Inaugural Triathlon at Pacific Grove

Inaugural Triathlon at Pacific Grove

Post by Todd Wals » Mon, 11 Sep 1995 04:00:00


What a super race at the First Annual Triathlon at Pacific Grove!!!
Amateurs went off a little after 7 am.  There was a peculiar religious
invocation, or something like that, seemed a bit odd, but not entirely
uncalled for..."Thanking God for getting all these people together
in a beautiful setting..."  Then, the National Anthem was sung-
first time I'd ever heard the National Anthem sung before a triathlon-
standing on the shores of the Pacific, I didn't know if I should peel
off my swim cap or not, instead I placed hand over heart and gazed out
at the mighty pacific, waxing patriotic.

The swim was an open water swim at its best- 58 (F) degree ocean water,
thick kelp and picturesque reefs.  It was a two loop swim (1/2 mile
loops) where you had to exit the water jog around a stone monument and
then complete the second loop.  An adventurous swim to be sure.

The bike was criterium style- 4X 6 mile loops, for the most part flat
and fast.  There was an incessant head wind going out and a few subtle
grades/hills, but paved beautifully w/ the rocky and roaring coast in
view the whole time.

The run took you out to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.  3X 2 mile
loops.  Running again along the cool, fog enshrouded coast,
under the cypres and through Steinbeck's honkey-tonk Cannery row.
The fans and aid stations couldn't have been more supportive and
friendly.  I tried to thank as many of them as I could.

The post race was fabulous- great food, music, and setting.  The sun
broke through around 11 am, about the same time that the elite field
went off.

The winning time in the amateur race unofficially:
Greg Trent 2:08

Winning Pro/Elites:
Male: Marc Lees- a 23 yr. old Australian in 1:56.37
Female:  San Jose's own, Lauren Alexander in 2:10.

Also local standouts included Greg Thompson finishing 5th in the elite
pro wave and Scott Smith finishing around 10th place.

This was a first class event put on by Tri-California.  What a
spectacular venue for a triathlon.

 
 
 

Inaugural Triathlon at Pacific Grove

Post by Tricia Richt » Tue, 12 Sep 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

> What a super race at the First Annual Triathlon at Pacific Grove!!!

> This was a first class event put on by Tri-California.  What a
> spectacular venue for a triathlon.

Yes, Yes, and Yes.  I think this is now officially my favorite race.
Everything about it was just fantastic, and I plan to send Terry Davis a
very nice note gushing over with praise for the organization and execution
of the entire event.  It couldn't have been a more beautiful race, a
better course/venue, with better volunteers; it was darn near perfect.

Will post a full personal race report when time permits, but for now, I'll
just say WOW!!!

Tri-Baby

p.s. RST-er Deb Melnikov won her division (40-44)!  That girl can RUN!

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