2013 Heart of the Valley in Corvallis, OR April 21 Kicks the Season into High Gear

April 11, 2013

April 21, 2013 – Osborn Aquatic Center, Corvallis, OR

Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, Kids Tri-IT & Iron Kids

The Heart of the Valley is a Triathlon and Duathlon season opener, and a great event for the whole family with a kids Triathlon which includes two distances to choose from. The HOTV Tri/Du is a benefit for the City of Corvallis Osborn Aquatic Center, one of the best finest pool facilities in the NW, offering a 50 meter heated inside pool where the adult swim takes place. The kids race will be held in the 25 meter heated outdoor pool. The adult races are both TRI NW Ranked events, and this event is part of the AA Sports Multi-Sports Summer Series. By participating in Heart of the Valley Tri/Du, you will automatically be entered into the drawing to win The Muscle Milk® Race to Kona contest, see more information below for more details regarding Muscle Milk® Race to Kona.

Muscle Milk® will be spreading the Muscle Milk® love by providing protein recovery beverages. The after party will feature Live Entertainment and Deschutes Brewery beer will be on tap!  We’ll be serving some tasty snacks as well, including our signature strawberry shortcake. Franz Bakery will be on-site to sample products from their delicious array of baked goods. Packet Pickup will be held at the brand new Corvallis Sports Authority store at 944 NW Circle Blvd, Corvallis, OR, on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Sports Authority will be offering a 15% discount to race participants on any purchases made on 4/20 and 4/21. Participants will receive their coupon for this offer in the Pre-Race Athlete Briefing to be emailed next week to all registered participants

 

Join us, and help kick the multi-sport season into high gear!

Portland’s Spring Classic Duathlon Ushers in 2013 Multi-Sport Event Season

March 27, 2013

From Press Release –

The 29th Annual Spring Classic Duathlon is the official kickoff to the AA Sports Multi-Sport Summer Series, and is one of the largest duathlons in the United States. Spring Classic attracts top talent from across the Northwest for an early season test of fitness. The flat and fast 5K run, 15mi bike, 5k run course takes place on Marine Drive and is closed to all but local traffic on race day, and is ideal for both novice and seasoned athletes.

For those participants with their sights set on June’s Blue Lake Triathlon, this event is definitely one you don’t want to miss. The Spring Classic Duathlon will encompass a portion of the Blue Lake Triathlon bike course, making it the perfect tune-up for one of the region’s largest triathlons.

Entry is open to both solo and team/relay competition. Current entry fees are $65 for solo participants and $35 for relay members (per person) through Thursday, March 28th, and will increase by $5 for Friday Packet Pickup at Athletes Lounge, and day-of-race registration at the race site.

Packet Pickup is being held on Friday, March 29th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Athletes Lounge, 2671 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR 97210 (click here for map) Phone: 503-477-5906. Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration will also take place at the race site from 8:00 am until 9:30 am.

For more information, or to register for this Northwest classic race, visit:aasportsltd.com/springclassic.

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.

 

SATURDAY 9/15
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.)

SUNDAY 9/16
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.

REGISTER HERE

 

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

www.peaksportscorvallis.com

AA Sports Congratulates Hood to Coast Athletes with Finish Line Party

August 28, 2012

 

You have been stuck in a van with your sweaty, sore and tired friends for over 20 hours. The only reprieve is to get out and run. You braved the elements, dark, hills, dust, smoke and granola bars. What is the first thing you want when you reach the beach? A PARTY!

AA Sports knows how to celebrate. We have organized the Hood to Coast Finish Line since 1990. AA Sports plans, maps, sets up and tears down the area. Once again, this year thousands of runners, walkers and volunteers participated in the 2012 Hood to Coast Relay, Portland to Coast Walk Relay and Portland to Coast High School Challenge. The event concluded on the beach in Seaside, Oregon, with music, beer, food, team photos and a lot of fun!

In addition to the finish line, AA Sports managed the start line and timed the event. Start times varied, but the 12th runner on each team wore a timing chip that tracked their place. An awards ceremony was held Sunday morning.

AA Sports is proud to be a part of Hood to Coast. Congratulations to all the participants who make the race the “Mother of All Relays!”

Got any crazy stories or photos from Hood to Coast? Share them on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/aasportsltd

Official Race Photos – FinishShots.com

Weekend Race Preview: September 8-9

August 27, 2012

Aluminum Man Triathlon is Saturday, September 8, at Riverfront Park in The Dalles, OR. This event offers an Olympic and Sprint Triathlon. The swim takes place in the Columbia River, where the water temperature is expected to be 65-70° F. The bike course has gentle rolling hills and the run is flat and follows along the river.

Olympic Triathlon Start: 9:00 a.m.

Sprint Triathlon Start: 9:30 a.m.

Course maps and information: http://www.racecenter.com/aluminumman/

 

Seattle Swim Across America is Saturday, September 8, at Lake Washington in Seattle, WA. This is a charity timed swim event to raise funds for local cancer research. The race begins at Mercerwood Shore Club on Mercer Island and swim under the I-90 Bridge to Luther Burbank Park. The event offers a 2 mile and 0.5 mile distance swim.

