General Course Information
Location: Lake Meridian Park
Super Sprint: 1/4 mile swim, 16.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Sprint: 1/2 mile swim, 16.4 bike, 3.1 run
Olympic: 1.5 K swim, 40 K bike, 10K run
* Changing race distance is allowed at Raise the Bar Events. Please email Kathy to make this happen. She really appreciates some notice prior to race day.
The swim starts about 50 yards out from shore. It’s a deep water start. Our race announcers will help you get to the right place at the right time. Be sure you’re in your wetsuit (if you’re wearing one) and ready to leave shore 15 minutes before your wave starts. Both full or sleeveless wetsuits are allowed but not required. Water temperature is typically in the 60's in June and 70's in August. Warm up to the right of the start area. The course is clockwise around the large colored buoys.
We anticipate all athletes being out of the water and onto the bike course by 8AM. If for some reason you are leaving transition after 8AM, a race staff member or volunteer will happily escort you safely onto the course. We expect our first Super Sprint or Sprint cyclists back at about that same time. Water temperature information can be found here.
The bike course is OPEN to traffic. Police Officers & volunteers will be stationed at intersections where bikes will be crossing traffic. The shoulders on the roads are wide. Obey all rules of the road when riding your bike - including staying as far to the right as possible.
Bike Mechanics will be onsite before the race starts to make minor repairs or adjustments for bikes in ride-able condition. Please bring a bike to the race that is ready to go. But just in case something comes up, they’ll be bike mechanics close to transition. There will also be race support on the bike course to help you out if you run into trouble out there. But make sure you are prepared to fix a flat or put a chain back on. If we can’t get you up and going again, we’ll give you a lift back to transition.
There are some rolling hills on the course - primarily on the Lake Holm/Lake Moneysmith loop on the Olympic Course. There is a climb each direction on Kent-Black Diamond road too.
There will not be an aid station on the bike course for the Super Sprint or Sprint but the Olympic will have one at the turn around at about mile 15. Super Sprint and Sprint athletes: make sure you bring what you need to fuel and hydrate your ride.
BIKE CUT OFF: If you are doing the Olympic course and arrive at the Kent-BD Rd/Lake Holm Rd intersection for the 2nd time (approx 10 mile mark) 1 hour and 40 minutes after you start, you will have to take a left and head back to the park. We regret having to enforce this cut-off but it is for safety reasons so we appreciate your understanding. The athlete will be able to finish the Sprint bike course and continue onto the sprint run course and the finish line. Your time won't be official, but you will be able to feast on pancakes, receive a medal, and maybe win a raffle prize! We want to make sure you can finish your day while we still have our volunteers and safety precautions in place to keep you safe and going the right direction.
The course is 95% paved. The first and last .25 mile outside the park is on the shoulder of an open road. There's also a stretch on the shoulder of SE 256th on the Sprint & Super Sprint run course. City of Police Officers and volunteers are spread throughout the course to make sure you are safe and going the right direction!
There is one very good hill on the Soos Creek Trail that you’ll arrive at .5 miles into the run. It’s a very nice steep downhill. Since the course is out and back, it will also occupy your attention when you’re .5 mile from the finish.
You can find full descriptions and maps for the swim, bike, and run legs of the triathlon (Super Sprint, Sprint, and Olympic) by clicking below: