The distances at the Eastside Tri were determined by the bike course that wraps around Lake Sammamish for a total of 22.8 miles. Stretching that a couple of miles to an Olympic distance didn't appeal to us with all the congestion and traffic challenges of the urban eastside. The biggest reason we're taking cyclists around the lake in the first place, as opposed to the more historical out-and-back bike course, is that it keeps cyclists safer and lessens the impact on the communities around the lake.
With a 22.8 mile ride, it made sense to make the run a bit longer as well - and keeping the 4-mile run inside the borders of Lake Sammamish State Park met our objectives of safety and efficiency. Add to that a .75 mile swim and we've got an unusual but pretty cool race on our hands!
Interested athletes can view maps of the proposed courses Here. Please note there may be changes between now and race day and any changes will be posted as they happen.
"10 years ago Patty asked me if I could help put on an off-road triathlon in Black Diamond," writes Toby Mollett, Raise the Bar's Course Director. "3 years later the event was ranked the top in the nation in regards to off-road triathlons. 8 years ago we started planning the Lake Meridian Triathlon, 3 years ago Black Diamond Long Course. With those track records and experience, I couldn't say no to the Eastside Triathlon. But then I ask myself, 'Do I even have an option to say no?'. It has been quite a journey through the planning phase of this event with the amount of jurisdictions it covers, but in the end, it will be worth it. A looped bike course around Lake Sammamish sets the stage for some committed and competitive participants to set personal bests on this inaugural year, and will bring others to challenge those standards in the years to come."
Raise the Bar invites you to race in what we hope to be the next great triathlon in the Seattle Area. You can find registration Here.
Elton Home Team