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The race starts with a 1/2 mile swim in the Back Bay of Newport Beach in the Newport Dunes recreation area at Jamboree and Back Bay Drive (shown in this picture). Parking is located here. The Newport Dunes is located at Jamboree and Back Bay Drive. From the 405 or 73, take Jamboree towards the beach. Right before you get to PCH, you will turn right on Back Bay Drive. The finish line and transition area are on Back Bay Drive. Parking is at Newport Dunes. Click Here for larger version PDF file of the map.
The swim is a flat water swim and the water temperature is usually in the high 60's. You will be doing a rectangle shaped course in the Newport Dunes area of the Back Bay. The course is counterclockwise. It starts immediately west of the bridge which goes across the bay at the Dunes, heads north parallel to the bridge, then does three left hand turns. It basically follows the perimeter of the bay inside the Dunes. The exit to the swim is next to the start, then you run to the Transition on Back Bay Drive. Wetsuits are optional but recommended.
From the transition area, head down Back Bay Drive. Continue along Back Bay Drive until you reach Eastbluff Drive and turn right. Make a u-turn on Eastbluff before reaching Vista del Sol. Continue back down Eastbluff and make a U-Turn before reaching Jamboree. Turn right on Back Bay Drive heading back towards the transition area. Complete two full loops of this course.
The run course is an out-and-back route behind the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Competitors will travel through the Newport Dunes parking lot and over the marina bridge. Follow N. Bayside Drive and turn left at the pedestrian/bicycle path. Upon exiting the bike path, make a sharp right turn onto the path leading up to Back Bay View Park. Follow this path until it dead ends at Jamboree and make a u-turn heading back in the direction that you came. Finish on Back Bay Drive in front of the Newport Dunes.
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