Get your sneakers, bikes and paddles, and gather your friends to compete in the famous Eppie’s Great Race event. Known as the “World’s Oldest Triathlonâ,” the popular event is held on the American River Parkway and hosts thousands of visitors every year. Registration is open, and despite concerns about low water flow due to California’s drought, river flows from Nimbus dam will be strong enough for kayaking, and the Sacramento classic event promises to be better than ever.
“Eppie’s Great Race is one of Sacramento’s signature events and is a part of the fun and healthy lifestyle that we love,” said Jeff Leatherman, Director of County Regional Parks. “Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, this race offers a great day of adventure for every skill level; or you can join the crowds along the river to watch and enjoy great food, or have a great time volunteering.”
The race features a 5.82-mile run, a 12.5-mile bike and a 6.35-mile paddle on the scenic American River Parkway in Sacramento County, and this year’s course will remain unchanged.
“There is still time to get a team together and start training” Leatherman added. You can register for the race on the Eppie’s Great Race website or call 916-480-0270. The first 2,000 participants to sign up will be guaranteed a medal. Visit the website for training assistance, course information, or to find a teammate. If you’re visiting from out of town, you will find information about nearby lodging and maps.
Participants, fans and volunteers will all enjoy the “Eppie’s Great Race” Expo at River Bend Park. As each Great Racer crosses the Eppie’s Great Race Finish Line, attendees in the Park will see it live on a big screen at the Eppie’s Expo Main Stage. And, participants that register their social media will instantly receive a short video of themselves crossing the finish line posted on their favorite social media pages.
All community members are welcome to the Expo to cheer on the Eppie’s participants. Live music and entertainment will be playing, great food and drink available, booths from Eppie’s partners and regional health/fitness/wellness organizations, videos of past Eppie’s Great Race – and a tribute to the late Founder Eppie Johnson – will be on display. Additionally, Eppie’s Great Race merchandise is available for purchase. This year, Eppie’s Great Race will be offering its very first custom-made cycling jersey, running shirts and tanks, and runner’s hats.
Proceeds from the race go to Sacramento County’s Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) who offer opportunities for children, teens and adults with disabilities and special needs to explore, learn and have fun. Programs focus on abilities, rather than disabilities, and encourage people to attain their highest level of independent leisure functioning by increasing leisure skills, improving social skills, and increasing independence.
The race was founded in 1974 by Sacramento restaurateur/entrepreneur, Eppie Johnson, and held every year since. Mr. Johnson passed away in 2014, but his legacy lives on through his race foundation.