1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike
1.2 mile kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP), 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Saturday at 8 a.m.
2016 USAT Long Course Regional Championships: This year, Best in the West Triathlon Festival has been named the Northwest Regions Long Course Championship (for the second year in a row!) Come out and join the competition with a chance to become the best long course athlete in the Northwest!
Bike course was changed in 2015.
Curious as to why? See the bottom of this page.
Non-USAT members will need to update their memberships or purchase a one day license which can be done during check out.
Please see the registration page for current pricing.
About the Course
One of the only long course triathlons in Oregon, this race is a chance for athletes of all skill levels to compete on a scenic riverside course, perfect for the novice through the seasoned triathlete. This course includes a one loop swim where the lake bed is in view for most of your swim and the water is an inviting temperature usually around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Wet suits are optional up to a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
The out and back bike features country roads that twist and turn with the river through the back roads of Sweet Home and Lebanon, Oregon. There are 2 climbs on this route, one over Pleasant Valley Hill and one over Lacomb, you will hit each twice. There are rolling hills in-between. Rolling hills, river views and beautiful farm lands will captivate you on this 56 mile ride.
The run is a two loop, double out and back course where you will frequently pass fellow athletes for high-fives and a peek at where your competition stands. Athletes will head out through the park trails onto the road where they will run with protection from the summer sun by the giant trees lining the course. Athletes will loop through the park and will be welcomed by the festival and cheering crowds. They will then head along transition and back out over the bridge to begin loop 2. Just under 7 miles later you will be welcomed yet again, but this time to the finish chute and into the party!
Aid stations will be at miles 15, 25, 31 and 41 on the bike and every mile on the run. Aid stations will include restrooms, water, ice, nutrition products (gel, electrolytes, and sports drink), sunscreen, and vaseline. Select aid stations on the run will also include fresh fruit and other treats.
Course Cut-Off Times:
We don’t have official cut off times for the course. Our road permits allow for our flaggers to be in place until 2pm at the latest. At that time, we are required to pull all flaggers, aid stations and volunteers from the course. If a racer is still on the bike course at that time, we will check on them to make sure they are in good health, and are making good progress toward finishing the course. If they chose to continue, they will be required to follow the rules of the road. If your swim takes one hour, this would give you 5 hours to complete the bike course.
The run course has a similar set up. Our permit allows for the run to go until 4pm. After that, we have to pull all equipment in and open the road closure on North River Road. Again, any racers out there in good health and making good progress will be allowed to continue. We leave the finish line up until every able person has crossed.
The course change (submitted in 2015) adds two climbs, but the reasons below trumped keeping the smaller elevation gain and the old course:
1) To Improve Safety on Course
The change eliminates two blind left hand turns on to and off of Brewster road. That road has the most and the fastest moving traffic of anywhere on course.
2) Safety Continued
This also cuts out two rail road track crossings one of which is at a bit of an angle.
3) Rail Road Permit
The rail road has not had any trains running on the weekends in years past, but has plans to add a Saturday schedule. Although we would have put in the request for them to hold all trains during the bike portion of the event, those requests sometimes get overlooked or trumped by scheduling and delivery needs. Again, they have been great in years past but not something we wanted to take a risk on.
4) Community Involvement
In years past, we have turned around just before the town of Lacomb. The community wants to support the event and were very supportive of the new course when we were first looking into it. This year, the First Baptist Church of Lacomb will host one of our aid stations. The gas station and town store also make for great refuel points when out on a training ride.
The new turn around point is just after one of Linn counties covered bridges, which riders will pass through twice while crossing the junction of Roaring River and Crabtree Creek.
The new climb on the way out is pretty gradual with a fast straight decent out towards the turn around. Climbing the steeper side on the way back looks more intimidating on paper than it actually is.
If you can make it out before race weekend, come check it out. If you can’t make it out early, we suggest taking a little detour and come in through Lacomb on the course so you can check it out.