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Golden State Triathlon

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The Golden State Triathlon is California’s Only Criterium Sprint Triathlon with a draft-legal three-loop bike course and a post-race party with beer garden for athletes over 21 years of age. There is also a shorter Super Sprint Triathlon.

How to enter the Golden State Triathlon

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    Super Sprint Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.8km, Bike 24.1km, Run 4.82km
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    Golden State Triathlon

    Triathlon: Swim 0.18km, Bike 8.04km, Run 1.6km

Golden State Triathlon routes


Swim – The race starts from the beach in Discovery Park, across the bridge from the Transition area, finish line and athlete parking. The swim will be a half-mile in the American River, starting upstream and ending downstream on the opposite side of the American River. There is a sand staircase up the riverbank to the transition area.

The Super Sprint swim will go directly across the river to the opposite bank and exit in the same location as the Golden State Triathlon.

Bike – The 15 mile three-loop bike course is draft-legal and runs on closed local roads. Athletes are responsible for counting their own bike laps to insure they finish all three laps. Athletes not completing all three bike laps will be disqualified.  The Bike course will Not have an aid station. Water and Electrolyte Beverage, along with energy gels will be available in the transition area.

Athletes competing in the Super Sprint Triathlon will complete only one lap and return to the Transition area.

Run – Both the 1-mile and the 3-mile run courses are fast out and back courses along the beautiful American River Parkway. There will be aid stations at the start of the run and at mile one. ALL athletes must wear their race number on the front of their body during the run and have it when crossing the finish line.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Schedule of Events

6:30 am — Registration and Transition Area opens
7:30 am — Race information announcements begin
8:00 am — Super Sprint Triathlon Start
9:00 am — Start of The Golden State Triathlon
10:00 am — Start of Awards Ceremony for Super Sprint Triathlon
11:00 am — Start of Awards Ceremony for Golden State Triathlon

Packet Pickup

Registration and packet pick-up for the Golden State Triathlon will be available on race morning beginning at 6:30 am. The races will start promptly at 8 am and 9 am. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for entrance to the park, parking, transition set-up and warm-up. Your entry fee into the park is included in your Race entry fee.


Transition Area

The Transition area will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Bodymarking will be take place at the entrance to the transition area and must be completed before you enter the transition area. Athletes will have their race number marked on their legs and arms and have their age division on their calf. Glass or bottles are not allowed in the transition area.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located in the transition area and at mile 1 on the run course, serving cold water, gels, and electrolyte beverage.


Expected water temperature for the American River will be 54-58 degrees. Wetsuits are recommended. Swim fins and snorkels are not allowed. Helmets must be worn and buckled on the bike at all times. Run numbers must be worn on the run and when crossing the finish line. Listening devices of any kind: MP3, IPod, headphones, etc… are not allowed.

All finishers will receive custom Finisher Medals.

Competitor Goodies

Included for competitors in both races is a Golden State Triathlon tech-tee race shirt, swim cap, and an athlete goody bag with CLIF Bar and Emerald Nuts product samples.

Post Race Athlete Food

Included for each competitor is a post race meal of hot pasta with salad, fruit, cookies and beverage. There will be a beer garden with premium ales and beer for athletes 21 and over.

First place Overall Male and Female in the Golden State Triathlon will receive Overall Champion Awards. There will be awards five deep in each five-year age group for the Golden State Triathlon. Relay teams awards will be for the top three in each division of male, female, and coed teams.

First place overall male and female in the super sprint triathlon will receive Overall Champion Awards. There will be awards three-deep in each ten-year age group for the Super Sprint Triathlon.

Golden State Triathlon weather forecast

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