Join State Treasurer, Portland Mayoral Candidate and amateur triathlete Ted Wheeler for a Swim-Bike-Hike ballot drop relay Friday, May 13.
We’ll be joined by the Willamette River Huggers Swim Team for the swim leg, supporters and friends for the bike leg, and neighborhood running groups for the hike leg of the ‘Ted Tri’s to Vote’ mini triathlon.
The swim will begin at the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade docks (north of the Portland Fire and Rescue station) at 2:30 p.m.; the bike leg will leave Tom McCall Waterfront Park at 3:15 p.m. ; the hike leg will depart the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade (at Salmon St.) at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 5:00 p.m.
We expect Ted to arrive at Pioneer Courthouse Square to drop his ballot off between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Ted is going to swim, bike, and hike his ballot to the drop box to remind voters that they must physically drop off their ballots starting Friday and we hope you’ll be there!
The forecast calls for 90-degree weather, so this is a fun way to engage voters and shamelessly enjoy the sun in true Portland fashion.
We’ve already got seven members of the River Huggers Swim Team as well as the River Huggers’ mascot, Mojo the Swim Dog on board! Will you be there?
All participants are welcome. Swimmers, kayakers, runners, walkers, rollers, hikers, skateboarders, scooters and rollerbladers are all encouraged to participate.
Event Details below
Start: Departs 2:30 p.m. at Portland Fire and Rescue Docks immediately north of the Hawthorne Bridge.
Route: West across the Willamette River to Tom McCall Waterfront Park (at SW Columbia St.).
End: 3:00 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Start: Departs 3:15 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park (at SW Columbia St.)
Route: North along Tom McCall Waterfront Park and east across the Steel Bridge bike path, then south along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade.
End: 3:45 p.m. at Vera Katz EastBank Esplanade (at Salmon St.)
Start: Depart 4:00 p.m. at Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade (at Salmon St.)
Route: South along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade and west across the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, north along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park, then west up Morrison St. to Pioneer Courthouse Square.
End: 4:30 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The team will be walking to Rogue Distillery and Public House for a hard-earned beer following the event.
A media boat will be available. Press should arrive by 2:00 p.m. for one-on-one interviews. Please email [email protected] if you plan on attending!