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The Creation of the AnVillage

The AnVillage term was penned by Maria Simone following the March 2016 Double ANVIL.

The Anvillage!!!

It would be a mistake to think of a Double Anvil as simply twice an Ironman. While the numbers do add up that way, the experience is so much more than just those numbers.

Representative of these differences is the very language used to described the center of the race. An Ironman has a transition area. The Double Anvil has a village. That’s more than just a semantic difference.

Within the confines of that Anvil village–what I’m going to call the Anvillage–lies the key to what makes this event so special: a sense of community that comes from pushing the edges of our comfort zones, sharing the belief that limits are for other people, and finding our strength not only as individuals–but also as a community of people seeking the extraordinary.

While I raced as a solo racer, this effort was hardly an individual effort for me – or for any of my fellow racers. It is not possible to cross the finish line of a race of this magnitude without the support of the Anvillage. The respect and support of the racers, their crews, and the race staff is like no other race I’ve ever done.

Not. Even. Close.

The commiseration or commendation of your fellow comrades-in-laps can lift you out of a hole or help you ride the high to the finish line. There were times when I was convinced that to go another lap would be a seemingly impossible, Herculean effort. But, then, a fellow racer or their crew would cheer me on, give me words of encouragement, and I was fueled and renewed by the knowledge that if I believed it – I would achieve it.

We may have started as individuals, but in passing through the Anvillage lap after lap after lap–and yeah, another lap–we crossed the line into family.

To read her complete race report, click here for the document



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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.


Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

To read the rest, click here for the document



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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at for more information and to be added to the list.




Information for the Oregon Double and Bad Ass Single ANVIL


If you are looking for results during the race, the links are on the homepage of the website.

Click here for the Double Anvil Solo Application -- Not Updated Yet 6 Dec 16

Click here for the Double Anvil Team Application -- Not Updated Yet 6 Dec 16

Click here for the Single Anvil Solo Application -- Not Updated Yet 6 Dec 16

Click here for the Medical Release Form ~ Double Athlete only/Updated 6 Dec 16

Click here for the Weekend Schedule -- Not Updated Yet 6 Dec 16

Click here for the Volunteer Schedule -- I will update this daily to show who has signed up for different shifts. Please email me your time slots. -- not updated yet 6 Dec 2016

When (Updated 6 Dec 16)

Checkin for all is Thursday, 13 July 2017

Race Start for all is 7:00 a.m. Friday, 14 July 2017

Single Anvil Race Finish is 1:00 a.m. Saturday, 15 July 2017

Double Anvil Race Finish is 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 15 July 2017

Double & Single Anvil Awards Ceremony/Lunch is Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dawn Breaks:    Sunrise:    Sunset:    Dark Descends:
Moon Phase Brightness: %    Moon Rises: p.m.    Moon Sets: a.m.


Check In & Race Start will be at Henry Hagg Lake Boat Ramp & Recreation Area C.
Double & Single Anvil Awards Ceremony/Lunch will be at Prime Time Restaurant and Sports Bar.

Cost for this crazy fun!

Please see race application for Price Increase Dates and Application Deadlines!

Double Anvil Solo: $.00

Double Anvil Team: 2 Person $Check app for prices 3 Pers $

Single Anvil Solo: $350.00

The Double and Single Anvil races are sanctioned by USAT (United States Triathlon Association) and the Double Anvil solo race by IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association). You must have a yearly membership license with USAT or purchase a one day license for $15.00, available at race checkin. The IUTA Fee has been merged into the race fee already, there is no longer a yearly or one day race fee, team members do not need a IUTA license.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Up until Application Deadline you can either put your monies towards next years race OR get a refund minus $50.00. After the Application Deadline you can put your monies towards next year's race and have $75.00 deducted or get your monies refunded minus a $100.00 fee.

Reservation Fee: We will no longer reserve a spot for you without an application and down payment. To reserve a spot, send in the application and $250.00, the final payments will still have to be made by the payment cutoff dates stated on the application form. Any refunds will fall under the Cancellation/Refund Policy.

Payment: You can either send a check/Money Order (U.S. Dollars) made out to Steve Kirby or use PayPal to pay for your entry fee and any other fees associated with the race (Shelter Rental, Support Crew help, food for your support, etc). If you use PayPal, use my email address to send the monies and send me an email telling me you just did it so I can be on the lookout for it. When you have your PayPal page up, click on the "Send Money" tab, put in my email address, the amount and then click on the second Radio Button "I'm sending money to family or friends”. Don’t use “I'm paying for goods or services” as I will be charged a fee. For athletes sending in other forms of payment besides U.S. Funds or PayPal, please check with me first before you do so as there are bank fees associated with other forms of payment. Good luck and let me know if you have a problem.

What you get for entering the race!

