Event History

Photo of cyclists racingRace the River Triathlon was con­ceived out of a deep pas­sion for the sport and the desire for a race that any­one can com­plete. Peo­ple of all ages can par­tic­i­pate in this sprint dis­tance event and in doing so; they take part in a healthy lifestyle.

Early in 2007, a group of ath­letes and John Stone (Devel­oper of River­stone) met through the com­mon jour­ney of train­ing for an Iron­man triathlon. They mutu­ally felt that a shorter, more doable triathlon was miss­ing in Coeur d’ Alene. Iron­man cre­ates a great aware­ness of the sport but requires a deep time and train­ing com­mit­ment to par­tic­i­pate than many are will­ing to make on sport they don’t know if they will like.

The Coeur d’Alene Triathlon pro­vides a venue for more to par­tic­i­pate but still requires some time and train­ing invest­ment in the sport in order to com­plete the race.

Race the River Triathlon is a sprint dis­tance triathlon designed on a rel­a­tively flat, short course. The swim is with the cur­rent in the river, par­al­lel­ing the shore­line; the bike course is done in 2 laps, keep­ing par­tic­i­pants close to the spec­ta­tors. The run stays close to river’s edge on an out and back course that end back at NIC for a spec­ta­tor friendly fin­ish line.

The dis­tances are short, a 1⁄2 mile swim, 10.2-mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The race takes lit­tle train­ing and equip­ment require­ments so any­one can try the sport.

Every­one believed the addi­tion of a sprint dis­tance triathlon would com­pli­ment the exist­ing local races and assist in bring­ing more peo­ple into the won­der­ful sport of triathlon. John offered up River­stone for the first 7 years as the per­fect set­ting to hold the event. Now with the growth of the event and the city, North Idaho Col­lege has become the per­fect host for this world class event.

The first annual Race the River Triathlon was held on July 6, 2008. With a small bud­get and lots of help from experts within the com­mu­nity, the inau­gural event was exactly what it set out to be: a fun event for the whole fam­ily, a first triathlon for many to try, a prac­tice race for sea­soned triathletes.

The pop­u­lar­ity and suc­cess of Race the River has led to the addi­tion of Race the River Kid’s Triathlon, now the kids can come out and get a taste of the action. Race the River Triathlon sold out in its sec­ond year and con­tin­ues to sell out every year, even as field caps have increased every year. Race the River Triathlon has now gar­nered national atten­tion and has been cho­sen by USAT as the Pacific North­west Regional Championship.