Olympic Solo Run-10K- Saturday - Olympic Solo Run- 10K - Saturday
Short Distance Triathlon- SUNDAY - Short Distance Triathlon- Individual- SUNDAY
Short Distance Duathlon-Individual- SUNDAY - Individual Age group/open
Short Distance Triathlon- Relay- SUNDAY - Short Distance Triathlon- Relay/ Corporate Team- SUNDAY
Short Distance Duathlon- Relay- SUNDAY - Short Distance Triathlon- Relay- SUNDAY
Short Distance Solo Run 5K- SUNDAY - Short Distance Solo Run 5K- Sunday
Short Distance Solo Bike Tour 20-30 Miles- SUNDAY - Short Distance Solo Bike Tour 20-30 Miles SUNDAY
About This Activity
This summer weekend Triathlon & Fitness Festival at a beautiful venue along the Columbia River offers something for everyone from a Short & Olympic Distance Triathlons, Short & Olympic Distance Duathlons, Kids Triathlon, Bike Rides and Runs. It is one of the most scenic areas with views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens and Vancouver Lake.
Video image and link: http://youtu.be/YJgJdejF0Rg
General Event Details:
Date: July 17-19, 2015
Time: Various start times depending on event. See schedule below.
Yes, you CAN cross the finish line!
Event details and schedule
Events and Activities:
Friday July 17th:
Kids Triathlon starting at 6pm. See Kids Tri links for more details.
Saturday July 18th:
Olympic Distance Triathlon: This Triathlon is a perfect distance for the veteran triathlete or someone who is looking for a bigger challenge. The bike and run portions are flat making it a very manageable course for recreational triathletes.
8:00am: Charity Wave Start
8:10am: Women 39 and younger begin
8:15am: Women 40 and above begin
8:20am: Men 39 and younger begin
8:25am: Men 40 and older begin and all Relay Teams
Swim: We will start the .93 mile course swimming upstream close to shore against a slow current. At the turnaround, you will be swimming strong and fast with the current back to the finish. Always keep the pull buoys to your right. Wetsuits are allowed but not required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554355
1st Run/Walk: You will start with a 2 mile flat, out and back run or walk.
Bike: The cycle is a 25 mile flat ride along country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required.
2nd Run/Walk: You will finish with a 6.2 mile flat, out and back run or walk to Vancouver Lake on paved trails.
Olympic Solo 6.2 (10km) Run:
Start at the Finish Line Arch:
8:00am for Charity 10km Run Wave
8:10 for all other Age groups
Solo Bike Tour – 30-40 miles. Meet in the Parking Lot area by Bike Transition Entrance/Exit
Start time – 8:00am
Non-competitive Bike tour through Vancouver
Sunday July 19th, 2015:
Short Distance Triathlon:This Triathlon is a perfect distance for the novice or veteran triathlete. It's short enough that anyone can finish it. And for those who are more experienced, you can push the pace and work on your speed.
9:00am: Charity Wave Start
9:10am: Women 39 and younger begin
9:15am: Women 40 and above begin
9:20am: Men 39 and younger begin
9:25am: Men 40 and older begin and all Relay Teams
1/2 Mile Swim: A fast, down current swim in the Columbia River! Novice swimmers can feel comfortable knowing the edge is just a few feet away if they get tired. The only rule is you can't advance forward if you're touching the sand. So if you must take a break, you must stay where you are until you are ready to resume swimming. Any swim stroke is acceptable including front crawl, back crawl, side-stroke, back float and doggie paddle. :) Athletes will walk from the swim exit to the swim start 1/2 mile upstream. Consider it a great warm-up! Wetsuits or pull buoys are allowed but not required. You can even use arm floaties or swim vests if that would make you feel more safe. :) www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554358
1st Run/Walk: You will start with a 2 mile flat, out and back run or walk.
Bike: The cycle is a 12.5 mile flat ride along country roads. Road or mountain bikes are allowed. Helmets are required.
Run/Walk: You will finish with a 3 mile flat, out and back run or walk on paved trails.
Short Distance Solo 3.1 (5km) Run:
Start at the Finish Line arch.
9:00am for Charity 10km Run Wave
9:10 for all other Age groups
Solo Bike Tour – 20-30 miles. Meet in the parking lot by the Bike Transition area Entrance/Exit
Start time – 9:00am
Non-competitive Bike tour through Vancouver
When to Arrive:
Friday July 17th: Kids Triathlon – Try to be at the park at 5pm to get the kids all situated and the equipment set up.
Saturday July 18th: Olympic Distance Events – We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at about 7:00am at the latest. It takes quite a bit of time to get your transition spot set up, take a potty break, get your body marked and get yourself mentally and physically prepared. It’s also a good idea to get oriented to the transition area. Where do you enter after the swim, where do you leave on your bike, where do you return on your bike and where to leave for the run?? Memorize where your bike is. It’s so easy to get disoriented during the race. All participants must be out of the transition area by 7:50 at the latest for the accuracy of the results and the safety of all participants.
Sunday July 19th: Short Distance Events - We suggest you plan to arrive at the start/finish at about 8:00am at the latest. It takes quite a bit of time to get your transition spot set up, take a potty break, get your body marked and get yourself mentally and physically prepared. It’s also a good idea to get oriented to the transition area. Where do you enter after the swim, where do you leave on your bike, where do you return on your bike and where to leave for the run?? Memorize where your bike is. It’s so easy to get disoriented during the race. We also we have to walk ½ mile to the swim start so we’ll have to start heading in that direction at about 8:40am. Pre-race announcements and a welcome address will begin at 8:30am. All participants must be out of the transition area by 8:50 at the latest for the accuracy of the results and the safety of all participants.
Location: Frenchmans Bar, Vancouver WA – 9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660
Directions: Take I-5 to Exit# 1C (Mill Plain Blvd) and go West on Mill Plain. Mill Plain Blvd turns into Lower River Road. Follow Lower River Road for about 5 miles (Note—at the fork in the road at Vancouver Lake—stay to the left towards Frenchmans’ Bar) Follow signs to Frenchman's Bar park. 9612 NW Lower River Road Vancouver, WA 98660 It's about a 10 minute drive from I5 Bridge.
Individual Short or Olympic Distance Triathlon or Duathlon
Before May 18th: $75
May 18th:- July 1st: $85
July 2nd - July 16th: $95
July 17th/18th/19th: $100
Relay/Corporate Team for Short or Olympic Distance Triathlon or Duathlon:
Before May 18th: $105
May 18th - July 1st: $120
July 2nd - July 16th: $135
July 17th/18th/19st: $150
3.1mile (5km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) Solo Run or Solo Bike Tours
Before May 18th: $40
May 18th:- July 1st: $45
July 2nd - July 16th: $50
July 17th/18th/19th: $55
Charity Wave: $25 per person optional charitable contribution to Children's Center and obtain Premium Transition Spot and First Wave Rights for all events. For a Relay Team to access Charity Wave, they must pay $25/person for a total of $75 with 100% of the monies going to Children's Center.
Kids Mini Tri – 10 and under age groups
Before May 18th: $25
May 18th – July 1st $30
July 2nd – July 16th: $35
July 17th/18th/19th: $40
Kids Timed Triathlon – 11-16 years
Before May 18th: $40
May 18th – July 1st $45
July 2nd – July 16th: $50
July 17th/18th/19th: $55
• Technical Runner’s Shirt Adults & Kids
• Accurate Chip Timing for Adults & Kids 11-16 age group category
• Finisher’s Gift for Adults & Kids
• Bag of stuff
• Post-Race Festivities – ongoing as athletes finish
• Vendors/Health Fair including massage and stretching
Not a bad price for a fun, active event, shirt, medal, food, music and so much more!
Notice: There are no refunds issued for your registration however, we do offer the opportunity to transfer your registration to next year's event or to transfer your registration to another participant. This transfer must happen at least 1 month before the event. After that it gets too crazy and we will be unable to process any transfers. Sorry, you'll be out of luck at that point! Most events don't allow transfers or refunds at all so this is a courtesy we offer to our participants. But please don't ask us to extend it within that one month before the event. If you knew how crazy it gets around here in that final month, you would understand the need for us to stay firm to the one month time-line.
If you are transferring your registration to someone else, you must let us know so we can update their contact info and family contacts in the event of an emergency. Plus if you don’t let us know, it messes up everyone else’s results! Anyone running under someone else's name will be disqualified and not eligible for an award/trophy.
There is no fee to transfer to the same event or to a shorter distance, however, if you are transferring up to a longer distance, you will need to pay the difference in event fees. There will be no refunds to transferring to a shorter distance.
If you have transferred from previous years, be sure to email us at email@example.com to confirm this year's registration asap!
Event Beneficiary: Children's Center
Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the Children’s Center can commit to serving the mental health needs of the children and families of Clark County, Washington. It takes all of our available resources to enable our professional staff to work with youth and provide issue-specific treatment intervention. These staff members offer children and their families hope for the future.
Our clients walk into our clinic with any number of issues related to the following:
We offer an extensive outreach program through the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts by providing on-site services to students and their parents.
It is often difficult to comprehend the scope of mental health issues within the community. However, the following illustrates the tremendous need for our services:
* The Children’s Center served close to 1500 children and families between July 2005 and June 2006.
