More than 2,000 professional and amateur athletes, ranging in age from 15 to 70, will pit their swimming, running and biking prowess against each other in the ninth annual Bud Light U.S. Triathlon Series on Sunday at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Included in the event are some of the world's best professional triathletes from the United States, Australia, Japan and South America.
Mike Pigg and Paula Newby-Fraser, winners of the 1988 San Diego race, are expected to vie for the winner's share of $5,000 in prize money in the men's and women's professional divisions. Triathlon superstar Scott Tinley of Del Mar, and Australians Miles Stewart, Greg Welch, Brad Beven and Stephen Foster will also compete in this year's event.
The triathlon kicks off at 6:45 a.m. with the elite men's group swimming a 1K (0.9 miles) modified triangular course. The starting point is the south lifeguard tower and the finishing line is the north lifeguard tower.
The professional women begin the swim at 6:50 a.m., followed by the amateurs grouped according to age at 7 a.m.
After the swim, comes the 40K (24.8 miles) bike ride. The course starts at the transition area at Third and K Streets in Encinitas, then follows Pacific Coast Highway south to Solana Beach and then backtracks north along Encinitas Boulevard, El Camino Real and Manchester.