Overall Rating
Overall Rating (48 Reviews)
4.7
(48 Ratings)(48 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.6
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4
Wildflower is known all over the world for its festival-like atmosphere, challenging courses and some of the most energetic collegiate volunteers. It has been named “the Woodstock for Triathlon”, “the Best of the Best” and “Triathlon back to the basic roots”, “Elite’s favorite race” and more. It’s the “one and … MORE
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    The race is like no other I've completed!! Beautiful medal, well coordinated, well staffed, the course is to die for!!! There are so many vendors! It's a festival!! Fun for … MORE

    The race is like no other I’ve completed!! Beautiful medal, well coordinated, well staffed, the course is to die for!!! There are so many vendors! It’s a festival!! Fun for family also!!! Stay for the entire weekend!!! Best fucking 70.3 in California!!!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    My Report
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    5
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    5

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    breeziej FIRST-TIMER '18

    - Hills, heat, dust are no joke - Great community, friendly, fun environment - Helpful staff, great bike tech booth, great vendors - We did not camp this year, but … MORE

    – Hills, heat, dust are no joke
    – Great community, friendly, fun environment
    – Helpful staff, great bike tech booth, great vendors
    – We did not camp this year, but are planning to next year
    – Highly recommend

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
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    3

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    sturo FIRST-TIMER '18

    Definitely a challenge with the elevation, glad it was my first triathlon location because I've learned this course is fairly intense! Lake water was cool but not cold, wind wasn't … MORE

    Definitely a challenge with the elevation, glad it was my first triathlon location because I’ve learned this course is fairly intense!

    Lake water was cool but not cold, wind wasn’t ripping in the morning so the water acted nice.
    I love climbing on the bike so the Olympic ride course was right up my alley. Then comes the run, the most difficult part of my race.

    Looking forward to next year and training based off my weaker areas!

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    4
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    5
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    5
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    dwpalmer REPEAT RUNNER '18

    There's so much to say about Wildflower but it can also be summed up easily as one of, if not the, most unique multi-sport event weekend. This year I chose … MORE

    There’s so much to say about Wildflower but it can also be summed up easily as one of, if not the, most unique multi-sport event weekend. This year I chose to participate in Wildflower Squared – Long Course on Saturday AND the Olympic on Saturday, yes that’s a thing.

    Weather
    Saturday’s weather was very mild this year. Plenty of sunshine but the temps stayed mild for most of the day with some cloud cover on the bike course for most of the morning. Sunday was a few degrees cooler. Overall I couldn’t have asked for better weather this year.

    Race Day and Course
    Transition was setup as in years past and was well run with plenty of rack space. I was in late waves on both days, but the swim went according to plan. The lake was cool but not cold and the water quality was acceptable. The ride was as difficult as expected with the worst part starting at mile 42 with Nasty Grade. The road quality in the middle miles on the back side of the lake was crappy for about 7-10 miles on the Long Course. But the remainder of the roads were good which included the whole course for the Olympic. And the run, well it’s just hard with a couple of short but steep trail sections. Very fine dirt on the trails gets into your shoes. That led to a blister about mile 6 which significantly slowed down my run. And the there’s the pit at mile 9 and 10, a very tough spot.

    Race Organization
    Overall the race was well organized as usual. The new company that is newly involved in the event made a few errors – putting the massage and wellness area in the sun with no shade as an example – but nothing that seriously detracted form the weekend.

    Camping
    We camped in Redondo Vista in our usual spot. It was great as usual. The Bell Tents looked comfy, although they were setup in a field in the direct sunlight which reportedly made them really warm during the day. One set of friends did rent an RV offered by the event and they really enjoyed that.

    Expanded Options
    The newly expanded camping and amenities were welcome if not quite executed as well as they ideally could be. Coffee delivery to Redondo Vista was great despite the company being a little disorganized, but coffee was tasty and hot. The VIP option seemed a little under-powered and possibly not worth the cost. On the whole, the extra options help draw more people to the event which is a positive overall.

    Looking forward to returning to Wildflower in 2019!!

