6th Annual ~ Golden Gate Triathlon ~ Cancelled

We are sad to announce that the 2014 Golden Gate Triathlon has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause in your event schedule.


Benefiting the Lazarex Cancer Foundation

We can’t put on these events without good volunteers! Please consider volunteering some of your time to help us make our events memorable experiences.  Find out more here!

    Golden Gate Triathlon Summary

    A world class triathlon has come to San Francisco and its most cherished landmark is its centerpiece.  The Golden Gate Triathlon features a beautiful swim along the coast of Crissy Field, an epic looped course through-out the Presidio capped off by a stunning out-and-back run across the Golden Gate Bridge (sprint distance participants will turn-around half way across the bridge). Don’t miss this race!

    For the Benefit of Lazarex Cancer Foundation:

    In 2013, The Golden Gate Triathlon has chosen to partner with Lazarex Cancer Foundation, a Danville, CA based nonprofit  that helps cancer patients nationwide, with all forms of cancer,  by providing assistance with costs for clinical trial participation and navigation through clinical trial options. Additionally Lazarex provides community outreach and education. The foundation is a resource for cancer patients who have been told they have no other treatment options, but who are not yet done with their journey in life and refuse to give up now.

    Each Golden Gate Triathlon participant that elects to fundraise through Lazarex Cancer Foundation (relay team member OR individual) is responsible for raising a minimum of $500 by Monday, May 27, 2013.  Each participant will then be race registered and receive a Team for Life technical training shirt (3 shirt-type options), an official Tri-Freaks race day shirt, a finisher’s medal, as well as any race weekend celebrations in exchange for raising the $500 minimum!

    Does the above sound appealing? Interested in participating in the Golden Gate Triathlon as a Lazarex Team for Life Member? Perhaps you have a few questions and want more information?  Find out more and/or register via Lazarex by clicking here!  Or you can email Cynthia Sandoval, the Division Manager, at TFL@Lazarex.org.

    Note: Raising Funds is not a requirement to participate in this event.

    Golden Gate Triathlon Events:

    • Sprint Distance ~ .46 mile Swim – 13.55 mi Bike ~ 3.1 mile Run
    • Olympic Distance ~ .93 mile Swim ~ 25.82 mi Bike ~ 6.17 mile Run

    Note: Read our event policies before you resgister. You are subject to them.  No exceptions!

    Take the opportunity to participate in this early season race!  We can’t promise the bike section is easy, but it is certainly bitter sweet!  With a total elevation gain of 1461 feet for the sprint and 2919 feet for the Olympic distance bike sections, these two events easily rank right up there in the top with some of the toughest shorter triathlons out there.  And if that isn’t enough then try our sprint DiabloMan Triathlon, where the bike section alone is 2874 feet. :-)

    Now before you tell yourself you can’t do this, we’ve had first time triathletes do this on mountain bikes, so if they can pull it off, so can you! ;-)  What are you waiting for, join the hundreds of others that sign up every year, and we’ll be sure to make sure you have a memorable experience!

    Golden Gate Triathlon Event Details

    Where is the Golden Gate Triathlon Held:

    Note: Click Above Links for Directions

    Event Cost & Registration:

    For event registration fees please visit our registration provider by clicking on the “Register Now”.   Athletes can register late during Packet Pick-Up with a $10 increase to price.  There will be NO REGISTRATION ON RACE DAY.  You must be at packet pick-up between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  See the packet pick-up section for more info.

    Your options to  register are: Via Active.com below to the left, or RaceMine below to the right!

    Weekend Schedule:

    • Sunday June 9th, 2013: Race day!
      • 6:00 am: PACKET PICKUP OPENS At Finish Transition Area
      • 6:00 am: Both Transitions Areas Open
      • 7:10 am: Transition Area 2 (Bike to Run) Closes for Race
      • 7:10 am: All Athletes Must Move to T1 (Swim to Bike) / Swim Start
      • 7:20 am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start
      • 7:30 am: Olympic Swim Waves Start*
      • 7:45 am: Sprint Swim Waves Start*
      • 8:45 am: Swim Course Cut Off
      • 9:30 am: Post Race Food Open! Bon Appetite!*
      • 10:30 am: Sprint Distance Awards Ceremony
      • 10:30 am: Bike Course Cut Off
      • 11:00am: Olympic Distance Awards Ceremony

    Swim Waves:

    Olympic Wave Times:

    • 7:30 am (Women)
    • 7:35 am (Men)
    Sprint Wave Times:

    • 7:45 am (Women)
    • 7:50 am (Men)

     

    Course Cut Off Times:

    Out of respect to the residents of the Presidio, and their need to use the roads as well, we are limited to shutting down the roads we use for the bike portion of the event until 10:30 am.  If you are not done with the bike portion at this time we will unfortunately need to ask you to remove your bib number and timing chip and stop racing.  To make sure you have plenty of time on the bike section, we are requiring participants to be able to finish their swim by 8:45 am.

