Latest Event Updates

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 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!

AlbanyTri News: Early bird registration; Swim Clinics Aug-Sep

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Last day for Early Bird registration for the Albany Community Triathlon is 31 July 2018. Save a few $$ and register before August to ensure your spot in this year’s fun community fitness event. As we’ve said before, you won’t find this much multi-sport fun at such a low pricing anywhere else in Northern California! 🙂

Go to for registration categories, prices, and link to our registration provider (LocalRaces).

Swim Clinics this August & September

Starting on August 12 and running till the end of September, a series of swimming clinics will be offered at the Albany Aquatics Center (see schedule below). These clinics will focus on boosting your freestyle technique and endurance to help you prepare for this year’s triathlon. Pay per-session — attend as many as you want! Expert coaching provided by the Albany Armada Masters coaches Lessly Field and Carol Nip. Pick up a flyer at the pool and register for clinics by contacting Carol.



Albany Community Triathlon: 7 Oct 2018

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The 2018 Albany Community Triathlon takes place on Sunday 7 October 2018 at 8AM at the same great venue as last year. Save the date, spread the word, and start your training so you can rock the course this Fall!  Registration is now available. Sign up before Aug 1 to lock in early bird pricing. Use the “REGISTER NOW” link on the right to go to our registration provider. See the pricing details on the registration info page.


This fun-filled, volunteer-run, multi-generational community experience enters its 9th year promoting multisport fitness and fundraising for Albany public school sports (both middle school & high school).

New for 2018:  The “Super Youth” course is ~3x longer and now targets 7-10 year olds rather than the 5-8 age range. The total length is approximately 1/3rd of the main course which continues to be for ages 9 and up. Nine and 10 year olds have the option of competing in the Super Youth or the main course, depending on experience level. See our course info page for course details. On the main course, we have an improved plan to avoid the intersection between the bike and run course which will reduce contention between cyclists and runners.

Auction bidding for triathlon entries: Before May 1st, you can bid on AlbanyTri entries here (proceeds support Albany’s Marin Elementary School PTA). An adult and a youth individual entry are available.

We continue this year with the same registration and timing providers as last year (LocalRaces, Golden State Race Timing, respectively).  If you have any issues during registration, please contact us.

As the AlbanyTri enters its 9th year, we thank our many great participants and sponsors over the years who have collectively helped us raise approximately $40K 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 — truly a double WIN! 🙂

Results for the 2017 AlbanyTri

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Cheers-for-the-2017-AlbanyTriOfficial results for the 2017 Albany Community Triathlon are posted on our results page.  Congrats to all who participated, especially our many first time triathletes (43% 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. Missing swim split: Due to an issue with our swim exit timing point, the first data point in the results is the first transition (T1) which includes both your swim time + T1 time. Apologies for the miss!

Photos & videos of participants from this year’s event have been posted on Facebook and Google. Feel free to add any shots you captured at the event to the Google album.

Prizes: If you landed in the top three finishers in any of the main registration categories (individual adult, individual youth, relay team adult/mixed, relay team youth), you will receive a gift certificate for a local sports-related business. Certificates were sent out by regular mail on Oct 26th. Males and females are ranked separately. Prizes were also awarded for “Most Average Time” to adults and youth individual competitors who had an overall finish time closest to the median time. If you were expecting a prize but don’t receive one by Nov 1st, contact us.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered — we couldn’t run the event without you. Kudos to our awesome SPONSORS for boosting our fund raising efforts for Albany High & Middle School sports and for providing goods and services to enhance your race day experience. Be sure to reward them with your triathlon-powered patronage. The following were our major sponsors this year:

  • Club Mallard (timing system rental)
  • Albany Lions Club (towels)
  • Albany Community Foundation
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Road Runner Sports
  • Mechanics Bank
  • Whole Foods
  • See our sponsors page for the full listing with links to all sponsor websites

Updated 10/29/17: Results have been finalized, links to photos included, and prizes have been mailed out. Congrats everyone. See you next year!

AlbanyTri packet pickup & registration

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Registered athletes can pick up your race packet TODAY (Sat 9/30) at Roadrunner Sports in Berkeley between 2-5pm. Race day packet pickup will be available, but picking it up on Sat will ease congestion on Sunday and is strongly recommended.

Online registration is closed but walk-in registration is still available at packet pickup and on race day while space is available (~40 open slots). Cash or checks only please.

Bracelets: Two bracelets are included in your race packet marked with your participant number and your heat number. Put one bracelet on your right wrist and the other one on the top tube of your bike. Your wrist band is your ticket to get a timing chip on race day, so be sure to put in on before arriving at the venue.

Heat assignments: Review the heat assignments today so you know when you will be starting your swim. Arrive at the outdoor pool 5-10 minutes before your heat starts. Enter the pool via the MAIN ENTRANCE, not via the side gate near the basketball courts (to avoid the timing mats). You can warm up in a free lane before your heat starts or in the indoor pool. There are no lane assignments – first come, first served.

