2014 Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon:
The Carolina Beach Double Sprint is now taking over from the Kure Beach Double Sprint. After a 1 year absence from the Pleasure Island, we are bringing it back.
Competitors start out with a 375 meter ocean swim (water temp - 77 degrees). Upon exiting the water, participants put on their running gear at the "Beach Transition Area" and run 1.5 miles to the "Bike Transition Area". Participants then complete a 20K bike ride on a closed course (no traffic). Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5 mile run back to the "Beach Transition Area". Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375 meter course.
NOTE: Despite the 1.5 mile run between the two transition areas, these transition areas are located very close together..
Course maps will be published shortly.
The race starts with a 375 meter swim in the Atlantic pretty much out just past the breakers, then parallel to the beach for about 250 meters, and then back in to the beach. The waves are usually very small this time of the year and this early in the morning. The water temperature is about 77 degrees. Both the first swim and the last swim are always done in the same direction - with the current.
Once on the beach, participants enter the beach transition area, grab their running shoes and begin their first run segment. The 1.5 mile run takes them to the bike transition area. The run is flat with no shade. Following the bike segment, participants will cover this same 1.5 mile run course in the opposite direction - as they make their way back to the beach transition area and prepare for the final swim.
The bike course is a flat two-lap out & back affair that is closed to traffic. There are three "hair-pin" type turns that participants will encounter. The two turns at the far end of the bike course are close to the Kure Beach city limits - and aren't terribly tight -although speed will need to be decreased while making these turns. The turn back near the transition area is very tight - speed will need to be dramatically decreased at this spot. Participants only have to go through this point at the end of lap 1.