The Carlsbad Triathlon is a sprint race consisting of a 1K ocean swim, 25K two-lap bike course and a 5K run.
Chip timing with three splits
Finishing medals for all Carlsbad Triathlon finishers (new this year)
Awards three deep in each category
Race photo available online
End of race refreshments
Athlete goodie bag
Special Note: 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.
Note: Participants who have not finished the race by 10:45 a.m. will be redirected to the finish line via an alternate route using the sidewalk and will be considered pedestrians. This will be strictly enforced by the Carlsbad Police Department.
Participants are required to wear a timing chip band, at the ankle, throughout the race.
Relay team members must pass the timing chip band at each transition. After you finish, turn in the timing chip band at the end of the finish zone.
A participant who pulls out of the race must or can not compete for any reason must report to the timing tent to turn in the timing chip band and collect personal gear from the transition area (after 10:30 a.m.). There is a $30 charge for any timing chip band not turned in.
If you are unable to attend the race or you accidently take your timing chip band home, you can mail it back to Gemini Timing 42075 Remington Ave, Temecula, CA 92590
The first wave starts at 7:30 a.m. (unless there's a weather delay) with 5 minutes between each wave.
Swimmers will be assigned to a wave with no more than 150 people (based on age group). Each wave is designated by a colored cap.
Lost a cap? See a race official at the swim start and be sure to get the correct color cap. Do not change waves. Swimmers starting in the wrong wave will not receive a time and/or may be disqualified.
Swimmers should seed themselves according to swimming ability (fast swimmers to the front). Please try to avoid striking or swimming over another swimmer(s).
Wetsuits are optional at the Carlsbad Triathlon, since water temperature can be a bit unpredictable. Generally expect a temperature range of 64° to 67°.
No swimming aids (e.g. fins, kickboards, buoyancy devices) are allowed.
A swimmer in need of assistance should roll over on his back and wave to a lifeguard.
Swimmers are welcome to warm up in the water between 5:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. but are urged to stay near the shore.
Although a bike safety inspection is not mandatory, it is highly recommended.
The bike leg takes place on City of Carlsbad wide roadways that are closed to traffic.(Be aware, in some locations, vehicles will be metered across the course by city staff.) A participant whose bike breaks down mid-race must remove the bike and exit the course. Staff with trucks will be circulating the course. Need assistance? Flag down a truck.
Take Interstate 5 to the Carlsbad Village Drive exit and head west. Take a left onto Harding Street continuing straight past Pine Avenue. Pine Avenue Park is on your right and packet pick-up is on the northeast side of the park.
Directions to the race site
Take Interstate 5 to Tamarack exit. Go west six blocks to Garfield. Turn left or right at stop sign and find street parking. Park in a residential area and walk one block west to Carlsbad Boulevard. The athlete check-in, Expo, transition area and finish line are along the bluff, north of Tamarack Avenue.
Please be courteous of residents in this area! Do not block driveways and keep voices low early Sunday. Do NOT park in "no parking areas" or along the railroad tracks. Violations will result in ticketing and towing.
Lodging and accommodations
There are several hotels around the race site located at Tamarack State Beach at 101 Tamarack Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008.