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December 18, 2016

John Clancey race results

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  • Another successful Christmas Tugs shirt printing concludes. Next printing coming July 2017

    Still have shirts available in our inventory. Email orders to Please include Type (SS, LS, tank, etc), Color, size, and how many in email. If you will be requesting shipping please email shipping address.

    Current prices. Short sleeves S-XL size - $18, XXL - $19, XXX - $20. Long sleeve S-XL - $19, XXL - $20, XXX - $21.

    Tugs prices and current inventory

  • Sean Silberman and Jennifer Huffman win 2016 John Clancey Aquathon.

    A real big Thank You to all those who participated. Keeping the tradition going. Look forward to seeing you all again next year.

    Never in the history of the Dave Pain, Tugs, and John Clancey race have athletes faced such ordeals in getting to the race and running the race. Traffic congestion. Filled parking lots. High tide. Packed beaches. No breathing room. Heat. Horrendous conditions. What fantastic athletes.

    2016 Race Results

    Race Information

    2017 Race Number Assignment

    Trophy Description

    Race History

    Race Map

  • Help

    Any information about former Tugs Patrons Diane Haines and Rick Greenwood

    Received this email "Taken in 1979. The man was known as Rick Greenwood. AKA "Rick the Stick" Whereabouts unknown. The woman was Diane Haines. She passed away in an auto accident in Hayden Lake Idaho, 1987 at age 30. She was my mom. If you have any other photos or info about these people would you please share?" Contact us at and we will forward information.

    Rick and Diane

  • In Memoriam Victoria 1950-2013

    Long time Tugs employee (1971 - 1985) Vicky employee passes.

    Known as Vicky to all Tugs patrons. Stick for the way she handled a pool cue stick to all her fellow Tugs employees. She worked every job at Tugs; Rolled tacos, waitress, and bartender. After Tugs, she managed a very successful beauty spa. Her life dream. She will me missed and loved very much by her family, husband, and friends.

    In Memoriam

Athlete Watch

  • 2009 John Clancey Biathlon Winner Qualifies for Kona Ironman

    Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene - 9:35:34

    Catch our video interview with Brad below.

    Interview Brad Kona Ironman Finish

Recent Features

  • Kosuke Amano and Genny Caruso Win 2014 John Clancey

    July 24, 2014 6:00 PM. South Mission Beach. 3.5 mile run, Beer stop, 1000 meter swim

    Kosuke Amano scores second win with a sizzling record time of 30:20. Genny Caruso triumphs in the women's division to place third overall with a 41:00 time. Genny also replaced having a beer at the beer stop with a Tequila shooter. Slam Dunk. Many awards were presented. See link to results below

    2014 Race Results Race flyer   Course Map

  • 2013 John Clancey Aquathon Race Results

    Kosuke Amano 32:04 (course record) and  Mallory Watson 44:12 win 13th re-staging of Dave Pain race.

    The aquathon is a 3.5 mile run and 1000 meter swim with a beer stop thrown in to truly measure the toughness of the athlete. Awards were given out to women's and men's age categories. plus special awards. Tara Wood, Vicky's Simonson Scharf niece was the big winner of the evening pulling down 3 awards. See the results and videos with link below.

    2013 Results Race flyer  

  • John Healy Wins 2012 Tugs Race

    The Indestructible John Healy finishes 2012 with Tugs victory after competing in 14 triathlons in 2012. What an incredible year.

    In 1979, John Healy came across Tom Warren handing out Tugs race flyers up in Oceanside. John took the flyer and thought that must take all day to do. Well he signed up and 4 years later John was an Ironman. Now he takes down the Tugs Race. Tom Warren was there at the finish to greet John. Congratulations John.

    Tugs Race Resutls

  • Horny Toad Revisited

    Saturday August 20, 2011 - 7:00 AM, 50 mile bike ride - Updated August 17, 2011

    Tugs return to the original Horny Toad Half Ironman bike course starting at Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot. The Horny Toad started in 1981.It was the second Half Ironman in the world after Super Frog. Both were held in San Diego.  The original course no longer exists due to the 56 freeway. Tugs used detours like the 56 bike path. Map Directions can be found below. Video link below shows the course. After the ride the Tugs team visited the High Dive on Morena Blvd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Sorry we missed you.

    Map Directions Race Course Video Past Horny Toad Results

  • Tugs Athletic Club Hall of Fame Induction Postponed

    2009/2010 Inductees Tim Harvey, Jenny Lamott, Dave Pain, and Donna Gookin

    After careful examination and analysis of Tugs race performances by Tom Warren and the Tugs team, we are please to announce our next inductees into the Tugs Athletic Club Hall of Fame.

    Tugs Hall of Fame

  • Floatopia

    Beach Alcohol Ban finds an alternative

    Saturday on Mission Bay, March 20, 2010. Beach goers found an alternative. Get a raft. Grab a beer. Go floating off the beach. A strong Law Enforcement was present and encircled the party. Patrol Boats, Helicopter, Police, and a 50 foot observation tower. Check out our video below.


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