Every fall, the Aluminum Man tri/duathlon takes place in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. This year marks the 30th year for the Aluminum Man, and organizers hope for their most exciting race thus far. The race offers competitors options of competing in the Olympic Duathlon or Triathlon. There is also a sprint triathlon course. Triathletes also have the option to compete as individuals or in teams.
The Aluminum Man begins at River Front Park in The Dalles, Oregon. Starting with the triangular swim course in the Columbia River, the swim is about 1k in water temperatures typically ranging from 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Wetsuits are permitted. After completing the swim, competitors begin the bike portion of the race. The bike route features a bike through rolling hills and farmland with vista views of Mt. Hood. The bike route leaves and circles back to Riverfront Park where competitors will finish the race with the run course. The run course takes place on the Riverfront Trail. The level, well cared for trail promises more scenic beauty of the river valley. The natural beauty of the area makes the Aluminum Man a favorite of past contenders.
The Aluminum Man is held in early September for a great race experience. The temperatures are more moderate than earlier summer events, and with an end of season event, competitors often find they achieve a personal best on this course.
The race typically will run with 250 competitors. This proves to have excellent competition without overwhelming those new to the sport. The Aluminum Man is one of the longest consecutive annual triathlon and duathlons in the Pacific Northwest.
Event Name: 30th Annual Aluminum Man Triathlon/Duathlon
Event Date: September 8, 2018
Event Location: Riverside Park, The Dalles, OR
- Sprint Triathlon; Swim .5k, Bike 25K, & Run 5K
- Olympic Triathlon; Swim 1K, Bike 50k, & Run 10K
- Olympic Duathlon; Bike 50K & Run 10K