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Field, Prize Purse Increased At Wildflower Triathlon

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Thousands of triathletes from across the country expected to compete in triathlon festival in Central California.

More than 7,500 elite and amateur triathletes from around the world are expected to convene at Lake San Antonio in Central California April 29 – May 1 to participate at the Avia Wildflower Triathlon Festival. Due to high demand, Tri-California Events is offering an increased field over past years, meaning potential participants can still register to take part in what’s been called the ‘Woodstock’ of triathlons.

This event also signals the start of Tri-California’s 2011 Elite Series, which consists of four races and a total purse of $115,000. Elite athletes including former winners Julie Dibens, Virginia Berasategui, and Leanda Cave, and past male champions Bjorn Andersson and Tim Deboom, will return to Wildflower to try their hand at the $40,000 purse.

The Long Course Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) is the marquee event and features a harrowing 56-mile bike ride around Lake San Antonio, which includes a notorious, five-mile uphill climb nicknamed ‘Nasty Grade’ and a backcountry trail that’ll prove to be a challenge for even the best triathletes.

Read More: Business Wire