Come and experience the Portland area’s only pool swim sprint distance triathlon for 2013. We have 20 lanes open for the 875 yard swim, 5 yards shy of a half a mile. Our bike course, 12.4 miles, will offer a little bit for everyone, from the 100 meter climb out of the transition area to the 2.5 mile decent on the way home, and a great flat section in between, this is a little bit of what to expect from Series 33 Triathlon, nothing is going to be easy. The run course, 3.1 miles, is in and around the campus on sidewalks and closed to traffic streets.
Mt Hood Sprint Triathlon is a partnership between Series 33 Triathlon and the Mt.Hood Aquatic Center, the Student government, and several student body clubs. Revenues will be shared with all of these organization from the registration fees. All of our overall awards will be coming from the schools Art Department, our transition area and course set up will be completed by the engineering club, life guards are from the schools swim team, volunteers are coming from several school sports teams and clubs. Our event is a presentation from the students of Mt Hood Community College. A portion of your entry fee will be donated to a fund for under privileged students and their families.
Mt. Hood Sprint Triathlon
May 27, 2013
Mt Hood Community College
The Transition Area will be in the parking lot of the Aquatics Center. It will be a pass through transition, in on the west side and out on the east side. This will be the same entry and exit for all portions of the event. There will be two rows of bikes and your position will be determined by your bib number. You are required to place your rear wheel in the bike rack, with your front wheel placed out towards the center of the transition area. No back packs are allowed along side your bikes. You may place your packs along the outside boundary of the Transition Area. Our goal here is to keep possible tripping hazards to a minimum, and give each athlete as much room as possible.
The swim portion of the Mt Hood Sprint Triathlon will take place at the Mt. Hood Aquatics Center. Your start time will be determined by your projected half mile swim time. Your will receive a swim cap in your race packet, this cap must be worn while doing the swim. The fastest 4 times will start in lane 1, and then the next fastest 4 in the lane 2. You will be swimming 17.5 laps, entering on one side of the pool and exiting on the other side of the pool. Each lane will have a a lap counter who will hold a colored, this color will match your swim cap color, paddle under the water as you approach the wall for your final turn. When you see this paddle it’s your indication that you have completed 17 laps and will be exiting the water on the other side of the pool this time. Once you have completed the swim portion you’ll exit the water and turn left on the pool deck following a coned and flagged corridor out to the transition area 45 yards away. Stay in the corridor, there will be plenty of room to get everyone out quickly. During the swim, slower swimmers should hold at the wall to let faster swimmers pass. If you feel someone tap your feet several times this is the indicator that there is a faster swimmer needing to get by.
Distance: 12.4 mi
Elevation: + 1105 / – 1106 ft
The Mt Hood Sprint Triathlon Bike Course is challenging and 13.3 miles long. There are a couple of shorter challenging climbs and a 2 mile 3-5 degree section that will zap your legs quickly if you don’t monitor your output. For experienced riders, a 11-25 rear gear selection should be adequate. For those of you with a little less time in the saddle it might be wise to prepare with a 12-27 or 28. Your riding up on the way out, a nice flat section for approximately 3.5 miles and then down on the way home. Most of the course has good pavement and some shoulder, there are a couple of sections with no shoulder. Please be a good competitor and stay right except to pass. When overtaking another athlete please let them know your there, “on your left”, is good cycling educate, whether racing or training. Remember to save a little bit for the monster steep short climb back into the transition area. You’ll be entering the transition area with swimmers from heats after yours, you will not be crossing, but merging. Be prepared to dismount after reentering the parking lot and prior to entering the transition area. Remember all UAST rules apply on the bike course!
Distance: 3.1 mi
Elevation: + 164 / – 176 ft
The Mt Hood Sprint Run Course is 3.1 miles (5K) in distance. After leaving the transition area you will turn right as you reach the main campus side walk. You will follow this to the exit of the main parking lot where you’ll take another right and remaining on the side walk for for the rest of the run until you enter a campus road near mile 1.1. There is one signal that has a light that we will be running through, there will be a traffic control person here, please follow their direction. You will take another right at Stark Street and run down a short hill, turning onto a campus road that will be closed to traffic, you are required to not cross the centerline of the road. You will do a short loop section on campus before returning on the same course. Runners should stay right and pass on the left if possible. There are bike lanes on most of the course and can be used to pass using extreme caution. You’ll turn back into the main parking lot of the campus and head towards the Aquatic Center. You will run pass the Aquatic Center to a pedestrian side walk that runs along side the Aquatics Center building on the North (right) side. This is the beginning of the finish chute, you’ll follow this back to the pool area and finish next to the pool.
