Want to get out and race in the splendor of California? Golden-coast.com has come up with a concise list of 10 great races that will not disappoint!
The difficulty level of these races range from moderate to extreme. If you're a first timer or veteran, you should be able to find a super race in this list. Enjoy!
June 1- Lake Berryessa Open Water Swims
1 and 2 mile swims
June 30, 2002- Alcatraz Biathlon.
1 1/2 mile swim, 12K run.
July 14, 2002 - Monterey Bay Triathlon
1/2 mile swim, 16 mile bike, 4 mile run.
July 21- Donner Lake Triathlon. Several distances, but the Olympic is the marquee race. This race is a gem. You race between 6,000 and 7,500 feet elevation in the beautiful Sierra Nevadas. Donner Lake is known as the "gem of the sierra" for its beautiful, clear water and picturesque setting. Imagine a tiny version of Lake Tahoe (which is only about 15 miles away.) They've added a sprint distance race to the venerable Olympic distance and the weekend also features a 10K and open water swim. This is a really well run race in California Gold. Web site: http://www.changeofpace.com/
Santa Cruz Pier
August 17- Alcatraz Triathlon XXII - The Ultimate Escape.
Distance: 1 1/2
mile swim, 2 mile run, 15 mile bike, 7 mile run.
August 24- Santa Barbara County Triathlon .
Distances: 1 mile ocean
swim, 34 mile bike, 10 mile run.
September- Catalina Island - Run for Site. 11.5 mile trail run. This is one tough, inspiring race. The tag line on the shirt states, "Not Just Another Pretty Race." Make sure you go there with some good base miles and a penchant for steep, steep running. Careful on the downhill too. People really wind it up and haul ass down the hill. Catalina is a beautiful island 20 miles off Los Angeles but feels like a world away! It beckons adventure and good times so go there for the race, but be sure to do some swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and dining and dancing. There's also a 5K offered the same day. Web site: http://www.catalina.com/
September- Santa Cruz Sentinel Triathlon. Olympic Distance. For those not going to Kona (or competing in off-road tris), this triathlon is usually the end of a long triathlon season. And it rewards you with one of the best triathlon courses you could ask for! Same swim as the SC Pier (detailed above), hilly, yet fast bike ride (tons of drafting), and beautiful coastal run. Weather is almost always great, and the volunteers and Santa Cruz townspeople that come out are all smiles. A feel good race. Now if only you can break two hours... Web site.
October 27, 2002. RCP Tiburon Mile Open Water. A late season open water that takes place in the San Francisco Bay. The course is a point-to-point course from Tiburon Island to the mainland. (Tiburon is located about 20 miles nNorth of San Francisco) Race organizers tell golden-coast that 630 swimmers, 18 that were Olympic and World Class pool and open water swimmers from around the world, and more than 250 volunteers participated during last year's race. Moreover, "the event's designated charity is Special Olympics and we raised over $50,000 for the cause!" Can't argue with that kind of fundraising, or, a challenging, exciting bay swim. Water temps in October are between 60 and 65F. To volunteer or find out more about this race, visit, http://www.rcptiburonmile.com/
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