The duathlon starts at the magnificent Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. This unique museum has ample parking extremely close to the staging and transition areas.
2013 Duathlon Race GuideClick Here for the Duathlon Race Guide
2013 Duathlon Registered Racers – as of April 13, 2013Click Here for the Duathlon Race List
The event starts with a beautiful run along the banks of the Columbia River. Wind through fields of wildflowers and green pastures. This fast out and back run is held on entirely on closed trails. Once back at the Discover Center you will transition onto your bike and head west out on the Old Scenic Gorge Highway.
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The first 6 miles of this out and back course are flat and fast before coming up to the main challenge of the day, the Rowena Loops. This 800 foot climb up to the Rowena Lookout is an extremely famous section of road having been placed in more television commercials than any other section of roadway in America. At the top of Rowena Crest you will hit the turnaround for a screaming fast return to The Dalles with a downhill/tailwind run. Were you will repeat the first run course and on your way to the finish.View the Interactive Map at Garmin.com
START TIME: 9:00 AM
PACKET PICKUP: Saturday April 13th at Water’s Edge from 3-7 PM & on site at the start area race day at 6:30 AM
Gatorade, Water and GU will be located at Aid Station #1 located at the turnaround for the duathlon run as well as after the transition area heading back out onto run #2.
All duathletes will be issued three numbers, a bib, a helmet, and a frame number. Bib numbers must be worn on the front of the athlete while on the run. Frame numbers must be placed either on the top tube or the seat post so they can be easily read while out on the road. Helmet numbers are required on the front of the athlete’s helmet. Numbered helmets must be securely fastened before mounting the bike.
DUATHLON TEAM NUMBERS
For those athletes competing as a team the runner must were the bib number and the cyclist the helmet and frame number. No numbers will need to be passed in the designated transition area. The timing chip WILL need to be passed between the athletes with the running leg passing off to the cyclist and then after the cycling leg is completed back to the runner. The timing chip is attached to a Velcro easy-off/on ankle strap.
RACE RESULTS / TIMING
Timing of the event will be done using chip timing. Participants must wear a Timing Chip on their ankle in order to receive splits and final results. Chips will be collected after the athlete finishes the race. Athletes that DNF are asked to please drop their chip off at the tent next to the finish line. Results will be posted every 15 minutes on the results board as well as online at www.cherryblossomfitnessfestival.com
Awards will be presented to the Overall Male & Female champions. Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age division, as well as the Clydesdale and Athena divisions. The 1st and 2nd place teams in the relay division will also receive awards.
Junior Individual: 13 and Under (middle school), 14-19 (high school)
Individual: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80 & over.
Clydesdale’s: (men 198lbs & over) and Athena’s (women 150 lbs & over)
Duathlon Relay Teams (combined 2 ages): 0-70, 71+
NOTE: Awards Ceremony will start at 12:00 PM for the Duathlon. Awards will not be mailed.
ON-SITE MECHANICAL/BIKE SUPPORT
Breakaway Promotions will be on-site to provide Bike Service/repairs, parts, and accessories.
MEDICAL & FIRST AID
Medical will be provided by Mid Columbia Medical Center and will be located at the finish line.
POST RACE LUNCH
We have a post event lunch for all athletes. You must show your bib number to get into the food and concessions. We will have deli sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, drinks and cherry cupcakes on tap.
COLUMBIA GORGE DISCOVERY CENTER AND MUSEUM
For those who are waiting for loved ones to finish or if you are waiting around for awards take time to go in and check out the Discovery Center and Museum. General admission is $9 and kids are $5 between 6-16 and children 5 and under are free. It is a great museum with amazing exhibits on Lewis and Clark as well as the history of the Columbia River Gorge. Check it out!