Photos by Jared Anderson/Siuslaw News
May 16, 2018 — A total of 250 athletes of all ages arrived in Dunes City on Saturday to run, bike and swim their way to the finish line of the sixth annual Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon.
“It seems that the triathlon gets better every year,” said Dunes City Councilor Sheldon Meyer, who handed out medals to finishing athletes at the end of the race. “From my vantage point, there are more and more positive comments each year. It is better organized and ran smoother than before.”
The event, which was hosted by Dunes City and Best in the West and sponsored by Three Rivers Casino Resort, had athletes as young as 11 years old, and four racers over 70.
The event was separated into two events — the triathlon, which includes swimming, cycling and running, and the duathlon, which has cycling and two running courses.
The triathlon began in Woahink lake, where sprint participants swam .5 miles and Olympic participants swam .93 miles.
Next on the course was the bike race, which snaked through the scenic country streets of Dunes City. The course covered 24.8 miles for the Olympic contenders and 12.4 miles for the sprinters.
Finally, the athletes ran on foot through Jessie M. Honeyman State Park, with Olympic runners traversing 6.2 miles, and sprinters running 3.1 miles.
The course ended with a sprint up a tall dune, where participants were greeted by a cheering crowd and the finish time.
Two new course records were set on the Olympic course, with Shannon Coates finishing the race with a 2:34:38 time, compared to 2:38:21 in 2015, and Stephen Campbell finishing the race 2:13:47, compared to 2:16:38 in 2015.
“It was a beautiful day on the Oregon Coast and we could not have asked for better conditions or volunteers,” said race director Blair Bronson and owner of Best in the West Events. “We had a very successful event and a huge part of that is thanks to the hard work and support of volunteers and sponsors. Thank you to all who came out and helped make this event a huge success.”