Benefiting high school and collegiate sports in Santa Cruz County, The Santa Cruz Triathlon is a non-profit event. In 2021, the race donated $90,000 to the Santa Cruz community and has give more than $1.7 million back to local student athletes since the race began in 1982.
Proceeds from the event are donated to the high school athletic programs throughout Santa Cruz County. Current schools involved include: Aptos HS, Harbor HS, San Lorenzo Valley HS, Scotts Valley HS, Pajaro Valley HS, Soquel HS, Watsonville HS, Kirby School, Monte Vista HS, Santa Cruz HS and St. Francis HS), the UC Santa Cruz swim program, Cabrillo College Aquatics, Santa Cruz Track Club youth program, and the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association. These organizations provide volunteers for the race course, in return, share the proceeds from the event.
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