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The Santa Barbara Triathlon is more than just a pretty race. We have heart, too – lots of it. That’s why we make such a big deal out of our annual Fundraising Program (and offer fabulous prizes to encourage enthusiastic participation). This year our beneficiary is Special Olympics of Southern California whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. With your support, SOSC – Santa Barbara Region can expand their School Partnership Programs aimed at promoting the acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students.

In addition to doing something meaningful for your community, raising money for our beneficiary can result in you winning some really cool prizes:  

Raise as little as $150 to start earning your prizes: RESERVED PARKING (for first 25 fundraisers), expedited check-in, & SB Triathlon branded socks. Raise a minimum of $500 and earn a FREE race entry for 2016. The top 5 fundraisers who raise at least $750 also win some very special prizes to be announced soon. While 2016 Fundraiser Prize Packages are yet to be determined, they will be similar to those from 2015.

2015 Fundraiser Incentive Prize Packages.


Take 5 minutes and help us raise $25,000

When you register for the Santa Barbara Triathlon we make it easy for you to create a personal fundraising page. A link to our Fundraising Campaign will be included in your confirmation email from IMathlete. Or if you just can’t wait, follow these simple instructions and you’ll be up and running in two minutes.

Getting started couldn’t be simpler:

  • Click here to go to our Fundraising Campaign Page.
  • Click on the Become a Fundraiser link (left-hand column) to become a Fundraiser.
  • Fill out the brief form to customize your page.
  • Click “Launch” and Bam! You’re ready to invite people to donate via email and social media just by sending them a link to your page. (Once your page is created you can always come back to our Fundraising Campaign Page and click on “Find a Fundraiser” to locate your personal page.)

It’s that easy!

If you want to create a mass email, you can click on our Sample Letter/Email 2016 and cut and paste the text into your own email tool; don’t forget to include your fundraising page URL so they can go straight to your page and donate online. If you want to send that email to friends who prefer to donate with a check attach this form: DonorContributionSheet. Remind them to fill out the form and submit it with their check – that way we can be sure you get credit for it. If every Santa Barbara Triathlon participant gets 3 friends to donate $5 each we will raise over $25,000 for our beneficiary.

Tools & Tips – helps you create effective fundraising goals and strategies.

If you’d like to offer your product or service as a prize please email us at: racedirector@santabarbaratriathlon.com. We offer some valuable promotional benefits to our generous sponsors.

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Special Olympics of Southern California

Beyond stunning scenery and flawless operations, a big part of what makes the Santa Barbara Triathlon so unique is our commitment to giving back to the community that supports us so wholeheartedly. Over the years, our fundraising efforts have raised more than $494,000 for local non-profit organizations. This year, we will exceed the half-million dollar mark. Please help us by supporting our 2016 beneficiary, Special Olympics of Southern California.

Special Olympics was started by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962 as a summer day camp for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID), and in 1968 she organized the first international Special Olympics Games. What began as one woman’s vision evolved into Special Olympics International — a global movement that today serves more than 4 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 170 countries.

Special Olympics Southern California Santa Barbara Region currently serves over 500 youth and adult athletes. They are working on increasing this number to 700 by 2017.

Thanks in part to your support the SOSC can provide their athletes with year-round sports training and athletic competition. In addition, they will be able to expand their School Partnership Programs that integrate youth with and without intellectual disabilities through education, sports, and related initiatives to create and sustain school communities that promote the acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students.