The award-winning Lake Meridian Triathlons will happen for the first time on two Saturdays in the summer of 2016.
The first race lands on Father's Day Weekend again this year, giving dads and families a fun start to the weekend or allowing athletes to sneak in a race before the family festivities get underway.
Normally a week or two later, the 2016 August race date has moved up largely because Ironman Coeur d'Alene, a favorite race for long-course triathletes, moved into the typical LMT slot. Many Raise the Bar Team members participate or support this race, which also prompted our move.
This is the 7th season for the Lake Meridian Triathlons - races which have become popular favorites among Pacific Northwest Triathletes. Last year's
Olympic winner, Evan Pardi, from Yachats, Oregon told us, "This was my first Lake Meridian Triathlon and it certainly won't be my last. Clear swim, gorgeous rolling rural Washington roads on the bike, and a meandering running path through the woods have made this course a quick favorite in my books."
Not insignificant in the event experience is what happens at the end. Athletes triumphantly enter a finish line festival of loud music, cheering fans, a big shiny medal draped around their necks, and a heaping plate of hot pancakes & sausage. At about 10:00 the crowd assembles around the podium to applaud the winners and top-5 men and women of each age group and a random prize giveaway of items provided by our generous sponsors including a Free Bike.
If you're a returning Lake Meridian Triathlete, we look forward to having you back. If you're coming for a first time, we look forward to serving up probably the best short-course experience you'll ever have.
See you this summer.