FirmMan Half Iron and Sprint Triathlons and One Mile Swim

Bill Fiske, Fiske Independent Race Management
(508) 361-6882
Swim 1.2 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles
9/8/2019 7:00 am
South Beach Pavilion at Narragansett Town Beach Narragansett, RI Location Map

Remember: Course talk from 1PM-2PM saturday before race day (september 7tH) @ race site (NTB South Pavilion)

About the 2019 Firmman half iron/sprint triathlons & Swim race

Set in the lovely resort community of Narragansett, Rhode Island, FirmMan is a long time favorite for many athletes and their families. There are several race options to welcome participants of varied interests: half 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.


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 then you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA Triathlon for $50. For more info please visit By purchasing either a yearly membership or a single day pass, you hereby agree to follow all USAT rules and regulations contained at

The race course

The swim takes place in Narragansett Bay. The 1.2 mile swim for the half distance triathlon and aquabike is a point to point swim course. The .5 mile swim for the sprint triathlon is a triangular course. Typical water temperatures range from 65-70F, therefore wetsuits are highly recommended.

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 Route 1 freeway. 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 not bottle exchanges on the sprint bike course.

The run course for the half 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, gatorade, 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.


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 and lodging

Parking is available across the street from the transition area in the lots between the North and South Beach Pavilions.

Where to Stay:

Full service hotel with a fabulous Italian restaurant, a spacious lounge, and a beautiful outdoor pool.
3009 Tower Hill Road, Saunderstown, Rhode Island 02874

charitable partner - narragansett department of parks and recreation

This department offers a wide range of recreational activities and facilities for residents and visitors including the award winning Narragansett Beach.


Not racing, but want to be a part of this amazing 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. Email Fred at to volunteer.