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The Grand Columbian Triathlon   Ironman
 
2011-09-19Name: R M
Location: Washington
Year: 2008
Races: 0
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Summary: A lot of room for improvement
Comments: I completed the iron distance at the Grand Columbian Triathlon. This race has a lot of potential, but has a long way to go before I recommend it to anyone. The swim is gorgeous, the first half is very hilly with a headwind for the first 70 miles, and the run is pretty and generally flat. I was fortunate to have an incredible support crew, which made my personal race absolutely amazing. However, the overall organization, communication and support from the race directors left a lot of room for improvement. The race packet provided hardly any directions for the bike course, although we were told it was our responsibility to know the course. This issue was made far worse by the fact that the actual course was very poorly marked. Several athletes, myself included, actually took a wrong turn at an unmarked fork, adding an extra few miles to an already very long day. Additionally, there were no mile markers for 112 miles, there were few signs or flaggers telling cars that there were bikers on the road, and special needs ended up at mile 67- an unwelcome surprise to say the least. The run took place on a gravel toe path along the water. It was pretty until it got dark and you couldn't see anything. At the meeting we were told flashlights would be provided. Instead I found myself tripping over bumps and potholes at mile 22. Additionally, they only had mile markers for the first 6 miles. The worst part was the special needs bags. We went to pick up the bike and run special needs bags on Sunday but were told they were unavailable and apparently lost. I am truly baffled how truckloads of bags simply disappeared, especially since the run bags were at the finish area. I am extremely disappointed and unimpressed with the Grand Columbian event crew. This is unfortunate because I love the local, low-key races. This event has a lot of potential, but would not recommend the iron-distance race to anyone.
2011-09-19Name: R M
Location: Washington
Year: 0
Races: 0
RATINGS
Course:
Organization:
Atmosphere:
 
Summary: A lot of room for improvement
Comments: I completed the iron distance at the Grand Columbian Triathlon. This race has a lot of potential, but has a long way to go before I recommend it to anyone. The swim is gorgeous, the first half is very hilly with a headwind for the first 70 miles, and the run is pretty and generally flat. I was fortunate to have an incredible support crew, which made my personal race absolutely amazing. However, the overall organization, communication and support from the race directors left a lot of room for improvement. The race packet provided hardly any directions for the bike course, although we were told it was our responsibility to know the course. This issue was made far worse by the fact that the actual course was very poorly marked. Several athletes, myself included, actually took a wrong turn at an unmarked fork, adding an extra few miles to an already very long day. Additionally, there were no mile markers for 112 miles, there were few signs or flaggers telling cars that there were bikers on the road, and special needs ended up at mile 67- an unwelcome surprise to say the least. The run took place on a gravel toe path along the water. It was pretty until it got dark and you couldn't see anything. At the meeting we were told flashlights would be provided. Instead I found myself tripping over bumps and potholes at mile 22. Additionally, they only had mile markers for the first 6 miles. The worst part was the special needs bags. We went to pick up the bike and run special needs bags on Sunday but were told they were unavailable and apparently lost. I am truly baffled how truckloads of bags simply disappeared, especially since the run bags were at the finish area. I am extremely disappointed and unimpressed with the Grand Columbian event crew. This is unfortunate because I love the local, low-key races. This event has a lot of potential, but would not recommend the iron-distance race to anyone.
2009-04-30Name: J T
Location: Portland, Oregon
Year: 0
Races: 0
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Comments: Great race. too bad 2008 was last year! The bike course was amazing. The run was not so great. It was two out and backs on a gravel road near the river. The only bad thing was the pre-race pasta dinner and the post race mexican feast; they were awful.
 

 
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