Instructions

To help make your day more enjoyable and hassle free, please read the following important information:

OLYMPIC TRIATHLON, RELAY, AQUABIKE, OPEN WATER SWIM

  • Body-marking will start when transition opens at 6 a.m. Transition closes at 7:30 am.
  • Review the race course before the race. It is the responsibility of each athlete to know the race course and any potential hazards which may exist on it. Note:  Any course changes will be covered pre-race on Main Beach at Lifeguard Tower #3 at 7:45 a.m.
  • Please review the bike course. It is the same as 2015.
  • Highway 1 is open to traffic. Ride on the right-hand side of the road unless instructed otherwise by a police officer or race official.
  • Gatorade will be available on the bike course.
  • There will be water and Gatorade drink and energy supplements available on the run course at mile 1.5, the turnaround and mile 4.5.
  • Timing chips must be turned in at the finish line or athlete will be responsible for the cost of the timing chip.

SPRINT TRIATHLON, AQUATHLON

  • Body-marking will start when transition opens at 7:50 a.m. Transition closes at 9:10 am.
  • Review the race course before the race. It is the responsibility of each athlete to know the race course and any potential hazards which may exist on it. Note:  Any course changes will be covered pre-race on Cowell Beach in front of the Dream Inn at 9:15 a.m.
  • Please review the bike course. The turnaround at Delaware and Swanton has changed slightly.
  • The bike course closes at the turnaround at 11 a.m. All cyclists must be returning on their second lap.
  • There will be water and Gatorade drink and energy supplements available on the run course at the turnaround.
  • Timing chips must be turned in at the finish line or athlete will be responsible for the cost of the timing chip.

Due to race permit requirements, cut-off times will be in effect throughout the race. To be allowed to continue in the race, all swimmers must be out of the water by 10 a.m., all cyclists off the bike course by 11:30 a.m. The race will officially end and the run course declared closed at 12:30 p.m..  All equipment must be removed from the transition area by 1 p.m. Items left behind will be donated to charity.

The race will be governed by safety standards and competitive rules as set forth in the Competitive Rules of USA Triathlon. USA Triathlon officials will enforce all rules. Under USA triathlon rules — any protest of a penalty must be filed within 60 minutes of the athlete’s completion of the race. The Rule violation report will be posted on the results board, which will be located in the finish line area. The Head Referee is responsible for addressing any rule protest.

SWIM RULES:
Final instructions will be delivered prior to race start. Make sure you cross over the timing mat on as you enter the wave start line-up. To begin your swim, you must cross over a timing mat in a fenced-in area on the beach. You must also cross over a timing mat leaving the water.
The first wave of swimmers goes off at 8 a.m. (Olympic) and 9:30 a.m. (Sprint) and will proceed at 5 minute intervals, with or without you. It is mandatory that you start only at your designated time. All swimmers must wear the official race swim cap of appropriate color provided and extra caps will be available on the beach.
If you need help during the swim, raise one arm or yell to a lifeguard for assistance.
Wetsuits are strongly recommended. Water temperatures usually range from 55° and 60° degrees. No other swim or flotation devices may be used. Do not dive into shallow water. Upon exiting, swimmers will be guided to the transition area. Relay swimmers must proceed to the “tag zone” transition area.BIKE RULES
Cyclists are required to wear a helmet that complies with USCPSC Safety Standards for bicycle helmets. The approved helmet must be fastened at all times while on the bike.

