The swim course (in yellow) consists of a 1/2 mile ocean swim starting at UCSB's legendary Campus Point Beach. The swim starts at the sandy public access beach across from the UCSB lagoon, and finishes 400 yards south at Poles Beach. After exiting the water, participants will ascend the beach access stairway to the transition area. The ocean water is generally quite chilly this time of year, so wetsuits are strongly recommended.
The bike course (in blue) consists of a 16 mile loop through the City of Goleta and Santa Barbara County. The course starts by takes athletes on the bike path past Goleta Beach, then along scenic Cathedral Oaks Drive, and back along the Pacific Coast Bike Route and through UCSB's campus.
Many areas of the bike course have been recently repaved, including the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path, the path behind Family Student Housing, and bike paths on campus. The few remaining potholes will be well-marked.
All major intersections and turns will be controlled and monitored by Goleta and County Police and volunteers. The course will be better-marked than ever before, but we always recommend a pre-race ride.
NOTE: THE RUN COURSE HAS CHANGED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION ON THE CAMPUS POINT STAIRS.
The run course (in red) consists of a 1-loop run over a rolling 3 mile course. The course goes most of the way around the UCSB Lagoon along paved and hard-packed trails. The run is almost out-and-back, with a slight detour on the way back. There will be an aid station with HEED and water which runners will pass twice at miles 1 and 2.
Runners will be treated to amazing views of the Channel Islands and the California coastline from Malibu to Point Conception on what will likely be the most scenic run course that you will race on this year. In fact, it was featured as the "Rave Run" photo in the December 2010 issue Runner's World.
The transition area (in green) is on a grass lawn outside of the student dorms over-looking the ocean and provides a beautiful central location for racers and fans alike. Please familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of this area during packet pick-up and on race morning.
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