The 2018 Pacific Crest Sports Festival will always hold a special place in my heart. The 2011 olympic length triathlon was my very first, and it was in Sunriver that I fell in love with the sport of triathlon.
I had a few bumps preparing for this year’s Pacific Crest. I wasn’t able to make packet pickup on Saturday by 4p, but luckily they had everything ready for me at the reservoir the next morning. Also, on the drive from Portland to Sunriver, I realized that I had forgotten my wetsuit (!), but luckily Best in the West Events had a tent at the expo with wetsuit rentals. Once I cleared these two hurdles, it was smooth sailing.
I arrived at Wickiup Reservoir with plenty of time to pick up my packet and set up for the first transition. The morning was cool and crisp and the reservoir was cold at only 61 degrees, however it didn’t feel as cold as I remember in 2011, so I was grateful. I felt like I started strong on the swim, but about 100 yards in, the cold set in and I could feel myself slow. The water was clear, without too much glare from the rising sun, so I felt like I hit the buoys right on, and my swim time was only a minute longer than usual. Cold water is a great motivator to swim fast. Transition went well and I was happy to start the bike portion of the triathlon.
The bike route was flatter than I remember from 2011, which was a pleasant surprise. I was a little cold at the start, but by mile five, I was grateful I didn’t have extra layers. The bike course had a mix of good sun and shade. It was beautiful, and even at 28 miles, it felt like it went by quickly.
The run portion of the triathlon was also part sun, which was great since it was getting hotter by the minute. The run was flat and scenic with lots of aid stations and people along the route cheering for the triathletes. My favorite part of the run was about a mile in when a young man was playing Hall of Fame on his violin. It was so beautiful and fueled me with energy to finish strong.
I enjoy Why Racing Events – they are well organized, and their team and volunteers are professional and supportive. With so many options at the Pacific Crest Sports Festival, this event was perfect for beginners and seasoned triathletes.
The sports and fitness expo was fun. Some of the sponsors included Deschutes Brewery, IQ Credit Union, Fleet Feet, Franz Bakery, HUMM Kombucha, KIND Snacks, Coca Cola, Don Francisco Coffee, SHARC, Vacasa, XTERRA, B&W International, A2 Bikes, Rudy, XX2i Optics, Mountain Resort Properties, Visit Bend, Sunriver Resort, Northwest Personal Training, Alpine Entertainment and Village Bar & Grill. The Village Bar & Grill brought in so much good food. I loved every minute of the 2018 Pacific Crest Sports Festival; the beautiful blue race shirts, the finishers medal, stamped on wood, and for those who placed, a commemorative glass and pacific crest medal. It was such a fun and memorable event. I am already looking forward to Pacific Crest 2019!
The Pacific Crest Multi-Sport Weekend benefits the Three Rivers Care for Kids Foundation which promotes the education and welfare of children in the Three Rivers area of southern Deschutes County. Three Rivers Care for Kids Foundation serves approximately 2,000 kids, supporting children’s activities through many programs. The Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival also provides an opportunity for athletes to compete and fundraise as part of their participation. Over $1.9 million has been raised over the years through the efforts of groups including Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, Team Defeat MS, PEO groups and more.