Athletes throughout Central California and beyond are gearing up for the second annual Bass Lake Classic Triathlon taking place June 3.
Bass Lake was once a premier Triathlon destination, a reputation the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau is hoping to bring back.
"Bass Lake hosted the first two national championships for the United States Triathlon Series in 1983 and 1984," said Rhonda Salisbury with the YSVB. "The race continued at Bass Lake through the mid 1990s until the race director retired."
The YSVB teamed up with race director Jonathan Grinder of Tucson Racing who has put on notable events around the country and beyond to resurrect the event last year. The inaugural event was a success, and this year's event looks to be even bigger.
"Last year we had about 200 competitors take part in the race," Salisbury said. "This year we're on a pace to at least double that. People are excited about Triathlon returning to Bass Lake."
Paul Thomas was last year's overall winner. He said the location certainly made the race memorable.
"The venue is what brings you to races," Thomas said. "With all the bike racing I do, ultimately you have to have a good venue. A beautiful place that is even a smaller race will always bring me versus a more prestigious race without the beauty of the area. This event definitely has that.,"
The Triathlon starts at 7 a.m. at The Pines Resort. The race is the Olympic distance, which encompasses a 1,500 meter swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run.
There will also be a Sprint race, made up of a 500 meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run.
Relay teams can also sign up for both the Olympic and Sprint level.
In addition to the Triathlon, there is a 5K run with all proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst. Cost to enter the 5K is only $25.
Entries start at $95 for adults, $60 for children if postmarked by May 27. For full pricing or to register, go to basslaketri.com.