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The Encinitas Sports Festival

Posted on 27 April 2010

Information provided by  Dan Van Dyke 

Discuss the race date (day) and location, website, how many years has it been around:

(Encinitas, CA) This little CA coastal town in North County San Diego, long famous as a surfing & skateboard mecca, is also getting a reputation as the place to run, race & ride in May and AVIA Endurance, the leader in endurance sports and a global brand rooted in multi-sport since 1979, has noticed!

Started 5 years ago at the request of Encinitas’ sister-city Amakusa, Japan, the triathlon attracted AVIA as title on a trial basis in 2007.  AVIA liked the experience and the exposure to a range of active competitors and so has renewed as title sponsor of the triathlon for the 4th consecutive year, joining AVIA Wildflower and AVIA Austin as titled events.  

The Encinitas Sports Festival (which contains the AVIA EncinitasSprint Triathlon), has grown in participants and events each year with 2010 featuring five events over two weekends.  For more information and registration, go to .

The first weekend starts off with the 19thAnnual City of Encinitas 5K Run and 1K Family Fun Walk, followed by the 3rd Annual Moonlight Beach Paddle Race/SUP Race

Presented by Premiere Paddle-surf and Maui Jim Sunglasses, which is becoming very popular withthe endurance racing crowd.  Sunday’s events start with the original AVIA Encinitas Sprint Triathlon (two distances plus a beach-run duathlon) then the annual Moonlight Beach 1-mile Ocean Swim.  There is a popular Sports Expo that is held on both days and all events are held at Moonlight Beach in downtown Encinitas. 

What time does it start/ check in time, what’s the “average” weather like at that time of the year?

Saturday May 15 kicks off early with:

City of Encinitas 5K & 1K Family Walk/Run
Registration -5:30 to 7:30am

Start – 8:00am

Flat and fast – the best little 5K on the coast, followed by the 1K Family Walk/Run. Shares the triathlon finish and EXPO at Moonlight Beach.

Encinitas Sports Expo
8am to 4pm at Moonlight Beach – The Encinitas Sports Expo goes into its 5thyear. This TWO-DAY EXPO combines finish line fun, food and 60+ booths full of the latest in sports, fitness and health!

Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim – The Paddle
9:00am (registration 7am) START & FINISH 3 & 6 Mile Paddle – at Moonlight Beach.

Encinitas Sprint Triathlon – PACKET PICK-UP & LATE REGISTRATION
10am – 4pm at Moonlight Beach – Pre-registered number, shirt and goody bag pick-up. Clinics at the expo. Late registration, if available.

Suday’s schedule:

SUNDAY – May 16, 2010

Encinitas Sprint Triathlon
First wave goes off at 6:45am at Moonlight Beach. Choice of two triathlon distances or a mini-sprint Beach Duathlon. Age group awards, classic shirts and post-race food, finishers awards.

Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim – The Swim
1 Mile Ocean swim Starts after the last Triathlon wave: 8:30am. Race Day entry 7am Sunday on the beach at Moonlight Beach

Encinitas Sports Expo
8am to 11am at Moonlight Beach.

Expect water Temperatures around 65 degrees and Sunny skies with mild temperatures (70 degrees)

How long has the current race director been handling the race, are they endurance sports athletes, the team of Roch Frey, Paul Huddle, and Ironman Champions Heather Fuhr and Paula Newby Fraser,  who combined have years of  experience putting on North America’s Ironman Series bring their expertise in endurance events to Encinitas for the annual Encinitas Sports Festival.

What’s the entry fee and what does the athlete get with respect to shirt, medal, food, etc.  Entry fees vary per event as listed on web site

All participants will receive a t-shirt and assorted Sponsor swag.  Top three positions in standard age groups will be awarded.  There will be food  and refreshments available at the Expo as well as Live Music and  Jumpy House for the kids, so bring the family and spend the day.

What makes the race memorable for athletes?   Any recent changes to the course, race, etc.The City of Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach offers a beautiful backdrop and great weather for Running, Swimming and Paddling and is the home of many professional Triathletes and the area’s best Paddlers and Swimmers.  Participants will be treated with excellent competition and the warm welcome from the local community.

Encinitas offers many local restaurants  for breakfast and lunch.

How has the growthbeen with the race?  We expect approximately 3000 competitors this year with huge projected growth in the Paddleboard and Standup Paddleboard divisions.

Where do most of the athlete’s come from for the race (what states)?  Most of our athletes live and train in Southern California.

Is there an airport close to the venue? San Diego and Carlsbad airports are close and convenient.

Are there hotels close to the start? Several great hotels walking distance to the venue

Is there anything in the area to keep the kids busy during the race or do I want to leave them home ? Family day…Food, beach, Jumpy House, Live Music…bring the family and stay for the day

In terms of logistics is the race a point to point or does the race start and finish in the same area?  Start and Finish is at the Sports and Fitness Expo in the Upper Parking Lot at Moonlight Beach

Are there an abundance of bathroom facilities or porto-potties at the start/finish and out on the course?  Plenty of Porta Potties at the transition area

Are there any specific training idea’s to prepare the athlete for the race, based on the specific course terrain  Great beginner race and competitive for the experienced endurance athlete .

 Parking is tight at the venue so get there early!

Any advice for a first timer…Plenty of staff on the course…be safe

Aid stations - Everthing you need will be at the Transition/Expo area

Is the course clearly marked, what is used?  Course is marked by the Pros at, a monkey can find his way!

Is there a race expo? Yes, bring your wallet

Budget Items for summary of costs:  Refer to Web Site

Are there grocery stores close by, if so how far from the start of the race  Cardiff Market, vendor at Expo

Will there be water and or coffee at the start of the race ? Yes

There is cell phone coverage in the area and  race photographer will be on the course.

Why should an athlete consider this race?  Because it’s really , really fun!! 

Now this sounds like a fun weekend – check it out

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