Eppie's Great Race Week declared in Rancho Cordova
The Rancho Cordova City Council declared July 11 to July 21, 2012 as Eppie's Great Race Week at a recent City Council Meeting.
The 39th Annual Eppie's Great Race takes place Saturday, July 21, 2012. The world's undisputed oldest triathalon, Eppie's Great Race consists of a 5.82-mile run, 12.5-mile cycle, and 6.35-mile downriver paddle on a racecourse located on and alongside the American River in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.
The City of Rancho Cordova is an annual event sponsor, and two teams of City volunteers will compete in the race alongside many Rancho Cordova residents.
"Eppie's Great Race is a grand local, fitness event showcasing one of Rancho Cordova's best known assets: the American River," said Mayor David Sander. "Eppie's Great Race Week honors the event's importance and encourages residents to participate in the triathalon, volunteer their time, or cheer on the athletes."
The event has become a summertime tradition for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and families since Sacramento-area restaurateur and entrepreneur Eppie Johnson founded the event in 1974. Mayor Sander presented Johnson with a proclamation at Monday's meeting officially recognizing Eppie's Great Race Week.
"I had a vision that someday we should call this Eppie's Great Race Week," said Johnson. "I humbly appreciate the support that Rancho Cordova has given us."
Net proceeds from the event benefit the Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS), an organization that helps thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities to live more fulfilling lives through organized trips and community events. The race has raised approximately $970,000 to support this cause.
To register, volunteer or learn more about Eppie's Great Race, visit www.eppiesgreatrace.org.