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Get Down and Dirty on the Central Coast with MORE Wildflower
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
By Kyle Loomis
Living in California’s scenic central coast inevitably results in a great appreciation for nature. You would be hard-pressed to find people who understand this better than the staff of Tri-California Events, the company that organizes the famous Wildflower Triathlons every year at Lake San Antonio.
After 30 years of Wildflower, Tri-California wanted to create more opportunities to spend time outdoors, and more ways to promote health and fitness in a fun, social atmosphere. The answer? A brand new event called MORE Wildflower (clever, right?). MORE stands for Mud, Obstacle, Run, Entertainment. Taking place on April 27 (the weekend before Wildflower) at the same beautiful venue, MORE is a four-mile obstacle course that will require participants to go over, under, and through 14 obstacles, getting seriously dirty along the way. What better way to bond with nature than covering yourself in it from head to toe?
Mud obstacle courses have emerged as the new trend in the world of outdoor fitness. Popular events such as Tough Mudder, Muddy Buddy, and The Color Run have taken the U.S. by storm, and are now being held in cities across the nation. Tri-California’s goal is to combine the aspects of these events into a day full of outdoor adventure and family-friendly fun at the gorgeous Lake San Antonio, a 45 minute drive northwest of Paso Robles.
Keeping the traditions established by the aforementioned mud events, MORE will promote teamwork and cooperation, encouraging participants to form teams of four. Like in triathlons, the true victory is in finishing, regardless of how many people did so before you did (but it would still be pretty darn cool to finish first).
Not feeling up to getting down and dirty? No problem. In addition to the race, Tri-California and the Monterey County Parks Department will provide entertainment and activities such as kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, live music, a beer garden, as well as other food and beverages.
The parks department is dedicated to promoting outdoor activities and providing the public with recreational facilities. Lake San Antonio is revered in the athletic community for its capacity to cater to runners and cyclists. Mile markers remain in the park year-round, and the roads are well-paved. And did I mention that the scenery is spectacular?
MORE Wildflower officially begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the south shore of the lake. Directions can be found on Tri-California’s website. All attendees are encouraged to camp overnight. To learn more about the event or to register for the race, visit the MORE Wildflower homepage.
Kyle Loomis is a journalism senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the media director at Tri-California Events. Tri-California Events is located in both Pacific Grove and Templeton, CA, and has been serving the triathlon community since 1982. We specialize in producing, managing, and running high quality events focused on the needs of our athletes. We produce the Wildflower Triathlons, The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz, The Triathlon at Pacific Grove and Scott Tinley's Triathlon.