The 1/4 mile course will follow a counterclockwise direction (breathing from the left side), keeping all of the buoys on your left. We sink approximately 10 swim buoy markers to make it easier to sight the next buoy for the competitors. There will be lifeguards, rescue boats, surf boards, and the police department’s dive team on hand to assist any swimmers having difficulty. We have even had a car/boat in the water during the race overseeing the swim. Wetsuits are permitted regardless of the water temperature. Temperature of the water is well above 75 degrees F.
This year, we will again be emphasizing safety by sending swimmers off one-by-one from a beach standing start, at 5 second intervals. We are asking that the swimmer seed themselves according to their ability and self predicted swim time (faster first). This should spread the swimmers out, eliminate bunching at the start and around each buoy, and reduce the number of athletes swimmer over top of one another, thereby creating a safer swim.
First Run of the Duathlon:
If you are not swimming, the first leg of the race is a one mile run. The Run begins at the mouth of transition area on Park Road, Left onto Lake, Right onto Tunney, Left back onto Park and enter transition the same side as the swimmers are entering, via the rear or lake side of the transition area (it will make the transition area a neutral one, meaning that no one has the advantage of where they are racking their bikes.
The Transition Area:
No riding in the transition area. The flow will be in one direction. Swim in, Bike in, Bike out, and run out will all begin from the Bay side and move towards the beach side of the island. Also, no spectators, support crews, husbands, wives, children, dogs, cats, fish or any other living or artificial beings are allowed in the transition area once the race begins. Athletes only (thank you).
The 10.2 mile bike will be an out and back course. We close the bike course to vehicular traffic, so racers can enjoy a traffic free event. Riders will exit the transition area and head east on Park Rd, cross a small bridge and turn right onto Mill Rd (first intersection right turn). Watch for traffic, this is a 5-point residential intersection that we are unable to close entirely to traffic. This turns into Mill Rd. to Harding Highway (Rt. 606). This will be your first right turn. Bear right at the fork onto Weymouth Rd. This will also be your first right. Follow Weymouth Rd. to Avenue ‘G’ (Mizpah Rd.)on the left side of the road. (if you hit the Black Horse Pike, you’ve gone too far). Turn around and go back the same way you came. The miles will be marked. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING THE RACE COURSE. Weymouth Rd. will be closed to vehicular through traffic. However, keep in mind that residents on the road may also be on the roadway. So, heads up and pay attention to all rules of the road. A bicycle is considered a motor vehicle and you must abide by all motor vehicle laws, therefor all participant may adhere to the “rules of the road”. There will be draft marshals on both bike, foot and motorcycle. Officials have been instructed to issue no warning for drafting.
NO DRAFTING WILL BE PERMITTED.
Automatic DQ! No arguments…Comprende’?
After racking your bike in the same location as the beginning of the race, runners will head West on Park Rd(the opposite way of the bike) for the 3.2 mile run. Immediately, bear left onto E. Lake Dr. Take to end. Make right onto Tunney. Take to end. Make Left onto Park Rd. Follow Park Rd. as it turns left at the end. Make right onto Morningside to end. Make right onto McGreary. Follow to end. Make left onto park to 13th St. Make left onto 13th St. Follow 13th to the turn around near the Municipal Building. Retrace your footsteps on 13th, back to Park. Make left onto Park Rd and head straight back to the finish in front of the lake. Miles will be marked. The water station will be at the intersection of Park Rd and 13th St. You will pass this location 3 times. There may be an additional stop at the turn-around point on the run.
We have added a Duathlon to this year's event line up. The 1 mile run will take place while the Triathletes are swimming. The one mile run will traverse a part of the run course and enter into transition area on the same side as the swim in. Duathletes will then follow the same bike and run course.
We have also added an event category for those that cannot or don’t wanna (sic) run. The Aquabikers will begin the swim with the Triathletes, followed by the same course as the bike finishing by crossing the timing mats. When their race ends and they can heckle the other athletes who are not finished yet.
Overall three Males and Females in each race (Tri, Du, AquaBike). These athletes will not be included in the age groups awards that are as follows: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Beginning at 0600 hours, all athletes are asked to check in at the Cove beach area on Park Road, Mays Landing. Drop off any racing equipment, if needed. All athlete parking is at the municipal building at 6101 13th Street. You can ride your bike back to the transition area ((1/2 mile) DO NOT park anywhere on the race course. A tow truck is standing by to remove any vehicles from the bike and run courses. Again, we are emphasizing safety by keeping vehicles off of the race course. Thank you for understanding.