Santa Barbara Triathlon

Dear Athletes,

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, we are writing to provide an update on Santa Barbara Triathlon, which is scheduled for August 22 & 23. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of you and the community at large is our highest priority.

Santa Barbara Triathlon, Inc. will be in contact with the local authorities in Santa Barbara County. We are aware of the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States through mid-May. We will continue to monitor their recommendations.

We are taking these circumstances into close consideration, and at this time, a final decision has not yet been made on whether Santa Barbara Triathlon will continue as planned. Any changes to the status of the event will be communicated to athletes immediately.

We appreciate your understanding as we work through this dynamic and ever-changing situation, while keeping your safety at the forefront of all decision-making. We understand the hours you have dedicated to training for this race and the difficulty of dealing with this uncertainty. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly with questions or immediate concerns.

Thank you,
Joe Coito
Race Director, Santa Barbara Triathlon


Santa Barbara Triathlon
Long Course and Sprint Course Events

August 21st thru the 23rd 2020!

Not just another pretty race! The Santa Barbara Triathlon delivers unique distances, an event site to die for and a vibe that is both fun and friendly. We have an unparalleled variety of course options to choose from, and every participant gets a T-shirt, finisher medal, lunch and more. Established in 1981, ours is one of the longest-running independently owned triathlons in the world. And it’s no wonder: Stunning scenery, flawless operations and an oceanfront transition area and finish line ensure a sellout event every year.

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), the traditional co-ed format, and our new duathlon. 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. We have something for everyone! Stick around after the event for children’s beach activities, a fabulous sports expo and convenient on-site dining.

We’ve got you covered! Entry Fee coverage: For a few extra dollars you can protect your investment. If a covered* traffic accident, medical issue, mechanical breakdown, jury duty or other covered reason prevents you from attending the event, you will be reimbursed 100% of the ticket price, including taxes and shipping charges. Purchasing the coverage must occur during your initial registration. If you purchased the coverage and need to make a claim contact our office. (*Please see the Certificate Policy for Terms, Conditions, and exclusions.) Event Cancellation: In the case of the event being canceled: After 36 consecutive years we were actually forced to cancel our event due to the fires and landslides in 2018. Having secured this policy saved our athletes tens-of-thousands of dollars. It happens and we’re prepared if it does. If we have to cancel our event for specific reasons*, you are will be refunded your full registration fee. (*Coverage includes cancellation due to adverse weather, natural catastrophe or terrorism.)

Event Partners include:

  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • Swell Cathedral Oaks Athletic Club
  • BMW Santa Barbara
  • Reef and Run Summer Series
  • Hazard's Cyclesport