Race Info

The Santa Cruz Triathlon, a scenic Olympic-distance and Sprint race, will be Sept. 23, 2018. With ocean views and a great vibe, the race is a ton of fun. It’s also fundraiser for local youth sports in Santa Cruz County. Formerly the Sentinel Triathlon, the event has been held in Santa Cruz annually for the past three decades.


Review the maps before the race. It is each athlete’s responsibility to know the course and any potential hazards. You can download the maps for the race course and the transition area:

Olympic Course               Sprint Course

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Have a good race — avoid these most commonly violated rules

Safety and good sportsmanship are paramount at our event. Please take a moment to review these USA Triathlon rules so you can have a good race. Consequences for violating the rules range from a time penalty to full disqualifications.

1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike.

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons are individual tests of fitness.

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.

5. Drafting: Keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.