Summer Triathlons at the Beach
by Randy Angel
Redondo Beach Triathlon
Redondo Beach hosts the first of two beach triathlons on Sunday, June 10 at 7:30 a.m. at Veterans Park. The Redondo Beach Triathlon will be celebrating its 14th year.
Last year’s event was highlighted by the emergence of younger winners when 19-year old Duncan Reid, a former Palos Verdes High School distance runner, and 18-year-old Victoria Woolfold of Santa Ana claimed the men’s and women’s titles.
Reid finished the course with a time of 41 minutes. Woolfolk placed 21st overall with a time of 50:04.
“It’s nice to see new faces win and the younger generation become so competitive,” Race Director Rick Crump said. “It’s great for the sport.”
The scenic, USAT sanctioned event consists of a 1/2-mile swim, 6-mile bike, and a 2-mile run. A non-competitive mini-sprint (half the distances) is also scheduled.
Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each division and the top two relay teams.
Limited to the 600 entries, the event includes a sprint race ($80 for ages 13-19 and 65 and older; $95 for ages 20-64), sprint relay ($130), mini sprint ($75) and min sprint relay ($100). Add $5 beginning June 1. rbtri.com
Hermosa Beach Triathlon
This year’s Hermosa Beach Triathlon takes place June 14 at 7 a.m. The swim begins on the south side of the Hermosa Beach Pier and ends on the north side. The swim is followed by a 10 mile bike course, which begins by a small climb up Pier Avenue and then heads up Valley Dr. toward Manhattan Beach. The run course is out-and-back along the Hermosa Beach Strand with scenic ocean views.
Defending champions are local athletes Mark Tripp, of Redondo Beach, and Megan Cross, of Hermosa Beach.
by Randy Angel