Saturday, July 21, 2018

Results: San Rafael & Topaz Triathlons

In addition to Echo, there were two other races that took place last weekend. They both have small town charm and are easily drivable for most of Utah. Consider checking them out next year!

The San Rafael Classic Triathlon takes place in Huntington, ~1:30 drive southeast of Provo. There's also a kids' race for the young'ins.

San Rafael Sprint

San Rafael Olympic

The Topaz Triathlon takes place in Delta, ~1:30 drive southwest of Provo. It also has a fun kids race.

Topaz Sprint

Topaz Olympic (new this year)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Results Breakdown: Echo 2018

Congrats all!

Echo marked Race #8 of the Utah Triathlon Championship Series, with the next race up in the series being:

#9 Jordanelle (Sprint & Olympic - Aug 18th)

Keep in mind also that Black Ridge is going on August 11th. Support this race if you'd like to see it steal a spot in the Championship Series next season!

In general we hope you'll get out and support the local race scene, and let's continue making 2018 an awesome season.

Below is the results breakdown for Echo, and this post explains what this is if you need a refresher.

PS - Round 2 of the Utah Tri Buzz 2018 Age Group Rankings will be calculated following Jordanelle on Aug. 18th



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We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Splash & Dash July 18th!

We were asked to help spread the word about this event taking place July 18th in Riverton, which we're happy to do.

Proceeds will benefit local youth and junior triathletes.

Register here!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Echo Course Preview

Echo is a classic, turning 17 this year. We reached out to a few experts to get some insights on this great race.


Kinda like Jordanelle and others, requires a short bike to the start. It's only ~2 miles, and serves as a good little warm up.

"In the past there’s been a port-o-potty near the high school (where you park), might wanna consider hitting that instead of waiting in line at the venue."

"Allow yourself plenty of time. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever felt “rushed” at Echo, but I’ve never had tons of time either (for the Olympic). That's probably more on me, but just saying."


Two 750m loops, pretty standard.

"Some years the sun can be pretty blinding. If you have tinted goggles consider taking them."

"Water level can vary greatly. In past years there’s been a long-ish run from the water to T1. Take old shoes for this just in case."


"Out and back, 'false flat' to slight incline on way out. Miles 5-12 make up most of that (for Olympic). I tend to average a full 5 mph faster on the way back, so keep that in mind."

"Don’t get distracted - watch the road. There are some rough sections to avoid, although the road condition has improved vs. past years."

"Kinda rocky into T2. This is the only race where I don’t do a flying dismount… I just clip out and run in my shoes."

Need a refresher on the course? Check out this video from last year courtesy of Mandy and Eric Oscarson


Out and back on the old rail trail. Painful while racing, but relatively "fun" course.

Watch your step though, it’s a little rugged in parts. More or less pancake flat.

"The path bends before the finish line, so even late in the race the finish line seems forever away. If you race with GPS, trust the mileage and start picking it up before you can actually see the finish line."

Coalville in relation to SLC 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Respect the RD! Meet the San Rafael Crew

With San Rafael taking place this Sat, we thought we'd re-visit this interview from February. Get out and race!

Continuing our ongoing "Respect the RD!" series, Utah Tri Buzz contributor Christopher White had the opportunity to talk with the three awesome dudes who collectively run the San Rafael Classic.

Word on the street is that San Rafael is a great race with a friendly, grassroots feel... worth checking out!

Last July I traveled to my hometown down in Emery County to compete in the San Rafael Classic Triathlon, which is held every July at the Huntington State Park. This race holds a special place in my heart. It was the first triathlon I ever did way back in 2008. I met up with race directors Wade Allinson, John Karren and Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk to talk about the race.

L to R: Greg Funk, Wade Allinson, & John Karren

How long has the San Rafael Classic been running?

JK: We started in 2007 as a fund raiser for the Emery County search and Rescue. Nobody here gets paid by anything that goes on here, everybody is a volunteer. That’s what the race was created for and that’s why we do this, to benefit the Search and Rescue.

All three of you are the race directors right? How long have you all been doing this?

WA: This is my 3rd or 4th year
JK: 9 years
GF: I’ve been the Emery County Sherriff for 7 years, part of the race for 3 years

What is your favorite thing about directing the San Rafael Classic?

WA: I like the early morning. Just before the race starts, everybody is excited and it’s just fun.

