Race Preview: 2016 Spring Classic Duathlon and Home Depot Half Marathon, 10k, 5k (Portland)

The 32nd annual Spring Classic Duathlon takes place at the Home Depot on Marine Drive on Sunday, April 24th. Due to popular demand, this year there will also be a 5k, 10k, and a half marathon in addition to the run/bike/run duathlon. The Home Depot on Airport Way/NE Glenn Widing Dr serves as the start/finish area and transition zone for the event. Please park your cars at Concordia College across the way.

The half marathon starts at 7:45am, the 5k and 10k start at 8am. The start/finish for these races is on Marine Drive just behind Home Depot. The half marathon and the 5k are both simple out-and-back courses heading out towards the west alongside the airport and the Columbia River on Marine Drive, which will be closed to vehicle traffic. The 10k is a double loop out-and-back: The first 5k loop is the same as the 5k course, and the second loop heads out towards the west again, but this time on the mulituse path next to Marine Drive. All courses are very flat with the only significant elevation gain being the interstate underpass right at the start/finish.

The duathlon starts at 9am; the transition area is located in the Home Depot parking lot. The first 5k run is an out-and-back that heads west on Marine Drive, the 15 mile bike ride starts by heading east on Marine Drive for about four miles to the turnaround, then heads west, past the start/finish, to the turnaround at the 11 mile mark, and then ends again in the Home Depot parking lot. The second 5k run is another out-and-back that heads east on Marine Drive (or the sidewalk for participants starting their second run after 10:20am).

After finishing the race, there will be food and drink and music. Awards will be given to the top three finishers, male and female, in each race, and also three deep in age groups. Be sure to stick around and cheer on the other athletes! If you’ve never tried a triathlon or duathlon before, this is a great event to run your own race and then observe the multi-sport event.

Spring Classic Duathlon details:
When: Sunday, April 24
Where: Airport Home Depot, 11633 NE Glen Widing Drive, Portland, OR
What: Run/bike/run duathlon, half marathon, 10k, 5k
Registration: Online here or print and mail registration form
Registration cost: 5k – $45; 10k – $55; Half – $70; Duathlon – $75. Day of race add $5 to the cost.
Registration includes: Chip timed race, event t-shirt, post race refreshments and music, awards
Packet Pickup: Saturday April 23rd, 10am to 4pm at Athletes Lounge, 2671 NW Vaughn St., Portland, OR 97210; DOR starting at 6:30am until 30 minutes prior to individual race.


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