Stand-up comics have long speculated that the bravest person in the history of the world was the first guy to ever eat a chicken egg. But what about the first person ever to complete a triathlon? If biking a marathon wasn't enough exercise to last a lifetime, try tacking on a four-mile run and swimming the length of seven football fields. You don't have a fetish for foot blisters or numbed body parts. So why would anyone do this? On Saturday, June 21, at Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton, ask that question of the thousand or so athletes competing in On Your Mark Events' Tri-for-Fun Triathlon. Or you can ask yourself, because typically 40 percent of the participants at each Tri-for-Fun event -- now in its sixteenth season -- are first-timers.
The first three triathlon events of the summer (June 21, July 19, and August 16) are somewhat truncated: a 400-yard swim in a park lake, an eleven-mile bike course on streets plus a looped course, and a three-mile run on a rolling park fire trail. On September 14 the Tri-for-Real event will be held on the same course, only on that day, the distances will be increased to a 700-yard swim, twenty-mile bike, and four-mile run.
All races start at 7:00 a.m. at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton. www.onyourmarkevents.com or 925-283-0233. -- Tony Hayes
Urban trails to you
All spring and into the summer, the user-friendly Berkeley Hiking Club has been sponsoring day hikes -- and the occasional longer outing -- on the Bay Area's myriad of trails. Sunday is a typically active day for the club, with two easy, relaxing hikes to choose from. The more leisurely of the two takes hikers through the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond with its lagoon and shoregrass hillsides, for a three-mile walk interrupted by lunch. Leaving time is 9:30 a.m. from the usual spot, the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Way. If you're willing to show up at the departure spot at 8:30 a.m. for a seven-to-eight-mile hike along ridges and through canyons in the hills, the club's Tilden Park trip is for you. To reserve hikes, phone 510-523-4631 (Miller-Knox) or 510-548-0129 (Tilden) two days ahead. -- Kelly Vance
All hands on deck for the Barbary Coast Boating Club , a Northern California group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered boat owners that meets the third Wednesday of every month at Berkeley's White Horse Inn (6551 Telegraph Ave.). The club is divided fifty-fifty between power and sail, says organizer Paul Moench, and scheduled summer events include trips to Benicia, Pittsburg, and a Delta cruise. Tonight's meeting is at 7 p.m. 415-713-7053 or firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Kelly Vance
Stick it to 'em
Not so long ago at the 'Stick, a Giants-Dodgers game was cause for alarm. Drunken Giants fan pelted manager Tommy "I Never Met a Mostaccioli I Didn't Like" Lasorda with batteries. Numerous fights broke out in the stands. It was worth a bloody nose to wear a Dodgers jersey anywhere near the park. Giants fans even took out their frustrations on ill-fated SF mascot Crazy Crab instead of on the guys they really hated -- like Orel Hershiser, Mickey Hatcher, or Mike Scioscia. The rivalry these days is much more civilized. Uh-huh. Find out Monday night when Paul Lo Duca, Hideo Nomo, Shawn Green, Bubba Crosby, and the rest of the second-place Bums visit Pac Bell Park for three games. www.sfgiants.com -- Kelly Vance
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