Craig Zetterberg was a beloved teacher and Water Polo coach at Nevada Union High School. Tragically, he died suddenly in March 2014 while mountain biking.
Adaptive Physical Education Teacher, Amy Giles, wanted to organize a triathlon event at Nevada Union and had constructed a course largely on the school campus. Athletic Director Jeff Dellis suggested that it would be a great idea to name this event in memory of Zett. Thus the first Zett’s Tri was successfully run on May 31, 2015 with about 80 participants. As Amy is also a coach of the NU Nordic Ski Team, the Nordic athletes provided volunteers and did the timing for the race. The race has evolved into an annual fund raiser event for The Zetterberg Scholarship Fund and the Nordic Ski Team.
The race is a Sprint Triathlon with 3 stages:
- 2 mile run
- 6 mile mountain biking
- 400 meter swim.
To minimize bottlenecks on the course a wave start is used with sufficient gaps between the waves to spread the participants out on the course. The waves are largely organized around the gender and age categories but if needed these may be rearranged in order to manage congestion. The swimming stage is placed at the end of the event to better use the limited number of lanes in the swimming pool. The final transition between biking and swimming may not timed (check racer’s instructions) in case athletes have to wait their turn the pool.
We have a separate relay category for the triathlon. A relay team is made up of 2 or 3 athletes who can do individual legs of the race. Teams can have any mix of genders and age categories. If you want to race in a relay team but can’t find enough other member, contact the organizers and we may be able to help put you in touch with others.
In 2016 a special category was added to the event for athletes with special needs. The course is shorter than the main event and only has running and swimming legs. The running and swimming legs are shorter than the main triathlon. This race starts a half hour before the first triathlon wave.