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Congratulations to the 2014 Carlsbad Triathletes!! 

2014 Race Results and Photos


Mark your calendars for next year's race!

Sunday, July 12, 2015
7:30 a.m.
Tamarack State Beach


The Carlsbad Triathlon course begins at Tamarack Surf Beach, and follows the coastline of Carlsbad, past scenic beaches, lagoons and a wildlife preserve. The triathlon boasts a calm ocean swim, a rolling bike course and a smooth run for the finish.

This race is for everybody: from first-timers to the elites, and their friends and family! The race begins with an open-water ocean swim, which is well-marked with buoys. The swim is followed by a bike course, and the race finishes with a run along the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline. The roads are wide and completely closed to traffic-very safe! The course is mostly flat with a couple of rolling areas.

2014 Carlsbad Triathlon Sponsors:

 Moment Cycle Sport  Brian Long  Richard Duquette
 San Diego Triathlon Classic  Waste ManagementT. G. I. Fridays  SCS Photoworks
 San Diego County Credit Union  Sparkletts  Jimbo's

Registration is still open. Register now!

The number of entries is capped at 1,000, so be sure to sign up early.

Registration prices include processing fees.

Received By: Before July 1 July 1 - 10

Individual Adult, Teen,
Senior Athletes
(Carlsbad Resident)



Individual Adult, Teen,
Senior Athletes



Relay Divisions



Register at Packet Pick-up if space is available. Race is capped at 1,000!

    • There will be no registration on race day. If space allows, registrations will be taken at Athlete Packet Pick-up.
    • There are no refunds and no transfers of entries. offers racers insurance at time of registration.

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


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


Race features

  • Chip timing (three splits)
  • T-shirt
  • On-line results
  • Awards three deep





The course

The swim

For a printable swim map, click here.

The 1K swim will take place in the Pacific Ocean just below Cherry Street (near tower 36). The U- shaped course will keep swimmers close to shore and out of the kelp beds. There will be orange buoys to mark the course with large balloons flying above the corner turns. Swimmers should practice in a supervised open-water environment before participating in the race.

For more information regarding the swim course, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section in this website.

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.

The bike

For a printable bike map, click here.

The 25K bike portion begins immediately after the swim in the Tamarack Avenue parking lot, known as the "transition area". This section of the race is a two-lap, rolling hill course along the California coastline down Carlsbad Boulevard, again ending up at the transition area to change for the final run portion.

For more information regarding the bike course, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section in this website.

The run

For a printable run map, click here.

The 5K run is a one-lap course that travels north on the seawall making a loop by the Encina Power Plant and finishing along Carlsbad Boulevard a little north of Tamarack Avenue.

For more information regarding the run course, see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section in this website.

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.


On race day, remember to bring the following items:

  • velcro band/timing chip
  • swim cap
  • swim goggles
  • wet suit (optional)
  • bike helmet
  • running shoes
  • cycling shoes (optional)
  • sun screen
  • towel
  • socks
  • water bottle


    Awards ceremony begins at 10:15 a.m.

    Open age groups

    Awards go to the top three men and women in each of the following age groups: Elite, 15 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+, Clydesdale, Athena, and Challenged.  A special trophy is awarded to the Fastest Overall Male, Fastest Overall Female, and Fastest Overall Relay Team.

    Relay teams

    Awards go to the top three teams (two or three team members to a team) in each of the following categories: male, female, co-ed and senior.


    Each participant receives a goodie bag and an event t-shirt.


    Volunteer at water stationVolunteers are needed for several positions on race day, July 13, including athlete check-in, body marking, hospitality, timing crew and a wide variety of other jobs. It's a great way to experience the Triathlon up close without actually having to race! Volunteer help is also needed during the Lifestyle & Fitness Festival, July 12.
    View volunteer opportunities

    Local businesses, this is a great chance to pull your employees together for team building and community service. Sign your company up for a section (like a water station) and have your employees wear t-shirts and bring signs with your company logo. Contact Natalie Alegre at for more information or call 760-602-7511.

    A volunteer orientation/training meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Carlsbad Senior Center located at 799 Pine Ave. The meeting will be held in the dining room from 6 - 7:30 p.m. A light dinner will be provided by TGIFridays. Volunteers at finishline

    Special thanks to our volunteer dinner sponsor:

    TGI Firday's


    Triathlon volunteers are entitled to the following benefits:

      • A t-shirt commemorating the event.
      • FREE food and drink just like the athletes get.

    Volunteer Job Descriptions

    Athlete Check-in: Register athletes and give out race packets to pre-registrants. Some lifting required.

    Body Marking: Write race numbers on athletes.

    Collate Packets: Assist in putting information and samples in athletes’ packages.

    Finish Line: Make sure athletes stay in order. Retrieve timing chip and direct to refreshments.

    Hospitality/Food Prep: Prepare and serve snacks to the participants after the race.

    Nurses: Apply basic first aid. Supplies will be provided.

    Photographer: Photograph elements of the Lifestyle and Fitness Festival and/or Triathlon. Must provide own camera. We will provide memory chip.

    Run Course/Bike Course: Monitor traffic and explain course and safety to public.

    Setup/Tear Down Crew: Help set up canopies, tables and chairs. Assit with loading and unloading. Heavy lifting is required.

    Timing Crew: Help athletes with timing by announcing times during the race and at the finish line.

    Transition: Help ensure that safety rules are followed while participants change from swimming gear to bike gear to running gear.

    Water Stations: Fill water cups and pass out water to athletes. Report injuries, give support.


    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 the second Sunday in July by the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department. It consists of a 1K swim, a 25K bike ride and a 5K run.

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