According to participants:
"Best marked course ever! Loved having the distance marked every 100m and the large buoys were great."
"Love, love love the marked buoys at each 100m. Excellent!"
The Sprint race will begin at approximately 9:00 AM, once all the Olympic athletes have entered the water. There will be an approximately 5 to 10 minute break between the last Olympic wave and the first Sprint wave to ensure that all the Olympic distance swimmers have cleared the first Sprint turn buoy.
The swim start and exit is located across the street from the transition area so getting to the swim start is incredibly fast and easy. The run back into the transition area takes approximately 30-45 seconds and is nearly all grass and very flat.
The swim course features large buoys marked EVERY 100M making it the country’s most well marked and swimmer friendly triathlon swim courses. Lifeguards, patrol boats, kayaks and other swim safety vessels will line the course as well.
The average water temperature in the Potomac for Nation’s Triathlon is 70 degrees, making wetsuits legal most years.
- Pay attention to your swim corral and expected start time.
- BE PREPARED TO ENTER THE WATER IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOUR WAVE IS CALLED. Have your goggles on, swim cap on and timing chip on.
- We will be starting the swim using a time trial start. Athletes will line up in the swim corral with 12 athletes starting approximately every 15 seconds.
- Do not hesitate when you enter the water. The water will be approximately 8 feet deep where you enter. Remember when you get into the water to begin swimming immediately and keep all buoys on your left.
- Keep all buoys on your LEFT
- Every 100m will be marked by a buoy.
- Exit the swim using the ramp.
- Run to your left and into the transtition area.
- Misting tents will be set up on swim exit for your convenience.
The 2016 Nation’s Triathlon Course is subject to change at any time with or without prior notice.