Donner Lake Triathlon Sunday |

Donner Lake Triathlon Sunday

International and sprint triathletes will test their strength and indurance when the 25th annual Donner Lake Triathlon is held at West End Beach on Sunday.

“Some of the racers have referred to it as a ‘high-altitude body wrencher’,” said Dave Miramontes of A Change of Pace, the event production company that runs this race.

“It attracts certain athletes that are looking for a real challenge, it’s like two races in terms of effort and recovery.”

Celebrating its 25th year as a race, the Donner Lake Triathlon is among the oldest in the state.

“It was originally a one-day event, then four to five years ago it became a two day because numbers swelled, but now the county put down a new ordinance making it a one day again,” Miramontes said.

This hasn’t affected too many triathletes, however.

“There were about five that did both events that won’t be able to do that this year,” Miramontes said.

Miramontes explained that the race is unique because of its remote, beautiful, high-altitude setting that presents a unique challenge for the racers.

“Athletes have to deal with the altitude, cold water, and climbing up the hill, and that always plays a role,” Miramontes said.

This doesn’t mean that novices should avoid the race; while the international length event will include a 0.9 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike ride, and a six and a half mile run, the sprint length race will cater to beginners, covering a quarter mile swim, a six-mile bike ride, and a two mile run.

“There are more than 800 racers registered right now between the two events, with the international being the larger of the two,” Miramontes said.

The sprint triathlon will begin at 7 a.m., and the international will start at 7:30 a.m.. Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishes as well as the top three finishers in different age divisions. Other awarded categories will include Clydesdale/Athena and Relay teams.

For anyone interested in racing, registration will be taken on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. as well as Sunday morning at an increased fee. For more information, go to

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