Wildflower Weather is Wonderful for 30th Anniversary
Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The weather at the Wildflower Triathlon was the best in the history of the race with temperatures on Saturday and Sunday in the high 70’s and low 80’s in the day and in the low 60’s at night. There was no wind on the course and the water was like glass. “This is the best weather I have seen in the 30 years of producing the race” says Terry Davis, Founder, CEO and race director.
The weekend started out with the dedication of the “Stairway of Champions” on Friday evening. The stairway leads from the finish line area down to transition. “We wanted to honor the winners of the Long Course Triathlon from 1983 to the present and also needed to build a stairway between the transition area and the finish line, so we were able to do both with the Stairway to Champions”, says Davis. Male and female winners from each year have their name, country, and finish time on a commemorative plaque that is cemented to each step. They start in 1983 when Dean Harper and Mark Montgomery were co-winners for the men and Jennifer Hinshaw was the female winner.
Jesse Thomas will have another step dedicated to him this year along with Heather Jackson who were the male and female winners of the Long Course. “We were blessed to have many of the past winners on hand for the award ceremony,” said Davis. They included: Dean Harper (1983 & 1986), Ardis Bow (1984), Jacqueline Shaw (1985), Grant Boswell (1985), Julie Moss (1987), John Devere (1988), Andrew MacNaughton (1987, 1990 & 1993), Cameron Widoff (1995, 1997-1999) Chris Legh (2000), Chris McCormack (2001, 2002, 2004, & 2008, Heather Golnick (2003), Samantha Mc Glone (2005, 2006 & 2008) Jesse Thomas (2011), and Leanda Cave (2011). Other past winners sent letters stating that they wished they could be here, but had scheduling conflicts. “This was one of the most heart filled days of my career, knowing that these champions will be memorialized as long as the ‘Stairway to Champions’ exists”, says Terry.
The Wildflower Weekend continued as 6,800 participants and over 30,000 spectators arrived, camped, and raced. Athletes could enjoy browsing through memorabilia from years past in the 30th Anniversary Lounge. Over 100 exhibitors took part in the healthy lifestyle expo where they demonstrated products and sold merchandise. Live music played throughout the day on the Main Stage.
On Saturday, Jesse Thomas (3:58:59) and Heather Jackson (4:26:29 course record), both of the USA, won the Long Course Triathlon. The fastest age groupers in the Long Course were Joe Sander, 45, from San Jose with a 4:21:29 and Lauren Capone, 24, from Santa Barbara with a 5:04:21.
The fastest age groupers in the Mountain Bike Triathlon were Catin Avilla, 17, from Winton CA with a 52:42 and Emma Garrard, 31, from Park City Utah with a 54:15.
On Sunday, the Wildflower Collegiate Championship celebrated 20 years. Winners were Elizabeth Noey, 27, from UCLA with a time of 2:23:14 and William Jones, 25, from UC San Diego with a time of 2:06:39 The Collegiate Team with the best combined top 3 male and top 3 female times was Oregon State University. The age group winners of the Olympic Distance Triathlon were Mark Tripp, 32, Redondo Beach, CA at 2:04:49 and Megan Monroy, 29, Los Alamitos, CA at 2:23:57. View complete results at www.tricalifornia.com.
The 2013 Wildflower Triathlon will be held May 3-5, 2013. Registration is now open, with no increase in fees from 2012. Register now and if you need to cancel before December 1, 2012, Tri-California will offer a full refund.