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Optimists to Host 46th Annual Coronado Sports Fiesta – Sunday, September 10


The Optimist Club of Coronado will hold its annual Sports Fiesta on Sunday, September 10. All events will take place in the morning. Check-in and Day-of-Race Registration will be adjacent to Sunset Park, on Ocean Blvd, adjacent to NAS North Island Gate 5.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register using the link or the form provided at the website:, and then clicking on the 2017 Sports Fiesta tab. Mail completed forms with checks to: Optimist Club of Coronado, P.O. Box 180251, Coronado, CA 92178-0251.


All participants will receive Sports Fiesta T-shirts, and medal awards will be presented to the top three winners, male and female, in a variety of age groups, ranging from under 12 years to 70 and up.  “Hard Rock” awards will be presented to the top three winners in their gender and age groups who complete the 5K Run, Rough Water Swim, and Mini Triathlon, based on fastest combined time.

Entry Fees (for those who pre-register):
Adults: Triathlon: $32; 5K Run $32; One-Mile Rough Water Swim: $32.
Youth (18 years and younger): $10 per event.

Entry Fees (walk-on, day of event):
Each event:  Adults $40/Youth $15


7:00 AM: 5K-Run, along the waters edge. Check in table opens at 6:00 AM and registrations will be accepted until 6:45 AM. After checking in near Sunset Park, participants will start and finish the 5K at the waters edge, near Dog Beach, with the run going South, and a turnaround at the southern end of the Coronado Shores buildings.

8:00 AM:  One-Mile Prone Paddle-Board.  Check-in 7:00–7:45 AM. “The prone paddle-board event, for boys and girls only, 18-years and younger only, will be a lot of fun,” according to event coordinator, Stan Searfus. “I expect the pace will be pretty fast along the one-mile course. The kids who do this are in pretty good shape.”

Liz Granquist – Triathlon Fastest Female Athlete

9:00 AM:  Triathlon – the longest continuous running triathlon in the world. Check-in 8:00–8:45 AM. This event features a 400-yard ocean swim, a one-mile run along the beach, and a 4-mile bike leg on NAS North Island. In the past 10 years, the fastest time of completion of the mini-tri was 21 minutes, 25 seconds and the longest time was 68 minutes. “The fun of doing it is the big motivator, not winning per se,” says Optimist Don Crawford, coordinator of the event.

10:00 AM:  One-Mile Rough Water Swim. Check-in 9:00-9:45 AM. This event features a closed course around three anchored buoys off Coronado’s North Beach. It is amazing to see the spirited sprints up to the waters edge finish line after swimming one mile. Winning time is usually around 18 minutes. The goal is to have fun!

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