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1500m SWIM / 40K BIKE / 10K RUN
Course Description and Maps
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 delay, an alternate swim course that parallels Main Beach will be utilized. Swimmers will exchange timing bands with their cyclist in the transition area.

NEW Bike Course

  • Exit transition and head up Washington Street Extension, across train trestle onto West Cliff Drive

  • Right turn onto Bay Street

  • Left turn onto Laguna Street

  • Laguna Street turns into Delaware Avenue 

  • Continue on Delaware Avenue

  • 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 on Ocean St. 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 a quick left onto Mission Street Extension (caution it is a quick left after a right hand turn)

  • Right ­onto Natural Bridges Drive

  • Right onto Swanton Boulevard which turns into West Cliff Drive

  • U-Turn at Swanton Blvd. and West Cliff Drive. 

  • Back up the residential side of Swanton Blvd. 

  • Right Turn onto Delaware Aven.

  • Right turn onto Santa Cruz Street

  • Left onto West Cliff Drive

  • Stay right of the cones at Bay Street to finish then veer left to go over the train trestle to head back to transition.

  • Watch for dismount area at the side of the transition area.

  • Go left into 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.

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Runners and cyclists will wait by their bike rack spot to exchange timing chips and to start and end their legs.

The new transition area will be on the soccer fields at Depot Park. There is a zero-tolerance policy for eating and drinking while inside the fenced area on the turfed grass. Athletes are allowed to bring in nutrition but cannot eat or drink inside on the fields. If we see you eating or drinking on the fields, you will be disqualified. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Transition opens for the Olympic Relay Triathlon at 6 a.m. and closes at 7:30 a.m. Athletes must be body-marked and have their numbered bracelet to enter and exit the Transition area. Athletes only. Transition closes promptly at 1pm. Maps of the new transition area to be posted soon! 

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