Triathletes are treated to a swim in clear mountain waters, followed by a challenging and a beautiful ride around the lake and through the Sierra National Forest to finish with a run along the glistening shores of Bass Lake.
Bass Lake has a long and rich history in the sport of triathlon. In fact, the original Bass Lake Triathlon was home to the 1983 and 1984 United States Triathlon Series (USTS) as well as the Tri-Fed National Championships and ran most years through 1998. The triathlon was brought back in 2011 by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau — now called Visit Yosemite Madera County — and Tucson Racing, a professional triathlon promoter with races in Arizona, Ohio and California.
Nearly 500 athletes took part in the revived competition in 2016 and race organizers are expecting another successful year.
“As an Australian working for Visit Yosemite | Madera County, and an avid runner, to run in this race is every runner’s dream,” says Therese Williams, Director of Public Relations and Sales. “I want to encourage triathletes not only living locally but all triathletes in California to add this race to their race list for 2017. Traveling and participating in races allows you to experience the culture and get to know local people.”
Now in its seventh year, Bass Lake continues the tradition of the triathlon and all it entails including the pre-race pasta dinner which was started in the 80s. This year’s pasta dinner, will feature a gourmet dining experience on the gazebo deck at Ducey’s On the Lake.
The Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon is a great race for beginners as well as seasoned triathlete professionals, and includes the following options:
- Olympic Triathlon – 1500m swim, 40k bike, 5k run
- Sprint Triathlon – 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
- 5k Poker and Go Fish – Run/Walk for kids and adults
“Bass Lake really is a great location for a race,” says Jonathan Grinder, owner of Tucson Racing. “Newcomers to the sport have loved coming here while triathlon veterans know the history here and have enjoyed coming back.”
One hundred percent of proceeds from this event will go to local charities. It’s that community support, combined with the scenic beauty of the venue itself that has helped give the Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon the quick resurgence that it has enjoyed over the last few years.
The race takes place Saturday, June 3. For more information or to register, visit www.BassLakeTri.com.
(Photos by Anne Starkey)
Olympic Distance: 1500m Swim, 40k Bike, 10k Run
Sprint Distance: 400m Swim, 20k Bike, 5k Run