This note is to pinpoint the many ways that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the norm when it comes to a triathlon and running event. But before that let me give you a quick race update. Registration is up 37.5% from last year thanks to the addition of the 70.3 mile option and increased awareness in SoCal generated by our returning athletes. Due to the support of our athletes Trick or Tri is able to donate 100% of the entries that City of Hope - Hope Sweat & Cures needs to create awareness, increase engagement and raise funds to fight cancer and diabetes.
CLOSED BIKE COURSE. Grab a large cup of coffee and then Google “triathlon car crash“. At Trick or Tri we have a closed bike course on and no chance of bike/vehicle collisions. A 2-foot cone isn’t much protection from a 2,000 pound vehicle. You wouldn’t put a playground near a construction site and we aren’t putting our athletes next to traffic going 60 mph. Did I mention that most of the race is on the 25.5′ wide Santa Fe Dam which is wider than 2 lanes of U.S. interstate highway? We have been fortunate to have 0 accidents in the 1st two years of the race. You will find that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the norm when it comes to course layout and athlete safety.
AMENITIES. TBLOCKS racking, Miller Coors Beer Garden, post-race massage courtesy of Choy Chiropractic, $139/night Hilton Garden hotel rate, free professional photos, loaded SWAG bag, technical shirt with original artwork, custom medal, convenient parking, face painting and costume contest are just some of our amenities. New in 2017 is childcare for mom and dad. You will find that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the rule when it comes to amenities.
PRICING - Early bird pricing is Sprint - $50, Olympic $75 and Half $100. Relays are the same price as individual entries. Olympic Relay teams get 3 bibs, 3 medals, 3 shirts and 6 beers [21 & over] for $75. Half Relay teams get the same for $100. Packet pickup is either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at no additional cost. For 2018 athletes can use GRAND PRIX Dollars which is another 17% of savings. Finally, teams of 10 or more will receive a rebate check of 10% of the value of the team’s total online race registrations. Optionally, those funds can be donated to Hope, Sweat & Cures in the team’s name. You will find that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the norm when it comes to pricing.
VOLUNTEERS. I doubt you know Lincoln & Annie Bleavens but they are as vital part in the success of 2017 Trick or Tri as the 2 dozen lifeguards or timing company. Lincoln and Annie are responsible for Run Aid Station #1 on the west side of the lake. Tim Hughes is their Run Course Captain. He has their back if they need anything. We are over 2 months away from the race and already have many of our volunteers assigned and placed. That is the level of attention and detail we strive for to support our Trick or Tri athletes. And we take care of our volunteers. Each is invited to a Miller Coors Volunteers Appreciation Dinner a couple weeks before the race and every volunteer will earn a free race entry to Trick or Tri or a partner race in 2018. You will find that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the norm when it comes to volunteers.
COACHED TRAINING. Our monthly coached training sessions and open water swim clinics go from May to October. This year’s guest coaches have included 3x World Champion Lesley Paterson, Olympic Silver Medalist Clay Evans and 5K/10K US Master’s Record Holder Pete Magill. The next two trainings are Sep 2 and Oct 21. For our 1st time triathletes, we utilize California Triathlon’s SPRINT 90 Day Program to provide free coaching and mentoring. Finally, on October 21, I am hosting an 8 hour skills camp for those athletes looking to take their triathlon game up a notch. The cost is $25 and registrants get a $25 credit to the Cal Tri kit store. You will find that Trick or Tri is the exception and not the norm when it comes to coached training.