Chris at his triathlon debut, the San Rafael Classic in 2008

JK: My favorite part of being the race director is when the race is over, honestly. Another favorite part is watching the kids' race. We have an open water swim that the kids do. There are kids that are really, really fast and really competitive. Actually some of those kids are doing really well as they’ve gone through the ranks and do well competing against adults. If you look around this place, it’s a really family friendly environment. Everybody camps, everybody hangs out. It’s super low-key. Having the search and rescue here is great. This past year felt really easy, everything was dialed, everything was super smooth and everybody knew what to do. We had a lot of support, a lot of volunteers, a lot of manpower.

GF: Truthfully the best part of this race is the participants. I've been part of the race three years, and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Next year is my final year as sheriff, and mark my words, I will do the race this year.

We’re going to hold you to that!

GF: You better. Whoever beats me this year gets an extra medal.

JK: We’re gonna have a competition called “Race the Sheriff.” We’ll hand out medals and if you beat the sheriff you get a coin.

Chris had a lot more energy in 2014

WA: I think what we ought to do is give him about a ten minute head start and whoever catches him first gets an extra award.

Are there any inspirational stories you can think of as race directors?

GF: I would definitely like to talk about Jana White. She's actually won this race. Her family is really close to all of us at Search and Rescue. We did participate in a rescue for them. She lost both of her parents in an accident down here. They have been phenomenal supporters of us. They show up every year and participate in the race. Kudos to Jana and Brenden White and their kids, Cooper and Cam.

JK: For me there are a lot. There are a lot of people, like you, where this was their first triathlon. I don’t know if you ever see the back end of the swim but there are a lot of people that are barely getting through this thing. For me, it’s about getting people off the couch, getting all these kids off their computers. If you look around, none of these kids are on their phones. These guys are all on their bikes, they are jacked up for this. For me that’s the best thing. Jana and her husband are really good friends of mine. We swim together, and I’ve known them for a really long time. They are near and dear to us. There are a lot of rescues that happen here so this race means a lot.

The San Rafael Classic is an official Challenger Race in 2018. 
Check out this post for more details: Utah Triathlon Championship Series!

WA: What I like about this race is about two months before the race here in Emery County you see people hitting the pool, you see the road bikes start coming out around town. It’s kind of fun to see people get excited about getting out and getting some exercise in, getting on their bikes and zipping around town. It’s fun for me to see the excitement.

as a reference, only ~90 min south of Provo

Last question: why should someone come down from Salt Lake, Colorado, or wherever they come from to do the San Rafael Classic?

JK: This is the best race in the country. Bar none. If you’re looking to be competitive, there are a lot of really fast people. If you’re looking to just have a good time, there are a lot of people here, lots of family, everybody is here watching. It’s a really laid back, super fun event. We have a big spaghetti dinner for everybody. Homemade cookies, homemade rolls, and everybody camps. For me it’s the race experience. As triathletes we can be selfish. We spend time away from our families training and they suffer a little bit and they sacrifice for us to race. For me this is a little bit of payback for them. We can get away and give them a little weekend away. There are a few families like the Goates and the Bayles families, they have 30 something people coming down. It’s almost like a family reunion for them. They all come down a few days early and stay a few days late. This is the highlight of their kids' summer, coming down to the San Rafael Tri. For me what it’s about is the opportunity to hang out.

Come down to Huntington this year to participate in a great race and to support a phenomenal cause.

Learn More Here!   San Rafael Classic


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Friday, July 6, 2018

Preliminary Start List: ECHO

Below is a preliminary look at the start list for Echo (July 14th), voted #2 in the state in the PEOPLE'S VOTE a couple seasons ago. Still another few days if you want to join the party... register here!

On the fence? Check out this 90 sec. recap of 
East Canyon for a taste of the new TriUtah

Note: the list we were able to get our paws on didn't specify age group, but we've added in what we know (from races up to Round 1 of the 2018 rankings)

can't make it to Echo?? consider one of 2 Challenger Races
also on the 14th: Topaz and San Rafael!

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We started a Patreon account (link below) with the hope of raising few bucks towards awards & swag for athletes of all abilities in our tri community. We've given out a lot over the past 2 years, but would like to continue to expand our offerings & the volume we can do.

If you enjoy Utah Tri Buzz and would like to pitch in, any amount would be greatly appreciated... (there may be something in it for you as well!)

We're also always grateful for talented people who contribute in terms of time... let us know if you'd like to be part of the Utah Tri Buzz team.