Hemet's 32nd annual Tinsel 'Reverse' Triathlon brings hundreds to West Valley High School


Last updated 7/17/2018 at 8:43am

Wendelien Anderson from San Diego, a top contender in the 40 to 45 age group in last year’s Hemet Tinsel Triathlon, gets her bike ready to take on the challenge in this year’s triathlon at West Valley High School. “I like the reverse triathlon here that saves the best for last,” Anderson said. The reverse triathlon in Hemet begins with a five-kilometer run, goes to bicycling next and ends with a 150-meter swim. Tony Ault photo

More than 500 triathletes and runners took on the challenge of the only “reverse” triatholon in California, as participants run, bike and swim to a victory in the 32nd annual Tinsel Triathlon Sunday, Dec. 10, at West Valley High School.

Every runner and triathlete from ages 12 to 65 considered themselves winners by completing the challenging five –kilometer course that went up and down west Hemet Street ending in the West Valley High School swimming pool. Unlike most triathlons or Iron Man races that begin with a swim, the Tinsel Triathlon began with a 5K run and ended with a 150 met...

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