Sprint Course Maps and Descriptions

overviewWe’re are pleased to bring back our Sprint Triathlon Course for its third year. This is the best sprint race experience in NorCal. The course — 700 yard swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run — is ideal for beginners or returning racers not quite up for a full Olympic distance triathlon.

Registration is limited to the first 300 athletes and the race will sell out, so register soon!!

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

Swim Courseswim course

The swim corral will be located on Cowell Beach in front of the Dream Inn. Swimmers will start in two waves beginning at 9:30 a.m., heading clockwise around the three buoys and exit 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.

The swim start time could be impacted if an extreme fog delays (such as what occurred in 2012), slows the start of the Olympic swim.

Bike CourseBike course

bike course 2

Turnaround on Delware Street.


The bike course is two loops on West Cliff Drive.

  • Exit transition and head up Washington Street Extension across train trestle onto West Cliff Drive.
  • Continue on West Cliff Drive to turnaround.
  • Turnaround on West Cliff Drive at Cowell Street for Loop #2

    Turnaround on West Cliff Drive at Cowell Street for Loop #2

    Return on West Cliff Drive to Cowell Street turnaround.

  • Complete second loop.
  • 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 Courserun course

The Run Out section from transition is on the path that goes under the train trestle. The turnaround at David Way on West Cliff Drive.

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 still go on the road overpass, above the train tracks.

Transition Areatransition

Sprint Triathlon athletes will enter the transition area through the gate on Center Street. Transition opens for the Sprint Triathlon at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:15 a.m. Athletes must be body-marked to enter and exit the Transition area.

Any course changes and details will be covered in the mandatory pre-race meeting on Cowell Beach at 9:15 am.