On February 21st and 22nd, 2015, the UC San Diego Triathlon Team will host its 9th annual Tritonman, presented by Spy Optic, at the site of history’s first modern triathlon. Way back in 1974, the San Diego Track Club put on the Mission Bay Triathlon (consisting of a run-bike-swim-run) right here on Fiesta Island. UCSD is proud to continue that legacy today with our Tritonman: a 750m swim, 20K bike, and 5K run.

We offer one of the only open-water swims before the conference chaMediaTextVisualmpionships on the WCCTC circuit, and we’ve got the flattest, fastest bike course around. We feature collegiate athletes from Arizona and the California coast, as well as local racers from San Diego, recently ranked by Active.com as the #1 city in the country for the sport of triathlon.

Our schedule

This year Tritonman is a 2-day event! You can sign up for one or both races, but make sure to do it early!

Saturday, Feb 21st: Tritonman Draft-Legal Triathlon, half-Olympic distance (capped at 75 men, 75 women)
Sunday, Feb 22nd: Tritonman Classic (traditional rules), half-Olympic distance

More details regarding schedule will be available as we approach the race date. But just like last year, be prepared to show up before the sun does!

u-25 elite development race

With USAT Collegiate Nationals making a push to add draft-legal events, we want to give our competitors a chance to try that format before our National Championships in April. After successfully hosting the first collegiate-run draft legal race in history two years ago, Tritonman will again offer this exciting race format the day before the main event. Collegiate and open triathletes are invited to come and experience the excitement of ITU-styled racing, where finishes come down to a sprint, and mere seconds separate first place from tenth. But spots are limited, so sign up early if you want in on draft-legal racing.

Additionally, this edition of Tritonman will feature our first U-25 Elite Development Race. The first three (3) amateur U.S. finishers in the race will become eligible for a USAT Elite Triathlete License. These athletes must finish within five percent (5%) of the amateur winner’s overall time. Athletes who qualify via these criteria can choose either the standard Elite Triathlete License (read more here) or the standard Elite Triathlete license with Collegiate designation.

If you’re interested in trying out draft-legal racing, read up on it in our race FAQ.

out of the mud

Unless you’re a frequent Tritonman racer, you probably don’t remember our old transition area. But we do. And we are still excited that you won’t be sliding through the mud like you did three years ago. The course will offer you your best chance of the year to try and average 24+ mph on the fast and flat Fiesta Island and the race will start, finish, and transition over in a nearby park. On grass. Not in mud. We’re still amazed. Our run course will be the same as last year’s, which was much more spectator- (and competitor-!) friendly than years past. (See our course map for more details.)

philosophy

Triathletes come from a lot of different backgrounds, but we’re united in our desire to work hard and improve. We’d like to think that extends to our events, too. Our race is entirely run by student volunteers, from registration to organization and timing- besides the equipment rental, permits, and lifeguards, every dollar we collect in race fees goes to support our team. UCSD Triathlon has grown a lot in recent years, and we’d love to continue bringing new faces to the sport, even in the face of continued university cutbacks.

We want to make our event better and smoother every year. This year, that means better prizes, more coverage of our race, revamped registration, and same-day release of times. Oh and a bigger expo this year!! We want your race-day experience to be fantastic: if you’ve got concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 sustainability

Throughout the past 6 years the UCSD Triathlon team made a commitment to host the most sustainable triathlon possible. As student-athletes, we aim to shape a greener, healthier tomorrow by leading the way to more sustainable athletics and events. We hope to use our position as athletes and role models to make a positive social and environmental impact by choosing sustainability as a priority in each decision we make leading up to Tritonman. This year, we have partnered up with Spy Optic to make the race even more sustainable. Spy Optic takes their sustainability seriously, making the most sustainable sunglasses in the history of the universe. They also are pretty fashionable, which is why you’ll undoubtedly see the UCSD Triathlon team rocking these earth-friendly sunglasses. Happy eyes and happy earth. Win-win.