Come see why this is called the World's Toughest Half (WTH). You will never know till you 'tri'. The ultimate athlete-focused, old school "must do" race! Depart from the bland routes with overcrowded fields and enjoy a true adventure into the foothills of the Sierras. The World's Toughest Half will prepare iron-distance athletes for any Ironman event. It is a an excellent stepping stone for preparing and acclimating for the Lake Tahoe Ironman. Swim in the temperate, calm and scenic Folsom Lake (71F in '13). Enjoy a scenic, very tough 56-mile bike course with extremely minimal traffic, incredible scenery and an amazing top secret narrow road down to the secluded banks of the Bear River! Only four signal intersections (in each direction) in 56 miles. This course offers a complete test of your cycling abilities with sustained climbs, short steep climbs, flat sections and fun roller coaster sections. Your gain in elevation is ~6000 ft in 56 miles! The WTH run has gone back to it's roots with a loop down into the American River Canyon onto parts of the infamous Western States Trail taking full advantage of the challenge and beauty of the American River canyon in the Auburn State Park with no car traffic. The second loop takes the runners onto Auburn Triathletes favorite part of the run, the shaded canal trail and spacious paved State Park roads with breathtaking views of the American River around every turn!
Swim in the temperate, calm and scenic Folsom Lake (71 F in “13). The International offers challenging routes over diverse terrain, with incredible scenery and minimal traffic. Follow a shortened version of the WTH bike course then run 2 loops, the same 6k and 4k loop as 2013 which features a beautiful shaded canal trail and spacious paved State Park roads with breathtaking views of the American River around every turn!
Mini Triathlon: is an excellent novice challenge with diverse terrain, incredible scenery and virtually no car traffic on both the bike and run! Follow a much shorter version of the WTH bike finishing up with an awesome run with breathtaking views of the American River Canyon on a 4k loop which features the beautiful shaded canal trail and spacious paved State Park roads. The race will be held in conjunction with the World's Toughest Half, International Tri and Long Course Aquabike events.
Long Course Aquabike:. The Long Course Aquabike offers 2/3's of the World's Toughest Half for those not fond of running. Enjoy the unique opportunity to go head to head with long course triathletes! Enjoy a beautiful calm swim at Rattlesnake Bar then ride the World's Toughest Half bike course going head to head with the Worlds' Toughest Half triathletes over a 56mi bike course. Finish early, enjoy the post race festivities and cheer the runners on.
High Tec T- A unique finishers medal with logo - Lavish post-race meal- ICE COLD BEER, beverages, fresh fruit, healthy snacks and assorted other sponsor goodies. You will be chip timed with an ankle bracelet chip, with computerized results.
Training Day April 26th- – Enjoy this lightly supported Training Day with kayakers in the water, a bike aid near the International turn around and an aid station for the run in T2/finish. Includes a swim clinic. A great way to become familiar and comfortable with the course, test out your gearing, your pace, your nutrition. Ask questions of fellow triathletes, enjoy the opportunity to train in a group setting or individually.
Day of Registration, T2 and Finish will be at the American River Canyon Overlook
855 Pacific Ave
Enjoy spectacular views of the American River Canyon from the canyon's edge.
This is a Two-Transition Area Race. Please visit Auburn Triathlon website for logistics and best recommendations for parking and getting to T1.
Active Registration closes Thursday, May 15th at midnight.
This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. So you must either have your USAT Membership card number to complete this registration or pay $12.00 for a USAT one day license. You will still need to show your USAT card and your ID at packet pick up.
Enjoy your weekend !!! Athletes come first in Auburn! Familiarize yourself with the event and the course via our web site.
Camping is avaible this year at the Overlook, at the Western State TRail Foundation Staging area. Self - contained campers only. $25/night fees go to the foundation.
For information on lodging discounts and restaurants visit our web site. Questions: email, call 530-583-1806.
Event details and schedule
After last winter's drought we are prepared for alternative options for our swim so the event can go on. But we should still PRAY FOR SNOW for more reasons than one.
Registration- Packet Pick up- Expo
Registration, packet pick up and Expo will be held on Saturday May 16th from 2-6pm at the Auburn River Canyon Overlook (T2/Finish line). A mandatory course information meeting will be held at 3pm.
You may also pickup your chip on Sunday morning from 5:30am-6:45am at T1, Folsom Lake.
Active.com registration closes Wed, May 15th at midnight.
Wave starts with first wave starting at 7:00 more detailed start times to come
Our website is currently being updated for 2015 info but the 2014 info is still there to give you an idea how it all flows.