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The Jay Race 2016

The Jay Race 2016

The Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race – “The Jay Race” June 18, Capitola The Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race, commonly known as the Jay Race, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. Hundreds of spectators and competitors will descend on Capitola and the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay for this unique event. Presented for the first time by New Leaf Community Markets, the Jay Race has both a 12-mile course and a two-mile short course, for both prone and stand-up paddleboarders. For all-round paddlers, there is also the Waterman Challenge. This event is made up of a 500m swim, 1500m prone paddle and a 1000m stand-up paddle. “We absolutely love the Waterman Challenge. It is definitely the most spectator friendly race,” says race organizer Duke Brouwer. “It keeps people on the beach. They don’t want to miss it. We could see close to a hundred competitors.” Jay Moriarity was...
Race Report: Tackling the Wildflower Triathlon

Race Report: Tackling the Wildflower Triathlon

ASJ writer Luke Yates takes on the Olympic distance race at iconic event by Luke Yates Photo: Alex Felker This weekend I headed down to Lake San Antonio to represent Adventure Sports Journal at the Wildflower Triathlons and compete in the Olympic distance event. The race certainly lived up to its reputation as an extremely challenging, but incredibly fun course. The morning of the race was warm and bright. Conditions were perfect at the swim start but the day promised to get much hotter as the race progressed. The swim leg at Wildflower has been modified due to the drought conditions at Lake San Antonio, so the race now starts at the Harris Creek boat ramp. Fast start There was chaos as my wave set off, with swimmers battling for position and swimming over each other to reach the first buoy. As the field spread out, I settled into...
Reigning Champions Defend Wildflower Titles

Reigning Champions Defend Wildflower Titles

Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles emerge victorious from 34th edition of iconic triathlon By Luke Yates Jesse Thomas takes the win. Photo: Alex Felker Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles won the elite long course races at the Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio this weekend. For Thomas, this was a remarkable sixth consecutive victory, whilst, Lyles also became a multiple winner of this prestigious event, retaining the title she won in 2015. “Surreal would be the first word,” said Thomas after the race. “Amazing. Exciting. It’s been a blast. This race means a whole bunch to me. History made In the men’s event, most people were predicting the race to come down to a battle between Thomas, 36, from Bend, OR, and Terenzo Bozzone, 31, from New Zealand. Bozzone is the course record holder, set in 2006, and was returning to Lake San Antonio for the first time since...
Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay 2016

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay 2016

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay May 22, Santa Cruz & Capitola Surfer’s Path Marathon (contributed). With its breathtaking views of Monterey Bay and over a dozen famous surf spots along the coastline, the Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay is considered one of the most scenic courses in the world. “The Surfer’s Path is a celebration of beach life. We offer a laid back atmosphere, where runners enjoy the ocean air, stunning views, and sand between their toes,” says Race Director Tom Bradley. Now in its fifth year, the Surfer’s Path has established its Santa Cruz surf theme reputation that showcases the beauty of Santa Cruz County. “The Surfer’s Path courses travel past some of the world’s most famous surf breaks, including the San Lorenzo River Mouth, Pleasure Point, and Steamers Lane. The miles melt away as runners enjoy majestic views of the Monterey...
Reigning Champs Return to Defend Wildflower Titles

Reigning Champs Return to Defend Wildflower Titles

Deep list of elite competitors line up to challenge Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles in 34th edition of iconic triathlon By Luke Yates 2015 champion Liz Lyles crosses the finish line (Kaori Photo). Known throughout the triathlon world for its festival atmosphere and challenging course, Wildflower has also played host to some incredible elite races, and 2016 is shaping up to be just as competitive as ever. Both the men’s and women’s champions from 2015 are returning to defend their titles, and there are a whole host of top athletes lining up alongside them. For the third consecutive year, the course will be modified due to the drought conditions in California, with a 2.2 mile run between the swim and bike legs. Men’s Elite Race Preview For five years now, the elite men’s race at Wildflower has been synonymous with just one name – Jesse Thomas. Jesse...
Mermaid Tri & Du

