New Scenic Triathlon Weekend Set For Eagle Lake Debut

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While triathletes across California begin final preparation for this weekend's season-opening Wildflower Triathlon, novice and expert athletes are also planning their training for one of 500 entries in the inaugural Eagle Lake Triathlons' three events.

While triathletes across California begin final preparation for this weekend's season-opening Wildflower Triathlon, novice and expert athletes are also planning their training for one of 500 entries in the inaugural Eagle Lake Triathlons' three events.

Online registration for the Eagle Lake Triathlons opens at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005.

"I believe Redwood Trails has been listening to the needs of athletes and will score a hit with the Eagle Lake Triathlons, " said Gordon Wright, adventure racer and triathlete. "It's an ideal, out-of-the way setting, a picture-perfect swim venue, it has super-fast bike and run courses, no overcrowding and plenty of free camping."

The trio of events are scheduled August 27-28 at the picturesque and pristine Eagle Lake, located just outside of Susanville and 95 miles northeast of Reno.

The field is limited to 500 to ensure a friendly and safe environment.

The weekend begins with Long Course and Sprint Distance triathlons on Saturday, followed with an Olympic Distance triathlon on Sunday. Relay options are available for all triathlons.

The three events:

  • Saturday, August 27, 2005, 8 a.m. — Long Course: Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles
  • Saturday, August 27, 2005, 9:45 a.m. — Sprint Distance: Swim 0.50 miles, Bike 15 miles, Run 4 miles
  • Sunday, August 28, 2005, 9 a.m. — Olympic Distance: Swim 1.5 km, Bike 40 km, Run 10 km

Race entry fees are $95 for Long Course, $75 for the Olympic Distance event, and $55 for the Sprint Distance competition. The entry fees include: race t-shirt, finishers' medal, water bottle, race-day insurance and post-race meal.

Participants will race along the flat and gentle shores of California’s second-largest natural lake. The swim will occur in open, inviting water and with an easy beach start with a gentle slope and a soft, sandy bottom. Bike and run segments will be held on a newly refurbished road for the event with spectacular lake views engulfed by Ponderosa Pine, White Fir and Incense Cedar trees.

Since there's less than 100 feet of elevation change in the Sprint and Olympic events and less than 300 feet of elevation change in the Long Course, many athletes can expect to record their fastest times of the season

"I've competed in triathlons around the world and this course is the most beautiful I've ever seen in North America and one of the most beautiful I've seen in the world," commented Eric Gould, race director of the Eagle Lake Triathlons.

Eagle Lake, with more than 100 miles of shoreline, is known as "the lake of forgotten time" because of its serene, undeveloped environment. It's the only body of water in California that remains exclusively an only native species fishery.

Wildlife is abundant and fishermen around the world travel to the area, which home to one of the highest nesting populations of Bald Eagles in the country as well as many nesting osprey often seen in search of Eagle Lake's rainbow trout.

Participants may camp along the lake just like the Native Americans who have hunted and fished at the lake for thousands of years. Redwood Trails has arranged for excellen, self-contained camping for triathletes at two designated areas at the lake's north end on Rocky Point a few miles from the start/finish area.

Many developed Forest Service campsites are also available for a fee in the statuesque trees at the lake's south end, close to the triathlons' start and finish.

For additional information, contact Eric Gould, President, Redwood Trails, 111 Columbia Ave., Redwood City, Calif., 94063. Tel. (650) 364-8256.

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