AA Sports, Ltd. Announces Clif Bar as a Premier Sponsor for 2013 & 2014!

May 16, 2013

AA Sports is excited to partner with Clif Bar as a Silver Level Sponsor for 2013 and a Gold Level Sponsor for 2014. Clif is a perfect partner, sharing a focus on healthy lifestyle choices. As Clif says: “It’s a pretty simple equation: put good food in – get good performance out. The bonus is that organic foods aren’t just good for your body, they’re also good for the planet. With a mix of whole grains, protein and fiber, Clif Bar gives you sustained energy to be in it to your limit.”

While Clif has been involved with AA Sports in the past, new for 2013/2014, Clif will be providing CLIF SHOT Energy Gel Zones on the Triathlon courses at Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival in Sunriver, OR. Clif will also be on site with lively expo booths, filled with their healthy and delicious bars and Clif Shot Energy Gels, in our Sports & Fitness Expos at Blue Lake Weekend, June 8-9, Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival, June 28-30, Mid-Summer Tri/Du at Blue Lake on August 4th, and Black Diamond Weekend of Sports on Sept. 14-15 in Enumclaw, WA.

Clif is working to create a healthier, more just, and sustainable food system. Organic and ethical – Clif invests in organic practices that avoid the use of toxic pesticides, reduce dependence on fossil fuel, conserve biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and protect our air, water, and soil. Please join us in welcoming Clif to a new sponsor level at AA Sports! Learn more about Clif at http://www.clifbar.com/

Muscle Milk® Race to Kona Contest Announced – Winner to Receive a Trip to Kona to Watch the Top Triathletes Compete This Fall

February 5, 2013

From Press Release –

RaceToKona_logoAA Sports Ltd. and Muscle Milk® have announced the return of the Muscle Milk Race to Kona contest for the 2013 triathlon and duathlon season. Participants of the events outlined below will be entered to win a trip for two to Kona, Hawaii and hang out at the Muscle Milk House on Ali’i Drive this coming October. The trip will coincide with race week of the world championships, so winners will have a chance to watch the big race!

“We are thrilled to once again be offering the participants of this year’s AA Sports Multi-Sport events this opportunity to see some of the world’s best athletes compete in Hawaii this fall,” remarks AA Sports President Carol Atherton. “Watching this annual event on television has inspired so many people across the nation, and many of those local athletes find their way to our events each year looking to fulfill a dream. We feel that the Muscle Milk Race to Kona is a unique way to give something back to the participants of these Northwest events.”

Entry into the Muscle Milk Race to Kona contest is based solely on a participant’s entry into the AA Sports Multi-Sport races (listed below) during the 2013 season. Each entry gives the athlete one chance to win. Entering multiple races provides the athlete with the corresponding number of chances. No additional purchases are required, and your performance in any race does not factor into increasing your chances of winning. Race entries may not be sold or transferred. All entrants must be at least 18 years old and legal residents of the United States.

4/21/2013    Heart of the Valley Triathlon/Duathlon – Corvallis, OR

6/8/2013    Blue Lake Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

6/9/2013    Blue Lake Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

6/29/2013  Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon/Duathlon – Sunriver, OR

6/30/2013  Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon – Sunriver, OR

7/6/2013    Hagg Lake Triathlon/Duathlon – Forest Grove, OR

8/3/2013    Wahine All Women’s Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

8/4/2013    Mid-Summer Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

For additional information and contest rules, visit www.racecenter.com/racetokona.

Reminder: Black Diamond Triathlon, Duathlon & Half Marathon is September 15 – 16

September 7, 2012


Summer might be ending, but you have one more chance to get a race in at Black Diamond, September 15-16, in Enumclaw, WA. This two-day festival of events includes a Long Course Triathlon and Endurance Duathlon on Saturday, as well as a Half Marathon, Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon on Sunday. Sign up now to get the best entry fee!

Leave the city behind and enjoy the great outdoors as you swim, bike and run through scenic Nolte State Park. Located just 40 miles from downtown Seattle, the 117-acre park is largely forested and has over 7,000 feet of shoreline that surrounds Deep Lake.


Long Course Triathlon – 1.2 mi Swim, 56 mi Bike, 13.1 mi Run (9:00 a.m.)
Endurance Duathlon – 56 mi Bike, 13.1 mi Run (9:15 a.m.)

Sprint Triathlon – .5mi Swim, 11mi Bike, 2.8mi Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Tri-iT (Novice) Triathlon – .25mi Swim, 11mi Bike, 2.8mi Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Olympic Triathlon – 1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run (9:00 a.m. wave start)
Olympic Duathlon – 40k Bike, 10k Run (9:15 a.m. time trial start)

Half Marathon – 9:05 a.m. (mass start)


The triathlons start with a swim in crystal clear Deep Lake. We recommend you wear a full-body wetsuit as the water temperature is expected to be around 65 degrees. This safe swim course has medical support on hand if necessary.

The bike courses are on nicely paved country roads over some rolling hills. Enjoy views of the Cascade Mountains as you ride along the route. There is very little vehicle traffic and intersections are monitored for your safety.

The run portion of the Olympic Triathlon is on quiet county roads, with a finish on a wide, unpaved nature trail that circles the lake. For the Sprint and Tri-It distance, the run is entirely in the park. The Long Course Triathlon/Endurance Duathlon run and Half Marathon finish on a wide dirt trail that circles the lake. The course has flat to gentle rolling hills.

This is a great way to spend the weekend. Each day will include finish line food, music, awards ceremony, and above all, fun and camaraderie! Each participant will receive a Black Diamond commemorative shirt, goody bag and finisher’s medal.



