10th  Grand Columbian Triathlon SuperTri
Saturday, September 21st, 2013

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    The Grand Columbian Triathlon has been one of America’s premier endurance race courses. Nine years of amazing athletes participating in this both challenging, fun and rewarding event. We are both honored and excited to carry on the tradition of the Grand Columbian Triathlon and look forward to making sure everyone continues to have the great experiences they have had, as well as add new ones every year!  We are excited to also host the 3rd Annual Grand Columbian SuperTri.

    Grand Coulee is family friendly, so come join us with your family, friends and kids and experience an amazing event and amazing geologic wonders and vistas of Eastern Washington. Experience the best  Ultra (Iron), Long (Half Iron) and Olympic distance triathlon courses, Aquabike, Duathlons in the Pacific Northwest. The Grand Columbian offers the only Ultra (Iron) distance race in Washington with the kind of experience you expect in a local and friendly environment!

    We offer great community support, unique Partnership awards for married couples, corporate and club team events, men’s and women’s tech shirts, and medallions for all events. The longer distance events will receive additional swag such as jackets/hoodies, and/or backpacks and visors.  Visit the “Awards & Swag” tab for more info.  Please note that we reserve the right to change swag based on availability from vendors.  We will be serving some great post race food, with a pre-race carb loading dinner, a live DJ & announcer.  This is one race you will not forget!

    For 2013, the Grand Columbian SuperTri will take place on the 21st of September, and will be continuing the Ultra Distance (Iron) triathlon as the SuperTri! The course will be both challenging and fantastically rewarding, and will most definitely earn you bragging rights! Additionally, we are really looking forward to utilizing our new race to help the local community for their fundraising project to build a new school for the Grand Coulee Dam School District. You can find out more info on this project at http://gcdnewschool.com/. And we’ll be sure to send more information on this project as we move forward.

    Grand Columbian Super Triathlon Events:

    • Ultra Distance ~ 3.8 km Swim ~ 180 km Bike ~ 42.2 km Run
    • Long (Half) Course ~ 1.9 km Swim ~ 90 km Bike ~ 21.1 km Run
    • Olympic Distance ~ 1.5 km Swim ~ 45 km Bike ~ 10 km Run
    • Ultra Aquabike ~ 3.8 km Swim ~ 180 km Bike
    • Long (Half) Aquabike ~ 1.9 km Swim ~ 90 km Bike
    • Olympic Aquabike ~ 1.5 km Swim ~ 45 km Bike
    • Ultra Duathlon ~ 5.0 km Run ~ 180 km Bike ~ 42.2 km Run
    • Long (Half) Duathlon ~ 5.0 km Run ~ 90 km Bike ~ 21.1 km Run

    Note: Read our event policies before you resgister. You are subject to them.  No exceptions!

    We’re super excited about the Grand Columbian, and about seeing all of you there! To register now, click on the register now button above.  For more information browse the tabs above.  We look forward to serving all of you in this journey!

    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.


    Weekend Schedule:

    • Saturday September 21st, 2013: Race Day
      • 5:00 am: Bus Shuttles start running from T2 ( Lower Vac Park ) to T1 ( Spring Canyon Campground )
      • 5:00 am: Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration @ Spring Canyon Campground
      • 5:00 am: T1 OPENS FOR ALL EVENTS and Race Bag & Special Needs Bag Drop Off
      • 6:15 am: T1 Closes for Ultra (Iron)
      • 6:30  am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start for Ultra (Iron)
      • 6:45 am: Ultra (Iron) Swim Waves Start in 5 Minute Increments
      • 8:30 am: T1 Closes for Long Course (1/2 Iron)
      • 8:45  am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start for Long Course (1/2 Iron)
      • 9:00 am: Long Course (1/2 Iron) Swim Waves Start in 5 Minute Increments
      • 9:30 am: T1 Closes for Olympic Distance
      • 9:45  am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start for Olympic Distance
      • 10:00 am: Olympic DistanceSwim Waves Start in 5 Minute Increments
      • 11:30 am: Post Race Food Opens at T2! Bon Appetite!
      • 1:00 pm: Olympic Triathlon & Aquabike Awards Ceremony.
      • 4:00 pm: Long Course (1/2 Iron) Triathlon, Aquabike & Duathlon Awards Ceremony.
      • 1:00 am: Post Race Food Closes Sunday Morning

      NOTE: The Lions Club will be serving Coffee at the parking lot leading down to the T1 transition area.  Keep an eye for them if you’d like to get some. ;-)

    • 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

    Swim Waves:

    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.

