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PlayTri Desert Triathlon

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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
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  2. Sprint Duathlon

    Duathlon: Run 1mi, Bike 14mi, Run 3.1mi
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  3. Olympic Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km, Run 10km
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  4. Olympic Aquabike

    Aquabike: Swim 1.5km, Bike 40km
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PlayTri Desert Triathlon routes

Set in the top ranked Desert vacation in the United States, and nestled in the shadow of the mountains, this triathlon/duathlon event is perfect for racers of all stripes.

Please 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


5:30AM - Registration and Packet pickup opens, transition opens

7:30AM - Olympic Distance Start (Wave 1)

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

Please note participants will also be able to pick up their packets the day before the race (Saturday) between 11AM and 4PM.


This event is an absolute spectacle and spectators will find plenty to do in the race village and surrounding area so encourage family and friends to get out and cheer you on.


If you would like to get involved with this event then please follow the link below to find out more about how you can help out:

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.

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Predicted lows
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 11mph

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