Month: September 2016

4th Annual My*Tri At Bass Lake Saturday

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BASS LAKE — It’s not too late to register kids for the annual Bass Lake My*Tri set for Saturday, Sept. 10. The super fun triathlon is open to kids ages 5 – 17 and is hosted by Miller’s Landing Resort, offering the perfect outdoor mountain venue and challenging courses for all levels of young athletes. Late registration is taking place at Miller’s Landing on Sept. 9 from 5 – 6 p.m. for $35.

Now in its fourth year, event coordinators are anticipating over 100 young athletes will participate in the youth triathlon. Starting at 7:30 a.m., kids of all ages and athletic skill levels will swim, bike and run for fitness and for fun.

Each athlete participates in one of three race divisions designed to suit their abilities, from young athletes with training wheels to the seasoned athlete who love the competition.

The divisions include:

DASH – 50-yard Swim, 2-mile Bike, half-mile Run
SPRINT – 100-yard Swim, 4-mile Bike, 1-mile Run
ACE – 200-yard Swim, 8-mile Bike, 2-mile Run

courtesy Elisabeth Kate Studios

“What I love about MY*Tri is the way it brings our community together, says Taylor Olney, Run Director. “It’s so inspiring to see sponsors, volunteers, spectators, parents, grandparents, and children join together with a common goal. Our goal is to provide a day at the beautiful Bass Lake promoting athletics, health and fun. We love watching the 5-year-old swimming with a life jacket and cycling with training wheels. We are so impressed with the children who overcome extra battles with asthma, diabetes, and autism. We are so excited to cheer on all the athletes who really push themselves and achieve their goals.”

In addition, MY*Tri has a crew of volunteers who encourage beginner athletes and, over the past two years,  volunteers have swam with the swimmers, tied shoes, buckled helmets, held bikes for kids, run alongside bikers and runners and cheered them on throughout the course, say organizers. Avid athletes and older kids have a challenging course designed for them, as well.

This event is made possible by community sponsors, many of whom have donated to the MY*Tri since its inaugural year. They are: Miller’s Landing Resort, Visit Yosemite Madera County, Sierra Automotive, Sierra Asset Management, California Jam Co, K&B Auto Parts, and Cornerstone Custom Construction, Inc.

Extra t-shirts may be available for purchase on race day.

Meaty traditions and a new look as Bass Lake business opens for 35th year

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There’s a lot of love to go around at Bass Lake this weekend. Michelle Miller’s arms might get tired from giving so many hugs as the family business, Miller’s Landing, opens for its 35th year.

“Opening day is the greatest because it’s almost like a family reunion,” she said.

The family’s all coming home to the resort now, but Allan Shapet is always the first guest to arrive. The Oakhurst native couldn’t help but finish most of his lunch before our cameras started rolling.

“Well it was a hamburger, which is the best hamburger there is,” Shapet said.

Everyone swears by the burgers, but Shapet really, really likes them. The first burger of the year and the last burger of the season always go to Shapet. But that’s not the only tradition on display on opening day.

“This is another family that has been coming to Miller’s since day one,” Michelle Miller said, as she looked from yellowing photos to shots with higher resolution as the Cook family grew up on the lake and at Miller’s Landing.

We found a Fresno family who comes every year now too — for fishing, or skiing, or just to hang out, and they hit the water early Friday after getting those hugs from Miller. And this year’s reunion may be the best in a long time. Shorelines are drastically different on the waterway locals had started to call “Bass Pond.”

“Winter was good to us so we’re seeing levels we haven’t seen in many, many years,” Michelle Miller said.

With all this winter water in the lake, everyone at Bass Lake is looking forward to a great summer and it’ll include some festivals, including a fishing derby in April, and in May, there’s a block party on the entire lake.