2019 Rotary Multi-Sport RiverFest

Volunteer for the 2019 Rotary Multi-Sport RiverFest

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Join us in Riverfront Park for the Rotary Multi-Sport RiverFest! At the heart of the lineup of events, the Triathlon and Duathlon will encompass three parks, two bridges and one river.  Starting and finishing in Riverfront Park in downtown Salem, participants will enter the Willamette River and swim to Wallace Marine Park in West Salem.  The bike leg then crosses back over the river on the converted Union Street railroad bridge, heads past downtown Salem and enters the scenic countryside on River Road South, before returning to Riverfront Park and the transition to running.  Runners cross the newly constructed Peter Courtney footbridge into Minto-Brown Island park, passing through natural wildlife habitat and along the banks of the Willamette River.  The finish line at Riverfront park is the gateway to post-event festivities that include local food, beer and wine, music, and a wellness exhibition.

All finishers receive a hefty medal and tech shirt; those who place in their age group also receive an additional gold, silver, or bronze medal.

Packet Pickup Information

Packet pickup will be from on Saturday, September 14 at Riverfront Park, near the Carousel, between 12:00pm and 4:00pm. There will also be day-of-race packet pickup on the 15th, at Riverfront Park in the Rotary Pavilion (near the start line) from 6:00am to 7:30am, except the Family Fun Run which goes until 9:15am.

Start Times

Mandatory Briefing for Swimmers: 7:50am
Olympic Triathlon: 8:00am
Olympic Duathlon: 8:00am
Sprint Triathlon: 8:30am
Sprint Duathlon: 8:30am
10K run: 8:00am
5K run: 8:15am
Family Fun Run: 9:30am

2019 Swim Details

The swim course for the Rotary Multi-sport RiverFest has inherent challenges which will make it very rewarding to all who complete it, but will also require participants to adequately train and prepare before the event. In late September, the current is starting to pick up again after the summer lull, and water temperatures drop to an average of 58 degrees, sometimes colder.

In the interest of safety, we will have kayaks, motor boats, and jet skis along the course and warming shelters on each bank, along with ambulance support just in case.

Based on seven samples taken over a seven-year period (2010-2017) by the City of Salem at the Union Street Bridge, temperatures in mid-September ranged from 57.4F to 62.8F, with a seven-year average of 60.8F. 

Are you a member of our Armed Services or First Responders? 

Rotary Riverfest would like to thank all of our First Responders (Medical, Fire, Police, Etc) and members of our armed forces (Navy, Army, Marines, etc) and would like to offer you 20% off of any registration entry as a thank you for your service.
To get your coupon code for 20% off, please complete the form by CLICKING HERE!

Volunteer Details

This event isn't possible without the help of our amazing volunteers! Check out our volunteer page, to see how you can get involved!

Volunteer Registration