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Plutonium Man Triathlon

August 26, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS RACE GO TO Plutonium Man Triathlon (


WSU Tri-Cities Campus
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA US 99354

TWO DISTANCES TO CHOOSE FROM:  you have the choice of Olympic distance, sprint distance, or relay teams for the Olympic distance event.

RACE FORMAT: 1.3 km swim; 40 km bike; 10 km run for the Olympic distance triathlon and 1.3 km swim, 20 km bike, and 5 km run for the sprint distance triathlon.

Course Description: Swimmers enter the Columbia River at a beach about 400 yards upstream of the North Richland starch plant (note that the start on the map is not accurate…we will not start at the POB low dock barge slip) and swim downstream with the current (fast times, baby) 1.3 km to the exit just upstream of Sprout Road.  The single transition area will be at the SE corner of the WSU Tri-Cities campus grounds.  Cyclists will head west on Sprout Road, turn right on George Washington Way and follow the course as described on the course maps.  Olympic distance triathletes will do 2 loops of the bike course while the sprint distance triathletes do one loop.

The run will also consist of two loops that take runners upstream (north) along the foot path, with a hard left turn by the Triton Submarine monument, back along Richardson Road, taking a left on Crimson Way, and back through the WSU campus.  Olympic distance triathletes do two loops of this course and the sprint distance triathletes do one loop of the run course.

COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: We will be following the guidelines from the Governor’s office to keep everyone safe and healthy before, during, and after the race.  We will send out pertinent information on any precautions we need to take about a week before the race.


• Race – $45 by August 14th and $60 after that (3RRR members get a $3 discount).

• Race plus One Day License – add $15 to the above prices

(As a sanctioned USA Triathlon (USAT) event, all participants are required to have a USAT license. If you are not a card carrying member a One Day License must be purchased for $15.  If you are a current USAT member you won’t need to purchase a One Day License. Simply enter your USAT Member Number where prompted.)

3RRR members get the discount mentioned above if they register by the pre-registration deadline of August 14, 2023.

JOIN THE 3RRR CLUB: To get the 3RRR discount noted above, join the 3RRR club and get discounts on this race and other races put on by 3RRR.  Only $20 per year covers everyone in the family at one address.  Here is the RunSignUp link. to sign up for the club.

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS RACE GO TO Plutonium Man Triathlon (

Athlete limit for this event is 225 individuals. Please note: Mail-in registration is not available…you may register on-line ONLY – NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

Clothing Option:  A high-quality short-sleeved tech fabric t-shirt is available for and additional $20.

Awards: Top 3 overall men and women for the Olympic and sprint distances, along with top 3 in each 5-year age group for both of these triathlons.  The top two teams in each of the 3 relay divisions also receive awards.

We cannot have a large gathering for an award ceremony.  Instead, check the Negative Split website on your phone at to see if you placed in your age group or were one of the top 3 overall men or women and you can collect your award after the race at the Rotary stage at the finish line. Please give us a little time after the race to have your award ready for you, so you have plenty of time to stow your gear after the race before picking up your award.  Awards are race glasses that will NOT be mailed.  If you miss the pick up after the race you will need to contact Eric at to arrange a pickup time for your award.

On-line Registration Deadline: To be pre-registered for The Plutonium Man Triathlon, you must enter by August 14, 2022.  A late fee of $15 will apply after this date.  On-line registration will be available until August 22, 2023, or end earlier if participant limit is reached. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS: We sympathize with life’s uncertainties but there are no refunds. Entries are not transferrable to another race or to the team competition. Please, please, please plan accordingly.

Chip Timing: Timing chips will be used to record split and finish times. Timing chips will be distributed race morning at check-in.  Be sure to turn your timing chip in at the finish line to avoid a lost chip charge. Race results will be available by Negative Split Event Timing at

Day Before Race Schedule: You can pick up your race packet between 4:30 and 6:00 pm at the Reborn Bike Shop, 1341 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354)

Race Day Schedule: On race day, arrive early and be prepared for the following:
• 7:00 am – Packet/timing chip pickup starts
• 8:30 am – Mandatory pre-race meeting
• 9:00 am – Race start
• 12:30 pm – Course closes

Special Considerations: Please note the following:

Cut-Off Times: For course safety reasons, we must pull you from the race if you have not completed the bike leg after 2 hours and 30 minutes on the race clock. If you feel you cannot finish the Olympic bike leg in this 2.5 hours or the overall Olympic distance race in the 3.5 hour limit, please enter the sprint distance event.

Questions: Please contact Eric Greager at with any race questions.

Volunteers: We need lots of volunteers for all our multi-sport events. If you can help at this event, please contact Eric Greager at .

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS RACE GO TO Plutonium Man Triathlon (




August 26, 2023
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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