You must rack your bike in the transition area on a bike rack. Racking of bikes in transition area is first come first served. Your bike must be on a bike rack. Please do not use more than one rack space for your transition area. All bike racks must be used to maximum capacity. Your transition gear will be moved if you use more than your allotted room space.
The Olympic course is NOT a closed bike course. Cyclists should be aware of vehicular traffic, stay to the right, and stay in the bike lanes at all times where they are available. Upon exiting transition area, cyclists must obey ALL traffic laws.
Cyclists are reminded to follow all rules and traffic laws unless directed to do otherwise by a uniformed peace officer or race official. The USA Triathlon officials will be active on Hwy. 1 and will enforce all race rules.
Cyclists must follow instructions of race officials, volunteers and law enforcement officers at all times.
No ear buds or personal audio devices are allowed on the course. (USAT rules and City of Santa Cruz requirement).
No drafting is allowed at any time (see below). USAT officials will monitor the course. Cyclists must wear approved helmets, which must be fastened at all times when on the bike. Plastic Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available in Davenport at the turn-around point in plastic water bottles. No private vehicles or assistance to riders will be allowed on the bike course, including Highway 1. Failure to obey this rule will result in disqualification.
The drafting rule that will be enforced is a simple one: cyclists may not ride within three bike lengths of a rider in front of them or within three feet of from a rider to the side. Cyclists have 15 seconds to complete a pass through this “drafting zone”. A cyclist must back off 3 bike lengths as soon as the front wheel of the passing rider moves ahead of his/her bike.RUN RULES
The run is on West Cliff Drive foot and bike paths to the turnaround/aid station on Swanton Avenue near Natural Bridges State Park. To insure that every racer runs the same distance, running on the street (except in the start/finish area and in the bike lane on Swanton) is prohibited and may result in disqualification. Stay to the right at all times and be aware of pedestrian traffic on paths. There will be water stations will be available at mile 2, the turn-around point and mile 4.

NUMBERS
Only numbered athletes will be allowed in and out of the transition areas. Athletes must wear their race number on their upper left arm, upper right leg, front of their body and on their bike frame behind handlebars. Please identify all equipment, such as your wetsuits, with name or race number.

Race committee and sponsors The Santa Cruz Triathlon is are not responsible for lost or stolen equipment. Only numbered athletes will be allowed to remove bikes from transition area. As stated earlier, bikes must have number tags and runner must wear bib number.

MEDICAL
Medical teams provided by Score Physical Thereapy will be located stationed at the end of the swim, at the finish line and in the transition area. If you witness an accident, or in the case of an emergency, notify race marshals or go to the nearest telephone and dial 9-1-1.

TIMING
All preliminary times will be posted in the transition area as soon as possible on race day.

AWARDS
Finishers medals will be awarded to all competitors receive a finisher’s medal in the finish line chute after they have completed completing the race. Awards will be given to the top three finishers of each age group. The awards ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the Transition Area.
Aquabike finishers will receive their medals at Bike-In at the Transition Area.

Open Water Swim finishers will receive their medals at the swim exit.
Relays will receive their medals when the runner finishes. The runner will get all of the medals for the team.
FINALLY…      
There is no required bike check for the Santa Cruz Triathlon. All competitors are strongly urged to take advantage of the free bike inspections, which are available at The Spokesman Bicycles, 231 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, across the street from Packet Pickup. (831) 429-6062.
Make sure that you wear the race numbers and timing chip given to you. You will receive a timing chip and three numbers at the packet pick-up. The bicycle frame number goes on your bicycle’s top tube, just behind the handlebars. The bib goes on your shirt. The smaller number will go on the front of your helmet. You will be body-marked on race morning before the swim.
Racking of bikes in transition area is first come, first served, with special sections for Relay, Sprint and Open. Your bike must be on a bike rack. Please do not use more than one space for your transition area. All bike racks must be used to maximum capacity. Your transition gear will be moved if you use more than your allotted room.
There will be a designated area in transition for Aquathlon racers near the Medical Tent.
Athletes can walk or run — NOT RIDE — their bike through the transition area.
Timing chips must be turned in at the finish line or athlete will be responsible for the cost of the timing chip.

No outside help or assistance is allowed while you are competing. Once the race starts, you may receive no outside help or assistance, unless you drop out of the competition. If you drop out, contact the race officials as soon as possible and do not cross the finish line. Please contact race officials as soon as possible. No private vehicles or assistance to riders will be allowed on the bike course, including Highway 1. Failure to obey this rule will result in disqualification.
The Santa Cruz Triathlon is a non-profit event. Proceeds from the event are donated to the athletic programs of UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz County high schools, Santa Cruz Track Club, State Lifeguards Association and Santa Cruz Triathlon Association.