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Carlsbad Traithlon runner

The 33rd Carlsbad Triathlon is July 13, 2014. 

The Carlsbad Triathlon is a sprint race consisting of a 1K ocean swim, 25K two-lap bike course and a 5K run. 

Special Note: If there are extreme weather conditions including, but not limited to, high surf, strong rip tides, 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 on Saturday for free or Sunday (race day) for a $25 fee.

Saturday, pre-race packet pick-up at the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival

July 12, 2014
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Pine Avenue Community Park
Carlsbad, 92008

Individuals may stop by the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Directions to packet pick-up site: Take the 5 freeway 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.***

Sunday, 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 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 and no transfers of entries.

For questions, please email or call 760-602-7519.

2014 Race clinics and 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.

Check back for clinic dates.

Clinic: Practice Triathlon
Saturday, June 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
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 impart key techniques and tips for the course and you’ll get in 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.

Off-street parking is available or you can park at Tamarack State Parking Lot for a fee.

Beginner’s Clinic: Triathlon 101 & How to Transition
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11 a.m. to Noon
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, 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.

Immediately following the Beginner’s Clinic, we will be hosting a free bike maintenance clinic. Stick around to learn tire changing, basic derailleur adjustments, chain lube & care, on-the-road repairs, and what to do in between scheduled maintenances. The clinic is hands on, so bring your bike!

Bike/Race Triathlon Tips
Saturday, June 28, 8 to 9 a.m.
Tamarack State Beach Parking Lot

Presented by Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor, Law Firm of Richard L. Duquette 

Join us on for a FREE triathlon bike course race, training, fashion, and repair clinic presented by Carlsbad Triathlon Sponsor, bicycle injury trial attorney & 2X Ironman finisher, Richard Duquette. Special presentations by three-time Olympian, Red Zinger Classic and Pan, John Howard, an Endurance House Mechanic with bike maintenance tips, and Jodi Hayes from Her Revolution multi sport shop & racing team who will give you tips from fashion to the finish line, per their motto ”Looking good, feel good, & doing good.”

This clinic will review the race course, give race & training advice, and will provide an opportunity for bike safety checks. i.e. tires, tire pressure, wheels, lubrication & adjustments. John Howard aerodynamics in bicycle racing, proper fit and coaching secrets. His latest student is Denise Mueller who has recently won seven straight bicycle races in a row and is a Cat 2.

John Howard will be raffling off a vintage "Celestial Seasoning Tea" women's Race Team Skin Suit.

Off-street parking is available or you can park at Tamarack State Parking Lot for a fee.


TIBhomesales.comSwim - Beach Entry Clinic
Saturday, July 12,
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Tamarack State Beach - Tower 36 (near Cherry Ave.)

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.


Lifestyle & Fitness FestivalJuly 12, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pine Avenue Park
3333 Harding Street, Carlsbad CA 92008


Carlsbad Lifestyle & Fitness Festival

Speaker Schedule

10:30 a.m. Course Talk -- Richard Duquette

11:30 a.m. Bike Fit -- Moment Bicycles

12:30 p.m. First Time Triathlete Participant -- Tri Club San Diego

1:30 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.


The San Diego North County Running Meetup welcomes new runners. Join event organizer and Carlsbad Triathlon sponsor Richard Duquette on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. at Magee Park. All levels are welcome, and the runs cover the course of the Carlsbad Triathlon.



  • Participants are required to wear a Velcro band/chip, at the ankle, throughout the race.
  • Relay team members must pass the band/chip at each transition. After you finish, turn in the band/chip at the end of the finish zone.
  • A participant who pulls out of the race must report to the timing tent to turn in the band/chip and collect personal gear from the transition area (after 10:30 a.m.). There is a $30 charge for a lost band/chip.
  • Participants who are unable to complete the event for any reason must turn in their timing chips and report to the timing tent, located at the finish line. This is a mandatory requirement in order to maintain a record of all participants, to ensure participant safety and for the peace of mind of friends and family. Failure to return a chip will result in a $30 fine.

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 roadways. In some locations, cyclists will be sharing the roads with vehicular traffic. In those instances, the bike and car lanes will be separated by orange traffic cones. Riders must stay in their lane, ride to the right and always pass other cyclists on the left.
  • 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

2014 Race Results & Photos

View race results for 2014.

2014 race results

To view race photos from 2014, visit SCS Photoworks.


2013 Race Results & Photos

View race results for 2013.

2013 race results

To view race photos from 2013, visit SCS Photoworks.


2012 Race Results & Photos

View race results for 2012.

2012 Female race results

2012 Male race results

To view race photos from 2012, visit brightroom.


2011Race Results

View race results for 2011.

2011 Female race results

2011 Male race results


2010 Race Results

View race results for 2010.

2010 Female race results

2010 Male race results



Directions to the packet pick-up site

Take the 5 Freeway 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 it 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

A limited number of Studio Suites have been reserved for our triathletes courtesy of TownePlace Suites by Marriott at a discounted rate. The hotel is located approximately 7 miles from the transition zone. Please visit their website for suite and hotel amenities. Reservations can be made by calling TownePlace Suites by Marriott directly and referring to City of Carlsbad Triathlon.


Contact Information

Parks & Recreation Department
Carlsbad Triathlon

Rachael Shay
Recreation supervisor

Phone: 760-602-7519
Fax: 760-434-7287

Carlsbad Triathlon
3096 Harding St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

General Information

The Carlsbad Triathlon is a sprint distance competition held annually on Sunday in mid-July. It consists of a 1K swim, a 25K bike and a 5K run.

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