ABOUT THE SWIM COURSE
The swim course is a .93-mile rectangular loop marked by buoys in Centennial Lake. Athletes will enter the water via a boat ramp and continue counter-clockwise to the swim out, being allotted 55 minutes after the last swim wave to complete the course. Average water temperatures in late May range from 65-73 degrees F. The highest recorded May temperature is 73 degrees F.
ABOUT THE BIKE COURSE
The bike course is a challenging 25-mile route through the rolling countryside and farmlands of Howard County, Maryland, containing four moderate climbs throughout. Two aid stations will be available at mile marker 8 and 17.4, supplying water and Gatorade. Although there will be signage, road marshals/ police at main turns, please familiarize yourself with the route as it is the athlete’s ultimate responsibility to know beforehand.
ABOUT THE RUN COURSE
The unique 6.2-mile run course is widely regarded as one of the most challenging in triathlon. Climbing and encircling Centennial Lake, it passes through a beautiful neighborhood, consisting of three moderately steep climbs. Three aid stations will be available throughout the run course, offering water and Gatorade. Although there will be signage, road marshals/ police at main turns, please familiarize yourself with the route as it is the athlete’s ultimate responsibility to know beforehand.
HOW IT WORKS
Relay teams are offered the option of competing with two or three individuals. Teams with two members will have one person complete two legs, while the other person completes the remaining leg; with three members each person will select one leg to complete. When registering, select one person to create the team and act as team captain, and then have the other member(s) opt to join the team.
Each relay team will be issued two or three bibs (based on group size) with an identical number and ONE timing chip and a Velcro strap. Relay participants are to pass the velcro strap to their teammates in the transition area. Participants may carry the chip and Velcro band in their hand but it is preferred to wear the timing chip around your ankle for best results. The first relay participant (Swim – Leg #1) will start at the boat ramp on Centennial Lake. There is not a separate start for the Relay Teams. The other team member(s) will need to be in the transition area at the start of the race and exchange with their team member inside the transition area.
Upon entering the transition area, incoming swimmers and cyclists should make sure their bib number is visible. This will help to ensure a smooth transition with your team members.
Each relay participant will pass the timing chip and Velcro band to the next relay member inside the transition area. Timing mats will be located at both entry/exit points of the transition area (Bike OUT/ BIKE IN and Swim IN/ Run OUT)
- Know your teammate’s pace, keep track of the race time, and know when to expect him/her.
- Wear or carry something easily identifiable by the incoming teammate at the exchange.
- Have a plan! Know where your teammate will be in transition. (i.e. Right or left side? How many rows from where I come in?)