We hope you are all doing well. Last week, on Halloween, our club hosted a virtual relay triathlon organized alongside UCLA and USC triathlon clubs. More than 20 students from Caltech joined the over 90 athletes from 9 other schools (Caltech, UCLA, UCSB, UC Berkeley, UCSC, Montana State, USC, UC Davis, NAU, and SBCC). Our Caltech participants were Soichi, William Denman, Scott Bollt, Emily de Jong, Kate Huang, Renee Wang, Danika Nimlos, Jayden Pantel, Reina Buenconsejo, Ryan Cosner, Jackie Dowling, Newton Nguyen, Katie Hamann, Mike O'Connell, Haley Bauser, Natalie Bernat, Madeline Meier, Evan Yeh, Alex Ogren, Gabriel Fabre, Lorenzo Shaikewitz, Anna Scott, Max Saccone, Matt Levine, Nathan Wei, Miles Chan, and Tanner Harms.
Individual teams had four athletes, who strategically chose their swim, bike and run distances over the three-hour time-limit. Each sport was scored separately and the leader board was decided by best average ranking of all three sports. One of our teams, the Hallowinners, placed third overall and another got honorable mention for highest elevation-gain, the Caltech Alpine Club Team. Other than the athletic rankings, there was also other cool superlatives. In my opinion, the scariest team name was our own Navier-Stoked 😱. One of them was best Strava art:
Most of all, we were able to bring a triathlon community together during a time of immense anxiety and disconnection. We got to introduce ourselves and meet other athletes from different schools in our opening and closing Zoom ceremonies. There were lots of jokes and thrown gauntlets flying across screens. You can check out our Shared Google Photos Album!
I want to also acknowledge those who participated in race organization as well: Ryan Cosner and Alistair Hayden. Thanks to William Denman for reserving the 3 hours of pool time during the race. We all appreciate your commitment to putting on this great event.
If you are interested in our So-Cal Turkey Trott Triathlon, please see a subsequent email from me detailing our race, which will take place on Saturday November 28. The race format will be the same. Thank you, and I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and doing well!
Because triathlons are not possible, we are working with the triathlon clubs at UCLA and USC to participate in a virtual triathlon relay. Each relay team consists of four participants each of whom will swim, bike, and/or run as much as they want between 8-11 am Los Angeles time. Teams will be ranked in each discipline by the total distance covered and then their overall rankings in the three disciplines will be averaged for the final rankings. It's free and will be a fun event, so find three teammates and sign up here!
We are excited to announce that we are working closely with Voler in designing custom team apparel, including not only triathlon kits but also cycling- and running-specific apparel as well! Stay tuned for the unveil of the designs. In the meantime, come by the Bike Lab where you will be able to try on the different types of apparel to find the sizing and look that suits you. Special thank you to William Denman for coordinating with Voler!