Mermaid Tri & Du

Mermaid Tri & Du October 3, 2015 Capitoal,  One of the best all women triathlons on the west coast. Capitola is the perfect venue offering an ocean swim around the wharf, views of the pacific, fun bike course featuring a gradual climb into the coastal redwoods, followed by a run on the ocean bluff overlooking the town. Triathlon and Duathlon participants receive a stylish women’s cut shirt, custom finisher’s necklace, and post race food. Sprint Triathlon Race Categories – Family & Friends vs. Age Group vs. Athena The Family & Friends category allows athletes of any age to start together. It is very popular for first time triathletes, mother and daughter combos and friends who would otherwise be in different start waves. The Age Group category is for Mermaids who wish to compete against Mermaids of a similar age. The Athena category is for athletes 160lbs and over. EVENT...
SUP Sunday: Donner Lake Race recap

SUP Sunday: Donner Lake Race recap

Over 100 SUP athletes gather to kick off the Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series By Geoff James Photo of Donner Lake by Tahoe Cup. I ran up to Tahoe for the Tahoe Cup on Donner Lake yesterday (Saturday) and encountered chilly, rainy but a calm lake to race on. Heading in to my fifth or sixth year of racing in the Tahoe Cup Memorial Weekend Race on Donner Lake, I am always ready for inclement weather. Memorial Day does not guarantee sunny and warm weather especially in Tahoe. In past years I have raced this race in the rain, chilling cold, wind and yes, one year it snowed. This year a little drizzle was not going to stop 109 paddle athletes from racing the 5 mile course on Donner Lake. Phil Segal, the organizer of the Tahoe Cup 3 Race Paddle Series in Tahoe is an absolute expert at putting...
Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series

Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series

Series offers competitive opportunities for both recreational paddlers and race enthusiasts May 23: Donner Lake Race July 11: Waterman’s Paddle Jam September 13: Tahoe Fall Classic The Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series offers both the recreational paddler and the race enthusiast an opportunity to participate in SUP, prone paddleboard or OC1 class races on Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe May-September. The 2015 series invites all paddling craft to participate. The 2015 series kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with the Series Opener – the Donner Lake Race – on Saturday, May 23rd. The Donner Lake Race is open to all paddling craft and welcomes participants of all ability levels, from the recreational paddler to the SUP elite racer. This event is a 5-mile race around the shoreline of Donner Lake. The start/finish area is open to spectators and will include a festive atmosphere and free demos provided by...
Event Profiles: Spring / Summer 2015

Event Profiles: Spring / Summer 2015

A sneak peek at some of the season’s best upcoming events Festy fun with Sweetlines’ Kat Sweet (third from left) and Liv Ladies AllRide’s Lindsey Voreis (far right) at the 2014 Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival (Michele Lamelin). Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival April 11-12, Santa Cruz This eco-conscious, family-friendly event was created as a Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) fundraiser to celebrate the world class mountain bike facilities, riders, and cycling industry of Santa Cruz county, with proceeds benefiting local bike projects. Growing year after year with the generous support of its sponsors, volunteers and community, the festival is a testament to the depth of the mountain bike culture in Santa Cruz County. The 6th annual event takes place at San Lorenzo Park the weekend before the Sea Otter Classic in nearby Monterey. Activities include bike demos, skills clinics, an all-new poker ride, the popular aerial jump bag,...
Win a VIP California Gravel Gauntlet bundle

Win a VIP California Gravel Gauntlet bundle

Post your best gravel riding adventure pics to Instagram and WIN Pavement ends and the fun begins. Photo: Ted Ketai Gravel riders, post your fabulous pics to Instagram using both of these hashtags: #SeekAndDiverge and #GravelGauntlet California Gravel Gauntlet Series organizer SuperPro Racing will choose a favorite photo two weeks prior to each series event, treating the winner to full VIP treatment for that event, including: FREE entry to the event (or refund if already signed up) Accommodations in the schwankiest hotel near the event Primo dinner with the Clif Bar team the night before Post-ride massage And it doesn’t stop there — you also get the chance to win a Specialized Diverge Comp Carbon! After all three series events, SuperPro Racing will pick a lucky winner from ALL the riders who participated in ANY of the three Gravel Gauntlet rides (participants receive one entry per event; chances to win...
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