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Registrations still being accepted for June 4 triathlon

Preparations are under way and registrations are being accepted for the sixth annual Bass Lake Yosemite Triathlon on Saturday, June 4.

Bass Lake has a rich history in the sport of triathlon. 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 last year of the series.

The triathlon was brought back in 2011 by the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (recently renamed to Visit Yosemite | Madera County) and Tucson Racing, a professional triathlon promotion company with races in Arizona, Ohio and California.

Nearly 500 athletes are expected to participate in the event.

The race features two distances:

*  Olympic Triathlon - 1500 meter swim, 40K bike, 5K run

*  Sprint Triathlon - 500 meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run

Entry fees range from $55 to $210.

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 will feature a gourmet dining experience on the Gazebo Deck at Ducey’s on the Lake.

Immediately following the race will be the Michelob Ultra Awards Party with bluegrass band and a barbecue lunch put on by the Bass Lake Lions Club.

“The athletes really have fun at the party, as do the community who come out to support the racers every year,” said Jonathan Grinder, owner of Tucson Racing. All proceeds from the Bluegrass and barbecue event at the finish line will go to the Bass Lake Lions Club and area charities.

5K event

Along with the triathlon, there will be a 5K Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk for adults and children, with proceeds from the event going to Mountain Area charities.

Prior to May 30, registration for this event is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-15.

Details and registration: www.BassLakeTri.com.

Visit Yosemite | Madera County

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