TRIATHLON – RACE DAY INFORMATION (Read set-up logistics here.)

TRANSITION AREA 1 (South Cove Park): The transition area is located at Keowee Lake and opens at 5:00AM on race morning. ONLY PARTICIPANTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE TRANSITION AREA AT ANY TIME.

This transition area will have three entrances/exits:

Transition Entrance
Exit Swim Finish
Bike Start

These entrances and exits will be clearly identified through the use of large inflatable archways. You may use these entrances to enter transition and set up your swim-to-bike transition, finish the swim and start the bike.

BIKE CHECK-IN: Participants must check their bikes into the swim-to-bike transition area on Saturday between 12:00PM—6:00PM and Sunday from 5 – 7AM. Paid security guards will be on duty overnight to protect T1. Bikes will not be allowed in or out of transition until after the race starts.

BIKE TECH SUPPORT: Bike Tech/Support and common-use bike pumps are available on event morning at Transition 1. Please Do NOT pack bike pumps in your T1 gear bag or leave them at T1.

BODY MARKING is available at Transition 1 on race day from 6:00—7:30AM. All participants must be marked at the body marking area at the race site. You will be marked with your race number on both arms and the front of both legs. Your age or category will be marked on your right calf.

TRANSITION AREA 2 The bike-to-run transition area is located at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest

This transition area will have three entrances/exits:

Transition Entrance / Exit
Bike Finish
Run Start

These entrances and exits will be clearly identified through the use of large inflatable archways. You may use these entrances to enter transition and set up your bike-to-run transition, finish the bike and start the run.

Athletes will receive a bike rack assignment for T2. When you finish the bike leg, you must rack your bike at your assigned rack.

ONLY PARTICIPANTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE TRANSITION AREA AT ANY TIME.

BIKE CHECK-OUT: Please be aware that you will be required to show your race number to security at Trailblazer Park on Sunday to pick up your bike and T1 bag.  If you send friends or family, they must have a “Buddy Pass”.  Buddy Passes will be available for pick up at the information tent at the event Expo.

SWIM INFORMATION:

This swim is a point-to-point triangular swim with an on-shore start. Athletes swim clockwise around this triangular shaped course. A swim course diagram is available on the event website.

Water Temps: Water temps will be posted on the website by 9:00p on Thursday before the event. USAT wetsuit rules will apply. If the water temperature is 79 – 83 degrees, participants may choose to wear a wetsuit, however, they will not be eligible for awards and they will not receive any AAA NCTS points or USAT ranking points and will show up in the results as DQ’d.

WAVE NUMBER , GROUP START TIME, CAP COLOR

OPEN MALE & FEMALE , 8:00AM,  SILVER
MASTER OPEN MALE & FEMALE
PARATRIATHLES MALE & FEMALE

MALES 39 & UNDER, 8:03, RED
MILITARY MALES

MALES 40-49 8:06, PINK

MALES 50 & OVER 8:09, YELLOW
CLYDESDALES
MASTER CLYDESDALES

FEMALES 44 & UNDER, 8:12, LIGHT BLUE
MILITARY FEMALES

FEMALES 45 & OVER, 8:15, NEON GREEN
ATHENAS
ALL RELAYS
ALL AQUABIKES
NOVICE MALE & FEMALE

SWIM CAPS are provided and must be worn. Cap color indicates your swim start wave.

OPEN WATER SWIM TIPS: If you need assistance during the swim, roll over on your back and put your hand in the air.

If you need to hang on to a watercraft during the swim, please make sure you are not hanging on to one of the motorized safety boats. You may hang on to a non-motorized vessel (kayaks, canoes, or surfboards) without penalty, however if you hang on to the side of one of the motorized watercraft you will be taken out of the water and disqualified.

BIKE INFORMATION

The bike course features a 58-mile tour of the foothills of the Blue Ridge on this point-to-point course that starts at Lake Keowee and finishes in downtown Travelers Rest. A bike course map is available on the event web page.

BIKE TRANSITION: Mount your bike at the designated mount/dismount line just outside transition area. You will also have to dismount at this location.

POSITION VIOLATIONS No drafting! No blocking! USAT Officials will be on the course and drafting and blocking rules will be enforced! Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left.

HELMETS REQUIRED: Hard shell helmets must be worn and fastened before leaving the transition area. Helmet numbers must be affixed to the front of your cycling helmet.

EQUIPMENT: No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.

For a full copy of the USAT Competitive Rules Click Here

COURSE INFO: There are plenty of volunteers and safety personnel for the race. Turns will be clearly marked and mile markers are indicated on the course. Remember: it is ultimately your responsibility to know the course. Please be careful and alert at all times.

WATER HAND-OFF STATIONS—There will be three (3) water bottle hand-off locations on the bike course – at approximately miles 21, 42 and 51. The 21- and 51 -mile stations will contain water only. The 42-mile station will provide water and Gatorade. Please discard waste and empty water bottles at these three station ONLY. Leaving a water bottle at any other location is a penalty and a safety hazard.

RUN INFORMATION

The 13.1-mile course features a run along the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail with a finish line overlooking the Reedy River and Reedy Falls in award-winning downtown Greenville, SC. Please visit our event web page for run course maps.

TRAIN WARNING There is an active train that crosses the track in Greenville County.  We do not have any means of controlling whether or not this train may briefly cross the tracks.  Because this is a busy trail, the train is always very brief. There is a police officer set up at this intersection.  In the rare chance that the train crosses during your race, please respect the train.

AID STATIONS: Aid/Water stations will be located along the course at approximately each mile. Aid Stations will provide water, ice, Gatorade sports drink, pretzels, de-fizzed cola, and Hammer Gel.

PLEASE make sure you deposit ALL trash in the trash containers that will be located at each aid station. We ask for you cooperation with this. Any and all trash must be picked up after the race by our volunteers. Help these folks out – they will have been out there longer than you.

HEADPHONES: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

RACE NUMBERS: You must wear your run number (with the pull tag) on your front for the run. It must be clearly visible as you cross the finish line. Failure to do so will result in a four minute penalty.

NOTE: Athletes must keep to the right at all times while on the course.

FINISH LINE: When you approach the finish line you will cross over several timing mats – located approx. 50 yards before the finish line. These mats are used to pick up your race number so that the race announcer will be able to announce your name. Don’t stop at this point – keep running to the finish line – the finish line will be obvious.