33rd annual triathlon to be held at West Valley High School
■ Connie Hall / Tinsel Triathlon
The 33rd Annual Tinsel Triathlon is headed to West Valley High School in Hemet in less than 100 days. With over 90 percent of participants coming from outside of the San Jacinto Valley, the Tinsel Triathlon is the largest reverse pool sprint triathlon in the nation.
Bob Babbitt, co-founder of the Challenged Athletes Foundation & Competitor Magazine, Ironman Hall of Fame Inductee, USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Inductee, and Host and Founder of Babbittville Radio, asserts “So many people in Southern California were exposed to our sport for the first time at the Tinsel Triathlon. When you add together manageable swim, bike and run distances, a great location and the unique format with the swim last and in a pool, the Tinsel Tri is the absolutely perfect entry level event for anyone who has been thinking about giving the world’s greatest sport a try.”
After directing the Tinsel Triathlon for Central County United Way for over 17 years, Connie Hall retired from her post and planned to move in another career direction. Instead, Hall purchased her beloved race from the charitable organization, became a certified race director thru Roadrunners Club of America, and continues to manage this race as well as others. She appointed Ronnie Toth, four-time ironman, 110 triathlons completed, category one pro cyclist, and coma survivor as her race director. Ronnie placed first overall in 27 endurance races, making him the ideal fit as race director of the Tinsel Triathlon.
Lastly, though not a triathlete, Hall has a passion for endurance sports and engaging folks into the sport of triathlon. With Toth, Will Whelan, and her son and daughter in law, David and Kayla Hall, they have founded the Tinsel Triathlon Foundation. Apparently, after 25 years in the charitable sector, it’s a challenge to walk away from it, Hall explains. The foundation will allow us to support challenged athletes, youth and collegiate, and underprivileged in all things endurance sports. The Tinsel Triathlon has long supported area youth as participants in this event as well as others. The Foundation will keep that going so that there is never an excuse for an individual or group as to why they can’t participate in an endurance event.
The Tinsel Triathlon this year will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at West Valley High School. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 9 a.m. Online registration is available as is same day registration. Volunteers are always appreciated. For more information visit online at www.tinseltriathlon.com, by phone at 951-325-3381, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.