Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival

Triathlon event in Santa Barbara Established in 1981, the Santa Barbara Triathlon is one of the longest running triathlons in the world.

Stunning scenery, flawless operations and an ocean-front setting ensure a sell-out event every year. Stick around after the event for lunch, children's activities and a fabulous sports expo on the beach. Select from either our long course or many sprint course options. There’s something for everyone, categories include; AquaBike, women's-only event, parent-child team as well as the traditional co-

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Register HERE for the August 24, 2024, Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival:

We’ve been busy behind the scenes this winter getting ready for the launch of the 2024 Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival and are so excited to announce registration is OPEN.

While most of our 2024 triathlon event distances will be familiar, we’ve rebranded the names to align with each event’s (approximate) total distance*:

The 2024 lineup includes:

SB 45 (FORMERLY “LONG COURSE”) – 1 mile swim, 34 mile bike, 10 mile run
SB 35 (FORMERLY “AQUABIKE”) – 1 mile swim, 34 mile bike
SB 10 (FORMERLY “SHORT COURSE”) - .33 mile swim, 6* mile bike, 2 mile run

And introducing our NEW DISTANCE:

SB 25 - .75 mile swim, 20* mile bike, 5 mile run

2024 will also see the return of the Beach Festival! The 5k beach run and 1 Mile Ocean swim will be the marquee events in the bundle. As in 2023, triathletes may add the Beach Festival Bundle to their registrations for free!

All of these events will be brought to you on ONE day, Saturday, August 24, 2024.

A word about pricing. Prices for the event are set based on our projection of total athletes that will attend and the costs to produce the event. For 2024, we anticipate our production costs to once again increase over 2023. We believe we have set fair pricing for the event based on our projections. Our 2024 pricing model does accommodate an “early bird” discount. Athletes registering in the next 4 weeks will receive a 20% reduction in your entry fees. We hope many of you will take advantage of this discount as it will not be offered later in the spring and summer.

It feels like it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, and I’m thrilled to see you all back at the beach this summer!



We are so excited about this year's event! Stay tuned for a new addition to the event line up!


We are so excited to bring you the 2024 edition of the Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival on August 24! We are putting the final touches on our event line up and are getting our registration site ready to go live shortly. Stay tuned here for updates on our opening and entry early bird pricing!


Happy New Year to our athletes, families and the Santa Barbara Community! Good health and happiness to us all in 2024!


Happiest of all holidays this season to the Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival community. Love and light to us all in the new year!


Happiest Thanksgiving celebration to our athletes, friends, families and the Santa Barbara community. Enjoy time together this weekend and know we are thankful for all of you.


The Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival Will Return August 24, 2024! Enjoy the offseason with plenty of time for family and friends and we'll see you BACK ON THE BEACH next year!



The Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival is excited to announce our long-time sponsor TOWER 26 is bringing their professionally coached TRIATHLON SWIM workouts to Santa Barbara!

Workouts begin MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, at the San Marcos High School pool.

Workout schedule*:
Monday 5:30 – 6:30 AM
Tuesday 5:30 – 6:45 AM
Thursday 5:30 – 6:45 AM
Saturday 9:30 – 10:45 AM
*Workouts begin on time with all swimmers in the water. Participants must be 18 years or older, and able to swim 200 yards continuously.

For details on the Tower 26 coaching staff and training methodology as well as pricing and sign up for these triathlon specific workouts see:

Join head coach, Gerry Rodrigues and assistant coach, Jason Smith in these specifically targeted swim sessions. Opening week Oct 9 - 14 is free to all swimmers.

Directions to pool: Exit 101 FRWY at Turnpike, head south (toward Hollister) for 1/4 mile. Turn left (at light) into the San Marcos gymnasium parking lot. Enter the school at the Gymnasium RED doors and walk down hall to pool in back on right. See you there!


Thank you to Montecito Bank & Trust for their continued support of the Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival!

