The swim starts in the water in age-group waves. The protection of Oceanside Harbor with it's calm water gives way to rolling and choppy water just outside the harbor mouth. The sun's position makes navigating the buoys difficult at times but overall a great swim 1-loop course.
The hills of Camp Pendleton are not normally accessible to cyclists but during this Ironman 70.3 they are. A green, lush landscape hides three incredibly challenging assents. It's one large loop so the scenery never repeats.
The run course is dotted with spectators and enthusiastic volunteers. You get the ocean breeze the entire time during both out-and-back loops
The whole event in extremely organized and very popular with the local triathletes as well as destination-minded traveling athletes. This is a must-do race and sells out in just a few hours.