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PlayTri Desert Triathlon

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Tickets $120–$195

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Take part in this multi-discipline event at the Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area. Perfect for experienced athletes seeking a new challenge, there is a mixture of races to choose, from an Olympic triathlon to an Aquabike. Come along for the epic landscape or for the testing routes.

How to enter the PlayTri Desert Triathlon

  1. Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.5km, Bike 14mi, Run 3.1mi
    $120–$165
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  2. Sprint Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 1mi, Bike 14mi, Run 3.1mi
    $120–$165
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  3. Olympic Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
    $140–$195
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  4. Olympic Aquabike

    Other: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km
    $140–$195
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PlayTri Desert Triathlon routes

Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon:

Participants mount just outside of transition and ride a short distance on Cahuilla Park Road before turning left on Jefferson Street and exiting the park. Riders continue on Jefferson, which turns into Avenue 58. Riders turn right on Madison Street into the loop, left on Avenue 60, left on Van Buren Street, left on Airport Boulevard, and left on Madison Street. Riders then turn right on Avenue 58 to exit the loop, and follow Jefferson and Cahuilla Park Road back to transition.

NOTE: For the initial one mile run of the duathlon, participants will start on the beach near the swim start, run north into the campground, and follow the run course on the map back to transition.

Olympic Triathlon & Aquabike:

Participants mount just outside of transition and ride a short distance on Cahuilla Park Road before turning left on Jefferson Street and exiting the park. Riders continue on Jefferson, which turns into Avenue 58. Riders turn right on Madison Street into the loop, left on Avenue 60, left on Van Buren Street, left on Airport Boulevard, and left on Madison Street. Participants completing their first loop will continue straight on Madison past 58th to enter their second loop. Riders completing their second loop will turn right on 58th Avenue, where they follow 58th, Jefferson and Cahuilla Park Road back to transition.

NOTE: Both the sprint and Olympic distance races take place on the same day, and both races use the same bike course. Sprint distances riders do one loop, while Olympic distance riders do two loops.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Age group awards
  • Relay team prizes
  • On-course aid stations
  • Chip timing
Raceday Logistics

Schedule:

07:30 - Olympic Distance Start (Wave 1)

08:30 -

The first Olympic distance wave will start at 7:30am, and the first sprint distance wave will start at 8:30am.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many aid stations are on course?
There is one water station on the bike for the Olympic distance ONLY. There will be two water stations on the run course. Sprint distance athletes will pass the water stations a total of four times, and Olympic distance athletes will pass the water stations a total of eight times.
Is there any nutrition on course?
Yes. Gels will be available at one water station on the run course.
Can I wear headphones?
No. USAT rules state that “Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.”
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PlayTri Desert Triathlon weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

78°F
Predicted highs
51°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 7mph

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