Let Them Play Triathlon Across America
Swim: San Francisco to Oakland (7 miles)
Bike: Oakland to Chicago (2344 miles)
Run: Chicago to New York (846 miles)
When: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 - September 15th, 2018
Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco (McCovey’s Cove) to Yankee Stadium
On July 22nd, former Major League Baseball player turned endurance athlete Eric Byrnes will jump in McCovey Cove beyond the right field wall at AT&T Park in San Francisco and attempt to swim 7 miles to Oakland then hop on his bike and ride approximately 2344 miles to Chicago where he will transition to run the final 846 miles, ending the journey at Yankee Stadium in New York City.
Byrnes’ mission is to bring awareness to the dwindling Physical Education programs in public schools across the country. Approximately 97% of all public schools have gotten rid of everyday PE classes.
Along the way, Byrnes will do his best to recruit other swimmers, bikers & runners to join him for parts of the journey through a variety of cities across America.
Every dollar raised along the way will be donated to the “Let Them Play Foundation” and will be dispersed to different national & local organizations committed to expanding youth physical education & after school activity programs.
Byrnes is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and played 11 seasons in the major leagues between 2000 and 2010. He currently is a broadcaster for MLB Network and has become known for his unique high energy “show me don’t tell me” revolutionary approach to game analysis. Byrnes was recently voted to the Oakland A’s 50th Anniversary Team as one of the top 50 Oakland A’s players of all time and is also a member of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. Byrnes completed his first Ironman Triathlon in 2011 and has now completed 11 full distance Ironman’s and over 20 ultra marathons including the grueling Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run where he earned a highly coveted Silver Belt Buckle completing the race in 22 hours. In 2017 Byrnes qualified for and competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and in January of 2018 Byrnes qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon running just over 3 hours at the Arizona Rock & Roll Marathon. On April 21st, 2018, while taking part in a fundraiser for non toxic treatments for lymphoma, Byrnes played 12 hours of speed golf and set a new WORLD RECORD for most holes played in 12 hours (245) without a cart.
Byrnes resides in Half Moon Bay CA, Lake Tahoe and New York City with his wife Tarah (2002 Miss California USA) and their three kids, Chloe, 9, Cali, 7, and Colton, 6.
'Let Them Play' Documentary
The documentary will follow the always entertaining Byrnes as he makes his way through the United States swimming across the San Francisco Bay, biking to Chicago and then running to New York City.
The main focus will be to capture the fabric of both small & big towns across America while focusing on the group element of swimming, biking, running & baseball.
A large focus of the documentary will be focusing on the overall importance of physical activity on humans, specifically children. We will talk to kids, adults and doctors along the way and discuss the incredible impact that physical education and activity has had on their lives.
The journey should provide plenty of action as Byrnes, his wife Tarah, and their 3 kids act as the support crew throughout the 3000 + mile journey which will include planned stops at 12 major & minor league ballparks across America.
Park Stops, Speaking Engagements, Book Signings & Group Rides and Runs
- July 22nd: San Francisco - AT&T Park
- July 22nd: Oakland, California
- July 24th: Sacramento, California
- July 30th: Salt Lake City, Utah
- August 12th: Des Moines, Iowa
- August 15th: Chicago Cubs
- August 20th: South Bend, Indiana
- August 24th: Toledo, Ohio
- August 28th: Cleveland, Ohio
- September 3rd: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- September 12th: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- September 15th: Yankee Stadium, New York City