Over the last few years of Pacific Northwest Triathlon, races east of Seatttle have gotten scarce. Raise the Bar is excited to bring triathlon back to a favorite race venue on the eastside - the rennovated Lake Sammamish State Park. The short-course race falls between the typical sprint and olympic distances: a .75 mile swim, 22.8 mile bike, and 4 mile run.
Except for the Tri-Rock Tris in 2010/2011*, You'd have to go back 30 years to the late 80's and the Washington State Open to find a triathlon that went around Lake Sammamish - but the bike course of the Eastside Tri will do just that. RTB course director, Toby Mollett, is working hard with 4 city jurisdictions, King County, and The State of Washington to get permitting finalized. When it is, the race will be open for registration - anticipated to happen March 1. Course planning includes a lane shift on West Lake Sammamish Parkway to create a safe lane of travel for triathletes where the shoulder is too narrow or nonexistent. The bike course will have a smaller traffic impact on the overall region and will be safer for triathletes than courses in the past.
Lake Sammamish State Park has undergone major renovations since triathletes last populated the park. Sunset Beach is currently under construction to improve the conditions of the sand both on the beach and underwater. A silty and grassy lake bottom is being replaced with sand near the shore - which will improve visibility and water quality for swimmers. There is a new large bathhouse (adjacent to the proposed transition area) with public restrooms and showers, as well as a big beautiful children's play area and a discovery sandbox that will keep the kids busy race morning.
Raise the Bar is dropping the June Lake Meridian Triathlon from their list of races to allow room in the calendar for a new triathlon in the Seattle area and to dedicate planning and resources to the new event. Athletes can expect the typical RTB event production with a surplus of volunteers, a festive finish line, post-race meal, and awards celebration, complete with the giveaway of a brand new bike to one lucky participant.
Athletes can join an email list to get updated news about the Eastside Triathlon Here.
Businesses can learn more about sponsoring the race by contacting Patty Swedberg
Raise the Bar manages a triathlon team of the same name, training programs, and other events. Find out more about Raise the Bar Here.
* Thanks to Doug Johnson - who reminded the author that the bike course of the Tri-Rock Triathlon did, in fact, go around Lake Sammamish!
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