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This is a nice clear lake swim which is usually flat, considering the way the lake is situated in the pines. This is an out and back swim course, more than likely a beach start, depending on the water temps.
The bike course has a little bit of everything. Fast flat sections, gradual grinders that we all love and a few short comfortable climbs as well. Lightly traveled country roads, newly paved, and a 2 loop course for the Olympic Distance athletes, slightly longer for both events, means this is a great event for those who love the bike discipline.
The run course is flat and fast, mostly shaded, and is viewed by hundreds of resort residents who turn out to cheer you on as you fly by, winding through the resort.
The transition area will open at 5:30am and close at 7:10am for a mandatory beach side meeting.
Opens - 5:30am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open.
Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Completely secure and off limits at all times to friends, family and spectators. You must have your event ID to get in or out of the transition area at any time.
No glass allowed in the Transition Area at any time.
Helmets are mandatory.
You will not be allowed to leave the Transition Area during the event with MP3 or filming devices. If you are caught on the course with these items you will be disqualified and if you are caught being filmed during the event on the bike course you will be disqualified. Both MP3 and filming devices while on the bike is dangerous to you and those around you.
Swim: 200m, 500m or 1.5k
As with all our events, your Sprint course will be indicated by the large triangle buoys, while the Olympic course is marked with large round orange buoys. This will be a beach start, rectangle style course.
Kayak / Stand Up Paddle Board
You will start in your own wave, following the neon green buoys around the perimeter of the lake. This will be a 1 mile out and back loop following the shoreline.
Staging will be on the beach to the side of the swim start.
Bike: 6.6mi, 14mi or 27mi
A two loop course for Olympic Distance athletes. Newly paved roads, with a little bit of everything for you from flat and fast to a few grinders, as well as a few short climbs. Just enough to keep everyone honest on the bike course.
Exiting Sandy Pines via Turtle Trail, proceed directly on 26th Street. You will follow cones and arrows, both on chloroplast signs along the route, as well as spray chalk on pavement. Your course will be marked every 5k, as well along the route.
As with all our events a series of 4 arrows at 100m, 50m, 25m and on each intersection or corner. Then you will proceed straight thru 136th, 134th, 132nd, then make a LEFT at 130th. Cross traffic does NOT stop at this intersection so make sure you are waved thru by the course official or officer at this point before flying into that LEFT.
Then flying down 130th straight thru at 24th and 22nd, which is your 5 mile mark on the course. Then another LEFT on 18th again. Cross traffic does not stop at this point so there will be sheriff at this intersection so make sure you are waved thru here as well. This is now mile 7 on the course.
Then down to 133rd, which is a fast downhill. At this point make another LEFT at 135th at the 9.5 mile mark. Head straight thru 22nd, then you have a pretty cool 135th/134th S curve before getting back to the intersection you flew through at the beginning.
AT THIS POINT: OLYMPIC Distance (long course) athletes will make a LEFT and head back out and complete that loop again.
SPRINT Distance athletes will simply make a RIGHT and head up the road about a mile where you will head back in at Turtle Drive, up to the Transition Area.
SUPER SPRINT athletes: Exiting Sandy Pines via Turtle Trail, proceed directly on 26th Street. You will follow cones and arrows, both on chloroplast signs along the route, as well as spray chalk on pavement. Your course will be marked every 5k, as well along the route. You will make a RIGHT on 134th, down to a RIGHT on 30th street, another RIGHT onto 136th passing Sandy Pines Resort, turning LEFT onto 26th back in Transition.
Run: 1mi, 3.7mi or 7.4mi
Mostly shaded, flat and fast, winding in and around, up and through the resort before a fast finish. Hundreds of the resort members will be out of their cottages cheering you on every step of the course. You will exit very briefly for about a tenth of a mile on 26th, down a couple hundred meters to 136th where you will make a RIGHT, then a few more meters for another RIGHT into Sandy Pines Phase 2, and then you begin your trek through the resort. This is shaded most of the way, until about 300m from the finish. Short course athletes make one complete loop while the long course athletes continue on for lap 2, making a quick RIGHT turn following the tree line along the back of the chapel before heading back into the run out chute for lap 2.
By the time of this event, it is the end of July, and you should have plenty of training and racing under your belt, so take it up a notch and go just a little bit longer than an official Olympic Distance event. It will be worth it.
Aid stations are set up at each mile with iced water,lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and Energy Gels.
You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area. You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento.
You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.