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News - September 6, 2013

Tri-For-Real triathlon starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow

26th annual event begins at Shadow Cliffs

by Jeb Bing

The Tri-For-Real triathlon will be held starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton.

The event is the capstone of the 26th annual Tri-For-Fun Triathlon series, which includes four triathlon events. This annual season closer has a 1,000-participant maximum and often fills up before the event starts.

What separates the Tri For Real and the three Tri-For-Fun triathlons are distance and timing. The distances increase from a 400-yard swim to 700 yards, 11-mile bike to 19, and a 3-mile trail run to 4 miles.

Utilizing the lake and rolling hills of Shadow Cliffs and the flat paved roads running through Pleasanton and Livermore, the "Real" is a timed event with ribbons and trophies for the top finishers in their gender and age groups.

"Providing a fantastic experience for all participants is truly our main goal with the Tri-For-Fun," said On Your Mark Events Co-principal Mark Aiton. "There are now thousands of people who cut their triathlon teeth with the Tri For Fun, and they keep coming back, as well as take part with our other longer-distance triathlons."

The Tri-For-Fun Series is the goal for literally hundreds of first-time triathletes each year. Many of them have been working out with Bay Area gyms and at a number of Team in Training groups. Throughout the season series, at least 60% of all the participants are beginners.

Many participants says it's the experience, the friendly and fun atmosphere, pleasant scenery and a great course, Aiton said, adding that whether it's the very first finisher, or the very last, everyone gets a roaring cheer at the finish line.

Triathlete magazine agrees, naming the Tri-For-Fun Triathlon Series as one of the best triathlons in North America.

Entry fee for the Tri-For-Real is $85 on race day. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, snacks and beverages, with an awards ceremony, and raffle at the end of the event.

Check-in and registration will begin at 5 a.m., with the first wave hitting the water at 7 a.m.

To register or to receive more information about the Tri-For-Fun Triathlon Series, call (209) 795-7832. 2