Registration Opens for Salem’s Multi-Sport Riverfest: Run, bike, swim events on Sept. 15

(Salem, Oregon) July 18, 2019:   Athletes and sports enthusiasts of all levels can run, bike, or swim–or do all three–at the Salem Rotary Multi-sport Riverfest, Sept. 15. Experience a course like no other, featuring three parks, two bridges and the Willamette River. 

Salem Riverfest has four multi-sport events, available for individuals or teams.  There will be Olympic and sprint distance triathlons (swim/bike/run) and duathlons (run/bike/run). 

Runners of all levels can enjoy some of the most scenic trails in Minto-Brown Island Park with the 5K or 10K events. For families and pets (on a leash), the Family Fun Run/Walk in Riverfront Park will take everyone on a 1km journey past the Peter Courtney Bridge and around the Eco-earth Globe. 

“I’m signing up for the 5K with a bunch of friends,” said Salem resident Jill Tucker. “We’re going to call our group The Strollers!”

Event organizers also hope people use this event to challenge themselves.  “Swimming in the Willamette River can be demanding yet it is a great opportunity to have a unique athletic experience,” said Race Chair Robert Chandler.  He encourages swimmers to give it a try first.  Mediterra Swim and Run is offering practice swim clinics in the Willamette. The schedule can be found at www.MediterraSwim.com.

Registration fees vary and increase after July 31.

  • Triathlon and duathlon: $95 for individuals/$55 per person for team members. 
  • 10K run: $40 ($20 if 18 and under)
  • 5K run: $30 ($15 if 18 and under)
  • 1K Family Fun Run: $15. 

The event is presented as a community service by the Rotary Clubs of Salem and South Salem. Proceeds will be used to support Rotary’s community and international service projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education and grow local economies.

For more information about the event or to register, go to: www.rotaryriverfestsalem.org.