* 93% of families served live in poverty.
* 8% of the children served were treated for issues related to sexual abuse.
* 22% of the children served were victims of crime, including physical abuse and/or domestic violence.
Children’s Center Needs List: We are asking all athletes to bring a donation of one of the following for Children’s Center.
Snacks – power bars, fruit leather, peanut butter crackers, etc.
Personal Items – soap, tooth brushes and paste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, cleaning products, etc
Many of the Children Center's clients arrive at the organization for their session and they haven’t had breakfast that morning or even dinner the night before! They try to keep snacks on hand to give the children so they can focus on their issues, and not their hunger. In addition, many of Children's Center clients are on food stamps. Food stamps cannot be used to buy personal care items, like those listed above.
Set up a Donation Page: Are you really passionate about our cause?! If so, you can make a significantly great impact to our fund raising efforts! When you register, become an official fundraiser, set up your personal donation page and invite your friends to pledge your efforts on behalf of the Children's Center. Imagine if we each raised only $20, which would be an extra $15,000 raised! Wow!
Visit their website here. http://www.thechildrensleft.org/
Course Information: This is one of the prettiest Triathlon venues in the Northwest sitting right on the beautiful Columbia River. You will be biking through scenic, flat country roads and running on paved, flat country trails. Not only will you enjoy views of the Columbia River but also you’ll enjoy scenic views of Mt St. Helen’s, Mt. Hood and Vancouver Lake!
Olympic Distance Swim: We will start the .93 mile course swimming upstream close to shore against a slow current. At the turnaround, you will be swimming strong and fast with the current back to the finish. Always keep the pull buoys to your right. Wetsuits are allowed but not required. www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554355
Note: The Olympic Duathlon and Solo 10km Run Course will be on the same route as the Olympic Triathlon Bike and Run. The initial 2 mile run will be a 1 mile out and bike course on the same running path that you will finish on.
Short Distance 1/2 Mile Swim: A fast, down current swim in the Columbia River! Novice swimmers can feel comfortable knowing the edge is just a few feet away if they get tired. The only rule is you can't advance forward if you're touching the sand. So if you must take a break, you must stay where you are until you are ready to resume swimming. Any swim stroke is acceptable including front crawl, back crawl, side-stroke, back float and doggie paddle. :) Athletes will walk from the swim exit to the swim start 1/2 mile upstream. Consider it a great warm-up! Wetsuits or pull buoys are allowed but not required. You can even use arm floaties or swim vests if that would make you feel more safe. :) www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=554358
Note: The Short Distance Duathlon and Solo 5km Run Course will be on the same route as the Short Distance Triathlon Bike and Run. The initial 2 mile run will be a 1 mile out and bike course on the same running path that you will finish on.
Awards & Celebrations: You're a winner just for showing up to support this great community event. But to reward those speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with:
• Trophies for Top Three Men and Women Overall (Short & Olympic Triathlon and Duathlon & Solo Runs)
• Award for Top Male Relay Team, Top Female Relay Team and Top Co-ed Relay Team (Short & Olympic Triathlon)
• Top 3 Age Group Winners in all distances will be emailed a certificate that they can print and frame as a reminder of their accomplishment or post on social media and brag about what a Beast they are!
Awards Ceremony will begin at approximately 11:00am on both days
What to Bring: 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 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!
Last, please bring a donation for Children's Center. Check out their Needs List.
Body Marking: When you arrive there will be volunteers to mark your bodies with marker for safety reasons.
Left Calve - Your event will go on your Left Calve.
“Tri” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon.
“R” for Relay.
“Run” for solo run.
Right Calve – Your age will go on your Right calve.
Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms
Both Arms - If you signed up for the Charity Wave, you get a ‘C’ on both your arms so we know to take extra special care of you. Be sure to let your body marker know you’re in the Charity Wave.
Transition Area for Triathletes & Duathletes: For the safety of your bike and equipment, only athletes are allowed in the transition area. You must have your body marked and your bike number on your bike before you will be allowed in. When you enter/exit, you will be asked to show your Bib # and it must match the number on your bike. Please don’t get upset at the volunteers for enforcing this rule –it’s in your best interest. A triathlon transition spot would be a primo location for bike thieves! Also note, when setting up your transition spot, please set up your bike based on your bib number. Note: Charity Waves have their own separate premium spot at the front to thank them for their extra donation. Also be sure to not to take up too much room – we have to fit a lot of triathletes into the area. Set up your bike and then right beside or under your bike, set up a small towel with all your stuff on the towel. A good rule of thumb is not to use any more than 1.5 feet of space beside your bike. Also make a mental note of your transition area location to help you remember where to find your bike when you exit out of the water – it’s really easy to get disoriented.
