March Triathlon Series 2018

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Date(s) - 03/25/2018
6:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Proudly hosted by the Cal Poly Triathlon Team since 2004


The March Triathlon Series is the longest running collegiate triathlon in the West Coast. The event started as a senior project in 1998 and was held on campus at Cal Poly. Race participants joined from Cal Poly, UCSB, and Cal Berkeley with a total of 15 racers. The spring race served as a warm up for Wildflower, which was the collegiate national championship race. Eventually, the race grew and moved to Lake Lopez, Arroyo Grande in 2004, where it transformed into the March Triathlon Series.

This race will proudly serve as the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC) championship race. The first race included an 800 yard pool swim, 23 mile bike along Hwy 1, and a 6 mile run through the agricultural fields at Cal Poly. Now, the race includes a Sprint distance with an 800 yard swim, 12.3 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run, and an Olympic distance with a 1500 meter swim, 24.7 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run.

Although it has changed a lot from its humble beginnings, the mission of MTS has always been to produce a competitive sporting event, which promotes athletic excellence, sportsmanship, and a love for the sport, while providing a safe and supportive environment for athletes of all skill levels.

While our race certainly attracts many WCCTC athletes, their energy has been contagious: since opening the race to the broader triathlon community of age group athletes from California and beyond in the late 2000s, MTS has been a destination race for triathletes of all ages. Perhaps it’s the opportunity to witness the famed Mustache March collegiate award ceremony, or to see the formidable team cheers of Cal Berkeley, UCSB, Cal Poly and other schools, or simply the course itself, i.e. to take on the breathtaking beast of High Mountain Road. Regardless, in addition to the college crowd, MTS draws upwards of 100 age-group athletes to our event annually.

MTS is proudly hosted by the Cal Poly Triathlon Team. All proceeds from the event go directly to the team to help provide athletes low-cost club team membership, as well as discounted race entries and travel fees to other collegiate races throughout California and to Collegiate Nationals.

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