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We're back - as the first official triathlon event in Santa Cruz County in 2021! There are (of course) some changes due to COVID-19 requirements. So be sure you read the list below so you can be prepared when you register and arrive for the event. As we all know, things can be pretty fluid in this environment and we'll update you with any changes and details as we get closer to the event.
What's the same? It's an aquathlon - swim & run event. Think triathlon without the bike! There are two individual distances for the event. The two distances are 1500 meter swim/4 mile run and a 750 meter swim/4 mile run.
If you're looking to practice - you can swim two loops around the buoys at Cowell Beach and run up West Cliff to Getchell Street and back to the beach for the longer distance. One loop around the buoys and up to Getchell and back for the shorter distance.
What's different for this year? Pretty much everything else.
Standard PPE and Social Distancing will be required of all race participants volunteers, spectators, and staff during the event. Failure to comply will result in denied access to the event. City/County health ordinances will guide the use of PPE in specific locations on the date of the event at the appropriate tier level.
There will be limited volunteer placement on the course in order to maintain social distancing but not at the expense of runner safety. However, family and friends of athletes are encouraged to help out at the start and finish lines in order to see and support your athletes. You may also want to volunteer at the aid-station turnaround as an opportunity to cheer runners. Athletes will be able to follow the arrows and signs on the out and back run course.
There are two distances of swim-run events for this race in 2021.
THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS. WE'LL NOW CLOSER TO THE RACE AND UPDATE EVERYONE.
All packet pickup and on-site registration will take place at the Cowell Beach parking lot adjacent to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf starting at 7:00 am. This is also transition for the event so the lot will be totally closed to parking or drive through. The best place to park is in Depot Park at 119 Center Street - about a block up from the beach behind the National Marine Sanctuary Center.
Remember to bring a photo ID to packet pickup to get your bib and timing chip. You must be present to pick up your own race materials.
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