Top Endurance Athletes On Board

September 8, 2014
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Top Endurance Athletes On Board for First Annual Monterey Beach SportsFest

Key sponsors also join in to kick off new event

The inaugural Monterey Beach SportsFest, set for October 4-5 in Monterey, CA, is a festive mix of competitive and non-competitive ocean and beach activities that has lured some top athletes to compete in the events.

Headliners for the first-ever event include ocean advocate and endurance swimmer Bruckner Chase, and local athlete Ian Deyerle, a top contender in the upcoming Spartan World Championships later this month.

Bruckner Chase’s athletic career has included the most challenging land and aquatic events from his first Ironman distance triathlon in 1985 at age 19 to a 100-mile run in 1998.  He has completed multiple ultra-distance swims and paddles in some of the harshest conditions imaginable from wetsuit- less swims around islands in Alaska to a 22-mile swim along Lake Tahoe to historic swims connecting villages in American Samoa.  In 2010, Chase was the second person to complete the 28-mile swim from Santa Cruz to Monterey.

His ocean swimming prowess has launched a new swim event for Monterey Beach Sportfest, the Chase Challenge.  Currently the two-day Sportsfest includes three swims at distances of .5, 1 and 2.5 miles.  Any experienced swimmer that takes part in all three swim distances is eligible for to win the Chase Challenge award.

The open-water swimming events are just one in a series of activities planned over the weekend.  Other sports include beach volleyball, ocean water polo, a Splash and Dash and the Ikaika Challenge (a swim-strength-run event that draws competitive Crossfit athletes as well as strong swimmers and runners.)

Ian Deyerle of Carmel is one of those. Deyerle, 31, was a high school athlete in Pacific Grove who stayed active by running and weight lifting.  A year ago, however, Deyerle found his passion and a real talent in obstacle racing.  He finished first in his age group in his first-ever Spartan competition in Monterey and quickly moved to the Elite Division where he’s proved a top contender.  On September 20 in Killington, Vermont, Deyerle will compete in “The Beast” division which consists of a 13-mile trail run with daunting obstacles such as carrying 100-pound cinderblocks, rope climbs, barbed wire crawls through mud, sand bag carries, and more.

Then, on October 5, Deyerle will compete in the Monterey Beach SportsFest’s Ikaika (meaning ‘warrior strength’) Challenge.  He will participate in the two-mile beach run as part of an Ikaika relay team, and will take on the full Ikaika Challenge of a 500-meter swim, a series of strength events including 100 push ups, sit ups and squats, and a two-mile beach run.

The athletic activities of Monterey Beach SportsFest are complemented by the “Healthy People, Healthy Oceans” expo, bringing a variety of ocean stewardship and human wellness organizations to the beach.  Representatives from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, The Wahine Project, Reef Check, WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Assn.) and others will be present.  The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has signed on as a key sponsor of the Monterey Beach SportsFest and other supporters include Finis, Xterra, Oberto and GU.  Locally, the Portola Hotel, Peter B’s restaurant, Monterey Signs and the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau are sponsoring SportsFest.

Public events include beach yoga on Sunday and movement activities on Saturday.  In addition, Bruckner Chase and sponsor Finis are holding a swim clinic for local area youth.  Adding to the festivities, mid-day Saturday the local Outrigger Club will be finishing a cross-bay race from Santa Cruz, and kayak and paddleboard rentals will be available from Monterey Bay Kayaks.

Information on the event and registration for the various sport competitions can be found at