By Nicole Adams (Tri-California Staff)
It has been quite the busy month for all of us here at Tri-California Events! Three events in a four-week span: The Triathlon at Pacific Grove (Sept 7-9), the Giant Race (Sept 16), and culminating this weekend with the 18th Annual Scott Tinley’s Triathlon.
Scott Tinley’s Triathlon (affectionately known as Tinley’s) is a favorite race for many of the Tri-Cal staff. First off, half the staff lives within a 30 minute drive of Lake Lopez and we can sleep in our own beds the night before! But more importantly, it’s what you could call our most “grassroots” event…or a “mini Wildflower”. Friends and families meet up to race and soak in the final days of summer. The supportive atmosphere makes it a great race for beginners and kids. The majority of athletes camp on-site at Lake Lopez, which is nestled in the hills just South of San Luis Obispo and the Edna Valley Wine Region.
The most interesting aspect of Tinley’s is its history. At a triathlon conference in 1994, pro triathlete Scott Tinley approached Tri-Cal Founder Terry Davis and presented a great idea: to produce a grassroots off-road triathlon event that would give athletes a taste of how triathlon used to be in the early days – fun, supportive and casual. Terry jumped on board and enlisted his daughter Colleen to produce the Inaugural Scott Tinley’s Triathlon as her Cal Poly senior project.
Fast forward eighteen years and Tinley’s is still going strong! This year we expect about 700 athletes and 2,000 spectators to grace the shores of Lake Lopez. There are five different races to choose form, including: on-road Sprint, International, Long Course, and Youth Triathlons; off-road Sprint triathlon; and mountain bike hill climbs.
Hooray for our last Tri-Cal event of the 2012 season!