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Dean Harper

Wildflower will forever be my favorite race. Thirty three years ago was my first. I am hoping my last won’t be for another twenty or more years from now. I have ridden up Nasty Grade a dozen times or so, each time seemingly harder than the last. The Olympic course is mile for mile the toughest Olympic course around. There are no flats on the Olympic course, except in the swim. Memories of the race results fade over time. However, the weekend memories endure. They will last a lifetime.

I have competed at Wildflower with my daughter Shelley, and with my son Greg several times. Shelley was the 2nd collegiate woman three years ago and Greg was the 2nd collegiate male last year. Both wanted to snatch an overall victory for their Dad. I was incredibly proud of both and would have been whether they finished 1st or 151st. I am very thankful they have chosen a lifestyle that includes aerobic fitness and multi-sport. I am delighted to share the Wildflower tradition with my family.

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How Wildflower Began my Professional Career

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Robin Pomeroy

My journey to race in my first professional triathlon (which happened to be the Wildflower Half) was not without a lot of trial and tribulation. Looking back to exactly one year ago, I can’t believe I raced my first half distance and first professional race here at Wildflower. I knew Wildflower would be difficult from what I heard, and from racing the Olympic distance in 2014, but I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It was a huge wake up to what it takes to compete among the best. After a year of racing the half distance, I am looking forward to having another go at Wildflower.

I grew up a swimmer and runner. Swimming was my main focus through middle school, then primarily running after that. With intentions of running at West Point, I trained and worked towards this goal. I was stalled with 2 major blows– a stress fracture in my left femoral neck that needed an emergency surgery since I was close to displacing my hip (at age 18, a hip replacement would have put me wheel-chair bound by age 50).

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Staying the Course

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Madi Serpico

I have been participating in triathlons for 12 years but have been competing at an international level for the past 2 years now. Anyone that knows me knows that my two main passions amongst many are my family and competing in any race that challenges me. I am developing into a world-class athlete with extreme commitment and passion in a sport that is my real love.

My first experience in triathlon was crossing the finish line at Ironman Canada with my Mom and my 2 brothers when I was 12 years old. I remember running down the finisher shoot with the big lights and hearing the words repeated over and over to the finishers YOU ARE AN IRONMAN. That moment changed me and I knew I was made for this sport.

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Save Lives with ZERO Prostate Cancer Endurance Team

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ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer

Did you know that prostate cancer will take the lives of nearly 30,000 men this year alone? To help end the second leading cause of cancer death in men, we at Tri-California Events have partnered with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for the renowned Wildflower Triathlon in April and for the return of the iconic San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz in August. ZERO will be featured as a charity partner for both of these events as a part of their ZERO Endurance program.

Since it began with one team at the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008, the ZERO Endurance program has raised more than $1.1M to end prostate cancer, and will see more than 300 athletes and more than $500,000 raised in 2016. ZERO Endurance allows athletes to make their miles count by supporting the one in seven American men affected by prostate cancer. Each dollar raised helps fund research, encourages action in communities across the nation, and provides support for those men and their families.

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The Wildflower of Triathlon

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Chris Bagg

I hope this title made you say “What?” Now that I have your attention, please forgive this short refresher on figurative language. Remember middle school, when your English teacher taught you about extended metaphor? How non-literal language can form the backbone of an entire piece of creative work, making a parallel statement about something not present in the text? You ran home to your Pink Floyd The Wall and listened to “Comfortably Numb” over and over again. HOLY CRAP, you realized: this song may not just be about taking drugs, it may in fact be about the creeping anesthesia of contemporary life! Your mind was blown. Over the next year you tried the form out yourself in various applications: songs, poetry, art assignments. “It’s not really about daffodils,” you hear yourself telling your friends. “It’s about the ephemeral quality of human existence, man.”

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