    Event Parking:

    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.

     

    Before we cover the course info, please note the following:

    General Info:

    As for the last few years, the Grand Columbian events will start out of the Spring Canyon Campground. Late registration, packet pickup will also be at the Spring Canyon Campground. Awards, post race food will take place at the Main Event Area or Visitor’s Center Park just below the Grand Coulee Dam. For directions to the park click here.

    Grant Columbian Triathlon Transition Area Info:

    The Grand Columbian is a two transition area race.  The first transition, swim to bike, is in Spring Canyon Campground, and the second transition area is at the Lover Vac Park ( the park immediately below the Grand Coulee Dam ).  You will want to make sure you understand how a two transition race flows, and where you need to have what portion of your equipment.  Please study all the information below carefully, so you are aware of where you need to be when.  Also make sure to carefully review the “Event Details” tab, as it provides instructions on how to take the shuttle to the start area the morning of the race, as well as other vital instructions.

    T1 is where you will place all your equipment to transition from the swim to the bike portion of the event ( bike, wetsuit, etc… ).

    T2 is where you will rack your bike when you are done biking and where your running gear should be.  T2 is also where you will finish the race.  Since we are providing shuttles the morning of the race to the swim start you will want to park close to T2, since this will allow you to leave when you are ready to head out without having to wait to go back to T1.

    Grand Columbian Triathlon Swim Course Info:

    The Grand Columbian Triathlon swim course is designed to provide a course that works for all the distances offered at the triathlon, provides the best experience while maintaining a high level of safety and security for the swimmers.  The following notes and images describe the courses, and the links below offer an interactive online map that you can use to zoom in and find out more at a high level of detail.

    The swim start is to the west ( left ) of the boat ramps in Spring Canyon Campground.  Participants wishing to warm up for the swim can do so in the area marked on the swim start map shown here.

    The swim course is a triangle shape that everyone swims around in a clockwise direction.  That means that at all times of the swim the buoys should be in your right side.  The actual route for each swim distance is described in more detail here:

    • The Ultra (Iron) swim course is 3.8 kilometers around the swim course. Swimmers will do two laps of the full course before they finish. Each full lap is 1.18 miles, and swimmers will exit the water and go over a timing mat for each lap before entering the water to continue! For details on direction to swim, where to turn, etc… please see the below image:

    • The Long (Half Iron) swim course is 1.9 kilometers around the swim course. Each full lap is 1.18 miles, and swimmers will exit the water after doing one full lap! For details on direction to swim, where to turn, etc… please see the below image:
    • The Olympic swim course is one lap (1500 meters) around the smaller swim course. Please make sure you know the difference between the Long and Olympic course! Swimmers will swim the course until they get to the buoy marked by “O” on the image below. Once they get to this buoy they will swim following the red line to the big yellow mark on the image below, and then swim to the finish. For details on direction to swim, where to turn, etc… please see the image to the left.

    The following link provides a detailed interactive map for the swim courses.  Make sure to zoom in and take advantage of being able to look at a higher level of detail.  You may want to change the type of view you get to see under the “Map Options” at the top left.  The satellite view offers an actual satellite image of the lake with the course layout over it:

    Grand Columbian Triathlon Bike Course Info:

    The Grand Columbian Triathlon bike courses all start at Spring Canyon Campground.  The courses are hilly and offer extensive elevation changes depending on what distance course you are doing.  These are challenging and also very rewarding courses!  The views are spectacular in many cases, and there are as many fast downhill sections as there are uphill sections.  You will not be disappointed after finishing these courses and will remember them for the great accomplishment they are!  As a reminder, the distances for each bike course are as follows:

      • The Ultra (Iron) bike course is 180 kilometers / 112.23 Miles.
      • The Long (Half) bike course is 90 kilometers / 56.28 Miles.
      • The Olympic bike course is 45 kilometers / 26.92 Miles.

