Goleta Beach Triathlon turns two

The running leg of the Goleta Beach Triathlon is partially on the sand, pictured here with the UCSB campus on the bluffs in the background.

The Goleta Beach Triathlon turned two on Sunday and celebrated by crowning its second batch of champions.

Jessop Keene came from Carlsbad to win the Olympic course title while local Erika Lilley won the women’s race. On the sprint course, Fredrick Hallsten edged Sebastian Hoenig for first place and 16-year-old Hannah Rae Finchamp was the fastest female by almost five minutes.

Keene’s winning time on the long course was 2 hours, 5 minutes and 22 seconds. Hallsten won in 45:38 on the short course.



Brian Duff, David Boos and Gustavo Arceo-Gonza went 1-2-3 in the duathlon, which consisted of a 3.1 mile run, 24.8 mile bike and finished with another 3.1 mile run.

The running portions of all three events included a major section on the sand.

The sprint course length was 440 yards of ocean swimming, 6.5 mile bike, finished with a 3.1 mile run. Find complete course maps and descriptions HERE.

The cycling course returns the riders through the Goleta Slough back to the Goleta Beach Park area.