Tri-California president and Wildflower founder Terry Davis tells Slowtwitch.com that, after a one-year hiatus, the Wildflower Triathlon Festival will return for 2018.
The iconic event, known as the “Woodstock of triathlon” was one of the most popular half-iron distance triathlons in the world for more than three decades. Then California’s drought forced the half-iron distance event to take on a non-traditional format starting in 2014 of a 1.2-mile swim, 2.2-mile run to T1, 56-mile bike and then a 10.9-mile run. Earlier this year Davis announced that the race would not take place in 2017 because although they were able to come up with a contingency plan for the drought conditions, organizers “were not able to attract enough triathletes and families to make the event economically feasible.”
Thankfully strong snowfall in the Sierras and consistent rainfall in central California have returned Lake San Antonio (the sight of the original swim course) to 57%.
In addition to the half-iron race, the festival also hosted a mountain bike triathlon and Olympic-distance race. At the peak of Wildflower’s existence, Davis says they had between 6,000 and 7,000 entries over the weekend of racing and that by 2016 that number had dropped to 2,200. They’re optimistic they can eventually get back up to those peak numbers.
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