Santa Cruz Triathlon

Join us for the 33rd annual Santa Cruz Triathlon

Registration is now open. Take advantage of a special offer to sign up for both the Santa Cruz Triathlon and the Sandman Sprint Triathlon on Aug. 2 for just $150 total.

The 2014 Santa Cruz Triathlon featured three new elements, all of which will continue in the 2015 event:

  • Jennifer Squires, a certified USA Triathlon race director, took over leadership of the event.
  • The bike course shifted to West Cliff Drive , an iconic stretch of coastline from Cowell Beach, past the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse to Natural Bridges State Beach. Moving the bike course to West Cliff Drive returned the bike section of the race to 40 kilometers (24.85 miles), the standard for an Olympic-distance triathlon. It also resulted in fewer traffic impacts to Westside residents and visitors.
  • Also in 2014, the Santa Cruz Triathlon launched a new category to pit the talented and very competitive triathletes against each other, regardless of age. The Open Wave allowed top racers push one another to personal bests.

2014 Race Photos Still Available2014_Race_Photos

Find your 2014 Santa Cruz Triathlon photos here on

Questions? Please contact our photography director at or call 831-431-7937.


Formerly named the Santa Cruz Sentinel Triathlon, the Santa Cruz Triathlon is a non-profit event. Each year the race donates $30,000 to $50,000 to the Santa Cruz community! Proceeds from the event are donated to the Santa Cruz County High School athletic programs, the UC Santa Cruz Swim Program, Cabrillo College Athletics, Santa Cruz Track Club, and the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association. These organizations receive donations from the race and provide volunteers on the course. Everyone’s participation is greatly appreciated!

Named by as one of the “Top Ten Most Scenic Triathlons” in California, 2010


SWIM (1.5K) A brisk ocean swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. Water temperature is usually in the mid to upper 50’s, so wetsuits are strongly recommended.

BIKE (40K) A challenging out-and-back ride via West Cliff Drive and coastal Highway 1. The turnaround is located in the historic coastal town of Davenport.

RUN (10K) A flat and fast out-and-back course along the ocean on beautiful West Cliff Drive.