Tugs Events and News
2023 Feb 1 Tugs closes
In the coming year we will look into a different model one where you can pick up a store or on line shipping. Stay tuned.
Zack Hamner and Emily Tylka Win 2019 Pain Tugs Clancey Aquathon
A limited amount of trophies were awarded with just 2 special awards. The Tallyho award went to the Nauman family. The Dave Pain award went to ... in memory of Dave Pain who passed way this year. See. Race originated in 1972 by Dave Pain combining a run and swim. Race officials honored him by coming out to the race and wearing white news boy hat as shown here. First races were held at Mission Bay and Fiesta Island. Moved to South Mission Beach 1981. Ended in 1988. Returned in 2001. Combining Dave Pain and Tugs races. Beer stop added in 2007.
Pool Politics - Stop Aqua-Sizers now. I mean NOW!!!.
What can you do? Form a petition at your local pool to change the Aqua-Sizer morning hours to a later time suiting their demos. Next when asked to give up your swim lane to the the sizers, Resist. Question. Why? Demos? Why do they need to be there so early?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward information.
Save Kellogg Beach
Sign the petition to stop the development here We are asking the Peninsula Community Planning Board to recommend against this proposed development of condominiums on Kellogg Beach.
In Memoriam Victoria 1950-2013
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.
2009 John Clancey Biathlon Winner Qualifies for Kona Ironman
Catch our video interview with Brad below.
Dean Spraque and Maya Bryson Win 2018 John Clancey Race
Excellent Race conditions again this year. Plenty of parking. Beer stop. 36 participants. Plenty of trophies. Tugs race shirts were available Look forward to see you again next year.
Matt Tobey and Bessie Leszczynski Win 2017 John Clancey Race
Excellent Race conditions this year. Plenty of parking. Beer stop. 23 participants. Will move next years race to August. We are working on special race shirts for next year.
Sean Silberman and Jennifer Huffman win 2016 John Clancey Aquathon.
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.
Kosuke Amano and Genny Caruso Win 2014 John Clancey
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
2013 John Clancey Aquathon Race Results
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.
John Healy Wins 2012 Tugs Race
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.
Horny Toad Revisited
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.
Tugs Athletic Club Hall of Fame Induction Postponed
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.
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.