SWIM COURSE: 1.5 km followed by a 600 m warm-up run to Transition
This single lap, 1.5 km swim will start from a floating dock that is very similar to the start dock used in London for the Olympics, so get ready to feel like a Pro. We will have approximately seven waves and will follow a clock-wise oval course. The water temperature is expected to be between 22 and 25 degrees Celsius (72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit). Wetsuits are optional for age group participants and not allowed for pro participants. We will report the final water temperature throughout the race weekend and race morning. Booties are not recommended and gloves are not allowed. We suggest bringing two pairs of goggles just in case one breaks that morning before your swim.
Following the swim, participants will take a quick 600 m warm-up run to transition. This warm-up run mimics the unique warm-up run at the infamous Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. You will need to bring an extra pair of running shoes for this warm-up run. There will be an area just outside the swim exit where you will slip on these shoes to complete the warm-up run which is over cobble-stone paths, asphalt, and concrete – all of which will be hard on wet bare feet. We suggest the “extra” pair of running shoes because they will be wet by the time you get to transition and you will not want to wear them on your 10k run. For this short warm-up run, any old racing flat or trainer will do just fine. You must take your wetsuit with you to transition. We suggest running with it on and simply removing the arms and shoulders during the warm-up run so that when you get to transition, you only have to get it off your legs.
TRANSITION 1 (T1):
You will have racked your bike on Friday (September 20) in order of your bib number. You will have a small area for your items such as helmet, shoes, etc. You must keep this area neat and orderly so that your personal items do not interfere with other participants in transition. Remember, during the race, before you can remove your bicycle from the rack, you must have your helmet on and securely fastened. You will run with your bike out of transition and you may not mount your bike until after the mount line, which will be clearly marked on the ground and with volunteers and flags.
Pro Swim Start at 2012 Beijing International Triathlon
Part of 600 m Warm-up Run Path