Race Preview: 2019 Columbia River Triathlon & Multi-Sport Festival (Vancouver)

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest is never more evident than in multi-sport events like the 2019 Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival. You’ll have views from many mountains, (such as Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens) and a course along the Columbia River.

It will be a hopping weekend on August 16th thru the 18th and there are events for everyone. The Kids Triathlon starts at 6:00PM on the 16th, followed by the flat and fast Sunset 5k/10k race at 7:00PM. The next day, the Sprint & Olympic Co-ed Triathlon begins with waves starting at 8:00AM and the Olympic Triathlon starts around 8:45AM after all the sprint swimmers are out of the water. There’s also both the Sprint & Olympic Distance Duathlons which start at 8:00AM and 8:45AM. There’s a Sprint & Olympic AquaBike that day too, which is a great option if you don’t want to run or are recovering from a race. Sunday the 18th brings the Girlfriends All Women’s Sprint Triahlon, Duathlon, AquaBike & 5k. This all women’s day of events would be a wonderful excuse to rally some friends and enjoy it together! All events that day start at 9:00AM.

For more details on any of the events over this fun-filled weekend in Vancouver, check out the course details here.

There will be awards to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female, as well as awards for the masters and age division winners, including the Clydsdale (220+ lbs) and Athena (165+ lbs) divisions. Awards go to top relay teams as well. There’s a special BEAST medal for anyone who completes two events over the weekend (kids included!) and there’s a 3-Headed BEAST medal and a TRI PRINCESS necklace for any women who complete events over all three days of the festival. The awards ceremony will begin pretty close to when the majority of racers have completed the event. Awards must be picked up and will not be mailed.

There’s an option for a Friends and Family Division which is non-competitive and allows for different ages and genders to swim in the same wave so that family can participate together. There will be no awards for this division.

If you bring friends and/or family to cheer you on, please make sure that they know that they must arrive at least 15-30 minutes before the race start, as the course will not be accessible to traffic once it begins. Also, no vehicles will be allowed to leave the parking lot until the race is over.

You must wear your timing chip for the entire event and this race will happen no matter the weather. Don’t forget to bring extra clothes to change into after you celebrate crossing the finish line!

There are several packet pick-up options, which are subject to change before race day. Don’t forget your ID and your USAT Membership card if you have one. All participants will receive a shirt, a finisher’s medal and a fun event with food, music, and after-race festivities.

If you’ve been wanting to get out and have some fun, come to Vancouver and give any one (or three!) of the events a try. There’s something for everyone!



What: 2019 Columbia River Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival

When: August 16th thru Aug 18th, 2019 (start times vary)

Where: 800 Main Street, Vancouver, WA (downtown between 8th & 9th Ave)

Cost: Prices range depending on event.

Register: Here 

Packet Pick-Up: Subject to change, so check back before race day. Frenchmans Bar (9612 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver, WA 98660) on Aug 16th from 2:00PM to 7:00PM as well as on Aug 17th from 6:00AM to 7:30AM and 12:00PM to 2:00PM. You could also opt for Aug 18th  at Frenchmans Bar from 6:30AM to 8:30AM or on Aug 15th at Foot Traffic Vancouver (305 SE Chkalov Dr, Vancouver, WA 98583 from 10:00AM to 7:00PM.

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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