Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon

May 18, 2014
UVAS Reservoir
Morgan Hill, CA


Drought Update:

April 11, 2014 - No change of venue...The event remain at UVAS Reservoir.

About the Event

7:00 a.m. — Start

3/4 Mile Swim - 16 Mile Bike - 5 Mile Run

Individuals, Clydesdale/Athena, & Clubs
$90 until 1/1/14
$100 until 3/1/14
$110 until 5/1/14
$120 until 5/16/14

Aqua-Bike Individuals
$75 until 1/1/14
$85 until 3/1/14
$95 until 5/1/14
$105 until 5/16/14

Relay Teams (2 or 3 members)
$130 until 1/1/14
$150 until 3/1/14
$170 until 5/1/14
$190 until 5/16/14

Mail-In Registration Form: Click Here

Registration is also available on Active: Click Here

We kick off the summer with a classic sprint triathlon in the Bay Area. The Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon at UVAS Reservoir is one of the most pristine and beautiful venues in the world of triathlon. This event sells out early every year as local and destination triathletes vie for one of the 700 available entries to enjoy this unique sprint triathlon in the Silicon Valley. The water temperature in May is 65-70 degrees. Wetsuits are encouraged for safety but are not mandatory. Come enjoy this event that has been around for over 20 years!

Registration Categories:

MHST swim start 7am

- Individual
- Triathlon Clubs  "Tri Club Challenge Series"
- Youth - Individuals (18 and under)
- Military/Fire/Police (required to bring active military, fire, or police ID)
- Aqua-Bike (swim-bike)
- Pro/Elite
- Relay (male, female, or coed 2 or 3 person team)
- Clydesdale & Athena

Registration Includes:

- Branded swim cap
- Custom event branded t-shirt
- Finishers medal
- Finishers chamois towel
- Custom water bottle
- Free post-race feast and beer
- Professional Race Day announcer
- Race results posted on race day
- Great live music

Age groups male & female (awards will be given 3 deep):

14-19, 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+, female Athena (over 165 lbs), male Clydesdale (over 220 lbs.).

Cash Prizes:

Any 2013 MHST male or female participant that can set the new course record will win $2000

Men's course record:  Chris McCormack 1:21:28

Women's course record:  Kelly Couch 1:30:25 

The JAKROO Tri Club Challenge at MHST:

Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon Prize Purse: $1,000 

See how your tri club/team can win at each race and the Championship for 2013!

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Race Details & Schedule

Preliminary Wave Starts:

Wave 1: 7:00 AM Pros/Elites
Wave 2: 7:04 AM Men 29 and under
Wave 3: 7:08 AM Men 30-39 
Wave 4: 7:12 AM Men 40-44
Wave 5: 7:16 AM Men 45-49
Wave 6: 7:20 AM Men 50 and over
Wave 7: 7:24 AM Women 39 and under
Wave 8: 7:28 AM Women 40 and over
Wave 9: 7:32 AM All Relay Teams, Aqua Bike, Clydesdales, Athena and Mt. Bike Divisions

MHST swim start 7am

Water Conditions & Temperature: 

Current conditions: Reservoir is full!

This is one of the cleanest bodies of water in Santa Clara county.  In May the water is clear and refreshing after all the spring rain.  We will continue to keep you updated on the water conditions during the year and will have a 3rd party water testing organization periodically test the water before the race so everyone is aware of the conditions.

Water testing will be a standard practice at all USA Productions triathlons moving forward!!

Approx water temperature in May:  66 - 70 degrees

Confirmed Triathletes:

All athletes should arrive at least 1.5 hours early. This year's event will
begin promptly at 7:00 AM at UVAS Reservoir.

The Finish:

The Finish includes a post race party with all the fixings: great music, exciting race day announcers, free catered food which includes burritos, chips, granola, fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, fresh spring water, recovery drinks, beer and more. 

Come check out our VIP section!

Post Race Massage:

Sports massage services, assessments, ART/Graston, and taping will be provided by Active Spinal and Sports Care and Bodywork by Roger.

Schedule of events:

Packet pick up will be held rain or shine Friday May 17th 3pm to 8pm and Saturday May 18th, from 12pm to 5pm. You must bring a valid ID to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a friend's or relative's race packet, only if you have a copy of their valid ID present. If you are pre-registered, you will not need to bring anything but your valid I.D. and USAT card to pick up your race packet. If you're not a USAT member you'll be required to purchase a one day USAT License for $12.

Saturday May 17, 2014 (Registration / Packet Pickup)

Sports Basement - Sunnyvale

Hours:  3-8pm

Address:  1177 Kern Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA 94085  Map: Click Here

Phone: 408.732.0300

3-3:30pm Course overview

Vendors and sponsor will be present to show off their products and services

Sunday May 18, 2014:  Race Day

5:30am Transition Open

7am-11am Expo Open

7am Race Start

8am-11am Food, Beer, Music and Entertainment

10am Awards Ceremony

Course Maps & Details

The Swim:

UVAS Reservoir is open to the public for swimming only a few days a year, exclusively for the Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon @ UVAS Reservoir. The reservoir offers some of the cleanest water around, and features 65 to 70 degree water temperature in May. Wetsuits are encouraged for safety, but are not mandatory. The swim course is well marked and participants swim around a natural wooded and tree-lined peninsula. Swimmers follow the shoreline and finish at the boat ramp on the opposite side of the start.

Click here to see a larger printable format of the swim.

The Bike:

The Bike Course (Online Map):  Bikers, you need to keep your heads up and obey all city traffic codes and Highway Patrol Officers. All racers need to be aware that the race course is not closed to vehicle traffic and we urge you all to be safe and stay to the right side of the road at all times. The course is marked with cones, chalk, police officers and volunteers. This course has rolling hills and is very scenic. Bikers pass by reservoirs, wineries and rural ranch-style properties. There is a steep hill climb of approximately 1/2 mile in length near mile 11. At the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Watsonville Road, a mandatory slow down will be strictly enforced. 

