Where is the Grand Columbian Held:
The Grand Columbian is located in the Grand Coulee Dam area, 90 miles west of Spokane, 100 miles south of Osoyoos, B.C. and 65 miles east of Wenatchee, WA. The event will be hosted at Spring Canyon Campground on Lake Roosevelt and the Lower Vac Park, immediately below the Grand Coulee Dam. For more information on facilities and an address for Spring Canyon Campground click here. For directions click here. You can also find more detailed directions on the “Lodging & Directions” tab above.
Lake Roosevelt water temperatures for the summer is usually around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 16 degrees Celsius). For more facts on Lake Roosevelt visit the Lake Roosevelt Forum.
Event Cost & Registration:
For event registration fees please visit our registration provider by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. Athletes can register late during Packet Pick-Up the day before the race, as well as the day of the race with a $10.00 increase to price. Registration fees and a list of participants can be found by clicking on the “Register Now” button below. To get a list of all participants on the registration site select “Search Participants”, just leave the search box blank. For packet pickup times and information see further below on this page.
- Friday September 20th, 2013: Packet Pickup, Bike Check In & Carb Loading Day
- Sunday, September 22nd, 2013: Post Race day at Eagles Lodge, Grand Coulee, WA
- 10:00 am: Post Race Brunch Opens “Eagles Lodge” in Grand Coulee
- 11:00 am: Awards Ceremony Begins for the Ultra
- 12:30 pm: Post Race Brunch Closes
All swim waves will be self select and will start in 3 to 5 minutes increments based on how many participants are in each category. By self select we mean that you decide what wave you want to go in. The system is designed to let the competitive swimmers go first, then the not so competitive swimmers. It provides a safe environment where nobody has to get swam over like some events have happen a lot. It works great, and allows both men and women that are faster swimmers to compete against each other.
Course Cut Off Times:
Cut off times (BELOW) for race support will be enforced for Ultra (Iron Distance) swim bike and run. That means if you choose to do so you can continue on if you are on the course. However there will be no support crew on the course after the cut off times. Cut off times will be as follows:
- Ultra (Iron Distance) – Swim Cut Off: 9:30 am
- UItra (Iron Distance) – Bike Cut Off: 6:00 pm
- Ultra (Iron Distance) – Run Cut Off:
- 1st Lap: 8:30 pm
- Full Distance: 11:30 pm
Packet Pickup Information:
ALL Ultra ( Iron ) Participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to pick their packets the day before the race at the Spring Canyon Campground. Long Course (1/2 Iron) and Olympic distance athletes can pick up their packets the morning of the race as well from 6:30 am to 8:00 am at the same location. For directions to Spring Canyon Campground click here. If you pick up your packets and/or drop off your bikes the morning of the race, you are responsible to make sure your running gear and other things you need for the run get to T2 below the Grand Coulee Dam.
Once you have picked up your packet you will prepare your bike and proceed to T1 inside Spring Canyon Campground, where you will check your bike in after a quick Safety Inspection. ALL Ultra ( Iron ) Participants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to check their bikes in the night before the race, during the times the transition area is open ( See “Weekend Schedule” area above for more info. ) Long Course (1/2 Iron) and Olympic distance athletes can check their bikes in during Race Day as well from 5:00 AM on.
Race Bags and Special Needs Bags: Bags can be dropped on Friday or Saturday morning when you check in. T1 will be open at 5:00 am. We will make sure your bags are placed in the right area for your race. If you have a special needs bag (Ultra (Iron) and Half distances only), please make sure you place your Bib Number on your Bag and Gear you want it back after the race.
Athletes Meetings: Informational athlete meetings for events on will be held the day before the race at the times noted in the weekend schedule at the Spring Canyon Campground T1 area, followed by a carb loading dinner starting at 6:30 pm at North Dam Park. It is strongly recommended you attend the athletes meetings.
Pre Race Carb Loading Pasta Dinner:
The Pre Race Carb loading dinner will be held at the Church of the Nazarene at 45925 Washington 174, Grand Coulee, WA on the opposite side of Highway 174 close to the entrance of Spring Canyon Campground from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The cost will be $10.00 per individual and $25.00 per family. There will be pasta with sauce (meat or non-meat), salad, bread and non-alcoholic drink.
Iron Distance Post Race Breakfast and Awards:
The Iron awards ceremony will include a breakfast that will be held at the Eagles Lodge in Grand Coulee off of “B” Street the day after the race. The cost for breakfast will be $6 per individual and $20 for families. All the funds go to the Eagles club which is a registered 501(3)c non profit to help support them. Breakfast will include:
- Food: pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and some type of juice.
Start Area Check In:
Transition Area Check In opens on Friday, the day before the race, at Spring Canyon Campground from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The transition area will open up again at 5:00 am on race day.
SECURITY BANDS: All athletes will be issued security wrist bands that will be used to cross check names and bib numbers for permission to enter the transition area. Non participants, and/or anyone not wearing a security wrist band will NOT be allowed inside the transition area. There will be security present to enforce this rule! No exceptions will be made, no matter how much you think you should be in there with your friend, husband, wive, or anyone else. The transition area is for ATHLETES ONLY!!!
ATTENTION: Please do not check your bike in until you are ready to leave it there for the night. For security purposes absolutely no bikes will be allowed out of the transition area once they have been checked in until the events start. If you feel you need to warm up on a bike, bring your commuter bike, or another bike to ride. You will be able to enter the transition area before your event to check your tires, etc…
HELMETS: Helmets are required at ANY TIME you are on a bike! Not wearing your helmet, even if you are just riding your bike to the transition area to check it in, or riding another bike to warm up, is grounds for DISQUALIFICATION! These are USAT RULES and protect you and us from injuries and/or any results thereof.
Pre-Race Shuttle Service:
We will provide shuttle service the morning of the race for $5. 50% of the shuttle fees will go towards the new school project for Grand Coulee Dam School District. You can find out more info on this project at http://gcdnewschool.com/. The Shuttles will run from 4:30 AM to 10:30 AM, and will transport you from T2 to T1. They will also be able to transport friends and family back to T1 until 10:30. Please note that race participants will have preference on the bus if there is not enough room for a run there or back. After 10:30 there will be no more shuttles. There will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE AFTER YOU ARE DONE. Which is why we encourage you to park at T2 the morning of the race and take the shuttle to T1 for the swim start. If you park at T2, take the shuttle to T1, you will have your own transportation close to the finish line when you are done racing.
Please note parking instructions for race day! TriFREAKS is not responsible for your vehicles should they be towed. And if they block the race they WILL BE TOWED! Plan ahead, park smart and leave yourself enough time to take care of everything you need to take care of the morning of the race. Spring Canyon Park has limited parking, please obey NO PARKING signs or the Rangers will ticket and tow you.
T2 & Finish Line area at the Park has NO PARKING inside the park. There are multiple parking lots available within a short 2 to 3 minute walk, as well as extensive parking in the residential areas right outside the park at T2. Please see the included parking maps here for an idea on where to park at the finish line.
There are many Parking lots above the Park along the Coulee Dam and WA-155.
IMPORTANT: We STRONGLY encourage you to park at the finish line the morning of the event and use the provided school bus shuttles to get to the swim start. The Shuttles will run from 4:30 AM to 10:30 AM, and will transport you from T2 to T1. They will also be able to transport friends and family back to T1 until 10:30. Please note that race participants will have preference on the bus if there is not enough room for a run there or back. After 10:30 there will be no more shuttles. There will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE AFTER YOU ARE DONE. Which is why we encourage you to park at T2 the morning of the race and take the shuttle to T1 for the swim start.