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Rev3 Triathlon returns to Blue Lake this weekend

    For the second consecutive year, Rev3 Triathlon will bring its national series to Blue Lake Park in east Multnomah County. Racing begins Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 a.m. as world-class professional triathletes compete for a $50,000 prize purse in the 70.3-mile HalfREV triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run).

    Amateur triathletes from the Portland area and around the nation will follow the pro’s onto the course to compete in either the HalfREV or the Olympic distance event (1 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run). This year’s course features a challenging, newly-designed HalfREV bike course winding into the Columbia River Gorge and the foothills of Mount Hood, the most technical bike course in the Rev3 race series with steep climbs, fast descents and hairpin turns.

    Volunteers Needed
    Rev3 is seeking several volunteer bike course marshals to assist cyclists during the race on Sunday morning. Volunteers will be paid $10 per hour for their assistance. Visit www.rev3tri.com for more info.

    Pro Triathlete Field Includes Oregon Resident
    Fresh off his victory at Quassy in Middlebury, Conn. last month, Richie Cunningham headlines the men’s pro field. Cunningham has taken the Rev3 series lead in the men’s professional division with 1,770 points. Last year’s Portland winner Graham O’Grady will attempt to defend his title, while former 70.3 world champion Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand is a late entrant to the men’s field. O’Grady won by nine seconds over Cunningham in last year’s thrilling finish.

    Eugene resident and former Oregon State track and cross country champion Jesse Thomas will also be competing for the Rev3 Portland title. Thomas, who finished fourth at Rev3 Portland last year, was recently featured on the cover of Triathlete magazine as one of the future stars of the sport.

    Women’s pro participants include 2011 Rev3 Portland champ Meredith Kessler of San Francisco, Kelly Williamson of Austin, Texas, who leads the women’s pro division with 1,480 points, Mackenzie Madison of Eugene, and Nicole Kelleher, who won the season-opening event in Costa Rica and is second in the women’s standings with 1,290 points.

    Truckers to Triathletes Training Program to Launch at Rev3 Portland
    Rev3 sponsor Pilot Flying J is teaming up with Truckers to Triathletes to help professional truck drivers improve fitness and maintain healthy lifestyles. Rev3 Portland will kick off the Truckers to Triathletes training plan.

    Expo and Family Adventure Race
    The weekend-long event starts with a free race expo from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and will be open again on Sunday, July 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rev3 Adventure will be hosting a family adventure race at Blue Lake Park at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday as parents team up with family members between the ages of 6-16 and follow a map throughout the park to find different checkpoints.

    Traffic Impacts
    The event will cause minor traffic disruptions. The HalfREV bike course will impact traffic along Halsey Street from NE 223rd to NE 257th and the Stark Street Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Marine Drive will be closed from NE 33rd to Sundial Road from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Police will be at major intersections controlling traffic.

    Participants will exit Marine Drive heading South on NE 223rd Avenue, then turn east on NE Halsey Street which will lead them through Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale to the Columbia River Highway (CRH). Riders will exit the CRH, heading south on SE Hurlburt and complete a loop that will bring them back to CRH on the Stark Street Bridge. Returning riders will make their way back to Marine Drive along the same route that took them out of town.

    Motorists should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.


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