02/23/2019 @ 7:00 am

2019 IronBruin Triathlon-2.23.19

Collegiate and Age-Group

Irwindale, CA


When is the IronBruin Triathlon?

The race will be held Saturday, February 23, 2019.   Packet pickup will be both Friday, February 22, 2019 from noon - 6 pm and Saturday, Feb 23 from 5:30 am - 6:40 am at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area.  Bike check-in is only Saturday, Feb 23 starting at 5:30 am.


Where does IronBruin take place?

The race is located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area located at 15501 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706 just southeast of the 605 and 210.  Once inside the park turn left at the 1st stop sign and travel 0.5 miles to Parking Lot 3. From there you are a short walk to Athlete Check-In & transition as well as the swim beach area and start of the race.


Is there a parking fee at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area?

Yes, The Santa Fe Dam provides access and charges $10 in cash on race day.  There is no fee for packet pickup the day before. We can control a lot of things on race day but parking fees this isn't one of them.


Is there an age requirement to race the triathlon? 

All triathletes must be at least 10 years old [athlete's age on December 31st of the year of the event].


What are the rules for the event?




How long is each race?  The sprint distance race is a 400-yard swim, followed by a 9-mile bike and 5K run. The olympic distance race is a 0.93-mile swim, followed by a 24.8-mile bike and 10K run.

How will points be scored for the collegiate races?  Only the WCCTC Collegiate Sprint distance race will count towards WCCTC points. The Olympic distance race is there to test your early season fitness, and points will not be counted.

Are there refunds, credits, deferrals or transfers?

All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event or transferred.  Sale, transfer, alteration or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and banning of any individuals involved from any future events.  

Can family members and/or friends check-in for me and pick-up my race packet?

No, only registered athletes are allowed to check-In. Please bring your photo ID and USAT card (collegiate only) during designated check-in hours.


What is the race day schedule?

5:00 am - Volunteer & Sponsor Report Time
5:30 am - Santa Fe Dam Recreational Park - Arrow Highway Gate Opens + Athlete Check-In Opens + Transition Opens
6:40 am - Athlete Check-In Closes
6:45 am - Transition Area Closed
6:55 am - The Star-Spangled Banner/National Anthem
7:00 am - Sprint Start (Collegiate Men) - WAVE
7:10 am - Sprint Start (Collegiate Women) - WAVE
7:20 am - Sprint Start (Age Group) - ROLLING
7:30 am - Olympic Start (Collegiate Men) - WAVE
7:35 am - Olympic Start (Collegiate Women) - WAVE
7:40 am - Olympic Start (Age Group) - ROLLING
8:00 am - 5K & 10K - Meet Behind Lifeguard Stand #3 
10:00 am - Collegiate Awards Ceremony
11:00 am - All participants must finish bike course
11:30 am - Age Group Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm - All athletes must cross the finish line

Why is Santa Fe Dam such a great place to swim?  

Santa Fe Dam is filled using well water. All run-off water from the San Gabriel River either continues down the river or is diverted to the spreading grounds. The recreational lake is only fed from underground. The one circumstance that this would be a concern would also involve the flooding of the entire park for flood control reasons, in which case no one would be allowed inside the dam. This question is definitely relevant when swimming in lakes that receive run-off or the ocean near river outlets but not Santa Fe Dam.


What is the likely water temperature?

58-60 degrees on race day. WETSUITS ARE REQUIRED


What is a rolling swim start?

We are pleased to offer a rolling swim start.  Similar to larger running races athletes will be placed in corrals with faster swimmers going earlier.  An athlete’s race time will begin when they go over the timing mat before entering the water. Besides the advantages of avoiding the "washing machine" effect of a traditional wave start slower swimmers won't have to fear contact from faster swimmers in later waves and faster swimmers won't have to navigate through swimmers from earlier waves.  Athletes will self-seed based on their typical 100 yard swim time.

CORRAL 1:  Less than 1:15

CORRAL 2:  1:15 to 1:30

CORRAL 3:  1:30 to 1:45

CORRAL 4:  1:45 to 2:00

CORRAL 5:  2:00 to 2:30

CORRAL 6:  2:30 and above


How many & where are the Aid Stations located on the course?

The run course has aid stations approximately every mile serving water, Fluid, bananas, pretzels and Coke.  The bike course has an aid station serving water, Fluid, bananas and pretzels


When should I get to the park?  What about family & friends?

Athletes should get to Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center between 5 am and 5:30 am in order to have time to pick up their registration packets and get prepared in the transition area by 6:45 am when the transition area closes.  If your friends and family want to park inside the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center they will need to be there by 7 am. There will be no vehicular access after 7 am. This is for the safety of the athletes. The alternative for friends and family arriving later is to park outside the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center and take the short walk into the park.  At 12 noon vehicle traffic can exit/enter Santa Fe Dam.  If you need to leave earlier please plan on exiting the park by bike or on foot.


Can I really park my vehicle adjacent to the transition area?

Yes.  Parking and T1/T2 transition are co-located in the same parking lot for super convenient race access.  Vehicle access is from 5 am to 7 am. At 7 am access to the park is stopped until 11 am to provide the athletes with a closed bike course.  Friends and family who want to arrive later will need to park outside the park and take the short walk in. Additionally, anyone that parks inside the park will not be able to exit until 11 am.


What is the best way to get to the race?

1.  From the 210 freeway, east of the 605, take the Irwindale Avenue exit for 0.2 miles.

2.  Turn right onto N Irwindale Ave and proceed 1.5 miles.

3.  Turn right onto Arrow Highway and drive 0.5 miles

4.  Turn right at Azusa Canyon.  Entrance to the Santa Fe Dam will be 0.5 miles.

5.  Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area charges a $10.00 entry fee per visit. ($30 for buses).  IronBruin has no control over access pricing. A Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area Parking Attendant will collect your fee.  Once inside Santa Fe Dam you will be directed to the parking area.


How will access for cyclists to the San Gabriel River Trail [SGRT] & Santa Fe Dam be impacted race morning?  Where can I find out about race day closures?


From the SGRT South of the Santa Fe Dam or where the SGRT meets Arrow Highway.

  Turn right onto Arrow Hwy and ride for 2.2 miles

  Turn left onto N Irwindale Ave and proceed for 1.9 mi

  Turn left onto E Foothill Blvd and go 0.4 mi

  Continue onto Huntington Dr for 0.4 mi

  Turn right onto Encanto Pkwy approximately 0.5 mi

  Turn right to return to the SGRT


From the SGRT North of the Santa Fe Dam or where the SGRT connects to Encanto Parkway.

  Reverse the directions from above.


What are the triathlon age groups?  

There are 18 age groups: 10-12, 13-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+.  

Lost & Found.  Did you lose something while you were visiting Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center?  The address is 15501 East Arrow Highway Irwindale, CA  91706 and the phone number is 626.334.1065


What are the most important things IronBruin sponsors should know?

  • Athlete Village.  Access to the park closes at 7am on Saturday.  You should plan to either setup in the expo area on Friday afternoon between 12-6pm or Saturday morning before 7am.

  • Venue Access.  Upon entering the park, please tell the park that you are a sponsor.