2015 Tinman Triathlon cancelled, event's future in doubt

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Rotary Club of Dunsmuir says it is stepping away from its involvement in the Mount Shasta Tinman Triathlon to focus is resources on the annual State of Jefferson Brewfest.

The 2015 Mount Shasta Tinman Triathlon has been cancelled, and Rotary Club of Dunsmuir has decided it will no longer put on the event, which has been its main fundraiser for more than 25 years.

A year ago the event was cancelled because of smoky skies and low water levels at Lake Siskiyou, where the Tinman has been held on Labor Day weekend for more than 30 years.

Low registration numbers – 11 entries as of Aug. 19 – led to the decision to cancel this year’s event, according to a press release from Rotary Club of Dunsmuir.

Co-directors Will Newman and Jack Haling sent an email to many potential entrants explaining they would stage all three legs of the race this year even if the water level was low at Lake Siskiyou, according to the release. They explained in the email that they “had arrived at an alternative if using the boat launch ramp at Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort was deemed dangerous. Even with that assurance, response was well below what is necessary for the Club to avoid losing money on the event.”

With a little more than three weeks before the race, the Dunsmuir Rotary Club board of directors decided on cancellation “to avoid significant financial loss.”

The decision by Dunsmuir Rotary to end its future involvement with the event, according to the release, included its involvement in the State of Jefferson Brewfest, which is now being held normally just three weeks before the Tinman.

The Dunsmuir Rotary board felt involvement in both events “significantly stretched” its human resources while “the two events are, to a large degree, competing with each other.” They decided “the Club should concentrate its efforts on the State of Jefferson Brewfest,” according to the release.

Haling and Newman both felt they would not be able to continue as co-directors, according to the release.

“Quite simply, we are getting older and less capable of doing the physical work,” Newman said.

Rotary Club of Dunsmuir says it knows of a couple organizations that might be interested in continuing the Tinman beginning next year, and “the entire Club would love to see the name ‘Tinman’ continue in Siskiyou County.”