- 2km (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 Harbour 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: Chrsitiansted
Harbor is a working channel. During race week it is
unsafe to swim there except during the organized
- 90km (56 miles) -
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
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 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 18 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 chainring.
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).
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 Cramers 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
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.
RUN - 21km (13.1 miles)
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, Gatorade, GU (at mile 43), Bananas (at mile 30)
-Run - Water, Gatorade, 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 hour from start of
5 hours from start
FIRST LOOP RUN CUTOFF
6.5 hours from start
(2017 Race Schedule will be posted as soon as it's released)