Race Preview: 2018 Columbia River Triathlon & Multi-Sport Festival and Girlfriends Triathlon & Fitness Festival

There’s a lot going on at the 2018 Columbia River Triathlon & Multi-Sport Festival and the Girlfriends Triathlon & Fitness Festival and it’s coming up quickly on the weekend of August 17th. These events  will support a few great organizations as well. Ainsley’s Angels, and Kleen Street will benefit from the Columbia River event and a portion of proceeds from the Girlfriends Festival will benefit Pink Phoenix and the Pink Lemonade Project. All the events will also benefit local schools, sport clubs, and non-profits.

Enjoy views of the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, Mt St. Helens, and Vancouver Lake while you sweat it out at one of the many events available to you. This festival takes place along the Columbia River and the schedule is packed with something for every athlete. Do you want to do the event yourself or get some friends together for a relay? Your choice. There’s a 5k, a 10k, a Sprint & Olympic Distance Triathlon/Duathlon & AquaBike as well as some all women’s events and a 5k kids triathlon. So many options!!

On August 17th, the kid’s 5k triathlon will start at 5:00PM, followed by the flat and fast Sunset 5k/10k Run/Walk at 7:00PM.  It’s suggested that you be at the park at 4:00PM for the Kid’s Tri so you have plenty of time to get the kiddos ready and those participating in the Sunset 5k/10k should consider getting there at 6:00PM.

On the 18th, the Girlfriends All Women’s Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon, AquaBike & 5k will began at 9:00AM. It’s suggested that you arrive by about 7:30AM (or 8:00AM at the latest for 5k runners,) as it will take a chunk of time to park and get your body marked and transition set up for the Tri and Du participants. All participants need to be out of the transition area by 8:45 and there is a ½ mile walk to the start of the swim. This race, like the others in this weekend long festival, promise to be flat, fast, and beautiful. It’s also a great event for women to rally together for! The down current swim is close to the shore and a great introduction to a tri event if you’ve never done one. The AquaBike event is the one for you if you are taking a break from running. Rack your bike and exit the transition area to get your finisher’s medal.

The last day of the festival will be Sunday the 19th, and this is the day that the Sprint & Olympic Co-ed Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike will be occurring. The Sprint Duathlon and Triathlon will begin in waves at 8:00AM and the Olympic Duathlon and Triathlon will start their waves at approximately 8:45AM. Arrive by 7:00AM to avoid having to rush setting up your transition spot and get yourself good and ready for some fun. As with the events of the previous day, plan to walk a ½ mile to the swim start and all participants must be out of the transition area by 7:50AM.

There will be water aid stations with energy drink and gels as well as water provided about every 2 miles of the course, but you will need to carry your own hydration/fuel for the biking portion. Porta potties will be at the start and finish and there’s a bathroom for the Olympic Distance runs at Vancouver Lake.

If you have any friends or family who wish to support you on your race journey, please let them know that they must arrive to Frenchman’s Bar 15-30 minutes before the race, as traffic will be closed after the race begins. There is a 3 mile walk (or bike ride) from the Vancouver Lake Parking to Frenchman’s Bar. Also no vehicles will be allowed to leave the parking lot until the last cyclist has exited their bike.

Wetsuits are not required for the swimming events, but you can rent one from TriSports for $50 if you want one but don’t have one. Swimming caps will be provided, but you should plan to bring your own goggles. Biking helmets are mandatory and road or mountain bikes are acceptable (end caps on handlebars are required.) All race participants must wear their timing chip for the duration of the race and your bib number must be on the front of your body at the finish. Don’t forget an extra pair of clothes to relax in after you finish your race!! Parents are required to be with kids for the swim portion of the kid’s triathalon and swim aids (such as floaties) will also be allowed, but not fins. Training wheels will be allowed for the bike portion.

There will be several divisions, including a Friends & Family division which allows for participants of all ages and genders to swim in the same wave. This means husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, friends, and everyone in between can participate in races together, which is an awesome and unique benefit of doing this race.

Awards will go to the Top 3 Overall Male & Female participants and to the Masters. There’s a special BEAST medal for those who compete in 2 events and women can also win a special 3-headed BEAST medal and TRI PRINCESS necklace  for women who complete an event Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are no awards for the Friends & Family category if you choose to race in this category, as it’s a non-competitive one. Kids Tri participants will receive a finisher’s medal and the 10 and under age groups will not be timed or get placement awards. Kids 11-15 will be timed and there are awards for the Top 3 Boys and Girls. All awards must be picked up at the event, as they will not be mailed.

Come on out for a weekend of fun!!



What: 2018 Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival & Girlfriends Triathlon & Fitness Festival

When: August 17th thru August 19th. Start times vary.

Where: Frenchmans Bar (9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver WA 98660)

Register: Here for the Columbia River Triahlon & Multi-Sport Festival  and here for the Girlfriends Triathalon & Fitness Festival

Registration Cost: varies depending on event

About Author

I'm the owner of Healthy Girl Fitness and I'm a personal trainer, certified AFAA group exercise instructor, and an RRCA certified running coach in SW Portland. I am also the mother of two young boys and am on the board at my youngest son's school. I led a relatively inactive life throughout my 20's until I discovered the world of fitness and running. I ran my first marathon in 2006 and haven't looked back since.

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