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Hagg Lake Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival
Event Date(s):   07/07/2018 @ 8:00 am wave starts - 07/08/2018

Come race at the 36th Annual Hagg Lake Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival, one of the oldest and most gorgeous Triathlon courses in the nation! Now offering an Off-Road Triathlon, Half Marathon Plus Trail Run, 5K Trail Run & Camping!



Check out how much fun we have at Hagg Lake!
REGISTER NOW!
By Phone:Call 360-574-7292 to register by phone.

General Event Details:
Date:
07/07/2018 @ 8:00 am wave starts - 07/08/2018
Description:
Race at this Historical Event and Stunning Venue!

Note: Registration for 2018 Hagg Lake event will open on November 1, 2017.

Hagg Lake Triathon – Rich in Beauty, Rich in Tradition!

Come race at the 36th Annual Hagg Lake Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival, one of the oldest and most gorgeous Triathlon courses in the nation! Now offering an Off-Road Triathlon, Half Marathon Plus Trail Run, 5K Trail Run & Camping!


Olympic & Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike & NEW OFF ROAD SPRINT TRIATHLON, DUATHLON & AQUABIKE, Half Marathon Plus Trail Run and 5K TRAIL RUN!

The modern sport of triathlon had its modest beginnings with an event held in Mission Bay in San Diego, CA on September 25, 1974. There were 46 athletes that day. Seven years later, Hagg Lake Triathlon became one of six stops on the Bud Light Triathlon Series Tour drawing about 500 athletes, with Dave Scott coming out on top. Today, as one of the nation’s oldest and longest running triathlon events, Hagg Lake enters its 36th year and it continues to draw upwards of 700+ athletes. Its popularity is rooted in the rich tradition and the exceptional venue, which is one of the most scenic in the country. And, the Hagg Lake course offers a true test of this terrific sport with its rolling hills on both the bike and run leg portions of the event. Make the Hagg Lake Triathlon & Endurance Sports Festival one of your summer stops and compete on the course that has seen many of the greats in the sport of triathlon.

Schedule:

Saturday:

  • Half Marathon+ Trail Run (Start Time - 7:30am)
  • Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:00am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 40k Bike (Start Time - 8:00am in waves)
  • Sprint Triathlon: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:25am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 12.5 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:25am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: 1/2 mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike (Start Time - 8:25am in waves)
Sunday:
  • OFF-ROAD Sprint Triathlon: 500m Swim, 14 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • OFF-ROAD Sprint Duathlon: 14 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:00am Time Trial)
  • OFF-ROAD Sprint AquaBike: 500m Swim, 14 mile Bike (Start Time - in AquaBike Wave)
  • 5K Trail Run - 9am Start
Note: All athletes must be out of transition by 7:45am regardless of their race start time to assure all timing mats can be set.

CAMPING! Hagg Lake is offering us the opportunity to camp at the park. Our mission is to replicate the super fun atmosphere at WildFlower Triathlon in California where athletes camp, hang out, and share race stories by the camp fire at night! Stay tuned for more details.

BEAST MEDAL - Race on Saturday AND Sunday and earn the coveted WHY Racing BEAST MEDAL! Any combination of events count!
Location:

Henry Hagg Lake State Park
50250 SW Scoggins Valley Road, Gaston, Oregon 97119
Outside Forest Grove
Boat Ramp "C"

Directions:

DIRECTIONS TO HAGG LAKE - Boat Ramp C
From Portland take Hwy 26 (Sunset Hwy) west to the Glencoe Road/North Plains turnoff (exit #57–about 17 miles). Turn left onto NW Glencoe Road and travel 1.35 miles and turn right onto Zion Church Road. Continue south for approximately 3.65 miles through a flashing yellow light (NW Susbauer Rd) to the first of two traffic circles. At the first circle, travel counterclockwise to the first exit out of the circle towards Forest Grove on Verboort Rd. Travel another 0.45 miles to traffic circle #2. Continue counterclockwise 3/4 around the circle to Martin Rd. Travel another 1.9 miles turning left onto Quince St (Hwy 47). Continue straight ahead 0.4 miles crossing Rt 8 (TV Hwy) and remain on Route 47 towards Yamhill and McMinnville for another 5.2 miles. You will travel through Dilly before turning right at the flashing yellow light onto Scoggins Valley Road (brown sign on left side of Hwy 47: Scoggins Valley Park/Henry Hagg Lake). Travel 3.0 miles to the park entrance. Turn left onto SW West Shore Drive, crossing the Dam and then clockwise four miles to Boat ramp C. 

Map:
Awards & Celebrations:

You're a winner just for showing up to support this great community event. But to reward those speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with.

Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Female champions for the Road & Off-Road Triathlon & Duathlon Distances, & the Half Marathon & 5K Trail Run (Overall Male & Female, and Masters Male & Female will be removed from the individual age division awards). Top Overall Male & Female AquaBike athlete will also be awarded. Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age group and Clydesdale and Athena divisions. The 1st and 2nd place teams in each relay division will also receive awards.

Divisions: Individuals: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. Clydesdale’s (men 220 lbs & over) and Athena’s (women 165 lbs & over).

Relay Teams: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions.

Friends and Family Division - A non-competitive division created for the sole purpose of allowing participants of different ages and genders to swim in the same wave. For example, this allows fathers/daughters, mothers/sons, husband /wives, boyfriends/girlfriends, siblings, etc. to enjoy the triathlon together and to help one another through the swim leg of the event. When participants fail to swim in their correct wave, as determined by age & gender in most all triathlons, their split times and finish time are compromised. So, if you choose to participate out of your wave choose this division to uphold the integrity of your results and the overall results of the event.

NOTE - Awards Ceremony will begin as soon as the majority of racers have completed the event. Sit around, have a drink, eat some food and share your racing stories while we wait for the results to be verified. Awards must be picked up. Unfortunately, they cannot be mailed.

Award Criteria: 

  • If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards due to USAT restrictions. You must choose one or the other.
  • Based on USAT age categories, if your birthday is prior to December 31st of that race season, you will race in the older age group even if you haven’t celebrated your birthday yet. Due to USAT sanctioning you will ‘age-up’.
  • Friends & Family – if you choose to race in this category, you will not be eligible for awards. This is a non-competitive category that allows friends and family to start in the same wave group together regardless of their ages.
Cost:

HAGG LAKE FEES

Solo vs Relay

By Dec 31

Jan 1 –    April 30

May 1 –  July 5

PPU/DOR

SPRINT OR OLYMPIC DUATHLON/TRIATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$90

$100

$105

$115

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

TRAIL DUATHLON/TRIATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$90

$100

$105

$115

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

5K Trail Run

Adults

$40

$45

$50

$55

Kids 17 & under

$15

$20

$25

$30

Half Marathon Trail Run (14 miles)

-

$70

$80

$90

$100

Cost Includes:
  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Timing
  • Awards/prizes
  • Post-race refreshments including Deschutes Brewery Beer
  • Best competition in the NW
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Sense of pride knowing you're helping out a number of school and sports programs

Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered a month before race day. Quantities/sizes limited for those registering after that date.  There will be no post-race shirt orders.

What to Bring:

Watch the weather closely.  The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. 

You must wear your chip timing piece during the entire event.  You will be given a band that will hold your chip timing piece around your ankle throughout the entire event. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the BLUE timing mats after each segment of the race. If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.

Swim:  Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit for a triathlon so no worries.  We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.

Bike:  A biking helmet is mandatory.  You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them.  The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet.  The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame.  Road or mountain bikes are acceptable for the Road Race. Only Mountain or Off-Road bikes will be appropriate for the Off-Road race. For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.

Run:  You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you.  Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it.  Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike.  Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run.  Use whatever option feels best for you.

Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!


Contact Me About This Event:
Contact Me!Click here if you would like us to contact you regarding general event information or registration, if applicable.

REGISTER NOW!
By Phone:Call 360-574-7292 to register by phone.

