Race Preview: 2018 Best in the West Triathlon Festival (Sweet Home)
Sweet Home, Oregon is hosting the Best in the West Triathlon, with 5 events to choose from! On September 7th thru 9th, come join other Tri racers at the Best in the West Triathlon Festival. Nestled in the foothills of the Cascades by the Santiam River participants will run, swim and bike in a fun racing weekend. Participants can choose from a Tri Sprint, Olympic, Half Iron, Try a Tri, and Splash and Dash.
Swimmers will enjoy the comfortable water temperatures of 70-73F, bikers will enjoy miles of low use roads winding through hills and along the scenic river path. The run course is shaded, providing enough relief from the summer heat. Adding to the great events offered is the awesome post race party, featuring a huge BBQ with local produce, delicious food, ice cold beer, live music and awards for top participants.
The Sprint will take place at 9 am on Saturday, and have a 500 meter swim, 12 mile bike and 5K run. The Duathlon will have a 12 mile bike and 5K run. Aqua Bike will have a 500 meter swim and 12 mile bike. Paddle Tri will have a 1000 meter kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP), 12 mile bike and 5K run.
The Olympic will take place 8 am on Sunday, and have a 1500 meter swim, 40K (24.8 mile) bike, and 10K run. Duathlon will have a 40K bike and 10K run. Aqua Bike will have a 1500 meter swim and 40K bike. Paddle Tri will have a 1500 meter kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP), 40K bike and 10K run.
The Half Iron will take place 8 am on Saturday, and have a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. The Duathlon will have a 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. The Aqua Bike will have a 1.2 mile swim, and a 56 mile bike. The Paddle Tri will have a 1.2 mile kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP), 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.
Try a Tri will take place Sunday at 10:05 am, and 10:00 am for youth. It will feature a 250 meter swim, 5 mile bike and 1.5 mile run.
Kids Splash & Dash is an event especially for kids. The perfect introduction to triathlons. The course will be on a safe closed course, and have lifeguards on duty during the swim portion.
This family fun weekend is for all ages and abilities. A large well kept campground is also available during the weekend for participants. The Best in the West Triathlon Festival promotes health and fitness in a weekend of fun and competitive racing, and even offers a healthy living expo, where people will learn how to live a healthier happier life.
When: September 7th-9th