Timing chips: You will receive your timing chip at check-in on race day. It will have a number corresponding to your participant number marked on your wrist band. There will be volunteers at check it to put it around your left ankle. The chip is not yours to keep! After you cross the finish line, a volunteer will remove it from your ankle. Don’t leave the course with it or we’ll be charged for it.

Waivers: At packet pick (or race day), you will be asked to sign a waiver. You must do this in order to receive your timing chip. Race team captains can sign as guardians for their minor team members if they have obtained permission from the parents of those minors. There will be a waiver signing table at the venue which you should visit before going to get your chip.

T-shirts: You will receive your t-shirt at packet pickup or on race day at a separate booth located near the finish area, not at the registration table.

Weather: Will be sunny and warm, so be prepared. Water and sport drink will be available, but it’s a good idea to load your bike with a full water bottle so you can drink on the bike course and start the run in good shape. Stay hydrated today and during the event. A visor is advised on the run and a wide-brimmed hat for après race. Air temp on Sat at 10am was 68º but it felt more like the low-mid 80ºs in the full sun.

Wishing everyone a great race on Sunday 10/1!

AlbanyTri 2017 heat assignments & tips

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Heat assignments are now available for the Albany Community Tri taking place on Sunday 10/1/17. Please check either one of these listings to determine your heat number and start time before race day:

Update 9/29/17 6:29pm: Heat assignment listings were updated for a few participants.

If you are a member of a relay team, your team captain’s name will be listed along with team name. Team members should coordinate with each other to check in at the venue at the same time. See the relay team section of our FAQ for a description of how the timing chip handoff is supposed to work.

Pick up your race packet in advance at Roadrunner Sports in Berkeley on Sat 9/30 between 2-5pm. 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), but space is limited.

Your race packet will contain TWO security bracelets marked with your participant number and heat number. Put one on your 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 7-9: arrive by 8:30am to check in.
  • If you are in heats 10+: arrive by 9:15am 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 10:00 AM, with the first super youth heat starting at 11:00 or 11:15am. 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 8:55am. Heat start times will be posted around the venue. Be sure to arrive at the pool 5-10 min before your heat starts. Feel free to warm up in the indoor pool. Note that the indoor pool is ~85ºF while the outdoor pool is ~80ºF.

New triathletes or AlbanyTri first-timers: review our FAQ before race day to get familiar with this race. Especially review our lap counting tips.

All athletes: remember to first and foremost have fun & be safe out there. On the bike course, shout “ON YOUR LEFT” when passing, and no passing on the right. The weather should be perfect this weekend. Wishing everyone a great race! 🙂

Countdown to the AlbanyTri 2017

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With race day for the 8th annual Albany Community Triathlon fast approaching this Sunday 1 October at 8am, here are some important announcements:

  • AlbanyTri-Logo-2017-updatedLast for online registration is today Wed 9/27. We are nearing capacity, so sign up before 11:59pm Wednesday night to secure your spot and save a few $ over the race day rate.
  • Packet pick-up will take place at Roadrunner Sports in Berkeley between 2-5pm on Sat 9/30. Race day packet pickup will also be available, but you are strongly encouraged to pick it up on Sat.
  • Walk-in registration will be available on Saturday packet pickup and on race day if space is available.
  • Timing chips will be distributed on race day this year, not packet pickup. We’ll even have volunteers to help put it on you when you check in on Sunday.
  • Heat assignments will be posted online Thursday evening 9/28 in our news feed. We have limited ability to accommodate heat reassignments, but can deal with emergency requests if received before Noon Friday. Heat assignments will be finalized by Friday afternoon.

New triathletes and first-timers of the AlbanyTri: be sure to review the course info and FAQ before Sunday, especially the basic event description.

Already registered and want to verify? Log into then go to our LocalRaces registration page. Then look under “WHO YOU HAVE REGISTERED SO FAR” near the top-right portion of the page.

The race organizers are getting stoked to see all the new racers and greet the returning AlbanyTri veterans this year. We thank you for your donation to our cause, Albany Athletics which supports Albany high school and middle school sports programs.

Also a big thank you to our sponsors for their generous contributions that add to the enjoyment of the event and greatly boost our fundraising efforts.

Albany Triathlon Update – 3 weeks till race day!

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steve-trutane-juggles-at-solano-stroll-2015-medThe 8th annual Albany Community Triathlon kicks off in THREE WEEKS on Sun Oct 1 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 9/11 (after the Stroll). Sign up on our registration page or at the Solano Stroll on Sun 9/10, 10am-5pm. We’ll be located near the BART tracks at Masonic & Solano Ave, and we’ll be happy to chat about the race, training tips, and will demo some fun exercises. 🙂

Need a tune up on your swimming endurance or technique? Show up at the Albany Aquatic Center on Sundays at 9am to 10:15am through 9/24 for a coached group swim workout in the outdoor pool (same one used for the tri) that is guaranteed to boost your swim power. Details here.

To confirm your registration for this year’s race, visit our registration page at 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.

Best of luck in your training, stay healthy, and looking forward to seeing you on race day Oct 1st!