July 27, 2013
The Continental United States Oldest Full Distance Event
2013 marks the 24th Annual Full Vineman Triathlon, making it the oldest independent full distance triathlon held in the continental United States. The experience which Vineman athletes have will be unmatched, as they swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles through beautiful Sonoma County's wine country. For 2013 we will limit the field to 1100 participants.
In 1990 the Vineman was designed to be “the people’s full distance event” with an emphasis on making the average athlete’s experience of completing the classic distance the most enjoyable and personalized as possible. While the sport of triathlon has changed drastically over the past decade and a half, the soul of the Vineman remains the same.
Whether you are an athlete hoping to complete your first full distance race, you’ve been closed out of other full distance events, or you just want to be part of a great full distance triathlon, the Vineman is for you. With beautiful wine country scenery, typically cool mornings and warm days, and a relatively small field of athletes that doesn’t make you feel like part of a “cattle call”, you’ll find the Vineman to be an “athlete friendly” race. For 23 years the Vineman has been a favorite of many athletes because of the individual attention they receive at the event. Whatever your reason or motivation for competing, the Full Vineman and its friendly staff of more than 800 volunteers look forward to making your experience a great one.
The Vineman course is a tour of Sonoma County vineyards & wineries, which passes through five distinct regions. The swim takes place at Johnson’s Beach in the Russian River, one of the most rustic swim venues you’ll see in the sport. The bike course is a mix of terrain, and travels through the Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley, and Chalk Hill grape growing regions. With slightly less than 4000 feet of climbing for the entire bike course athletes find the course to be challenging but not overwhelming. The three loop, out-and-back, run course takes the athletes from the finish area through scenic country roads of Sonoma County. This will allow athletes to see their fellow competitors, family, and friends more often and keep everyone closer to “home”.
If you want to complete a full distance triathlon in an established and well respected event, here is your chance to do so with a relatively small field. In 2012 there were 1000 entrants.