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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.

How to enter the Carlsbad Triathlon

  1. Sprint Plus Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1km, Bike 25km, Run 5km
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  2. Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.5km, Bike 16km, Run 5km
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  3. Sprint Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 1mi, Bike 16km, Run 5km
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  4. Sprint Plus Aquabike

    Duathlon: Swim 1km, Bike 25km
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Carlsbad Triathlon routes

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.

Event Details

What’s Included

All finishers will receive a Carlsbad Triathlon t-shirt!

Raceday 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


Safety and Weather: If there are extreme weather conditions including, but not limited to, high surf, strong rip currents, or poor visibility due to fog, the swim portion of the race may be canceled. The triathlon would then transition into a run-bike-run. The California State Lifeguards will assess the water conditions the day of the race. Safety of all participants is our priority.

Time Limits: Participants who will not finish the race by 10:45 a.m. will be required to exit the course. This will be strictly enforced by the Carlsbad Police Department.

Carlsbad Triathlon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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Meet the organizer

Welcome to Renegade Racing and Make-U-Fit Productions, we have running, triathlon and adventure sports events. We have something for everyone, including kids.

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