The finish line, registration, parking, and post race festivities will be located at the Lions park located half a mile down 95th Ave. from the Transition Area. Please do NOT park at transition, there is very little room.
After parking at the Lions club, registering, etc. you can ride down to the Transition, following the signs LEFT out of the park then straight down to T-Area. You MUST get body marked and pick up your Timing Chip and Strap at Transition, after you have completed the registration/packet pickup process at Lions Park. Body Marking/Chip Pickup will be located at the Run In/Out area. Bike In/Out will be closed.
Water temperature for the swim has been 90 degrees the first two years. It is a shallow lake, so don’t count on wetsuits being allowed.
The bike course is a smooth, but rolling course most of the way. There are a few flat sections, but the course will keep you on your toes and will take you around several other lakes.
The run course will take you around Big Crooked Lake through the residential areas around the lake, which will attract the locals to cheer you on as you fly by.
There is ONE Transition Area. It is about 800m from the finish line, but the safety of athletes, friends, family and local residents will increase significantly by eliminating the other Transition Area. Location will be across the road from the swim start at the corner of Sister Lakes Rd./County Road 690 and 95th Ave.
Again you MUST park at Lions Club Park!!! This is located 800m west on 95th Ave. from the finish line located right across the street from the swim start/finish. You may have someone drop you off at the Transition Area, but there is absolutely NO PARKING available on 95th Ave. Rack rows will be numbered, sprint on one side, long course on the other.
This area will be secured and patrolled until 12:00pm. You MUST retrieve your gear following your finish, do not wait till after the event has concluded! We must get this area torn down as soon as possible.
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
Your swim will start in Round Lake, one of 7 lakes in the immediate area. The swim starts at a small launch area next to the Driftwood Restaurant. The lake is clear and the course is a triangle format with large yellow buoys indicating the sprint course and orange marking the long course.
New for all events will be a Time Trial swim start. For safety reasons it is important we ensure we are doing all we can to alleviate stress at the start and turning at buoys. A time trial start ensures everyone has a clear, stress-free swim. You will SELF SEED according to your 500m swim time. (THIS IS YOUR ACTUAL swim time, not what you THINK you will swim, or want to swim) this is important to ensure you are not swam over or create congestion by seeding yourself faster than you can swim. Don't be that athlete that creates a traffic jam. See yourself appropriately and everyone will have a great time in the water.
Each athlete will report their number to the timer before crossing the timing mats and entering the water. Again your responsibility to report that number to the timer.
Time trial starts: Long course athletes first, followed about 30 minutes later with Sprint athletes.
Lifeguards will be positioned along the course on paddle boards as well as waverunners for your safety. If you need assistance during the swim, raise your hand and a lifeguard will help you.
You will be provided a swim cap, which is mandatory. If you are allergic to latex you may wear your own cap, but a cap must be worn. Swim waves will be posted at packet pick-up tents and at the Transition Area. The Transition Area is located across the road from Round Lake.
Bike: 40km or 21km
Sprint Bike Route
Exit Transition Area onto Lake View Court; LEFT onto 95th Ave; RIGHT onto CR690 (Sister Lakes Rd); RIGHT onto Victory Shore; Stay LEFT onto South Shore; RIGHT onto M152 RIGHT onto Garret Rd; LEFT onto Swisher St; RIGHT onto Townhall Rd; Stay on Townhall to Middle Crossing, RIGHT onto Middle Crossing; RIGHT onto Indian Lake Rd; LEFT onto Dixon St; RIGHT onto Sister Lakes Rd; RIGHT onto 95th Ave; RIGHT onto Dismount.
Olympic Bike Route
Exit Transition Area onto Lake View Court; LEFT onto 95th Ave; RIGHT onto CR690 (Sister Lakes Rd); RIGHT onto Victory Shore; Stay LEFT onto South Shore; RIGHT onto M152; RIGHT onto Garret Rd; LEFT onto Swisher St; RIGHT onto Townhall Rd; LEFT onto Topash St; LEFT onto Leach Rd; RIGHT onto Priest St; RIGHT onto Brosnan Rd; RIGHT onto Downey Rd; LEFT onto Indian Trail; RIGHT onto Middle Crossing St; Right ON BURKE ST. (becomes Garret). RIGHT onto School St; LEFT onto Indian Lake Rd; RIGHT onto Old M62; RIGHT onto M62; RIGHT onto Brush Lake Rd; RIGHT onto School st.; LEFT onto Indian Lake Rd; LEFT onto Dixon St; RIGHT onto Sister Lake Rd; RIGHT onto 95th Ave; RIGHT onto Dismount. (25 miles)
Remember there is only ONE Transition Area which is about half a mile from the finish. We must get this torn down ASAP so PLEASE retrieve your gear ASAP following your finish.
Run: 5k or 6.35mi
Exit Transition Area onto Lake View Court; RIGHT onto 95th Ave past Lions Park to a LEFT onto M152; LEFT onto South Shore.
Sprint athletes: Continue onto Sister Lakes Rd (M690).
Olympic athletes: LEFT onto Victory Shore and up and around the Cal-de-sac.
All athletes: LEFT onto Sister Lakes Rd (M690); LEFT on to 95th Ave.
Sprint athletes: RIGHT into Lions Park.
Olympic athletes: Continue past Lions Park and run the course a second time and then finish into Lions Park.
Aid stations will be placed each mile. This is a 5k loop, so long course athletes will simply keep running past the turn into Lions park for lap 2. Each mile will be marked, as well as the course with cones and chalk, along with signs at each corner.
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.
My big race tip for this race is get on site a little earlier than normal. I am usually not a big advocate of arriving early and hanging out all morning - cold or not, 20 extra minutes in bed is 20 extra minutes. But because T-Area is a little further away than normal from the finish line and parking area at the Lions Club, you can take your time getting down there. You never know what issue may arise and as I am not a big advocate on arriving at 6am, I also can’t stand rushing before a race.
So get there in plenty of time to get registered and allow extra time to get body marked and pick up your timing chip and strap. As you all know there can typically be long lines at these spots, so you don’t want to wait till the last minute to arrive and find long lines, then have to rush over to T-Area - especially if there is potential for inclement weather.