Carlsbad Triathlon

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Carlsbad Triathlon
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The Carlsbad Triathlon course begins at Tamarack Surf Beach, and follows the coastline of Carlsbad, past scenic beaches, lagoons and a wildlife preserve. This triathlon boasts a sprint and sprint plus distance.This race is for everybody: from first-timers to the elites, and their friends and family! The race is done in heats begining with an open-water ocean swim, which is well-marked with buoys. The swim is followed by a bike course, and the race finishes with a run along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline. The roads are wide and completely closed to traffic. The course is mostly flat with a couple of rolling areas.
Sprint Plus Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon, Sprint Duathlon, and 1 more
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Sun 14th Jul 2019
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Carlsbad, United States
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Where and when
3016 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
Start times
Sun 14th Jul 2019
Sprint Plus Triathlon:
Sprint Triathlon:
Sprint Duathlon:
Sprint Plus Aquabike:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Carlsbad Triathlon
Sprint Plus Triathlon
$115 - $190
Sprint Triathlon
$65 - $155
Sprint Duathlon
$100 - $155
Sprint Plus Aquabike
$75 - $95
Route information
Swim Course
Sprint Plus Swim will start on the beach at Cherry Ave and swim in a counter clockwise direction (south) towards swim exit/transition. Sprint will start on the beach at Redwood Ave and swim in a counter clockwise direction (south) towards swim exit/transition.
Bike Course
Make sure you are in a low gear to get up the hill out of the transition area. Head south to La Costa. Sprint Plus completes the additional loop with a u-turn heading northbound at Solamar Drive. back to La Costa. Sprint completes the out and back to La Costa.
Run Course – 3.1 miles
Start at Tamarack Ave/Transition Area, head north along the sea wall. At the end of the sea wall run up the small hill at Pine Street to head south on Carlsbad Blvd, cross over the Agua Hediona inlet before u-turning again (in line with Tower 30 by the plant).
Duathlon’s first 1 Mile Run – Start/Finish line arch on PCH (easy to find). Head North until the U-turn. Head South along the seawall to the Transition Area.
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What's included
All finishers will receive a Carlsbad Triathlon t-shirt!
How to get there
3016 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
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  • Take Interstate 5 to Tamarack exit. Go west six blocks to Garfield. Turn left or right at stop sign and find street parking. Park in a residential area and walk one block west to Carlsbad Boulevard. The athlete check-in, transition area and finish line are along the bluff, north of Tamarack Avenue.
  • Please be courteous of residents in this area! Do not block driveways and keep voices low early Sunday. Do NOT park in “no parking areas” or along the railroad tracks. Violations will result in ticketing and towing.
  • Please arrive to transition no later than 6:30am. Allow plenty of time for parking.
  • Walking/riding to transition. All Racers will need to be out of transition area by 7:00am (even if your wave is later.)
Event day logistics
4:00 PM Registration/Packet Pickup Opens at PlayTri Oceanside
8:00 PM Registration closes
7:30 AM Swim Clinic - Tamarack State Beach
Get to know the swim course, overcome fears, and familiarize yourself with the buoy placement. Participants will learn how to navigate the surf, what to look for in the current, swim exit, reefs, and even take a splash in the waves. Brian Long, long-time triathlete and local Carlsbad resident, along with various coaches, volunteers, and lifeguards will brief participants on what to expect on race day. This is a free event, however all participants must have the 1-day event or annual USAT membership.
10:00 AM Registration opens / Expo opens at Pine Avenue Park
11:30 AM Course Talk with Coach Steve Tally: “Beginner Tips and Advice and Get to Know the Course”
• Race Packet
• Parking/Logistics
• Pre Race Evening Tips
• Race Morning Tips – Finding your TA spot, warming up, body marking
• Swim Course – Where to Go and What to Do! Advice for beginners
• Bike Course – Safety and Rules
• Run Course Overview
1:00 PM Course Talk with Michellie Jones
Bio: Ironman Certified Coach, USAT Level 1 Certified Coach with Hitch a Coach - Dream Big!!!!, Hall of Fame - Sport Australia Hall of Fame, ITU Hall of Fame, Triathlon Australia Hall of Fame, Ironman World Champion, Olympic Silver Medalist, Gold Medalist Paralympics – Guide, Order of Australia Medal -AM 2 x ITU World Champion, 2 x ITU Age Group Sprint Triathlon 45-49, 2x Para Triathlon World Champion-Guide, Xterra World Champion, 2017 Ride Triathlon Team Coach of the Year
3:00 PM Expo closed
Sunday – Race day
5:30 AM Late pre-race check in opens
5:30 AM Transition opens
7:00 AM Transition closes - all participants head to your race start
7:00 AM Duathlon Start - Duathletes meet on Carlsbad Blvd at Acacia Ave.
7:05 AM Sprint Plus race starts followed by Sprint races (Wave schedule TBA)
9:00 AM Transition reopens 10:00 AM Awards (time approximate)
10:45 AM Course Closed. All athletes not finishing by this time will be pulled from the course per Carlsbad PD
11:00 AM Transition area closes - All bikes must be removed
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