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    5
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    4
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    5
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    4

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    trithekso FIRST-TIMER '18

    As if you didn't already know, this is a definite bucket list weekend for any triathlete or even fan of tri. So many distances to choose from. Awesome people and … MORE

    As if you didn’t already know, this is a definite bucket list weekend for any triathlete or even fan of tri. So many distances to choose from. Awesome people and location. Fun all around, even when getting beaten down by this very tough course.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    cfunch FIRST-TIMER '18

    Overall, the event was well executed and I had very positive experiences with the event staff. I did enjoy that the vast majority of participants camped out at the venue, … MORE

    Overall, the event was well executed and I had very positive experiences with the event staff. I did enjoy that the vast majority of participants camped out at the venue, which does give the event as a whole a better atmosphere. I think my expectations may have been a little too high from what I had heard and read about the race in the past. I didn’t realize that the main stage/expo area was at the bottom of a long hill that was probably a 20 minute walk (at least) from our campsite. When my objective is to rest my legs before the race this limits my motivation to participate in more of the events there. Alternatively, after the race the last thing my legs wanted to do was go back and forth a few times after I brought my gear back to the campsite. In the end, it didn’t feel too different from other races I have done (though the competition was a lot more intense). Also, I was a little upset at how little was included with the race entry. Standard t-shirt and finisher medal was about it and I wasn’t stoked about the pictures I would need to pay for if I wanted a hi-res memory of the event. Still a great race but maybe not all it is cracked up to be.

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    4
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    3
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    4
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    1

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    mattt REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Nice vibe, fun camping. Course was pretty hard. Loved the live music and the beer garden. Was a bit of a walk down from the group camping to the race … MORE

    Nice vibe, fun camping. Course was pretty hard. Loved the live music and the beer garden. Was a bit of a walk down from the group camping to the race area. Good weekend!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    Ginnylt2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Beautiful location, tough course, well-supported and organized event. This year was my 10th time doing the half ironman distance, it doesn't get any easier but I keep coming back! MORE

    Beautiful location, tough course, well-supported and organized event. This year was my 10th time doing the half ironman distance, it doesn’t get any easier but I keep coming back!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    Scenic, mind blowing, and just tough enough that you feel the sense of accomplishment when finished. It's tough, but as my first 70.3 now I know I can do any … MORE

    Scenic, mind blowing, and just tough enough that you feel the sense of accomplishment when finished. It’s tough, but as my first 70.3 now I know I can do any other one.

    The experience was a mix of scout camp and my favorite summer camps as a youth. I didn’t think I could re-experience those emotions outside of teen years.

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    LoAkina REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Funny how they describe participants as "runners". I am soooo NOT a runner. I discovered Wildflower back in 2010. I am a Mountain Bike rider, weekly rider. I can't get … MORE

    Funny how they describe participants as “runners”. I am soooo NOT a runner. I discovered Wildflower back in 2010. I am a Mountain Bike rider, weekly rider. I can’t get enough. I am also a swimmer. But I am NOT a runner, so when I discovered the Off-Road Sprint race and saw that it was only a 2mi run at the end, I was ALL in! I have now done 4 races, all Off-Road Sprints, all Wildflower experiences. I also LOVE that this particular race is on a Saturday and not Sunday! Not gonna lie, my times have actually gotten worse as the years have gone by, but I still love it. I plan to stick with it for at least a few more years. I also plan to bring in fresh blood, new participants. It’s so much more fun of an experience with a group of people to help sheer each other on!

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    3
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    kathleen.dowse REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Picked Wildflower 70.3 to break the triathlon sabbatical. I am always incredibly inspired and humbled by the athletes at these events. Hard course & record heat made it a hard … MORE

    Picked Wildflower 70.3 to break the triathlon sabbatical. I am always incredibly inspired and humbled by the athletes at these events. Hard course & record heat made it a hard one to start back on but reaching the finish line felt that much more rewarding. (A few regrets on those missed workouts 😜.) No PRs on this one.

    As they call it “the Woodstock of Triathlons” … with a few options of events to participate in… this event keeps it fun and focused on the real purpose… do something awesome, try something hard, cheer on others, and see what you’re capable of… but have fun along the way.

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    5
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    5
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    aaccardo FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Wildflower half is the most challenging early season or any season Half Iron distance race period. Being under trained didn't help but several pros said it is the hardest … MORE

    The Wildflower half is the most challenging early season or any season Half Iron distance race period. Being under trained didn’t help but several pros said it is the hardest race they’ve done. I have never done a half iron where i walked a good section of the run course. The bike course boasts 3800 feet of climbing and is a gorgeous, scenic ride.

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    akaprielian FIRST-TIMER '18

    Wildflower was the triathlon that is keeping me in this sport! I want to keep competing so that I can continue to participate in this event. It was inspiring to … MORE

    Wildflower was the triathlon that is keeping me in this sport! I want to keep competing so that I can continue to participate in this event. It was inspiring to be surrounded by so many athletes across all different skill levels. And the energy of the weekend was felt from the moment we drove through the entrance. The volunteers were truly champions in moving everything forward so smoothly, and the overall production was top notch. I’ll be back next year!

