10 Scenic Triathlons in California
Golden Gate Triathlon
San Francisco - June 24, 2012 1 of 11
See one of the country's greatest architectural accomplishments first-hand. The Olympic- and sprint-distance races feature a run on the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Silicon Valley Triathlon
San Jose - June 24, 2012 2 of 11
Located at Almaden Lake in southern San Jose, this Olympic-distance race is one of the self-described "fastest international triathlons in the USA."
Solana Beach Triathlon
Solana Beach - July 22 3 of 11
Start off with an ocean swim at Fletcher Cove, then bike and run through the streets of the charming beach town just north of San Diego. The sprint tri is a 1/2-mile swim, a 9-mile bike ride and a 3-mile run.
San Luis Obispo - July 22 4 of 11
A good race for beginners due to the 1/2-mile pool swim, but the 15.3-mile bike ride on rolling hills, followed by the 3.1-mile run through the charming Central Coast town, are a good challenge for any athlete.
Windsor - July 28 5 of 11
The Full Vineman is a 140.6-mile event through Sonoma County's vineyards and wineries. It's considered a great race to reach that 140.6-mile goal many triathletes dream of.
Camp Pendleton Sprint Triathlon
Camp Pendleton - August 4, 2012 6 of 11
One of the most important military bases in the U.S. opens its gates for 1,200 participants. The race is discounted for active duty personnel.
Triathlon at Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove - September 8-9 7 of 11
Located just up the road from Pebble Beach, the entire course is either in the water or along the shore. The Pacific Ocean never leaves your view on this flat and fast course.
Big Kahuna Tri
Santa Cruz - September 9, 2012 8 of 11
This 70.3 has a Hawaiian theme and start and finish near the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. Get a look at the rugged California coast, including several lighthouses.
Dana Point - September 23, 2012 9 of 11
The second year of this race takes triathletes 70.3 miles through south Orange County, from the coastline in Dana Point to the Cleveland National Forest inland.
Mission Bay Triathlon
San Diego - September 30 10 of 11
The triathlon that started it all. The course is a 500-meter swim in the calm Mission Bay, a 15K bike ride and 5K run. Go back to the birthplace of the sport in beautiful San Diego.