Since 1980, Friends of the Columbia Gorge has helped pass legislation to protect the natural treasure that is the Columbia Gorge. As stewards of the Gorge, the non-
profit secures private land for public ownership, fights urban encroachment and development of sensitive lands, educates people about conservation, replant native vegetation, and work to enhance and preserve the natural beauty of the Gorge. Through purchase and donation, Friends of the Columbia Gorge has helped preserve and protect over 1,000 acres of land for future generations to enjoy.
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is one of the international leaders in research and cancer treatment. Using targeted treatments to improve early detection to fight cancer in early stages when it is most treatable, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s mission is to end cancer as we know it. The Knight Cancer Institute is advancing research and treatments in breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and leukemia. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has raised over a billion dollars for cancer research since 2015.
David Hurford (Bleed Green LLC) has been doing triathlons for the past 15 years. A fan of destination triathlons, David has completed triathlons in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Hawaii. Always up for a challenge, David has run a number of marathons and obstacle courses. The Cascade Locks Triathlon is a result of David’s search for adventure- he wanted to create a unique and challenging experience while sharing the natural beauty of Oregon. As an outdoor enthusiast, David believes the Columbia Gorge is the perfect spot for a triathlon, combining spectacular rugged beauty, challenging course options, and a unique start off the historic Sternwheeler riverboat. A native Oregonian, David is also a business owner, husband and father to his two young sons and a very spoiled dog.
Teresa Wymetalek (Bleed Green LLC) has been a long-distance runner for 20 years and a triathlete for about the last 15 years. Growing up Teresa was a swimmer and water polo player. It was natural for her to transition to triathlons. Teresa has participated in all distance of triathlons from sprints to 140.6 long course triathlons. With her brother David, she found a new challenge to share. Teresa and her family have long been fans of hiking in the Columbia Gorge, and were particularly affected by the loss of so much of the pristine wilderness in the Eagle Creek Fire of 2017. Looking for a way to help with the restoration of the fire damage, the Cascade Locks Triathlon seemed to be a perfect way to challenge triathletes and make a difference in one of the scenic treasures of the Pacific Northwest. Teresa lives in Beaverton with her husband and three sons, and works in group exercise.