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.