Saturday, June 6 2015 - Sunday, June 7 2015

Entertainment & Post Race Activities


Enjoy the after-race party with music, food and beverages, awards and prizes, and lots of fun as we Rock the Park during the Blue Lake Tri & Du! The energy and fun keeps flowing after the races, making this a party not to miss!

Post-race food and beverages will help athletes refuel. Deschutes Brewery Beers will be poured, and the food will include Franz Bakery rolls with peanut butter, assorted snacks and our signature Strawberry Shortcakes! Vendors in the Sports & Fitness Expo will have samples for tasting throughout the events.

About the Event

The Annual Blue Lake Triathlon was started back in 1983 by the Portland Triathlon Association. This organization was started by Frank Goulard and run until 1992 when AA Sports purchased the local multisport events from Frank.  Frank is still an active local Masters Triathlete.

Blue Lake Tri has undergone a great deal of change over the past 30 years, including the addition of the Sprint distance Tri and Sprint & Olympic distance duathlons. My First Tri (novice tri for beginner triathletes) is also part of the Saturday Sprint day, becuase being part of a larger event adds excitement and moral support to the overall experience for the sport’s newest athletes! Visit the My First Tri webpage for full details, registration links or printable registration form for this perfect novice triathlon.

Recognized by NW triathletes as the “must do” event to open the triathlon season, the Blue Lake Triathlon encompasses two full days of racing (Sprint races on Saturday & Olympic races on Sunday). This two-day, fun-filled weekend also includes the Sports & Fitness Expo, while the Olympic distance event includes the NW Club/Team Challenge. Triathlon Clubs from across the NW gather at Blue Lake Park to compete for boasting rights as the top club of multisport athletes in the region. 

The bike courses of these races are flat and fast, with the majority occurring on a section of Marine Dr that is closed to all but local traffic. This makes the course one of the safest and fastest in the region. The Sprint course falls entirely on this portion of Marine Dr and participants rarely encounter a vehicle. The Olympic course has a 7-mile section which goes south towards I-84 to the Troutdale Airport and back on quiet, lightly traveled county roads.

During 2001, the event nearly doubled in size to almost 800 total participants. In 2002 the event grew to its maximum of 1,000 participants, with many others being turned away. In 2003 the BLT was split into its current two-day format to accommodate the increasing growth of competitive NW multisport athletes. Be sure to register early because the Blue Lake Triathlon is expected to fill to its limit of 800 participants each day. If the race fills, we will post a notice on this website.

My First Tri has been very popular over the last few of years – hundreds of first time triathletes took part in My First Tri in 2014! Participants enjoyed the contagious enthusiasm of participants in the other Blue Lake Weekend races. This novice race is designed for the first time triathlete, with a swim leg that is a shorter 1/4-mile distance instead of the standard 1/2-mile Sprint distance swim.
For more information on My First Tri, visit the My First Tri website.
Or click HERE to register for My First Tri.

Note: There will not be a Kids Tri during Blue Lake Tri/Du. Kids can try a tri at the Wahine Tri/Du August 1st. See Wahine webpage for details.

Please be aware: Park officials have asked us to pass along to all the dog lovers out there – NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE PARK. Sorry, but pooches have to stay home for this event.


Registration for the Blue Lake Tri & Du events is available through secure online registration, or you may download a printable entry form. Deadline for online registration is two days prior to the packet pickup. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked ten (10) days prior to race-day. See registration fee chart below.


 Entry Fee Chart
2014 Blue Lake
 Rec’d by 2/28
3/1 – 4/30 Held to 5/4
5/1 – 6/4 starts 5/5
(All events except My First Tri)
Relay (per person)
(All events except My First Tri
$50 $55 $60 $65
My First Tri (Beginners only)



High school students or participants 18 years & younger may deduct $10 from the entry fee. (Those registering on-line will receive a $10 refund when they pick up their packet.) Race fee includes commemorative tech shirt, Custom Finisher Medal (shown left), ChampionChip™ Timing, awards and prizes, Deschutes Brewery beer (for those 21 years and older), brunch, plus lots of fun, and great competition to top it all off! Plus music will set the tone when we Rock the Park for our after party both days!