Meet Chrissie Wellington at Peak Sports in Corvallis – September 6

September 5, 2012


Four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington is coming to Peak Sports in Corvallis, Oregon, this Thursday, September 6, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Wellington, 35, is the current world record-holder at the iron-distance triathlon, which entails a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Her world record time of 8:18:13, set at the 2011 Challenge Roth, crushed the previous record by over half an hour. She has broken 9 hours nine times, more than any other female Ironman triathlete.

Wellington’s last race was her victory at the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championships. She also won the event in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was unable to start the 2010 race due to illness, but recovered later that year to set a new world record.

In 2012, Wellington has taken a break from competition to focus on her autobiography, “A Life Without Limits.” The book details her development into a professional triathlete and the experiences and challenges she has faced.

Wellington grew up in Norfolk, where she began her athletic career as a swimmer. She studied Geography at the University of Birmingham and was captain of the swim team. After graduation, Wellington pursued her passion for travel and visited Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Asia. From this experience, she decided to study international development at the University of Manchester, where she earned her MA and began running. She ran her first marathon at the 2002 London Marathon.

In 2002, Wellington got a job with the UK Government as an adviser on international development policy. She continued to run, but was hit by a car in 2003. Although the injuries she sustained prevented her from running, she took the opportunity to return to the pool. Once healthy to both run and swim, a friend encouraged her to try triathlons. The rest is history.

Wellington started with sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, but it was not until 2007 that she realized her potential to be a professional triathlete and joined TeamTBB.

“At that point I had to decide whether or not to take the risk, give up my job and have a stab at making a living as a professional triathlete. I never want to look back and think ‘what if’. You only get one chance at life and the most important thing is for me to know that I have given it everything, fulfilled my potential and been the best that I can be. I didn’t know where that would take me in terms of triathlon, but unless I gave it a shot at going pro I would never really know.”


The risk paid off when Wellington won her first Ironman World Championships. She is the only triathlete, male or female, to have won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional.

Read the entire story at www.chrissiewellington.org and do not miss the amazing opportunity to meet Chrissie Wellington at Peak Sports!


Thursday, September 6th, 6 – 7 p.m.

Peak Sports

207 Northwest 2nd Street

Corvallis, OR 97330

(541) 754-6444


Race Recap: Sun and Fun at Wahine All-Women’s and Amica Mid-Summer Weekend

August 1, 2012

If you weren’t at Blue Lake last weekend, you missed out! At the Wahine All-Women’s and Amica Mid-Summer Triathlons, athletes enjoyed the warm water and flat, fast bike and run courses, plus a very festive atmosphere.

The weekend kicked off Saturday morning, July 28, with the All-Women’s event. The weather was perfect for the sprint triathlon, sprint duathlon and novice “Tri-iT” race. Kids joined in on the fun too with the Wiki Keiki Kid’s Triathlon. The Amica Mid-Summer Triathlon was held the next day, July 39. It featured an Olympic Triathlon in addition to a sprint triathlon, duathlon and “Tri-iT.” The events brought some of the area’s top triathletes and duathletes, as well as participants of all abilities.

“One thing I appreciate about AA Sports is how much they support athletes of all abilities! I did the Wahine on Saturday and had to work to get 3rd of 9 in my division. On Sunday, I showed up and did my best at the Amica [Mid-Summer] Olympic, slower, but because I was the only one in my category, I still got a special medal. Not all races do this. Plus, the music and food was available long after the last finishers were done. They are great about keeping aid stations on the course open for as long as it takes. It’s great to see people out there who are newer at triathlons, or slower, or just having a tough day getting all the support they need to finish and feel great about their day,” Sherrie Austin said.

The top women on Saturday proved age is only a number. The first three triathlon finishers were masters athletes from Portland. Sara Cannon, 43, won in 1:10:26. Not far behind was Bridget Dawson, 54, with 1:11:38 and Kim Grasberger, 48, in 1:12:36.

In the sprint duathlon, Laura Lindsey, 39, from Portland, won in 1:18:11. Jodi Shook, 37, (1:29:12) and Kirsten Bosnak, 26, (1:32:54) rounded out the top 3.

In the Amica Mid-Summer Olympic Triathlon, Jeff Smith, 30, and Ann Davidson, 48 were the overall winners. Both are from Portland. Smith finished in 1:55:31 and Davidson in 2:11:30.

Rick Floyd, 28, from Boise, ID, (1:10:31) and Dana Reid, 32, from Hood River (1:20:54) were the winners of the Amica Mid-Summer sprint triathlon. In the duathlon, Sean Campbell, 45, from Klamath Falls and Laura Lindsey, 39, from Portland came out on top. Campbell clocked 1:20:22 and Lindsey finished in 1:28:20.

For full results, visit http://aasportsltd.com/events/results/

The fun did not stop at the finish line! The Hawaiian theme at the Wahine All-Women’s Triathlon created a festive atmosphere.

“I have done this all women’s race 3 times and this was by far the BEST! Loved the theme with great music, shirts and post-race food and drink!” Jennifer Surface Scott said.

After the races, participants and spectators were treated with lots of food, drinks and entertainment. Saturday’s Wahine All-Women’s event featured live drummers and a Polynesian show with fire and hula dancers!

“Great event and so much fun! Food, beer, and music were terrific! Loved seeing all the awesome, strong women out there!” Heidi Cardoza said.

The Ben Rice Band played live rock and blues music for Sunday’s event. This popular, local band was a hit with the crowd. Even after competing, athletes found the energy to dance and have a great time!

Want in on the fun? Come out to Blue Lake this weekend for My First Tri!

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