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Breaking Down The Wildflower Festival Weekend

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Apr 29, 2010
  • Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM UTC

For many triathletes, the Wildflower Triathlon festival weekend has served as the exciting and competitive start of the summer triathlon season for over 25 years. This year marks the 28th annual offering of the popular Central California race brought to life by Tri California.

Wildflower offers one of the most unique atmosphere's in the sport. Photo: Kurt Hoy

On the weekend of April 30 through May 2, over 7,000 athletes will flock to Lake San Antonio, just east of King City, to participate in one of the weekend’s many challenging races. Known for its challenging terrain and competitive field of racers, Wildflower is an event that every triathlete should experience in his or her lifetime because of several unique factors. Wildflower’s festival atmosphere sets it apart from other races throughout the world. A tent city of vendors, musicians and athletes is created overnight at the campgrounds surrounding Lake San Antonio. The vast majority of racers elect to stay at campsites adjacent to the transition area. Thousands of peers enjoy the atmosphere of the weekend together. Many friendships have been forged around a campfire or while waiting in line at one of the restrooms throughout the campground.

Logistics And Accommodations

Another unique aspect of Wildflower is the need to plan accommodations well before race day and how to get to transition on time on race morning. As is typical in a triathlon of this magnitude, racers need to arrive at least a day in advance to check in. In addition, campsites fill quickly and can be hard to find for a large group. One of the advantages of camping at Lake San Antonio is that on race morning, triathletes can bike easily down to transition. Staying in hotels in surrounding areas can lead to long commutes in and out of the park on registration and race days. It is much easier to avoid the car and bike directly to transition from campsites. Hitting the hotels also may lead to missing what so many people love about this race—the camping and camaraderie. There is nothing better than carbo-loading at a campfire with friends old and new.

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