The final international race of the year in the NCTS.
The Pinehurst Triathlon will also be held the day of the NCTS awards banquet - which will move back to Pinehurst for the first time in seven years.
The swim setting is right off of a postcard. The race begins with a beach start at the Pinehurst Marina. The course is a triangular shaped course in beautiful Lake Pinehurst . Conditions are usually perfect; the air temperature at start time is normally in the 60s and the water temperature is normally in the low-70s making wetsuits legal.
The new bike course will allow us to increase the number of swim waves and also to space the swim waves out farther apart
The bike course at Pinehurst is a challenging test - rewarding stronger cyclists. The course is a pure one loop design. There are no large hills on the course - but a constant series of moderate hills and rollers. The road surfaces are for the most part very smooth. There is one short section of the course ( Derby Rd ) that is not smooth - but that section is only a couple of miles long. There will be one water bottle handoff location (water only).
The run course is tough. There are lots of small rolling type hills, but there are also plenty of flat sections. It's a wonderfully picturesque course - as the one-loop 6.2 mile course circles Lake Pinehurst on quiet residential streets. There's lots of shade, as you run past beautiful homes, the lake, and parts of the Pinehurst golf courses. Aid stations will be located every mile (water & energy drink).
The finishing stretch of the run promises to be exciting for both participants ansd spectators as competitors complete the run by coming across the top of dam towards Pinehurst Marina.