    Packet Pickup Information:

    Recommended Packet Pick Up Saturday, June 8th, 2013 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the: Sports basement of Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

    NOTE: Everyone picking up their packets at Sports Basement will receive a 10% discount off all items purchased between the hours of 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Plus Sports Basement will provide drinks and snacks for all athletes!

    Finally, Sports Basement can be a bit hard to find ( even though it is huge ), so make sure you go to their website (http://Sportsbasement.com) and get their address and directions.

    Required Athletes Meetings: Informational athlete meetings for the runs will be held 15 minutes prior to start of the distance you are participating in.

    Start Area Check In

    Sunday, June 9th, 2013 at Crissy Field Transition Area (near the Warming Hut). Allow yourself enough set-up time to walk or otherwise get to the to swim start 3/4 miles away.   One at East Chrissy Field (the swim to bike TA) by the swim area, and one at West Chrissy Field (the bike to run TA and finish area). Packet Pickup will be at the West Chrissy Field transition area.

    Event Parking:

    Please note parking instructions for race day! TriFREAKS is not responsible for your vehicles should they be towed. The following three areas marked on the parking map below have been provided.  If you decide to park in the “West Bluff” parking lot, you will not be able to move until the bike course has been cleared.  Parking in any other areas is prohibited as it blocks parking for business tenants of The Presidio.  We strongly encourage all of you to carpool and/or find other ways to get to the Presidio that do not require you to bring your vehicle.

    IMPORTANT:Athletes that park in front of the businesses on the west end of Mason St. will prevent the start of the race until they have moved.

    Lastly, the Presidio is under constant construction which has significantly impacted our parking and many roads that were open are now closed and vise versa.  We encourage carpooling, walking and biking to the store and checking the road closures before driving in: http://www.presidioparkway.org/updates/

    Golden Gate Triathlon Course Details

    Before we cover the course info, please note the following:

    SWIM: Olympic – .90 Miles | Sprint .45 Miles

    The swim will start and finish at East Chrissy Field Beach. The swim is a rectangular course, with one loop for the Sprint and two loops for the Olympic distance. Impact from the tide has been taken into account, so the return leg for both courses is close enough to the shore that athletes can stand and wade through the water to return should  it become necessary.  Athletes electing to stand and wade MUST stay in water deep enough that is higher than their knees and lower than their waist.  This is not the perfect solution, obviously, however the tide can be a formidable force, and the safety of you all is our first and foremost concern.  The solution presented here complies with USAT rules, and will allow you to stay a safe distance from the shore and swim with the tide for most of the course.  Note that Olympic distance swimmers will NOT exit the water before starting their second lap.  You can find a map of the swim courses here:

    The Olympic event will start at 7:30 am with waves following every 5 minutes as needed, and the Sprint Race will start at 7:45 am with waves following every 5 minutes as needed.  Kayaks and boats will prevent athletes from straying off course. If you feel tired or need help at any point during the swim it’s fine to hold onto a kayak. As long as the kayak does not forward your position on the course it is within the rules to continue when you are ready. If you need assistance out of the water the boaters will also help you back to shore. Expect chilly waters, somewhere in the mid 50’s so wetsuits are highly recommended.

    The following information is provided for San Francisco, San Francisco County, California (longitude W122.4, latitude N37.8) for Sunday 9th June 2013 Pacific Daylight Time Sunrise Information:  Begin civil twilight 5:47 a.m, and full Sunrise at 6:19 a.m.

    Given the influence of the tide in the bay, we reserve the right to adjust the start times of the swim.  Right now it looks like we may want to start around 7:30 am, so please stay tuned for announcements regarding start times.  For information on the tides, please see the San Francisco Area Tide Table.

