t-shirt & Finisher’s Medal

Sense of accomplishment – Feels so good

7:45 AM – Start of the Half Marathon

8:00 AM – Start of the 5k & 10K

11:00 AM – Start of the Duathlon

Post-event festivities immediately after your race at Vancouver Lake Regional Park. Runners, stick around after your race and cheer on the Duathletes, and be inspired to add another sport to your training and racing plan! One sport is awesome but two is even better!

Packet Pickup Details

If you unable to pickup at any of the times listed below, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com to make other arrangements.

Foot Traffic Vancouver

305 SE Chkalov Dr #122, Vancouver, WA 98683

Saturday, April 19th 10 AM - 6 PM

Vancouver Lake Regional Park

6801 NW Lower River Rd, Vancouver, WA 98660

Sunday, April 20th 7:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Please email registration@whyracingevents.com to have your bag ready in advance for groups of 2 or more - it will save a ton of time.

Awards & Course Records


2023 – Dylan Irey 16:48

2021 – Mary Stevens 19:40


2019 – Jeremy Gourd 37:16

2023– Brittney Forster 40:54

Half Marathon:

2018– Tanner Barlow 1:19:16

2024 – Healther Holt 1:23:10

Sprint Duathlon:

2022– Evan Price 1:06:36

2024– Camila Rutford 1:19:20

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 NWABA.  Founded in 2007, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is a national leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, and adults through participation in sports and physical activity in communities across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. NWABA’s programs and services serve individuals of all ages and abilities who are blind and visually impaired. Our programs offer opportunities in 15+ sports, from teaching children to swim for the first time to providing week-long residential camp experiences.


Why Racing Events, Inc. is proud to support Ainsley’s Angels. At Ainsley’s Angels of America, we aim to ensure everyone can experience endurance events.  Ainsley’s Angels of America aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusions in all aspects of life.  Serving as advocats to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, we believe everyone deserves to be included.

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!


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 Run1 & 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 Vancouver Lake Regional Park. 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 of 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 for the run only events, 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

Visit Vancouver: Vancouver, WA Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, & Events (visitvancouverusa.com)

DoubleTree by Hilton, Vancouver, WA wants to save you 15% when you book your stay with them in Vancouver.

Vancouver 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!


Vancouver is known for it’s fabulous restaurants and night life. We would love to suggest Mt Tabor Brewing: The Pub, one of our season partners who support Running, Triathlon & Multi-sport races all year!

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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WHY Racing Events Inc.
210 E. 4th St, Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98685

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