2018 Event Details & Schedule

The 2018 Sandman Triathlon will be Sunday, Aug. 19, at 8 a.m. Registration is now open on Active.com. 

Divisions for individual male and female are in 5-year increments per USAT rules: Under 14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+.
Relay team divisions are Male, Female, and Co-Ed. There are no age categories in the Relay.
In addition to the Sandman Triathlon there will also be a Duathlon course consisting of the 13-mile bike course and the 4-mile running course on the beach. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in the Duathlon (not age groups).
Beautiful handcrafted trophies will be given to the top finishers in each division! The awards ceremony will directly follow the race. You must be present to win.  

All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate as a racer, spectator or volunteer. There will be live announcing throughout all phases of the event, with a raffle, music, and fun for everyone! Proceeds benefit the local Junior Lifeguard scholarship program.



Packet pickup is Saturday, Aug. 18 at Epicenter Cycling, 8035 Soquel Drive in Aptos. We will be there from 2-5 p.m. Registration will be offered Saturday for those interested in joining the race.
If you wish to check into Sunday at Seacliff before the race, please arrive early so you can get your packet and get set up! We will be checking in folks from 6-7 a.m.
Athletes may only pick up their own packets. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. All relay members must be present to receive the packet, or split up the relay packet for each participant.
All athletes are required to show a photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. Every single participant, including relay participants, must have a photo ID. Youth athletes without an ID must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a photo ID. Annual members are required to show their membership card every time they compete in a USAT sanctioned event.


The Sandman Triathlon starts on Seacliff State Beach just up-coast of the Seacliff Pier. There is plenty of parking available in the State Park ($10). It is legal to park in the surrounding neighborhoods without a permit but please be quiet and respectful. The Rio Esplanade parking lot adjacent to Rio Del Mar Beach near the intersection of Aptos Beach Drive and Rio Del Mar Blvd is free and near the transition area. 


The swim will begin promptly at 8 a.m. and will have three waves of racers:
  • 8 a.m. — Men 44 and under
  • 8:05 a.m. — All Women 
  • 8:10 a.m. — Men 45 and older
The swim course will close at 8:45 a.m. IIf you are in Wave 2 or 3 and think you need more time for your swim, please let us know so we can move you into the first wave. Anyone still in the water at 8:45 will be assisted out of the water by lifeguards and disqualified.

Also, please remember the swim course changed in 2015. You will swim around the Cement Ship, keeping the pier on your left shoulder. Near the shore end of the ship, you will turn right and keep the line of buoys on your right shoulder until the final buoy, where you turn left and exit the swim course.


The duathlon course will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Questions? Email sandmantriathlon@gmail.com Have a great race.


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