You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Iron Stomach Triathlon (IS3) and BBQ on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Lake Anza in Tilden Park! This event is a race with the usual components of a triathlon, but with a unique... [read more]
You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Iron Stomach Triathlon (IS3) and BBQ on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Lake Anza in Tilden Park! This event is a race with the usual components of a triathlon, but with a unique twist - 1) after the swim, you must eat Krispy Kreme donuts; 2) after the bike, you must eat a Double-Double animal style and a side of fries from In-N-Out (Veggie option available upon request only); and 3) after the run you have to chug some beer. Following the race, we'll have a BBQ at the park.
IS3 shorter than a traditional sprint tri. We'll cap the distances to 400m swim, 16km bike, and 5 km run*. There are 2 main categories: Hero and Princess. If you don't think you can finish the race yourself, you are allowed to gather 1 or more friends and form a Relay Team.
REMEMBER: If you regurgitate your food/beer before the finish line, you are disqualified! After you finish...do what you want! Race and train accordingly.
BONUS: In addition to the race and BBQ, we'll have a Krispy Kreme donut eating competition. This year's competition will feature a 6 donut speed-qualifying round. Finalists will then go donut by donut each round until one person stands. Finals order will be the reverse of the speed-qualifying round finishing order (fastest qualifier has the advantage of eating last each round).
Tentative Course and Race Info
Start time will be between 11:30am - 12noon. Please be ready to race at that time. Expected finish time should be in the 1-2 hour time frame depending on how much you enjoy yourself.
Start/T1/T2/Finish will be at the Buckeye campground near Lake Anza in Tilden Park, Berkeley. The swim course will be 2 laps in a designated area in Lake Anza. Donuts will be set up right outside the swim area. There is a ~400m run to the T1/T2. Bike course will leave out of T1 and go on Wildcat Canyon Rd. to Inspiration Pt., and back to T2 where you'll pick up your burger and fries. Then you'll follow out of T2 on a hilly 2-3 mile out and back before getting your beer. Chug and sprint to the finish at T1/T2.
 Hero - 1 Person, 4 krispy kremes, 1 double-double animal style and fries, 2 beers (PBR or similar)
 Princess - 1 Person, 2 krispy kremes, 1 single-single animal style and [optional] fries, 1 beer
 Relay - 2+ Persons, food same as Hero. Each race leg has to be done by a person (can do more than one), all can share food
 If you regurgitate your food/beer before the finish line, you are disqualified! Race and train accordingly.
 There's a 1 donut penalty for people who race with wetsuits. There's also a 1 donut penalty for anyone who races WITHOUT at least some piece of external skintight spandex/similar material.
 This is for fun. You don't need your TT bikes, amphibian suits, racing flats, etc. Seriously, this is not supposed to be serious.
We'll separate fees for the race, BBQ and Long Sleeve t-shirt.
 Individual Racers- We need to collect $30 from anyone who wants to race to cover picnic reservation, beach fees, and race food. Princess and Hero divisions cost the same. Consider it a perk of being a hero!
 Relay Racers- Team fees are $30 + $10 for every additional person. (e.g. a 2 person relay is $40, three person is $50, etc). Your team is going to get the same amount of food as the Hero though. Again, consider being a Hero!
 BBQ - $10/person to cover food, drinks, and picnic reservation.
 T-Shirt- $15 for a commemorative LONG SLEEVE t-shirt. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=603667014360&set=o.145816568813508&type=1&theater
Order by May 1st to guarantee a shirt. Some may be available for sale on race day, but no promises.
 Donut eating competition - $5 cash ante on race day, Winner take all.
 If you are a Student, work for a Non-profit, or an early bird and register before April 1st, you'll get a $5 discount.
All proceeds in excess of the costs will go toward World Bicycle Relief: every $134 will provide a student in Zambia with a bicycle for as long as they remain in school. Our goal is to donate at least 1 bicycle this year. http://www.worldbicyclerelief.org/
Please indicate your race status below on the form. Payment options will be to paid to Mimi Zhang directly via cash/check or we will send you a credit card/paypal invoice at your request. Relay teams should have one captain sign up and pay for the whole team.
REGISTRATION will close May 15, 2011 or when we've reached a max of 50 participants, which ever comes first. We also reserve the right to cap the field at any time if we run out of volunteers to handle the logistics, so payment secures your spot. If you find that you can't race for any reason up until race day, you may transfer your registration to someone else, but no refunds will be provided.
NOTE: Race day registration will not be available. If you want a LONG SLEEVE T-SHIRT, register by May 1, 2011.
Spectator and Volunteer Information
There are some parking areas in the Buckeye picnic ground and in the Lake Anza swim area parking lot.
There might be a $3-4 fee on race day (paid to the park) to enter the beach/swim area to view the start/swim leg.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to sign people in and do marking, distribute food, hang around T1/T2, pickup food, run logistics, keep time, etc. If you plan on watching or being there and are willing to lend a hand, PLEASE let me know. It'd also be great if there are any amateur photographers who might want to take pictures out on the swim and, in and out of T1/T2, and at the finish (where some of the most "action" promises to be!
If you're just coming for the BBQ/entertainment, please also fill out the form so we can ensure adequate quantities of food and drink.
For real? This event is NOT sanctioned by anyone! We're just a group of friends out there for fun. We are merely here to facilitate our fun and to encourage you to join in. We obviously don't have police support, a medical staff, a real race director, etc. Please do not bring your super-nice equipment! T1/T2 is on your own in Buckeye so you should not bring anything ultra-expensive. If you are wary of getting your bike jacked, I'd advise you to bring some bike locks to lock your bike around trees or tables. We should pretty much be friends or friends of friends so the honor system is in effect. We have not had any problems in the history of this event.
I hope you're all as excited about this event as we are! It is our goal to have a great time and have fun**, so please please don't take this way too seriously**. Feel free to invite your friends, family, etc! If you have any questions or would like to help organize please feel free to send us an email (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Actual distances will be determined by whatever happens to be easiest to set up in terms of geographical features and landmarks, etc.
**This is just a bunch of people who want to go out, have fun, and maybe do their first triathlon. In fact, in order to make this more accessible to everyone, remember that there are additional food penalties for people who race with wetsuits. Also remember there will also be a penalty for anyone who races without at least some piece of external skintight spandex or similar materials.