About Us

And Here’s the story…

In 2008, Patrick and Tom Kretz started swimming in the Clackamas Cove and publicized it through the Portland Triathlon Club. By 2012, up to 40 triathletes began showing on Wednesday nights. Better yet, almost every evening last summer you’d find triathletes swimming the Cove.

A couple of times we tried an Adventure Swim: Around the Cove, then out the spillway into the Clackamas River and down to the boat ramp at the Park. This is our Swim Course, but the water temperature, water level, and river tide have to be right. The only window in 2014 where it all comes together is at 7:00am on June 22nd.

With only two open venues for Portland-area triathlons, Clackamas Cove will be the third and most geographically diverse race venue in the Northwest. Our first race in 2013 heralded almost 300 atheltes, and new tradition for multi-sport in Oregon City.  Read the Oregonian’s article about our ramp up to the 2013 event.

Since Patrick our race director lives in Oregon City, the 2013 race became a community event – sponsored by local businesses and accessible to beginners and seasoned triathletes alike. You can see that local emphasis in our Run Course: through downtown Oregon City, out and back on our beautiful new bridge, and up the classic stair climb out of the downtown and on to the bluff. Really, who else has a stair climb?

Over the years, we’ve been pleased do donate proceeds to

  • the Oregon City’s Children’s Theatre for new audio equipment
  • the Portland Triathlon Club
  • The Wilamette River Basin Council
  • We Clean Rivers
  • The Clackamas County Children’s Center.

In 2015, our non-profit impact will grow significantly with the addition of a 5k/10k run presented by Rotary.

Patrick Bolan, Race Director

253024_10151488440523056_597283834_nIn 2012, Patrick’s idea was to take the momentum of the most popular open water triathlon workout in Oregon at the Cove and turn it into a race venue that gives back to the community.  Patrick is a small business owner in Oregon City, two-time Ironman finisher, and has been involved with organizing events for the Portland Triathlon Club. Now, Patrick is taking his M.B.A. and talents for logistics and paperwork to be the Race Director for the Clackamas Cove Triathlon.

Ken Mclarty, Assistant Race Director


Ken has been involved in triathlon for nearly 20 years. He did his first triathlon in 1984 at Blue Lake. His triathlon background includes race promotion and working as a coordinator for several area events. He’s a USAT Certified Race Director, level 1 Coach, and Race Official. Ken works as Personal Trainer and Triathlon Coach in Portland. He loves everything out doors and hanging out with his wife Suzanne and his son Alex. Family time is his best time.


Shane Kroth, Assistant Race Director

Shane KrothShane is a logistics madman, having run supply chain management for the US Navy for 14 years, until 2012 when he left the service to become the Race Director for NW Epic Racing, putting on extreme events like the 2016 Echo Valley MTB Race.  A trail runner, and triathlete himself, he’s part of the crew that will make your race day a great experience.



Rotary International

Rotary Mark of Excellence

Since 1909, Rotary International has been an international service organization that brings together businesses to encourage humanitarian services, ethical standards, and goodwill through their 34,000 member clubs world wide.  For this event, the Rotary clubs of Gladstone, Oregon City, Milwaukie, and West Linn have joined to together to donate their expertise and time to enrich the community, and give back to the community through a portion of the proceeds of the race.


Chip Greendale, Transition Coordinator

Chip GreendaleChip Greendale has an impressive record: 2000 USA Triathlon regional Sprint Champion Masters, 2 time age group All American, 3 time Ironman finisher (including Kona World Championships), Governor’s Fitness Award recipient, and an invite to the USA short course world championship team. Chip also started the Gator Grinder triathlon, which is in its 9th year, and is still the Race Director. He is supporting the Clackamas Cove Triathlon because he wants to give back to the sport that has given him so much, and he competitively knows he can put on a pretty damn good race