Sunday, September 28, 2014

32nd Annual Merced Gateway Triathlon: Perfect for beginners, advanced, and kids

There will be a triathlon course distance for absolutely everyone at the upcoming 32nd Annual Merced Gateway Triathlon, held on Sunday, October 5, at the Merced College Pool, Merced, Calif. Directed by On Your Mark Events and the Merced Track Club, the Merced Gateway Triathlon will offer three separate courses: Kids Course, Short Course, and Long Course. Thirty years, certainly makes this a true community athletic tradition!

Kids Course: (ages 5-12, two year age brackets for awards): 1-mile run (flat surfaces, out and back); 2-mile bike (short, flat and fast, out and back); 200-yard swim (lap pool).  The Kid’s Course stays on the college campus.

Short Course: 2-mile run (flat street and bike path surfaces, out and back); 6-mile bike (flat and fast surface, out and back loop, and finishing with an on-campus criterion-style lap; 400-meter swim (lap pool).

Long Course: 6-mile run (flat street and bike path surfaces, out and back); 24-mile bike (primarily flat and fast surface, out and back loop, and finishing with an on-campus criterion-style 4 laps); 400-yard swim (lap pool).

All three events will conclude poolside (Merced College pool) with the awards ceremony, raffle, and a huge barbecue.

The Merced Gateway Triathlon entry fees are as followed: Kids Course: $35.00 advance and $40.00 race day; Short Course: $65.00 advance and $75.00 race day; Long Course: $75.00 advance and $85.00 race day; Team Relay (Long Course only): $215.00 advance and $245.00 race day.  Entry fee includes refreshments, custom T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, refreshments, awards, and free entry into the post-race lunch – and more. (Barbecue lunch for non-entrants is $10.00.)

All participants are required to bring and wear a swim cap for the swim and a CPSC approved bike helmet for the bike.

Trophies will be awarded to the 1st overall male and female winners; trophies will also be given to the top Masters male and female finishers (50 years and over).  Medals will go to the top three finishers in each male and female category—age groups will separate in five-year increments, to 70-years-old and over.  Medals will also be given in the Kids Race to boys and girls, five deep, in two-year age brackets.  In addition, the top male and female and co-ed teams will also be awarded medals. 
The race’s first wave will kick-off at 8:15 a.m. The Merced Gateway Triathlon check-in and race-day registration will begin at 7:00 a.m.  The event’s lunch, awards ceremony, and raffle will be held at approximately 12:00 noon. 

For more Merced Gateway Triathlon information, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website.  You can register by downloading the flyer and mail in, or online at

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The 11th Annual Tri, Girl, Tri™ - All Women's Sprint Triathlon

This one is for the ladies! Lake Berryessa will once again provide a gorgeous venue for Envirosports’ 11th Annual Tri, Girl, Tri™ - All Women's Sprint Triathlon, held on October 4. This triathlon has fast become a favorite for first-timers, as well as seasoned triathletes looking for a fun, supportive atmosphere!

The triathlon’s sprint course entails of a 500-yard triangle swim (water temperatures in Lake Berryessa will most likely be hovering in the mid-60s to mid-70s, wetsuits are allowed, but not mandatory). Next, participants will jump on their bikes for an out-and-back 11-mile spin, along the rolling hills surrounding Lake Berryessa. The triathlon finishes the out-and-back 3-mile run course that fallows over rolling terrain. This event is the estrogen-powered version of the popular Napa Valley Sprint Triathlon held each May.

Entry fees are now $105 individual, $180 relay (per team). Commemorative Technical T-shirts and finishing medals go to all participants. And, personalized award plaques to top three individual finishers in each 5-year age group, top three overall Athena finishers, first place physically challenged finisher, and top three relay teams (2 & 3-person teams combined).

The event is limited to a field of 700, and it does sell out in advance. Those who really want to participate are advised not to wait too long to pre-register. Participants can sign-up at Envirosports’ Web page.

The Tri, Girl, Tri Triathlon, will be headquartered in the picnic area at the Putah Canyon Recreation Area (formerly known as Chaparral Cove or Putah Creek). Putah Canyon campground is approximately half-mile north of Pope Canyon Road, On 7600 Knoxville Road. (It takes about 45 minutes from Winters and/or Napa.)

