More than 875 participants are expected to brave the Pacific Ocean for the first leg in the Carpinteria Triathlon this weekend.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. on the swimming beach in Carpinteria.

Athletes will swim a 1.5-kilometer open ocean course, change into biking clothes and ride in the Carpinteria foothills for 40 kilometers and finish up with a 10-kilometer run on the Carpinteria Bluffs.

The best athletes will finish the event in about two hours.

The event is a fundraiser for youth recreational programming in Carpinteria.

For information, contact Matthew Roberts, director of the City of Carpinteria Parks & Recreation Department, at 805.684.5405 x449 or mattr@ci.carpinteria.ca.us.

— Matthew Roberts is director of the City of Carpinteria Parks & Recreation Department.