Will Triathlons Happen in California in 2020?
Earlier in the pandemic I predicted triathlons were unlikely in 2020 all the while hoping I'd be wrong. There were quite a few developments just in the last week with USAP Events pulling all of its series of Nor Cal races for the year and other notable, more regional events, Donner Lake Tri cancelling. On the bright side, several organizers have not given up hope with independent races such as Goleta Beach and triathlon's largest organization Ironman choosing to delay into September and October rather than cancel.
California, on June 12, moved to Stage 3 on the reopening road map. Large gatherings like triathlons simply won't be allowed unless the state moves to Stage 4. Even then, cities and counties would have the authority to be stricter than the state and not issue permits for races to be run. The Governor has indicated it could be "many months" before the state moves to Stage 4 and there are indeed many months until the fall. The tricky situation for race directors, already on thin profit margins, is spending resources to prepare an event that's a maybe. Aside a few hold out many have decided the risk is too great.
Below is a summary of some of the races within striking distance of hometown Santa Cruz and their status.