COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Triathletes across the Willamette Valley are gearing up for this weekend’s triathlon in Cottage Grove. The inaugural event was so popular last year that organizers brought it back this year.
More than 300 people will participate in this year’s “Tri at the Grove”; but before Saturday’s event, there’s still a lot that needs to be done.
For participants that means getting their last swim, run and bike ride in.
For event organizers it means working around the clock to make sure everything is ready. Signs still need to go up, the 110 volunteers need to be organized and a last check of the course has to be done.
Organizers said they’ll work up until midnight the night before preparing for this one of a kind race.
This is unique because it’s in the rural Willamette Valley, small community. You’re out here. There’s very little traffic. You don’t see anybody. You’re out on the bike and the run by yourself pretty much and it’s beautiful.” said Steve Cash, an event volunteer.
There will be a long and a short course for Saturday’s triathlon. The participant pool is a mix from young and old, to first timers and professionals. 250 people participated last year and more than 300 are registered for this year’s event.
Registration is closed for this year; the Tri at the Grove starts at 8am Saturday.