Blue Lake MedalMAIL-IN ENTRIES: Must be postmarked by May 27. Make check payable to and mail to: My First Tri, Why Racing Events, 1011 Broadway, Vancouver, WA 98660.

Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered by 5/10. Quantities/sizes limited after 5/10.  There will be no post-race shirt orders.

PRE-RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP: Friday June 5 from 11 am to 7 pm at Athletes Lounge, 2671 NW Vaughn St, Portland OR 97210, 503-477-5906.

DAY OF RACE PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION: At the race site (Blue Lake Park) from 6 am until 7:30 am (30 minutes prior to the start of the races). Participants must pay a $5 park fee per vehicle when entering the park on race day.

Blue Lake does not allow dogs/pets in the park (no exceptions). Practice swimming is to occur INSIDE THE ROPED BUOY-LINE at the Swim Beach ONLY. Violators are subject to an $89 citation (Metro Title 10.01.130) and exclusion from the event.


Archived results for Blue Lake Tri/Du events HERE


Swim: Triangular lake swim (water temperature in the mid to upper 60’s).

Bike: Semi-closed course (local traffic only) on an out-and-back, westbound on Marine Drive, on a newly paved road. The Olympic distance races will also have a 7+ mile out-and-back to the east of Blue Lake Park on Marine Drive, Sundial and Graham Roads. This section of the course is open to traffic, but lightly traveled.

The bike portion of the event is flat and fast with the majority of it on a section of Marine Dr that is closed to all but local traffic. This makes this course one of the safest and fastest in the region. The Sprint course falls entirely on this portion of Marine Dr and participants rarely encounter a vehicle. The Olympic course has a 7-mile section that goes south towards I-84 to the Troutdale Airport and back on quiet, lightly traveled county roads.

Run: Flat and fast within Blue Lake Park, with an out and back section on the Marine Drive bike path. Aid stations with water & electrolyte: two stops on the Sprint course and four on the Olympic course. All miles are marked.


Sprint Triathlon: 1/2-Mile Swim, 12-Mile Bike, 5K Run
(Start Time – 8:00 am – in waves)

Sprint Duathlon: 5K Run, 12-Mile Bike, 5K Run
(Start Time – 8:00 am – mass start)

MY FIRST TRI: 1/4-Mile Swim, 12-Mile Bike, 5K Run
(Start Time – 8:30 am – in waves)


Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run
(Start Time – 8 am – in waves)

Olympic Duathlon: 5K Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run
(Start Time – 8 am – mass start)



Need a Wetsuit? Sign up today and reserve your wetsuit with our sponsors at Athletes Lounge.

Wetsuits are not required. A wetsuit will keep you comfortable in the water via increased buoyancy and warmth.   Rental wetsuits are available, but quantities are limited, so CLICK HERE to reserve yours in advance with Athletes Lounge, or call them directly at 503-477-5906. They are located at 2671 NW Vaughn St, Portland OR 97210.

Metro Parks charges a park fee of $5 per vehicle. The park gate opens at 6 am.

Athletes Lounge will be on-site to provide bike service and repairs, and they will have parts and accessories available for purchase.

Ambulance Service will also be on-site for any medical needs.

If you would like to volunteer, please email You’ll play a part in this fun event. It’s a great opportunity for families to get involved, or if you’re an aspiring multisport athlete, being a volunteer is a great way to find out what it’s all about.


Blue Lake Park is located 15 miles east of downtown Portland, OR. Take I-84 east to the Fairview Exit (exit #14). Follow the signs to Blue Lake Park.

Days Inn Gresham: 503-465-1515

TravelLodge Portland/Troutdale: (503) 666-6623

Best Western Rama Inn: (503) 491-9700

Hampton Inn Portland/Gresham: (503) 669-7000 

Portland Oregon Visitors Association:


For event questions, contact Why Racing Events at


Why Racing Events is proud to support High School sports programs and other non-profit organizations through this event and all the races and fundraisers on the Why Racing Events calendar each year. Some of the High School sports programs rely solely on the donations made via these events.

Contributions over the years from these NW races and fundraisers have exceeded $850,000. We are very thankful to the athletes, sponsors, vendors, partners and volunteers who contribute to the success of our events, allowing us to offer this support!