    For a detailed overview of the bike course, please review the Interactive Maps of the Grand Columbian Bike Routes by clicking the links below.  Details of various sections of the bike course and other areas are available in the Grand Columbian Spring Canyon Bike Course maps below:

    Grand Columbian Triathlon Run Course Info:

    The Grand Columbian Triathlon run courses all start at the Lower Vac Park immediately below the Grand Coulee Dam.  The courses mostly flat with the exception of the section where you drop down and back up from the road to the river trail.  The trail was chosen because it offers both a secure traffic free area as well as a cooler course close to the river.  Asphalt can get pretty hot and reflect that heat back up towards you as you run on a hot day.  We want you all to be safe, and not overheat, so we chose this beautiful trail for you.  For those of you that will be out past sunset, flashlights will be provided.  Aid stations will be provided every 1.5 miles.  The Ultra (Iron) is 2 laps. Ultra (Iron), Long (Half) and Olympic distance turnarounds will be marked and there will be an aid station at each turn around. Please make sure you READ the signs for YOUR respective turn around. If you cut the run course short, unintentionally or intentionally I will have to DISQUALIFY your results. Out of all the things I get to do as a Race Director, this is my least favorite thing to do. Please don’t make me do so!  You will not be disappointed after finishing these courses and will remember them for the great accomplishment they are!  As a reminder, the distances for each run course are as follows:

    • The Ultra (Iron) Run course is 40 kilometers | 26.2 Miles. ( Two laps of 13.1 Miles )
    • The Long (Half) Run course is 21.1 kilometers | 13.1 Miles.
    • The Olympic Run course is 10 kilometers | 6.2 Miles.
    • The First Run for the Duathlon is 5 kilometers | 3.1 Miles

    For a detailed overview of the run courses, please review the Interactive Maps of the Grand Columbian Run Routes by clicking the links below:

    Hammer Aid Station & Special Needs Bag Info:

    For the Runs there will be aid stations approximately every 1.5 miles. The bike courses will have strategically placed aid stations as well. The Half and Ultra will have your Special Needs bags at approximately the half way mark for both the Run and Bike. For more info on the Special Needs area click the Almira Aid Station PDF Overview by Clicking Here.  You will receive a bag for each at Packet Pick-Up. The course maps earlier on this page have the aid stations marked if you’d like to review them. All aid stations will have Water, Hammer HeedTM and flat cola in case you need it. They will also have Hammer gels, bagels, pretzels, bananas and candy/energy bars. In addition, the Run aid stations will have Cool Wet Sponges , Hot Chicken Soup (T2 area Aid Station only) and emergency heat shield blankets for the Ultra (Iron) Distance athletes.

    All aid stations will have radio support to call out for help or report any problems. Run aid stations will carry reflectors, flashers, and or flash lights should it get dark while you are running. Run aid stations will also be equipped with lighting, have at minimum a first aid kit and reflective heat blankets. Be safe, use whatever you need!

    Post Race IV Reminder:

    Information on Pre & Post Race Food:

    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.

    Post race food will be available at the Finish Line the day of the race and will include fruit (bananas, etc..), peanut butter, some type of bread/grains, sausages and pancakes, as well as other goodies.  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.  For more information on this see the “Event Details” tab.

    Information on What SWAG & Awards You’ll Be Getting:

    The Grand Columbian is committed to creating an event where all athletes have a sense of accomplishment and reward. In recognition for the exceptional course, reputation and community support the race has been awarded age-group championship and/or Grand Prix status numerous times. We have created a few special award categories unique to the Grand Columbian.  We pride ourselves in giving you more than most big companies do for far less cost!  We’re athletes ourselves and do our best to treat you the way we would want to be treated.  Dollar for dollar, if you had to go out and buy the things we give you you would spend more than half your registration cost on the swag alone!

