RaceCenter Northwest Magazine – April/May 2013 Issue Now Available

March 26, 2013
March 26, 2013

April/May 2013

RaceCenter Northwest Magazine is also available DIGITALLY, compliments of the 8 Track RelayClick here to check out the current issue online.



NUTRITION, by Adnan Kadir
NUTRITION, by Matt Hart
TRAINING, by Max King
PRO’S CORNER, by Chris Bagg
THE DIRT, by Jeff Browning

Opportunity Knocks for Those in Search of Mountain Biking Adventures in the Northwest in the Months Ahead

March 18, 2013

From Press Release –

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours offers a full range of tours starting with half-day and one-day trips to Bike & Brewery Weekends and multi-day adventures. Learn about the natural history of the area and make new friends on a tour customized for each guest. Cog Wild’s guides have many years of experience riding in Central Oregon, prepare scrumptious, nutritious meals and are known for entertaining tales.

Cog Wild is also a supporting sponsor of Central Oregon’s Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. In addition to offering transport of participant’s bikes to the swim/transition venue at Wickiup Reservoir on race weekend (for a fee), they also have ongoing bike tours and shuttle service available for those venturing to east of the Cascades for Pacific Crest, or any other time during the coming months.

The trails surrounding Bend, Sunriver and Sisters are perfect for riders of all levels from beginner and family up to expert level. Each tour is paired with riders of similar level riding experience to ensure a great trip. Bike rentals and pick up in Sunriver is available. Interested guests are encouraged to call Cog Wild or look at Cog Wild’s website for details.

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours is owned by Melanie Fisher and Lev Stryker, two experienced mountain bikers pooling their talents to create fun, once-in-a-lifetime adventures perfect for riders of all levels. “I have mountain biked in many places across the globe, and Central Oregon has some of the most amazing trails I have ever seen. There are few places you can choose from a 10 mile, 30 mile or even 100 mile route and still never cross your tracks once” shares Melanie Fisher. Central Oregon is home to a huge network of cross country trails crossing through forests and meadows complete with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains. “One of my favorite rides takes you through Happy Valley where I am still waiting for Smurfs to appear from behind rocks as you cross little streams and fields of flowers, all the time surrounded by huge mountains.. it is a surreal experience,” continues Melanie.

Cog Wild is a supporter of COTA, the local Trail Alliance that ensures a wonderful riding experience by keeping the hundreds of miles of trails in perfect riding order every year. Many guests coming to Central Oregon are overwhelmed by their choices in where to ride, and this is where Cog Wild comes in. Guests can share with Melanie and Lev what type of terrain and riding experience they are looking for, and the owners of Cog Wild can help them choose a tour to fit their needs. “Guests always leave us tired and with a big smile, the usual feedback is that their time riding with us was the highlight of their visit to Central Oregon” explains Lev.

To contact Cog Wild please call 541-385-7002 or 866-610-4822 or find them at www.cogwild.com.

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


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:



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!


Don’t Miss One of Portland’s Largest Triathlon Weekends!

July 26, 2012

The last weekend in July in the Northwest means great weather, warm water temperatures and great mid-summer racing action. This year’s Wahine All Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon will be held on Saturday, July 28 at Blue Lake Park in Fairview, OR. The following day, the venue will host the (coed) Amica Mid-Summer Triathlon & Duathlon.

Both days will offer a sports and fitness expo, live music, brunch, prizes, and a Kid’s Splash, Pedal-n-Dash on Saturday with the All Women’s event – one of Portland’s only youth triathlons.

The Wahine All Women’s Triathlon & Duathlon is Hawaiian themed this year. The event features Reggae music, live drummers & Polynesian show, and Hawaiian food and drinks!

If you want the real Hawaiian experience, you are in luck. Both events this weekend are eligible for the Muscle Milk® Race to Kona! Win a trip for two to Kona, Hawaii to watch the Ironman® World Championship. Entry into the Muscle Milk Race to Kona contest is based solely on a participant’s entry into any AA Sports Multi-Sport race. 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.

Distances offered include the following:

All Women’s Tri & Du – Saturday, July 28

Sprint Tri – 1/2mi Swim, 12mi Bike, 5k Run

Tri-iT Novice – 1/4mi Swim, 12mi Bike, 5k Run

Sprint Du – 5k Run, 12mi Bike, 5k Run

Kid’s Splash Pedal-n-Dash

50yd Swim, 1mi Bike, 1/4 mile Run

Amica Mid-Summer Tri & Du – Sunday, July 29

Sprint Tri – 1/2mi Swim, 16.1mi Bike, 5k Run

Tri-iT (novice) Tri – 1/4mi Swim, 16.1mi Bike, 5k Run

Sprint Du – 5k Run, 16.1mi Bike, 5k Run

Olympic Tri – 1.5k Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run

Pre-race Packet Pickup (both events): Friday, July 27 at Fit Right NW Athletic Store, located at 2258 NW Raleigh St, Portland, Oregon (503) 525-2122, from 11am – 3:00pm.

The Columbia Gorge, the mighty Columbia River, Mt Hood and its surrounding national forest… all icons of the beauty of the Pacific Northwest – and all of these majestic landmarks surround the storied Blue Lake venue in Fairview, OR. Grab a friend or family member and head out to Blue Lake during the last weekend of July to experience this mid-summer racing tradition for yourself!

Info: www.racecenter.com/allwomens and www.racecenter.com/midsummer.

AA Sports in the News: Hagg Lake Triathlon Participant Larry Brown Discusses Training at 83

July 19, 2012

The Oregonian recently featured an article on Larry Brown, an 83-year-old triathlete who competed in the Hagg Lake Sprint Triathlon this year. The article, by Nancy Dow, provides insight to Brown’s training and how he stays motivated after all these years.

“Brown is a triathlete who has completed the last seven Hagg Lake sprint triathlons. Sprint triathlons are a half-mile swim, 13-mile bike ride and 5K run. He works out at the MAC, where he’s been a member since 1953. He competes in the club’s yearly 20-event decathlon and has come in first in his age group 16 times. He holds 15 age-group records in various events. His one foray into the senior games, about 10 years ago in California, brought him numerous medals in swimming.”

Read the rest of the article on Oregon Live.

AA Sports is proud of Mr. Brown’s accomplishments. We appreciate our participants and enjoy their stories. If you would like to share yours, please send an email to stephanie@aasportsltd.com or tell us on Facebook.

Stumptown Triathlon Cancelled

July 18, 2012

For years we have heard the calls for a Portland area long course triathlon.

We believe we answered with a safe and competitive course at Blue Lake through the Stumptown Tri.

Now in its second year, the registrations for 2012 will not support the costs of producing an event we feel is consistent with the AA Sports brand. We further fear that the low numbers will not provide an atmosphere reflective of the efforts we know go into training for a long distance event.

Accordingly, it is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2012 event.

We will continue to make it our mission to: produce fun and safe events for the NW athletic community.

We hope that you will make the most of your training and see our dedication toward triathlon through one of the many events still remaining on our 2012 calendar.


Carol L. Atherton


AA Sports, Ltd.

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