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 80 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 out and back course is flat with no shade. The 1.5 mile run ends at the bike transition area. 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 15 mile bike is a flat out & back course. It is quite fast starting at the Surf City Fire Department and working its way down to the turn-around at the North Topsail Beach Town Hall. There will be minimal traffic in the morning and plenty of volunteers and police to guide you on the course. Participants will arrive back at the bike transition and begin the second 1.5 mile run.
The second 1.5 mile run is the same out and back course as the first run flat with no shade. The second 1.5 mile run ends at the beach transition area this time as participants will do the swim for a second time to finish the race.
The race finishes on the beach with the completion of the second 375 meter swim in the Atlantic both the first swim and the last swim are always done in the same direction with the current.
Participants will enter the beach transition, drop their running shoes and pick up their swim cap and goggles to start the second swim. Participants will then run down the beach to the swim start location and begin the second swim and final leg of the race. The race finishes on the beach at the beach finish line inflatable.