Friday, June 11, 2010

Tinman: A Showcase of San Bernardino

After their final swim in the California  State University, San Bernardino pool, Tinman triathletes of all ages walk from the pool to a courtyard filled with fun activities. These are also open to non-athletes. Tinman takes place Sunday, June 27 on and near CSUSB.

Tinman triathletes receive free massages after their competitions, and they may be offered to the public as well when Tinman comes to California, State University, San Bernardino on Sunday, June 27.
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The 24th Annual Tinman, taking place Sunday, June 27 at California State University, San will showcase much of what San Bernardino has to offer.

“We want to make people aware of as many of San Bernardino’s resources as possible,” said Thom Salisbury, Tinman co-chair. “And it’s not too late to join us. If your business or non-profit organization can bring samples of food or something unusual to California State University, San Bernardino please contact me at (909) 855-3116.”

The Sunset Rotary Club of San Bernardino presents Tinman, now in its 24th year.

The fun begins at 7 a.m., with the kickoff of the adults’ triathlon and 5K race. Athletes can begin checking in at 5:30 a.m. Children’s events begin at 9 a.m.

While Tinman’s main event is a competitive triathlon, non-athletes will find plenty to enjoy as well.

“Our children’s events are as cute as can be,” Salisbury said. “You don’t have to like sports to enjoy watching these kids giving their all.”

Kids Triathletes run a quarter mile through a fun obstacle course, bike a mile and swim 25 yards. The Tiny Tots Tricycle Race is a quarter mile of pure (and cute) chaos!

Helizone, a San Bernardino manufacturer of model radio-controlled helicopters and airplanes, will bring some of its aircraft. These will dazzle Tinman visitors with their ability to perform aerial stunts at elevations of several thousand feet, all with the touch of a remote control held by an on-ground operator.

The Inland Empire Route 66ers minor league baseball team will send their mascot Bernie and their 66ers Spirit Girls Dance Team to Tinman. Bernie,will interact with children and other guests, and the dance team will perform.

The classic Smokie the Bear, is coming down from the mountains with the National Forest Service. Stater Brothers will bring its antique delivery truck.

Several local restaurants and stores will have food samples available. Among these are Clark’s Nutrition, offering a variety of healthy products, Qdoba, offering free chips and salsa, and Jamba Juice, offering smoothies.

Fresh fruit and other refreshments will be given free to all of the sporting events’ participants. Kettle corn and lemonade will be available at a limited price for the general public. There will also be a face-painting booth for children.

Admission and parking for Tinman are free.

Registration for the sporting competitions is $25 for children’s events, $30 for 5K, $75 for triathletes and $90 for teams of two or three who wish to compete in the triathlon.

All participants receive a commemorative medal and a “goody bag” from the sponsors.

Discounts are available on the adult triathlon for disabled athletes, all students with school ID, California State University, San Bernardino staff with school ID, and members of the military with ID. These people can enter the triathlon for $45.

Register at (search for Tinman) T-shirts and medals will be given to registrants as supplies last. Same day registration is available.

For more information, call Salisbury at 909-855-3116.