Submitted by Kim Lawson, Director of PR & Media, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
BASS LAKE – Excitement builds as athletes prepare to dive into the crystal waters of Bass Lake at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, to kick off the first phase of the 5th Annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon.
After a competitive swim through clear mountain waters, participants will jump onto their bicycles for a ride around the scenic roads of Bass Lake.
Following the bicycle ride, competitors lace up their running shoes to complete the competition as they run to the finish line along the glistening shores of Bass Lake.
Event coordinators welcome the 5th year with a new website that reveals a glimpse into how spectacular this triathlon is. The amazing course is set in the Sierra National Forest just 20 minutes south of Yosemite National Park at the beautiful Bass Lake, creating a picturesque triathlon rivaled by few. Nearly 500 athletes took part in the revived competition in 2014 and race organizers anticipate another successful year.
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. No wonder the triathlon has been such a success since its return in 2011 by a partnership between the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Tucson Racing, a professional triathlon promoter with races in Arizona, Ohio and California.
Bass Lake continues the tradition of the triathlon and all it entails including the pre-race pasta dinner tradition, started in the 80s. This year’s pasta dinner features a gourmet dining experience on the Gazebo Deck at Ducey’s On the Lake. In addition, the post-race BBQ will return, and there is even a free beer for athletes (21 and older only)! To top it all off, the Pines Bar will be serving up a special cocktail, “Gatortinis.” How can a cocktail made with Gatorade be anything but great?
The race itself includes the following options:
Olympic Triathlon – 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon – 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Bass Lake 5k Poker and Go Fish – Run/Walk for kids and adults
Along with the Triathlon will be the Bass Lake 5k Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk for adults and kids. This year’s Bass Lake 5k adds a fun element with the Poker & Go Fish – Best Hand contest. Runners and Walkers in this 5k can pick up 5 cards along the race to get the best poker hand for ages 13 and up and best “Go Fish” hand for kids 12 and under. Best Hand prizes include lodging, dining and gift from Bass Lake businesses.
This event is a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors’ High School Scholarship Fund and Yosemite High School Athletic Programs. The 2013 5k run brought in $3,100 for local charities.
This year the Michelob Ultra Awards Party features a bluegrass band and a BBQ lunch, organized by the Bass Lake Lions Club. Adding to the excitement of the weekend is the 5th Annual South Shore Car & Boat Show on Sunday, May 31, at Miller’s Landing Resort, and admission is free. Competitors and spectators alike are invited to stay through the weekend, enjoy the boat show and all Bass Lake has to offer.
Don’t worry, there is still time to register for the Triathlon and Bass Lake 5k! In fact, triathletes may register online through midnight on Firday, May 28.
For more information and other ways to register, visit www.BassLakeTri.com.