California Loses Wildflower Triathlons

Generally I focus my articles on duathlon training, news, interviews, and other goodies. Recent news seems important enough for me to deviate to talk about a big change in triathlon events.

Wildflower Triathlon, one of the most popular events in California, will not be held in 2017.

Wildflower Triathlon

Wildflower race director Terry Davis said five years of drought drained Lake San Antonio to devastating levels, which caused attendance to drop dramatically. “In the 34 years that I have been producing the Wildflower Triathlons, I have never experienced anything that compares with the effect of the prolonged drought,” Davis said.

At its peak, Wildflower attracted 7,000 athletes. In 2015,  that number dropped to 2,500. Last year, when much-needed rain filled Lake San Antonio to a mere seven percent capacity, early estimates for Wildflower were only 2,200.

Davis’s company, Tri California, will not produce any events in 2017. Its races include Scott Tinley’s Triathlon, Pacific Grove Tri, Treasure Island Tri, and the Alcatraz Challenge.

Davis plans to resume these events when water levels return to normal.

In the meantime, disappointed triathletes can turn to duathlon! No water to worry about there!

Seriously, Wildflower and other Tri California events will be dearly missed among local, national, and even international athletes. We wish Tri California much success in its other endeavors. Visit Tri California’s website to read Davis’s statement about the decision.

Read the Slowtwitch article for a glimpse into Wildflower’s musical history.

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