• 28th annual Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon. • Oak Mountain State Park is the setting for one of the longest running triathlons in Alabama. • The race honors the life of Buster Britton - one of the Birmingham area's original triathletes that lost his life in a fun run after completing the Hawaii Ironman only a short time earlier. • Buster was a true inspiration for triathletes as the sport began to take shape in Alabama.
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SWIM COURSE: 400 yards
The swim course is an open water swim in Double Oak Lake in Oak Mountain State Park. The water is always very calm. The calm water and the individual race start makes for a great open water swim for anxious racers or beginners. Racers start and finish from the beach area. After exiting, racers will proceed up the stairs to the transition area in the parking lot of the Park Administration Building. The swim start is an individual "time trial" type start. Each participant enters the water individually, approximately every 3 - 5 seconds. Your race number defines when you enter the water, with race number 1 being first. You enter the swim based on your race number, from lowest to highest number. Race Numbers are assigned based on your estimated swim time that you turned in on your entry form. Your racking position in transition is also organized by your race number.
BIKE COURSE: 13 miles
The bike course is on nicely paved roads with a bike lane in Oak Mountain State Park. Please use the bike lane when there is one available. For USA Triathlon rules, the bike lane will be considered staying to the far right, but you will not be penalized if you cross the white line that separates the bike lane from the main drive. The course a one loop / out-and-back course on the main park drive (Findlay Drive) and Terrace Drive. This beautiful course is moderately hilly with some nice fast sections as well.
RUN COURSE: 3 miles
The run course is out-and-back on state park quiet roads. The area through the woods is a paved, but an unimproved road, so watch your footing. The run is a mix of flat and slightly rolling sections through the woods.
DIRECTIONS TO RACE:
The Buster Britton Triathlon is held at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama. It is located about fifteen miles south of Birmingham, AL.
Take exit 246 off of I-65. Look for signs for Oak Mt. State Park.
Turn on State Park Road off of Hwy 119 just off the Interstate exit.
Look for the Amoco and Pizza Hut on State Park Road. Follow signs into the park.
Take State Park Road to the first stop sign and turn left.
You must pay $2 at the main gate to enter the park.
Turn right a couple of miles past the main entrance on Terrace Drive.
Race site is at the Beach Area on Terrace Drive, less than a mile from the main park road on your right.