WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2019

WHERE: Fine Gold Recreation area at the end of Sky Harbour Road in Friant, CA (just north of Fresno)

23936 Sky Harbour Rd, Friant, CA

WHAT: Quite possibly the hardest sprint Tri you have done yet… Are you ready to earn your BAMF medal of honor? With nearly 4,000ft of climbing in just under 15 miles of course, this one is sure to put your grit (and quads) to the test!

This race will be based out of the Fine Gold Recreation Area, north of Millerton.

The swim will be in the Millerton Lake inlet. Nothing particularly difficult about the swim, except that it is October and will be COLD! The swim will be between 400-500 yards, depending on the depth of the lake when the race comes. The MAXIMUM length it can/will be is 500 yards, so if you can handle that, you will be golden. There will be kayak support.

The bike will be 12 miles out and back on-road, down Sky Harbor Boulevard, known for it’s unrelenting hills. While this bike is on-road, mountain or gravel bikes would be perfectly acceptable on this route. This is NOT a good route for cruiser style bikes. Climbing is approximately 2,700 ft of gain on this course. Check out the Garmin Connect map below (hyperlink included).

The run [hike] will be 2.7 miles on the trail, straight up the infamous Pincushion Hill, then a scenic run down the backside and back into the transition/finish area. This hike/run has approximately 1,070ft of elevation gain, and is entirely front loaded.  Enjoy the views from the top, and then be rewarded with a gorgeous, downhill run back to the finish line.  Garmin Connect map below (hyperlink included).

ANYTHING ELSE? Not interested in the Mid-October Polar Bear plunge? There are duathlon (and bike/hike only) options available as well… if you have to wimp out.

For the Garmin Connect interactive map of the Bike Course, click    HERE

For the Garmin Connect interactive map of the Bike Course, click HERE

For the Garmin Connect interactive map of the Run/Hike Course, click    HERE

For the Garmin Connect interactive map of the Run/Hike Course, click HERE

REGISTRATION LIMITED to the first 120 participants. Parking is extremely tight at the Fine Gold recreation area. As such, we are limiting the registration to the first 120 entrants. CARPOOLING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGE! There are a number of spots on Friant road where cars can be parked so that you can carpool up. Please arrange to come together so that we can fit everyone into the park.

PARKING is extremely limited at Fine Gold. Parking is ONLY allowed in designated parking spots within the park. No parking along Sky Harbour allowed, or your car will be towed by the county. No exceptions. (We have zero control over this. Due to issues with parking restricting neighborhood traffic flow, this is now a requirement of the park). Parking within the park is $5 for the day. This park is part of the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and as such, parking/use permits issued by them are valid here. This includes the California Explorer pass and the Golden Poppy pass. You my contact parks and rec HERE to purchase an annual pass, or simply bring your $5 on race day and pay at the gate.


  • Packet Pickup: Starts race day at 6:30am

  • Transition opens: 6:30am

  • All athlete mandatory meeting in transition: 7:40am

  • Men’s Swim Wave: 8:00am

  • Women’s Swim Wave: 8:10am

  • Awards Ceremony: 10:30am

REFUND POLICY: Full refunds available to early bird registrants until August 31st. Just send me an email. (refund is minus RunSignUp fees)

Medical refund of 75% of entry fee OR full deferral to next year’s race available until Sept 30th with Dr. Note.