Kendra's Race Aquathlon and 5k

What is Kendra's Race

Every year the UCSB Triathlon Team holds the Kendra’s Race Triathlon in honor of their teammate and friend, Kendra Payne. This year, on Sunday, April 10th, they hosted an  Aquathlon and 5k in place of the usual triathlon. The event featured a scenic 5 or 10k run course across the breathtaking beach bluffs on and around the UCSB campus, treating the participants to beautiful views of the California coastline, Channel Islands and UCSB Lagoon. The swim course was held in the ocean near Campus Point and was offered in either Olympic distance, 1500 meters, or Sprint distance, 800 meters.

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Run Course

Swim Course

Who is Kendra?

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Kendra Payne was a dedicated UCSB student, triathlon athlete, and global citizen who passed away while she was training with the UCSB Triathlon Team in Santa Barbara. During her 21 years of life, she was able to visit 30 countries and earn multiple medals in the sports that she loved most, track and field, and swimming. Many students and athletes were touched and inspired by her passion, humility, and generosity. Kendra’s family and friends have celebrated this event as a time to renew the bonds Kendra created. Through this annual event, the UCSB Triathlon Team will continue to honor Kendra’s memory and legacy.


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The event became known as Kendra’s Race in 2006, when the UCSB Triathlon team changed the name of its annual triathlon after her passing. This event attracts hundreds of triathlon and biathlon participants and is known for it generous contributions to the Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Fund, which supports young women in sports and Global Studies through internships.

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