The swim portion of the Mt Hood Sprint Triathlon will take place at the Mt. Hood Aquatics Center. Your start time will be determined by your projected half mile swim time. Your will receive a swim cap in your race packet, this cap must be worn while doing the swim. The fastest 4 times will start in lane 1, and then the next fastest 4 in the lane 2. You will be swimming 17.5 laps, entering on one side of the pool and exiting on the other side of the pool. Each lane will have a a lap counter who will hold a colored, this color will match your swim cap color, paddle under the water as you approach the wall for your final turn. When you see this paddle its your indication that you have completed 17 laps and will be exiting the water on the other side of the pool this time. Once you have completed the swim portion youll exit the water and turn left on the pool deck following a coned and flagged corridor out to the transition area 45 yards away. Stay in the corridor, there will be plenty of room to get everyone out quickly. During the swim, slower swimmers should hold at the wall to let faster swimmers pass. If you feel someone tap your feet several times this is the indicator that there is a faster swimmer needing to get by.