East Bay’s Longest Running Triathlon Series Enters 26th Season

On Saturday, June 15, a field of close to 800 first-timer, few-timer, and many-timer triathletes will be on hand to kick off On Your Mark Events’ 26th annual Tri For Fun Triathlon Series (four triathlon events), at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton. 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 suitable 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. 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 percent of all the participants will be beginners. 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, 20-mile bike, and 4-mile run. The Tri For Real is also professionally timed, providing 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 2013 On Your Mark Tri For Fun Series dates are June 15, July 20, and Aug. 17.  The Tri-For-Real will be held on Sept. 15. All races will start at 7 a.m., at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. There is a 1,000-participant maximum for each triathlon. The triathlons do sell out. 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 a raffle (must be present to win). For September’s Tri For Real, all participants are chip timed ($75 advance, and $85 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 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7 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 http://onyourmarkevents.com/oymenew/index.php
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