Other Event Information:
Special Instructions:

EVENT PARKING- There is a $6 parking fee for access to Hagg Lake. Due to the size of our event and the limited resources at Hagg Lake, it is required that we collect this fee in advance of the event. When you register, you can add to your payment or if you have already registered and need to purchase a parking pass for you or a spectator, you can purchase online here at http://why-racing-events-inc.myshopify.com/products/hagg-lake-parking-pass or at Packet Pickup locations. Purchasing online will definitely minimize the lines/delays. When you pick up your packet, we will provide you with a parking pass to be displayed on your vehicle dashboard. This will speed up the process and minimize lines upon entry to the park. We will pay the collected fees along with the remaining 60% of the assessed fee to Henry Hagg Lake Park. Because of this Park Usage Fee, Hagg Lake participants should NOT purchase a parking pass when arriving at Henry Hagg Lake Park. Athletes should drive straight to Boat Ramp C with your parking pass. If you DO NOT pick up packet & parking pass, you will need to come to the Registration area onsite from 6:00-7:30am at Boat Ramp C and pay for your parking pass there. Athletes - please share this link with your spectators so they can also purchase a parking pass. Parking is limited - carpooling is highly recommended! There is absolutely NO PARKING on the road for the safety of all athletes.


NOTE: If you already have an annual Hagg Lake Parking Pass, you do not need to purchase this day access parking pass. Just be sure your Annual Pass is clearly visible.


Please do not park in the Sain Creek parking area just prior to Boat Ramp C. Hagg Lake Park officials would like to keep this area open for other park guests.

CAMPING: Cost - $15 per tent for one night $25 per tent for two nights. Hagg Lake has provided athletes this one time opportunity to camp onsite on Friday & Saturday night adjacent to the transition area. Please be respectful, clean up after yourself, remove everything you bring in and assure lights are out at a decent time to assure we are provided this privilege every year. We will direct you to the mock camping area once you arrive onsite. Here are the camping rules that Hagg Lake has provided us and adhering to them will definitely impact our ability to camp here next year.


  • All garbage generated by campers must be packed out.
  • No open flame in the park except in park camp barbecues.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO use of the lake in any capacity between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. including wading, floating, swimming, canoeing or kayaking.
  • No amplified sound or bright lights between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Flashlights, lanterns, and the like are acceptable.
  • All tents and all campsites must be taken down and properly stowed before 7:00 a.m.
  • Park bathrooms will be locked however, portable restrooms will be available for campers.

You can purchae your camping pass when you register for the event. If you have already registered for your event, you can pay for camping at the following link - Click here to purchase parking pass.


Body Marking: You will need to get your body marked BEFORE you enter transition. Body marking is for safety, identification and competition. 


Left Calf - Your event will go on your Left Calf.


“Tri” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon.
"AQ" for AquaBike


Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf and an "R" if you are on a relay team.


Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms

RELAY TEAMS:
Teams are a great way to bond with friends and family in a fun and active way! After having your body marked, please place your gear and bike at the designated RELAY area in transition. Each teammate will wear their own Timing Chip. The swimmer will wear the designated Swim cap for Relay Teams (not their age group), the Biker will place the Bike Stickers on their bike and helmet and Runner will wear the Running Bib. After body marking, please place your gear and bikes at the designated "Relay" area in the Transition. During competition, you must tag (touch finger tips) at the designated Team Start location upon finishing or starting your segment of the event.  VERY IMPORTANT:  If you are the cyclist or runner, please be very careful NOT to cross any blue timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg.  If you cross a blue mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped onor too close to the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results, and it is very important to understand this element of the timing process. Make sure that you return your chip after you have finished your portion of the race so you can then walk around the area freely without worrying about stepping over a timing mat (clippers and a bucket will be located in the RELAY area for this purpose). We encourage all Relay Members to meet their runner at the finish line and run across together to collect your finishers’ medal as a team but remember not to come near the finish line with a chip on until that time.

So for example, when the race begins, the swimmer will complete their swim and then go through the normal swim entrance so they get their timing split.  Then they will run to the Relay Transition area, tag their biking team-mate and then the biker will get their bike and exit through the normal bike exit.  At this point, the swimmers must give their chip timing piece to the Relay volunteer.  The biker will complete their bike, enter into the transition area through the normal bike entrance, rack their bike and then run to the Relay transition area and tag their runner.  The biker’s timing chip will then need to be given to the Relay volunteer. The runner then takes off through the normal Run Exit and completes the run course.  Everyone meets at the finish line to greet the runner and run through the finish line together, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!

