Course Descriptions and Details
Three races will be offered: Long Distance Course, Sprint and for the first time, a Sprint Aquathlon. Relays are offered in the Long Distance Course and Sprint Triathlon races. In addition, the Long Distance Course race is designated as the Caribbean Long Distance Triathlon Championship.
LONG DISTANCE COURSE
SWIM - 2 km (1.24 miles)
The race starts by swimming directly toward the transition area for 150 meters, before turning left and following the same large triangular course as before. It's a loop through Christiansted Harbor with a finish at the wharf area. The course will be marked by small orange and white buoys on your right and sailboarders on your left. Competitors shall exit the water by a specially built ramp at the finish line.
The swim begins on the beach at the Hotel on the Cay. All athletes must swim to the Start Area. Allow yourself enough time before the swim start to cross over to the starting area. All competitors should be in the starting area by 6:00 am. Spectators will not be allowed onto the island.
You will be started in waves. Listen for instructions from the announcer concerning the start of the race. You will be disqualified if you start in the wrong wave. You must wear the swim cap supplied by the organizers. You will be starting in a running start.
Use Caution at the start of the race. If you are experiencing problems at any point in the swim, stop. Lift your swim cap and wave it - there will be sailboarders stationed every 100 meters. If you drop out of the swim, please report to the officials' table as soon as possible.
Please Note: Christiansted Harbor is a working channel. During race week it is unsafe to swim there except during the organized training swims.
Important: Although every effort will be taken to limit the number official vehicles on the course, there still will be a number of official and non-official vehicles on the course. You are required to stay in the left lane at all times. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
From the transition area you are going to make an 8-mile loop that begins as you ride east on Hospital Street, which turns into East End Road (Rt. 82). Ride out on East End Road until you get to Southgate Road. Turn right and ride south until you reach Great Pond (Rt. 624). You will be riding in the RIGHT LANE of Rt. 624 for .75 or a mile. Turn right and ride west until Lowry Hill Road.
Turn right at Lowry Hill Rd. (Rt. 62), which will take you back onto East End Road where you will make a hard left onto the left-hand side of the road. Exercise caution here, as oncoming bike traffic is heading out in the right-hand lane to begin the loop.
Take East End Road back through Christiansted past the transition area and turn left on King Street. At Strand Lane, take a very sharp right turn - this will put you on a very tight bit of roadway, so be very careful - go one block and take a sharp left turn onto Strand Street. This is the "Hot Corner". Be extremely careful on this part of the course. It is a very fast, slightly downhill section on a narrow roadway.
Turn right at Prince Street and left at Watergut, which turns into Soboetker Lane. Follow Soboetker Lane and turn right onto Rt. 75, which becomes Northside Road, until you come to Northshore Road (Rt. 80), You're going to take a sharp, downhill right turn onto Northshore Road (stay left) and follow it until you come to Rt. 69 (Parasol Hill). Turn left and proceed up "The Beast".
Twenty-one miles into the bike, The Beast is a 600-foot climb in a stretch of highway 7/10 of a mile long with an average grade of 14 percent and a maximum grade of 21 percent. You should prepare yourself for this challenge by following the suggested gearing: Pros - 24 or higher. Accomplished - 26 or higher. Average cyclists - 26 or higher with a 39 or 42 chain ring.
The descent from the Beast features a twisty section of road, with a sharp left hand turn at the bottom - BE CAREFUL.
Turn left at Midland Road. Turn right on Rt. 669. Continue straight across at Rt. 70 intersection (make sure to come to a complete stop during training). Turn right after last speed bump. Turn left onto Rt. 66 (Melvin Evens Highway). Follow the highway past the Sunny Isle Shopping Center (which will be on your left).
Follow Rt. 70 until the intersection of Rt. 62, where you will go straight. BE EXTREMELLY CAREFUL AT THIS INTESECTION DURING TRAINING. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU COME TO A COMPLETE STOP BEFORE CROSSING AT THIS POINT.
Continue traveling eastbound on Rt. 62. Take a right turn on Rt. 624. DURING THE RACE YOU WILL BE RIDING IN THE RIGHT LANE FOR .75 OF A MILE. Turn right on Rt. 60, where you will return to the left lane. At the entrance to Cramer’s Park, turn left on Rt. 82. Turn left at Southgate Rd., and right onto Rt. 624, where YOU WILL BE RIDING IN THE RIGHT LAND FOR .75 MILE. Turn right on Rt. 62, where you will again climb Lowry Hill. Turn left towards Christiansted. You must stay in the coned lane on extreme left side of the road.
Returning to the Transition Area, you will dismount approximately 50 meters before the entrance, where CYCLISTS MUST GIVE RIGHT OF WAY TO RUNNERS. Bikes must be walked into the transition area.
THIS IS A TWO LOOP RUN COURSE. YOU WILL MAKE THE TURN TO START THE SECOND LOOP AT THE EXIT OF THE PARKING LOT ON HOSPITAL STREET, WHERE YOU STARTED THE FIRST LOOP.
After exiting the transition area you will run up a grassy bank, and turn right onto a parking lot road which intersects Hospital Street. Turn left, at Hospital Street, which turns into East End Road (Rt. 82). The Bike and Run will share Hospital Street and East End Road from the transition area area until Lowry Hill Road (Rt. 62). Use caution in this area. Keep left.
Take East End Road until you reach the Buccaneer Hotel where the course will turn left onto a 2 mile loop through the hotel grounds. The loop exits back onto East End Road where you will return to Christiansted and make a first loop turnaround on Hospital Street and head out again to the Buccaneer. Make the same loop through the Buccaneer and return to Christiansted. When finishing the second loop turn left on Company Street, right at Prince Street, and final right turn down King Street.
LOCATION OF AID STATIONS
Start/Finish - There will be four aid stations in the start/finish area - swim finish; run out; and overall finish. Athletes should fill water bottles before departing for the start area at the Hotel on the Cay.
Bike Course - There will be 4 aid stations along the bike course - miles 11, 21, 31, and 43. The Sprint course has no bike aid stations.
Run Course - Run aid stations will be located approximately every 6/10 of a mile along the 21km (13.1mile) course. This holds true for the Sprint as well.
The following will be served at the Aid Stations:
Bike - Water, Sports Drink, Gu (at mile 43), Bananas (at mile 30)
Run - Water, Sports Drink, Cola, Gu, Bananas & Oranges, Pretzels, Sponges
A Sag Vehicle will trail the field and transport athletes back to the transition area. The race organization will not be responsible for providing aid to athletes who choose to remain on the course once the cut-off time has elapsed.
CUTOFF TIMES (Subject to change)
In order insure the safety of the participants, and to minimize the disturbance to the traffic patterns of the island, the following cutoff times will be enforced. Please remember that a race of this distance, in a tropical climate, can be dangerous to those who overextend themselves. Therefore, if you are asked to retire, it is for your benefit.
1:10 from start of athlete's wave
5.5 hours from start of wave
FIRST LOOP RUN CUTOFF
7.0 hours from start of wave
The sprint race features an 800m swim in the clear warm waters of Christiansted Harbor, an 8 mile bike through rolling hills, and a 4 mile out and back run before finishing at the historic Fort Christiansted.
The sprint aquathlon features an 800m swim in the clear warm waters of Christiansted Harbor, and a 4 mile out and back run before finishing at the historic Fort Christiansted. Please see the course guides in the Sprint section for maps of the swim and run.