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Falmouth Triathlon: The Seal

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Wrap up the Cornish Tri Series with the epic open-water Falmouth Seal Triathlon hosted by intoTRI. Gyllyngvase Beach, Cornwall's swimming hotspot, is the perfect location for beginners new to open water tris, and with 2 distances & tons of youth events, it's perfect for the whole family.
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INTOTRI has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 12th Sep 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Falmouth Triathlon: The Seal routes

For those looking for a perfect open-water intro course, a fast course to unleash your speed on, or simply a course with breathtaking views and a buzzing event atmosphere, look no further than the Falmouth Seal Triathlon.

The stunning finale to the Cornish Tri Season starts with a dip in the calm waters of Cornwall's swimming hotspot, before biking along the spectator-lined, closed Cliff Road, letting the energy of the crowd spur those spinning legs faster. Riders will round the awe-inspiring Pendennis Point and back, 4 times for the Big Seal and 2 times for the Little Seal, before doing the same course on your own 2 feet as you blaze towards the finish line on the Beach. Make sure to look for seals off-shore as you race along the coastal course.

Bring the kids along to participate in the youth events where they will get a true taste of triathlon as they slice through the shallow, turquoise water and bike and run through the beautiful Queen Mary Garden. For the youngins' 5-8 years of age, there is an awesome Scootathlon, where the first leg will be a 400m scoot, before they hop on their bike, and finish with a run onto the beach.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Finisher's medal
  • Mostly traffic-free course (adult events)
  • Traffic-free course (junior events)
  • Spectator friendly course
  • Events for all ages
  • Buzzing event village
Raceday Logistics


08:00: Big & Little Seal Start

13:30: Scooting Seal Start

14:00: Mini Seal Starts

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before race time to ensure plenty of time for registration

Kit List
  • Participant are responsible for supplying all of their own equipment for the race
  • Wetsuits are mandatory for the Mini Tri (shortie or full body)
  • Wetsuits will be mandatory (shortie or full body) for the Big and Little Seal events if the water temperature is below 14 degrees. Readings will be communicated 1 week prior to the event.

This is a fantastic spectator friendly course for the whole family to watch and participate, with a buzzing event village and vendors providing food and drink. Cliff Road will be closed and will be lined with spectators to cheer on the participants the whole way around.

An Australian exit after loop 1 for the sprint distance swim will add to the excitement and give supporters a chance to cheer you on at the halfway mark.


Volunteers are the face and driving force of intoTRI. With roles from setup (day before) to registration, swim/bike/run marshal, transition zone and finish line, there is something for everyone. Most roles don’t require any prior knowledge – just a smile on your face and enthusiasm to help out.

Minimum Age: 13y+ (a limited number of roles may be suitable for younger children). Please head to to sign up to volunteer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are wetsuits mandatory for the Falmouth Seal Triathlon?
Wetsuits are mandatory for all participating in the Mini Tri events. For the Little or Big Seal events, wetsuits will be mandatory is the water temperature is below 14 degrees. This will be communicated 1 week prior to the event.
When will the results be posted for the Falmouth Seal Triathlon?
Results will be available 24 hours after the event on the event website.
Will there be aid stations and refreshments at the Falmouth Seal Triathlon?
There will be a well stocked event village, however, no aid stations along the route.
What is the scooting seal race?
The scooting seal consists of a 400 metre scoot, a 400 metre cycle, and a 400 metre run. Aimed at children aged 5 - 8 this is the perfect discipline for any budding young athletes.

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