Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Twenty-Eight Years of Tri-ing, and Succeeding: East Bay’s only Triathlon Series Begins its 28th Season

On Saturday, June 20, a field of close to 700 first-timer, few-timer, and many-timer triathletes will be on hand to kick-off On Your Mark Events’ 28th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series (four triathlon events), 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 event’s 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 swimming/biking/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 throughout the year.”

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, workout clubs, and training-for-a-cause organizations. 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. Everyone receives plenty of positive support. 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 prior 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 chip-timed for all participants.
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 2015 On Your Mark Tri For Fun Series dates are June 20, July 18, and August 15.  The Tri-For-Real will be held on September 20. 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.

New this year, On Your Mark Events will be crowning a Series Champion (must be timed for all four events). The top male and female entrants will be announced and awarded at the Tri For Real in September.

Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, plenty of refreshments and snacks, and entry into the always-exciting raffle (must be present to win).

Entry fee for the three Tri For Funs is $75 (non-timed) and $80 (chip timed) in advance, $10 will be added to race-day registrants. Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210 (non-timed) and $215 (chip timed), $10 will be added to race-day registrants. For September’s Tri For Real, all participants are chip timed ($85.00 advance, and $95.00 day-of). Preregistered entry for relay teams is $210, $240 race-day. 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 this Web page.
Since 1988 On Your Mark Events has produced, managed, and provided timing and results services for more than 1,000 sporting events. These numerous sporting events include runs, duathlons, triathlons, bike races, swimming competitions, and track and field meets.  Headquartered in Arnold, California (central Sierra), the company is directed by (co-principals and husband and wife) Mark and Kandee Aiton.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

On Your Mark Events' Featured Runs in April!

April is a huge month for us at On Your Mark Events! We have plenty of runs taking place all over the Bay Area. Check our events calendar, and the featured events listed below.
An exciting new event will be arriving to downtown Stockton, on the morning of Saturday, April 11. The new CALI 10 and Food Truck Face Off gives participants the choice of a 10K Run or 5K Run/Walk, on extremely flat and fast courses featuring lots of visibility for the runners of the field, ahead and behind them. The courses’ sights include the beautiful downtown of Stockton.

Join the fun and excitement with a tremendous event benefitting a very successful community program, the 2nd Annual Spring Forward 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk, on Saturday morning, April 18, headquartered at the Microsoft Campus, in Mountain View.

Take in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, while experiencing the spring season in full force at The Fourth Annual Napa Valley Silverado Half Marathon 10K, and 5K, in the Calistoga area, on Sunday, April 19.  Vineyards and wineries with great vistas of the surrounding mountain ranges, including Mt. Saint Helena and the picturesque Palisades, surround these road races’ entire route. The beautiful spring weather and the explosion of blooming wildflowers are a sure treat this time of year.

Be part of history, in taking part in the Inaugural Saint Lawrence Fun Run, held on Saturday, April 25, in Sunnyvale’s beautiful Baylands Park. This exciting new race features a 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids’ Fun Run. There’s even a “race” for Virtual Runners.

John Muir Health and the American Cancer Society invite everyone to join them at the inaugural Run for the Health of It Esophageal Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk, on Saturday morning, April 25, at Heather Farm Park, in Walnut Creek.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The 7th Annual California Peace Officers Association’s Run to Remember

The California Peace Officers Association (CPOA) invites everyone to participate in a very special event that honors those who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty, while making our lives safer.  The 7th Annual Run to Remember 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 9, at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, Pleasanton. This is an extraordinary way to salute those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, while at the same time supporting their families and co-workers who are left behind to cope with the tragic loss.

The Run’s 10K & 5K Walk & Run courses are made up of small rolling-hill trails that run throughout the scenic Shadow Cliffs Regional Park. The Kid’s 1-mile run is laid out through a portion of the park’s lawn area.

All proceeds from this family oriented event will go directly to the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) (California Chapter), a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to assist with the rebuilding of lives of surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed.

Trophies will go to the top 5K and 10K male and female finishers, with medals given three deep in designated age groups in the 5K and 10K runs for both male and female participants. Special awards will also be given to all kids participating in the Kids’ Fun Run (ages 12 and under).

Entry fee will include the always-popular commemorative T-shirt; beverages; a delicious barbecue lunch, catered by Outback Steakhouse; and a huge raffle. The Outback BBQ begins at 10 a.m., and will include a main, side, chips and drink. Extra food tickets are $12. Kids love to play in the law-enforcement vehicles that are brought out and opened up to explore in. Also, the traditional nearby fly-over and landing of the East Bay Regional Parks’ search & rescue helicopter is always an exciting part of the event. Kids always enjoy checking out the cockpit as parents snap photos.

The entry fee for the 10K or 5K Walk/Run is $40.00 pre-registered or $45.00 race-day.  The Kids’ Fun Run is $20.00 pre-registered, or $25.00 race-day. Pre-registration closes at midnight, on May 2 – online registration closes on May 7.

The Run to Remember will be held at Shadow Cliffs Regional Regional Park, located at 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. Check-in and race-day registration will open at 7:30 a.m., 10K will start at 8:20 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 9:00 a.m. The Kid’s Mile will begin around 10:15 a.m. The post-race awards ceremony and barbecue are scheduled to start around 11:00 a.m.

For more CPOA’s A Run to Remember event information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832, or visit their website.  To register participants download the event’s flyer and send with entry fee, or in with online, go to

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The CALI 10's Food Truck Face Off!

Unfortunately, the Great Spear it Run has gone away. But don't be disappointed! Same place, better course, and tons of fun with the all-new CALI 10, coming up on Saturday, April 11! Pick between a 5K or 10K flat, fast course to run. Featuring the beautiful downtown of Stockton at DeCarli Plaza.

But let’s face it, maybe something we love even more than running or walking… is GREAT FOOD! Along with the CALI 10 Race, there will be the first ever Food Truck Face Off and Expo. Taste the offerings and pick your favorite to see who will lay claim to being named the first...CALI 10 Food Truck Face Off Champion!

Let’s meet the contenders!
Elsa's Paladar Cuban Restaurant and Food Truck
Domingo Santiuste Zayas, owner of Elsa’s Paladar, born in Havana, Cuba, brings us the authentic taste of Cuba, inspired by his mother, Elsa, and is available for all to enjoy.  

You can follow Elsa’s Paladar on their website, Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and Instagram.

Rice Pot Movement Food Truck
Specializing in South East Asian fusion cuisine.

You can follow Rice Pot Movement on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram