Swimmers will line up in a single-file line based on race number and estimated swim time. Swimmers will be sent off one at a time, approximately every 10 seconds. Racers will swim 25 meters, one (1) length in each of 8 lanes of the pool. At the end of each lane racers will go under the lane rope into the next lane, and then swim back for a total of 400 meters. This will complete the swim portion of the race.

Once racers have completed the Swim portion of the race they will exit the pool and head towards the Transition Area where they will get their bike.


Once racers have retrieved their bike they will be required to walk their bike out of the Transition Area to the Bike Mount Zone where they can then get on their bike and head out of the park towards Poyntz Avenue. Once they reach Poyntz Avenue they will make a left-hand turn and bike down Poyntz Avenue staying on the right hand side of the road to 3rd street. They will turn right at 3rd street and proceed to Pierre Street (K-18/K-177) where they will turn left onto Pierre Street and proceed across the bridge. Bikers are to remain in the left-hand lane as they cross the bridge, vehicular traffic will remain in the right-hand lane. After crossing the bridge bikers will turn right onto McDowell Creek Road. There will be police officers at this intersection directing traffic. Bikers will continue on McDowell Creek Road to the bike turn around. There be a traffic cone located at the turn around along with a volunteer. After turning around bikers will return to Pierre Street (K-18/K-177) where they will turn left onto Pierre. Bikers are to remain in the left hand lane as they cross the bridge. Biker will then turn right onto 3rd Street and then left onto Poyntz Avenue and back to City Park and the Transition Area.

Note: The bike course is not a closed bike course, it is your responsibility to ride aware. There will be volunteers and police officers on the bike course monitoring traffic.

All bikes are allowed, as long as they are in safe working condition and do not have a motor. There will be volunteer bike mechanics the morning of the race to help with any unforeseen bike issues but it is suggested that you make sure the bike is in good working order before coming to the race.

Bike helmets will be required to be worn and chin strap securely fastened during the bike portion of the race.

There will not be a water station on the bike course.


Once racers have put their bike back in the Transition Area (in the same place it was before they started the bike portion) they will leave the Transition Area and begin the run course. The run course will be clearly marked and there will be volunteers on hand to help guide runners as they complete the run course. The run course is an out-and-back course requiring runners to do a modified loop around the Park and onto Poyntz Avenue where they will run on Poyntz Avenue towards Downtown. The turn around for the run is located approximately at 5th Street and Poyntz Avenue. After completing the turn around, runners will return to the Park and the Finish Line following the same route in reverse.

There will be a water station on the run course that runners will pass by multiple times.


The race will be timed using a chip and mat timing system. Each athlete will have a chip that they strap to their ankle with a Velcro strap. We recommend that they wear the timing chip on their left ankle as this is the non-chain side of the bike. There will be timing mats placed at key locations of the course that will track their time for each leg of the race.


Each athlete will need a swimsuit, bike, bike helmet, running shoes, water bottle, biking and running clothes as a minimum. This list indicates the minimum items needed for the race, each racer should bring any extra items that they feel they will need.

Racers can do the entire race in their swimsuit.

Packet Pickup:

At Packet Pickup each participant will receive a performance t-shirt, cooling towel, water bottle, sling bag and their timing chip. To ensure a t-shirt at packet pickup you must enter no later than two (2) weeks prior to race day.

Note: The timing chip will be removed at the end of the race and returned to the timing company.

Post Race and Awards:

Post race snacks will be provided by The Optimist Club of Manhattan and will be located at the picnic shelter south of the pool.

Every racer will receive a Finishers Medal after crossing the finish line.

Awards are given to the top 3 overall finishers, Female and Male, and medals are given to the top 3 Female and Male in each Age Group.