The Original Triathlon


Fuel your competitive fire and benefit local non-profits by competing in the Great American Triathlon, taking place July 16th, 2022 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

Race Categories


The race features 35 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
First Responders
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

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

A Spectacular Setting

The 2022 Great American Triathlon will take place July 16th 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.

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 2022, 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 16th 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 bears no liability for the health or ability of any competitor participating in the race.


July is one of the hottest and driest months 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 Emergencies

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.

Register Today

Registration is now open for the 2023 Great American Triathlon. Register Now to secure your spot in the race.


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Race Rules

Participants are required to familiarize themselves with the Great American Triathlon® rules before competing.


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