Course Details:

Olympic Triathlon - 1500m Swim / 40k bike / 10k Run - The Hagg Lake course is famous for its race history, scenic beauty, and challenge. The swim is a two counter clockwise laps, 1500 meter triangular with water temperatures in the mid 70’s. The bike course is challenging with rolling hills. Cyclists will complete two counter-clockwise loops around the lake. Both loops will include a two mile out and back section on Scoggins Valley Road. The 10K mile run is also scenic and challenging, with an out and back course clockwise along the lake side road.


Olympic Duathlon - 5k Run / 40k Bike / 10K Run - Olympic Duathlon participants will begin with an out and back 5k run. They will complete the same 2 bike loops that the Olympic Triathletes complete. The final 10K run will take place on the same out and back course as the Olympic Tri.


Olympic AquaBike - 1500 m Swim / 40K Bike - Same Swim and Bike Course as the Olympic Tri.


Sprint Triathlon - 1/2 mile Swim / 20k Bike / 5k Run - The Sprint course will include a one loop 1/2-mile swim, one complete 20K loop (including one out-and-back on Scoggins Valley Road) on the bike, and a 5k out and back run.


Sprint Duathlon - 5K Run / 20K Bike / 5k Run - Sprint Duathlon participants will begin with a 5k run. They will complete the same bike loop that the Sprint Triathletes complete. The final 5K run will be the same route as the initial 5k.


Sprint AquaBike - 1/2 Mile Swim / 20K Bike - Same Swim and Bike Course as the Sprint Tri.


Aid Stations - Water and electrolyte will be provided at approximately each mile on the run (which will provide two water stops for the 5k distance and five water stops for the 10k distance).

SWIM COURSE MAP:



Hagg Lake Bike Map: 1 Loop for Sprint Athletes / 2 Loops for Olympic Athletes:

Click here to view Online Map for Hagg Lake Bike course.



5k Run Map:

Click here to view Online Map for 5k Run Course.



10k Run Map:


Click here to view Online Map for 10k Run Course.



OFF-ROAD SPRINT TRIATHLON/DUATHLON/AQUABIKE: If you love adventure, a fun challenge, trail running, triathlons, and riding your mountain bike, you won’t want to miss this new event at Hagg Lake Multi-Sport weekend festival.

The scenery is epic and the course is challenging! You'll definitely earn your Deschutes Brewery Beer!


  • OFF-ROAD Sprint Triathlon: 500m Swim, 14 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • OFF-ROAD Sprint Duathlon: 14 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8:10am Time Trial)
  • OFF-ROAD Sprint AquaBike: 500m Swim, 14 mile Bike (Start Time - in AquaBike Wave)

The 500 Meter Swim is a Counter-Clockwise Loop. Nice and flat! 🙂



The 14 mile Off-Road Cycle is a fun and challenging clock-wise loop around Hagg Lake. You will be required to manage steep climbs, descents, tree roots, branches, dirt, mud and rocks. It is ok to get off your bike and walk or carry it through challenging areas that may be above your current fitness or experience level. There will be some points where you will come off the trail and onto the road for a section. Be sure to watch for vehicles so you can safely enter the road and ride defensively. At each road section, there will be markings to indicate you are on course and markings to get you back onto the trail. It is important to know that the first few miles of the course are the most challenging and technical so once you get through that area, it will become less technical.

Click here to view Online Map for 14 mile Off-road Cycle Course



5K Trail Run: The 5k Trail Run is an Out and Back route leaving Transition in a clock-wise direction around the lake. It is technical with climbs, descents and obstacles to manage such as tree roots, branches, rocks, dirt and mud. Feel free to walk throughout the entire course or any technical areas. It is a narrow trail and you will be required to maneuver around other runners so be sure to safely pass and stay to the right.

