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The Lucky Triathlon Festival
August 3rd-4th, 2019
Woodland WA

The Lucky Triathlon Festival
August 3rd-4th, 2019
Woodland WA

The Lucky Triathlon Festival
August 3rd-4th, 2019
Woodland WA

The Lucky Triathlon Festival
August 3rd-4th, 2019
Woodland WA

About The Race

WHO IS READY TO GET LUCKY?!

Join us for the Inaugural 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! 

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

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

Date & Time

08/3/2019-08/4/2019

SATURDAY AUGUST 3RD:

4:00pm: FREE KIDS TRI

6:00pm: SUNSET 5K/10K – Kids races the 5K for FREE!

SUNDAY AUGUST 4TH:

  • Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike (Start in Olympic AquaBike wave)
  • Sprint Triathlon: ½ mile Swim, 14 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:30am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 14 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:30am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: ½ mile Swim, 14 mile Bike (Start in Sprint AquaBike wave)
  • My First Tri: 1/4 mile Swim, 14 mile 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. 

*Note: The Lucky Triathlon is replacing the 35th Annual MidSummer MultiSport Festival due to unpredictable water conditions at Blue Lake park in August months.

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

Horseshore 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.

Special Instructions

Body Marking: You will need to get your body marked BEFORE you enter transition. Body marking is for safety, identification and competition.

Left Calf – Your event will go on your Left Calf.

“T” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon.
“AQ” for AquaBike
“S” for Sprint
“O” for Olympic

Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf and an “R” if you are on a relay team.

Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms

How does a Relay Team work? If you are competing on a Relay team, please read the following information very carefully.  If you are on a Relay Team, once the race starts please be sure to use the entrance that does not have a timing mat – this is to assure a teammate doesn’t inadvertently cross over a timing mat and mess up all your splits once the race starts and you’re waiting for your turn. Each teammate will wear a Timing Chip in order to give you your individual splits. Your Relay Team will share a Bib # – the swimmer only needs your bib# marked on their body, the biker will have their Bib # on their helmet and bike and the runner will wear the bib # on the front of their body.  After having your body marked, please place your gear and bikes at the designated “Relay” area in the transition. During competition, you must tag (touch finger tips) at the designated Team Start location upon finishing or starting your segment of the event (back corner of transition area). VERY IMPORTANT: If you are the cyclist or runner, please be very careful NOT to cross any timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg. If you cross a mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped on the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results so it is very important that you understand this element of the timing process. So for example, when the race begins, the swimmer will complete their swim and then go through the normal swim entrance so they get their timing split.  Then they will run to the Relay Transition area, tag their biking team-mate and then the biker will get their bike and exit through the normal bike exit. The biker will complete their bike, enter into the transition area through the normal bike entrance, rack their bike and then run to the Relay transition area and tag their runner. The runner then takes off through the normal Run Exit and completes the run course.  Everyone meets at the finish line to greet the runner as they finish, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals crossing the finish line together! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!

AQUABIKE Athletes – You will swim in the AQUABIKE wave (not your Age Group wave) for your respective distance. Complete your swim and bike. Your race and time splits are complete once you cross the last bike timing mat upon your entrance back into transition. At this point, you can take your time, rack your bike, exit through the NO TIMING mat entrace/exit and casually make your way to the finish line to cross and receive your finishers’ medal. We want to celebrate your great accomplishment!

Packet Pickup Details

REMEMBER YOUR ID AND USAT MEMBERSHIP CARD (if applicable) - It's a USAT requirement! And 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 registration@whyracingevents.com to make other arrangements.

Friday, August 2nd 10am-7pm
Foot Traffic 
305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver, WA 98683, USA

Saturday, August 3rd 12pm-4pm onsite at Horseshoe Lake Park

Awards & Celebrations

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.

Divisions: 

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

Relay Teams: 

Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions.

Friends and Family Division

 A non-competitive division 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.

Beneficiary

RACE TO BENEFIT LOCAL SCHOOLS, SPORT CLUBS AND NON-PROFITS!

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.

Why Racing is proud to support Woodland Public Schools as a beneficiary of The Lucky Triathlon in 2019.

Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $2 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!

What to Bring

MultiSport Athletes – 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 that it is secured tightly. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the timing mats after each segment of the race. If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.

Swim:  Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit for a triathlon so no worries.  We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.

Bike:  A biking helmet is mandatory.  You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them.  The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet.  The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame.  Road or mountain bikes are acceptable.  For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.

Run:  You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you.  Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it.  Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike.  Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run.  Use whatever option feels best for you.

Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!

Kid’s Events

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!

Kids 6 and under: 4pm
Kids 7-10: will start as soon as all the little kiddos have crossed the finish line
Kids 11-12 years: will start as soon as the 7-10 year age group has finished. 

We may combine age groups based on numbers.

Swim:

6 and under – 25 yard swim (.01 miles)

7-10 years & 11-12 years – 100 yard swim (.05 miles)

Run Courses:

6 and under .1 miles

7-10 years and 11-12 years – .2 miles

More competitive Youth and Junior athletes, may find an additional challenge in the Novice “My First Tri” Adult Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike.

FAQ’s

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

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

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

We prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running.  To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
•    If you chose to use a personal music device, we ask that you always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud should be used at any time.  
•    We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.  

Will you offer a Bag Check:

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

Can I switch my t-shirt size?

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

Can I use roller blades, a bike or skateboard?

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

Will you offer Awards for Walkers-only?

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

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

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

Where should my family go to cheer me along?

Good spots for your loved ones are:

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

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

Are Dogs allowed on course?

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

Are strollers allowed on course?

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

Travel & Accommodations

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

Restaurants

Training & Preparation

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

Sponsors & Exhibitors

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

Volunteers

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

Event Partners

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

CONNECT

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CONTACT

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

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