Girls Best Friend
The swim is in Hog Eye Lake - a small lake with very little going on and only one house on it. It is a clear, shallow lake. You will have the noodle support on the lake as well, so use as you need them.
The bike is as flat as a pancake, all right turns around farmland. It is a 20k bike course. Long course athletes will do 2 laps. Continue past the park for lap two, do not turn into the park until you have completed both laps.
The run course is a cross country style course - entirely closed, and entirely inside the park. The course is used by local high schools and community colleges for their cross country course. It is flat with two short, small hills and tree-lined most of the way.
Opens - 6:00am
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.
Swim: 500m or 1000m
This is a triangle course, the short course indicated with double buoys. Easily viewable, five foot orange buoys will mark the course and there will be plenty of noodles available to use as well.
Long course athletes will start, followed by the short course athletes about 30 minutes later. Swim course will be patrolled with lifeguards, search and rescue, as well as sheriff marine division.
It will be a beach start.
Wave starts will be posted at packet pickup/registration.
Bike: 20k or 40k
This is a fun and flat bike course with all right turns on all new pavement. Exiting the park LEFT, you will go RIGHT on Portage, RIGHT on V to your turnaround point at 18th street, back to a RIGHT on Portage, RIGHT on VW, RIGHT on 14th, RIGHT on U Ave, then use caution when proceeding thru Oakland, then back to a LEFT into the park. Again using caution at the LEFT into Prairie County park.
*2 LAPS long course -- 1 Lap short course.
Long course athletes DO NOT re-enter the park for lap 2. Continue past the park for lap 2. Course will be patrolled by a continually passing support truck, as well as local law enforcement and motorcycle club.
Run: 3 mi. & 5.9 mi.
Exiting the Transition Area, you follow the chute back down to the beach to an immediate RIGHT turn, then back up, and head out into the park. About 2 miles are on a trail, the rest of the course is on park roads. Again, long course athletes will complete 2 loops of the run course.
Family and friends will have a very short walk at the edge of the parking lot to cheer you on as you head back out for lap 2.
Sprint athletes will head straight into the finish line.
Aid stations: Located every 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.