Photos from Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival's post 08/30/2023

Thank you to all of our athletes who participated in the 2023 Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival. It was an amazing day out there! We can't wait to see you next year on August 24, 2024! (Photo credit Scott Stolarz)


Just waiting for you.


800+ tasks for the SB Tri. And here’s the race director doing one, putting the final touches for a good athlete experience.


Saturday, Aug 26 Event Schedule Posted! Packet pick up starts Friday, Aug 25, noon - 6pm at venue. See for details.

Santa Barbara Triathlon - YouTube 08/18/2023

The PRE-EVENT ATHLETE BRIEFING can be accessed with the following link:

ALL participants should view the 58min video in advance of next weekend. The talk is full of information including packet pick up, event timing, our new time trial swim start, and our beach festival. If you have any questions on how to navigate next weekend, please take the time to view the recording. See you all soon!

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Please join us for a virtual meeting where we'll cover event day basics including packet pick up, start times, our new time trial swim start, and the introduction of our BEACH FESTIVAL events. The session will be packed with information you'll want to know. The meeting will be recorded and the playback link posted following the meeting.

Zoom link below:

Events - Santa Barbara Triathlon 07/31/2023

Registration for our beach festival bundle is now available! Pay one price for all beach activities. Registered triathletes can participate for free! Sign up here:

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We are thrilled to welcome back Hoka as an event sponsor! Hoka has been providing shoes to our category winners since 2021, as well as making a charitable contribution to our beneficiaries. Thank you Hoka and welcome back!


Wishing a happy and healthy 4th to all our athletes, volunteers and community members! Enjoy some down time with friends and family!


We are excited to welcome back Mark Tipton and Jim Lubinski on the mics to call the August 26, 2023 Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival! These 2 keep the energy pumping!

Photos from Santa Barbara Triathlon & Beach Festival's post 06/15/2023

We are thrilled to have Montecito Bank & Trust as the official Charity Sponsor of the 2023 Santa Barbara Triathlon, in support of our beneficiary the Dream Foundation.

Montecito Bank & Trust’s unwavering commitment to philanthropy sets them apart from all other banks on the Central Coast. Their philanthropy is as much about how they support nonprofits with financial and business expertise and volunteer time as it is about the total amount of money MBT gives. MBT believes their ability to adapt their corporate giving to support local nonprofits’ changing needs is the way to be the best philanthropic partner. MBT appreciates the opportunity to help nonprofits fulfill their missions and deliver their much needed programs throughout our local communities.

Dream Foundation’s Dreams touch lives, meet essential needs and provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. Over the past two decades, these Dreams have provided psychosocial and emotional support tailored to thousands of terminally-ill adults and their families. DF’s work plays a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for patients and their families. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 34,000 Dreams over the past 29 years.




We are so excited to announce registration for the 2023 Santa Barbara Triathlon & Multisport Festival is OPEN! Our 2022 event saw the introduction of a uniquely formatted one-mile swim, as well as a standalone 5k run. These events will be back in 2023, and will join our diverse roster of short and long course triathlon, our women only triathlon, parent – child triathlon, Aquabike and duathlon.

As we expand our festival, 2023 may also see the addition of some surprise beach activities for spectators and families!

All of these events will be brought to you on ONE day, Saturday, August 26, 2023. As the post-pandemic world continues to evolve and market forces adjust, we want to ensure our participants an exciting, vibrant and safe event. We believe combining our two day format into one will achieve this while also leaving us room to grow into the future.

We are thrilled to bring you the 2023 Santa Barbara Triathlon& Multisport Festival and can’t wait to watch you all do what you love, in one of the most beautiful locations you can find. Train safe and see you all back on the beach August 26, 2023!

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Tower 26 Dawn Patrol
Printing now!  Thank you to Arosha, Inc. for the amazing print job!  Final touches being put on this weekend's 40th edit...
REGISTRATION OPENING!!Hi Everyone!  The journey to the start line is looking brighter!  Please watch the attached video ...
Chris Braden 2017





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