Click here to view Online Map for 5K Off-road run course



NOTE: Our OffRoad Triathlon is sanctioned by USAT so all USAT Rules and Guidelines apply. The most signifcant diffferences for an Off-Road Triathlon compared to a Road Triathlon are as follows:

Legal Bikes:
Only mountain bikes are legal for competition. Cyclo-cross bikes are not allowed. No drop handlebars are allowed. No aero bars are allowed. All bikes must have 26”, 27.5” or 29” wheels. Bar extensions or grips off the handlebars may not exceed five inches (5”). Any/all bar ends must be capped. Be sure you have the correct tires to manage challenging terrain including steep climbs and descents, branches, roots, rocks, dirt and mud.

Passing:
Lapped riders must yield to overtaking riders. Riders should voice the command “On your left," when overtaking another. It is the responsibility of faster rider to overtake safely. Slower riders must yield to the passing rider on the first command. In the event two riders are racing for position, the leading rider does not have to yield position to the challenging rider. However, a rider may not bodily interfere with or impede another rider's progress.

Course:
An Off-Road Triathlon often has many trail junctions. You are resonsible for understanding the course and how it will be marked and paying attention at all intersections to assure you stay on course. It is suggested that you slow down at all upcoming intersections to minimize any wrong turns and assure you stay on course with the least amount of back-tracking. Along the Hagg Lake course, you will always have the Lake on your Right and the Road on your left so although you may get off course, you won't get too lost for too long. If you haven't seen a course marking in about a 1/2 mile, turn around to find your last course marking.

Drafting:
Drafting is allowed.

Here's some additional footage of the Hagg Lake Triathlon & MultiSport Festival:






Beneficiary:
Multiple School programs and clubs
Pick-up Location:
PRE-RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP on Friday July 6th from 12pm to 7pm at:

Western Bike Works
1015 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 342-9985

Please pick up your packet at the Pre-Race Packet Pickup on Friday. However, if you absolutely cannot pick up your materials during this time, please email us at info@whyracingevents.com and we will accomodate you. Thank you!

REMEMBER YOUR ID AND USAT MEMBERSHIP CARD (if applicable) - It's a USAT requirement! And if you're picking up packages for other athletes, be sure you have a signed copy of the Authorization form and a copy of the athlete's ID.

Be sure to purchase your parking and camping passes prior to race day or pick up at Packet Pickup on the morning of your race. 
Travel & Accommodations:

Portland has so much to offer so come for the entire weekend and make it a fun and memorable RACE-cation! Although a weekend is not nearly enough to see all the beauty in this area so feel free to extend your stay or be sure to come back for one of our other local races. You can check off one bucket list item each time you visit - there really is that much to see!



Out of Town Guests:
Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location, Hagg Lake, is about 45 minutes from Airport.

Hagg Lagg is in close proximity to the quaint town of Forest Grove. You can review all logding and dining options at the following link http://forestgrove-or.gov/

LODGING & GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION
Larkspur Landing Hotel: (503) 681-2121
Forest Grove Travel Lodge Suites: (503) 357-9000
Best Western Rama Inn (Forest Grove): (503) 992-8888
Grand Lodge by McMenamins (Forest Grove): (503) 992-9533

CAMPING: Cost - $15 per tent for one night $25 per tent for two nights. Hagg Lake has provided athletes this one time opportunity to camp onsite on Friday & Saturday night adjacent to the transition area. Our mission is to replicate the super fun atmosphere at WildFlower Triathlon in California where athletes camp, hang out, and share race stories at night.

Please be respectful, clean up after yourself, remove everything you bring in and assure lights are out at a decent time to assure we are provided this privilege every year. We will direct you to the mock camping area once you arrive onsite. Here are the camping rules that Hagg Lake has provided us and adhering to them will definitely impact our ability to camp here next year.


  • All garbage generated by campers must be packed out.
  • No open flame in the park except in park camp barbecues.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO use of the lake in any capacity between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. including wading, floating, swimming, canoeing or kayaking.
  • No amplified sound or bright lights between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Flashlights, lanterns, and the like are acceptable.
  • All tents and all campsites must be taken down and properly stowed before 7:00 a.m.
  • Park bathrooms will be locked however, portable restrooms will be available for campers.

