Join us on September 6th, 2014 at Nockamixon State Park (just outside of Philadelphia) for the 9th Annual QuakerMan.
The race is set on the banks of gorgeous Lake Nockamixon. QuakerMan begins with a lake swim, followed by a bicycle course on the rolling terrain surrounding the park, and finishes with a challenging run through the park along bike paths and backroads.
Our Olympic "Plus" event will feature almost 39 miles of biking and the half will be approx 58 miles.
Swim Course The swim course starts on the rocky shore of Lake Nockamixon near the marina. The water temperatures range from 75-80 degrees. For the Olympic Plus and the Half Distance, we will have a 0.6m triangular course that you will circle clockwise. You will keep the buoys on your right. The Half will circle the course twice. The first leg is 200m and then participants will have two legs of 400m to follow for a total of 1K. Use caution when you exit the water up the steep bank and to the transition area. You will find foot-washing bins prior to the TA entrance. We will wave start approximately 100 people per wave. You will receive your wave assignments at the time of check-in. Lake Nockamixon is not open to public swimming. The only time you can swim is during the event.
Bike Course Fire Police will be present at all intersections. The bike course starts with a difficult 0.6-mile climb out of the park onto Rt. 563; you will turn right and begin the loop around the park. Each loop is 18.5 miles around with rolling terrain. You will turn right onto Rt. 412, then merge with Rt. 611. You will turn right onto South Park Rd. The first half of South Park Road has a large shoulder, which disappears when you reach Kellers Church Road. You will need to ride in the road (turns into Ridge Rd) and stay to the right. Continue to right turn on Rt. 313 and finally a right back onto Rt. 563. You will be sharing the shoulder of the road with the run course for one mile, you will be separated by cones, please remain to the left of the cones. The bike aid station is located at Deerwood Rd at the end of this line of cones. The Half event will have three laps. The Olympic Plus event will feature a long bike section of two laps. After your laps you will turn right back into the park and back to the marina. Use caution descending back into the park.
Run Course The run course for both the Half & Olympic Plus will be an out & back course starting on the bike path. You will run the bike path out to Deerwood Rd (mostly flat), turn right up the hill to Rt. 563. Turn left on 563 and run inside the cones to remain away from the bikers. The next 1 mile has a downhill, then an uphill before it flattens out. You will turn left on Old Bethlehem Rd. and run down to the turnaround. The Olympic Plus turnaround is at 3.1m, the Half turnaround is at 3.275m. You will return is on the same course. Half participants will run this out & back course twice turning around the "Magic Tree near the finish line before starting your second loop. Each mile of the run course will be marked with a mileage sign. (Half = White signs, Oly Plus = Yellow)
Nockamixon State Park is just 30 miles North of Philadelphia and only 85 miles from New York City. The park is along PA 563, just off of PA 313, five miles east of Quakertown and nine miles west of Doylestown. The main entrances are along PA 563 and can be reached from PA 309 and PA 313, or from the north on PA 412. The main event site is at the marina.