Sunday - Nov 2 2014
Main Beach, Santa Cruz
It’s time for Santa Cruz to play host to an iconic long course triathlon that celebrates the area’s history and connection with its rich surfing past and strong sense of community. This event is shaping up to be one of the most fun events of the season.
Surfing’s retro vibe meets high tech tri – introducing the Surf City Challenge Long Course Triathlon – uniquely Santa Cruz in both course and spirit. Participants will swim, bike and run next to some of the most famous surfing locations in the world.
Prize Money for Age Group and Elite Athletes
We've added an additional challenge for any athlete who thinks they can come out and best a professional triathlete to the podium! We've got some great prizes in store for any age grouper or collegiate athlete who stands on the podium. Prizes will go 5 deep for overall finishers. Prize Money will be allocated as follows: $600/$500/$400/$300/$200 for first through 5th place.
Read our RACE FAQ document. We'll update as more questions come in. The athlete guide will be available in the Spring.
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 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 13.1 mile 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 on your way to the turnaround not once, but twice on this very spectator friendly run.
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 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.
You don't want to miss this event!