04/14/2019 @ 7:45am for Half & 10K / 8:00am for 5K / 9:00am for Duathlon
Run, Walk & when one sport is not enough, just DU it!
Time to dust off the cob-webs and start the multi-sport racing season with the 35th Annual Spring Classic Duathlon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K! It's time to see who stayed in shape all winter!
Choose the Duathlon or any of the 3 different running distances and let's Spring into Action!
DUATHLON - 5K RUN / 15 MILE BIKE / 5K RUN
The Spring Classic Duathlon is a great opportunity for triathletes to shake off the winter-season rust and for the duathletes to get in an early season race. This long-running event is contested almost entirely on Marine Dr, which is closed to vehicle traffic – a rarity in the sport. You will ride and run right along the mighty Columbia River with beautiful views to make the time fly!
It will be a flat & fast course...perfect for those new to the sport of Duathlon and Triathlon! And for you veterans, this will be a fabulous opportunity to go all out and see who stayed in good condition this winter!
There are no railroad tracks on the bike route – just 15 miles of smooth pavement ideally suited for fast times. The course is virtually flat with the only appreciative elevation gain or loss occurring as you travel beneath the Glenn Jackson Bridge. And for the novice athlete, the sense of safety from not having to be overly concerned with vehicle traffic makes this event an ideal introduction to the world of multi-sport racing.
Home Depot Half Marathon, 10K & 5K - This beautiful, flat and fast course along the Columbia River is a wonderful event to set as a goal to keep your conditioning strong through the winter and spring cold and rainy seasons!
Our start/finish location at the Home Depot off Airport Way will allow us to relax and share our racing stories once we all finish! We will have high energy music, fun vendors, food and who is ordering the sunshine?!
Enough Hibernating! Wake up, Get out & Race at the Spring Classic!
HOME DEPOT: The post-event festivities will take place in the parking lot at Home Depot, 11633 NE Glen Widing Drive, Portland, OR.
Please park in front of Concordia College to leave parking in front of Home Depot for their customers. – It’s a great venue and we want to keep this partner happy! Thank you!
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS (per Google Maps)
From the south (Salem, OR) Follow I-5 N Take Exit 288 toward I-84/The Dalles/Seattle Take Exit 24B for Airport Way E Follow NE Airport Way Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College
From the North (Ridgefield, WA) Follow I-5 S, keeping right at the fork to continue on I-205 S/Salem Take Exit 24 for Airport Way toward Portland Airport Turn left onto NW Airport Way Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College
From the East (Hood River) Follow I-84 toward Portland Take Exit 13 Turn Right onto NE 181st Ave (toward Airport Way) Continue onto NE Airport Way Turn right onto NE Glenn Widing Dr Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College
From Portland Take I-84 East (toward Troutdale) Take Exit 24B for Airport Way E Follow NE Airport Way Turn left onto NE Glenn Widing Dr Turn left, turn right, turn right, Home Depot parking lot will be on the left Athlete parking is in front of Concordia College
Post-event festivities immediately after your race in the Home Depot parking lot.
Runners, stick around after your race and cheer on the Duathletes and be inspired to add another sport to your training and racing plan!
Awards & Celebrations:
2018- Willy Sayers 18:33
2018- Margaret Kell 22:07
2018- Evan Consolati 39:52
2018- Juliet Hochman 42:18
2018- Tanner Barlow 1:19:16
2016- Kelly Cole 1:36:11
2012- Andrew Langfield 1:10:32
2017- Juliet Hochman 1:22:24
We think everyone is a winner but we also like to reward the Speedsters!
Awards will be presented to the Overall Top 3 Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Master Female champion (who will then be removed from the individual age division awards). Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the Clydesdale, Athena and Relay Divisions.
Duathlon Relay Teams - Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Divisions.
NOTE: Awards Ceremony will commence at the conclusion of each event, once we have enough finishers to announce. Winners need to pick up their awards - we are not able to mail awards.
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’.
