Let's Do This....Again!!!

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Rich Borbon

As a Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo graduate and an avid triathlete in the Bay Area, I’m very familiar with the Wildflower Triathlon Festival and its history of providing epic weekends for triathletes and spectators alike. I think it was ’92 or ’93 when I “volunteered” at Lake San Antonio (not that I was irresponsible, just not sure if I was really helping that much). It’s been years since I’ve been up to the lake and I’ve been counting the days until I could get up there and check things out since I took a Marketing Manager job at Tri-California in January.

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My Second Chance at Life

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Hector Picard

At the age of 24, I became a bi-lateral amputee. A work-related accident in which I received a double dose of 13,000 volts changed my life forever. I awoke from a month-long coma to learn that both my arms had been amputated in addition to burns on over 40% of my body.

While blessed to be alive, it was frustrating to hear doctors assure me that I would one day be able to do basic actions like button my shirt and brush my teeth – things that one learns as a child. I grieved for the part of Hector that had dreams and goals that involved an active lifestyle.

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An Athlete’s Journey: Back from Cancer

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Derek & Family

Derek, now 31, has been cancer-free for nearly four years. The survivor earned his highest placing as a pro at Wildflower 2015 and hopes to continue his success in the 2016 competition.

In 2012, just after Derek Garcia had earned his pro card and completed his first race as an elite training squad, he received a call no one, and especially an athlete, wants to hear – he had testicular cancer.

The devastating cancer diagnosis brought Derek’s infant career to a screeching halt.

“It was incredibly scary,” Derek recounts. “We had two boys at the time, had just put a huge amount of time, money, and commitment into my new career as a professional triathlete. Everything was put into question. My major concern was how I would be able to take care of my family if things got bad.”

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Join Us In Ending Prostate Cancer

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Zero

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.

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Take It Off Road

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Scott Tinley's Triathon

Most of us have that one unusually enthusiastic friend who makes bad ideas sound good. This is the friend who suggests pre-dawn bike rides, “adding on” to an already long run, or competing in a weekend of back-to-back triathlons. That friend for me is named Christy and she’s responsible for imparting a lot of pain that she cunningly packages and labels as “FUN!” In October of last year, while perusing a list of upcoming races, she suggested we do the Scott Tinley Triathlon in San Luis Obispo (SLO), California. The Scott Tinley Triathlon Series offers a medley of races throughout a three-day weekend and I was game until Christy added her trademark Fun Factor, “Let’s do two triathlons! The road tri on Saturday and the off-road tri on Sunday.” No stranger to my weary looks, she tossed a line to my ego and ensured me that I’d do well. I took the bait.

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