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  • Sports & Recreation


546 30TH STOAKLAND, CA 94609 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

OTC is a club for beginner, intermediate, and experienced athletes dedicated to building a community through camaraderie and competition. Values: The Oakland Triathlon Club is dedicated to forging a team that reflects the rich diversity of the greater East Bay. We celebrate and support all members regardless of race, age or any identity in their journey to cross the finish line. Our pride and passion in your performance make OTC the ideal club for multi-sport athletes. We believe anyone who moves with intention and excitement is an athlete.


When people think of triathlon the word "Oakland" is probably far from their minds. Oakland is filled with triathletes of all abilities that are looking for their own identity. The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC) was developed to meet that need and is committed to making sure its members have as many resources as possible. Our goal is to establish a club that showcases all that Oakland has to offer, is dedicated to helping all members succeed, and is focused on making a positive impact within the community by promoting a healthy lifestyle and by supporting Oakland and the East Bay as we give back to the community.

The Oakland Triathlon Club (OTC) was found in March 2013 by Chris Van Luen, an East Bay native and firefighter/paramedic hoping to build a club that had a more "populist vibe to an often-expensive activity." Among over 30 triathlon clubs in the Bay Area, OTC quickly became popular due in part to many first-time athletes and was even voted Best Club by Competitor Magazine in its first year.

Through the years, OTC has worked towards inclusivity, including a pilot juniors program while focusing in our early years an elite development team. We were honored to be the team behind rising star Alistair Eeckman, in whose posthumous honor we work to expand access to the sport.

OTC has made a priority of creating the most diverse club in the Bay Area -- and also be the friendliest, most approachable club.


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