In addition to being one of the biggest (and oldest) triathlon races in the United States in 2021 with over 5,000 participants, last year’s Malibu Triathlon served as the final race in the four-race Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship Series. The pro race was very exciting (you can relive the day’s races through these video highlights) as Alex Yee won the race in Malibu along with the championship, while Olympic gold medalist used a wild-card entry to full advantage to take the women’s race, with Georgia Taylor-Brown taking the championship title.
While we’re still waiting on details on next year’s Super League Championship Series (SLT recently announced the Esport World Championship Series/ Arena Games schedule), at least we know when the Malibu event will be taking place – Sept. 17 and 18, 2022. First held in 1986, the event will be celebrating its 35th birthday this year, cementing it as one of the oldest races in the United States. The race starts and finishes on Zuma Beach and features the incredible ocean views of the Pacific Coast Highway.
While there have been some big name triathletes who have competed at the race over the years (especially last year!), the Malibu Triathlon serves as a fundraiser for paediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), with US$16 million raised to date, with last year’s race raising $849,288 for CHLA. The Entertainment Industry Challenge has attracted some big Hollywood names including Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Zac Efron, while Tom Cruise did the bike in 1993 as part of a relay, as did Robin Williams in 1997.
Last year’s celebrity race was won by Dylan Efron (Zac’s younger brother) while Fox 11 Los Angeles reporter Sandra Endo took the women’s division.
In addition to the SLT Championship race and the celebrity events, age group athletes will compete over the “Classic” (0.5 mile swim, 17 mile bike and 4 mile run) and the Olympic distance – 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run. Last year’s race sold out.
You can get more information about the race here.