Early Bird ending & Swim Clinics coming!

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With just 2 months till the 10th annual Albany Community Triathlon on 29 September 2019, here’s a few relevant announcements:


Last day for early bird registration is July 31st.

Even with our regular pricing, the AlbanyTri is one of the most affordable multi-sport events in the SF Bay Area. To save even more and ensure yourself a spot in this year’s event, go to albanytri.com/register to view the registration categories, prices, and a link to our registration provider (LocalRaces).



Swim Clinics this August & September – free for AlbanyTri registrants!

Starting on August 10 and running till September 28, swimming clinics will be offered at the Albany Aquatics Center on Saturdays, 9:00-10:15 am. Like last year, these clinics will focus on boosting your freestyle technique and endurance to help you prepare for this year’s triathlon.

Freestyle a.k.a. the front crawl, is the most efficient stroke but can be tricky to master. Photo credit: GoSwim.tv

New for this year: these clinics will be offered free for AlbanyTri registrants (up to a limit), thanks to funding from the Albany Athletics Boosters. Sign up for as few or as many sessions as you want. Non-registrants can pay a drop-in fee if space is available.

Expert coaching for the clinics will be provided by the Albany Armada Masters coaches Carol Nip, Keith Brooks, Lessly Field, and Steve Trutane. Register for clinics by contacting Carol by email or at (510) 589-7102.


2019 Albany Triathlon is on 9/29 – Our 10th Anniversary!

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The “cutest triathlon in the Bay Area” is turning 10 years old! The 2019 Albany Community Triathlon takes place on Sunday September 29 at 8am at Albany Memorial Park, the same great venue and course as last year. It’s beginner and spectator friendly with a multi-loop course and a pool swim in your own split lane. There’s also a “Super Youth” short course for kids 7-10 years old. Start your training so you can rock the course this Fall!  Registration is now availableSign up before Aug 1 to lock in early bird pricing. Use the “REGISTER NOW” link on the right side to visit our registration provider. See the pricing details on the registration info page.


As the AlbanyTri celebrates its 10th year, we thank our many great participants and sponsors over the years who have collectively helped us raise over $50K since 2008 for our beneficiary, Albany Athletic Boosters which supports both Albany Middle School & Albany High School sports programs. Training and competing in a triathlon (many for the first time) and helping our great public schools and participating in a multi-generational community celebration of fitness —  a triple WIN! 🙂

Results for the 2018 AlbanyTri

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AlbanyTri-2018-Go-You-RockFinal results for the 2018 Albany Community Triathlon are posted on our results page along with a large collection of photos and videos.  Gift certificate prizes have been mailed to the top three finishers in each race category. Top three finishers of each age group qualify for a custom AlbanyTri cinch sack, which can be picked up at the Albany Aquatic Center if you didn’t get one on race day.

Congrats to all who participated, especially our many first time triathletes (45% of all participants). Thanks to Golden State Race Timing for the awesome on-site timing support and to Club Mallard for covering the costs of the timing system, and our many other sponsors who helped raise funds and/or provided on-site services.  Also thanks to our many volunteers (over 100) consisting of students, parents, and devoted community members without which this all-volunteer event would not be possible.

Looking forward to seeing you next year, when the AlbanyTri hits its 10th year anniversary!

Updated 10/12/18 5pm: results finalized!

Updated 10/10/18 2:10pm: fixed everyone’s swim and T2 times (original swim times were too short; T2s were too long). Added missing participants, fixed times, applied DQs.

Updated 10/8/18 10:05pm: applied penalties and DQs. Added age group results. More changes coming soon!

AlbanyTri 2018 heat assignments & tips

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Heat assignments are now available for the Albany Community Tri taking place on Sunday 10/7/18. Please check either one of these listings to determine your heat number and start time before race day:

Updated 10/6/18 10:49pm: Heat assignment listings were updated to add new registrants from packet pickup and modify a few heat assignments. 

Updated 10/5/18 3:45pm: Heat assignment listings were updated for a few participants and improved readability.

If you are a member of a relay team, all team members are listed, but note that the start time is shown just for the swimmer who hands off the timing chip to the biker who will be waiting in the transition area. See the relay team section of our FAQ for a description of how the timing chip handoff is supposed to work. Team members should coordinate with each other to check in at the venue at the same time.

Pick up your race packet in advance at Roadrunner Sports in Berkeley on Sat 10/6 between 2-5pm. Bring a photo ID. Packet pickup will also be available on race day, but picking it up on Sat will ease congestion at the registration table. Registration at packet pickup and on race day will be available (cash or check only, made out to “Albany Athletic Boosters”), but space is limited. Super Youth is sold out, but the other divisions have a few openings.

