BASS LAKE – Preparations are under way for the third annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon, set for Saturday, June 1, and registrations are now being accepted.
Bass Lake, located in the Sierra National Forest about 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park, has a long history in the sport of triathlon.
The lake served as the site for the first-ever national championships in the sport in 1983 and again in 1984. The race continued on into the 1990’s until the producer retired. It was revived in 2011 by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Tucson Racing.
“Bass Lake really is a great location for a race,” said Jonathan Grinder, owner of Tucson Racing. “Newcomers to the sport love coming to Bass Lake, while triathlon veterans who know the history here enjoy coming back.”
About 300 athletes took part in the revived competition in 2011, and 500 participated in 2012. Race organizers are expecting a sell-out this year.
“We really do think we’ll hit our sell-out mark of 750 entrants,” says Rhonda Salisbury of the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.
While the venue could handle more, Salisbury says they’re looking for event quality over quantity of entrants.
“We want to keep the number of competitors at a level where it’s not too crowded so everyone has a good time,” she said.
In addition to the race, the popular BBQ and live music Michelob Ultra Awards Party will return again this year. Organizers say the Lion’s Club will be doing Beer & Cakes again after the race, and Smokey Bear will be returning to start the 5K.
“The athletes really had fun at the after-party, as did the community who came out to support the racers,” said Grinder.
It’s that community support, combined with the scenic beauty of the venue itself, that has helped give the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon the quick resurgence it has enjoyed.
“The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon is the best race around. Perfect for beginners or seasoned athletes,” said one competitor on the race’s Facebook page.
The race takes place Saturday, June 1. For more information and to register, visit www.BassLakeTri.com.