“The history of triathlon and Bass Lake has been a big part of bringing the event back, so it’s really great to have these two legends of the sport be a part of the event’s return.
Bass Lake, CA (PRWEB) May 14, 2011
Some heavy hitters in the world of triathlon will be in Bass Lake June 4 for the return of the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon.
Tim Yount, the first Chief Operating Office of USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body, will be in Bass Lake for the return of the sport to the venue. “He’s good friends with the race director, Jonathan Grinder of Tucson Racing, so he’s coming out to see his friend bring Triathlon back to where the first ever National Championships in the sport were held,” said Rhonda Salisbury, committee chair for the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon.
Those who compete in triathlons have likely heard of Yount as he has played a major part in the sport’s development over the years. According to a press release from USAT announcing his promotion in 2010 to COO, Yount is “USA Triathlon's longest-tenured employee, [and] has managed nearly every major program within the organization since joining the national office staff in 1989.”
Another big name in the sport that will be attending is Mark Montgomery. “Mark, or ‘Monty’ as many know him, is a true legend in the sport,” said Jonathan Grinder.
Montgomery has been a fixture in the sport since the late 1970’s when he won his first three races, according to triathlon website Slowtwitch. Montgomery has gone on to claim more than 60 multisport wins and has competed in more than 400 races, including high finishes at the first National Championship triathlons in Bass Lake in 1983 and 1984.
Event organizers said this is the athlete’s chance to meet a pair of legends. “It’s exciting to have these two legends as part of the race,” said Salisbury. “The history of triathlon and Bass Lake has been a big part of bringing the event back, so it’s really great to have these two legends of the sport be a part of the event’s return.”
The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon is taking place Saturday, June 4. For more information, including registration and results from the 1983 and 1984 race and discounts for the “legends division”, people who raced in the first two events, visit http://www.basslaketri.com.