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!
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!