    Additional Swag & Award Information:

    SWAG is specific to each distance and details are provided for each event below.  Please note that we do our best to provide the things we mention below, however sometimes things become unavailable from distributors, so we have to make last minute changes.  We appreciate your understanding should we have to do so.


    Ultra Distance (Iron):

    • Custom Hoody or Jacket or Back Back
    • Custom Visor or Towel
    • Grand Columbian Tech T-Shirt
    • Grand Columbian Triathlon Finisher Medals
    • Metal Trophy Cups for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall Male and Female
    • Award Plaques for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Age Group Winners

    Age Groups: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 & 70+.


    Long Course (Half Iron):

    • Custom Visor or Towel
    • Grand Columbian Tech T-Shirt
    • Grand Columbian Triathlon Finisher Medals
    • Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall Male and Female
    • Award Plaques for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Age Group Winners

    Age Groups: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 & 70+.


    Olympic Distance:

    • Grand Columbian Tech T-Shirt
    • Grand Columbian Triathlon Finisher Medals
    • Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall Male and Female
    • Award Plaques for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Age Group Winners

    Age Groups: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 & 70+.


    Special Other Awards:

    We have a few other special awards for folks, however these will be surprises. ;-)

    Lodging Information:

    Directions to The Grand Columbian Super Triathlon:

    Directions from Spokane, West Bound, Interstate 90:

    • Head West on Interstate 90 heading out of Spokane.
    • Exit Interstate 90 just out of Spokane at Mile Post 277 on US 2 West to Grand Coulee Dam.
    • Drive on US 2 W. through the Towns of Airway Heights, Rearden, Davenport, Creston, and Wilbur.
    • Turn Right 1/4 mile past Wilbur onto 174 N. toward Grand Coulee.
    • Go 1 Mile to the intersection of Hwy 174 and Hwy 155 in the town of Grand Coulee.
    • Go Left on Hwy 155 South Bound toward Electric City for approximately one mile.

    (Approximate driving time: 1:45 hours)

    Directions from Winthrop, East Bound, North Cascade State Highway 20:

    • From Winthrop go through Twisp 2 Miles past Twisp, the road changes from St Hwy 20 to Hwy 153 South.
    • Continue on Hwy 153 South, to the Hwy 97 Junction.
    • Turn Left onto 97 North, through Pateros & Brewster to Hwy 17 Junction
    • Turn Right onto Hwy 17 South.
    • Continue across the bridge in front of Chief Joseph Dam where the Highway changes to Hwy 174 West.
    • Continue on 174 W 16 Miles to Junction 17/174.
    • Take the Left Fork and drive to Junction 174/155 in Grand Coulee.
    • Go Right on Hwy 155 South Bound toward Electric City for approximately one mile.

    (Approximate driving time: 2:00 hours)

    Directions from Osoyoos, Canada, South Bound, State Highway 97:

    • Go South on US 97 Through Oroville, Tonasket, Riverside, and to Omak.
    • Continue across the Overpass and take Hwy 155 South, which is the next Right. ( This exit looks like a street. Go one block and take another right and follow a few blocks to the Stop Sign.
    • Go Right one more time and you will be on Hwy 155 South to Grand Coulee Dam. ) Easily Marked!!
    • Continue on 155 S. through Nespelem, Elmer City & into Coulee Dam.
    • Take a Right across the Bridge and up the Hill to Grand Coulee.

    (Approximate driving time: 2:10 hours)

    Directions from Tri Cities (Pasco), WA, North Bound, State Highway 395:

    • Continue on 395 North to the Mesa Exit.
    • Go Left at stop sign, through Mesa & Moses Lake to Hwy 17 / 282 Junction.
    • Go Right on 17 N. through Soap Lake and on to the US Hwy 2 Junction.
    • Go Right on Hwy 2 W. through Coulee City on the South end of Banks Lake.
    • Continue on Hwy 2 for approx 3 miles where the Highway changes from US 2 W. to Hwy 155 N.
    • Continue North along Banks Lake to Electric City.
    • Continue through Electric City for approximately one mile.

