Clearer skies in recent days in the Mt. Shasta area are good news for Tinman Triathlon organizers and participants.

After weeks of smoky skies in northern California, Tinman race director Chad New is expecting everyone involved to be celebrating if the skies are clear for the event Sunday morning, Sept. 2.

“We’re feeling good about it, based on the changes in air quality in Redding,” New said last week.

The three-legged race starts and ends on the big beach at Lake Siskiyou Resort and includes a 740 yard swim, 16 mile bike ride and 3.2 mile run on a trail along the water.

Late registration has been extended to Friday, Aug. 31, although there’s no guarantee at this point that event t-shirts will be available for those who register after Aug. 26.

Cost is $80 for an individual or $125 for a team.

New said more people signed up early for this year’s Tinman than last year, when the event drew approximately 200 participants.

New said they’re hoping to get as many spectators as possible out starting at 8 a.m. Sunday morning “to cheer everybody on.”

Dunsmuir Rotary, which ran the Tinman for many years, still helps with the event and still benefits from it.

New and Nancy Cardoso brought the Tinman back to life last year after a three-year hiatus, but New said some of the proceeds are still being directed towards Dunsmuir Rotary’s Wildcat Weekender Backpack Food Program. Through that program, many elementary school children qualify to take home a backpack of child-friendly meals on weekends during the school year.

“It’s a good cause,” New said of the food program for kids.

New said he and Cardoso previously worked on events together in the Redding area, where she was, among other things, a triathlon coach, and he was, among other things, the sports commissioner for the City of Redding.

They decided last year to bring the Tinman back.

“The area is so perfect for an event like this,” said New. “We want to help with events or put on events that bring people from outside the area.”

Bringing tourists and sponsorships to the area is good for businesses and could help fund police and fire services, New said. “That’s the way we believe we can do our part.”

He said volunteers and donations help make it happen, and there are links at the top of the home page of the Tinman website, http://shastatinman.com/, for anyone who want to contribute.