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27th Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon

Sat September 14, 2024 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 US Directions


$10 Military Discount available

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon - Individual

$100 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
373 spots left. Price increases after June 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon-Three Person Relay

$50 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
373 spots left. Price increases after June 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon - Two Person Relay

$65 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
373 spots left. Price increases after June 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT


$100 8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
373 spots left. Price increases after June 11, 2024 at 11:59pm EDT

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Towers Road - Delaware Seashore State Park
Towers Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE US 19971


Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon



A .5 mile ocean swim, 15.5 mile bike and 3.45 mile run


Three Person Relay with each person doing their own leg/or Two Person Relay (with one person doing two legs and 1 person doing 1)


.5 mile beach run, 15.5 mile bike and 3.45 mile run


Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon History

The first Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon was held on September 14, 1996. It was held in the back of what was then called Gary’s Surf Spray Café on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach, Delaware. The after party was held on the roof of the building. The following year it was also held on the same street but quickly outgrew the venue and has been held in the Delaware Seashore State Park ever since. It’s a no frills, grass roots community event and a Dewey Beach tradition that brings athletes and their families from near and far to the resort area.  Due to the nature of the ocean, we have had to cancel or shorten the swim several times the last 28 years for rough surf and once for fog. We had no race in 2023 due to a scheduling conflict with the State Park.

Race goal: A safe, enjoyable and fun triathlon/duathlon on a fast and scenic course while raising money for the local community.

Charity: Proceeds from this event and from donations of participants go to Pathways to Success and the JROTC of Cape Henlopen High School.  In 2022, over $11,000 was donated to Pathways to Success and to graduating seniors of JROTC.

Race Contact Info

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Event Details


Fri Sept 13th - packet pickup will be located at the event site from 4-7PM and on Race Morning from 5:45AM - 7:15AM

You must bring the following items for packet pickup:
Email Registration Confirmation
Valid Photo ID
Valid USAT card. If you do not have a a USAT annual membership, you most likely paid for a one day USAT membership during your registration.  If you entered an expired or invalid USAT annual membership number during registration you will have to pay $12 at packet pickup.
**Race Packets will only be given to racers. You can not pick up someone else's packet.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule.**

Arrive early and bring your photo id and USAT card if you are a member. At packet pickup you will receive your run number, bike number, helmet number, swim wave cap, goody bag, and water bottle. 

Timing Chips and Neoprene Strap will only be handed out Race Morning. You MUST return your timing chip after the event or you will be charge a $50 replacement fee.


6PM At Race site for anyone who wants to attend but especially for novices or first time at this event. 


You must wear your assigned race chip on your ankle and unaltered race number on the front of your body at all times during the event. This year we will be using a reusable race chip that will be given to you at packet pickup and you MUST RETURN THIS CHIP AT THE END OF THE RACE.  If you do not race but picked up your timing chip, please return it to the finishline and inform a timing staff member. Timing is handled by CompuScore and finish results will be streamed instantly at    


You must be at least 15 years of age to race. You would have automatically signed a USAT one day insurance waiver when you registered online, but if you did not, you will be instructed at packet pickup to pay the one day fee or show your USAT annual membership card. This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and all participants must either be a USAT member or purchase a one day membership. For more information on USA Triathlon, go to their website at . Athletes are encouraged to complete the event evaluation located on their website in an effort for USAT to obtain more information on this event.


Parking is available at the race site. Arrive early!


No one other than registered racers will be allowed in the transition area.  You will be body marked prior to entering the transition area.


All racers must be complete the course within 3 hours of their start time (when their swim wave starts). Racers still on the course after the cut off time will not be timed but will be allowed to finish or picked up by a sag vehicle.


Sponsors receive complimentary entries/teams based on their sponsorship level. For more information, email  .


All sales are final and there are no refunds for any reason including cancelation of the event.  The race is held Rain or Shine.  The race reserves the right to shorten any distance of the race or to change the event to a duathlon should the ocean be unsafe for the swim portion.  Transfers will be allowed until a certain date for an administrative fee of $20 + processing fees. If there is inclement weather, the event reserves the right to change the triathlon to a duathlon event or to cancel the event all together. 

***This is a USAT sanctioned event and we want this  to be a fun and safe activity, but if you feel at any point you need medical assistance, please notify a nearby volunteer or medical person. We will make every attempt to pick up disabled bikes on the course, but we can not promise that you will be picked up in a timely manner. 


