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Morro Bay Triathlon 2016
Morro Bay, CA
November 6, 2016


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Nov 6, 2016 - Morro Bay, CA

The epic king tides ushered in by this month's supermoon brought swells onto the beach run portion, having people wading up to their waists at times, but the sixth annual Morro Bay Triathlon wrapped to enthusiastic accolades from participants and spectators.

The Olympic and Sprint distance Triathlon (with relay and kayak/stand-up paddleboard swim substitute options) grew about 20% this year. People from all over the country are starting to taken notice of the fledgling event because of its idyllic location in a working fishing town backdropped by the Gibraltar of the West, Morro Rock. “Beautiful location! Killer race course! Awesome staff! Thank you for making my 1st triathlon such a great event “ says a first-time triathlete. It was also the first year the bike course was fully closed to vehicles, making for a fast and uninterrupted ride.

This wonderfully fun (but by its adventurous nature, not a very PR-friendly course) takes swimmers and paddlers on a tour of the protected harbor, a ride up iconic Highway 1 and back, and then boardwalk and beach to a finish under the rock by the sea with tourists and spectators cheering runners in.

“Directing an event with high expectations can be physically and emotionally draining, though the energy and the enthusiasm which our athletes, volunteers and spectators display helps me stay energized and motivated to continue to offer a great race experience for all.” said Kaori Funahashi, Race Director of Morro Bay Triathlon.

This year, the triathlon was also selected as the championship race for the new TCCS (California Tri Club Championship Series) for being a well-run late season destination triathlon.

Shane Arters of San Mateo, CA,  took 1st overall in the Olympic Triathlon with a time of 2:03:46 and Christine Scott of San Luis Obispo, CA, took 1st female and 8th overall with a time of 2:21:53. Stuart Suplick, member of the Cal Poly Triathlon Team, took 1st overall in the Sprint Triathlon with a time of 1:09:39. Jackie Cohen of Bend, Oregon, took 1st female and 7th overall in the Sprint Triathlon with a time of 1:16:11.

Racers should book their calendars for November 5, 2017 - specifically selected for a slack tide swim. As a new addition for 2017, Morro Bay Triathlon will be offering a swim, bike and run prime for the Olympic Distance Triathlon only. Visit for more information. Registration will open on January 1st. Due to the small nature of the venue sellout is anticipated, so register early!

The Morro Bay Triathlon supports nonprofit WaterRun, bringing clean water to communities all over the world. It is run by All Out Events, a small, human powered events company on the Central Coast of California. For more information, visit

Event: Morro Bay Triathlon 2016
Date: November 6, 2016
Location: Morro Bay, California
Race Director: Kaori Funahashi, All Out Events LLC
Photo credit: © Kaori Photo 2016 ( link: )