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Labor Day Weekend Triathlon Scheduled At Bear Valley
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The picturesque setting of Alpine County will serve as the location of the 21st annual Bear Valley Triathlon. The popular Central Sierra Labor Day Weekend tradition will be held on Sunday morning, Sept. 1 (the day before Labor Day Monday), at Bear Lake, in Bear Valley Village.

Nestled in a mountain location, the triathlon course features a 600-yard swim (warm water, close to 70 degrees, wet suits are allowed, but not necessary); a 10.5-mile bike ride (rolling, climbing loop course); and a 3.4-mile run (rolling road). Air temperature will be approximately 70 degrees by 10:30 a.m. The triathlon will conclude with the awards ceremony, raffle, and a huge barbecue at the nearby Bear Valley Lodge.

The Bear Valley Triathlon entry fee is $65 advance and $75 race day. Team fee (three participants) is $185 advance and $220 race day. Entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket and post-race barbecue lunch. All participants must provide and wear a swim cap for the swim and an ANSI approved bike helmet during the bike portion of the event.

The traditional On Your Mark Events’ soapstone trophies will be awarded to the first overall male and female winners and etched glass trophies will be given to the Masters overall male and female finishers (ages 50 and over). The top three finishers (male and female categories) in age groups in ten-year increments to 70-years-old and over, will receive engraved medals. The top male, female, and co-ed teams triathlon teams will also be awarded medals.

Last year winning times were:

Top Male: 56:53; Top Female: 1:02:23; Top Male Master: 1:04:20; Top Female Master: 1:20:13; Top Male Team: 1:06:39; Top Female Team 1:27:20.

Race check-in and registration will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by the start time at 10 a.m.

Bear Valley Village is located on Bear Valley Road, just off of Highway 4 in Bear Valley, CA (Alpine County). Following the race, the awards ceremony and barbecue will be held around 1 p.m., lunch will be available to non-entrants for $10 for adults and $7 for kids.

For camping information, call the US Forest Service at 209-795-1381. For more Bear Valley Triathlon information and/or an application, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit the website. Participants can download the application and send in with the fee, or can register online at

The Bear Valley Triathlon sponsors include Fleet Feet Stockton, Barry Ward Realty, Teddi Paul State Farm Insurance, Bear Valley Business Association, and the Bear Valley Lodge.