This is not a race for beginners. Required for entry into Sea to Summit is the completion of a non-abbreviated 140.6 (“Ironman”) triathlon in 13:49 or less, or a 70.3 distance triathlon in 6:19 or less. These qualifying events must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2018. Prior Sea to Summit racers who finished within the race’s time limits are pre-qualified. The race directors do (rarely) allow entries for athletes who have completed other recent races of similar difficulty if they are convinced the athlete likely has the ability to reach the checkpoints before the cut-off times (see the Race Details page). But you must contact us beforehand! Athletes must be 18 years of age or older.
A cold-water coastal swim is a serious challenge. Water temperature may range from 56 to 62 degrees. For that reason, a swim qualification is required — in addition to the overall qualification. Your swim time in a USAT or Ironman sanctioned event after January, 2018 must have been 1:29 or less for a 140.6, :44 or less for a 70.3, or :34 or less for an Olympic distance triathlon.