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It’s not just camping, it is building a city

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By: Terry Davis

Each year we get questions on why the camping at Wildflower, is more than the parks department charges for the rest of the year. This is a very good question.

Wildflower

The answer is that we are not providing a campsite, we are providing a city. If you were to go to Lake San Antonio a week or two weeks prior to the Avia Wildflower Triathlons, you would find a completely different place. It is a quiet nature park where animals roam, birds fly and fishing is the main attraction.

Starting about a month out we have to transfer this pristine environment into a bustling city for 30,000 people. The entire park has to be refurbished. Restrooms cleaned, painted and repaired. Then entire water system and sewer system throughout the park must be inspected and made operational after winter conditions. The park trail system and run trails must be groomed and fences mended where needed.

Contracts must be completed for the transportation system to move people from their camping areas to the festival area beginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday afternoon. This includes both land and water transportation. Starting last year we added the boat shuttles from the North Shore area across the lake for day use parking on Saturday and Sunday.

Public safety is another area we have to prepare for. We utilize the park rangers, sheriff officers, and California Highway Patrol throughout the weekend. We also must have ambulance services and an airlift helicopter either onsite or on standby for the event. The local hospitals in King City and Paso Robles are alerted and available if needed. The Avia Wildflower Triathlons has its own MAST type medical team that takes care of athletes during the day and can assist at night if needed. If there were to be a fire the California Forestry, the Bryson Fire Department and other departments would respond.

Beginning on Sunday April 24th prior to the race the park must be staffed 24 hours per day. Staff, volunteers and employees arrive each day with the culmination of more than 2000 event staff members onsite by Friday. All the staff must be housed or camped, fed, entertained and managed throughout the week. The entry gates must be operational 24 hours per day with parks staff, event staff, and volunteers. A communications team sets up a communications center with 60-70 ham radio operators and operates throughout the weekend. Internet, although it is not very affective, is brought in for the event. Over 1200 Cal Poly volunteers alone must be taken care of for the entire three days that they are serving.

As you can see there is more to providing a camp space than meets the eye. I hope this helps you understand what is involved in making the AVIA Wildflower Triathlons the “Woodstock of Triathlons”.

God Bless

2010 in Review

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By: Terry Davis

2010 was quite a year. From successfully completing California’s first San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz, to watching Ben Collins and Tenille Hoogland win multiple Tri-California Events, to bringing 50 Biggest Losers out to Treasure Island, we can truly say that 2010 was a year of celebration. And, as I sit down to write my first ever blog post for Exercise With Purpose, I know without a doubt that 2011, in our mind, is going to be even better.

First, we are proud of the races that we’ll offer this season,  and want to make sure you are, too. At Tri-California Events, our races are designed specifically for you, the athlete.

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To that end, we’ve created the Tri-California Ambassador program. Our 2011 Ambassadors will be our ‘eyes and ears’ into the triathlon community. Being an Ambassador is a small time commitment, and not only do they get free stuff, special incentives and opportunities to test gear, but they get to tell us what the community wants to see in this year’s Alcatraz event, for instance, or perhaps the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island. They get to tell us whether a special training event for women – held by a female Olympian – is of interest to the Tri-California community, or if we should hold more swim sessions leading up to Alcatraz.

We are also planning to enhance our 2011 Club Benefits program. Some of you may have filled out our 2011 triathlon club survey. It takes roughly five minutes and will only help us make Tri-California’s events even better for you this year.  It’s actually pretty simple. You speak, we listen.

Second, we want to make sure that you have the resources to successfully train for and build community around each of our seven events. To assist in that mission, we have launched this blog, where you’ll find posts from Olympians and professional athletes offering training advice for the Alcatraz swim or how to modify your training for the off season. You’ll find posts from triathlon clubs on the benefits of training and competing together, articles on living life as an endurance athlete from our community partners, and posts from long-time and first-time triathletes.

Do you have something to say? You speak, we listen, and your thoughts could very well end up here. Join the conversation by emailing

We also plan to work very closely with our elite and Olympian athletes, as well as your local training clubs, to bolster our Website so that you can find even more content related to living life as an endurance athlete.

At Tri-California, our races are designed for you, the athlete. And we’re constantly thinking about how we can make your experience – on race day and beyond – even better. I hope you’ll join us in providing feedback and taking part in these special programs and races we’ll hold in 2011.

Here’s to a happy, safe and healthy holiday, and what promises to be the best race season yet.