Eppie’s Great Race Week officially recognized

July 9, 2012 by  

The meeting of Rancho Cordova city council, held on June 18 this year, included the declaration of July 11 – 21 to be Eppie’s Great Race Week. On Saturday, July 21, Eppie’s Great Race will take place for the 39th year at American River, which runs through Sacramento metropolitan area and enters into the Sacramento River. The race will take place at Rancho Cordova, on a racecourse situated by the side of the river, in addition to racing on the river.

Eppie’s Great Race was founded in 1974 by local entrepreneur and restaurateur Eppie Johnson and is reported to be the world’s oldest triathlon, with a 12.5 mile cycle ride, 5.82 mile run, and paddling downriver for 6.35 miles. A number of Rancho Cordova residents will be entering the race, in addition to two teams made up of City volunteers.

According to Mayor David Sander, the race is a large event which shows cases the American River, one of the most well-known landmarks in the city. Naming Eppie’s Great Race Week will no doubt encourage local residents to volunteer to help with the event on the day, take part in the triathlon, or just come along and cheer on the athletes. The event is bound to receive support from local printing companies, who will be taking care of poster printing in the days leading up to the event, ensuring that everything is in place in time for the race.

Money raised by the event goes to the Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services, which helps people with mental and physical disabilities.