“The first ever National Championships was held at Bass Lake in 1983. From that first event the new sport of triathlon took off and now boasts a spot in the Olympics,
Bass Lake, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 15, 2011
As the date for the return of the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon nears, many people who took part in the original event are signing up to race. Plus, competitors who raced in the original triathlon in 1983 and 1984 can register for this year’s event at a discount.
“If you competed in the 1983 or 1984 race and your name appears on the results, then you are entitled to 50 percent off registration,” said Jonathan Grinder with Tucson Racing, race director for the event. “If you finished in the top ten either year, we will comp your entry.”
The coming event is generating a lot of excitement in the triathlon community as Bass Lake has a big place in triathlon history. “The first ever National Championships was held at Bass Lake in 1983. From that first event the new sport of triathlon took off and now boasts a spot in the Olympics,” said Grinder.
“Tri-Fed, now USAT, (USA Triathlon) was struggling for legitimacy when it sanctioned Bass Lake as the National Championship. Now USAT has over 3500 sanctioned events and over 200,000 members. What a difference 30 years makes.”
The race takes place June 4 at Bass Lake, named one of “The West’s Best Lakes” by “Sunset Magazine.” Both Olympic and sprint distance races are being held as well as a 5K to support local charities. Relay teams are also welcome. The cost for the Olympic distance is $100, while spring is $85. Relays teams cost $165.
Race packet and information pickup is at the Pines Resort on Bass Lake Friday, June 3 from 2 to 9 pm. Fresno area racers can pick up their packets on Thursday from Sierra Running Company, located at 9447 N. Fort Washington, Suite 106, Fresno from 4:30 to 8 pm.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.basslaketri.com or http://www.facebook.com/basslaketri.