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    iballs33 FIRST-TIMER '18

    What a fun weekend! 5,000 racers meet in the middle of nowhere to race, socialize, and party. Live music all day and night. Delicious local food trucks, Batch Ice Cream … MORE

    What a fun weekend! 5,000 racers meet in the middle of nowhere to race, socialize, and party. Live music all day and night. Delicious local food trucks, Batch Ice Cream was well deserved after the race. Fun sponsored parties, like the CLIF bar 80s themed dance party. Friendly racers and race organizers. Plenty of camping space to park my mini-RV.

    The race itself was very challenging with a lot of hills on the bike and the run. The racers themselves were very encouraging when they passed me on the run 🙂 This was my first triathlon and I can not wait to compete again next year.

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    4
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    SteveDoinidis REPEAT RUNNER '18

    When I first started racing triathlon back in 2012, all I heard about was Wildflower...the heat...the hills...the trails...the strawberries at the finish line. This race lived up to every rumor, … MORE

    When I first started racing triathlon back in 2012, all I heard about was Wildflower…the heat…the hills…the trails…the strawberries at the finish line. This race lived up to every rumor, race report and Instagram photo that ever caught my eye. We come down to Lake San Antonio twice a year as a club for training weekends because of the scenery and the terrain. This race is exceptional. Terry Davis does a fantastic job with all of the races and the festival over the few days. Support your local race. Not every race needs to be fast and flat. Challenge yourself. Challenge yourself with Wildflower.

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    5
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    3
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    joshpryor REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Run Lower PSI one the bike to help yourself go faster on rougher road sections. Nice climb at mile 40ish, it’s not too long so power up that bad boy! … MORE

    Run Lower PSI one the bike to help yourself go faster on rougher road sections.

    Nice climb at mile 40ish, it’s not too long so power up that bad boy!

    Make sure in low gear out of T2 as you mount going up a hill.

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    rahulm FIRST-TIMER '18

    Amazing event! The water was perfect, course was marked wonderfully, volunteers and spectators were great! Top notch event. The camping and atmosphere surrounding the events were even better. It really … MORE

    Amazing event! The water was perfect, course was marked wonderfully, volunteers and spectators were great! Top notch event. The camping and atmosphere surrounding the events were even better. It really is an experience! Can’t wait to do it again!

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    5
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    5
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    5
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    5

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    joesimile FIRST-TIMER '18

    It has a crap ton of climbing. The run is brutal. Stay focused because you could easily twist an ankle on the trail run. College student volunteers bring a energy … MORE

    It has a crap ton of climbing. The run is brutal. Stay focused because you could easily twist an ankle on the trail run. College student volunteers bring a energy that I have never seen in a race.

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    5
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    4
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    5
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    KMellick REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The return of Wildflower triathlons is a welcome re-addition to the early season Triathlon schedule in California. Same great venue, camping with athletes from around the country and the world … MORE

    The return of Wildflower triathlons is a welcome re-addition to the early season Triathlon schedule in California. Same great venue, camping with athletes from around the country and the world competing in the sport they love. An experience triathletes rarely forget, from the tough course to the college athlete atmosphere, this is truely the Woodstock of Triathlon.

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    Judie_Wilcox REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Don't do this race if you want a nice easy day out but definitely do it for great atmosphere and a good challenge! This was my second time doing Wildflower … MORE

    Don’t do this race if you want a nice easy day out but definitely do it for great atmosphere and a good challenge!
    This was my second time doing Wildflower Long distance. My first time I panicked during the swim, barely finished the bike and got to the end as one of the last finishers. This year was going to be completely different.
    The swim is great. Not too cold considering the time of year and an easy course to navigate. The age group waves meant that faster swimmers do overtake slower ones, but it wasn’t too aggressive.
    The bike is really hard. You start with rolling hills, which in any other race would be tough hills. Then at around mile 41/42 is Nasty Grade. It is a long, steep, never-ending hill. Every time you think you can see the top, you go round a corner to be greeted with more hill. But that isn’t the worst of it. After Nasty Grade there are still 2 more big hills to climb plus a few rollers in case you were getting bored!
    Then you get onto the run. Somehow it managed to feel all uphill apart from the very steep downhill at the end. But the camaraderie on the run was amazing. I met some really interesting people, the aid stations were joyful and welcoming and there were plenty of porta-potties.
    Camping was also really great. Everyone seemed in a good mood, the festival was fun without being overwhelming and the food trucks were varied and extremely tasty.
    A great event! I’m not sure I’m brave enough to tackle the long distance again (ok, I probably will once I’ve forgotten quite how hard it was) but I’ll definitely be back to do the Olympic distance and enjoy the atmosphere.

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