Scott Sambucci Attempts Uberman - World's Toughest Triathlon

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California Man Swims Across the Catalina Channel, Rides & Runs in Death Valley as only American battles conditions & injuries in Ultra-Triathlon

Scott Sambucci swimming across the Catalina Channel

Sambucci during his 21-mile swim across the Catalina Channel

It truly took an incredible effort for Scott to push through the last few miles of wind and chop on the swim. - Dan Bercu, Race Director

Scott Sambucci, 42, competed in Uberman - “The World’s Toughest Triathlon." Over an 84-hour period, he completed a 21-mile swim across the Catalina Channel, cycled more than 140 miles through the Mojave Desert, then ran nearly 40 miles in Death Valley. Sambucci was the only American and one of only two athletes attempting to complete the entire Uberman course individually, with the other race participants tackling the course as part of relay teams.

“It truly took an incredible effort for Scott to push through the last few miles of wind and chop to get himself to shore,” said Dan Bercu, Uberman Race Director, who observed Sambucci’s swim from a support boat.

Leading the race after his 14 hour, 25 minute swim through challenging currents and headwinds, Sambucci continued on to complete portions of the bike and run segments despite severe neck abrasions, rotator cuff damage, and suffering from both tendonitis and lacerations on his feet from the swim.

“I knew the swim would be extremely tough given the start time, tides and expected currents but I could not have predicted the injuries. My team was phenomenal in getting me back on the course quickly," explained Sambucci.

Because of injuries and logistical challenges, Sambucci was only able to complete portions of the event’s 400-mile bike and 135-mile run course. “No regrets,” Sambucci remarked. “I came here to see how far I could push myself. My body simply got thrashed on the swim. While I felt great on the bike and run, I just decided I had proven enough to myself and it was time to head home satisfied and proud of what we accomplished."

Sambucci, a three-time Ironman, plans to continue his endurance racing next year in ultra-marathons and local triathlons. As an accomplished business coach, author and public speaker, Sambucci has already fielded requests to share his experiences with companies, corporate teams, and health and fitness groups. “I learned a tremendous amount during the training, logistics and execution of the adventure, and I’m excited to share those with others that want to learn from it.”

For more information, contact Scott Sambucci directly at (415) 596 0804, scott(at), or visit for blog posts, photos and videos about the event.

Source: Scott Sambucci, SalesQualia LLC

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