    (Approximate driving time: 2:35 hours)

    Directions from The Dalles, OR, West Bound, Interstate 84:

    • Continue on I -84 WestBound to the Goldendale Exit, State Hwy 97 North.
    • Take State Hwy 97 North, to Toppinish. (Turn Left in Toppinish, stay on 97 North.)
    • Continue on 97 North, Through Toppinish to I -82 Junction.
    • Go North on I -82 East ( 97 North Merges with I -82 East. ) into Yakima.
    • Continue on 97 North / I -82 East toward Ellensburg, to I -90.
    • Go West on I -90 and Exit I -90 at Mile Post 151 to Grand Coulee Dam.
    • Go Right on Hwy 283 NW through Ephrata & Turn Left to Soap Lake on Hwy 17 N.Continue on 17 north past Dry Falls State Park, to Hwy 2 Junction.
    • Go Right on Hwy 2 W. through Coulee City on the South end of Banks Lake.
    • Continue on Hwy 2 for approx 3 miles where the Highway changes from US 2 W. to Hwy 155 N. North along Banks Lake to Electric City.
    • Continue through Electric City for approximately one mile.

    (Approximate driving time: 4:15 hours)

    For 2013 we are including event photos for everyone in the price of registration.  We are tired of folks getting charged $40 plus dollars in some cases for a digital photo.  In addition, all participants receive complimentary injury insurance provided via 365 Competitors as part of their registration fee.  For information on what is covered please visit http://365competitors.com.

    Scott Hunter from The Star in Grand Coulee often takes some pictures during the Grand Columbian Triathlon as well. Pictures will be at the following link, and can be viewed and purchased by clicking here once they become available! All proceeds will go towards the funding to build a new school building in Grand Coulee.

    Finally, if you know of anyone that has pictures, reviews, videos, and/or blogs posted for the event, send us an email at feedback@trifreaks.com and the contact person for the site, and we’ll try to get them added below as well.

    Following are previous and current results and photos:

    *We took over the Grand Columbian in 2011, and there are some races that we are missing information for.  The results marked with a “*” are the ones we are looking for info for.  If you have information on these results please let us know by contacting info@trifreaks.com.

    **Scott Hunter with The Star also took some photos that are available here.

    Dear Athletes,

    The 10th Annual Grand Columbian SuperTri is still a ways away. However we look forward to having all of you out to the race and making it the best experience we can make it for you.  We are excited for all of you to do well!

    Important Things To Note for the Race:

    The Pre Race Carb Loading Pasta Dinner location & Information:  The Pre Race Carb Loading Pasta Dinner location has changed. The dinner will now 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.

    Pre Race Shuttles:  We will provide shuttle service the morning of the race for $5.00. Half (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 11:30 AM, and will transport you from T2 to T1. They will also be able to transport friends and family back to T1 until 11:30.   The last shuttle leaves T1 at 11:00 AM to head back to T2 / Finish area.  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.

    Lights Required for Run:  Iron athletes are required to wear a headlamp and preferably a butt lamp if they go leave the T2 area for their 1st or 2nd lap any time after 4:30 PM.  Please make sure you bring your own lights.  You can leave them in your bike to run transition bag we will provide.  We will provide flashlights if needed, however the expectation is that you bring your own  The required use of lights is for your own safety!

    Water Temperatures & Wetsuits:  Last year the water temperature for the events was in the mid 60′s!

    Personal Items Left at T1:  We will be transporting your personal belongings from T1 to T2 for you.  When you head out of T1 please make sure you put your belongings in the bag we give you at packet pickup so your items ALL get to you!  We are NOT responsible for items that are not in bags, as we often have no way of knowing which person they belong to.  If you don’t bag them, don’t expect them back!  The only thing that should really have to go in the bag once you switch into your bike gear should be your wetsuit, and it doesn’t take that long to put it into the bag, so make sure you do so.  I can’t stress this enough!

