Category: Racing

Lake Tahoe Triathlon 2019

August 24-25, 2019 • Tahoma

The Lake Tahoe Triathlon is a favorite of many triathletes. The venue, setting and course offer a truly beautiful and challenging experience. Choose from the Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Aquabike or Duathlon distances.

The event ooccurs annually at Ed’ZBerg Sugar Pine State Park on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Sugar Pine is truly one of Tahoe’s special lake side properties. Home of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion this property features tall pines, a historic pier, beautiful grounds and spectacular beaches.

Sugar Pine State Park is one of the state parks systems most coveted camping destinations. The camp sites are very near the main venue. This is a great way to attend and participate in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon.

The Lake Tahoe Triathlon is owned and operated by Big Blue Adventure, LLC. Big Blue Adventure produces many EPIC Tahoe events in and around Tahoe,  including …

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Best of the Fests 2019

Here comes festival season!

There’s something for everyone, from gatherings for beer lovers to music fests to celebrations of the myriad of human-powered summer sports. If you know of a festival not on this list, let us know and we’ll add it! ASJ partners are FULLY in bold — we appreciate their support of adventure enthusiasts throughout California, western Nevada and beyond.


>> Coachella – April 12-14 & 19-21 • Indio // Music and Arts Festival in the Coachella Valley. //

>> Lucidity Festival – April 12-14 • Santa Ynez  // An open-source transformational arts and music festival. //

>> Desert Hearts – April 26-29 • Los Coyotes Indian Reservation // A tribute to House, Techno, & Love with intimate gatherings focused on art, music and community. //

>> Back to the Beach – April 27-28 • Huntington Beach // Enjoy two days in the sand …

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Ta-hoe Nalu 2018

August 11-12 • Kings Beach

Ta-hoe Nalu 2018

THE TA-HOE NALU PADDLE FESTIVAL is celebrating its 12th year as the oldest and longest running SUP race event in the world, on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach.

From the very first Ta-Hoe Nalu in 2007 to now, the event draws folks from all around the globe to the shores of Lake Tahoe to compete on SUPs, Prone and Outrigger canoes. Ta-Hoe Nalu has become a destination vacation family event for all ages and skill levels. The event embraces everyone from recreational, fitness paddlers, yoga, beginners, and elite athletes.

This year the First Stroke non-competitive fun guided paddle tours will be back with more tours, along with a 4-person team Sprint Elimination Challenge, yoga paddles, free Starboard’s SUP Polo, live music and raffles each day at the Kona Beer Garden, and new, lowered event registration prices.

Come and enjoy the …

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Inaugural Relay Event at SLO Marathon Ends in a Win for Team SLO Run

San Luis Obispo running race draws participants from all over the world; Washington team makes podium

By Cherish Whyte

San Luis Obispo is a gorgeous location for a running race. Its heat and hilly terrain, however, can be grueling for novice runners. So, this year, for the 7th Annual SLO Marathon and Half on April 29, event organizer Race SLO added relays to its lineup.

According to local television station KSBY, the event drew more than 3,500 people from 38 states and 7 countries.

Our team, “SLO Run,” comprised of both seasoned and novice runners, represented Washington state. For the half-marathon relay runners, the first leg drew the short end of the stick! The first leg was advertised as 8.2 miles, while the second leg was only 4.9 miles. Not only were first-leggers running the bulk of the distance, but they also endured the steepest elevation gain of …

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Comes to Santa Cruz and Other California Venues

Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour kicks off its California tour in Santa Cruz in February and tickets are now on sale. Journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters and climb the highest peaks. Get your tickets and be taken away to the most captivating places on earth.

The Santa Cruz stop on the world tour is hosted by UCSC Recreation and locally sponsored by: Adventure Sports Journal, Bay Federal Credit Union, the Bicycle Trip, Capitola Veterinary Hospital, Dream Inn & Aquarius, Driscolls, Dr. Ryan Brandt & Family, Five Branches University, Fox, Good Times and, greenspace, KZSC, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, The Print Gallery, Mount Hermon Adventures, Santa Cruz Bicycles, UCSC Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services (CHES).

Tickets on sale Dec. 15 at, and in person at the Bicycle Trip, 1001 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. …

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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 …

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Race Report: Tackling the Wildflower Triathlon

ASJ writer Luke Yates takes on the Olympic distance race at iconic event

by Luke Yates

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 a good rhythm,

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Reigning Champions Defend Wildflower Titles

Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles emerge victorious from 34th edition of iconic triathlon

By Luke Yates

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 2008.

Thomas Roos, 31, from Palo Alto, was

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

Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon and Relay
May 22, Santa Cruz & Capitola

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 Bay,” Bradley adds.


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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

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.

Thomas, of Bend, Ore., is aiming to make history by winning …

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