Eppie’s Great Race


The “World’s Oldest Triathlon” is taking place this Saturday. If you’re feeling up to it, there’s still time to enter to compete in the Eppie’s Great Race, which consists of a 5.82 mile run, a 12.5 mile bike ride and a 6.35 mile paddle (downstream no less).

Not quite up to doing the whole shebang? Gather a team. Or, go to the Eppie’s website to see if you can join a team last minute.

The race starts at 8 a.m. and takes place along the American River Parkway in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova. Runners start at the William Pond Recreation Area in Carmichael and head west to the Guy West Bridge. Cyclists will begin their route at Guy West and pedal all the way to the Sunrise Avenue footbridge where the kayakers will begin their trek down the river.

Runners walkers and cyclists who don’t plan on participating in Eppie’s, consider this your heads-up: A good portion of the trail is closed that morning, so plan accordingly. (And, yes, I did find this out the hard way one year.)

Registration starts at $175 for a single person and goes up to $405 for three-person corporate teams. There is a discount for participants ages 18 and younger as well as a Kids Duathlon. Proceeds benefit Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services.

What: Eppie’s Great Race
When: Saturday, July 21 at 8 a.m.
Where: American River Parkway, Sacramento and Rancho Cordova
Cost: Varies