The Original Triathlon


Fuel your competitive fire and benefit local non-profits by competing in the Great American Triathlon, taking place July 20th, 2024 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. Space is limited to 250 teams and 600 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 – 5.8 Miles

Cycle Course – 12.5 Miles

Paddle Course – 6.1 Miles

Race Categories

The race features over 40 categories. Awards are presented to the top three finishers in each category. Note: if there are less than 3 teams in a category 4 weeks prior to race day, only the top team in that category will receive an award. 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 category.

Relay Team Divisions (Click Here to See All Divisions)

Adaptive – One member must have a disability
Co-Ed – Open
Co-Ed – Masters (all members must be 40+)
Corporate – All team members from same company and work at least 20 hours per week

Stand Up Paddle Open – Any gender
Stand Up Paddle – Age 40+, Any gender
Inflatable Kayak or Canoe – Open
Inflatable Kayak or Canoe – Masters (all members must be 40+)
Tandem Watercraft – Tandem watercraft division with 4 members
Junior Relay – 18 & Under, Any Gender
Women’s Open (19-39)
Women (40-49)
Women (50-59)
Women (60-69)
Women (70+)
Men’s Open (19-39)
Men (40-49)
Men (50-59)
Men (60-69)
Men (70+)
**Age as of race day

Ironperson Divisions (Click Here to See All Divisions)

Junior Ironman – 18 & Under
Ironman Open (19-39)
Ironman (40-49)
Ironman (50-59)
Ironman (60-69)
Ironman (70+)
Ironman SUP Open (19-39)
Ironman SUP (40+)
Ironman Inflatable Kayak or Canoe
Ironman CrossFit

Junior Ironwoman – 18 & Under
Ironwoman Open (19-39)
Ironwoman (40-49)
Ironwoman (50-59)
Ironwoman (60-69)
Ironwoman (70+)
Ironwoman SUP Open (19-39)
Ironwoman SUP (40+)
Ironwoman Inflatable Kayak or Canoe
Ironwoman CrossFit

A Spectacular Setting

The 2024 Great American Triathlon will take place July 20th on the incomparable American River Parkway, and includes a 5.8-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.

Course Courtesy

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 2024, the event will benefit the American River Parkway Foundation and local children’s charities.

While the race is an important and exciting event featuring fun 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

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).

Event Safety

  • Any participant that quits the race for any reason before reaching the finish line must report to a race official as soon as possible after they stop competing.
  • Earbuds, earphones or any other devices which might interfere with hearing are discouraged while participating.
  • All cyclists and paddlers must wear a helmet while competing.
  • All paddlers must wear shoes while competing.
  • All paddlers must wear U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device while competing.
  • No leashes allowed on watercraft or paddles.
  • All watercraft participants must be able to self-rescue.
  • Only registered race competitors may be on the race course.

Registration is now open for the 2024 Great American Triathlon. Register Now to secure your spot in the race.


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