    Swim to Bike Transition (T1):

    The course has two transition areas. The swim to bike transition area will be at East Chrissy Field.  For a larger view of the image map of the transition area please click on the image.  At the end of the race you will have the opportunity to go back to T1 (the swim to bike transition) area to pick up any wetsuits or personal items left in this transition area.

    BIKE: 25.82 Miles Olympic | 13.55 Miles Sprint:

    Once you have mounted your bike you will ride out to Mason St. and head west until you pass the bike to run and finish transition area on your right. After passing this area you will ride west approximately 1/4 mile and make a sharp left onto Long. At the top of Long you will go right onto Lincoln proceed to Bowley and veer right. When Bowley merges into Lincoln you will make a sharp left and head back up.

    Remain on Lincoln all the way back to Long, turn left onto Long and continue down to the bottom of Long where you will turn onto Hamilton St. and proceed to the small turn around right before Hamilton St. turns into Mason St. There you will turn around until you have finished the required number of laps (3 for Sprint & 6 for Olympic). DO NOT GO BACK INTO THE TRANSITION AREA until you have completed your required loops (Olympic- 6 / Sprint – 3). Once you have completed your required loops (Olympic – 6 / Sprint – 3) you will dismount off your bike and proceed to Transition Area.

    Please take a close look at both bike maps. Make sure to zoom in as well as look at the elevation on both maps for detailed course information:

    Run to Bike Transition (T2):

    After finishing your required bike loops (Olympic – 6 Loops / Sprint – 3 Loops), you dismount your bike at the T2 transition area, run your bike to the transition bike rack, put on your running gear, and…RUUUN!  The run course will be marked with cones, directional arrows and other signs.

    For a larger view of the image map of the transition area please click on the image.

    RUN: Olympic – 6.17 Miles | Sprint – 3.1 Miles

    Exiting out of Transition Area, athletes will begin their out and back runs by heading toward the Golden Gate Bridge. Just past the Warming Hut athletes will be guided left onto a trail (steep stairs initially). The trail will be marked by flags and volunteers all the way to the bridge. Make sure to check the run course maps to know what side of the bridge the run will be on. Typically foot traffic is on the east side of the bridge, but often times construction, maintenance, or other unforeseen circumstances require us to change sides.  Should there be a change we will make sure to notify all of you as soon as we know of it.

    • Sprint Distance athletes will run past the half-way point of the bridge to a manned turn-around point 1.55 miles into the run.
    • Olympic Distance athletes will run all the way over the Bridge and be guided down another 1/2 mile of path to their turn-around point approximately 3 miles into the run.

    Both turn-around points will be monitored by volunteers writing down the numbers of the athletes. Make sure to yell your number as you turn around so that they don’t miss you.

    Please take a close look at both bike maps. Make sure to zoom in as well as look at the elevation on both maps for detailed course information:

    Aid Station Information:

    There will be five aid stations on the course.  They will be supplied with both Hammer Heed Drink and Hammer Gel, and Bananas.  The aid stations will be located at the following areas:

    • Transition Area 1
    • Transition Area 2
    • Turn Around Point for Bike Lap
    • Just Before the Bridge Entrance for the Run
    • At the Olympic Turn Around Point for the Run

    Reminders For the Swim:

    The Sprint Swim is one lap around the swim course. See map link below.

    • Olympic Swim is two laps around the swim course.  See map link below.
    • If you are having difficulty at any point in the swim raise your hand and ask for help. Feel free to hold onto one of the Kayaks or boats and then either continue the event or ask for assistance and be removed from the water.
    • Note that the swim course is always subject to modifications based on tide impact as well as to increase overall safety and ability to monitor the swimmers.

     Golden Gate Triathlon Swim Course Map

    For Biking Remember:

    • Olympic Bike – 6 loops (25.82 miles)
    • Sprint Bike – 3 loops (13.55 miles)

    The course map for the first lap of the bike course can be found here. The course map for all remaining loops is the same and can be found here.

    For the Run Remember:

    • The run is an out and back.
    • The Sprint Distance turn-around is marked on the Bridge. The Sprint Run course can be found here and is 3.11 miles.
    • The Olympic Distance turn-around is right on the other side of the bridge. The Olympic Run Course can be found here and is 6.22 miles long.

    There will be five (5) aid stations-all will have Water, Heed drink some type of nutrition:

    • Swim To Bike Station # 1: At the exit of Transition Area 1.
    • Bike Aid Station # 1: The transition area.
    • Bike Aid Station # 2: Bowley St. & Lincoln Blvd. Intersection
    • Run Aid Station #1: Just before Bridge entrance.
    • Run Aid Station #2: At Olympic Turn-Around (3 miles away).

    Golden Gate Triathlon Food, Awards & Swag

    Post Race Food:

    Post race food is served to Golden Gate Triathlon Participants. Food will consist of granola, bagels, fresh fruit, & juice! We’ll have other goodies, but we can’t give it all away

    Awards & Swag:

    • All participants will receive a Golden Gate Triathlon Technical T-Shirt.
    • All athletes that finish will receive a Golden Gate Triathlon finishers medal.
    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female age group winners receive a trophy.

    Age groups will be in increments of 10. Under 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, etc… up to 69, and then one group for 70 and over. 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall relay teams will receive one award each.  Due to the very limited field of Athena and Clydesdale, athletes in these groups will be ranked in their division, however will receive awards based on their time for regular age groups. If you are in these groups please consider signing up in the Age Group division, as you essentially will race with them anyways.  Why do we do this?  Because there just aren’t enough people participating in these groups, and in the end every single person gets an award because so few people race these divisions.  It kind of defeats the point of doing a race when you get an award no matter what. ;-)

    Golden Gate Triathlon Lodging & Directions

    Lodging Information:

    The following is a list of hotels near The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94129:

    For Directions From the Hotels to The Race click here and then put in the hotel address as starting point!

    For other lodging arrangements, we suggest you use Hotwire.com. We’ve found over time that they tend to offer the best rates. Click on the following link for Hotwire Results for Hotels in San Francisco, CA.

    Directions to Golden Gate Triathlon:

    Many of you have inquired about WHERE the event occurs exactly, and how to get there: The swim start and finish takes place from Crissy Field, East Beach (The Bike-to-Run Transition along with the finish line are .75 miles west towards the Bridge) – GGNRA/National Park Service, San Francisco County.

    Getting There: Finding your way through the Presidio can be a challenge even for long time SF residents. Pay attention, or you’ll end up on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge and end up paying additional bridge toll!

    • From San Francisco: drive west on Marina Boulevard. At the intersection with Lyon Street, where Doyle Drive diverges left to the Golden Gate Bridge, continue straight onto Mason. Look for the transition area about 3/4 mile west on the right.
    • From Marin: drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge, and use the Lombard Street entrance to the Presidio. Turn right onto Lincoln, turn right again at Halleck, and continue straight to Mason.

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    Golden Gate Triathlon Results & Photos

    For 2013 we are including event photos for everyone in the price of registration.  We are tired of folks getting charged $40 plus dollars in some cases for a digital photo.  In addition, all participants receive complimentary injury insurance provided via 365 Competitors as part of their registration fee.  For information on what is covered please visit http://365competitors.com.

    Following are previous and current results and photos:

    Golden Gate Triathlon Athlete Instructions

    Golden Gate Triathlon Athlete Instructions

    Dear Golden Gate Triathlon Participants,

    We’re looking forward to having you join us for the Golden Gate Triathlon on Sunday, June 9th, 2013!  Please note that we can always use more volunteers!  Be a part of the athletes’ journey as they reach their goals and cross the finish line. This event cannot happen without the support of volunteers like you! If you can help, or have a friend, family or spouse that can help please let us know by emailing us at volunteer@TriFREAKS.com or calling us at 253.245.9240. The more support we have the better your experience as the athlete will be.

    Every volunteer can receive up to a 50% discount code that can be used for any TriFreaks race. For more details visit our volunteer details page.  If you have a friend or family member help us as a volunteer you can earn up to a 50% credit for our races as well.


    Recommended Packet Pick Up Saturday, June 8th, 2013 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the: Sports basement of Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

    NOTE: Everyone picking up their packets at Sports Basement will receive a 10% discount off all items purchased between the hours of 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Plus Sports Basement will provide drinks and snacks for all athletes!

    Athletes can register late on Packet Pick-Up day with a $10.00 increase to price.  There will be an opportunity to pick your packet up the morning of the race as well.  Please see the packet pick-up section on the “Event Details” tab for more info.

