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Canyon to host 25th annual triathlon event

Saturday race is Cowboys cross country's main fundraiser

Posted: September 4, 2013 8:58 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2013 8:58 p.m.


What started as a small, one-off fundraiser for the Canyon cross country program has blossomed 25-years later into the program’s most anticipated recreational event.

And Canyon cross country head coach Paul Broneer, who helped conceive the idea 25-years ago, never would have anticipated the numbers he sees nowadays at the Cowboys’ annual Castaic Lake Triathlon each year.

“No way. It was just, ‘Let’s do this. It will be fun and the kids will like it,” said Broneer of the original idea. We didn’t make a lot of money. Twenty-five-to-30 people showed up, but people kept coming back.”

On Saturday, Broneer and the Canyon cross country team will be back out at Castaic Lake for the 25th edition of the triathlon, which will begin at 8 a.m. at Castaic Lake’s lower lake.

According to Broneer, the fundraiser has seen a high of over 400 participants during years the event was held earlier in the summer, but scheduling issues with the county required the event to be held Sept. 7 this year.

About 200 participants are already registered to compete Saturday, with Broneer expecting the final numbers to be as high as 250 participants.

The event, which acts as the cross country program’s main fundraiser for the year, consists of a 400-meter swim, 10-mile bike ride and 3-mile run.

The break-even point for the program is about 75 participants, Broneer said. That money pays the costs associated with the event, including securing the course-area, providing medals and tee shirts, and paying for equipment.

The rest will go back into the program to pay for travel and registration costs at invitational events the team will participate in throughout the upcoming season.

Saturday’s first wave, for participants competing as a team, women 35-and-over, and women over 150 pounds will start at 8 a.m. Five minutes later, wave 2, consisting of women under 35, will begin. After a 10-minute break, wave 3 will take off, consisting of men 40-and-over and men over 200 pounds. The final wave will kick off at 8:20 a.m. for men under 40.

All waves will begin with the swim, followed by the bike race and finish with the run.

“There’s a lot of people who do it every year,” Broneer said. “I’ve got some kids I’ve coached back in the 70s that come back and do it.”

And you can expect to see Broneer, his wife Jan, daughter Jaime, 12-year-old grandson Benjamin, and plenty of Canyon athletes take to the course.

“I did it last year,” Broneer said. “I had my hip replaced and my goal was to get in good enough shape to do the triathlon. I won’t say I’m pretty fast — my wife did it too — it’s just fun. Our goal is to finish.”

But before they can get in the water, the Canyon team will show up at 6 a.m. to set up the course and prepare for the day’s events.

“I think it beats selling candy or something like that,” Broneer said. “We turn it into a workout. We set up the course and some kids are going to do it. I’m going to do it. It’s a fun time.”

Pre-registration for the event has ended, but late registration will be available from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Performance Cyclery in Valencia for $70 for individuals and $90 for teams. Race day registration, $80 for individuals and $100 for teams, begins at 6:15 a.m. at Castaic Lake the morning of the race.

For more information, email Broneer at or visit


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