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the inaugural Magic Mountain Man (M3) Triathlon « Jocelyn Wong's Blog


the inaugural Magic Mountain Man (M3) Triathlon

Well I missed my flight going home yesterday (as planned) and with that, my original plans to race in California during the month of October.  I’m definitely learning during my first season as a pro triathlete the ups and downs that go with this lifestyle: last-minute race cancellations or postponements, mechanical failure of your bike on race morning, changing flights and travel plans…

So the previous plan was to race in “my own Kona” on October 10th: the inaugural Magic Mountain Man Triathlon, a brand new half-ironman distance event in Southern California.  I had promised race director Jonathan Pauley of Renegade Racing that I would help promote his event, and even though I will not be able to race after all, I am keeping my word to help out!

The “M3 Triathlon” takes place in Castaic Lake, California, a short drive from Los Angeles with T2 and the finish line right by Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park.

The 1.2-mile swim takes place in the nice calm lake–just the kind I like, I doubt you’ll get seasick or swept away by the current.  The bike is challenging and honest with 6,000 feet of climbing over 56 miles, point-to-point from Castaic Lake over to the Six Flags theme park.  The run is an out and back, starting and finishing right by the roller coasters. 

The best part of the whole race?  The entry to the race comes with an entry to the amusement park!  You can go any time over the event weekend, including on Columbus Day.

the swim won't make you vomit, but this might...!

Renegade Racing puts on a heap of very well-run events around Southern California, including many at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, where I did my very first triathlon!  I was looking forward to going back to the area where my triathlon roots began in college.  If you are in the area and not ready to tackle the half iron distance, I would strongly encourage you to go to this event and volunteer!  It will be very good for your tri karma.  There is also the Magic Mountain Man 5k run held in conjunction with the triathlon race on the same day.

I wish all the participants best of luck, and of course to Jonathan Pauley as race director–best wishes for a fantastic inaugural event!

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