You can purchae your camping pass when you register for the event. If you have already registered for your event, you can pay for camping at the following lin - Purchase your Camping Pass here.

Training & preparation:

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!

Step #2. It's time to train!  Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!


One way to help your training is to join a local running, biking or Tri club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:


Running Clubs:


Biking Clubs:


Triathlon Training Clubs:


Personal Training & Coaches


Time to TRI & DU (PUN INTENDED!): If this is your first Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, just focus on having fun. Get there early so you can set up your bike and gear in your marked transition spot. Rack your bike, place your helmet and glasses on the handle bar ready to put on. Place a towel on the ground and put your cycling cleats on it (if you wear cycling cleats). Remember, you should only take about 1.5 feet of space in your area. If you take more space than this, you will get some raised eyebrows from the veterans. Just remember that there’s lots of cyclists that have to fit their bikes and gear in a small area so don’t spread out too much. Now take the time to study the transition area. Where do you start, where is the swim in (or Run1), bike in, bike out, run out and finish? Understand the flow. Memorize where your bike is racked. Feel free to ask questions to the Why Racing Event Crew – they are there to help you! Once the race starts, rookie triathetes should start at the back or to the sides of the swim. If someone panics, it would typcially be during the swim so try to start gradually and give yourself some space.  Once you finish your swim (or Run1), you will run to your bike, put on your helmet and glasses, change shoes if needed and follow instructions from course marshals to direct you around the transition area out the exit. You will be instructed to mount your bike and you’re off exiting safely, Once you’re safely out of transition and the access roads, bike as hard as you like but take the last mile or so to ride in an easier gear and flush out your legs a bit. That will help your final run a ton! When you arrive back at the transition area, you will be asked to dismount your bike and then run to your transition spot. You will rack your bike, take off your helmet and then change shoes if needed. Then you’re off for your final run. This is the segment of a Triathlon that is typically more challenging. Yes, your legs will feel heavy and tired. Feel free to go easy and take walk breaks if needed. It usually takes some time but your legs will start feeling better and you can ease into your normal pace. Triathletes & Duathletes prepare for this tough transition by practicing this type of Bike/Run workout appropriately called a ‘Brick Workout’ because your legs feel like bricks when running after cycling. But the more you practice, the easier that transition becomes. So when first starting out, don’t be so hard on yourself if it feels really tough – it gets better! Once your cross the finish line – CELEBRATE! You did it! Wear your medal and finishers’ shirt proudly! WAY TO GO!

AquaBike athletes - Once you have completed your Swim and Bike distances, rack your bike and make your way to the finish line so you can cross it and receive your medal.  We want to celebrate your accomplishment!


If you are new to the sport of Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike (or just need some training tips), we posted a 6 week Triathlon Training program that you can read to give you some general guidelines for designing your program and some tips for race day & transitiion.


Week 1: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/16/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line/


Week 2 http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/23/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-2/


Week 3: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/30/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-week-3/


Week 4: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/06/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-running-tips/


Week 5: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/15/try-a-triathlon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-training-tips/


Week 6: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/17/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-transitions/


TAPERING: At about 1-2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.


IMPORTANT EVENT TIPS FOR OUR ROOKIES:


WHAT TO BRING:


  • Swim gear – goggles, swim cap, wet suit (optional)
  • Bike & Helmet (mandatory)
  • Shoes (running and cycling cleats if you are wearing them)
  • Your bib, pins, helmet & bike stickers and chip timing piece
  • A small towel to place on the ground for your gear
  • Water bottle, sunscreen, glasses
  • Change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event festivities

WHAT TO WEAR: For a Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, you typically don’t want to change clothes too much in between your swim, cycle and run portions. Ideally, find an outfit that you will feel comfortable swimming, biking and running in. If you have regular pedals or a toe/pedal cage, you will wear the same shoes throughout the bike/run. If you use cycling cleats, you will put your cleats on and then change into your running shoes after your bike portion. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a form-fitting, water-proof jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Body Glide or Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, inner thighs, feet). Be sure to have your Bib and Helmet and Bike sticker visible.