More Information: http://www.swimacrossamerica.org

 

Pints to Pasta is a 10K run on Sunday, September 9, in downtown Portland, OR. This is a fast, fun race with Complimentary Old Spaghetti Factory Pasta and great tasting Widmer Beer at the Finish and Live entertainment! The run starts at 8:00 a.m.

More Information:

 

 

Hood to Coast – 1 Week to Go!

August 17, 2012

Hood to Coast is only a week away! Are you ready for the world’s largest relay?

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the 199-mile relay race from Mt. Hood to Seaside, Oregon. For 2012, there will be 1,050 teams totaling 12,600 runners, along with 3,600 volunteers to make it all happen. The event also includes the Portland to Coast Walk Relay and Portland to Coast High School Challenge.

Since 1990, AA Sports has been involved with Hood to Coast. We will be there to time, manage the start and finish lines and host the Finish Line Party!

The relay starts Friday, August 24, at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Waves start at 6:30 a.m. and continue through 6:45 p.m. Teams of 12 alternate through 36 legs ranging between approximately 3.5 and 8 miles.

COURSE MAP HERE

Hood to Coast finishes on the beach in Seaside, just north of the Broadway Avenue turnaround. Join us for the finish line celebration where there will be entertainment, food, drinks and fireworks! The Brian Odell Band and Hit Machine will keep the party going through Saturday evening.

Remember to come back Sunday morning for the awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

For the latest updates, follow Hood to Coast and AA Sports on Facebook –

facebook.com/HoodToCoast

facebook.com/aasportsltd

Have Fun, Get Dirty and Save Lives at the Pineapple Classic 5K – August 18

August 16, 2012

ALOHA! If you want to have fun in the sun this weekend, come to the second annual Pineapple Classic in Portland! Simply Put: It’s a 5K team race with obstacles along the way. Celebrate at the end with a Hawaiian luau and beer garden! Have Fun. Get Dirty. Save Lives. Saturday, August 18th!

It’s a fun, Hawaiian theme obstacle course race. After the race, there’s a luau with a Hawaiian plate lunch, beer garden and music! Compete for speed or just for fun. Have a blast while helping to save lives!

Register online at: www.pineappleclassic5k.org

All participants receive:
– Long Sleeve Pineapple Tech Tee
– Deschutes beer (21 and over)
– Hawaiian plate lunch
– Lei at the finish line
– Unforgettable memories!

This year’s event takes place on Saturday, August 18th at Pat’s Acres in Canby, OR. Bring your flip flops, beach chairs, and beach towels to enjoy the festivities.

The start line is open from 9:00 to 10:00 for those competing for speed and from 10:30 to 11:30 for those competing for fun! Don’t worry – we will explain it all when you register!

Register individually and form teams of two, three or four in single-gender or co-ed teams. You will need your team members to help complete some of the obstacles! Prizes will be awarded to the fastest teams in all categories.

All funds raised through the event will support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

 

 

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!

My First Tri: You’ll Never Forget Your First Time

Ready to get your feet wet? Head to Blue Lake this weekend for My First Tri!

MY FIRST TRI, in Fairview, OR, August 4 is designed for those active athletes wanting to make the leap into the sport of triathlon in a comfortable, non-competitive environment. This is a “newbie” race for the first-time triathlete, or if you’ve done any of our “Tri-IT” events, you are welcome at My First Tri.

This is a FUN event to do with your friends and family! High school students or participants 18 years & younger may deduct $10 from the entry fee.

AA Sports strives to put on entertaining events. We will have a live band and delicious food and drinks for you to enjoy after the race. The race fee includes Commemorative Tech Shirt, My First Tri Finisher Medal, ChampionChip Timing, awards and prizes!

My First Tri is designed as a typical “Sprint Distance” race but with a shorter swim since this particular leg (of a triathlon) can often be the most challenging for first timers. For this event, nearly everyone will be of the same swimming ability, thus alleviating stress for participants and truly making this conducive to first-time triathletes. The overall goal of the event is focused more on completing the race rather than a top 10 finish. The friendly and encouraging atmosphere will surely help you in attaining your goal – completing My First Tri – and to be able to proudly call yourself a triathlete!

What are you getting yourself into? Epic Tri coaches will be available at Packet Pick-up, Friday, August 3, from 11am to 4pm to answer your questions. You can register for the race there as well. Look for a $10 GIFT CARD from Epic Tri in your race packet!

EPIC Tri Shop, 12345 SW Canyon Rd., Beaverton, OR 97005 [Click here for map] Phone: 503-641-2580.

We also have a Facebook page where you can look at photos from previous events and discuss My First Tri with other participants.

If you are an experienced triathlete, please come out and support your friends. As you know, the first step can be the hardest, but then you get hooked. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your favorite sport!

 

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