Saturday, August 18, 2012
A group of 11 Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club members traveled recently to Windsor, Calif., to participate in the Vineman Triathlon. The event, a full iron-distance triathlon, featured a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run to finish things off.
All 11 participants finished the event and finished somewhere in the top 20 percentile for their divisions. Competing were tri-club members Rutger Engbersen, Patrick Hiller, Jessica Hudec, Bree Hoomans, Bill Mellow, Allan Dushan, Preston Brown, Jennifer Wardell, Trish Kepple, Clint Bogard and Jennifer Donnelly.
“For at least half of the group it was the first iron-distance event,” said club member Jennifer Wardell. “We had to sign up for it last December, so we had definitely been training for it for quite a while.”
The club, founded in 2007 by a group of avid local athletes, holds regular group workouts through the summer, based mainly at the Port of Hood River, where members swim in the boat basin or the open river and ride and run around the waterfront area. Members range from middle school and high school students to elite athletes training for Iron Man events to the oldest member, Bill Mellow, who recently turned 71.
“We’re a very open group; very friendly and welcoming,” Wardell said. “You don’t have to be super competitive to be a part of the club.”
Several members are training for the upcoming 24th annual Aluminum Man Triathlon in The Dalles. The Sept. 8 event features Olympic (1.5K swim, 40K ride, 10K run) and sprint (750m swim, 20K ride, 5K run) triathlons based out of The Dalles Riverfront Park.
Through September, the club trains outdoors regularly and holds a practice mini-triathlon on a weekly basis. Once weather and water cool off for the season, the group moves to other running, biking and indoor swimming workouts until late spring.
The group is open to new members and encourages anyone interested to get in touch while the weather and water are warm. For more information or to attend practice, visit the club’s Facebook page (search Columbia Gorge Tri Club) and ask a member where and when to meet.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge