Race Preview: 2019 Oregon Dunes Triathlon & Duathlon (Dunes City)

Hosted by Best in the West Events, the 2019 Oregon Dunes Triathlon & Duathlon is on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The clean, clear, shallow waters of Woahink Lake warm up quickly and make for a great, early season, open water swim. Woahink Lake is one of the cleanest lakes around and is the main drinking water supply for Dunes City. In addition to being an open water triathlon, it is also a USAT sanctioned event and the only Olympic distance triathlon on the Oregon Coast.

We have raced this in year’s passed and recommend you to add it to your race calendar. This race is challenging, beautiful, memorable and so much fun. Here is some excerpts from our experience:

We were met with the most beautiful finisher’s medals and back at the expo area there were delicious warm soups provided in generous portions byHomegrown Public House. They offered clam chowder and vegan and gluten-free mulligatawny soup. I tasted both and they were delicious! They also offered oranges, bananas and a selection of fresh breads. The awards were made by race director Staci, from beautiful and unique pieces of driftwood. They are a beautiful memento from a very fun and memorable event.

I love triathlons, each one is a unique and memorable experience and an opportunity to bond with, encourage, support and be inspired by other athletes.


The bike course features a challenging ride with rolling hills and a few climbs. The scenic ride travels along quiet, low traffic roads surrounding the lake and outskirts of Dunes City. The run is one of the more exciting courses in the area, with trails, road and even some sand, you won’t get bored on this course. Racers can enjoy the views as they twist and turn through beautiful Honeyman State Park. This memorable race concludes with a finish line dash up the dunes overlooking Cleawox lake.

Oregon Dunes Triathlon & Duathlon Details:

When: Saturday June 8, 2019

Where: Woahink Boat Launch Area, 5543 Canary Rd, Florence, OR 97439

Register: Here

Start times:

  • 6:30 AM Transition and Packet Pick Up Opens
  • 7:45 AM Pre-Race Announcements
  • 8:10 AM Olympic Triathlon and Aqua Bike Men Start
  • 8:13 AM Olympic Triathlon and Aqua Bike Women Start
  • 8:30 AM Olympic Duathlon Starts
  • 9:00 AM Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Men Start
  • 9:03 AM Sprint Triathlon and Aqua Bike Men Start
  • 9:10 AM Sprint Duathlon Starts

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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