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Oakland Triathlon Festival

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Set in the heart of the Oakland, this popular event has a variety of race options, including aqua bikes, duathlons and traditional triathlons. With a sprint and olympic option, both beginners and veterans will find something here to challenge them. Grab your shoes and enjoy the ride.

Oakland Triathlon Festival routes

This triathlon series is set in the heart of Oakland, California and has a variety of events ranging from the traditional triathlons to niche duathlon and aqua bike races. This urban race is a fairly unique course and does a great job of capturing the spirit and culture of Oakland.

Each year teams come from far and wide to attend this event and the growing participation makes for an incredible atmosphere at the finish line.

Swim: The routes involve a swim in the Oakland Estuary, starting at the Jack London Aquatic Center. The typical current should work in your favor and give you a little momentum as you start your race.

Bike: Starts at Webster and 3rd Street and Sprint racers will complete just one lap, whilst Olympic distance participants will start at Franklin St and 3rd.

Run: The run course takes participants up the footpath towards Lake Merritt where the path now connects. There will be aid stations with refreshments every mile of the run course.

Please Note: You are required to have a valid USAT membership to take place in this event. You will be asked to present this on race day so if you do not have a current USAT membership please select the ticket that includes a one day membership.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Swim cap
  • Monterey Tri t-shirt
  • Finisher's medal
  • Race bib
  • Post-race meal
  • Professional race-day announcer
  • Professional chip timing & online results
  • Event photography
Raceday Logistics


5:00AM - Transition Opens

6:50AM - Olympic Start

7:15AM - Sprint Race start

7:25AM - Duathlon start

8AM - 1PM - Expo, food trucks, beer and entertainment

10AM - Sprint awards ceremony & raffle

10:30AM - Olympic awards ceremony & raffle

1PM - Post-race celebrations finish

Please arrive at least 1.5 hours before your event starts and ensure that your bike and transition is set up before the start of the first race. Once transition is closed it will remain closed until the end of the events for security purposes.


Spectators are encouraged to get down to this event and cheer on their family and friends as they tackle their next big challenge.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the best place to watch the Oakland Triathlon?
The best place to watch is near the finish line or when participants are coming into/out of transition.
What do I need to bring for the packet pickup for the Oakland Triathlon?
If you have pre-registered then all you need to bring is a valid form of ID. If you have not registered then you will need to pay a $15 fee to register for a USA Triathlon license.
Can I reserve a spot in transition at the Oakland Triathlon?
If you are part of a Triathlon club then there will be a spot reserved for you, however individual participants will have to find a spot on a first come first serve basis.
How cold is the water at the Oakland Triathlon?
The water temperature in the Oakland Estuary will be approximately 66 - 68 degrees in August.
Which ticket should I buy for this race?
There are two ticket options, one that includes a one day USAT membership and one that does not. You will need to present your valid membership on race-day so if you need to purchase one then please select the appropriate ticket.

Oakland Triathlon Festival weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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