Elite and amateur triathletes flock to Pacific Grove the second weekend in September to participate in one of the most scenic triathlons in the world: the Triathlon at Pacific Grove. The Triathlon at Pacific Grove offers an Olympic distance triathlon, a sprint distance triathlon, and a 5K and 10K Fun Run.
The Triathlon at Pacific Grove is perfect for the beginning triathlete, and a great experience for the expert looking for an enjoyable event. September weather in Pacific Grove is ideal for a triathlon: cool and misty at dawn with sun by mid-morning and an average high temperature in the mid-70s. The flat biking and running courses, with scenic views and gentle rollers, are perfect for beginners and lead to fast times for elite triathletes.
The course begins with the famous "Kelp Crawl" swim from Lovers Point; swimmers are warned that "assistance from Sea Otters or Sea Lions is strictly prohibited." The cycling course runs along the coast from Lover's Point to the edge of Pebble Beach, offering spectacular views along with an almost flat course. The similarly flat running course stretches along the coast from Lover's Point to the Monterey Bay Aquarium; runners can take inspiration from either the cheering crowd or the amazing scenery as they finish the event.
Both Fun Runs on Sunday, September 13th start at Lover's Point Park and head down Ocean View Boulevard and the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. The 5K loops around Berwick Park, while the 10K extends down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium before looping back.
The warmup begins on Friday, September 11th, when participants can register, attend swim clinics, get an orientation for the Olympic Course, and check out triathlon-related merchandise in the exposition area.
The Olympic Course and Elite events will take place on Saturday, September 12th. Opening ceremonies kick off at 6:45am, and athletes in the Olympic course begin at 7:30am. Amateurs, Junior Elite and Elite athletes will each start separately and compete amongst themselves during the Olympic Course. Elite athletes will be competing for a $20,000 cash purse, which will be given out at the Olympic Awards Ceremony at 3pm. Relay teams, consisting of a swimmer, a cyclist and a runner, will also compete on Saturday. The exposition will be open from 7am to 4pm. Triathletes can get an orientation for the sprint course at 3:30pm.
Sprint course athletes and 5 and 10K racers will have their day in the sun (and mist) on Sunday, September 13th. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:15am, the 5 and 10K's begins at 7:30am, triathletes take to the water at 8:40am, and the awards ceremony will take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Registration is now open for all events at the Triathlon at Pacific Grove. Visit the official Triathlon at Pacific Grove registration information page for registration fees and deadlines; register online at the official Triathlon at Pacific Grove site. Discounts are available for active duty military.
You can stay just steps away from the triathlon course at one of Pacific Grove's inns, hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts. Some offer suites with kitchenettes in case you prefer to prepare your own carb-loading meals, while others offer a full buffet breakfast that will ensure you are fueled up for your event.
Many of Pacific Grove's finest restaurants are also located within one or two blocks of the Triathlon at Pacific Grove course. Plan ahead and make a reservation; your competitors in the race are sure to be there!
Pacific Grove offers much more to do than just the Triathlon at Pacific Grove. See our Pacific Grove Itinerary for ideas on where to eat and what to see - and ways to keep your fans busy while you prep for the race.