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

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:

People posing for a photo while standing in the Willamette River in Salem in body suits. Willamette River Swim Clinics Available | Rotary Riverfest

Willamette River Swim Clinics

In preparation for this year’s Rotary Riverfest, Mediterra Swim and Run is offering swim clinics for open river swimming. You can attend clinics on certain Wednesdays or Saturdays between now and September 11th (more details).

You may view the 2019 version of  Triathlon Swim Guide they have created for participants in this particular race to describe the route and give them some idea of how to prepare adequately to handle the demands of this course.

Join their clinics to get acquainted with the sections of the triathlon course, and to practice different aspects of the race experience, including swimming near others, navigation, sighting, turns, swimming against/with/across current, and more.

Guidance on open water technique will be offered, but this is not a swim technique lesson. If you are in need of stroke technique, breathing and fitness training you are warmly welcomed to contact Mediterra Swim for information about how they can help you with that.