This is our 29th Year!

Registration for 2014 is now open!

About the Sandman Triathlon

The Sandman Triathlon is one of Santa Cruz County's oldest triathlons having its inaugural race way back in 1985 in the infancy days of the sport. The Sandman was originally conceived by the Santa Cruz State Parks Lifeguard Association to be a positive Aptos community event that would raise funds for the local State Parks Junior Lifeguard program, including providing scholarships for kids from low-income families that otherwise could not afford the cost of the 4-week program. Over the past 28 years, thousands of dollars have been raised for this scholarship fund to provide high quality water safety education to hundreds of Santa Cruz County youth. In addition to the great fundraising cause, the Sandman is one of the most scenic and beautiful courses you will find. Another signature feature of the Sandman is the beautiful and handcrafted awards given out for top finishers in each division. Because the Sandman is a sprint triathlon and designed to be a super fun and family friendly event, it is the perfect triathlon experience for athletes that are new to the sport. The Sandman Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event.

The Course

You'll start out with a .75-mile ocean swim in the Monterey Bay around the world famous cement ship, followed by a scenic 13-mile bike course through Aptos, Seascape, and Rio Del Mar. A 4-mile beach run caps what is commonly described as one of the best triathlon experiences that California has to offer.

The Details

Transition opens at 6am, first wave at 8am! 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+.
Team divisions are all ages Male, Female, and Co-Ed.
Awards will be given to the top finishers in each division at the awards ceremony directly following the race.

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. We are also continuing to offer a 1- mile Fun Run for youth up to 17 years old which will start at the Seacliff Pier and participants will run up-coast for a half mile and then turn around and return to the pier. Price for the youth run includes USAT insurance and finishers medal. Beautiful handcrafted trophies for top winners in each division! All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to show up. Live announcing throughout all phases of the event. Raffle, music, and fun for everyone! Proceeds benefit the local Junior Lifeguard scholarship program.

Packets and Parking

Packet pickup will take place on Saturday August 2nd, from 2-4pm at Bike Shop Aptos, located in the Rancho Del Mar Center in Aptos. Space is limited, however if spots are open, there will be same day registration. Raceday packet pickup and registration will be available onsite from 6:00am to 7:30am but we strongly encourage you to pick up your packet on Saturday. Everyone MUST pick-up their own packet and race number. Unfortunately we can NOT give it to a friend or family member. ID required and sorry NO exceptions.

USAT annual members must bring their USAT card and ID. If you have lost your card, please contact USAT and print out a new card. Without proof of annual membership, you will need to purchase a single day membership. These are the requirements of a USAT sanctioned event.

Raffle Details will be announced in the coming months.

Parking will be at the Seacliff State beach parking lots off of State Park Drive. Map it here. If you choose to park inside the park, the fee is $10. Outside the park, parking is free. Make sure you park in a legal parking space and give yourself enough time to walk to the race area.