Swim Segment of Rotary Triathlon of Salem: Reschedule to 2018

September 27, 2017

To our Triathletes, Duathletes, and Volunteers:

Last night, I made the decision to cancel the swimming segment of the Rotary Triathlon of Salem. As I wrote last week, the late summer storm of September 17-20 resulted in elevated levels of bacterial contamination near the swim starting point at Salem’s Riverfront Park’s boat dock. Although water quality samples taken at the beginning of this week showed a significant decrease in contamination levels, an average of all samples taken since June still puts us right on the edge of numeric standards for safe swimming. With rain in the forecast for Race weekend, water quality will likely decrease again even as we are putting swimmers in the water. We have consistently told you that your safety is our top priority and we are making good on that promise.

About the Event

This inaugural event—which includes both triathlon Olympic and Sprint distances, as well as a duathlon,—is being presented by the Rotary Club of Salem and the Rotary Club of South Salem, and is co-sponsored by the City of Salem.

The Triathlon involves three of Salem’s premier parks: Wallace Marine Park, Riverfront Park, and Minto-Brown Island Park. Participants will swim in the Willamette River, bike past downtown Salem and along rural River Road South, and run across the newly constructed Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge.

Funds raised from this event will be used to support Rotary’s local and international humanitarian projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, and grow local economies.


Olympic Triathlon (Individual & Team)
Sprint Triathlon (Individual & Team)



Entry Fees

The Race is limited to the first 300 registered participants.  Entry fees applicable as long as space open.


$85 [rec’d on or before December 31]
$95 [Postmarked or rec’d between January 1 and June 30]
$105 [Postmarked or rec’d between July 1 and September 29]
$110 [Packet Pickup / Day of Race]


$50 [rec’d on or before December 31]
$55 [Postmarked or rec’d between January 1 and June 30]
$60 [Postmarked or rec’d between July 1 and September 29]
$65 [Packet Pickup / Day of Race]
*NOTE: T-shirts provided to participants who register prior to September 15. All others will be mailed if proper information is received by the day of the event (this includes day of race registrations).

Entry Includes:

Race fee includes commemorative tech shirt, beautiful Finisher Medal, ChampionChip™ Timing, awards and prizes, post race refreshments, plus great end of summer competition. Entry also includes a measure of personal satisfaction in participating in an inaugural event, the proceeds of which support good works in the community and the world.

Chip Timing

All competitors will receive a Timing Chip in their race packet. You must wear the Chip on your ankle (per the instructions on the packet) if you want to receive your race time. Any participant who does not wear the Chip on their ankle/shoe throughout the race will not receive splits and/or a finish result. Also, the Chip must be returned at the conclusion of the event or pay a $30.00 replacement fee (see Waiver). If you do not wish to be timed, feel free to give the Chip back to the volunteer when picking up your packet.

Unofficial race results will be posted at the finish line as the race is in progress. Official race results will be posted within 48 hours of the race.

Want to Volunteer?

Join a spectacular festival and triathlon! Volunteers receive a t-shirt and community service hours. We need about 200 volunteers to assist us with various portions of this event. If you would like to help out, please click the VOLUNTEER Register button on this page and signup!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Starting times begin at 8:00 AM in waves


Riverfront Park

200 Water St NE, Salem, OR 97301

Event Start Locations:


Course Dates & Descriptions

Note: Routes are subject to change.

SWIM: Participants will enter the water from the boat dock at Riverfront Park and will exit at the boat ramp of Wallace Marine Park. The swim course takes swimmers into the Willamette Slough, then upriver along the shoreline of Minto-Brown Island Park swimming against the current, and finally across the Willamette River with the current to exit at Wallace Marine Park’s boat ramp.

BIKE: Participants will transition to bicycles at Wallace Marine Park and cycle across the Willamette River on the Union Street Railroad Bridge. Participants will then pass through Riverfront Park before merging on to River Road South. The Olympic distance route will take riders past rural lands and farm fields before the turnaround point at the Independence Bridge. [Note: Bicycle participants will be sharing the road with motor vehicles.]

RUN: Riders will transition to the running event upon their return to Riverfront Park. Runners will cross the Willamette Slough at the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge and enter Minto-Brown Island Park. The route will take participants past open fields, wildlife refuge areas, and beautiful parklands before returning across the bridge to the finish line in Riverfront Park.