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SPRING CLASSIC FEES
Solo vs Relay
By Dec 31
Jan 1 – Feb 28
Mar 1 – April 11
Kids 17 & under
2 person Relay
3 person Relay
Kids 17 & under
Kids 17 & under
Post-race refreshments including Brunch & Deschutes Brewery Beer - WILL RUN FOR BEER!
Early season competition
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:
Bike & Helmet (mandatory for all Duathletes)
Your bib, pins, helmet & bike stickers (if applicable) and chip timing piece
A small towel for duathletes to place on the ground for your gear
Water bottle, sunscreen, glasses
Change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event festivities
WHAT SHOULD DUATHLETES WEAR: For a Duathlon, you typically don’t want to change clothes too much in between your runs and cycle portions. Ideally, find an outfit that you will feel comfortable biking and running in. If you have regular pedals or a toe/pedal cage, you will wear the same shoes throughout the entire run/bike/run. If you use cycling cleats, you will start in your running shoes, quickly change into your cycling cleats and then change back into your running shoes. 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. In honor of the Spring theme, let’s all wear super bright and pastel spring colors. Plus it will make the photos look that much better!
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Timing of the event will be done using the ChampionChip™ Timing System. Duathletes must wear a Timing Chip on their ankle in order to receive splits and final results. Runners will wear a bib number with disposeable timing chip.
Body Marking for Duathletes:When you arrive there will be volunteers to mark your body with marker for safety reasons. This is mandatory for Duathletes and just for fun for runners (not necessary but fun to see who is in your age group!)
Left Calf - Your event will go on your Left Calf that way you can easily see if you are racing another athlete in the same category.
“D” for Duathlon
“Half” for Half Marathon
“10k” for 10k
“5k” for 5k
Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf - that way you can easily see from behind if that athlete is in your age group and whether you need to speed up! 😉 If you are on a Relay team, let the volunteer know and they will place an R under your age to indicate you are racing on a Relay team.
Arms/Hands - Your Bib # will go on your Arms or Hands
HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K: The run courses are fast and flat along the Columbia River waterfront path. The course is so scenic that the miles will fly by!
The first 5k will be on Marine Drive (closed to traffic) with the next 10 miles along the Columbia River waterfront pathway. The course is flat, fast and extremely scenic!
DUATHLETES: We believe this is one of the prettiest courses in the Northwest! You’ll be running and biking along the mighty Columbia River with magnificent views of Mt. Hood. Both runs will be out & back 5K's, flat and fast on Marine Drive. The bike is 15 miles, flat & fast, also on Marine Drive (semi-closed to traffic).
5K RUN1: Mass start on 112th. Turn Left (west) onto Marine drive (running on the road on the river side). Turn around at the half way and run back to the transition along the south side of Marine drive.
15 MILE BIKE: Leave the transition area along the path out of Home Depot and north on 112th. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF ACTION AND THE NARROW PATHS IN THIS AREA THAT YOU RIDE SINGLE FILE UNTIL YOU GET ONTO MARINE DRIVE. DO NOT TRY TO PASS OR OVERTAKE SOMEONE ALONG THE PATH OR 112TH.
Once you are on Marine Drive, then bust it out and go as fast as you like! You will head East on Marine drive until the Turn around at about 185th. Then you will ride West continuing past 112th (transition area) until the 2nd turn around before 33rd. Then ride back towards the start/finish area remembering to ride single file once on 112th and onto the path into transition area.
5K RUN2: You will leave the transition area and run along 112th to Marine Drive. You will turn Right (East) along the Marine Drive pathway until the turn around and then run back to the start/finish.
Please be careful as you enter and exit the transition area and the Home Depot Parking Lot. There will be runners and bikers going in opposite directions and some areas are tight. We will cone off the separate lanes but remember to ride/run safely and watch out for each other. There will be Police, dedicated volunteers, and members of the Why Racing Events Crew on the course to help direct you and provide safety.
Check out the following video clips to get another glimpse at how much fun we have at Spring Classic!
Multiple School programs and clubs
PRE-EVENT PACKET PICKUP - REMEMBER YOUR ID AND USAT MEMBERSHIP CARD (if applicable) - It's a USAT requirement! 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.
Registration package pick up location changes so pay attention to times and days listed below. If you unable to pickup at any the times listed below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make other arrangements.
Foot Traffic NE Store SATURDAY APRIL 13th 10am to 6pm
Foot Traffic, 4020 NE Freemont St., Portland, OR 97212
Travel & Accommodations:
Out of Town Guests: Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location is about 10 minutes from Airport.
Accomodations - If you stay at any hotel around the airport, you will be minutes from the Start/Finish line area.
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!
Portland is known for it's fabulous restaurants and night life. We would love to suggest Deschutes Brewery, one of our season partners who support Running, Triathlon & Multi-sport races all year! http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/
WHAT TO DU (PUN INTENDED!): If this is your first Duathlon, 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, run in, 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, the first run isn’t the one that’s really tough on most duathletes so feel free to go hard or take it easy. When you finish the first run in the transition area, 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, single file back to Marine Drive. Once you’re on Marine Drive, 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 second 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 second run. This is the run 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. 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!
For you Runners - General Running Program Design: If you are going to attempt this on your own or would like a better understanding of proper training protocol, here are a few general guidelines for designing your training program.
If you are not running consistently right now, start with a Learn to Run program that will start with 1 minute of running and 4 minutes of walking and gradually progress adding 1 minute of running per session per week and reduce walking until you can comfortably run non-stop.
As you progress your weekly long runs, do not increase your volume any more than 10-20% every 1-2 weeks. Be more conservative if you are more prone to injury.
Try not to run 2 days in a row if possible. Running exposes your body to a lot of impact and it is helpful to allow your body time to recover in between running workouts, especially if you are prone to injury.
Allow for one full recovery day per week. It doesn’t mean you have to lay around watching TV and eating bon bons all day but it’s a good idea to have one day a week when you aren’t concerned about getting into your training zone and instead, allow your body a day’s rest from impact and intensity.
If possible, run on packed, level dirt, trails, or grass, which are a lot easier on your body. If running through the city, paved roads (asphalt) are easier on your legs than concrete sidewalks (cement). Just watch for traffic and always run in the opposite direction of cars so you can react if needed.
Implement muscle strength and endurance training into your program. As you run, the muscles of your lower body absorb the forces. As your muscles fatigue, they lose their shock absorbing abilities and the forces are absorbed more through your bones and joints. If you strength train, your muscles become stronger, are better able to absorb impact, take longer to fatigue and are better able to generate greater force leading to faster running speeds. The ability of a muscle to resist fatigue helps reduce the incidence of injury. Research has shown the areas that suffer the largest amount of stress include the feet, the shins, the back, knees and the hip. Therefore, a specific program that addresses these areas must be followed if long-term running is a goal. Luckily you don't need to spend a great deal of time in the weight room to experience these benefits. All you'll need to do is 1 set of 8-20 reps of a variety of exercises two times per week. This equates to about 30-60 minutes a few times a week. We're hoping that those of you who want to minimize your risk for injury and enhance your running performance, will be able to find the motivation and time to fit these short workouts in. If you do not have a personalized weight training program, we strongly encourage you to invest in a few sessions with a trainer, so they can design a program for you. This will ensure you’re not wasting any time during your workouts.
Incorporate cross training into your program. We'd rather see a runner run 3x/week and compliment their program with swimming, cycling, resistance training and fitness classes rather than run 6x/week. Cross training will maintain a greater balance to your program and your body and keep your program exciting.
Consider how you run. Seems easy enough right? Right foot, left foot. But there is actually a science to it. Go to the following link for a blog about Effective Running Technique. http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/09/29/running-program-week-8/ In fact, there is an 11 week Running Program series chock full of great information for those of you who are starting your running career! 🙂
Before you begin any run or run/walk workout, start with a 6-12 minute walk. This will allow your heart rate and breathing rate to increase gradually, your body temperature to rise and prepare your muscles for the workout. Once you've completed your warm-up, complete the following dynamic joint movements to take your lower body joints through their full range of motion in a slow, controlled fashion.
Start with one leg in front of the other.
Raise the back heel up onto your toes and contract the calf. Repeat 10-15x.
Now lift the entire back foot off the floor and contract the glute (buttock). Repeat 10-15x
Now lift the back heel towards the buttocks and contract the hamstrings (back of the thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
Now lift the knee forwards and contract the quads (front of thigh). Repeat 10-15x.
Now hold your knee up and balance while doing 10 ankle circles one way and then the other way. Repeat this sequence on the other leg. Then perform a 20 fast toe taps on each leg and 20 heel raises. You're now ready to start your workout. Ease into your training zone.
Once you have completed each workout including warm-up and cool-down, be sure you save enough time to lengthen and release. This is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing injuries and to aid in the recovery process. If you don’t foam roll regularly, please a local trainer/coach or call us at 360.574.7292 so we can schedule you in to show you a few critical release techniques.
WHAT TO EAT:
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 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. Gels and energy drink will be available for those participating in the longer events.
Post event - Be sure to get some fluids into your system right away. Start with water and energy drink and then transition to Deschutes Brewery – it’s time to celebrate! Definitely consume some of the fruit, soup, 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!
INSPIRE: One of the best things you can do to help others have an enjoyable experience is to offer lots of support and praise to all your fellow athletes. As you pass someone, tell them how great they’re doing! And as you're getting passed, tell them how strong they look. Cheer each other on, it makes the time pass by quickly and empowers you and everyone else on the course!
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 email@example.com
What are the rules for Duathlon? 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 not allowed during the bike. We do allow music during the runs only – with only 1 ear bud in and 1 ear bud out so you can hear instructions and other racers and for the safety of all. NO MUSIC/IPODS etc during the Bike course. This is for everyone’s safety.
Are headsets, earbuds or any type of personal music device allowed in this race? Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks and will result in immediate disqualification. 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. • If you are using a personal music device 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.
How does the Relay Division work for the Duathlon? After body marking, please place your gear and bikes at the designated "Relay" area in the Transition. Biker will place Biking sticker on bike and helmet and runner will wear bib for Ru1 & Run2. 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 2nd runner, please take your ankle strap off so you can freely walk around the venue without crossing over timing mats affecting your results.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 on 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. Be sure to all go to the finish line to cheer on your last runner so you can all collect your medals!
Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? Yes, there will be a bike mechanic 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.
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 area. 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 for the Duathlon? No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars.
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 and Gatorade Stations will be at the Turnaround spots on both Run1 and Run2 for the Duathlon and approximately every 2 miles along the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K courses. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses.
Will there be bathrooms on the course? We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! Hopefully, the lines will be minimal plus you can use the restrooms located in Home Depot and 7/11. For the Duathlon, since this is a shorter race and you return back to the transition area multiple times, there are no bathrooms along the course. We will have a couple porta potties located along the run courses at mile 3 and mile 7/9.
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 Concordia also. They can see you start and finish along 112th. To watch Duathletes, supporters can take a short walk to Marine and see you run back, bike out, bike past you, bike in, run out and finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang in the Home Depot parking lot after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch Duathletes 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!
Since Marine Drive will be closed, it will be difficult for supporters to watch you anywhere else along the course.
Are Dogs allowed on course? Unfortunately due to insurance requirements, only Service Dogs are allowed on course and must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started.
Are strollers allowed on run course? Yes, but due to insurance requirements, strollers must start at the end of the race after all other participants have started. Be very careful and aware of your fellow athletes as some areas are narrow.
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! You can earn $20-$25 Race Credit towards future events by volunteering or recruiting volunteers for us!
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 donated 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 you can sign up for the link above and pick the time and task you want, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the information below. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
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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