Triathlon is fast-growing, endurance sport and Olympic event that consists of swimming, cycling, and running. With the roots of the sport growing out the San Diego running, cycling and swimming communities, UC San Diego is uniquely positioned at one of the centers of the triathlon world and has some of the best climate and terrain for training year round.
The UC San Diego Triathlon Team was founded in 1998 and has grown to more than 40 athletes. The team competes in Sprint and Olympic-distance races throughout the spring and summer against other schools in the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC), such as Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obsipo. UCSD's team also sends athletes to compete at the Collegiate Nationals race each year.
Historically, the UCSD Tritons have been extremely successful, both within the WCCTC and also at the national level. In 2008, UCSD's women's team won the National Collegiate Team title, with Amanda Felder winning the overall women's race. That same year, UCSD's women swept the entire collegiate podium at the prestigious Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio, CA. In 2005, UCSD won both the individual mens and womens National Collegiate Championship with Brendan O'Brien and Amanda Felders winning their respective races.
Besides racing in collegiate events, members of the UCSD Triathlon Team have had strong showings at a wide range of triathlon events. For example, in 2008, Lauren Chiodini placed 2nd in her division at the Age Group Nationals race and was selected to represent the United States at the Age Group Worlds race in Australia. In addition to placing well in various Sprint and Olympic-distance races, UCSD athletes have also raced in Half Ironman and Ironman events, with some members even qualifying for coveted spots to Ironman Hawaii.
In addition to competing at the highest levels, the UCSD Triathlon Team has sought to make the sport of triathlon more accessible to the student body at large. With that goal in mind, the team accepts all interested students regardless of athletic background. Furthermore, with the help of the Triathlon Club of San Diego, the team hosts their own sprint distance race, the Tritonman Triathlon, each year at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. The race serves as the team's main fund raiser for the year and has attracted numerous students from UCSD and many collegiate teams from the WCCTC, as well as top local pros and amateur triathletes.
For more additional information, visit UCSD Triathlon Homepage
Welcome Meeting: Wednesday, September 28th at 8pm in the Rimac Annex dugout
First Official Practice: Monday, October 3rd at 9am at Canyonview
NEWS AND RESULTS
On the 3rd of November, the team embarked on an expedition to Anza-Borrego. With the impending suffering planned for Saturday, we arrived at the campsite, set up our tents and accommodations, and enjoyed the crystal clear sky and sparkling stars in the light-pollution-less sky. Read More >>
On Sunday, October 22nd, the UC San Diego club triathlon team opened their 2023-2024 West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference season at Ironbruin, hosted by UCLA. The Tritons had 21 athletes compete in the collegiate sprint race (which consisted of a 700-meter swim, a 20k+ bike, and a 5k run), with the Men’s and Women’s squads capturing 1st and 3rd, respectively. Read More >>
In the early morning of Saturday, March 25th, UCSD's terrific triathletes awoke to the sound of chirping birds as a cool breeze blew over their warm and cozy tents after camping out under the stars at Lake Lopez, California. Emerging one by one, like ants from an ant hill, each athlete suited up for the adventure ahead and trekked to transition. Read More >>
Taking place in the beautiful Redwood City Marina, Stanford University's Treeathlon race was a blast this year. Our team traveled up to the Bay Area for the weekend and was greeted with chilly weather, off-and-on rain, and snowcapped mountains all around. Read More >>
On February 11 and 12, our team headed down to beautiful Mission Bay, bright and early, to get ready for our annual race: the one and only Tritonman. Despite the 3am wake up call, each team member brought positive energy and good vibes as they helped set up the myriad components that we needed for our race to run smoothly. Read More >>
On Sunday, October 23, 2022, our team ventured to Playa Del Rey to participate in UCLA's Ironbriun triathlon. Located just South of Venice and North of Manhattan Beach, the race venue was stunning. We had athletes compete in the collegiate devision against competitors like UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSB. Read More >>
Adjusting to a unique race start, our mighty mighty Tritons mercilessly sprinted past unsuspecting competitors while snaking through the 400m swim portion of UC Davis' Aggieathlon. Read More >>
Bike Camp started bright and early Saturday morning. Because Anza Borrego is the dessert, it gets hot very quickly, so if you want to have any fun riding you need to get started in the morning. Our team started riding at 8:30, but by this time temperatures were already approaching 90 degrees.Read More>
The Conference race is always the culmination of the season for our team. It is not the last race, nor is it the biggest or the most important. Nationals, which takes place a couple weeks later, is bigger, faster, and more important. But Conference is the main course, and Nationals is the dessert. Read More>
I've been in and out of injury with ITB for a while now so I was unsure of racing, but I signed up anyways since my rehab had been going well and I was itching to get a race in. My resolve was not unwavering though; I even tried to transfer my race entry to a teammate a few days before the race. Read More>
Any five-hundred mile car trip is a bad idea, but getting a chance to do my first draft- legal race was going to make it worth it. Our teammate Micheal, our driver for that weekend’s trip, had the right plan of getting us up at 5:00am to make the trip and skip the LA traffic, and so by 8:00 am we had hit the central valley. Read More>
The Conference race is always the culmination of the season for our team. It is not the last race, nor is it the biggest or the most important. Nationals, which takes place a couple weeks later, is bigger, faster, and more important. But Conference is the main course, and Nationals is the dessert. It is at the conference race when all of our training comes together and we put our bodies on the line for the first Olympic distance race of the season. It is twice Read More>