Set in the lovely resort community of Narragansett, Rhode Island, FirmMan Rhode Island is a long time favorite for many athletes and their families. There are several race options to welcome participants of varied interests: half iron distance triathlon, sprint triathlon, aquabike, and open water swim race. No matter which race you choose, you get a scenic course, enthusiastic volunteers, and welcome support.
Come to race, but stay a few extra days to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, wonderful restaurants, and local attractions of this tourist playground.
The swim takes place in Narragansett Bay. The 1.2 mile swim for the half Iron distance triathlon and aquabike is a point to point swim course. The 0.5 mile swim for the sprint triathlon is a triangular course. Typical water temperatures range from 65-70F, and wetsuits are highly
56 mile bike route for the half iron distance triathlon and aquabike combines riding on
scenic rolling countryside roads and hammering fast sections on
Winds tend to be from the south each year so a tailwind is present most
time on the return leg of the course. There are two water bottle
exchanges: one at mile 27; one at mile 35. Water, Gatorade, Gu, and
bananas are available at each exchange. Bike course closes at noon. The 10.1 mile bike route for the sprint is out and back. There are not bottle exchanges on the sprint bike course.
The run course for the half iron distance triathlon offers 13.1 miles of beautiful
Narragansett scenery with enthusiastic volunteers to support the runners along
the way. An aid station is located approximately every mile with water,
HEED, Gu, bananas, pretzels, and electrolytes. The final hundred yards includes a beach run with hundreds of
beach-goers cheering the athletes as they finish. The run course closes at 3:00 PM. The 3 mile run course for the sprint triathlon is an out and back run along Ocean Road, and includes the same final beach run section as the half iron event.
Race Venue Activities
Your triathlon experience
includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race snacks, and a New
England style BBQ with hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, and watermelon!
Throughout race day, families and friends can enjoy the beach located alongside the transition area.
is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event managed by a USA Triathlon
Certified Race Director. All athletes either must present a valid USA
Triathlon annual membership card at registration or purchase a single
day USA Triathlon license, no exceptions. Single day licenses may be
purchased for $15 during the registration process. If you are planning
to do at least three USA Triathlon sanctioned events in a one year
period then you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA
Triathlon for $50
For more info: www.usatriathlon.org
Noon to 3:00 PM--Registration and Packet Pick up
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM--Course Talk by Frantic Fred
Location: Narragansett Town Beach (South Pavilion)
5:00 AM--Transition Opens (South Pavilion Parking Area)
5:30 AM to 6:30 AM--Registration, Packet Pick up at FIRM motor home
6:45 AM--Transition Area Closes
7:00 AM--Race Start (Note: It's a long walk to the swim start so allow sufficient time to get there!)
Directions & Lodging
Click here for directions
Parking is available across the street from the transition area in the lots between the North and South Beach Pavilions.
Where to Stay--Holiday Inn, South Kingston
Full service hotel with a fabulous Italian
restaurant, a spacious lounge, and a beautiful outdoor pool.
Charitable Partner-Narragansett Department of Parks & Recreation
department offers a wide range of recreational activities and
facilities for residents and visitors including the award winning
Triathlon rules apply. The most commonly violated rules are drafting,
blocking, and crossing the center line of the road. To avoid a drafting
penalty, stay at least three bicycle lengths behind the rider in front
of you and complete any pass within fifteen seconds. If you are
overtaken, you must drop back three bicycle lengths before attempting to
pass. To avoid a blocking penalty, ride to the right of the road except
when passing other competitors. To avoid a center line penalty, do not
cross the center yellow line of the road.
with the chin strap fastened are required whenever you are on your
bike. Bar end plugs are required on handlebars and aero bars; taping
over the bar ends is not permitted. Head phones and music players are strictly prohibited.
ChampionChip Timing Systems
Timing Systems is used to time this event. A timing chip attached to a
black velcro strap is provided in each competitor's race bag. The timing
chip must be worn on the left ankle at all times during the race for an
official race time to be recorded. Return the timing chip to a
volunteer at the finish line to avoid the $30 replacement fee. Race
results are posted at the race venue, and on
racing, but want to be a part of this event? Then volunteer. It's a fun
way to help others enjoy this sport. Volunteers receive a tech race
shirt, post race food, and a sense of satisfaction from helping others.
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