Are you ready to sign up for another athletic event for a good cause? The 26th annual TINMAN triathlon is happening at the end of June and proceeds benefit the many San Bernardino Sunset Rotary Club projects from local scholarships, feeding the hungry and homeless to eradicating polio. The Sunset Rotary Clubwas established in 1986, abides by the principle of “Service Above Self” to improve the lives of people, both locally and internationally. They are affectionately known as “The Fun Club,” and meet every Wednesday evening, at 6:30 pm, at The Castaway Restaurant (670 Kendall Dr. San Bernardino) Guests and prospective members are always welcome at their meetings.

Their Tinman triathlon has something for everyone: 5K runners and walkers, Disabled athletes, and triathletes, Tri-teams a kids race and a tiny tot tricycle race for those under five years old. Last year I met an octogenarian who completed the triathlon. Now THAT’S impressive!

The morning starts with a 5K Walk/Run around the beautiful CSU San Bernardino campus. Triathletes continue with a 9 mile bike ride onto the streets that finishes with a challenging grade into Devil’s Canyon, followed by a 100 yard swim in the pool, topped off with a sprint to the finish line. Don’t worry about biking on the street, last year the course w closed and the police department was on-hand to direct traffic. I appreciated this, because I had a REALLY close call on the road at another triathlon. Because they are concerned for the safety of the participants, a bike helmet is also requirement.

The kids have their own distances for a triathlon. They have a .25 mile run, followed by a 1 mile bike ride and a 50 yard swim. Relay teams are welcome too! Medals 3 deep in each category, plus every participant who completes the course and registers before June 22, will receive a medal.

WHEN: Sunday, June 24, 2012 Registration opens at 5:30 am, and the races start at 7:00 am

WHERE: Cal State San Bernardino, I-215 Freeway, exit University Parkway and go east to 500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92405

EARLY RACE PACKET PICK-UP: There will an early race packet pick-up, t-shirt and goodie bags at the race site on Saturday, June 23th from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, or the morning of the race at the Registration Center on the campus of CSUSB. Look for the BIG canopy in the parking lot at the top of Coyote Drive. There is plenty of free parking on the campus.

Course Map

HILTON HOTEL RACE SPECIAL: For those wanting to spend the night before the race, the San Bernardino HILTON is offering a special Tinman rate. Either call the hotel directly (909) 889-0133 and reference the group booking “TIN” or use the online link. The HILTON is located at 285 E. Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408.20120515-060700.jpg

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