Resort gates will open 7:00 a.m., with triathlon check-in running from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Race waves will begin approximately at 9:00 a.m., with each consecutive waves following every two to three minutes. For more information about this exciting event, contact Envirosports at 415-868-1829.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Rehearsals are Completed: This One’s for Real! Tri For Real Triathlon

 On Sunday, September 14, a field of more than 500 few-timer and many-timer triathletes will be on hand for On Your Mark Events’ capstone event of their 27th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series (four triathlon events), with their Tri For Real. This annual season closer will be held at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton, Calif. 

What separates the Tri For Real and the three Tri For Fun triathlons are distance and timing. The distances increase from a 400-yard swim to 700 yards, 11-mile bike to 19, and a 3-mile trail run to 4 miles. Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore. In addition, the “Real” is a timed event with ribbons and trophies for the top finishers in their sex and age groups.

Providing a fantastic experience for all participants is truly our main goal with the Tri-For-Fun,” says On Your Mark Events’ Co-principal Mark Aiton. “We have made so many wonderful friends through the years because of the Tri For Fun.  There are now literally thousands of people who cut their triathlon teeth with the Tri For Fun, and they keep coming back, as well as take part with our other longer-distance triathlons.”

The Tri-For-Fun Series is the goal for literally hundreds of first-time triathletes each year.  Many of them have been working out with Bay Area gyms, such as YMCA’s, and a number of Team in Training groups. Throughout the season series, at least 60% of all the participants will be beginners.

Why does this triathlon still thrive so well after so many years?  Many participants will tell you it’s the entire the experience: the friendly and fun atmosphere, pleasant scenery, and a great course. Whether it’s the very first finisher, or the very last, everyone gets a roaring cheer at the finish line. Triathlete magazine agrees, when they once named the Tri For Fun Triathlon Series as one of the best triathlons in Northern America, a few years ago.

The 2014 On Your Mark Tri For Fun Series dates were June 8, July 19, and August 16.  The Tri-For-Real will be held on September 14, with the first wave beginning at 7:00 a.m., at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton.

Entry fee for the Tri For Real is ($75.00 advance, and $85.00 race-day). Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210, $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, snacks and beverages, awards ceremony, and a huge raffle (must be present to win).

Trophies will got to overall male/female and masters (45+). Medals will be awarded three deep in five-year age groups, 1-13, 14-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

For each race, check-in and registration will begin at 5:00 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7:00 a.m.

To register or to receive more information about the Tri For Fun Triathlon Series, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Online registration is also available on

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The 22nd Annual Bear Valley Triathlon: A High Sierra Labor Day Weekend Tradition

The picturesque setting of Alpine County, California is the location of the exciting 22nd annual Bear Valley Triathlon.  The popular central Sierra Labor Day Weekend tradition will be held on Sunday morning, August 31 (day before Labor Day Monday), at Bear Lake, in Bear Valley Village.
Nestled in a beautiful mountain location, the triathlon course features a 600-yard swim (warm water, close to 70 degrees, wet suits are allowed, but not necessary); a 10.5-mile bike (rolling, climbing loop course); and a 3.4-mile run (rolling road).  Air temperature will be approximately 70 degrees by 10:30 a.m.  The triathlon will conclude with the awards ceremony, raffle, and a huge barbecue at the nearby, beautiful Bear Valley Lodge.
The Bear Valley Triathlon entry fee is $65.00 advance and $75.00 race day. Team fee (three participants), $185.00 advance and $220.00 race day.  Entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, awards, and post-race barbecue lunch.  All participants must provide and wear a swim cap for the swim and an ANSI approved bike helmet during the bike.

The traditional On Your Mark Events’ soapstone trophies will be awarded to the 1st overall male and female winners and etched glass trophies will be given to the masters overall male and female finishers. The top three finishers (male and female categories) age groups in ten-year increments to 70-years-old and over, will receive engraved medals. The top male, female, and co-ed teams triathlon teams will also be awarded medals.

Race check-in and registration will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by the start-time at 10:00 a.m.

Bear Valley Village is located on Bear Valley Road, just off of Highway 4 in Bear Valley, CA (Alpine County). Following the race, the awards ceremony and barbecue will be held around 1:00 p.m., lunch will be available to non-entrants for $10.00 -- $7.00 for kids. For camping information, call the US Forest Service at 209-795-1381.

For lodging accommodations, the Bear Valley Lodge is perfect place for participants to spend their Bear Valley Triathlon weekend.

For more Bear Valley Triathlon information and/or an application contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Participants can register online, at