Race Recap: 2018 Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove

The 2018 Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove hosted by Best in the West is one of my favorite summer triathlons. The course is stunning, from the swim in the clear blue lake to the shaded, flat and scenic bike course, finishing with a flat run.

Due to an injury, I was a spectator and support person for the 2018 Tri at the Grove. When we arrived at the lake, packet pickup was easy to find and quick with so many wonderful volunteers. Setting up at transition looked easy thanks to great planning and organization by the race directors and volunteers. The transition area had plenty of space for each athlete which kept everything running smoothly.

The swim was well-marked for participants which made for some quick swim times. It was fun to watch athletes as they finished their swim. The water was temperate, in the 70’s, so wet suits were optional. There were some speedsters and it was fun to watch them at transition and take note on how I can speed up my transition times. The Tri at the Grove bike course is a favorite. The route is gorgeous, with lots of shade and beautiful scenery. The weather was ideal, cool in the morning and just beginning to warm as sprint and olympic athletes came in from the ride. There were some quick times and it was fun to watch athletes arrive and transition for their run. The run is a flat out and back on a mostly paved road, so athletes posted some fast times.

The volunteers, families and friends were wonderful, directing and cheering for the athletes. At the finish line there was so much food and lots to drink so athletes could recover and replenish from their event. The 2018 Rolf Prima Tri and the Grove was such a fun and festive event! Even though I wasn’t able to race, it was fun to support and cheer on friends, family and other athletes. I saw so many friends and family racing together and cheering for one another.

The Rolf Prima Tri at the Grove is such a fun, beautiful and memorable event. The volunteers were wonderful, the area is stunning and the event is well run. I look forward to competing next year!

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