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Plutonium Man Triathlon - Teams


Race Date is September 4, 2021

RACE  FORMAT 1.3 km swim; 40 km bike; 10 km run

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 do a 2-l00p course as described in the maps below.  The run will 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.  Note to locals: PLEASE  don't ride the bike course during rush hour commuter traffic!

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.  These may change between now and race day, and we expect 100% compliance from all race participants, spectators and volunteers.  Below are the main aspects of our Covid safety plan: (WE WILL SEND OUT AN E-MAIL TO ALL PARTICIPANTS A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE RACE TO LIST THE CURRENT COVID PRECAUTIONS)

  • Wear your face mask/face covering at all times before the race as you arrive for packet pickup, setting up in the transition area, and waiting to start in the rolling wave starting procedure. Keep your face mask/face covering handy in the transition area so that you can put it back on upon finishing the race.
  • Practice social distancing before and after the race.
  • In your packet, you will be provided with a disposable face mask to wear as you get ready to start the race.  Wear this mask as you walk to the start line and keep it on until just before your rolling swim wave starts, where there will be a garbage can to dispose of your mask before you start the swim.
  • The start of the race will be a rolling wave format, which starts with a long, socially-distanced line of swimmers waiting to get in the water. Please self-seed yourself in these waves such that the faster swimmers are in the earlier waves and slower swimmers in the later waves.  3 swimmers will start at a time, approximately every 15 seconds.  Team swimmers start with the individual swimmers.
  • Again, you can dispose of the mask just prior to your wave starting, so there is no need to wear the mask during the race.
  • Upon finishing the race, please retrieve your face mask/face covering from the transition area and put it back on.  Keep it in place, except when you are drinking water from the bottles provided.
  • 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 location designated on race day. 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.


• Race - $50 by July 15th, $60 by August 12th at 8:00 pm and $70 after August 12th at 8:00 pm

• Race plus 1 One Day License - add $15 to above prices

• Race plus 2 One Day Licenses - add $30 to above prices

• Race plus 3 One Day Licenses - add $45 to 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.)

Athlete limit for this event is 35 teams. Please note: Mail-in registration is not may register on-line ONLY - NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.

On-line Registration Deadline: To be pre-registered for The Plutonium Man Triathlon, you must enter by August 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm.  A late fee of $10 will apply after this date.  On-line registration will be available until August 30, 2021, 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 individual 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. For more information on this chip timing visit Across the Line Timing at www.ATLTIMING.COM .

Clothing Option:  Emilio DeSoto has graciously agreed to supply their high quality Carrera Tri Short as our clothing option this year for the fantastic price of $45/short.  This is nearly a 50% saving off the retail price and a great deal that you should jump on right now!!!  The tri shorts will come in basic black with white stitching and our race logo printed down one leg.  Go to to see a detailed description of these Carrera Tri Shorts, which come in both women's and men's sizes (S, M, L, and XL).  You can also check out their sizing chart on the DeSoto website and see the other triathlon clothing options they offer.  Race Director testimonial...with DeSoto's help we offered these tri shorts 5 years ago and 8 years ago and they have held up beautifully.  I use my 8-year old tri shorts every week teaching a spin class and for training and racing during the tri season.  Many thanks to Emilio for coming through again for our race clothing option. Be careful as you order and indicate your gender and size in the drop down box to make sure you order the correct model/size. If a team wants to order more than one pair of tri shorts, contact Eric directly at

Day Before Race Schedule: The day before the race we will have packet pickup and dinner specials at Atomic Ale Brewpub from 5:30-7:00 pm.

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 – Course closes

Special Considerations: Please note the following:
• Teams consist of a maximum of 3 people.  2 person teams are acceptable.

Cut-Off Times: For course safety reasons, we must pull you from the race if you have not completed the swim after 50 minutes on the race clock or if you have not completed the bike leg after 2 hours and 30 minutes on the race clock.

Questions: Please contact Eric Greager at with any race questions or "Contact Us" from the website 's menu with questions pertaining to registration.

Mini-Tutorial on Registration: To help you through the process, here is a quick tutorial:

  • Start at the top of Event Registration with the orange-highlighted box entitled “Choose an Option.”  Go to the drop-down list and choose which option (race only, clothing option, one-day license) you want.  The specific cost that will be charged to your credit card is also listed.
  • The next box down is the clothing option box.  If you chose the race clothing in the “Choose an Option” box, indicate your size in this box.  If you did not order the optional clothing, then select “none” in this box.
  • Fill out all required fields as usual and remember to include your USAT number when prompted if you did not choose to purchase a USAT one-day license.  If you are not a USAT member, you will need to purchase the one-day license for multi-sport events.
  • Continue with your registration until credit card payment is complete.

If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact any of the Website administrators listed on the Info – Officers page on our website.

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

Course Maps:

Yellow line is the swim course

Red line is the bike course (2 laps)

Blue line is the run course (2 loops counterclockwise)

Plutonium Man Overview


Bike Course


Bike Course with Directions

As you register, PLEASE pay careful attention when indicating your selection in the “Choose an Option” drop-down list. This is where you choose whether you want the optional clothing option or not. It is also where you select whether you need to purchase the USAT One Day Licenses for your team. If you are USAT members you do not need to choose the One Day Licenses – be sure to provide your USAT member numbers where prompted below. If you are not USAT members, you MUST choose to purchase One Day Licenses to do this race.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Event Roster

NameRegistration Date
8 people registered
Adam WrightJul 30, 2021
Patricia RolonJul 31, 2021
Kol MedinaAug 8, 2021
Garry W. BuchkoAug 11, 2021
Amy KuchlerAug 12, 2021
Kenny LarsenAug 22, 2021
Gary HopkinsAug 23, 2021