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Athlete Information

The 36th Annual Carlsbad Triathlon is July 9, 2017

Register for the 2017 race today!

The Carlsbad Triathlon is a sprint race consisting of a 1K ocean swim, 25K two-lap bike course and a 5K run.  Get the FAQ's to help you prepare.

Race features:

  • Chip timing with three splitsCarlsbad Triathlon Logo
  • T-shirt
  • Finishing medals for all Carlsbad Triathlon finishers (new this year)
  • Online Results
  • 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.

Packet Pick-up Options

Participants may pick up race packets at the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival on Saturday, July 9 for free or Sunday (race day) for a $25 fee.

Saturday pre-race packet pick-up

Lifestyle & Fitness Festival
July 8, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pine Avenue Community Park
3333 Harding Street
Carlsbad, CA. 92008
Individuals may stop by the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Directions to packet pick-up site: Take Interstate 5 to the Carlsbad Village Road exit, and head west. Turn left on Harding Street, and packet pick-up will be two blocks down on the right. Parking is available at Pine Avenue Park and on surrounding surface streets.

Only the participant can pick up the race packet and a valid ID is required.

Race day packet pick-up

Participants electing this option must pay a $25 (cash only) Sunday packet pick-up fee at the race site between 5:50 a.m. and 7 a.m. Anyone who misses the packet pick-up on Saturday will need to pay $25 (cash only) to pick up their packet on Sunday.

  • Only the race participant may pick up the race packet. (Valid ID is required)
  • There will be no registration on race day.
  • There are no refunds on entries. We strongly suggest that you purchase the race insurance at the time of registration through www.active.com.  Transfers can be done at www.active.com for a nominal fee.

For questions, please email carlsbadtriathlon@carlsbadca.gov or call 760-602-7519.


2017 Race clinics & talks

Clinics are offered as a courtesy through the Carlsbad Triathlon sponsors and are not organized by the City of Carlsbad. The city is not responsible for cancellations, locations, dates, times, choice of speakers, etc.

Beginner's Clinic: Triathlon 101 & How to Transition

Moment Bicycles
2816 Historic Decatur Rd, Suite 135, San Diego, 92106
Presented by Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor, Moment Bicycles

Learn everything you need to know to make your race run smoothly. From tactics to employ during your swim, bike and run, to transitions and what to pack and how to dress. We will cover it all! Bring your gear with you and we'll guide you through a few practice transitions (optional). This clinic is for Carlsbad Triathlon participants and friends only.

Clinic: Practice Triathlon
Tamarack State Beach parking lot
Presented by Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor, Moment Bicycles

Pack your transition bag, bring all your gear and join us for a course preview and practice triathlon! We'll provide key techniques and tips for the course and you'll get a workout. Hone your skills, learn the course and end the morning feeling more confident and prepared for race day. This clinic is for Carlsbad Triathlon participants and friends only.

Free off-street parking is available or you can park at Tamarack State Beach parking lot for a fee.

Swim - Beach Entry Clinic
Saturday, July 8, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Tamarack State Beach - Tower 36 (near Cherry Ave.)
Presented by Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor, Brian Long

Please join Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor, Brian Long, at Tamarack State Beach, lifeguard tower 36, for a FREE surf entry clinic. This clinic will last about 1 hour and will cover:

  • There's nothing to fear. Ask an 8 year old.
  • Waves? What now?
  • Best practices for surf entry/exits if you don't plan on winning.
  • Sighting, goggles and my swim cap.
  • Can't anyone swim straight anymore?
  • Do I need a swim buddy?
  • What to do if you need help in the water.

Wetsuits and sunscreen are optional but a good idea. Off-street parking is available or you can park at Tamarack State Parking Lot for a fee.

July 8, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pine Avenue Park, 3333 Harding Street, Carlsbad CA 92008

Speaker Schedule
10:30 a.m. Open water swimming
11:00 a.m. Bike Fit -- Moment Bicycles
12:00 p.m. First Time Triathlete Participant
1:00 p.m. Triathlon 101 -- Moment Bicycles

Group training

Is training with others more your style? Check out the following list of swimming, biking and running groups organized by some of our race sponsors.


The Carlsbad Ocean Swimming group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 a.m. or Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m., with toes in the ocean at 6 a.m/p.m. Swim with a buddy for up to 1.5 miles, depending on your skill level.


Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor Moment Bicycles offers a variety of biking opportunities for competitors of all levels. The rides are on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m., and start at Moment Bicycles.



  • 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 swim

  • 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.

The bike

  • 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.

Check out race FAQs.

Results & Photos

2017 Race Results and Photos

2016 Race Results and Photos

2015 Race Results and Photos

2014 Race Results and Photos


Directions to the packet pick-up site

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.

Carlsbad Triathlon

Lifestyle & Fitness Festival

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