Big Kahuna Triathlon 2012 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Get off the couch and flex those muscles all while taking in the breathtaking views of the rugged California coast at the 2012 Big Kahuna Triathlon.  This year’s race is set for September 9 and features a course that is almost entirely coastal with a dramatic finish at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The Big Kahuna is a race of epic proportions for those truly ambitious and inspiring athletes among us.  It is a long course triathlon comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.  If it makes you tired just reading that, rest assured this is also one fun race to take in as a spectator.

Swim Wave

Start your day of extreme sports in the water with the swim portion of the Big Kahuna.  7:00am is the start time for men 24 and under, with 5 minute delays for each group thereafter.  Try not to be distracted by the gorgeous sunrise as you dive headfirst into the Pacific Ocean.

Bike Segment

Enjoy a stunning scenic tour along the California coastline during the biking portion of the race.  The bike course begins at Depot Park and runs across the West Cliff Bridge.  Race through West side neighborhoods before heading north on Highway 1.  Turn around at Pigeon Point Lighthouse and head back the same direction, so you’ll have a chance to see what you missed as you whizzed by the first time!

The terrain for the bike segment includes flat terrain and some rolling hills, with no significant climbs.  Although the course is partially closed to traffic, be careful of the strong headwinds that could come barreling at you like a car.

Run Segment

The running portion of the race begins at Depot Park and heads across the the West Cliff Bridge to the West Cliff Path.  The course is mostly flat with a coastal run around Natural Bridges State Park and onto an access path to Wilder Ranch State Park.  The dramatic turnaround is on the rugged ocean bluffs, and you’ll finish the course heading back the way you came.  Reach the finish line in front of the main stage at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Big Kahuna AquaBike

Beginning in 2005, the USA Triathlon organization began a new program called AquaBike.  This race allows athletes to compete in the swim and bike portions of the race, but not the running portion of the race.  AquaBike consists of a 1.2 mile swim and a 56 mile bike ride.  Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers.

Celebrate Your Victory at the Luau!

No matter if you placed first or last in the Big Kahuna, you’re a champ for even competing in this challenging event.  Celebrate your victory at the Big Kahuna Post-Race Luau with food and refreshments and lots of Hawaiian music and entertainment brought to you by Michelle Kiba and the Aloha Style Band.  Finish off your day at the Awards Ceremony at 2:30pm at the Summer Bandstand on the Boardwalk.

More Information

To learn more about the Big Kahuna 2012 Triathlon including registration information, directions and parking, please visit their website at

Register online until September 4th, or in person at the Big Kahuna Expo in Santa Cruz, September 8th at Depot Park.




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