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Optimists To Host Coronado Sports Fiesta Sept 5th

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Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2015 8:59 am

The Optimist Club of Coronado will hold its annual Sports Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 5. Most of the events will take place in the morning, starting at 7 a.m., with the oldest continuous running triathlon in the USA, the Mini-Triathlon, a great event for all athletes young and old, and a great introduction to a combined swim-bike-run event of modest length. This will be followed by Paddle-Board, 5-K Run, Ocean Swim, and Sand-Castle Building events with check-in/registration at Sunset Park on Ocean Boulevard.

Registration can be made in advance for any of the events using the web site: www.optimistclubofcoronado.org. Day of event registration will also be available. Entry fees will be $25 per event for adults who register in advance and $30 per event if registering on site the day of the event. Entry fees for students, boys and girls, 18 and younger, will be $10 whether registering in advance or on site.

All participants will received Sports Fiesta T-shirts and medal awards will be presented to the top three winners, male and female, in a variety of age groups, ranging from under 12 years to 70 and older.

• 7 a.m. Mini-Triathlon Check-in 6–6:45 a.m. This event features a 400-yard ocean swim, a one-mile run along the beach, and a 4-mile bike leg on NAS North Island. In the past 10 years, the fastest time of completion of the mini-tri was 21 minutes, 25 seconds and the longest time was 68 minutes. “The fun of doing it is the big motivator, not winning per se,” says Optimist Don Crawford, coordinator of the event. “Additionally, it is not so long and tiring that it eliminates participating in the events that follow, the ocean swim and 5-K.”

• 8 a.m. Paddle-Board Check-in 7–7:45 a.m. “The prone paddle-board event, for boys and girls only, 18-years and younger, will be a lot of fun”, according to event coordinator, Stan Searfus. “I expect the pace will be pretty fast along the one-mile course. The kids who do this are in pretty good shape.” 

• 9 a.m. 5-K Fun-Run Check-in: 7-8:45 a.m. This event also comes after the earlier Mini-Triathlon event, which will give most triathletes at least an hour to rest for the 5-K (3.1 mile) run. Expected finish times should range from 15 to 40 minutes.

• 10 a.m. Rough Water Swim Check-in: 9–9:45 a.m. This event features a one-mile course at Coronado’s North Beach, with course monitoring provided by Coronado life-guards. This is a great event for serious swimmers, of which we have many in Coronado.

• 1 to 4 p.m. Basketball Skills Challenge Check-in 1 p.m. at the Coronado High School gymnasium. This final event of the Sports Fiesta Day will be for boys and girls, 18 years and younger, who desire to demonstrate their skills in this fun sport. Kids and parents are welcome. $10 entry fee with T-shirts for all who enter and medals for the top-3 in the specific contests held.

For more information or to register, visit www.optimistclubofcoronado.org.

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