Yesterday I completed my first Olympic * Distance Triathlon. This race was hosted by AASportsLTD. This is my review of this event.
I was not asked to do this review, nor was I compensated for it in any way. I just want to share with everyone what a great event this was, and publicly thank AAsportsLTD for doing an incredible job hosting this event.
In my opinion, the Pacific Crest Triathlon Weekend is a must do for any triathlete or runner. This event is a weekend long event with several races to choose from. They offered a Tour de Crest bike ride and a kids Splash and Dash on Friday. Saturday featured a Long Course Triathlon (1/2 Ironman Distance), an Endurance Duathlon, a Marathon, and a 1/2 Marathon. The weekend was rounded out with an Olympic Triathlon, and Olympic Duathlon, a 5K, a 10K, a kids splash and dash, and of course the triathlon events could be ran as a relay. There was literally something for everyone! What a great event for families that love to race!
In addition to the myriad of events offered over the weekend, there was a great atmosphere that was enhanced by the sponsors of the event. Deschutes Brewery and Jamba Juice are a couple that stand out. Deschutes Brewery, because they offered up a free beer for all contestants in their beer garden. Jamba Juice, because they were handing out free juices at the finish line! Their was either a live band or a DJ playing music in the beer garden every time I was at “event central”. Their were booths to peruse in “The Village” at SunRiver. One of these booths was filled by Athletes Lounge – a triathlon and bike shop in Portland, OR. Athletes Lounge provided FREE BIKE ADJUSTMENTS and had plenty of pumps around that you could borrow! I want to say thank you to Athletes Lounge, as the mechanic (sorry, I don’t remember your name) adjusted my derailleur and cleaned my chain (something it needed badly) free of charge. It made a huge difference in the performance of my bike on race day.
The races were incredibly well organized. I say this from the viewpoint of both a spectator and an athlete. I spectated the Long Course on Saturday, and I competed in the Olympic Triathlon on Sunday. The first swim wave was set off on time, and there was no glitches in getting the remaining 5 waves into the water. The transition areas were clean and well organized, the exit from the water was carpeted, and their were plenty of volunteers on hand. The chips worked great and the aid stations were set up well. All the volunteers were friendly and helpful.
In addition to how well this race was organized, Sunriver, Oregon is a beautiful place for a race. The bike course itself is primarily on mountain roads, so they are a bit rough. Lot’s of vibrations, but that’s the price you pay for the scenery. The run course was through the resort of Sunriver, and there were volunteers at every road crossing stopping traffic for the participants of the race. The swim in the Wickiup Reservoir was great, and the buoys were easy to spot.
The Race Director / Announcer Brian (I don’t know his last name) was great at directing the participants into the water and pumping up the crowd of spectators, which of course we athletes really appreciate a loud, cheering crowd.
A big thanks to AASportsLTD for hosting such an incredible event. This race is now added to my permanent races that I will plan on doing every year.
*The bike was longer than a standard Olympic Triathlon