The 31st Annual Tri for Fun Sprint Triathlon and Du for Fun Duathlon

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Rancho Seco Park, Herald CA

Race Information:

The TRI for FUN Sprint Triathlon began in 1983, started by Fleet Feet Sports founder Sally Edwards. TBF Racing took over the event in 2001 and have enjoyed working with the SMUD Staff at Rancho Seco Park to bring you this classic Series of Triathlons each summer.


TRI for FUN Triathlon: Swim .5 miles – Bike 16 miles – Run 3 miles
DU for FUN Duathlon: Run 3 miles – Bike 16 miles – Run 3 mile

Race Category: Duathlon, Triathlon


Sprint Triathlon: $60 until 11/31/13, $70 until 4/30/14, $80 until race day, $90 race day

TRI for FUN Series: $160 until 11/31/13, $180 until 4/30/14, $200 after

Under 18: $50 until 11/31/13, $60 until 4/30/14, $70 until race day, $80 race day

Relay Teams: $90 until 11/31/13, $100 until 4/30/14, $110 until race day, $120 race day

DU for FUN Duathlon: $50 until 11/31/13, $60 until 4/30/14, $70 until race day, $75 race day

DU for FUN Series: $140 until 11/31/13, $160 until 4/30/14, $180 after

DU Relay Teams (2-person): $80 until 11/31/13, $90 until 4/30/14, $100 after

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Packet Pickup:

Packets may be picked up the Friday before each TRI for FUN at Fleet Feet Sports Roseville - 1850 Douglas Blvd, Roseville from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Race packets will be available race morning from 6:30 am to 7:45 am at the race site. The race will start promptly at 8:00 am. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for entrance to the park, parking, transition set-up and warm-up. Your entry fee into the park is included in your Race entry fee.

For athletes registering online using during race week, your race packet will NOT be available at Fleet Feet Sports if you registered on Thursday or Friday and you will need to pick it up at the race on race morning.

Event Schedule:

6:30 am Registration and Packet pick up open
6:30 am Transition area open
7:00 am Race announcements begin   
7:40 am Race information announcement for TRI for FUN and DU for FUN
8:00 am Start of TRI for FUN Triathlon. There will be 6 waves, each 5 minutes apart.
8:00 am Start of the DU for FUN Duathlon with one mass start.
10:30 am Awards ceremony begins

Course Description:

Swim - The race starts from the beach in with a .5 mile swim from the beach area. The swim course will be a triangular course in Rancho Seco Lake marked by the large white triangular buoys. Water temperature should be approximately 70 degrees. Wetsuits are allowed. The swim will exit the lake and head up the beach and on a grassy path to the transition area located in the parking area.

Bike - The bike course is 16-miles. You will exit the transition area and then mount your bike. From there you will exit the park and make a right hand turn on Hwy 104, making a U-turn at the turn around point and returning to the park. Please be careful while on the road. Riders must stay to the right at all times! Riders must not draft other riders: You must maintain at least THREE bike lengths at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the Highway. Passing is allowed in a timely manner when it is safe to do so. After passing return to the right side of the road and continue to ride safely. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Proceed to the turn around on Hwy 104 and return to the park. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY. The Bike course will Not have an aid station. Water and electrolyte beverage, along with energy gels will be available in the transition area.

Run - The run course begins directly outside the transition area and is a 3 mile out-and-back course on fire roads and trails within the park. There will be two aid stations with water and electrolyte beverage, plus energy gels on the run course. One at the start of the run, and one at the turn-around point on the run course. ALL athletes must wear their race number on the front of their body during the run and have it when crossing the finish line.

Course Maps: Bike course map ...(PDF) | Run course map ...(PDF)

Transition Area:

The Transition area will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Body marking will be take place at the entrance to the transition area and must be completed before you enter the transition area. Athletes will have their race number marked on their legs and arms and have their age division on their calf. Glass or bottles are not allowed in the transition area.

Aid Stations:

Aid stations will be located in the transition area and at mile one and two on the run course, serving cold water, energy gels, and electrolyte beverage.

Divisions and Awards:

Awards are for 1st - 5th place in each five-year age group and for Clydesdale and Athena divisions for the TRI for FUN.

Awards are 1st - 3rd place in each ten-ear age group for the DU for FUN.

Relay Team awards will be for the Top three teams in Male, Female and Coed divisions for the TRI for FUN Relay Teams and First overall for Male, Female and Coed for the DU for FUN Relay Teams.


Expected water temperature for Rancho Seco Park Lake will be 72-76 degrees. Wetsuits are optional. Swim fins and snorkels are not allowed. Helmets must be worn and buckled on the bike at all times. Run numbers must be worn on the run and when crossing the finish line. Listening devices of any kind: MP3, IPod, headphones, etc.. are not allowed.

Competitor Goodies:

Included for each athlete is custom TRI for FUN tech-tee race shirt, a swim cap, an athlete goody bag, hot post race meal and free athlete massage.

Post Race Athlete Food:

Included for each competitor is a post race meal of hot pasta with salad, fruit, cookies and beverage.

Sports Expo:

The post race sports expo will have vendors such as Total Body Fitness, Fleet Feet Sports, and Kinetic Cycles.

Refund and Transfer Information:

TBF Racing has a no refund policy on all of our events. A refund requested prior to race week will be given a TBF Race credit for the amount of the entry fee minus a $25 processing fee. Credits are not given during race week. Transfers are allowed from one TBF Racing event to another within a one-year time frame. There is a $25 transfer fee. Transfers are not allowed during race week. ALL TBF Racing events are held rain or shine.


Our Race for FREE Athlete Volunteer Program offers a chance to get involved with multi-sport events, have fun, and earn a $40 TBF Racing Volunteer voucher good towards entry fees at any of our events this year. Each volunteer shift is 4 hours. We ask volunteers to reserve a volunteer position at any of our events by emailing as our volunteer positions will fill up quickly.

Training and Coaching:

TBF Training offers the Tri-for-Fun Spring Class beginning in April 2014 for $199. This 6-week class includes entry into the TRI for FUN Triathlon on May 31, 2014 and will help athletes of all levels reach their fitness and performance goals. Find out more info at or email with your training questions.

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