34th annual Tinsel Triathlon returns to Hemet in December

The 34th annual Tinsel Triathlon and 5K will take place at West Valley High School Sunday, Dec. 8. Byron Moore photo

The stage is set, the date is locked and the triathlon community is once again headed to Hemet for the 34th annual Tinsel Triathlon and 5K Sunday, Dec. 8, at West Valley High School. Participants will start with a 5-kilometer run, transition to a 12-mile bike ride on Domenigioni Parkway and finish with a 150-meter swim in a heated pool.

This reverse sprint pool triathlon is considered an exciting and festive way to end the triathlon season. Additionally, because it is a reverse triathlon, it is an ideal race for what is termed the “newbie.” If you’re looking to become a triathlete, the Tinsel Triathlon is accepting entries.

Ronnie Toth, triathlete motivator, four-time Ironman with 110 Triathlons completed and a Category 1 professional cyclist with an extensive history of placing first overall at the Tinsel Triathlon, said he is working diligently to get folks into the sport of triathlon.

“Each time you act valiantly and attempt to do something you did not think was possible you pour a bit more courage into your cup of potential,” Ronnie said. “Your best self will not happen on accident.”

The morning event will offer a few familiar faces. A Tinsel favorite, Hemet’s police chief Rob Webb will start the race next to the Hemet Fire Department’s ladder truck draped by the American flag. Again, on deck this year will be the Valley Queens cheering on the finishers as they place medals around their necks. And Bob Madden, a former local radio personality, will be flying in from Wisconsin to continue his legacy as the official DJ for the Tinsel Triathlon.

Of importance to the Tinsel Triathlon team is the Tinsel Triathlon Foundation. The foundation has funded Hemet High School’s football and softball, West Valley High School’s soccer, THE Center, San Jacinto’s Run United and the Challenged Athlete’s Foundation, just to name a few.  With the aid of Tinsel sponsors, the foundation will continue to support any individual or group with barriers in wanting to enter endurance and organized sports.

This year’s sponsors are the Soboba Foundation, the city of Hemet, the Bank of Hemet, San Jacinto’s Backyard Paintball Park and Downtown Deli and Coffee Company.

“We are proud to once again serve as a sponsor for the annual Tinsel Triathlon,” Soboba Foundation President Geneva Mojado said. “Soboba Foundation board members agreed to sponsor this event since 2012 after learning about all the education and health services that are implemented in our local communities due to the revenue raised by this annual event.”

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m.

For more information on sponsorship, vendor opportunities, volunteerism or race waivers, contact the Tinsel Triathlon at (951) 663-7140, or by email at director@tinseltriathlon.com. Their website can be found at www.tinseltriathlon.com.

Article contribution made Connie Hall, certified race director.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.