Watch the weather closely.  The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. 


You must wear your chip timing piece during the entire event.  You will be given a band that will hold your chip timing piece around your ankle throughout the entire event.  Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and make sure it's snapped tightly! Be sure to step over the timing mats after each segment of the race.  If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.


Swim:  Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit so no worries.  We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.


Bike:  A biking helmet is mandatory.  You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them.  The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet.  The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame.  Road or mountain bikes are acceptable.  For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.


Run:  You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you.  Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it.  Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike.  Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run.  Use whatever option feels best for you.


Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!


WHAT TO EAT BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE RACE:


  • Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner the two or three nights before should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
  • On race morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. Oatmeal, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. Eat what’s worked in the past. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
  • During the event, take water at each of the aid stations. Even just a few sips will help. There will be no aid stations for the bike course, so please carry water and fuel on your bike. Gels and Energy Drink will be available at the aid stations.
  • Post event - Be sure to get some fluids into your system right away. Start with water and electrolyte energy drink and then transition to Deschutes Brewery – it’s time to celebrate! Definitely consume some of the fruit, salad, rolls, and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! 🙂

HAVE FUN! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how good you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best, but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!

FAQs:

Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled "Registration & Packet Pickup". If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

What are the Rules?
We currently adhere to the USAT Rules for Triathlon & Duathlon.  Please click here to review complete list of USAT Rules. Important rules include no drafting, you must wear a helmet and music is ABSOLUTELY NOT allowed during the bike for obvious safety reasons.

Can I use a personal music devise while cycling? Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks and will result in immediate disqualification.

Can I use a personal music devise while running? During any running segments, we prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.


  • If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time. In addition, if you opt to use music, you will not be eligible for awards, points and rankings. So as an athlete, you have to make a choice…music or awards/points/rankings.
  • If you are using a personal music devise with two earbuds, you will be immediately disqualified. Trust us, we don’t want to have to enforce a disqualification but in order to assure the safety of all athletes, this is a very important rule.
  • We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?  No, you do not need to wear a wetsuit. Many will not wear a wetsuit while others will choose to wear a wetsuit because of the buoyancy and warmth factor.


Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? Yes, Western Bikeworks/Athletes Lounge will be on-site to provide high quality Bike Service/repairs, parts, and accessories for sale.


Where can I find lost items? Any equipment that is unmarked will be returned to the stage during the event. After the event, we will take to the Why Racing office and you can contact us to locate. Please come to the event with all personal belongings well marked with your name and/or race number.


What should I do if my shirt doesn't fit? If the size of the shirt you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt Swap” after the event at the information booth. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap, since it will depend on left over shirts, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.


Do I have to use a road or racing bike?  No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars. For the Off-Road event, you will want to use an off-road or mountain bike to be able to accomodate the trails.


Do I have to run?  No, you could walk, jog, wog, hop or prance your way to the finish line.  As long as you get there under your own volition, that is acceptable!


Will there be water on the course?  Water Aid Stations will be approximately every 2 miles. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses. Energy Drink and Gel will be available at the Aid stations.


Will there be bathrooms on the course? We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! We will have a couple porta potties located along the run course.


Where should I tell my friends and family to go to cheer me on? The best approach for your family, friends and cheerleaders is to park at Hagg Lake Park. They can see you start and finish. They can take a short walk up the Access road and see you bike out, bike past you, bike in, run out and finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang in the expo area after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch you swim/run in, bike out, bike in, and then head to the finish line to watch you finish. Be sure to tell them to make signs for you, bring cowbells, and bring you flowers for the finish. Especially if this is your first race, you’ve got to celebrate! It’s a big accomplishment!

We DO NOT want them driving on the Bike course to maximize safety for all cyclists.

Volunteers:
This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can help recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be paid to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.

We typically need about 100 volunteers per day for most events with tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please review volunteer needs at the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE VOLUNTEER SIGN UP LINK

Please also email volunteer@whyracingevents.com or complete the information below to finalize all details.

And remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year!


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