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Surf City Triathlon™

Sunday - Nov 8, 2015

7:00 am start

Main Beach, Santa Cruz



What happens when a laid back beach town with a rich surfing history plays host to a cool triathlon that celebrates local surfing history? You get the Surf City Triathlon and your choice of two great races - a classic long course or an intermediate distance triathlon - uniquely Santa Cruz in both course and spirit.

The Long Course features a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run.

The intermediate Distance features a 1.2 mile swim, a 28 mile bike and a 7.5 Mile run - more than an Olympic distance but less than a long course for those who want to try their hand at racing a bit longer.

Swim 1.2 Miles around the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf into the Cowell Beach on of the area's premier beginning surf locations.



The 56 or 28 mile bike ride heads up the coast on Highway One.  You can dream that you’re on the way to Mavericks while you pedal the famous surfer’s highway towards the turnaround point by the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, while watching surfers catch waves at some of the prized coastal surfing areas.  


Your run will follow along Santa Cruz’s famous Steamer Lane.  As you run along the course you’ll see many surfers making their way down the stairs to the rocks and water to tackle some of the most challenging conditions around.  You’ll circle the old lighthouse that now houses the Surfer Museum. Long course runners will make a loop of the lighthouse and run West Cliff Drive twice. Intermediate distance runners will make one loop of the course before heading to the finish.

Transition is located in Depot Park – another historic slice of the community.   Initially founded in the 1870s to support the timber industry, by the 1950’s the train station and it’s associated tracks were the terminus for bringing people to the beach and boardwalk area – both sun bather’s and surfers alike. 

You'll finish on Cowell's Beach in front of the Dream Inn, our host hotel for the event.

This is the last event on the northern California race calendar. You don't want to miss it! Wrap up your season in style!




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Join Fireman Rob Verheist on the Long Course

He will be completing the run portion wearing his full firefighter gear to inspire others to be part of something bigger than themselves!

Special Guest Announcer

Julie Moss will be joining our FLP announcer Will Slocumb to call out your name and do interviews at the finish line!

Host Hotel

Special Pricing

$269 night

(Reg $379)

This year's reservation code



We have designated Teen Challenge as our race beneficiary for this event.
They have helped us over the years with their great volunteer support. It's time we gave back more to them to help support their recovery and training projects.


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