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Photo at right: 2010 NW Adventure Sports Festival. Photo by Kellie Kuntz

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Adventure races, kayak and standup paddleboard demos and vendors share their experience at the 2011 NW Adventure Sports Festival in Port Gamble, Washington. Video by Northwoods Productions.

The NW Adventure Sports Festival, June 9–10 on the Kitsap Peninsula

Adventure races, kayak and standup paddleboard demos and vendors share their experience at the 2011 NW Adventure Sports Festival in Port Gamble, Washington. Video by Northwoods Productions.

The third annual NW Adventure Sports Festival June 9-10 in Port Gamble, Wash. will include mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, scavenger hunts, a fun run and races for beginners to serious racers.

Get 10% off your registration fee until May 26 by entering SummerFun in the promo code box, the refresh the page and voila, your discounted race fee will show.

The main goals of NW Adventure Sports Festival are to bring together outdoor enthusiasts from different sports and to support healthy outdoor recreation for all ages. The Festival is an opportunity to try equipment, ask questions of the experts and learn about and try new things … and to just get outside and have some fun.

Highlights of the weekend include the Unleash the Beast and Mini-Beast Triathlon adventure races including trail running, paddling and mountain biking; the Paddle the Dragon 5k and 15k paddling race and Sunday morning’s 5k fun run. Demos, clinics and workshops are scheduled throughout the weekend with more than 20 vendors onsite.

Stop by and cheer on the Outdoors NW BEAST team, stop by their booth during the race and say hello and sign up to win prizes!

The Olympic Outdoor Center (OOC) is hosting the Festival. Spring Courtright, Festival and OOC Program Director, says, “We created this event to fill a gap. Many people are interested in multiple sports, but they don’t have a chance to try them out. Here kayakers can try standup paddle boarding, runners and mountain bikers can try kayaking, and everyone can get great deals on equipment.”

NW Adventure Sports Festival Schedule:

Demos: All weekend. Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Try kayaks, standup paddleboards, mountain bikes and outdoor equipment.
No experience needed. Youth $5, Adults $15, includes clinics.

Unleash The Beast Adventure Triathlon: Saturday, June 9, 10:30 am.
10K trail run, 15K paddle, 20K mountain bike.
Team $180/ Individual $70. Includes demos/clinics all weekend, raffle ticket, food.                  

Mini-Beast Sprint Adventure Triathlon: Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 am.
5K trail run, 5K paddle, 10K mountain bike.
Team $125/Individual $50. Includes demos/clinics all weekend, raffle ticket, food.

Paddle the Dragon paddling race: Saturday, June 9, 10:30 am
Distances are 5K or 15K on Hood Canal and Port Gamble Bay. Open to all human-powered watercraft. Adults $40, Youth $25, Outrigger $10/person when 4+ people. Includes demos, clinics, food.

Festival Fun Run:  Sunday 10 a.m.
5K or 10K. 5K is stroller friendly! Adults $15, Youth $8. Includes demos and clinics all day Sunday.

Camping: Friday and Saturday nights, June 8-9.
$15/one night, $25/ two nights, up to 4 people, RV’s or tents.

Classes: All weekend.
Topics such as How to Choose a Paddle by Werner Paddles, Standup paddle board Basics, Dressing for Cold Water Immersion by Kokatat and Sea Kayak Basics. 30-45 minutes each.

The races and Fun Run will raise money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) research. The event is sponsored by the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau, Outdoors NW Magazine, Wilderness Systems, Kokatat and the Doctor’s Clinic.

For more information and to register, visit, or contact the Olympic Outdoor Center at (360) 297-4659 or




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  1. Racer, 4 years ago

    The 2012 Unleash the Beast Race in Port Gamble was hands down the worst organized event I have participated in a long time. I run/ride in a lot of races, at least 1-2 per month throughout the northwest between spring and fall. There were numerous issues that assured me I’d never do this one again. It started when I arrived just before 8 (the scheduled registration time on the website and 3 emails I received) and the female who was supposed to be helping with parking watched me drive around the parking lot while I wondered where to unload my gear while she drank her coffee with one hand and had the other hand in her jacket pocket from across the parking area. I ended up in the wrong parking area and only then did she come over and tell me to move. Then the registration that was supposed be to from 8-9 didn’t start until 8:50 because the event organizers weren’t prepared or set up for people arriving. Upon finishing the race there were NO refreshments, there wasn’t even water for the racers at the finish. Then came time for awards, at 2:30 according to the schedule, again at 2:30 the event organized told us she needed 10-15 minutes to total the scores (the top 3 teams were finished by 1 at the latest). The last and final straw was after the awards when they were supposed to do a raffle, the event organizer stood in front of everybody and quoted “there’s been a little snafu, all the raffle prizes were given away.” How does that happen? That’s not a snafu, it’s horrible planning and organization on the part of the event coordinator and the Olympic Outdoor Center. I probably wouldn’t have been so annoyed if it didn’t cost $150 to participate in this race, it should have cost about $15, maybe $20 with the shirt. The only good part of this whole event was the course, the one you can ride/run free any day out on the Stottlemeyer trails (and on that note the people at the aid stations on the course had no clue what mile they were at or how much was left, there were NO mile markers on the course) Nice Job to the entire Olympic Outdoor Staff with this, you guys assured me, as well as several of my friends, and the group I raced with that not only will we not participate in this race next year, none of us will ever participate in, or recommend anything that has to do with your name on it.

    • Carolyn Price, 4 years ago

      Hi there, thank you very much for your comments. As a sponsor of the event, Outdoors NW does its best to partner with events and associates whom we care about and who we know are great people and doing good things for the community. We are so sorry of your experience and will pass along your comments to the staff at Olympic Outdoor Center. We appreciate you writing to us. – Carolyn Price, Publisher

    • Spring Courtright, 4 years ago

      Hello Racer,
      This is Spring Courtright, the NW Adventure Sports Festival event director. I’m so sorry to hear you were frustrated and felt the event was poorly organized. We worked really hard on the event and many people did have a great time ~ I wish you had had a better experience! I feel terrible that you didn’t feel it was worth your money ~ I would like to refund your team’s money, so if you e-mail me directly I will do this immediately. My e-mail address is

      We did have racer food and refreshments, both at the bike/run transition area and at the end of the race, and I’m so sad you weren’t directed to them. I also pulled items and raffle tickets and will be sending those out to winners this week.

      Thank you for coming to Port Gamble for the event, and again, my deepest apologies for the frustrations you experienced. I wish you luck in your future races.

      Spring Courtright


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