The swim takes place in the waters of Narragansett Bay. The 1.2-mile swim for the half distance triathlon and aquabike is a point to point swim course. The half mile swim for the sprint triathlon is a triangular course. Typical water temperatures range from 65-70 degrees, therefore wetsuits are highly recommended. The swim for the Sprint Tri starts at 8:00 AM, is an accurate 1/2 mile in a rectangular shape heading in a clockwise direction, where swimmers will be required to keep their right shoulders around all buoys. The sprint swim is held NORTH of the South Pavilion and requires just a short walk to the start. The start is from the beach in ankle deep water, and the swimmers head out into Narragansett Bay taking a right turn at the first triangular buoy, then heading towards the famous Narragansett Towers and seawall, taking another right at the second triangular buoy, and heading into shore towards the lifeguard chair which will have buoys attached to it for sighting purposes.
The 56-mile bike route for the half distance triathlon and aquabike combines riding on scenic rolling countryside roads and hammering fast sections on the US Route 1 freeway (under the watchful eyes of police officers). Winds tend to be from the south each year, so a tailwind is present most of the 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. The bike course closes at noon. The 10.1-mile bike route for the sprint is out and back. There are NO bottle exchanges on the sprint bike course. heart rate a beat or two.
The run course for the half distance triathlon offers 13.1 miles of beautiful Narragansett scenery with enthusiastic volunteers supporting the runners along the way. An aid station is located approximately every mile with water, Gatorade, Gu, bananas, pretzels, and electrolytes. The final hundred yards includes a beach run with hundreds of beachgoers cheering the athletes as they finish. The run course closes at 3PM. 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.
For sprint athletes, this meeting will be held at 8AM, with transition closing at 7:45AM.
Saturday (September 7th)
Noon to 3:00 PM -- Registration and Packet Pick up at F.I.R.M. motorhome (Half, Sprint & One Mile Swim)
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM -- Course Talk by Frantic Fred (Half, Sprint & One Mile Swim)
Sunday (September 8th)
5:00 AM -- Transition Opens (Half, Sprint & One Mile Swim)
5:30 AM -- Registration/Packet Pick up at F.I.R.M. motorhome opens (Half, Sprint & One Mile Swim)
6:30 AM -- Registration/Packet Pick up closes for Half Distance & One Mile Swim Athletes ONLY
6:45 AM -- Transition Area Closes for Half Distance & One Mile Swim athletes ONLY
7:00 AM -- Half Distance & One Mile Swim Race Start (Note: It's a long walk to the swim start!)
7:30 AM -- Registration/Packet Pick up closes for Sprint Distance athletes
7:45 AM -- Transition Area Closes for Sprint Distance athletes
8:00 AM -- Sprint Distance Race start
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Hotel details: Located 3.3 miles from Narragansett Town Beach, this modern hotel is also 5 miles from the University of Rhode Island. Flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and both full and lap desks (for working on the bed) are offered in each room, as well as free Wi-Fi and custom-designed beds. There's an indoor pool and an exercise room, in addition to the free daily hot breakfast (on-site) and weekday breakfast bags to go. Other amenities include a 24/7 business center, 2 meeting rooms and complimentary parking.
Hotel Details: This straightforward hotel off US Route 1 is a 4.4-mile drive from the University of Rhode Island, a 13-mile drive from Newport, and 6.2 Miles away from Narragansett Town Beach. The modern rooms come with desks and flat-screen TVs, plus premium cable channels. There's also free WiFi and high-pressure showerheads in the bathrooms, while kids 19 and under stay free with an adult. Some rooms add pull-out sofas and coffeemakers. Amenities include an on-site Italian restaurant (where kids 12 and under eat free), an outdoor pool and a fitness center, as well as a sand volleyball court and free parking.
Hotel details: This extended-stay hotel is 5.9 miles from Goddard Memorial State Park, 7.1 miles from the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum, and 14.2 Miles from Narragansett Town Beach. Relaxed studio to 2-bedroom suites have fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, plus desks and separate living areas. Some add pull-out sofas. Freebies include continental breakfast, an area shuttle and on-site parking. There's also a 24/7 market, an indoor pool and an exercise room, plus a business center and laundry facilities. Additionally, this hotel is located directly across the street from The Shops at Quonset Point, your one stop shop for any groceries and services you may need during your stay.
This 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, you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA Triathlon for $50. For more information, please visit www.usatriathlon.org. By purchasing either a yearly membership or a single day pass, you hereby agree to follow all USA Triathlon rules and regulations contained at http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/rulebook.aspx.
Some of the most commonly violated USA Triathlon rules are included below:
Transition Area: All athletes must use caution when entering and exiting the transition area to avoid injury to other athletes, volunteers and race staff. No glass containers are allowed in the transition area, and all equipment must be returned to your assigned rack space.
Drafting: There is no drafting on the bike course. Please consult USA Triathlon rules and regulations for more information on Drafting.
Course-Cutting: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is a serious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. The punishment for course-cutting may include but is not limited to disqualification and/or the recall of awards from the event in question.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Punishment for unsportsmanlike-like conduct may include but is not limited to disqualification and/or recall of awards from the event in question.
Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or any and all other personal audio devices are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Knowingly swapping race numbers with another athlete is a serious offense and can be punishable by suspension from all USA Triathlon sanctioned events for up to one year and/or suspension/expulsion from USA Triathlon membership.
Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, however participants who wear a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.
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