Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bay Area's only Triathlon Series Continues with Part Three: Tri For Fun

On Saturday, August 16, a field of close to 600 first-timer, few-timer, and many-timer triathletes will be on hand to take on the third of four scheduled triathlons with the On Your Mark Events’ 27th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series, at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, in Pleasanton, Calif. 

Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliff Park and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore, the Tri For Fun features a course distance of 400-yard Swim (warm, clean lake); 11-mile bike (loop course, flat streets); 3.1-mile run (rolling fire trail).  The course is perfect for the newcomer as well as the seasoned triathlete.  Along with the shorter (than usual tri distance) course and the safe, friendly, and non-competitive atmosphere, the Tri For Fun makes an excellent event for the numerous first-time triathletes. It’s not unusual to see a 9-year old running along side with a 78-year old.

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.

After the novice athletes master the first three Tri For Funs, they can meet the challenge of the final event – the Tri For Real.  The final event of the series is held at the same location, but the distances have been increased to 700-yard swim, 19-mile bike, and 4-mile run. The Tri For Real is also professionally timed, giving our official results.

Many veteran triathletes say the Tri For Fun Series provides the ultimate training and practice session for longer-distance triathlons.  This group is always sent out in the “first wave,” so they can jump way ahead of the less experienced. The consistent course also allows routine time-trial checks of fitness or gives an outstanding “brick” workout for the experienced triathlete.  These participants use the short-course triathlons to sharpen their racing and transition techniques.

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

Timing Options
The three Tri For Fun triathlons are non-timed and non-competitive. A clock is provided at finish line for participants to view their personal time. Triathletes can choose to participate in this mode, or they can officially chipped-timed. Should participants choose to be timed, their results will be recorded and posted on the On Your Mark Events’ website's results page.

Entry fee for the three Tri For Funs is $65 (non-timed) and $73 (chip timed) in advance, $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Preregistered entry for relay teams is $180 (non-timed) and $188 (chip timed), $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, refreshments, snacks, and entry into the always-exciting raffle (must be present to win). For September’s Tri For Real, all participants are chip timed ($75.00 advance, and $85.00 day-of). Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210, $10 will be added to race-day registrants. The Tri For Real includes the same goodies as the Tri For Funs, with addition of trophies and medals. Multiple-triathlon discounts are available.
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  #OYMET4F

Saturday, August 2, 2014

CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series finishes with more distance: A half marathon has been added to final race

The third annual CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Run Series concludes with the third and final race on Sunday, August 24 at Lake Camanche, South Shore, and meeting up at the Turkey Hill Trail Head, located on Lake Camanche Road in Ione. All the CRAZY EI8HTS’s trail runs were created so anyone of any ability could participate. That’s not to say there won’t be challenging terrain. The past two trail runs offered runners a choice of either 8K or 8-Mile distances. For the upcoming final event, participants can still choose trail-run distances between the two “8s,” or a half marathon. Map of all three courses. The trails are hilly, scenic, and hard-packed.

Fees: $40 for each race, or sign up for all three runs and pay only $35 each. The Half Marathon registration is $60, or $55 if runners do the previous two events. Race-day registration, add $5.

Registration includes custom T-shirt, customized CRAZY EI8HTS Barking Frog performance headwear, BBQ, and beer garden post event (for those 21-years and older, only). Awards will be given to 1st place in each age group in 10-year brackets and overall men and women’s winners receive a special Pearl Izumi prize pack.

Race-day check-in and registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with the start of all three races following at 8:30 a.m.

To register for the CRAZY EI8HTS Trail Series, participants can download a flyer and mail in with entry fee, or register online at For more information call 795-7832 or visit or

Friday, August 1, 2014

An Exciting New Raffle Prize for Upcoming Tri For Funs

NEW Raffle Prize addition for the Tri For Fun (August 16th) and Tri For Real (September 14th), participants. The winner will be announced at the Tri For Real awards ceremony.

Valued at $220.00, the winner and friend (two persons) will get a private stand up paddle board (SUP) session (Carmel/Pebble Beach) with Brent Allen Outside (BAO). You can choose to do a stand up paddle tour, learn to stand up paddle or do a beach/stand up paddle work out.

You have probably seen or heard Brent Allen, who has been doing race announcing with OYME since 2007. This year he created a private instruction stand up board company in Carmel by the sea, CA.

BAO Stand Up Paddle is designed for a more personalized and complete experience for one or two persons. Most people appreciate having the undivided attention of a coach/instructor especially in ocean environments. This is a great opportunity for those that enjoy cross training to try a workout that is fun and different. BAO SUP is perfect for adventurous people that love the outdoors and being on the water. Learn how to Stand Up Paddle, take a tour, do a beach/SUP workout, or just go paddle with no agenda.

The Monterey Bay is an incredible location for Stand Up Paddle Boarding with some of the most dynamic scenery in the world. On calm days it’s like standing on an aquarium. There is nothing like being on a stand up paddle board watching sea otters, harbor seals, dolphins and whales in the distance on their yearly migration. When the water is clear you get an incredible view of the ocean floor.

For more information, visit: *Check out some of these SUP adventures on the Brent Allen Outside Youtube Channel* Instagram * Tumbler blog @brentallenoutside.

Monday, July 7, 2014

34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim

Psssssst… there’s going to be a prison break, and everyone is invited. The 34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Swim, will be held on Sunday, July 20. Participants have the choice an open-water swim (1.5-mile swim) or duathlon (1.5-mile swim and 7-mile run).

You have heard the stories, you’ve seen the movies, you know the infamous inmates, but now it’s your turn to make history on the escape course! Participants will be taken right in front of “The Rock” via tourist ferry, where everyone will be dropped off.  You’ll be swimming away as you make the ULTIMATE ESCAPE! The swim course is the original swim from Alcatraz, the duathlon adding a seven-mile run to Fort Point and back to Aquatic Park. This is the "Number 1" scenic run in San Francisco, along the Marina Green/Presidio Crissy Field Promenade, with fantastic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco Bay. This event is limited to 400 participants, so don’t wait to register!

Registration fees for the Open-Water swim is $150; and $175 for the Duathlon (individual) or $200 relay team. Duathlon two-person relay can be male, female, or co-ed. Participants will receive swim cap, commemorative Tech-T, snacks, beverages, SF Bay ferry shuttle, and medals for all Duathlon finishers. Personalized awards and medals will go to the top finishers in multiple categories.

When: Sunday, July 20, 5:20 – 11:00 AM
Where: Aquatic Park
  • 5:20-6:20 a.m. Set up Transition Area in grandstands in Aquatic Park. You will leave your running shoes here. Relay team members will trade the timing chip (aka baton) in the transition area. Check-in and race-day registration will be held in the Senior Center, which is located on the first floor of the Maritime Museum.
  • 6:20 a.m. Pre-race announcements
  • 6:40 a.m. Athletes Parade to the Ferry
  • 7:20 a.m. Ferry Departs
  • 8:00 a.m. Race starts approximately at this time.
  • 11:00 a.m. Preliminary race results will be announced in the grandstands at Aquatic Park. Customized age-group award plaques will be printed and mailed a few weeks after the event, so you need not be present to get your award. But wine will also be given out at the informal award ceremony and you do need to be present to take the bottle home with you. So try to stick around! 

For more info about the 34th Annual Alcatraz Escape from the Rock™ Duathlon and Open-Water Swim, visit Envirosports website at or email them at

Time and results will be provided by On Your Mark Events.