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 Patty 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.
To keep everyone safe on their bikes at the park entrance, It's imperative that we get all of you out of transition prior to the first cyclist returning to the park, and because you guys are getting faster, we've had an overlap of exiting and entering cyclists the last few years. If, for any reason, our swim course director determines you won't make it out of the water in time, you'll be given the opportunity to get a ride from a course boat to the swim finish, where you can continue your race. You can also opt to continue swimming to the end, but will likely lose the opportunity to participate on the bike and run.
Historically the Sprinter and Super Sprinters have no problem with this - but it's happened quite often with our Olympic swimmers. Please - if you are signed up for the Olympic and think this might affect your race, you are more then welcome to transfer to the Sprint or Super Sprint. Email Kathy at email@example.com or Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or race changes.
We love for everyone to cross the finish line at RTB Events. If you're signed up and nervous about your swim and how it might keep you from a happy finish, we want to talk to you!
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 out and back and 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 on the bike course at mile 9. Super Sprint and Sprint athletes: make sure you bring what you need to fuel and hydrate your ride.
BIKE COURSE CUT-OFF
As the traffic on State Highway 516 (Kent-Kangley Rd) picks up Sunday Morning, the management of the backup of vehicles becomes more dangerous and difficult in the areas west, south, and east of the park. For that reason, we have put in place a bike cut-off for Olympic Distance athletes. You must complete the first 13 miles of the bike course within 1 hour and 52 minutes. This is at the intersection of Auburn Black-Diamond Road and Lake Holm road - also known as the "Kelly Latte's" intersection. You will arrive at that intersection at mile 5 for the first time and take a right to do the Lake Holm/Lake Moneysmith loop. Your 2nd visit to that intersection at mile 13.5 is when you must be through by 8:52 for men, and by 8:55 for women and relay bikers. If you are past the cut-off, you'll be required to turn left and will become a Sprint athlete for the remaining bike and run the 5K instead of the 10K. 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.
REOPENING OF KENT-KANGLEY TO TRAFFIC
If you find yourself on the bike course sometime after 9:30, you may be faced with an open intersection at Kent-Kangley Rd and Kent-Black Diamond Rd. A volunteer will meet you at the intersection and help you navigate the crosswalks to get back to transition where you can continue with the run and then cross the finish line.
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: