Eppie's Great Race is a triathlon (incorporating three elements - running, cycling, and paddling) that is held annually along the scenic American River Parkway.
It was founded in 1974 by Sacramento area restaurateur/entrepreneur Eppie Johnson and has been held every year since, making it the "World's Oldest Triathlon." Eppies Great Race is a Sacramento-area summertime tradition for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, families and individuals of all ages and skill levels.
Its primary beneficiary is Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services (which provides programs for Sacramento Countys mentally- and physically-challenged); over the years, Eppies Great Race has raised $1 Million for this organization.
The annual Eppie's Great Race!
Teams or individuals run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles and paddle boats 6.35 miles on a racecourse located on and along the American River Parkway in Sacramento and Rancho Cordova.
The 40th annual Eppies Great Race known as The Worlds Oldest Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, July 20, 2013. Both teams and/or individuals can compete in divisions from Junior, to Iron Person, 14 - 70 years and older. The Eppies Great Race participants run 5.82 miles, cycle 12.5 miles, and paddle boats 6.35 miles, on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River Parkway. Continuing in 2013 will be the Eppies Great Race Kids Duathlon, a 2.5 mile run, and a 6 mile bike ride; where children can train with their families, and compete in their own race. Race event volunteers, event sponsors and potential exhibitors, as well as race participants, are encouraged to check http://www.eppiesgreatrace.org, to sign up or receive more information.