Established in 1981, the Santa Barbara Triathlon is one of the longest running triathlons in the world. And it’s no wonder: stunning scenery, flawless operations and an ocean-front transition area and finish line ensure a sell-out event every year. Stick around after the event for children’s beach activities, a fabulous sports expo and convenient on-site dining.
Participants can select from either our famous long course (including Aquabike and Team divisions) or one of our sprint courses. Sprint course options include a women’s-only event, parent/child team event (compete side-by-side with your child) as well as the traditional co-ed format. We even offer a “Just for Fun” division for people who want to start at the same time as their friend or family member, rather than their assigned age group. A new addition to our line-up of options is the TriTheLab Relay – check out this unique way to experience the Santa Barbara Triathlon.
The Santa Barbara Triathlon is proud of the fact that since 2002 over $450,000 has been raised over for local charities. We thank Montecito Bank & Trust, our participants and partners for making that happen. Each year a new charity is selected by our community. This year we will support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Santa Barbara County. Our community is fortunate to have an organization whose goal is to prevent abused, neglected, and abandoned children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency system. Check out the fundraising page on our website for more information about this amazing organization.
Prior Santa Barbara Triathlon participants include Ironman champions Scott Tinley, Paula Newby-Fraser, Luke McKenzie, and Michellie Jones. Come see for yourself why the Santa Barbara Triathlon is home to one of the most amazing triathlon venues and why world-class athletes and loyal participants alike keep coming back year after year.
Christopher Wright of Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine calls the Santa Barbara Triathlon “idiosyncratic, unique, flawlessly organized, and beautifully situated;” journalist and six-time Ironman 70.3 champion Emma-Kate Lidbury added, “Races like [the Santa Barbara Triathlon] are special for a reason and, like all good things, you almost feel torn about spreading the word for fear you might spoil it by telling the masses.”
“It has a good community feel. The volunteers are really supportive, especially the ones who man the neighborhood aid stations.”Neighborhood support
“I love all of it, the distance, the challenge. I did the aqua bike this year and that was really cool to have that option.”Bike Transition
“As an aquabike participant I love to be able to run across the finish line! Thank you!!”Finish Line
“The bike course is technical with climbs but also some very fast straights; the bike course has everything.”Island views
“The location was great and made for a great vacation also.”Toes in the sand
“I love that I could run my daughter’s first triathlon with her!”Family
“The Long Course is just a great distance…tough course, great field of athletes, and a great location.”Unique
“My favorite thing about this event is the location! East Beach is a great spot for the transitions/swim/finish, the bike course is some of the best scenery and roads in Southern California, and the run is right along the water. Love it!”Ocean setting
“It’s a joyful event! I love the wide range of participants it pulls together – from elite racers to those getting off the couch and everyone in between.”Something for everyone
“It’s the perfect mix of a professional well-run event but with a laid back friendly attitude. Also, Santa Barbara is one of my favorite places on Earth.”Santa Barbara
“I really liked the enthusiasm of the volunteers, staff, racers and fans. Great atmosphere!”Community
“I loved all the friendly volunteers — they encouraged me and often put a smile on my face!!”Just smile
“It was a well organized event. I loved the location, distance, and beauty of course.”Organized team
“Absolutely the best event. Period.”To the point
“Overall, you should be commended for making the sport of Triathlon available and do-able from pros to beginners. It’s great to see whole families participate.”Doable
“The Long Course is perfect for progressing from an Olympic Distance to a Half Ironman.”Step it up
“Aquabike fills a huge unmet need for those who either don’t run or temporarily can’t run. Thank you!”Bad knees? No problem.