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Oregon Anvil: A Long Course Triathlon Close To Home

Oregon Anvil July 17-18, 2015

I didn’t want breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day; that just means more dishes and clean-up for me. I’m not big into flowers, either, since they just wilt and, while I love chocolate, it’s a dangerous gift that rarely makes my list. My family knows that the perfect gift for me is the gift of time and this year I scored big. My boys spent all day hanging out with me on Mother’s Day, which I loved, but they also gave me a combination Mother’s Day/Birthday Gift of a Long Course Triathlon. With a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run, that will require a few training hours. It’s a big commitment and I wanted to have my family’s approval, which meant a family meeting discussing the next couple of months. Their gift to me means they need to get more organized since I won’t be as available to pick up the slack. In the long run, it will be good for them, gaining some independence and they know how much I want to do this. Knowing I have their support and approval is the best present ever.

This is the second year the Anvil Triathlon Series will be in Oregon and participants have the option of a single long course distance or a double long course distance.  The weather should be nice since the race takes place July 17-18 and you don’t have to worry about traveling with it being at Henry Hagg Lake, making it a convenient and affordable option.

The Single Anvil costs $350 and the Double Anvil costs $685 through June 1st.Both races are sanctioned by USAT (United States Ultra Triathlon Association) and the Double Anvil is sanctioned by the IUTA as well (International Ultra Triathlon Association).  Check out the website for registration details, there is an application process, which is expected with this distance. Participants will get a race bag, race t-shirt, TrailRunner magazine and miscellaneous nutritional goodies. Finishers will receive a buckle or medallion, depending on the distance and a finisher’s shirt. First place men and women will receive a free entry for next year, second place finishers will earn half off their entry for next year and third place finishers will receive a 33% discount.

It is suggested that Double Anvil participants have at least a full Ironman distance triathlon or other significant race distance on their application. For Single Anvil participants, they should have completed one Half Ironman distance triathlon or some sort of endurance event. For both races, participants must be 21 years of age.  The Double Anvil (4.8 mile swim, 224 mile bike, 52.4 mile run) has a 39 hour time limit and the Single Anvil (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run) has 18 hours to complete the course.

If you’ve considered a long course triathlon, now is the time. I’ve always dreamed of doing this distance and the Oregon Anvil makes it possible. The course is pretty and there will be plenty of spots for spectators to ring their cowbells. Oregon Anvil was a perfect gift for this mom.  I don’t have to travel, which is a challenge with a bike, I can train on the course since it’s close to home and it’s a much better deal than a trademark Ironman event.  Make it a gift for yourself and come out for a long swim, bike and run. The more the merrier.

About Teresa Wymetalek (260 Articles)
I love anything and everything related to health and fitness! I teach group exercise and do small group personal training when I'm not cleaning up after or shuttling three boys around. I run to to clear my mind, keep my sanity and stay connected with friends. I'm still working on teaching our dog, Autzen, proper running etiquette. Half Marathons and Triathlons are my favorite events and I watch a whole lot of soccer.

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