The Original Triathlon
Fuel your competitive fire and benefit local non-profits by competing in the Great American Triathlon, taking place July 18th on the beautiful American River Parkway. With a challenging course set along one of the most beautiful urban landscapes in America, the no-swim triathlon is a 24.42 mile run, ride and paddle event unlike any other.
You can compete as an individual or as part of a team in race categories for all skill levels, from competitive triathletes to weekend warriors. The challenge of the no-swim triathlon is a real one, and the ebb and flow of the American River pits you against Mother Nature herself. Space is limited to 250 teams and 800 Ironperson competitors, so dust off your paddles, grab your friends, and sign up today to experience the next generation of fun in the Sacramento sun!
Run Course – 5.82 Miles
Cycle Course – 12.5 Miles
Paddle Course – 6.1 Miles
The race features 36 categories. Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each category. Teams can be comprised of either two or three persons for single seat kayak and canoe participants, and up to four persons for the tandem seat kayak and canoe divisions. Competitors may enter only one team or ironperson division.
Relay Team Divisions (Click Here to See All Divisions)
Adaptive – One member must have a disability
Armed Forces – Must be active duty, retired, recruit or discharged
Co-Ed – Any Age
Corporate – All team members from same company and work at least 20 hours per week
Open Canoe – Tandem watercraft division with 4 members
Public Sector Cup – all members must work for the same governmental entity for at least 20 hours
Stand Up Paddle
Tandem Kayak – Tandem watercraft division with 4 members
Junior Relay – 18 & Under, Any Gender
Women’s Open (19-39)
Men’s Open (19-39)
**Age as of race day
Ironperson Divisions (Click Here to See All Divisions)
Ironman Open (19-39)
Ironman SUP Open (19-39)
Ironman SUP (40+)
Junior Ironman – 18 & Under
Ironwoman Open (19-39)
Ironwoman SUP Open (19-39)
Ironwoman SUP (40+)
Junior Ironwoman – 18 & Under
**Participants are placed into their division automatically based on age, gender and watercraft
A Spectacular Setting
The 2020 Great American Triathlon will take place July 18th on the incomparable American River Parkway, and includes a 5.82-mile run downriver from William B. Pond Park in Carmichael to Cal State University, Sacramento, a 12.5-mile bike ride from Sac State to the Sunrise Bridge in Fair Oaks, and a 6.10-mile paddle from the Sunrise Bridge to River Bend Park in Rancho Cordova. The entire race takes place within the confines of the scenic American River Parkway, one of the most accessible waterways in America and the crown jewel of the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department.
Whether you are a world-class athlete or recreational participant, you are expected to be courteous and respectful of your fellow participants, event volunteers, spectators, and race officials. The Great American Triathlon® is a charitable event whose primary focus is in raising money to preserve, support, and publicize the American River Parkway and to support select children’s charities. In 2019, the event will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation and local children’s charities.
While the race is an important and exciting event featuring extraordinary athletic competition, it is first and foremost about supporting the event beneficiaries and showcasing the beauty and variety of the incomparable American River Parkway.
Race Day Conditions
Even at a casual pace, the Great American Triathlon® can be a grueling event that takes place in the early morning during the hottest time of the year. Temperatures at the 7:58 a.m. race start can range from 60 to 73 degrees (65 degree average), and by 11 a.m. can range from 72 to 88 degrees (78 degree average). It has never rained on July 18th during the 46 years the race has been run, but air quality in July can be a serious health hazard, especially for individuals with asthma or other respiratory issues. Fortunately, the early start usually means the air quality is good during the race.
Fitness to Participate
Participants should be in good health and be of appropriate fitness to complete their portion of the race at their desired pace. If you are not currently exercising on a regular basis, we highly recommend undertaking a training program prior to participating in the race. If you have heart or respiratory, orthopedic, or neuromuscular issues, consult your physician regarding whether you can safely compete. Competitors with respiratory issues are expected to monitor air quality conditions at the time of the race and determine their fitness to compete. The Great American Triathlon(r) bears no liability for the health or ability of any competitor participating in the race.
July 18th is one of the hottest and driest days of the year. Even though the race takes place before the heat of the day sets in, It is still important to remain hydrated throughout the race. Hydration bottles are required on all bikes. Water is distributed during the run portion of the race, and having hydration available during the paddle portion of the race is strongly encouraged.
Medical personnel will be stationed throughout the course should a participant, spectator, or volunteer need assistance. If you observe a participant who is experiencing a medical emergency or who is struggling in the water following a capsizing, you are required to stop racing and provide assistance until support arrives.