39th Seahorse Challenge
The Seahorse Challenge has remained almost unchanged over the years . The lake is small, so it requires a 2 loop swim for the long course. The venue is located in the back of the park, away from everything, which has the swim up chute, bike in/out, and run in/out along with the finish all serviced via one road closed to traffic.
The bike course has traditionally had some pretty fast times even though it is the first race of the year. The tree lined, smooth paved roads. There is one short, out of your saddle climb about 30m long 5k from the finish; but other than that, it is an on your aerobars course, 2 loops for the long course athletes.
The run is a mixture of everything: groomed trail, grass, gravel road and regular road. Pretty fast as well, shaded the entire way. 2 loops for long course on the run as well. The entire run course is rolling and if raining could be a little slick in some areas when going off the road and onto a short trail section.
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 1.5k
Olympic distance athletes start at 8:00am. You will begin in the water. We will be shooting for a traditional triangle swim course. Olympic distance athletes will swim a 2 loop course. There will be a buoy placed just off shore in front of the finish structure so you continue around that for lap 2. Keep buoys on your left and you will exit the water under the swim structure up the swim chute to the transition area about 50m away. It is up hill on grass, then carpet around the back of the transition area.
Sprint athletes you will start about 30 minutes later.
Wetsuits are encouraged. Wetsuits are available for rent.
Bike: 21k or 42k
Exiting the Transition Area you will follow the bike chute lined with cones out of the park, exit to a RIGHT turn on MN Ave. after the short climb out of the park; it is flat and fast. Right on 38th up to EL ave. Right over to a Left on 44th up to a Right on the service drive up to a Right on Mercury back to the park.
With the growing traffic from nearby trucking facilities, We have implemented the course below. This ultimately keeps you further away from the exit ramp and trucks.
Super Sprint athletes will make a loop around the park basically and right back home to transition.
Olympic Distance athletes have 2 laps, do not turn back into the park until you have completed both laps.
Special Caution: there is a speed bump at the bottom of the park entry road about 100m from the Transition Area. It is painted bright and there will be a support crew member here yelling to slow down. Please use caution, there is absolutely NO NEED to fly through here as the Transition Area is just ahead.
MapmyRide Bike Course
Run: 3.25mi or 6.5 mi
Exiting the Transition Area, you will follow the run chute down the drive, following the cones back up to a RIGHT turn just before the bike entry/exit point on MN Ave. You will follow this park road all the way to the Rustic campground at the back of the park.
As you enter this area you will veer LEFT just past a portajohn to a LEFT turn onto a trail that will take you up a hill on a loop bringing you back out to the same entry point.
There is an aid station here. At that point, you will head back making a RIGHT onto another trail that takes you along the back of the lake to the finish area. Olympic athletes MUST continue back out for lap 2.
There will be 3 aid stations strategically placed along the course, so you hit each several times. Each mile will be clearly marked along the course. You will follow small orange run cones along with chalk and arrows on the course.
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.
Same race tip for the swim as Seahorse - when you have a small lake, navigation is key to a good swim. Getting away from athletes but staying on course, this lake lends itself to easy shoreline markers. Get out there on Saturday and get them picked before the race.
The bike is a hammer fest on the way out. The athletes that do well are the ones that can power up the hills the last 5k. You don’t want to be caught with nothing left in the tank the last 5k; it can make for a very long final section.
The run is mostly shaded and you see a ton of athletes out there, so just pick them off one by one; start strong right out of the Transition Area.
200m swim - your swim will always start following the final sprint athlete in every super sprint event. These will be an out and back to the first buoy 100m off shore. Turning around that and returning to shore.
7.5 mile bike - will be a one loop bike course taking you around the park and back in.
1 mile run - simply out to half mile mark, then upon returning you will dive into the woods following the return path. This point will be just before the boat ramp. It is your responsibility to not miss this left turn in. It will be marked with arrows for all the athletes to follow.