Swim Course: The swim course is 1000 yards in the Gulf of Mexico.
The course will be managed by local water safety groups with plenty of rescue support and assistance.
Should the water not be safe for any reason, race management will change the race from a triathlon to a duathlon with the 1000 yard swim being replaced by a 1 mile run.
The swim segment start will be conducted as a time trial start where you begin based on your assigned race number.
Race number 1 is assigned to the person with the fastest estimated swim time and so on.
Swimmers will enter the water approximately every 5 seconds, with your race start time beginning as you cross the timing loop on the beach just prior to entering the water.
Should the race be changed to a duathlon due to adverse water conditions, the run start will be conducted also as a time trial start based on race number.
The method of starting is being used for three reasons: racer safety (less crowded), easier passage around course turn buoys, and reduced congestion on the bike and run course.
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Bike Course: The bike course is 19.5 miles.
Bikers head east/right on Perdido Beach Blvd (Hwy 182) from the transition area. The first bike turnaround is a "loop underneath" the PASS which is a large bridge over Gulf Water.
Volunteers and police will direct you off of Perdido Beach Blvd. just on the other side of the bridge. You will proceed under the bridge then will be directed back across the bridge heading west on Perdido Beach Blvd.
You will continue straight beyond the race transition area to complete a loop in the Gulf State Park.
You will be directed right on State Park Road 2, then left onto Hwy 135, then a final left back onto Perdido Beach Blvd. (Hwy 182) to the race transition area.
There will be a BIKE MOUNT / DISMOUNT LINE. You will walk your bike from your space on the transition bike rack to the BIKE MOUNT line to begin the bike segment. At the finish of your bike segment, you will DISMOUNT at the same line and walk your bike back to your space on the transition bike rack.
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Run Course: The run course is just under 4.5 miles.
Runners head east/right on Perdido Beach Blvd (Hwy 182) from the transition area.
The run turnaround is at just under 2.5 miles at the Gulf State Park Romar Beach Access.
Volunteers will direct into the beach access parking lot where you will turn around and head back west on Perdido Beach Blvd.
The race finish line is adjacent to the race transition area back at the Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion.
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Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are easily accessible. Located on the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Mobile.
Great maps and directions are available through the ALABAMA GULF COAST CONVENTION AND VISITORS CENTER