Your race packet will contain TWO security bracelets marked with your participant number and heat number. Put one on your right wrist and one on your bike’s top tube BEFORE arriving at the venue on race day. You’ll need this bracelet to obtain your timing chip at check-in on race day.

Aim to arrive at the Albany Aquatic Center at least 1 hour before your start time, possibly earlier if you are new to the triathlon business. The registration area will open at ~6:45am and will be located in front of the Aquatic Center along Portland Ave.

  • If you are in heats 1-3: arrive by 7:00am to check in.
  • If you are in heats 4-6: arrive by 7:45am to check in.
  • If you are in heats 7-10: arrive by 8:30am to check in.
  • First time triathletes should arrive a little earlier to allow for more prep time and an easier time finding a spot in the correct zone of the transition area.

Super Youth check in will commence at 9:45 AM, with the first super youth heat starting at 10:45. Transition area for Super Youth will be at the blue bike racks on the pavement next to the Aquatic Center.

Pre-race announcements will take place at 7:35am, repeated at 8:50am. Heat start times will be posted around the venue. Be sure to arrive at the outdoor pool 5-10 min before your heat starts. Feel free to warm up in the indoor pool or the outdoor pool as swimmers from the previous heat exit the pool. Note that the indoor pool is ~85ºF while the outdoor pool is ~80ºF.

Review our FAQ and course map before race day to get familiar with this race. First-timers should especially review our tips for bike lap counting, one of the more challenging aspects of this course.

Here’s wishing all races a fun & invigorating time on race day!

Pre-race packet pickup available!

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Want to save time on race day? Come to Road Runner Sports on Saturday October 6 from 2 to 5 PM and you can pick up a packet containing all race day materials and swag bag and complete the waiver sign-in as needed. This will allow you to avoid congestion at the registration table on race day and is strongly recommended for all registrants.

Bring a photo ID. At packet pickup, you can also confirm your swim heat assignment and ask questions about the course. We’ll also be taking a limited number of registrations if you still need to sign up. Online registration closes on Wed 11:59pm – sign up today if you haven’t registered yet! There will be no race day registration this year.

If you can’t make it to packet pick up, consider sending a family member or friend to pick up your packet — just have them bring your ID or other proof of authorization.

Road Runner Sports is located at 1326 10th Street in Berkeley, near Office Depot and La Calle 10. And check out their selection of triathlon gear while you’re there.  Our sponsors deserve your support!

Updated Course Map & Volunteer Sign Up

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We’ve updated the course map for 2018 to accommodate the construction zone at Albany High School and to improve the flow of cyclists and runners coming into and out of the transition area. The new map is shown on our course info page and here:


The main change is to the RUN route that will be diverted around the back of the transition area (near the tennis court fence) to avoid crossing the path of cyclists exiting & entering the transition area. Swimmers heading into the transition area will overlap with runners continuing on the course, but only for about 50 ft on a pathway that will have a generous width. These changes should make for a smoother experience for all.

The FINISH AREA has changed as well, now located in Memorial Park just past the transition area, rather than down the alley way next to the Albany High gym. You’ll run 3 laps before heading to the finish line, rather than 3.5 laps as in past years. This shortens the run from 3K to about 2.5K, so run times will not be comparable to previous years — though the shorter distance means you can run even faster!

Volunteer Sign Up Form

Also new for this year is a volunteer sign up form to enlist volunteer help on race day. The AlbanyTri operates on 100% volunteer effort of community members, high school students and parents (middle school parents are welcome to volunteer as well). If you’re interested in helping out, head over to that form and indicate your contact information and availability on race day. Thanks!

Albany Triathlon is 1 month away!

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The 9th annual Albany Community Triathlon kicks off on Sun Oct 7 at 8am. If you haven’t yet registered and plan to race this year, there’s still time to sign up before the next price bump on 9/10 (after the Solano Stroll). Sign up on our registration page and come out to the Stroll on Sun 9/9, 10am-5pm at the Albany Athletic Boosters booth located near the BART tracks. We’ll be happy to chat about the race and answer any questions.


To confirm your registration for this year’s race, visit our registration page at LocalRaces.com and log in using the email you used for registration. If you are currently registered, you’ll see your and/or your child’s name listed under “Who you have registered so far” on the right side of the page.

Need a tune up on your swimming endurance or technique? There are coached swim clinics at the Albany Aquatic Center in the outdoor pool on Saturdays at 9am to 10:15am through 9/29. Details here. We’ll be doing a course walk-through on Sat Sep 15th at 10:30am after the swim clinic, feel free to attend that even if you didn’t swim.

Best of luck in your training, stay healthy, and looking forward to seeing you on race day Oct 7th!