CapitolaMan, California’s New Iron Distance Triathlon

CapitolaMan TriathlonCentral California lands a new, independent, full iron distance triathlon this fall. The CapitolaMan Triathlon will be California’s second independent, full iron distance triathlon and third iron distance race when you include the WTC’s race in Lake Tahoe. The inaugural event is set to take place in September in Capitola, CA and be based at Cabrillo College. The distances offered will be the standard 2.4 mile Swim, a 112 mile Bike, and a 26.2 mile Run.

Capitola is a quaint little city nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Cruz mountains, just 4 miles south of Santa Cruz. The city is located 77 miles south of San Francisco and 341 miles north of Los Angeles. The San Jose International Airport is only 40 minutes north and Monterey airport is 30 minutes south.

Triathlon: CapitolaMan Triathlon
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Where: Seacliff State Park Beach, Capitola, California
Events: Full, Aquathon, Relays

The course has been designed by a veteran triathlete and race director to share some of the scenic beauty and natural wonders of our area with racers from all over the world.

The 2.4 mile swim will start at the historic Cement Ship at Seacliff State Park Beach. The swim is a triangular, 2 lap course with right hand turns. Each leg of the triangle is approximately 700 yards. At the end of the first loop athletes will run out of the water, around a marker and begin the second loop. At the end of loop 2 swimmers run from the water across the beach to T-1. Spectators will be able to view the swim from the surrounding bluffs. Swim cut-off time: 9:45am

The well designed 112 mile bike route will keep athletes off major roads and highways as they ride towards the Salinas Valley and the Santa Lucia Mountains on this out and back course. The course promises to be fast as it only climbs a bit over 2,000 ft of elevation along the way. After exiting T1 the racers bike south through suburban Santa Cruz County towards the strawberry fields of Watsonville. After crossing the Pajaro River into Monterey County the ride goes inland a bit to the quaint town of Prunedale. Once past Prunedale the riders travel towards the Artichoke Capitol of the World, Castroville. The farms and the bulcolic rolling hillsides are picturesque, to say the least. Once past Castroville cyclists pedal towards Old Fort Ord, and skirt the fort as they travel towards the wine country and mountains of the Santa Lucia range. Reservation Road becomes River Road once it crosses Hwy 68. The ride ends at the Cabrillo College sports stadium. Bike cut-off time: 5:30pm

The 26.2 mile run course was designed to give athletes a glimpse of the beautiful and natural Nisene Marks State Park. It is a 2 lap course that is mostly off-pavement, under the cool shade of trees along a dirt fire road. The run will be fast it only gains 900 feet elevation along the way. The Run course closes at: 12:15am on Sunday, Sept. 14

This inaugural event will be limited to 850 participants. A relay division is offered as well as an Aquathon. Registration is currently open for the inaugural CapitolaMan Triathlon in September in Capitola. Race organizers have the entry fee for the full iron distance triathlon at $399.00. Visit the event website for additional details and/or to register