Tower 26 Hermosa Beach Triathlon a Triathlon Success Story

August 31, 2023

Malibu CA /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 2023 Tower 26 Hermosa Beach Triathlon is in the books and hit a bases loaded homerun at the Hermosa Beach Pier in Mid-August.

The event, in its 34th year continues to inspire, entertain, and attract a wide range of Competitors, Sponsors and now fundraisers as well. With a field that sold out over a month in advance, the organizers and Tower 26 Swim Bike Run coaches were able to focus on training and preparing the nearly 500 first time Competitors. “I am especially proud of the number of participants who took advantage of our creative programs, including all day Triathlon Camps, Pool and Ocean Swim Clinics and Triathlon Clinics” said Tower 26 Founder Gerry Rodrigues.

The event continued its matching program for Sophia’s Buddies, with a new twist – Sophia’s Buddies Founder Sandra Andrade announced the organization is donating all funds raised at the triathlon to Pediatric Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “We are very proud of the 40 percent increase in fundraising over last year. Our donation will be focused on Car T Cell Studies, a cutting-edge technology that will lead to faster treatment and one day cures for a variety of pediatric cancers,” said Sandra. Xterra Wetsuit provided Vortex wetsuits as a fundraising incentive for the efforts.

In addition to the abundance of first timers, great weather and a fun safe course, organizers noticed the incredible warm family feeling at the 34th edition. “We saw Dads, Moms, Grandparents and Grandchildren all racing side by side, it’s a testament to our long-standing community first approach and was quite humbling to see and meet a multigenerational group of triathletes, enjoying themselves and celebrating life together!” Said Event Founder Michael Epstein. Not only did the athlete community embrace this mantra – The City of Hermosa Beach rewarded producers’ efforts with the first ever long-term agreement for the event as the MESP Team hit another year in Hermosa out of the park.

About The Tower 26 Hermosa Beach Triathlon: The Hermosa Beach Triathlon is an entry level event that welcomes triathletes of all skill levels. For those new to the sport of triathlon or looking for summer training, this event is ideal. Taking place at one of the most recognizable landmarks in California, the Hermosa Beach Pier it sets the standard for California Health and Fitness.

About Tower 26: Founded by Pool and Open Water US and World Masters Champion Gerry Rodrigues, TOWER 26 provides swim, bike, run and triathlon coaching to Los Angles based participants and online enthusiasts of all levels around the world.

About Xterra Wetsuits: XTERRA Wetsuits strives to make athletes swim faster and more comfortable, and to offer the highest performing triathlon wetsuit at the best value. An XTERRA Wetsuit, worn by one of the world’s elite triathletes, holds the world record for fastest swim while wearing a wetsuit.

About Zym: ZYM is a premium quality portable electrolyte drink tablet that effectively hydrates athletes at any level. ZYM is designed with premium clean ingredients to enhance performance during training, competition, and general physical activity.

About Sophia’s Buddies: Founded by her parents in memory of Sophia, who fought stage 4 neuroblastoma for 2 1/2 years before becoming an angel at the age of 4 years old, the Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to help support families and hospitals, and to spread awareness through local communities regarding childhood cancer.

About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of pediatric medicine, offering acclaimed care to children from across the world, the country and the greater Southern California region. Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the largest provider of pediatric medical care for children in Los Angeles County, the No. 1 pediatric hospital in California and the Pacific region and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals.