The Santa Barbara Long Course Triathlon is one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the country. Its unique distance attracts a variety of athletes and provides a great opportunity for those transitioning from Olympic distance to the longer Half Ironman distance. The start line offers panoramic views of Santa Barbara’s famous “American Riviera,” the Channel Islands and the beautiful Stearns Wharf. Our swim takes place on the protected shores of East Beach. The swim parallels the beach and finishes adjacent to the transition area. The bike route follows the coast heading up into the American Riviera overlooking Santa Barbara, Montecito and Carpinteria. The out and back course includes everything a cyclist will love; long flat straights, challenging hills and even a downhill or two to rest. The run course cruises the beachfront. You’ll meander by the wharf, the marina and Leadbetter Beach. You’ll also experience some ups and downs as you pass through parks and quiet beach-side residential neighborhoods. The course is out and back and will typically reward you with a tail wind pushing you to the finish line. Music, refreshments, food and friends await your return.
Our race site is located at the Historic Cabrillo Bathhouse on Santa Barbara’s East Beach. If you’re into dipping your toes in the sand with a beer, good friends and family after an event, then we’ve got you covered. The view of the Channel Islands, the water’s edge and the Santa Ynez mountains make for a perfect backdrop.
Journalist and six-time Ironman 70.3 champion Emma-Kate Lidbury added, “Races like [the Santa Barbara Triathlon] are special for a reason and, like all good things, you almost feel torn about spreading the word for fear you might spoil it by telling the masses.”
Swim | 1 Mile
A straight forward rectangular swim course paralleling the beach. Swimmers will swim out approximately 50 yards to the buoy line and turn right towards Stearns Wharf. After close to 1/2 mile you will turn right again and swim halfway to shore making another right shoulder turn heading back to the start – finish area. This part is a bit trickier due to the rising sun, best to sight off the beach on your left. The final buoy is the ONLY LEFT shoulder turn on the course and will be well marked.
Bike | 34 Mile
This spectacular bike course starts and finishes with a flat and fast two mile straightaway. The middle section is somewhat technical and includes a few mandatory stops.
There will be a water bottle transfer at approximately mile 15.
Please note that event volunteers are not able to disrupt or instruct the flow of traffic; do not take instruction regarding your right-of-way from anyone unless it is a City Police officer or California Highway Patrol officer.
Run | 10 Mile
Most of the run is on a bike path. The rest is on residential streets that are open to traffic. Please obey traffic laws. There are a few awesome inclines but the route starts and finishes with a flat and fast two mile leg. There will be water stations at each mile.
Water & Gatorade will be offered at each water station.
USAT officials will be roaming the course. Violation of USAT rules or any unsafe or unlawful cycling may result in disqualification or time penalties.
Obey all traffic laws – this is an open course. Safety is our first concern!