On January 21st, 2017, the UC San Diego Triathlon Team will host its 11th annual Tritonman 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 championships 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.

Water Quality:

There is a forecast of rain in the days leading up to Tritonman this year. If the water quality in Mission Bay is rated at an unsafe level for swimming in, we will be converting the race into a duathlon (run-bike-run) instead. Although this is not ideal, we want to ensure the safety of all competitors.

Event Schedule:

Friday Jan 20th – Packet Pickup and Expo

11:00AM: Packet Pickup and Expo Open

Location: Moment Bicycles (2816 Historic Decatur Rd Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92106)

5:00 PM: Packet Pickup and Expo Close

Saturday Jan 21st – Race Day

Saturday, Jan 21st: Tritonman Classic (traditional rules), half-Olympic distance

Due to issues with permitting, we will not be hosting a Draft Legal event this year, but we are working hard to ensure that we have a place to host it again next year! We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this, and hope you will join us for our classic race on the 21st!

5:00 AM Registration and transition open
6:00 AM E. Mission Bay Dr. closes in preparation for race
6:15 AM Registration closes
6:45 AM Transition closes, water closed to warm-up swimmers
6:45 AM Frist Paratriathlete wave start (wave zero)
7:00 AM Second wave (collegiate men’s A wave) start
7:05 AM Third wave (collegiate men’s B wave) start
7:10 AM Fourth wave (collegiate women’s A wave) start
7:15 AM Fifth wave (collegiate women’s B wave) start
7:20 AM Sixth wave (Open men men’s wave) start
7:25 AM Seventh wave (Open women wave) start
7:30 AM Eighth wave (TriJuniors/HS wave/Relay) start
9:30 AM Awards

Non-Collegiate Club Challenge

This year, we have brought a new challenge to the Tritonman scene. The non-collegiate club challenge where local non-collegiate triathlon clubs will compete for a trophy to be presented by 1982 Ironman World Champion Kathleen McCartney and Triathlon Radio personality Bob Babbit! The top 2 men and the 2 women will score for each club and the club with the fastest combined times wins. The top three clubs will recieve prizes. The winning team will also win free race entries for Tritonman 2018. If you are interested in competing for your team please let your team leadership know, and they will contact the Race Director with who will be competing for your team.


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.


Throughout the past 7 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.