    Special Needs Bags:  Special needs bags for ½ Iron and Iron participants can be given to us the morning of the race before you start your race.  There will be an area right outside of T1 designated for the drop off.  We will take your bike special needs bags to the Aid station in Almira and your run special needs bag to the aid station at mile 6 on the first lap of the run.  Make sure you label your special needs bags appropriately, or we won’t know where to take it.  If you give us a bike special needs bag, we will bring them to T2 AFTER the last biker passes the Almira Aid Station.  Your run special needs bag will NOT be available until the next day at the Eagles lodge post race breakfast.  So if you intend on not being at the breakfast make sure you only put items in this bag that you do not expect back!

    Packet Pickup and Check In: New for this year:  Packet Pickup and Check In is now available the day of the race.  Please check the schedule on the event website, under the “Event Details” tab, to make sure you know when you need to be there by!  For those of you doing the ½ Iron, Iron & SuperTri, we STRONGLY encourage you to pick up your packet the night before the race so you can attend the pre race meeting.  We will go over some details immediately before the race again, however given time constraints the morning of, we need to be brief and to the point.  We will have much more time the day before and you will have the opportunity to review the course maps there as well.  We also STRONGLY encourage you to view the course maps online at the event website under the “Course Details” tab.  The event information can all be found at: http://trifreaks.com/grand-columbian-super-tri/.

    Read The Race Information:  Please take the time to visit the site and educate yourself about the course and all the other details.  It’s your race, know it!  We put the information there so you can review it and have a good race.  While we will have plenty of signs on the course, it is ultimately still your responsibility to know the course.  And the volunteers are not there to tell you where to go.  They have been instructed to tell you to follow the signs and markings.  For their sake and your sake!

    Lastly, have an amazing race!  Enjoy the journey, not just the finish!

    Get your TriFREAK on,

    Stefan Newbury
    Certified USAT Race Director


    “People die of fright and live of confidence.” ~ – Henry David Thoreau, Author, Philosopher

    TriFreaks is delighted to announce that Snohomish Bicycles is providing bike support for the Grand Columbian Super Triathlon. In their own words:

    Snohomish Bicycles

    Snohomish Bicycles is a full-service bicycle shop specializing in Triathlon bikes, wetsuits sales and rentals as well as accessories. We carry the finest bicycles from Felt, Focus, KHS and Pinarello. We also stock a full line of triathlon supplies like goggles, transition bags, clothing and other important accessories for this competitive sport. We have two stores now to better serve you. Snohomish and Lake Stevens. Visit our website at http://www.snohomishbicycles.com.

    Options To Ship Your Bike to the Event:

    Jordan Keough has worked in the bike industry for over 30 years and has worked with triathletes for over 25 years. He has reliably assembled and disassembled bikes for athletes participating in the Grand Columbian Triathlon for many years. If you would like to ship your bike to Grand Coulee to have him assembled the bike for you, please read on below. Jordan will be happy to assist you in any way he can.

    Bikes are to be shipped to Sunflower Graphics (417 Midway Ave. P.O. Box 598, Grand Coulee, WA 99133). Athletes MUST contact Jordan beforehand to make arrangements for their bike to be received and worked on. Shipping boxes need to be marked “assemble” on the box. Jordan will be at Sunflower Graphics the Wednesday before the start of the event to start assembling bikes. Bikes can be picked up starting Thursday (at the back door of the building) at 9:00 am. To repackage bikes they are to be brought to the back door of Sunflower Graphics on Sunday at 10:00 am (unless the athlete and Jordan make other arrangements). The cost for assembly and repackaging is $100 plus the cost of return shipping. The best way of payment to Jordan is via PayPal or cash at time of pick up. Jordan will give you his PayPal account info when you contact him.

    Contact Info: Athletes interested in this service can contact Jordan at 208.651.4045 (texting is best, then he can call you back), or via email at jjmk506@aol.com (Subject: “bike assembly”).

    NOTE: Athletes who wish to assemble their own bikes can also ship their bikes to Sunflower Graphics so they can pick them up and assemble the bike themselves.

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