Motiv Sports has announced that registration will open on September 12th for the iconic Wildflower Experience 2019 triathlon and festival weekend. Next year’s event takes place on May 3-5, 2019 at Lake San Antonio in Monterey County, California.
The event returned in 2018 after the drought in Northern California ended. According to the organising team, the comeback was so successful, many are predicting the ‘Woodstock of Triathlon’ will reach its original peak numbers in 2019. The Wildflower Experience weekend boasts a full line-up of triathlon race distances, several run events, a music festival, stand up paddle board events, and a three-day Outdoor Yoga Experience.
Demand for the event is expected to be high and registration for all events is set to open September 12th at 08:00 PST at www.wildflowerexperience.com. Early bird rates are applicable until October 9th. Registered triathlon clubs and last year’s participants will also receive an exclusive invitation as a thank you for supporting the comeback of Wildflower.
“Last year was amazing and exceeded our expectations; both, the Long Course and On-Road sprint race sold out. The campgrounds were filled and the music festival was lively,” said Colleen Bousman, Race Director. “We are excited to bring back this world-class weekend and showcase how the event has evolved into a unique athlete ‘experience’ with a full schedule of races, lifestyle events, yoga, music, wine, craft beer and camaraderie for everyone to enjoy. It’s such a gift when you see your vision come to life before your eyes and everyone tells you they can’t wait to come back.”
In addition to the marquee long course, the three-day endurance triathlon festival also includes Olympic Distance, On-Road Sprint and Off-Road Sprint triathlons, a Collegiate Championship, 5K/10K runs, 10 mile trail run, SUP race and a variety of yoga classes and workshops. Additionally, participants can experience the festival with live bands, a beer and wine celebration garden, a wellness marketplace, race clinics, exhibitor booths and outdoor activities throughout the weekend.
Wildflower started as a music festival in the early 1980s, a small-scale bluegrass festival and triathlon. Since then, it has grown into an annual event, attracting thousands of participants and spectators to the three-day endurance sport gathering. Over the years, the event has created a passionate and dedicated following amongst triathlon enthusiasts, many of whom flock to the California Central Coast each year to soak in the intimate setting.
The unique atmosphere at Lake San Antonio led Paula Newby-Fraser, a five-time winner of the event, to dub Wildflower, the ‘Woodstock of Triathlon’. Wildflower continues in 2019 with special access to the lake for training weekends and a ‘race-cation’.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Long Course Triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run)
Off Road Sprint Triathlon (0.25 mile swim, 9.7 mile bike, 2 mile run)
Trail Run (10 mile)
Stand Up Paddle Board Race (SUP)
Wildflower 5K Evening Run
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Olympic Distance Triathlon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
Sprint Distance Triathlon (0.25 mile swim, 20k bike, 5k run)
Wildflower 10K Run
Stand Up Paddle Board races (SUP)
The WF2 designation (where athletes race the long course event on Saturday and Olympic Course on Sunday) is also available for the 2019 race weekend.