Why Racing Celebrates their 2019 season highlighting growth, contributions and gifting 2 bikes
November 26, 2019
Vancouver, WA On Sunday November 24th, WHY Racing events hosted a No-Frills 5K, Brunch and their Year-end Awards Ceremony. The event started with a scenic run along the new Vancouver Waterfront on a beautiful fall morning and athletes then enjoyed a wonderful brunch catered by Warehouse 23.
The awards ceremony started with Sherri McMillan, the founder of WHY Racing events providing highlights for the 2019 Why Racing season. McMillan reported that “it’s been a great year with 1621 more athletes crossing our finish lines in 2019, a 13% increase over last year adding to the double digit increase from the year prior. That’s so exciting for us in such a competitive market. It tells us that you appreciate what we’re doing and are telling your friends. Our motto is Slow and Steady Pace Wins the Race!”
WHY Racing also gifted 2273 free entries through WHY Community to various At-Risk groups including Kids, Veterans, Breast Cancer Survivors, and athletes with disabilities. McMillan adds “We experience so much joy watching these athletes cross the finish line who may not have done so otherwise. We love getting kids off their electronic devices and showing them that exercise and healthy living can be fun! We are confident this will positively impact their entire lives physically, mentally and emotionally and are so honored to be a part of it!”
WHY Racing events additionally partnered with various non-profit groups in 2019 including Team in Training, Police Activities League, Pink Lemonade Project, Share, the Jaime Miller Cancer Compassion Fund, Care for Kids and various other schools, clubs and teams resulting in over $191,198 being raised through their events. “The fact that our fun runs and triathlons can help do so much good in our community is about as rewarding as it gets!” says McMiilan.
McMillan thanked their partners including PeaceHealth, IQ Credit Union, Foot Traffic, Deschutes Brewery, McCords Vancouver Toyota, Franz Bakery, Visit Central Oregon, Northwest Personal Training, and many more who believe in their mission and support their events year-round. Why Racing also announced their exciting new 2020 partnership with Race Roster, Asics and Fairwinds. “Our athletes appreciate the free beer, the free race photos, the SWAG, our ‘Kids race for Free” initiative and we couldn’t do any of this without our partners so thank you so much for believing in our mission” McMillan encouraged athletes to support these companies who do so much to support our industry and community.
Why Racing launched a new event in 2019, the Lucky Triathlon festival, in beautiful Woodland WA to rave reviews from athletes and that event will be back on the schedule for 2020. Why Racing will also be adding a Paddle Triathlon event to a few of their multisport venues in 2020 which will involve starting with a Paddleboard or Kayak segment, followed by a bike and finishing with a run. McMillan reports “ it will be a great option for those who prefer paddling to swimming!” Many athletes have been asking about the long-term plans for Pacific Crest in Sunriver. McMillan confirmed that “Pacific Crest will be back in Sunriver Oregon from June 19-21st 2020. For 2021 and beyond, we are still in conversations to try and find a suitable alternative venue within Sunriver so remaining in Sunriver is still not out of the question. However, simultaneously, we have been in conversations with various other communities throughout Central Oregon, the Gorge and Washington. We are confident that the event will settle at a venue that will provide an incredible racing experience for our athletes and that’s what’s most important to us. The good news is that Pacific Crest will continue with athletes enjoying the same Central Oregon scenery or somewhere else equally as stunning!”
McMillan thanked the thousands of volunteers who have helped support their events throughout the year commenting that the “WHY Volunteers are the best on the planet!” She also thanked her WHY Team for doing all the behind-the-scenes hard work, managing the chaos of race management and awarded Jennifer Lyman, the Why Racing Registration and Administrative Manager, the Jaime Miller VIP award. “Jennifer has displayed incredible work ethics, competency and a positive, fun attitude. We couldn’t do what we do without her” says McMillan. Why Racing was recently nominated and recognized as a finalist for “Race Director of the Year’ from the Outspoken Women in Triathlon conference and McMillan reports that the “recognition is definitely a result of our team. Team-work makes the dream-work!”
WHY Racing also awarded their 2019 WHY Series Champions
Top Male Triathletes:
1st – Scott McBeth
2nd – Ryan Hanlon
3rd – Carl Werner
Top Female Triathletes:
1st – Jennifer Bertapelle
2nd – Madison Wick
3rd – Emily Painter
Top Male Duathletes
1st – David Hopper
2nd – John Clifford
3rd – Theodore Even
Top Female Duathletes
1st – Heather Leach
2nd Anne Mousseau
3rd – Jennifer Lummus
WHY Racing also awarded their Club Championship awards. They recognized Portland Triathlon Club awarding them the Inspiration Award for inspiring the greatest amount of people into the sport of running and triathlon. They awarded the Service Award to the Rocky Butte Running Club for the greatest amount of volunteer hours surpassing over 1000 volunteer hours in 2019. Portland Triathlon Club was also awarded the Performance award for the fastest performances throughout the year. Finally, the Vancouver Run, Grub and Chug club was awarded the Overall Club Award for their overall support of Why Racing events.
Once the Awards Ceremony was complete, athletes were treated to a drawing for incredible prizes including gift cards to local restaurants and massage, Foot Traffic SWAG, Xterra bags filled with gifts and more. The event finished with a drawing for 2 A Squared racing bikes courtesy of AJ Alley. Athletes were literally jumping for joy at their luck!
McMillan thanked all Why Racing athletes for racing local and believing in their mission. “Our goal is safety first, then customer service and a world-class experience for our athletes. We strive to assure our events are non-intimidating, fun, and family-friendly. We are extremely passionate about providing an opportunity for our athetes to set a goal, train, and cross the finish line all while giving back to our community! That’s our WHY!”
About Why Racing Events:
Why Racing Events is a multi-sport event management organization that offers athletes of all ages and abilities, from the elite level to the back-of-the-packers, the chance to successfully complete a racing event. They host a series of 12 events every year from March to October throughout Washington and Oregon, including children’s races, fun runs, trail runs, half marathons, marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Their races vary in size from 1000 to 5000 participants. They are committed to providing a positive experience to everyone involved while raising awareness and funds for important community causes. Find out more information about Why Racing Events at www.whyracingevents.com