Streaming live video by Ustream
Get ready for live streaming of the Mount Hood Sprint Triathlon on the Oregon Endurance network. We’ll be keeping a close eye on those in the lead and all the racers as they compete for the win.
The Oregon Endurance network, endurance events and triathlons are presented by Series 33, Tenacious Events and Blaze Streaming Media.
All your race results will be posted live as they come in from the event thanks to Rogue Multi-Sport.
The Mt. Hood Chiropractic Clinic will be providing free mini massages and stretching, structural evaluations, and water bottles to anyone at the event (not just the athletes).
Monday May 27th, 2013
5:45 am Packet Pickup Begins
6:00 am Transition area opens. Body Marking Starts
6:00 am – 7:00 am Race Day Registration
6:50 am Pools open for warm up, inside and outside.
7:00 am Packet Pickup closes.
7:10 am Transition Area is secured. All athletes to the pool area. 7:15 am Pre-Race Briefing by Race Director.
7:25 am National Anthem.
7:30 am First Wave starts.
7:50 am Second Wave starts.
8:30 am First finishers start to come in.
10:00 am Last finisher completes race.
10:30 am Awards Ceremony
All USAT Rules apply to this event.
Rack your bike by placing the rear wheel in your assigned slot. Please remove any additional bags to the outer barrier of the transition area. This is to keep the area clean of any tripping hazards. We will have security people monitoring the transition area at all times. NO ONE is allowed in the transition area other than participating athletes. If you are riding a mountain bike we will adjust the rack to fit your rear tire. During the event you will enter and exit the transition area from the same points each time. You will enter on the west side and exit on the east side.
- The swim is in a counter-clockwise direction.
- Swimmers will self seed in their lanes, meaning that they are to work out the order in which they start. Swimmers will go off in 10 second intervals. Each group will be started by a whistle blow.
- Passing etiquette for our swim is: If your FEET are TAPPED TWICE, you are to let the person pass at the next wall. If that person cannot maintain pace, then you can pass by doing the same thing.
- Turns are to be made on the left side of the lane. Flip turns are allowed.
- If you need to rest, please rest at the wall on the right side of the lane. Keep as far to the right as possible so as not to impede other swimmers.
- If you have an emergency, you can signal the lifeguard by holding onto a lane line and raising your hand. We will have someone to you as quickly as possible. DON”T PANIC.
- After you are shown the kick board, you have 25 yards left to swim. Make your turn and exit on the opposite side of the pool. If you need assistance getting out of the pool, someone will assist you.
- Exit to the left and follow the bannered corridor to the transition area.
- If you cannot continue after the swim, let the swim coordinator know and return your timing chip at the registration tent.
This is an open road bike course. There should be little traffic at this time of the day but please pay attention to what’s ahead of you. We will have volunteers at every change of direction and several other locations for your safety and guidance along the bike course. Signage will be placed before each directional change. There will also be road chalked lines and directional arrows to help you further identify the course. Below are the directions for the course. We highly recommend you drive it before you ride it. Helmets must be worn and buckled at all times while riding your bike. No music devices are allowed on the bike portion of our event.
Bike Course Directions
After the swim, you will exit the bike transition on the east side of the transition area. Proceed to the MOUNT LINE before getting on your bike. There is a slight up hill leaving the transition area. Remember to put your bike in the proper gear before you rack it. You will turn right and proceed up the parking lot access road on the right side. This will be marked with cones. Once you reach the top of the parking lot you will make a left turn on to Cochran/17th St. There will be volunteers there to help you make this turn without delay.
You will follow Cochran across Troutdale Rd. This intersection will be controlled by the Troutdale Police Department. They will assist you in crossing. You are now on Sweetbriar. Stay on Sweetbriar and follow signage and road markings. At Stark St., you will veer right and continue onto Kerslake Rd. There will be a volunteer to guide you here.
Follow Kerslake Rd up the hill where it will take a 90 degree turn to the right. The road changes to 302nd. After several rollers you will approach Division St. This intersection will by monitored by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department. They will assist you in making a left turn onto Division St. Continue on Division St. and follow it on a slight right turn where it becomes Oxbow Park Dr. Stay on Oxbow Park Dr. for 2.2 miles. This is a long easy climb with a short steeper climb at the end.
At the top of this climb you will take a right turn onto Hosner Rd.. You will stay on Hosner Rd. for 1/2 mile and then turn right onto Lusted Rd. A volunteer will be here.
