Volunteers needed for Saturday's triathlon

650 athletes expected to participate in two events

May 27, 2014 

Close to 550 athletes will participate in the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon, and more than 100 will run in the separate 5K event this Saturday. The triathlon starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the start of the 5K at 7:45.

Deadline for triathletes to register on site for the race is 7 p.m. Friday. Participants in the 5K must register by 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

Proceeds from the 5K will go to the Yosemite Gateway Board of Realtors who will use the funds for Yosemite High School Community Awards and for YHS athletics.

According to Rhonda Salisbury with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, volunteers are still being sought to direct the athletes, pass out water, and help with traffic control. Anyone interested in helping, is asked to contact Salisbury at the bureau, (559) 683-4636.

"Of course, we also encourage Mountain Area residents to come out and cheer on these athletes and enjoy the excitement of the triathlon and the 5K," Salisbury said. "The transition area for the triathlon is in the Ducey's parking lot

Bass Lake hosted the first two national championships for the sport of short-course triathlon in 1983 and 1984. 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 US and beyond to resurrect the event four years ago.

"Last year we had about 530 competitors take part in the triathlon and 5K," Salisbury said. "This year we're on a pace to have at least 650. People are excited about the event returning to Bass Lake."

Paul Thomas was the overall winner of the event in 2010. 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 venue. Bass Lake definitely has that."

The triathlon will be taking place at The Pines Resort starting at 7 am. There is the Olympic distance, which encompasses a 1500 meter swim (one mile), 40 kilometer bike ride (25 miles) and 10 kilometer run (six miles). The sprint distance is a 400 meter swim (quarter mile), 20K bike ride (12 miles), and 5K run (three miles). Relay teams can also sign up at both the Olympic and Sprint level.

For registration costs, go to basslaketri.com.

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 $25.

An awards party with live music will immediately follow the race at 1 p.m. — $7.50 for 5K participants - $10 for general public.

Minimal traffic delays

For the safety of triathlon racers, there will be minimal traffic delays and one way traffic control going West on North Shore Drive from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be no road closures during the race.

There will also be minimal traffic delays getting in to the Pines Village from Road 274 from 6 a.m. - noon.

Proceeds from the 5K race will benefit local Charities – Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors YHS Community Awards Fund, Yosemite High School Athletic Department and the Bass Lake Lions Club.

The Transition Area will be in the parking lot of the Pines Village. The swim will start from The Pines Beach and go east towards the Sheriff's Tower and back. The Bike route will start at the Transition Area and go around the lake to North Fork, returning to the Transition Area via Malum Ridge Road (274). The Run will start at the Transition Area and go on North Shore Road to the parking lot of the Falls Beach. The International distance will do this route twice.

Details: Yosemite sierra Visitors Bureau, (559) 683-4636, rhonda@yosemitethisyear.com.

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