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Dip & Dash Swim-Run

Sunday July 11th, 2021

Santa Cruz, CA

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We're back - as the first official triathlon event in Santa Cruz County in 2021!  There are (of course) some changes due to COVID-19 requirements.  So be sure you read the list below so you can be prepared when you register and arrive for the event.  As we all know, things can be pretty fluid in this environment and we'll update you with any changes and details as we get closer to the event.

What's the same?  It's an aquathlon - swim & run event.  Think triathlon without the bike!  There are two individual distances for the event.  The two distances are 1500 meter swim/4 mile run and a 750 meter swim/4 mile run.

If you're looking to practice - you can swim two loops around the buoys at Cowell Beach and run up West Cliff to Getchell Street and back to the beach for the longer distance.  One loop around the buoys and up to Getchell and back for the shorter distance. 

What's different for this year?  Pretty much everything else.


  • Registration limit of 150 inclusive of both distances.

  • Registration must be completed online, in advance.

  • If the event is not sold out and there are race weekend or race day registrations available they must be completed on the athlete’s own phone without any physical touching of paper or race packets prior to distribution to the athlete.

  • All athlete check-in will be done electronically with no paper/pen usage except as required by staff.

  • All athletes will be required to complete the USAT Athlete COVID Health Questionnaire, present it for visual review and drop it in a box prior to proceeding to packet pickup.

Start & Finish

  • There will be three wave starts for swimmers, not to exceed 50 swimmers per wave.  Both swim distances will start together.  Swimmers doing only one loop will get out of the water while swimmers doing two loops will rounda buoy placed on the beach and proceed to their second loop. 

  • When you register you will be asked to make the following selection:

    • 8:00 am fast paced swimmers

    • 8:10 am medium paced swimmers

    • 8:20 am slower paced swimmers

  • Depending on the status of Tier Levels and expected state opening there may or may not be an awards ceremony at the end of the event.  We will make that call closer to the event and mail awards if necessary.

USAT's Safe Return to Racing protocols will be followed throughout the event depending on the state and county requirements following re-opening of the state and any mask or social distancing guidelines in place.


There will be limited volunteer placement on the course in order to maintain social distancing but not at the expense of runner safety.  However, family and friends of athletes are encouraged to help out at the start and finish lines in order to see and support your athletes.  You may also want to volunteer at the aid-station turnaround as an opportunity to cheer runners.  Athletes will be able to follow the arrows and signs on the out and back run course.

Supporting Polio Plus

Proceeds from this event will support Rotary International's Polio Plus Program.  This horrible disease was the last worldwide epidemic and most of us don't remember it because we haven't had a polio case in the US since the 70s.  But that's not the case in other parts of the world.  Not only that, but Polio Plus has also using it's infrastructure to support COvid-19 vaccinations around the world.  I major effort that needs much more support!  You can read more about Polio Plus by clicking on the menu link at the top of the page. 

Race Distances

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Swim-Run 750 meter swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Swim-Run 1500 meter swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Swim-Run 1500 meter swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Swim-Run 750 meter swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Swim-Run 350 meter swim/2k run Click to Find Out Register »
Team Challenge 1500m swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Team Challenge 750m swim/4 mile run Click to Find Out Register »
Team Challenge 350m swim/2k run Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

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