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22nd Annual Silicon Valley International Triathlon, Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon Set for Half Moon Bay April 20

Due to the current drought conditions, the Silicon Valley International Triathlon has had to change locations, moving the venue from UVAS Reservoir in Morgan Hill to the Half Moon Bay coastline.

Half Moon Bay, Calif. – (April 3, 2014) Due to the current drought conditions, the Silicon Valley International Triathlon has had to change locations, moving the venue from UVAS Reservoir in Morgan Hill to the Half Moon Bay coastline. Both the Silicon Valley International Triathlon and the Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon are USA Triathlon sanctioned events and will now take place in Half Moon Bay on Sunday, April 20.

“It is unfortunate the drought conditions have forced us to relocate this longtime South Bay race, but with low water levels in the UVAS Reservoir, the swim could not take place,” said USA Productions Race Director Ryan Coelho. “We are grateful to and excited about the new venue for this year’s races and the partnerships we have formed with the City of Half Moon Bay. The calm waters of the Pillar Point Harbor, and the coastal trails for the bike and run portions of the race will make this an ideal location for athletes of all levels.”

More than 650 athletes are already confirmed to take to the picturesque new course featuring stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, along the Half Moon Bay coastline. Currently 70 percent full, the races are one month away and there is still time and space for interested participants to register. The entire community of Half Moon Bay has embraced the addition of these races to create a weekend full of safe fitness fun.

“This will be a first for the city of Half Moon Bay to host a sporting event of this high caliber,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor John Muller. “We are looking forward to a wonderful race weekend and having all of the participants and their family members and friends enjoying our city and beautiful coastline.”

This year, the Silicon Valley International Triathlon race course will feature a .93 mile swim in the calm waters of Pillar Point Harbor, a 24.9 mile bike ride along the coastline and a 6.2 mile coastal run. Water temperatures should average 56-59 degrees, making wetsuits a must. Swimmers will enter the water in front of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club for a deep water start.

The recently added Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon will utilize a smaller portion of the longer international triathlon course. The super sprint will feature a .35 mile swim, a 9.5 mile scenic bike ride along the coast and a flat and fast 3.1 mile run. Swimmers will enter the water in front of the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club for a deep water start. This sprint distance race is an ideal starting point for athletes looking to enter the sport of triathlon. A triathlon training clinic will take place on Saturday, April 12, professional coaches will provide a race preview, transitions and nutritional information to help prepare both beginner and experienced triathletes prepare for the race.

“Whether you try the super sprint as your first ever triathlon, or partner with two friends to create a relay team, these races are accessible for all levels,” added Coelho. “One additional option for entry level athletes is the aqua-bike category which is ideal for athletes wanting to take on a multi-sport challenge without the pounding portion of the run.”

Spectators will have several options for viewing the athletes during the race including beach views at the swim start, along the coastal bike course, and at the finish. The entire family is invited to spend the weekend in Half Moon Bay. On Sunday April 20, 2014, the finish line festivities will include food, beer and live music for participants and spectators. On Easter Sunday, an Easter Egg Hunt and additional kid-friendly activities will take place especially for the little ones.

A video preview of the new swim, bike and run courses are available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC11KhY5JmeexhqsknAKXSkg. Registration is now open for the Silicon Valley International Triathlon and the Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon. Registration fees for the Silicon Valley International Triathlon are $140 for individuals, $125 for aqua-bike individuals and $200 for a relay team. Registration fees for the Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon are $95 for individuals, $90 for aqua-bike individuals, and $140 for relay teams, prior to April 10. Registration fees will increase on April 10, so interested athletes are encouraged to register by April 10. Both races will start at Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave. (Pillar Point Harbor), Half Moon Bay, California 94109. For more information please visit www.usapevents.com.

The Silicon Valley International Triathlon and the Silicon Valley Super Sprint Triathlon are produced by USA Productions, a Northern California-based sporting event production company dedicated to event safety, promoting healthy living and making fitness events accessible to all levels of athletes. A community approach is taken for all events that promote health and wellness, community involvement and giving back through partnerships with local charities. USA Productions currently produces 15 endurance events throughout Northern California. For more information, please visit www.usapevents.com.

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