For entering you get a Race Bag at check-in to include Quality Heavyweight Race T-Shirt, Trailrunner Mag, and other goodies; HammerGel, Heed Drink, and E-Caps nutrition product; Pre-Race Pasta Dinner; one 30 minute massage by our massage staff; Awards Luncheon and Ceremony; and other items. For Doubles and Triples finishing the race you get a Placement or Finishers Buckle, a IUTA Finishers Medallion, and a high quality Patagonia long sleeve technical shirt with race logo and 2017 Finisher on left breast, and (always enuf men but need at least 6 women racing) the amount of your entry fee towards a future race for First Place men and women, 50 percent for Second Place and 33% off for Third Place of the entry fee you paid. Single athletes will get a Finishers Buckle and a high quality long sleeve technical shirt with race logo and 2017 Finisher on left breast
Above items are subject to change. For the women, we get your shirt in a woman's cut (or at least try to). Your massage can be used anytime before, during or post race. If you wait till you finish, please don't wait to get it as the massage person will get backed up later in the race.

Weather Temps

Park staff says water temps are about 67 degrees. On average, the high in July is 81 degrees and the low is 54. July has the least amount of rain, at .44 inches, less than half an inch.


Double Anvil Athletes must be at least 21 years of age and have completed a IRON/FULL distance triathlon or other significant accomplishements. Recommended to have ultra distance swims, bikes and runs as well.

Single Anvil Athletes must be at least 18 years of age and we highly recommend having completed a Half IRON/Half distance triathlon or other significant accomplishements. We also recommended to have some type of ultra distance swims, bikes and runs as well.

Time Limits

Double Anvil Athletes have 39 hours (3 more hours than the normal Double's allow) to complete the race. Once the race starts, the clock keeps ticking, even if you take a couple hours nap. This race is formatted the same as any other triathlon with you completing the 4.8 mile swim first, then complete the 224 mile bike course and finish with the 52.4 mile run course. The race starts 7:00 a.m. Friday and you have until 10:00 p.m. Saturday to officially finish the race. Awards Lunch will take place late Sunday morning - time to be announced.

Single Anvil Athletes have 18 hours (1 hour more than the normal Ironman/Full distance allow) to complete the race. Once the race starts, the clock keeps ticking, even if you take a nap, which we expect you not to do. The race starts 7:00 a.m. Friday and you have until 1:00 a.m. Saturday to officially finish the race.


We have arranged with two different hotels to provide space for you.

We do not have a hotel associted with the race yet (Dtd 6 Dec 16)

McMenamins Grand Lodge located at 3505 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR 97116 (503) 992-9533 Toll Free (877) 992-9530.  Click here for McMenamins Grand Lodge Website

they have rooms with a bunk bed that sleeps two for a low rate or they have rooms with twin or Queen beds. All there rooms are very reasonably priced.

You can't miss the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. Hotels in the area don't typically feature stately columns or expansive gardens. Inside, guestrooms at the Grand Lodge have added personality, with whimsical artwork, original porcelain sinks and historic charm. Guests may choose from rooms with private baths or convenient shared bathrooms down each hall. The hotel's bunk rooms feature bunk beds and original porcelain sinks. Overnight guests can enjoy complimentary use of the outdoor, heated soaking pool.


The swim is in the lake at Hagg Lake Park. Most everyone will wear a wetsuit.
Click here for the USAT Website rules and Frequently Asked Questions on wetsuits. Basically, as long as your wetsuit is not more than 5mm thick, it can be used.
Click here for the USAT Website list of approved Skinsuits and Speedsuits.

Course Maps

Below are links for the maps of the course ~ showing the lake swim, bike course in the park, and run course and timing/transition area. "THESE will be loaded soon as I get them done, wanted to get the rest of the site up/this is posted 6 Sep 2013

There are pictures on two different race pages showing pre-race and the swim; and the next page has bike, run and banquet pics. As this is the first year for the race, we do not have this pictures yet but after the July 2014 race, this area will have pictures published to it.

Click here to show Portland to the right, Forest Grove where the hotels are and the lake/park area to the left.

Click here to show an Overview of Henry Hagg Lake area with the swim course in green (1,584 feet length/3,168 feet loop); bike course in red (10.5 mile loop); run course in yellow (1.45 mile loop). Bike and run mileage is an estimate based on the Google Earth tracking system, we will be working to get an accurate meausuement for these two courses. The swim course will be 1,584 feet (8 laps to complete) as long as the water is high enough, otherwise we will use 1,056 feet length/2,112 feet loop (12 laps to complete)

Click here to show the parking lot we will use as the transition area.

Click here to show a larger view of the transtion/parking lot area.

Click here to show the swim course.

Click here to show the bike course.

Click here to show the Garmin bike profile for the course.

Click here to show the 42.1 Mile/67.8K Strava bike profile for the course that Angie Gerber did, she rode 4 loops.

Click here to show the run course.