On Sunday, September 14, a field of more than 500 few-timer and many-timer triathletes will be on hand for 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 Active.com.