Run Course Support: There will be water and electrolyte stations on the run courses, approximately every two miles. There are also several port-a-potties along the way, as shown on the course maps.
The courses will be signed with mile markers and turn arrows.
Bike Course: Signs and volunteers will provide clear direction on the bike course, which starts at T1 in Wallace Marine Park, crosses the Union Street Bridge, and passes through Riverfront Park on its way past downtown and then south towards River Road. There are several very sharp turns as you approach and leave the Union Street Bridge, and bikes will be sharing the path with pedestrians (hopefully not many at that hour), so please use caution. Most of the bike course along River Road will be open to traffic, and there are more sharp turns along the way. There will be sheriff deputies and flaggers to help keep bikes and cars separated from each other, and volunteers to provide directions and warn of sharp turns and other hazards. Please heed all warnings.
Swim Course: Swimmers will start in waves, jumping off the boat dock at Riverfront Park. Space on the dock is limited, so athletes will wait at the top of the access ramp before being released in small groups to proceed down to the dock.
Water temperature as of September 3 was 65 degrees F. This temperature is expected to drop a few degrees by race day. Swimmers should be prepared for cool water swimming in a river with a current. If you have not already thoroughly read the Swim Guide for this course, please do so now:
If at any point (including day of race) you decide you do not want to participate in the swim, you may transfer your registration to either the Sprint or Olympic duathlon. If you wish to make this change, please email firstname.lastname@example.org until September 21, or you may make the change at the check-in table. At T1 in Wallace Marine Park there will be a warming station with hot drinks available.
Triathlon logistics: Transition 1 (swim to bike) is on the opposite side of the Willamette River from the start of the race. Triathletes will need to bring their bikes to T1, which is at the boat ramp parking lot in Wallace Marine Park, get everything set up, and then return to Riverfront Park for the start of the race. We will have a shuttle van available if you would like to park on the Riverfront Park side and ride your bike about a mile across the bridge to T1. This option may be especially appealing if you will be checking in on Sunday morning, since check-in is also at Riverfront Park. There is also parking available in Wallace Marine Park if you choose to drive directly to T1 and either leave your car there or drive back to the other side.
Wet Suit logistics: We will be providing bags at T1 for your wet suit, marked with your number. If you do not put your wet suit in the bag, make sure our volunteers know which bag your suit goes into by placing them together once you’ve removed your wet suit. After all swimmers have transitioned to their bikes, we will transport wet suits to the Gear Check area at Riverfront Park where you may pick them up after the race.
Duathlon start: The duathlon will start with a 1-mile run, beginning and ending at T1 in Wallace Marine Park on the east side of the river. Duathletes will then transition to their bikes at T1. The second transition (bike to run) is at Riverfront Park on the west side of the river.
Transition Area Security: Both T1 (in Wallace Marine Park) and T2 (in Riverfront Park) will be monitored by volunteers starting at 6:00 am. Please do not plan on setting up in either transition area before 6:00.