•Date: Sunday, June 26, 2011
•Time: 7:00 AM
•Location: Kure Beach
•Distance: 375 meter swim, 1.5 mile run, 20K bike, 1.5 mile run, 375 meter swim
•Registration: $55 before 04/01/11, $65 before 6/26/11. There is a $10.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
•The event benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
•The Kure Beach Double Sprint Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race.
The very first "Formula 1" or super sprint style triathlon in the U.S. The Kure Beach Double Sprint is now in it's 15th year.
Race Format: Competitors start out with a 375 meter ocean swim (water temp - 80-82 degrees). Upon exiting the water, participants put on their running gear at the "Beach Transition Area" and run 1.5 miles to the "Town Hall Transition Area". Participants then complete a 10K bike ride on a closed course (no traffic). With no rest - participants immediately ride the 10 K bike course again finishing at the "Town Hall Transition Area". Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5 mile run back to the "Beach Transition Area". Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375 meter course.
NOTE: Despite the 1.5 mile run between the two transition areas, these transition areas are located only three blocks apart.
Swim: The race starts with a 375 meter swim in the Atlantic – pretty much out just past the breakers, then parallel to the beach for about 250 meters, and then back in to the beach. The waves are usually very small this time of the year and this early in the morning. The water temperature is a bath-like 82 degrees. Both the first swim and the last swim are always done in the same direction - with the current.
Run: Once on the beach, participants enter the beach transition area, grab their running shoes and begin their first run segment. The 1.5 mile run takes them to the Kure Beach Town Hall transition area. The run is flat with no shade. Following the bike segment, participants will cover this same 1.5 mile run course in the opposite direction - as they make their way back to the beach transition area and prepare for the final swim.
Bike: The bike course is a flat two-lap out & back affair that is closed to traffic. There are three "hair-pin" type turns that participants will encounter. The two turns at the far end of the bike course are in the parking lot of the Carolina Beach Fire Department - and aren't terribly tight - although speed will need to be decreased while making these turns. The turn back near the transition area is very tight - speed will need to be dramatically decreased at this spot. Participants only have to go through this point at the end of lap 1.
For complete information on how to register, course maps and requirements, visit the race websiste.
Pic Credit: Swim, Run, Bike