Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon Distinguished By Coastal Vistas, Captivating Course, Sept. 21, On The Long Beach Peninsula

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A great way to end summer, the Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula, offers jaw-dropping terrain and a field limited to 150 participants. The swim is in Black Lake, the ride on Discovery Trail and the run back around the lake.

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The Cape Disappointment Triathlon takes in portions of Cape Disappointment and more beautiful scenery on the southern end of Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

The Cape D Triathlon is an exciting race through some of the most beautiful terrain Ilwaco and the Long Beach Peninsula have to offer.

A perfect way to mark the end of summer, the second-annual Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon will take place on September 21 on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. With a course marked by jaw-dropping, Northwest coastal vistas, the triathlon takes in signature landscapes of the southwestern most corner of Washington State.

“The Cape D Triathlon is an exciting race through some of the most beautiful terrain Ilwaco and the Long Beach Peninsula have to offer,” said Rick Schimelpfenig, race coordinator.

The sprint triathlon starts at 9AM with a 750-meter swim in Black Lake, which is bordered by paths, evergreens, wetlands and cranberry bogs. The 20-kilometer bike leg climbs up and over the Cape Disappointment headlands and takes in portions of gently rolling, always-scenic Discovery Trail, as well as side roads of festive Long Beach and the more residential, Victorian townscape of Seaview. The event finishes with a relatively flat 5-kilometer run around Black Lake ending at the staging area for all three events in Black Lake Park, Ilwaco.

A duathlon will take place simultaneously, starting with a 5-kilometer run and then following the same bike and run segments as the triathlon.

An after-race party in the park will include food, beverages, music, and random prize drawings as well as the awards ceremony.

Triathlon awards will be given to the first three qualifying finishers in six age groups, as well as the top male and female finishers. First through third place honors will also be awarded in the team and duathlon categories.

Entry fee is $75 for individuals and $150 for up the three-person teams and includes race entry, Jaguar T-Chip timing, race shirt and the after-race awards party. Registration will be capped at 150 participants and is available online at Race updates can be found on Facebook at

Another upcoming competitive event is the USTAF-certified Discovery Trail Half Marathon on Sept. 14, in Long Beach. For details, please access

Abundant in natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, the Long Beach Peninsula is attractive year round to serious as well as casual athletes and families desiring diverse yet easy access to the outdoors. Within its string of welcoming coastal communities, the Peninsula offers award-winning restaurants, unique accommodations, shops, markets, and galleries. Attractions include unsurpassed charter boat fishing, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, two historic lighthouses, an 8.5-mile coastal bike and pedestrian trail, the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, national and state parks, local museums, festivals, and 28 miles of public, white-sand beach.

For visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access

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