Challenge Athlete

As the birthplace of triathlon with an ideal climate year-round, San Diego and the surrounding areas are full of awesome triathlon events. Triathlon also happens to be deep-rooted in our 25-year history. Our first fundraising event was the San Diego Triathlon Challenge in 1994 to raise money for one man, Jim MacLaren, an amputee triathlete who became paralyzed after a car struck him during a triathlon race. From that one fundraiser 25 years ago, we’ve now given over 23,000 individual grants for adaptive sports equipment, training, and competition expenses. We still put on the fundraising triathlon event today with over 200 challenged athletes who compete side-by-side with all competitors. Come and join us for our  25th anniversary of where we got our start, 25th Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge in La Jolla Cove.Starting from September 2018 until August 2019, we’ve listed some of our favorite local events ( plus a couple of others we just love!)



Sept 8, 2018

San Diego Tri Classic San Diego, CA


Sept 16, 2018

IM 70.3 Super Frog Coronado, CA

Part of Triathlon’s rich Navy Seal history


Sept 16, 2018

Rock the Bay Downtown San Diego

Sprint or International distance triathlon at the waterfront in Downtown San Diego, Embarcadero Marina Park.


Sept 22, 2018

Camp Pendelton Sempri Triathlon, Devil Dog Duathlon & 7K Camp Pendleton, CA

At the Marine Corps Base on Camp Pendelton, both military and civilians can compete.


Sept 30th, 2018

Mission Bay Triathlon Mission Bay, San Diego

First ever triathlon which began in 1974. Our CAF Operation Rebound is a beneficiary.





Paralympians Roderick Sewell and Rudy Garcia-Tolson at the Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge


October 21, 2018 

25th Aspen Medical Products San Diego Triathlon Challenge La Jolla Cove, CA

Called the best day in tri this triathlon is a 1-mile swim, 44-mile bike ride and 10-mile run benefiting  Challenged Athletes Foundation and its mission to give individuals with physical challenges access to sports. Uniquely an inclusive event, there are over 200 athletes with physical disabilities competing alongside all competitors.


October 27, 2018

Trick or Tri Los Angeles, CA

Closed course offering Olympic distance, 70.3  mile, 70.3 relay, Olympic Relay, Olympic Aquabike, sprint, 10K run, 5K run/walk




November 3, 2018

Catalina Triathlon & Duathlon  Catalina Island, CA

Sprint and Olympic Course.


November 4th

Newport Dunes Tri Newport Beach, CA


November 11th  

Silver Strand Half Marathon, 10-miler and 5K – Coronado, CA

Although not a triathlon, it is a great run race in beautiful Coronado. The race benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound Program and its mission to get permanently injured military personnel and first responders back into the game of life through sports


November 18th

 Turkey Tri  Los Angeles, CA





Dec, 9, 2018

Tinsel Triathlon West Hemet, CA

The largest reverse pool sprint triathlon. 5K Run, 12 Mile Bike, 150 Meter Swim (heated pool).




January 28, 2019 

Laguna Niguel Triathlon  Laguna Niguel, CA

An adult and youth reverse sprint triathlon for all fitness levels and abilities.



Feb 10, 2019 11th Annual Zoot Tri Irvine, CAPool Triathlon


February 16-17, 2019

TritonMan Triathlon  San Diego, CA

Presented by the University of San Diego. Mission Bay Triathlon


Feb 22 & 23, 2019

38th Annual Los Alamitos Race on the Base Los Alamitos, CA



March 3, 2019

Desert Triathlon La Quinta


March 9, 2019

Pasadena Triathlon, Duathlon and 5K


March 17, 2019

Superseal Olympic Triathlon

Race an Olympic-distance triathlon with the Navy SEALs in triathlon’s birthplace: San Diego, California


March 31, 2019

Lavaman Triathlon Big Island, Hawaii

Fundraiser for Challenged Athletes Foundation in Hawaii




Kionte Story _ Ironman70.3 Oceanside

Kionte Story crossing the finish line at the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside


April 6, 2019

IROMAN 70.3 Oceanside

Fundraiser for Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Operation Rebound Program, you can join the fundraising team and receive VIP Perks. Learn More 


April 28th-, 2019

Surf City Tri Huntington Beach, CA

Olympic Distance course and a qualifier for the 2019 Escape from Alcatrez Triathlon. Escape from Alcatrez has fundraising entries through Challenged Athletes Foundation, Learn More



May TBD, 2019Spring Sprint Triathlon and DuathlonA perfect way to start the spring tri season with a calm bay swim, flat bike and run course


May 3-5, 2019

Wildflower Triathlon Lake San Antonio Shore, Bradley, CA

Called the Woodstock of triathlon, Wildflower is a full weekend festival with live entertainment, wine tasting, celebration beer garden, the latest and greatest in training gear, race clinics presented by top professionals, movie under the stars, campfire antics, and more.


May 20th

Self-Transcendence La Jolla Swim & Run La Jolla

Swim or run at La Jolla Shores


Aquathon: Starting in May through September the San Diego Triathlon Club holds Aquathons, a swim and run event (1,000 meter swim and a 5K run ) )held once a month May through September. Check it out!




Escape from Alcatrez_Mohammed Llahna

Paralympian Mohammed Llahna crossing the finish line at Escape from Alcatraz


June 9, 2019

Escape from Alcatraz  San Francisco, CA

Triathlon in San Francisco, fundraising entries available through Challenged Athletes Foundation. Learn More


June 1-2, 2019

Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Marathon, or 5K San Diego

Not a triathlon, but a very fun event in San Diego!


June TBD, 2019

Redonda Beach Triathlon Redonda Beach, CA


June TBD, 2019

San Diego International

There are two courses to choose from, an International course and a Sprint course.





Team CAF Athletes jumping off the docks at NY City Tri


July TBD, 2018 

2XU New York City Triathlon  New York, NY

Although not in San Diego, this event is great for athletes with physical challenges. Last year, close to 30 athletes with physical challenges competed.


July TBD, 2019

Solana Beach Triathlon

This is a sprint triathlon, duathlon and aquabike




August TBD, 2019

CVC San Diego Half Triathlon Chula Vista, CA


August TBD, 2019

Santa Barbara Triathlon Santa Barbara, CA




About Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) supports individuals with physical challenges by providing access to sports and an active lifestyle. In the last 25 years, CAF has given 23,000 individual grants and raised over 100 million dollars to go towards adaptive sports equipment, training, and competition expenses. CAF’s grant program supports individuals of all ages and of all levels of physical abilities: young athletes, Paralympic hopefuls, wounded veterans, active individuals, and weekend race warriors. In 2018, CAF distributed grants across 95 different sports in 48 states and 40 countries.