The Wallowa Lake Triathlon and 5K will be held on September 1 at beautiful Wallowa Lake in Eastern Oregon. This event is a fundraiser for Safe Harbors – a Domestic and Sexual Violence Service Provider.
Safe Harbors is a grassroots, public, non-profit agency that provides crisis intervention and advocacy services in Wallowa County to victims of intimate partner violence.
Safe Harbors originally began offering support and advocacy services in 1987 as an outreach program from Shelter from the Storm, a domestic and sexual violence victim’s agency in Union County. As a response to the increased requests for services in Wallowa County, Safe Harbors formed as a non-profit organization in 1991. Safe Harbors’ goal is to promote the establishment of a community where violence and abuse are not acceptable. Our primary purpose is to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and to provide community education to break the cycle of violence. Safe Harbors’ philosophy includes declaring freedom from fear of abuse as a basic human right; empowering survivors of violence to make their own choices by exercising their right to self-determination; respecting women, men and children equally; breaking the cycle of violence through education; offering a program that balances prevention, intervention and support; endorsing public policy that makes violence unacceptable; conducting our own affairs in an ethical and caring way; and establishing Safe Harbors in a leadership role in the community to promote a safe environment.
This annual fundraising event includes a Sprint Triathlon and a 5K. The triathlon can be run by a team or as an individual. The triathlon begins with a 250 meter triangular swim course in Wallowa Lake. The lake is usually quite cold, so wetsuits are recommended. The bike portion will be on Wallowa Lake Highway and take riders to Joseph and back. The run is uphill on the way out and downhill as you come back to the marina. This is the same 5K course that the 5K runners/walkers will be on. Those that are doing the 5K separately (not as part of the triathlon) will start their run as soon as the last swimmers are out of the water. Both events will be chip timed and an awards ceremony will follow. Both the triathlon and 5K promise beautiful views of the Eagle Cap Mountains, Wallowa Lake and the surrounding area. If you haven’t been to this area, I can assure you – as someone who grew up in eastern Oregon, the area is amazing and scenic.
Please note: There will be no day of race registration for the triathlon, however, 5K participants may still register on race day.
Wallowa Lake Triathlon and 5K Details
Date: Saturday, September 1
Times: 8:00 A.M. – Triathlon start
8:30 A.M. (tenative) – 5K start
Location: Wallowa Lake State Park, Joseph
Entry Fees: $45 – Triathlon
$75 – Team triathlon
$20 – 5K
Registration Website: Click Here