When is Desert Triathlon?

The 2018 Desert Triathlon will be on Sunday, March 4.

Where does Desert Triathlon take place?

Desert Triathlon takes place at Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area, 58075 Jefferson Street, La Quinta, CA 92253.

What are the different events and what are the distances?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

  • Sprint Triathlon – 500 meter swim, 14 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
  • Sprint Duathlon – 1 mile run, 14 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
  • Olympic Triathlon – 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run
  • Olympic Aquabike – 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike

What time do the races start?

Race start time TBD.

Where can I find the wave start list?

The wave start list will be released closer to race day. Check our website frequently, or like our Facebook page for updates.

Is Desert Triathlon USAT sanctioned?


Is there a time limit on any of the events?


How do I sign up for Desert Triathlon?

Easy…Click HERE. You can also register at pre-race registration and packet pickup, or on race day at Lake Cahuilla Recreation Area. See below.

If I sign up for the race, and I cannot participate, can I get a refund or transfer my registration to someone else?

Desert Triathlon has a no refunds policy. We do allow transfers between you and another person up to 15 days before the event. Click HERE to read our refund and transfer policies.

If I cannot participate, can I defer my entry to next year?

While you cannot defer your entry to next year, you can cancel your entry by logging in to your imATHLETE account up to 7 days before the event. Once you cancel your registration, you will receive a code for 50% off of your registration fees for next year’s event.

My relay partner will not be able to participate. Can I replace them?

Yes. Please have the partner who will not be able to participate contact us at info@southland-events.com. If possible, please have them provide us with the email address of the person who will be replacing them.

How can I make changes to my registration (t-shirt size, name misspelling, etc.)?

Please email us at info@southland-events.com with any changes.

Where can I find a description of the courses and course maps?

Click HERE to find course descriptions and maps.

How many aid stations are on course?

There is one water station on the bike for the Olympic distance ONLY. There will be two to three water stations on both the sprint and Olympic run courses. We are currently finalizing our run course for this year, and will update our information as soon as the run course is set.

Is there any nutrition on course?

Yes. Energy gels will be available at one water station on the run course.

Can I wear headphones?

No. USAT rules state that “Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.”

When and where is packet pickup?

Packet pickup will take place at Lake Cahuilla on Saturday, March 3 from 1PM to 5PM.

Can I register in person?

Yes, you can register at packet pickup.

Can a friend or family member pick up my race packet?

No. USAT rules state that you must pick up your own race packet. You will be required to show ID when you do so. Relay team members can pick up their packets as a group, or individually, but each member will be required to show ID as well. The only exception will be parents and guardians picking up packets for minors.