When you get your transition spot set-up, take a moment to get oriented to the transition area. After you complete your swim, you will enter the transition into the entrance titled “SWIM ENTRANCE”. You will leave the transition on your bike, through the exit titled “BIKE EXIT”. After your bike, you will re-enter the transition area through the entrance titled “BIKE ENTRANCE”. You will leave for your run through the exit titled “RUN EXIT”. It is important that you understand the flow of the transition area because timing mats are set-up at these specific exits/entrances to collect your separate event splits.
Relay Division:If you are competing on a Relay team, please read the following information very carefully. If you are on a Relay Team, you will have a separate entrance/exit that you will use to freely enter and exit the transition areaonce the race starts (this is to ensure 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). We will have a Relay Team Coordinator in that area to be able to answer any of your questions. All relay teams will start in the last wave at at 8:25 (Olympic Distance) or 9:25am (Short Distance). 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 the bib# written 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. Team swimmers and cyclists must turn in their Timing Chip to the Relay Team Coordinator. 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 go get their bike and exit through the normal bike exit. At this point, the swimmers must give their chip timing piece to the Relay volunteer. 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 biker’s timing chip will then need to be given to the Relay volunteer The runner then takes off through the normal Run Exit and completes the run course. Everyone meets at the finish line to meet the runner as they finish, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!
Rules of Triathlon: For bike safety, make sure that you follow all rules of the road. Always pass another cyclist on the left. Do not cross the left line on the road. Drafting and blocking are not allowed - you can’t ride right behind another cyclist or right beside another cyclist because it offers an unfair advantage. So if you come up to another cyclist, you must pass them in a timely manner and they must drop back and not draft off of you. And as mentioned earlier, be sure to have end plugs on your handlebars, always wear a helmet, strap your helmet before you leave the transition, mount and dismount your bike inside the designated areas (you are not allowed to ride your bike in the transition area), and always obey race officials.
Friday July 17th:
Kids 6 and under: 6:00pm
Kids 7-10: 6:30pm
Kids 11-16 years: 7:00pm
1. 6 and under: 25 yards
2. 7-10 years: 100 yards
3. 11-16 years: 200 yards
1. 6 and under: 1 mile
2. 7-10 years: 2 miles
3. 11-16 years: 3 miles
1. 6 and under: ¼ mile
2. 7-10 years: ½ mile
3. 11-16 years: 3/4 mile
1. Swim Assistance from parent/guardian: Swim assistance is MANDATORY during the swim course. At least one parent/guardian must walk along the shore or beside their child for safety reasons. Kids can easily touch the bottom, however, this is a river with a current, so each child must have one adult overseeing them the entire time they are in the water. In addition, adult volunteers will be in the water for safety. We have never lost a child during the swim and want to maintain our 100% success rate!
2. Adult Course Assistance: Younger children (6 and under) should be assisted throughout the entire event by a parent/guardian to ensure they stay on course and are encouraged. Parents can assist older children in the 7-10 age group depending on the child’s need. Parents cannot assist the older children in the 11-16 age group since this category will be timed. When assisting kids, as much as possible, try to let them do everything by themselves (but assistance is allowed to ensure a positive experience). It's also helpful to have the parent there to keep younger children on the right side of the trail during the bike portion. If they will be completing the bike on their own, be sure you discuss with them the importance of staying to the right of the trail and not making any abrupt changes in direction to avoid any bike crashes.
3. Swim Aids: Swim aids such as floatties or flotation vests will be allowed. Fins are not allowed for safety reasons.
4. Training Wheels - Training wheels will be allowed.
5. Age-Limits - The upper age limit is 16 years old at the time of the event. There is no set lower age limit but parents/guardians should assess the child's abilities to complete the prescribed course. The Kids Mini Triathlon is designed to be a positive experience and no child should be entered that is not going to benefit from the experience. Being asked to perform beyond one's abilities may not be a positive experience so help them train so they are properly prepared. Give your kids the permission to take breaks or walk if needed. Try not to put too much pressure on them! Make it fun!
6. Set up – Be there early to help your kids set up their transition area. It’s a Friday night so be sure to leave enough time to account for traffic. It can add a lot of pressure on kids if they are feeling late and rushed.
6. Awards. All Kids Tri participants receive a finisher’s medal. The 10 and under age groups will not be timed and no placement awards will be given to this group. The 11-16 year old Age Category will be timed and awards will be given to the Top 3 Boys and Girls in this group.
Volunteers: This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can recruit friends, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. Have them email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org if they can help out:
Cell Phone Number:
Any specific time constraints they have:
And remember, there's no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event. So be extra-nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, Officers, and 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! ?