Weekends with Why Racing Events provide some of my favorite memories from summer and the weekend of the 2017 Columbia River Triathlon and Fitness Festival is one of my favorites. I was able to compete in the Olympic length team event with my husband. It was such a fun way to spend the day. We split the event so that I began with the swim, he completed the bike portion and I finished with the run. It was fun to meet members from other teams and cheer everyone on.
The morning of the event was beautiful and the location was easily accessible. Upon arrival, there was a single long line getting into the park because of limited staffing by the park department (I understand they are doing some work to make it better for next year). Fortunately, we arrived with plenty of time and the packet pickup was quick and easy. Getting setup at transition was also easy and quick with good markings and volunteers to guide the way.
The swim portion of the event was a one mile loop along the shores of the Columbia river. We swam a half mile against the current then returned with the current. There were definitely pockets where I felt like I was going nowhere, but it was a quick swim with average to slightly faster times. I chose to wear a wetsuit, but the water was in the 70’s so wetsuits were optional.
The cycle portion of the race was an out and back double loop along the Columbia River. The course was mostly flat with a little wind along the river. Fortunately, with the out and back double loop, the direction changes gave periodic breaks from the wind. Because there was a sprint on the same day I had to pay attention to the cones and signs. The volunteers did a good job of marking the course for sprint vs olympic cyclists.
One of the nice things about this race was the limited amount of traffic on the road. The road itself was recently resurfaced and a little rough but there were no potholes or other obstacles to worry about. Rides in Oregon and Washington are always scenic and beautiful.
The run was flat and fast, a quick out and back with lots of cheerful volunteers and plenty of aid stations with water, Gatorade and gels. Timing and results were immediate as we crossed the finish line. Why Racing even offered downloadable custom finishers’ certificates. To check results and times, click here. 2017 Why Racing Triathlon & Duathlon Awards Series standings are available here.
At the finish, there were pulled pork sandwiches and pasta salad provided by Main Event. Main Event has 4 restaurant locations you can visit and if you mention you’re an athlete with WHY RACING EVENTS you’ll get 10% off your order through September. They opened a new restaurant at 3 Sheets at the Harbor on Jantzen Beach overlooking the river and one in Camas. Other local favorites are Main Event Sports Bar Downtown and Main Event Eastside.
As athletes, we appreciate the free photos courtesy of IQ Credit Union. They are a great way to remember this event. If you would like to see posts from the event, you can search the tags #WHYracing, #WHYBend and #runwithLESSCHWAB.
Why Racing offered a Pink Tank for Girlfriends on Saturday, and a Blue Tech shirt for the Columbia River and Kids Tri on Sunday. The finishers’ medal was beautiful. They also gave every athlete a pair of Lace Locks, so we never have to worry about our shoes coming untied during a race or training run. The overall champions received tote bags, extra swag and Xterra bags.
Relay Teams included father/daughter, mother/daughter, father/son/daughter, husband/wives, best friends’ teams, siblings and more. It was a wonderful way to spend active time and accomplish a goal together. Why Racing also offered an AquaBike for this event which was perfect for athletes who don’t run or are injured but still want to compete.
The volunteers were wonderful! They gave their time and positive energy to support all the athletes and we are so thankful! There were over 200 volunteers directing traffic, cheering and ensuring we stayed on course. We could not have done it without them and they definitely brought the energy and fun. The entire event crew did a wonderful job managing the swim course, bike course, run course, aid stations, finish line, transition, volunteers, registration, and food. It was such a great event!
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Proceeds from this event helped support Children’s Center, Pink Lemonade Project and many school clubs, athletic teams and non-proflits.
Why Racing has 2 more fall events, their 11th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure Half & Quarter Marathon on Sunday October 15th and Scary Run Half, 10K & 5K on Sunday October 29th. Sign up asap to guarantee your correct shirt size – both events will be fun and inspirational. Links below for details and registration.