Sunday October 18, 2020 Bakersfield, CA 93311 US Directions

Shaver Lake "Mile High" Triathlon @ Lake Evans (Elevation: 276')

SouthWest of Bakersfield, CA near Taft

13601 Ironbark Road; Bakersfield, CA

GPS: 35.233972, -119.291028

About the change

We went to Shaver Lake on Saturday (10/3) to assess the course.  The run course and bike course are mostly unaffected, except for some areas that have been cleared to prevent fires from spreading.  There is still lingering smoke, but has been improving. However, SoCal Edison is working to restore power and services in the area, and are using the parking lots at Camp Edison to stage equipment which forces us to go to Plan B.  We have scouted multiple venues, checked with local authorities for each, and tested water quality at available lakes. 

We have selected Lake Evans in Kern County as our best option.  Lake Evans is part of the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area, a man-made lake which is at the edge of the former Buena Vista Lake, once the second largest lake in the Tulare Basin.

The course will be fast and flat and at lower altitude making this a great course for PRs.

Water Quality  Per USAT requirements, water quality is tested at each of our races.  We had samples from multiple venues tested by BSK Analytical Laboratories.   Test results indicate the water is safe for swimming.  Results are available on request.

Location  Lake Evans is South West of Bakersfield, CA near Taft

Preliminary Maps

800 Yard Swim  1600 Yard Swim  3.1 Mile Run  6.2 Mile Run  12 Mile Bike  24 Mile Bike

We know that the new location and date will not work for all participants so we have several options for registered athletes. By default, all current registrations will be at the new location.  

Other options:

The water temperature on 10/12 was 76F. The water temperature on race day is expected to be low 70s and should be wetsuit legal. Air temperature  during the race is expected to be 65-75F.  While athletes will be encourage to leave the finish line area, there are lots of grassy areas and picnic tables throughout the Lake Evans area where you can relax after the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is the Shaver Lake "Mile High" Triathlon still happening?
A: The event is rescheduled to October 18th due to the Creek Fire and moved to Lake Evans near Bakersfield.

Q: Is the Shaver Lake "Mile High" Triathlon USAT sanctioned?
A: Yes, the race is USAT sanctioned!

Q: Will there be early packet pickup in Fresno?
A: Yes, packet pickup will be Thursday before the event at Break the Barriers. This is a drive through style with limited contact. Packet Pickup will also be at the venue on the day before and the day of the event. To reduce contact at packet pick up there will be no in person race day registration and registration will remain open until the start of the race. Please contact us if you have any issues with registration.

Q: Are spectators allowed?
A: Following state guidelines, spectators will not be allowed at the race. If you have family or friends that would like to see you race, volunteering is a great way to be able to be on site and cheer while helping make the event happen.

Q: What is your refund policy if I am sick?
A: If an athlete Is sick, suspects Covid symptoms, or has been in contact with someone with Covid-19 we encourage them to stay home. Athletes can defer, transfer their registration to another race, or opt to receive swag and race as a "virtual" upon request. Athletes  have the option to purchase registration insurance which will provide a refund in the event of being sick, injured, or scheduled to work.  

Q: Triathlons keep getting canceled, what are my risks for signing up for this race?
A: If the race is canceled for any reason athletes will have the option to defer to a race in 2021, or receive a refund. 

Lake Evans
13601 Ironbark Road; Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield, CA US 93311

What will you find at the "Mile High" Triathlon?

+ Bottle Opener Finisher's Medal and Bottle Koozie
+ Event T-Shirt
+ Prizes and Giveaways
+ Free Race Photos by Ploen Photography
+ Finisher's Meal and bottled beverage
+ Music
+ Largest Team Competition

Whether this is your destination triathlon, or a training event for an upcoming 70.3, don't miss Fresno County's longest-running multisport event, the Shaver Lake Triathlon. The crisp mountain air is a relief from the hot days of summer. The altitude gives this race an extra challenge as you compete in either the Sprint or Olympic distance. Hurry back, there is food and music waiting for you after the race.


