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The TriRock Series announced today that TriRock San Diego, the City of San Diego’s largest triathlon, will move to May and feature a faster swim course.
The race will shift from its traditional date in September to May 22, 2016, making it the first international triathlon distance of the year in San Diego. Also new for 2016, the international distance will feature a point-to-point swim course that will make for much faster times over the 1500-meter swim.
“The new swim course will certainly help our triathletes set new personal records and beat their goals,” said Cory Osth, the race director, in the press release. “A point-to-point system means the participants will be swimming with the current caused by the incoming tide instead of against it, allowing for the best conditions for the competitors. This could very well be the fastest 1500m swim course in SoCal.”
The event will again include both sprint (500-meter swim, 11-mile bike, 3-mile run) and intermediate (1500-meter swim, 22-mile bike, 6-mile run) distance events. The new date makes the San Diego race the first of the year for the TriRock Triathlon Series, which will take place in six cities across the nation in 2016.
The downtown San Diego event starts at 6:30 am and features a protected swim course in San Diego Harbor. The newly designed swim course will start on the docks in front of the Marriott Marina, just a short walk from the transition area behind the San Diego Convention Center. The urban triathlon features a flat and fast bike course showcasing great views of the Coronado Bridge and laps around the 32nd street Naval Base. The event concludes with a run along the San Diego Harbor, passing the USS Midway before a red carpet finish along the waterfront.
The seventh annual event is known as a rockin’ competition, followed by a post-race party and concert. Participants will receive a finisher’s medal, technical t-shirt, post-race breakfast and access to the concert and beer garden. The Finish Line Festival, located behind the San Diego Convention Center, will feature a multi-sport expo, refreshments and entertainment for the whole family.
The swim course features a comprehensive buoy system which marks every 100 meters of for both the sprint and intermediate distances. The buoy system provides clear swim course sighting for participants and enhances general water safety measures.
Learn more at Trirock.competitor.com/san-diego/.