In 1776 the cry rang out, “The British are coming! The British are Coming!” Well, several centuries later the cry has changed to “The Triathlon is coming! The Triathlon is coming!” and it is! If you’re a triathlete you’re going to love the upcoming Lake Arrowhead Triathlon that is being held in beautiful Lake Arrowhead on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
While the proceeds of the triathlon will benefit several different agencies, Aaron Scullin of Rim Family Services is the committee chair and Rim Family Services is the lead agency for the exciting upcoming event. This event has taken months of planning by the agencies and while Rim Family Services is the “lead agency” for the triathlon their partner agencies include Foothill Family Shelter, Hearts and Lives, High Desert New Beginnings, Integrative Counseling Services, Mom and Dad Project and project CUIDAR.
As with every triathlon participants will swim approximately 800 yards in Lake Arrowhead, they will bike approximately 10 miles around Lake Arrowhead and they will run approximately three miles.
The triathlon will begin with the swim that will start at the Burnt Mill Beach Club. Participants will jump in the water in three “wave starts.” In other words, every three minutes new participants will enter the water. They will swim around each buoy. The first “wave” of participants will hit the water at 7 a.m. for men 39 and under followed by men 40 and over at 7:03 a.m. and then by the women and relays at 7:06 a.m. The participant’s will swim around each buoy and then turn right and exit at the Yacht Club Boat Ramp. They will then run 400 meters to the “transition” area.
Then it’s time for the biking. The bike course will be monitored by both the California Highway Patrol and members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The riders will bike clockwise around Lake Arrowhead and the exit onto Hwy. 189 and turn right toward Blue Jay. They will then right onto North Bay Road before taking a sharp right turn on a steep downhill onto Hwy. 173. They will eventually end up at the transition area near the Lake Arrowhead Resort.
The athletes will end their triathlon with an approximate three-mile run. After reaching the “transition area” between the bicycle race and the running segment, the participants will be running on Hwy. 189 and they will head toward Blue Jay. After they reach the designated area they will make a U-turn and head back to Lake Arrowhead Village where the finish line will be awaiting them near the stage.
For this triathlon all participants must be at the race swim start area at 6:45 a.m. for the race briefing. As stated above the first “wave” of men swimmers will be in the water at 7 a.m.
While the triathlon is underway it is imperative for spectators as well as all mountain residents in the area be particularly cautious if they are using the roads involved in this “first ever” event.
The awards ceremony will be held at the Village Stage in Lake Arrowhead and the first place finishers will receive a medal. There will also be awards for overall and age group winners and drawing prizes as well.
The registration fee is $105 and for further information or to register log onto: http://www.active.com/lake-arrowhead.