Race Course


The swim is a point-to-point swim in the Atlantic Ocean manned by certified lifeguards. There will be 13 waves starting 3 minutes apart. Start is approx. 1/4 mile north or south of the transition area, depending on the current. All swimmers must go completely around each buoy. You must wear your issued swim-cap, timing chip & be body-marked prior to entering the water. The swim will be held unless conditions are considered dangerous. We reserve the right to shorten the swim distance or make the event into a duathlon based on water conditions. Water temperature will be approx. 72 degrees, therefore wetsuits are allowed.


Bike Traffic is an out and back.  Stay to your right at all times.  The bikes will not cross Route 1. You will exit transition area on the right side and State Park and take a left unto Route 1 and stay in the closed lane of the Northbound Lane. You will be separated from oncoming traffic with cones, but you must pay close attention to the road and all motorists to ensure they are heeding traffic laws. Do not at any point go out of the cones to make a lane pass. If you must pass, pass on the left within the lane.
Bikes will go over Route 1 and make a u-turn by Pelican’s Pouch in North Bethany (across from Sussex Shores Water Tower). Bikes will then return in the right shoulder of the road.
Safety precautions: There will be cones coming from most side streets directing cars to the inner Northbound lane. Use caution negotiating around these cones. There will be plenty of room. Be aware of other cyclists and motorists at all times. There will be neoprene mats over the grates on the bridge.
You will be asked to slow down after you enter back into the State Park and round the Tower.
There will a short contraflow of traffic near uturn to make for a safe turning radius.


You will exit the transition area on the North West side of the transition area, opposite the bike entrance. You will run across a short (approx. 30 yard) mulch path, designated for racers only. Turn right at the end of the path at Rt. 1 and head North on Highway One through Dewey Beach. Stay right onto Alternate Rt. 1 heading towards Rehoboth Beach. The turnaround will be just before Silver Lake before heading back to the transition area by crossing the same mulch path. After the path, immediately turn right to the finish Line.


Transition Area / Start & Finish Locations

Tower Road, Ocean Side, just South of Dewey Beach, Delaware

Location: Delaware Seashore State Park



Q: Can I pick up a packet for my friend/brother/husband/daughter/neighbor, etc? 
A:  Athletes may only pick up their own packets. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. All relay team members must be present at the same time to receive the packet, or you will have to split up the relay packet for each participant. All athletes are required to show a photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. Every single participant, including relay participants, must have a photo ID. Youth athletes without an ID must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a photo ID. Annual members are required to show their membership card if they did not register through an RTAV.

Q: Why is my Age 1 year older? 
A: USAT Events use your age on 12/31/21 in order to normalize everyone competing across 1 calendar year.  So while your age on race day might be 49, if your birthday is after the event your age used for scoring, awards and wave placement would be 50. 

Q: Can I go in a different wave?
A: If your wave is incorrect, please see a race official during packet pickup to have it corrected.  

Q: Am I eligible for  the novice, clydesdale and age group categories all together? 
A: No, you are only eligible for one category: Age Group, Clydesdale/Athena, or Novice, you can not be in more than one.  

Q: Can I wear a Wetsuit? 
A: Yes, the race will be wetsuit legal as an ocean swim.  If you do wear a wetsuit, your timing chip must be on the outside of the wetsuit in order for it to work.  Please pay extra attention not to the loose the chip when you take your wetsuit off. 

Q: How can I find out my Bib and Wave Assignment? 
A: All bib and wave info will be listed here: Find a Participant

Q: When do we rack our bikes?
A: All bike racking will be done on race morning.  You CAN NOT RACK YOUR BIKE ON FRIDAY.

Q: I'm in a relay, where do I exchange with my team member
A: All relays must exchange the timing chip at the bike rack. The timing chip must be worn by the participant competing at all times on the ankle. 

Q: When do I pick up my timing Chip?
A: All timing chips will be handed out on race morning until 7:30 am. 

Q: Do I have to wear the swim cap?
A: Yes, our lifeguards are in charge on this one.  For your safety, we MUST WEAR THE SWIM CAP WE GIVE TO YOU.

Q: How do I see my results?
A: Finish Results will be streamed instantly to: . Splits will be posted there as well shortly after the race.  

Q: I am injured, can I get a refund? 
A: There are no refunds, transfers or deferments for this race.  

Q: Can I just give by bib to someone else, I already paid for it? 
A: When you registered, you signed a waiver that you are the one participating.  Giving a bib to someone else who has not signed the waiver, has not given any safety information, emergency contact info, or any general info at all, it a safety risk for all involved and is extremely discouraged. Anyone caught wearing a bib that does not belong to them will be disqualified. 

USAT Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties

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