The Transition Area is located next to the lake in the open field between The Veranda Hotel and The Terrace Hotel. The transition area will be placed close to center of Southern Celebration Bld.; which is the 4 lane road with a median that is located between the Hotel Towers. The swim exit will enter in the east side of the transition area. The bike will exit and enter where Southern Celebration Blvd. ends at the open field. Bikers will bike straight on Southern Celebration Blvd. for the bike start. The bike exit will enter the transition area at the same location as the swim finish. The run will start on the Veranda Hotel side of of the transition area and follow the path that leads around the back of The Terrace Hotel.
The swim start is located behind The Veranda Hotel and starts promptly at 7:00am with the college wave starts, followed immediately with the age group time trail start (see start times). The swimmers will swim from the Veranda Hotel north and east on a long rectangle course coming back toward the Veranda Hotel swimmers will take a left hand turn through a canal and the last several hundred meters to the swim exit just south of the transition area, located in the big open field next to the pool.
The bikers will exit the transition area and go straight on Southern Celebration Blvd. and take a left onto Resort Village Dr. The bikers will go a short distance and take a right hand turn onto Harrah's Pkwy South, a quick left hand turn on Old Hwy 61. Bike south on Old Hwy. 61 and take a right hand turn onto Casino Center Blvd. Bike west on Casino Center Blvd. and take a left hand turn onto Casino Way. Bike west and south on Casino Center Way and take a right hand turn onto Casino Strip Resort Blvd. Bike west on Casino Strip Resort Blvd. and take a left hand turn onto Perry Rd. Bike south on Perry Rd. and it will make a sweeping left hand turn that will take you to Old Hwy 61. Take a left hand turn into Old Hwy. 61. Bike north on Old Hwy. 61 and take a left hand turn onto Harrahs Parkway South. Continue around and take a right hand turn onto Southern Celebration Blvd. and back to the transition area.
Leaving the lake and transition run on Southern Celebration Blvd and take a left on Harrahs Parkway. Run on Harrah's Pkwy South and take a right on Old Hwy 61. Take a quick right hand turn on the gravel rd that leads to a paved road. Run on the paved road going under Southern Celebration Blvd at mile 1.2. Keep running on paved road through the Limo parking lot and take a left on Old Hwy. 61 mile 1.86. Run north on Old Hwy 61 to mile 3.51 and turn around. Run back past the limo parking lot and take left on Harrahs Parkway North. Mile 5.23. Run east on Harrahs Parkway North and take a left on Resort Village Dr. mile 5.4. Take Resort Village Dr. to The Convention Center and take a left mile 5.86. Run in front of the Convention Center and enter the walkway around the back of The Veranda Hotel mile 6.0 and run on the walkway past the swim start and to the finish line next to the pool.