Santa Cruz Triathlon

Registration for the 32nd annual Santa Cruz Triathlon is now open!

SANTA CRUZ TRIATHLON ANNOUNCES COURSE CHANGE TO BECOME EVEN MORE SCENIC

The 32nd annual race will be sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and features a new ‘Open’ category for top triathletes.

The Santa Cruz Triathlon announced today it will move its bike course to West Cliff Drive for its 32nd annual Olympic-distance race, set for Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.IMG_0922

Palo Alto Medical Foundation of Santa Cruz will be a premiere sponsor of the 2014 Santa Cruz Triathlon.

The race begins with a brisk 1.5-kilometer ocean swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, followed by a 40-kilometer bike ride to the historic coastal town of Davenport and back. It finishes with a 10-kilometer run on West Cliff Drive.

New to the 2014 race is an improved bike course along West Cliff Drive, an iconic stretch of coastline from Cowell Beach, past the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse to Natural Bridges State Beach. This is the first time the bike course will follow West Cliff Drive. Moving the bike course to West Cliff Drive will return the bike section of the race to 40 kilometers (24.85 miles), the standard for an Olympic-distance triathlon. It also will result in less traffic.

“We’re pleased to provide our athletes with an even more beautiful course, while lessening the impact on neighborhood residents,” Race Director Jennifer Squires said.

Also in 2014, the Santa Cruz Triathlon has launched a new category to pit the talented and very competitive triathletes against each other, regardless of age. The Open Wave will help top racers push one another to personal bests. Participants are encouraged to enter this wave if they expect to finish in the top 50 overall (by gender). Men should have a self-declared anticipated finish of 2:15 or better, based on the 2013 course, and 2:40 for women. The Open Wave will be the first in the water, starting at the front of Swim Wave 1 (men) and Wave 2 (women).

Registration Now Open for New Wave Geared Toward Top Racers

 

 

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The Santa Cruz Triathlon will launch a new category in 2014 to pit the talented and very competitive triathletes against each other, regardless of age. The Open Wave will help top racers push one another to personal bests.

Participants are encouraged to enter this wave if they expect to finish in the top 50 overall (by gender). Men should have a self-declared anticipated finish of 2:15 or better, based on the 2013 course, and 2:40 for women.

The Open Wave will be the first in the water, starting at the front of Swim Wave 1 (men) and Wave 2 (women).

Please note: there will be separate awards for Open competitors. Those who enter the Open Wave are ineligible for age-group prizes. All competitors, regardless of division, are eligible for the overall awards.

To enter: Select “Open Wave” when registering for the Santa Cruz Triathlon on Active.com.

If you have already registered and wish to change your entry to Open Wave, email santacruztriathlon@gmail.com.

 

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 Active.com as one of the “Top Ten Most Scenic Triathlons” in California, 2010

RACE OVERVIEW:

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 city streets 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.