Olympic Course Description and Maps

Our run course and the first portion of our bike course now take place on West Cliff Drive!



Transition area map for Santa Cruz Triathlon 2014

Transition Area Map

Please review the maps before the race. It is each athlete’s responsibility to know the course and any potential hazards.

Swim Course

The swim corral will be located on Main Beach in front of the Boardwalk bandstand. Swimmers will start in waves, heading clockwise around the Wharf and exiting the water at Cowell Beach. From there, swimmers run through the parking lot, across the street and up a paved path to the transition area. Volunteers will guide racers.

In the event of extreme fog delays (such as what occurred in 2012), an alternate swim course that parallels Main Beach will be utilized.


Bike Course


  • Exit transition and head up Washington Street Extension, across train trestle onto West Cliff Drive
  • Continue on West Cliff drive which turns into Swanton Boulevard
  • Left Delaware Street
  • Right on Natural Bridges Drive.
  • Right on Mission Street Extension and a quick Left on Western Drive
  • Left onto Highway 1 and ride out to Davenport

In Davenport:

  • Right on Davenport Avenue
  • Left on Marine View Avenue
  • Left at the top of the hill on Marine View Avenue to return to Highway 1 (look for volunteers)
  • Left on Highway 1 all the way back to Santa Cruz

In return to Santa Cruz:

  • Right onto the Schaffer Road and quick left onto Mission Street Extension
  • Right ­onto Natural Bridges Drive
  • Left onto Delaware Avenue
  • Right onto Swanton Boulevard which turns into West Cliff Drive
  • Stay left on Washington Street Extension (over the train trestle) and back down the hill to transition.
  • Watch for dismount area just before the base of the hill!
  • Go into the first driveway of the transition area

Run Course

The Run Out section from transition is on the path that goes under the train trestle. The turnaround is about .2 miles before Delaware Ave. 

Note: The Swim In and the Run Out both follow the path at the back of the park and go under the train trestle, avoiding the street traffic on Pacific Avenue. The Bike In and Out go on the road overpass, above the train tracks.

Any course changes and details will be covered in the mandatory pre-race meeting on the main beach at Lifeguard Tower #3 at 7:45 am.