Why Racing Events is putting on their first multi-sport event of the year – the Spring Classic. This event is the perfect training for your spring marathon or triathlon, as it comes complete with a half, 10k, 5k, and even a duathlon. With multiple events happening the same morning, there is so much energy (and volunteer support) for runners and walkers, and for bikers in the duathlon.
All of the courses are primarily flat runs on Marine Drive. There is a great paved path for runners, so there should be no cars, trains, or cross-traffic to worry about. If you have ever been out on this path – it is pretty mesmerizing. On any day, you will get fantastic river views as you are mere steps from the mighty Columbia. On clear days, Mt. Hood provides an epic backdrop.
With so many events happening, there are lots of details (duathlon body marking, duathlon “what to bring”, relay opportunities, etc) on their website and FAQ that should be read through for all the specifics.. Every athlete receives a commemorative t-shirt and a gorgeous medal when you finish (it has the bridge you will spend a lot of timing traveling away from and then back toward). The Home Depot parking lot provides lots of space for after-event celebrating with breakfast and beer while waiting to hear about all of the finishing awards. Lots of events mean lots of winners.
Matt ran this event a few years back (his first multi-sport event) and had this to say:
I had three rules going into the my first multi-sport event: Don’t be stupid, don’t embarrass yourself, and don’t get hurt. I can happily say that I accomplished both, and in the process a new passion has been born.
The race course…was set up like a giant “T”. Participants would head West on the closed-to-traffic Marine Drive before turning around and heading back to the start and the bike transition area. This was followed by a few mile stretch East on Marine Drive, before turning around, passing the start area, and heading past the airport before returning to the start. The final 5k was another short out-and-back, this time running East on Marine Drive. It was extremely simple and extremely flat.
Overall, this is a race that I highly recommend for those seasoned athletes, as well as those who may just want to give a duathlon a shot.
Check out the video below for your own views on this energetic event.
Spring Classic Duathlon & Home Depot Half Marathon, 10K & 5K (Portland)
When: Sunday April 22nd;
- 7:45am for half marathon and 10K,
- 8am for 5K, and
- 9am for duathlon
Where: Starts and ends near Home Depot (11633 NE Glen Widing Drive). Park in front of Concordia College
Register: Online until two days before event, then in person on day of race. Registration for two more events to save 10%
Packet Pick-Up: April 21st 10am-6pm (Fleet Feet PDX 2258 NW Raleigh Street)
Cost: Fees vary by event length, participant’s age, and number of athletes (if completing relay)
|SPRING CLASSIC FEES||Solo vs Relay||Mar 1 – April 20||PPU/DOR|
|2 person Relay||$60pp||$65pp|
|3 person Relay||$50pp||$55pp|
|Kids 17 & under||$30||$35|
|Kids 17 & under||$25||$30|