Sprint & Olympic Distance
ARCHIVED EVENT - October 9, 2010 - 7:00AM - ARCHIVED EVENT
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INTRODUCTION4 Peaks Racing is very excited to present The Carlos O Briens Prospector Triathlon on Saturday, October 9! This Sprint & Olympic distance triathlon will be held at Lake Pleasant, one of Arizonas most scenic recreation areas. Stake your claim at the Valley of the Suns only open-water Olympic distance triathlon this fall! Hosted at Lake Pleasants south boat ramp, this fun and challenging course will test all levels of athlete.
With the water level at Lake Pleasant being relatively low it is 500-600 feet from the swim entry/exit to transition. The ramp we are using is not paved and, although we have covered much of the ramp with carpet , we recommend staging a pair of sandals or shoes at the swim entry/exit. Your feet will thank you for it!
Race day registration is available from 5:00am.
$85 prior to midnight September 18
$95 until 5pm October 8
$115 Day of entry
Relay (either 2 or 3 athletes)
$130 prior to midnight September 18
$140 prior to 5pm October 8
Pro - Olympic distance only
*Must have a USA Triathlon pro card
$95 prior to midnight September 18
$105 prior to 5pm October 8
$125 Day of registration
Relay (either 2 or 3 athletes)
$140 prior to midnight September 18
$150 prior to 5pm October 8
LOCATION & PARKINGThe south lane boat ramp at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, at the intersection of South Park Rd and Waterline Way.
Triangular swim in Lake Pleasant
Exit transition via Waterline Way
Right on South Park Rd
Right on North Park
Turn around at the Pipeline Trailhead
Return to south boat ramp
Four loops for Olympic
Two loops for Sprint
Left on South Park Rd
Stay straight onto Old Lake Pleasant Rd
Out 1.55 miles to turnaround
Back to transition area
Two loops for Olympic
One loop for Sprint
TIMINGThis event is chip timed by CEP Timing. Please make sure your timing chip is returned after the race. These chips are expensive and the athlete's responsibility. Missing chips will be charged to the athletes.
SCHEDULETHURSDAY OCTOBER 7
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Packet pick up at Carlos O Briens Scottsdale location.
7111 E Bell Rd
Scottsdale AZ 85254
Must have registered by 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6 for your packet to be available.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9
5:00 a.m. Packet pick up at the south boat ramp
Transition area open
Timing chip pick up
6:45 a.m. Transition area closes
7:00 a.m. Olympic Distance men & relays
7:05 a.m. Olympic Distance women
7:30 a.m. Sprint Distance men & relays
7:35 a.m. Sprint Distance women
10:00 a.m. Awards
CAMPINGLake Pleasant Regional Park offers 148 sites for RV and tent camping. Each "Developed Site" has water, electricity, dump station, a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Each "Semi-developed Site" and tent site has a covered ramada, a picnic table, a barbecue grill and fire ring. Restroom and shower facilities are available at both types of campsites. All sites in the campground are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
PARK ENTRYThere is a $6 entry fee per vehicle that must be paid at the main entrance to the park.
VOLUNTEERSWe want you! A great group of volunteers is critical to the success of any event. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing and able to volunteer at The Prospector Triathlon. All volunteers receive free race entries to Splash & Dash or any 4 Peaks running events.
DIRECTIONSFrom central Phoenix, take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (SR 74). Exit West on the Carefree Hwy./SR74 and travel 15 miles to Castle Hot Spring Road. Travel north 2 miles to Park Entrance Rd and main entrance. After going through the main entrance go right on S. Park for 1.5 miles to the 10 lane boat ramp.
AWARDSTop 3 male and female overall in Olympic distance
Top 3 male and female overall in Sprint distance
Awards will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers per the following age groups:
Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in the following categories:
Clydesdales (Men 200 +lbs)
Athenas (Women 150+ lbs)
USA TRIATHLONWe are proud to be sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT), the governing body of multisport in North America. One of the many roles played by USAT is that of insurance provider for this race. As such USAT requires that every participant be either (1) an annual member and provide proof of membership at packet pick up, or (2) purchase a one day membership for $10. Please visit www.usatriathlon.org for more information.
REFUNDSA refund of half the entry fee paid, less any fees charged by Active for online entry, will be given if requested 30 days before race day. After that there are no refunds or transfers for any reason. This includes weather, injury or the necessity to change distances or the course due to unforeseen and/or unanticipated circumstances.
LAKE HISTORYThe Lake Pleasant Regional Park area, while historically part of the mining and range industries of Central Arizona, had no significant influence upon either. Prospectors met only with frustration. The few mines that did exist in the Lake Pleasant area were short-term projects. There was no lack of prospectors who roamed the area in hopes of finding their bonanzas. Mollie Sawyer Monroe and Jacob Snively were among the more colorful.
Mollie Monroe, an eccentric female prospector during the 1860's and early 1870's, was a co-discoverer, along with her common-law husband George Monroe and others, of Castle Hot Springs. In 1877 Mollie was sent to Stockton, California, where Arizona's mental patients were kept, after being declared insane. She died in 1902 at the State Hospital in Phoenix.
Jacob Snively, a man of unbounded energy as a prospector in California and Arizona and long notorious for his leading part in the Texas Revolution, prospected the area about the same time as Mollie Monroe. Snively was killed by Big Rump (Wa-poo-i-ta), an Apache chieftain, in 1871 near the White Picacho, a prominent landmark about 18 miles northwest of the Park.
Evidence of extensive interest in mineral possibilities is visible in numerous prospect holes in the area, but a search of mining claims and claimants at the Maricopa County Recorder's office reveals only a few mining locations filed in the Park boundaries.
Originally constructed in the mid-1920s as part of a private irrigation project, Lake Pleasant was created by the Waddell Dam, a 250-foot long structure which impounded water from the Agua Fria River system. The lake itself was named after Carl Pleasant, the engineer who designed the dam. Its waters were supplied primarily by the river and by Coles Creek, Castle Creek, Humbug Creek and other drainages. The lake covered something over 3,000 surface acres before the new, and much larger, Waddell Dam was finished in November, 1992. The new dam effectively tripled the size of Lake Pleasant, making it the second-largest body of water (behind Lake Roosevelt) in central Arizona. It now impounds the water, not only from the river system, but also that conveyed across the state from Lake Havasu by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal. It has become critically important for both recreation and irrigation.