7:00am-9:00am Race Day Packet Pickup with online race day registration
7:00am-8:00am Transition Open for Olympic Athletes
8:00am-8:50am Transition Open for Sprint Athletes
8:30am-9:00am Olympic Wave
8:35am Duathlon starts at the run start/finish line
8:40am-9:15am 5K/10k starts at the run start/finish line
9:00am-9:30am Sprint Wave 

Packet Pickup


Have your confirmation email with barcode ready for a quick packet pickup.
Picture ID is required for multisport events. 

Fresno Pickup

Drive through at  Break the Barriers Parking Lot
8555 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93720
Thursday, October 15th 4:00pm-6:00pm

Bakersfield Pickup

Sole 2 Sole
9000 Ming Avenue Ste. K-1, Bakersfield, CA 93311
Friday, October 16th 4:00pm-6:00pm

Lake Evans

Southwest of Bakersfield, CA
13601 Ironbark Road, Bakersfield, CA
GPS: 35.233972, -119.291028
Sunday, October 18th, 7:00am-9:00am
Enter through the east entrance

Race Swag


Swag, swag, and more swag! Each participant will earn a custom race shirt, bottle opener finisher medal, and bottle koozie. We will also draw winners from in person participants for some extra race goodies, so be sure to check if you won before heading home.


The "Mile High" medal always features a bottle opener to open your bottled beverage after the race! Bottle koozies will be given out after the event with your included bottled beverage.


Long Sleeve T-Shirt or Singlet?

Athlete Guide

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Your safety is our highest concern at the race.  

  • 5+ Kayaks/Paddleboards/Lifeguards in the water.
  • Hall Ambulance on site.
New Covid-19 Safety Measures

Packet Pickup and Registration

  • There will be no in person or paper registration. Online registration will remain open until race start.
  • Early packet pickup will be drive up.

Race Day

  • Masks will be required before and after the race. Masks will not be required during the event.
  • Athletes and volunteers will have temperature checked when entering the race venue. Anyone with a temperature of 100.0 F or higher will be asked to return home.
  • Race debriefing will be pre-recorded and playing during set up to eliminate an athlete meeting. Additional information may be provided at race start to small groups of athletes.
  • Bike racks will be spaced with 6 feet between bike racks.
  • Racks will be marked for two athletes per rack
  • Temperature screening prior to racing at bike check-in
  • Race will be a rolling time trial with chipped swim start
  • While aid stations will be provided, athletes are encouraged to bring their own water to limit contact
  • Race tattoos will be provided in race packets and should be applied prior to arriving at the race venue.
  • Virtual awards ceremony and mailed awards
  • Podium will be available for athletes to take pictures
  • Post race food will be pre-packaged for the athlete to take to go

Relay Teams

  • Each athlete on a relay team will be given their own timing chip to eliminate handing off timing chips
  • A line will be drawn within the exchanging area. When the finishing athlete passes this line, the next athlete from the same team starts without any physical contact.


  • Spectators are not allowed. Friends and family are encouraged to volunteer.

Refund Policy Update

  • If an athlete has a fever, suspects Covid symptoms, or is concerned about racing at this time they can defer or transfer their registration to another race. 

Volunteers get a meal, t-shirt, and choice of

  • $20 donated to your organization, group or club
  • 100% off a 5k or 10k run hosted by Activitynut
  • 50% off of a multisport event hosted by Activitynut
  • $30 off of next year's season pass

Entry fee reimbursed for volunteers.

This event is hosted by the Activitynut Foundation, Inc.; a non-profit 501(c)3 who's mission is to connect athletes with local events, clubs, coaching and local stores. We maintain a race calendar listing local events at

Join Activitynut Club (free membership), and get 15% off of this and other events hosted by Activitynut.

Discounts are also available for many other local events.  See the Activitynut Club page for a list of upcoming races with discounts.

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