Click here to see the 16 mile bike course in a larger printable format.

Drafting: Drafting is illegal at the Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon @ UVAS. The race sells out to capacity every year, and we ask your help in doing the best we can to help enforce the "NO DRAFTING" rules of USA Triathlon. You, the athlete, are the simplest and best way to keep the bike course safe and draft free. We will have USA Triathlon Officials out on the bike course, but you personally need to help the sport and yourself by simply backing out of packs, slowing down or verbally mentioning to other athletes not to draft.

Macca & Lieto head out on 5 mile runThe Run:

Online run course map (Click here):  Participants run along the road out and back 2.5 miles, for a total of 5.0 miles. The course is lined heavily with cones and flour. History has brought hot weather so bring a hat and sunscreen. There will be aid stations every mile dispensing water and hammer electrolyte sports drink.

Click here to see the 5 mile run course in a larger printable format.

Aqua Bike Finish:


Chip Timing:

This race will be timed using a chip timing system. Upon checking in you will receive a chip that is traditionally worn on the ankle. It is the athlete's responsibility to wear the chip during the entire race. If you do not wear the chip you will NOT be timed.

The Athlete is also 100% totally responsible for the return of the chip. Our waiver will have a disclaimer that must be signed that states you, the athlete, must return the chip or be billed accordingly by our timing company. It is the racer's responsibility to make sure that if you cannot attend the race, the chip will be returned within 7 days to USA Productions at the following address.  If the timing chip is not returned the participant will be charged $30.

USAT Sanctioning:

USAT provides comprehensive insurance coverage to sanctioned events. The coverage provides liability coverage to protect the race director, sponsors, volunteers, officials, and participants. The athlete excess medical coverage protects each participant for the day of the event.

Athlete Excess Medical: When athletes purchase a USAT annual license or one day permit, a portion of those fees cover the cost to provide them with excess medical insurance. This coverage only extends to their participation in an USA Triathlon sanctioned event and is only available after the injured party has filed with any primary insurance policies.

Event Liability: USAT provides comprehensive liability insurance coverage to sanctioned events. The USA Triathlon policy automatically covers USA Triathlon race directors, sponsors, volunteers, officials, and participants while participating in sanctioned events. Single-event permit can only be purchased through the race director and is $12 at packet pickup or the day of the event. USA Triathlon does not sell single-day permits.

New or Renewing Members: Click here to visit to purchase a new membership or renew an old one.

Important Information:

Please be safe and courteous throughout the race. You will NOT be disqualified for assistance, stopping or holding on for lifeguard support. Have Fun and Be Safe! We look forward to seeing you on race day!

Parking & Directions


Parking will be available at no charge at the following address for all participants. The parking area is adjacent to UVAS Reservoir and only a 5 min walk to the transition area. Follow the parking signs into the parking area.  Click here to see a map.  If you park along UVAS Road please make sure your car is completely off the road.

14400 UVAS Rd
Morgan Hill, California 95037

Driving Directions to UVAS Reservoir:

From San Francisco and the Peninsula: Take 280 or 101 South towards San Jose. Take Highway 85 South towards Gilroy. Take the Bernal Road exit and make a Right hand turn. Proceed straight on Bernal. Left on Santa Teresa. Right on Bailey. At the top of Bailey, make a Left on McKean Road. Follow McKean Road for 10 miles. McKean Road turns into Uvas Road. Do not turn, proceed straight. Parking will be on a private lot 1/8 of a mile before transition area. From San Francisco allow 2.3 hours travel time.

From the East Bay: Take 680 towards San Jose, then get on 101 South towards Los Angeles. Take the Bernal Road exit. Turn Right on Bernal Road. Left on Santa Teresa. Right on Bailey. At the top of Bailey, make a Left on McKean Road. Turn Left on McKean Road. Follow McKean Road for 10 miles. McKean Road turns into Uvas Road. Do not turn, proceed straight. Parking will be on a private lot 1/8 of a mile before transition area. From East Bay allow 1.5 hours travel time.

From the South (Hwy. 101): Take Highway 101 North to San Martin. Exit on San Martin. Proceed West to Business 101 North turn Right and proceed North about 2.5 miles to Watsonville Road. Turn Left on Watsonville Road. Proceed about 5 miles and turn Right on Uvas Road. Proceed about 2 miles to Uvas Reservoir. Parking will be on a private lot 1/8 of a mile after transition area.

From the South (I5): Take I 5 North to 152. Exit West and proceed to Highway 101 in Gilroy. Enter 101 North and proceed North about 2.5 miles to Watsonville Road. Turn Left on Watsonville Road. Proceed about 5 miles and turn Right on Uvas Road. Proceed about 2 miles to Uvas Reservoir. Parking will be on a private lot 1/8 of a mile after transition area.For camping or directions call the Santa Clara County Parks campgrounds at UVAS Reservoir: (408) 779-9232 or (408) 358-3741.

Race Results

Race Results - Click here


Travel & Hotels

To make travel plans and book your hotel for Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon @ UVAS: USA Productions Travel


If you're not a triathlete and would like to participant in some way to help with the event grab your friends and family and be a part of the event. Volunteers are needed to assist with several aspects of the event, including pre-registration, the start and finish line and water stations along the course.

Benefits of Volunteering
- Official MHST volunteer t-shirt
- Goodie Bags
- Free Lunch
- Fulfill community service hours
- A great time out
- Team up with friends, family and make it a community event!
- Groups larger than 15 will receive more benefits and possible charitable donations

Contact us today and thanks for volunteering: Contact USA Productions


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