    Weekend Schedule:

    • Sunday June 9th, 2013: Race day!
      • 6:00 am: PACKET PICKUP OPENS At Finish Transition Area
      • 6:00 am: Both Transitions Areas Open
      • 7:10 am: Transition Area 2 (Bike to Run) Closes for Race
      • 7:10 am: All Athletes Must Move to T1 (Swim to Bike) / Swim Start
      • 7:20 am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start
      • 7:30 am: Olympic Swim Waves Start*
      • 7:45 am: Sprint Swim Waves Start*
      • 8:45 am: Swim Course Cut Off
      • 9:30 am: Post Race Food Open! Bon Appetite!*
      • 10:30 am: Sprint Distance Awards Ceremony
      • 10:30 am: Bike Course Cut Off
      • 11:00 am: Olympic Distance Awards Ceremony

    Swim Waves:

    Olympic Wave Times:

    • 7:30 am (Women)
    • 7:35 am (Men)
    Sprint Wave Times:

    • 7:45 am (Women)
    • 7:50 am (Men)

     

    Transition Area Locations:

    Event Parking:

    Please note parking instructions for race day! TriFREAKS is not responsible for your vehicles should they be towed. The following three areas marked on the parking map below have been provided. If you decide to park in the “West Bluff” parking lot, you will not be able to move until the bike course has been cleared.  Parking in any other areas is prohibited as it blocks parking for business tenants of The Presidio.  We strongly encourage all of you to carpool and/or find other ways to get to the Presidio that do not require you to bring your vehicle.

    IMPORTANT:Athletes that park in front of the businesses on the west end of Mason St. will prevent the start of the race until they have moved.

    Lastly, the Presidio is under constant construction which has significantly impacted our parking and many roads that were open are now closed and vise versa.  We encourage carpooling, walking and biking to the store and checking the road closures before driving in: http://www.presidioparkway.org/updates/


    Before we cover the course info, please note the following:

    Reminders For the Swim:

    The Sprint Swim is one lap around the swim course. See map link below.

    • Olympic Swim is two laps around the swim course.  See map link below.
    • If you are having difficulty at any point in the swim raise your hand and ask for help. Feel free to hold onto one of the Kayaks or boats and then either continue the event or ask for assistance and be removed from the water.
    • Note that the swim course is always subject to modifications based on tide impact as well as to increase overall safety and ability to monitor the swimmers.

     Golden Gate Triathlon Swim Course Map

    For Biking Remember:

    • Olympic Bike – 6 loops (25.82 miles)
    • Sprint Bike – 3 loops (13.55 miles)

    The course map for the first lap of the bike course can be found here. The course map for all remaining loops is the same and can be found here.

    For the Run Remember:

    • The run is an out and back.
    • The Sprint Distance turn-around is marked on the Bridge. The Sprint Run course can be found here and is 3.11 miles.
    • The Olympic Distance turn-around is right on the other side of the bridge. The Olympic Run Course can be found here and is 6.22 miles long.

    There will be five (5) aid stations-all will have Water, Heed drink some type of nutrition:

    • Swim To Bike Station # 1: At the exit of Transition Area 1.
    • Bike Aid Station # 1: The transition area.
    • Bike Aid Station # 2: Bowley St. & Lincoln Blvd. Intersection
    • Run Aid Station #1: Just before Bridge entrance.
    • Run Aid Station #2: At Olympic Turn-Around (3 miles away).

    Golden Gate Triathlon Bike Support & Rentals

    A very big thank you to Bike and Roll San Francisco! They will be providing bike support for the Golden Gate Triathlon! Make sure you check out their website for more information about them!

    Bike and Roll is America’s leading bicycle rental and tour company, serving thousands of satisfied customers each year. Bike and Roll was established in 2001, and operates locations in San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Miami Beach and Washington D.C, with plans to expand into other cities and parks throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

    Make sure you check out their lineup of high end bikes at their Rental Center.  Renting a bike is a great alternative to shipping your bike and getting it beat up and damaged in the process.  Often times the cost to rent is also more cost effective than shipping your bike or carrying it along on a flight.

    Sports Basement also rents bikes and wet suits and people all the time for local triathlons. So if you don’t have one or don’t want to bring yours, check out the two links below to look over Sports Basement’s inventory and prices:

    Finally, additional tri and road bike rental opportunities exist at Blazing Saddles. For a complete lineup of rentals and fees please visit Blazing Saddles rental page by clicking here.

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