Third annual Zett’s Triathlon set for Sunday |

Third annual Zett’s Triathlon set for Sunday

The Zett's Triathlon is back for its third installment, taking participants on an 8-plus mile run, bike and swim course while at the same time honoring beloved Nevada Union teacher and coach Craig Zetterberg.

"(Zetterberg) was really well known in the community and made a huge difference in lots of peoples lives, so we want to continue to honor him with this event," said Nevada Union student Erika Wolf, who is helping organize the event for her Senior Project.

Zetterberg, who taught and coached water polo as well as mountain biking at Nevada Union, died in March of 2014.

A year later, Amy Giles, an adaptive physical education teacher at Nevada Union, founded the first Zett's Triathlon that ran May 31, 2015. Giles, along with Derek McKay are the event directors.

“This project has helped me realize that I really do want to work outdoors, with people and with the community.”Erika WolfNevada Union student

The 2017 Zett's Triathlon, which is open to anyone, is set for Sunday morning and will take participants on a sprint course built on and around the Nevada Union High School campus. The event starts with a 2 mile run, followed by a 6-mile bike ride and concludes with a 400 meter swim.

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"It's not a super long triathlon and it doesn't matter how fast people get through the course," Wolf said. "It's just great to show up and support the teams, the programs and show their love for Zetterberg."

The event will raise funds for the Zetterberg Scholarship Fund, the Nevada Union nordic ski team and Nevada Union's Adaptive Physical Education program.

The triathlon also has an abbreviated course called the Potter's Race, which was added in 2016 for athletes with special needs. The course is shorter than the main event and features only running and swimming legs. The race is named for Dave Potter, a former adaptive physical education teacher at Nevada Union who died in 2015.

For Wolf, who will be attending Sterling College in Vermont in the fall and studying outdoor education, helping organize this year's Zett's Triathlon has affirmed her college major choice.

"This project has helped me realize that I really do want to work outdoors, with people and with the community," she said.

The third annual Zett's Triathlon as well as the Potter's Race will get going Sunday morning at Nevada Union High School. Race day registraion will be available.

For more information or if interested in participating visit

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What: Third annual Zett’s Triathlon

When: 8:30 a.m. (Potter’s Race), 9 a.m. (Zett’s Triathlon), Sunday

Where: Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Rd, Grass Valley

Cost: $40 (adult), $25 (student athletes)

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