The Santa Barbara Triathlon Women-Only Sprint event began in 2002. We are thrilled to offer this exclusive event to female athletes. No matter what your speed, goals, or experience level, this event has something for you. The calm ocean swim, relatively flat bike and run make for a perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon. Seasoned “sprint specialists” enjoy meeting and exceeding personal goals while at the same time experiencing the supportive spirit of this unique event. The start line offers panoramic views of Santa Barbara’s famous “American Riviera,” the Channel Islands and the beautiful Stearns Wharf. Our swim takes place on the protected shores of East Beach. The short swim parallels the beach and finishes adjacent to the transition area. The bike route follows the coastline roads toward Butterfly Beach and past the famous Four Seasons Biltmore. The run course cruises the beachfront bike path and is out-and-back and fast-and-flat! Typically you’re even rewarded by a tail wind pushing you to the finish line. Music, refreshments, food and friends await your return.
Our race site is located at the Historic Cabrillo Bathhouse on Santa Barbara’s East Beach. If you’re into dipping your toes in the sand with a beer, good friends and family after an event, then we’ve got you covered. The view of the Channel Islands, the waters edge and the Santa Ynez mountains make for a perfect backdrop.
“Everybody was so friendly and helpful. Even though this was my first triathlon, I never felt lost or unsure. Very well run. Thank you!”
“The atmosphere of the whole event was just a great, joyful, encouraging spirit all around. Great race!”
“…had a great family vibe to it.”
– 2014 Women-Only Sprint participants…
500 Yd Swim | 6 Mile Bike
2 Mile Run
Swim | 500 Yd.
500 Yard Swim: Quick and easy, the ocean swim parallels the beach. The average water temperature is 64 degrees. Wetsuits are optional but getting them off may negate any time advantages of wearing one.
Bike | 6 Mile
6 Mile Bike: The course is very fast and nearly flat (with the exception of one decent-sized hill near the Four Seasons Biltmore). Carry the water you need, as this out-and-back course goes so quickly there’s no time for a water station. Obey all traffic laws – this is an open course. Please note that event volunteers are not able to disrupt or instruct the flow of traffic. Do not take instruction regarding your right-of-way from anyone other than a City Police officer or California Highway Patrol officer.
Run | 2 Mile
2 Mile Run: One mile out, one mile back – it’s that simple. You can get water at mile one if you dare to slow down.
USAT officials may be roaming the course. Violation of USAT rules or any unsafe or unlawful cycling may result in disqualification or time penalties.
Obey all traffic laws – this is an open course. Safety is our first concern!