Swim. Bike. Run. There’s a Triathlon for Everyone on the Central Coast


No matter how you like to get your sweat on, there is a triathlon on the Central Coast to suit your athleticism. Triathlons aren’t for sissies, but they aren’t reserved for the veteran athletes alone either. If you are prepared to push yourself mentally and physically, then a triathlon is your Mount Everest. Fitness goals are extremely individual, and the only person you’re truly competing against in a triathlon is yourself.

Here are some of the most popular triathlons coming up over the next several months:

The Running of the Bull Canyon

The City of Santa Maria holds the Tri-the-Bull Triathlon, Jr. Triathlon, and 5K Run Event every early summer. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, June 18, at Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria. Adult registration includes participation in a 1/4-mile swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run. The Jr. registration for burgeoning phenoms (ages 7-14) includes participation in a 150-meter swim, 2-mile bike ride, and 1-mile run. All fitness levels are welcome along Bull Canyon Road.

Choose Your Triathlon

Want to get your “workout” in before lunch? The Goleta Beach Triathlon starts at 7am on July 24, 2016, in Santa Barbara, and you can choose the event that suits you best (or you and your friends – three of the following courses accept relay teams). The Sprint Triathlon is a 1/4-mile swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 2.5-mile run. The Long Course Triathlon is a 1-mile swim, 22-mile bike ride, and 5-mile run. The Duathlon is a 2.5-mile run, 22-mile bike ride, and another 2.5-mile run. And the AquaBike is a 1-mile swim and 22-mile bike ride.

Go SLO, but Not Too Slowly

The San Luis Obispo Triathlon is an annual short-course event – also referred to as a sprint. Though a 0.5-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run aren’t exactly peanuts. Make your way onto the course in waves throughout the day on July 24 at SLO’s Sinsheimer Park and SLO Swim Center. Participants must be 15 years old to compete, and the SLO Triathlon just might be the best triathlon for a young athlete to get his or her toes wet – the philosophy of this event, now in its 36th year, is completion, not competition.

Two Days of Triathlons

August brings the beloved Santa Barbara Triathlon, which was established in 1981 and is one of the longest running independently owned triathlons in the world. The long course (swim 1 mile, bike 34 miles, run 10 miles) takes place on Saturday, August 27, and the sprint courses take place on Sunday, August 28, and include a women-only event, a parent/child team event, and a co-ed format (for all: swim 500 yards, bike 6 miles, run 2 miles).

Go the Distance

At the Central Coast’s Carpinteria Triathlon you can choose the distance and division that best suits your stamina and goals. The Olympic Distance event is offered in four different categories and consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride, and 10-kilometer run. The Sprint Distance course is a 0.5-kilometer swim, 15-kilometer bike ride, and 5-kilometer run. Located between Ventura and Santa Barbara, Carpinteria Beach is known as the world’s safest beach, and with the water free of riptides and having only small surf, participants will appreciate an “easy” start to their vigorous efforts.

Kick Back After You’ve Worked Hard

The Central Coast is the ideal location to do your triathlon training, wherever you’ll be participating in your event, with miles of coastline to swim through or run beside, and dozens of trails to bike along. As you condition your body to be triathlon ready, or as you’re registering for your place in one of these amazing events, book your stay at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. This Pismo Beach OceanFront hotel is in close proximity to the ocean dunes, Pacific Ocean, and all the dining and diversions that this friendly, laid-back beach town has to offer. You might be focused and ready to push your body to the limit, but you still need to rest. Do it in comfort at the SeaCrest.

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