You will stay on Lusted Rd. for 3.3 miles. You will pass though a 4 way stop at 302nd. Volunteers will be there to help you through the intersection. At 282nd you will turn right at a 3 way stop. Please stay to the right of the cones through this turn. Watch your speed.
After you turn on to 282nd, you will continue straight through a 3 way stop. Stay on the shoulder of the road and proceed down the hill. Be careful! Here you will pick up speed quickly. At the bottom of the hill you will cross Division St.. This intersection will also be controlled by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department. After crossing Division St. there is a MANDATORY FOOT DOWN STOP. Failure to do this will be cause for immediate disqualification. Proceed left on to Troutdale Rd. and follow this to Cochran/ Sweetbriar. This is the turn back to the transition area and will be controlled by the Troutdale Police Department. Follow their direction to turn left onto Cochran.
Follow Cochran down the hill and up an even larger one. Continue to the parking entrance that you came out of. Stay to the center of the parking lot access road back to the transition area. There maybe runners finishing their run on the right side in a coned off area. Take the second right into the swimming pool parking lot. Follow this around to the left and the DISMOUNT LINE. Enter the transition area.
Your number must be worn on the front of your body during the run. We will have signage and volunteers at each change of direction. Each mile will be marked with signage as well. There will be an aid station at the 1.5 mile mark with Hammer Nutrition Heed Electrolyte replacement drink. The course is on sidewalks and is closed to traffic on roads inside the college property. While on the sidewalks, stay to the right to allow faster runners to pass. Running in the bike lane is acceptable however, you will need to yield to any bikes using it.
Run Course Directions
Exit the transition area on the east side. Turn right and follow the directions to the sidewalk. At the top of the parking lot, turn right onto Cochran/17th St. go straight to the corner of 257th & 17th St. Turn right. You will stay on 257th st. until you reach Stark St.. Turn right and follow this down the hill. You will turn back into the college property halfway down the hill. This will be a right turn through a gated entrance. Stay to the right after you make this turn and stay on this road. You will follow this road as it makes a loop around a parking area. The aid station will be on the back side of this loop. You will return to this gate and retrace your path back to the transition area. When you make the turn toward the transition area at the top of the parking lot, get to the right side of the street. Follow this past the transition area to a sidewalk on the north side of the aquatics center. This is the beginning of our finish chute. Follow it straight to the finish line.
Congratulations! We hope you have a great time!
A great big thank you to all who came out and rode with us today. It was good to see everyone and I hope you enjoyed the ride. Now you know what to train for on May 27th, bring your climbing legs and your fearlessness for the descents. Stay tuned we’ll do this again soon.
Also anyone who’d like go to Ridewithgps.com and down load your HR monitor to the course. We can compare data, who’s had the highest HR max? Who produced the most power? We will be laying out more about that in the coming weeks. We now have a way to compare your data to the athletes you races with…check out the locally built and operated website Ride with GPS. Series 33, Athletepath, and Ride with GPS have a new toy for you….
Series 33 Triathlon’s first event is 12 weeks away. Come out and ride the course with us on Saturday March 9, 2013. The course is 13.3 miles long, several of us will be riding it more than once or if you’d like the Columbia River Gorge is right there if you’d like to put in a few extra miles. We will be meeting at the Mt Hood Aquatic Centers parking lot (the transition area) at 8:30 and heading out at 9:00 am. All abilities are welcomed and encouraged to come. Come and ride whats sure to become an early season favorite.
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) is a public community college in Gresham, Oregon, United States, named after Mount Hood. Opened in 1966, MHCC enrolls nearly 26,000 students each year and offers classes at the 212- acre (86 ha) main campus in Gresham, the MHCC Maywood Park Center, and evening education centers at area public schools. The college is within relatively short distance from other nearby communities, such as Sandy and Clackamas, and is roughly fifteen miles away from downtown Portland.
The college’s programs include nursing, funeral science, integrated media, automotive technology and transfer opportunities to local universities toward B.A. degrees in humanities and science programs. The college is financed by local property tax funds, state reimbursement funds and student tuition. Local voters established the college tax base in 1968 and approved tax base increases in 1970 and 1980
Gresham could not establish itself as a city unless given a post office and postal code. A local store owner offered to use his store as a post office and offered to name the city after Postmaster General Walter Q. Gresham if a post office was granted. Until that time, the city had simply been known as Campground because this forested site was where pioneers often stopped to spend the night and compose themselves before moving on to Portland and the Willamette Valley. Although a post office was established in May 1884, Gresham was not incorporated as a city until 1905. Lewis Shattuck, son of a pioneer family, was the first mayor.