ABOUT THE EVENT:This two-day festival of events takes place at Nolte State Park and includes a Half-Iron Triathlon, Endurance Duathlon on Saturday, as well as a Half-Marathon, Olympic Triathlon & Duathlon and Sprint Distance Triathlon on Sunday. [br] [br]The Park is located five miles north of Enumclaw, Washington at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains (just 40 miles from downtown Seattle, WA). This beautiful, scenic countryside serves as the gateway to Mt. Rainier National Park and provides one of the best cycling courses in the Seattle area.
SWIM - 1.2 mi [br]Participants will make two diamond shaped clockwise loops (buoys on swimmers right side) in crystal clear Deep Lake located within Nolte State Park. Water temperature is expected to be between 64 - 68 degrees (full wetsuits are recommended). [br] [br]MARKING: Large orange swim buoys (40" diameter) will designate the swim course. Kayakers, resident penguins and medics and will be positioned on the water to support the swimmers. Medical support will be present on the beach. [br] [br]WATER TEMPERATURE: Water temperature is expected to be around 65 degrees. The temperature will be taken on Friday and the morning of the race. A full wetsuit is recommended. [br] [br]BIKE - 56 mi [br]CLICK HERE FOR COURSE MAP [br] [br]The Half Iron Bike Course has taken on a dramatic change from past years and is now comprised of two loops of the Olympic Bike Course along with a short loop to the south of Nolte State Park. Total course length is 56 miles. Begin by heading north on the Veazie-Cumberland Rd to the junction of Retreat Kanaskat & Kanaskat-Kangley Roads (5.7 miles). Bear right onto the Kanaskat-Kangley Rd to the junction of the Kent-Kangley Rd (8.6 miles). Turn right and head west on the Kent Kangley towards the town of Kent. You will pass the Retreat-Kanaskat road and turn right onto 292nd Ave SE (14.65 miles). The next 1.4 miles is an out & back on 292nd, then continue west on the Kent-Kangley for 0.6 miles to TA Point #2 (15.25 miles). Head back east and bear right onto the Retreat Kanaskat Rd (16.05 miles) and the junction of Veazie-Cumberland & Kanaskat-Kangley Roads (19.15 miles). Bear right onto the Veazie-Cumberland Rd and head south back to Nolte State Park (24.75 miles). Continue south past the park for 3.2 miles to SE 416th St where you will turn left (27.95 miles). Travel east for a short distance before 416th turns left (north) and becomes 292nd Way SE. You will merge back onto the Veazie-Cumberland Rd at about the 29.7 mile mark and continue north back past Nolte State Park (31.20 miles) to begin the second loop to the north. This second loop is identical to the first loop to the north and you will finish the ride by turning into Nolte State Park and the transition Rd (56 miles). Note! You will NOT ride south past the park a second time. [br] [br]The bike course is on nicely paved country roads over some rolling hills. The first 1.4 mile out & back on 292nd Ave SE is a gentle grade up to the TA Point, then downhill back to the Kent-Kangley Rd. All major turns are monitored by the King County Sheriff (11 total officers) who will provide you with the right-of-way at all times. [br] [br]RUN - 13.1 mi [br]Flat to gentle rolling hills, this looped course is on quiet county roads, with a finish on a wide dirt trail that circles the lake. Do expect to see light vehicle traffic (local residents). [br] [br]SPECIAL NOTE: There is a 1/4-mile section of the run course that is rough (pot-holes and gravel). We have spent many hours with the county and local authorities to try to come up with a solution (fix it, or different course). We have had no luck in acheving a solution, as the residence do not want the road fixed (it keeps the traffic slowed down), and there is no safe, logistical option for a new run course. We have talked with athletes that do the event, and the feed back is that they do not mind the small inconvenience in lew of cancelling the event. Additionally, we had some people in the Olympic Du miss a turn on the course in 2007. We will have better signage, and a race manager located that that location. [br] [br]CLICK HERE FOR COURSE MAP [br] [br]AID STATIONS: Aid stations will be located approximately every other mile, as well as at the transition zone and the finish line. Porta Potties will be located approximately every three miles. [br] [br]MARKING: The run course will be marked with white lime & large pin
LODGING & GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Best Western Peppertree Inns - 15 min from Enumclaw (Rates: $69.95 for 1 bed; $79.95 for 2)
Kings Motel (888) 886-5118
Park Center Hotel (360) 825-4490 [br] [br]- Camping is available at Kanaskat-Palmer State Park (888) 226-7688 (4 miles from Nolte State Park), www.parks.wa.gov [br] [br]- RV camping is available at the King County Fairgrounds. (360) 825-7777; 1421 Cole St, Enumclaw [br] [br]Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce (360) 825-7666, www.enumclawchamber.com [br] [br]DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS: [br]Located north of the town of Enumclaw, WA on the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. [br] [br]FROM I-5 NORTH: MILES BETWEEN POINTS TOTAL MILES [br]1. Start downtown Seattle (Seattle Center) 0.0 0.0 [br] [br]2. Take I-5 south to I-90 to I-405 9.5 9.5 [br] [br]3. Exit 4: Renton / Enumclaw 6.0 15.5 [br] [br]4. Take RT 169 to Maple Valley / Enumclaw (stay in left-most lane) 0.6 16.1 [br] [br]5. Welcome to Maple Valley Sign (ramps to State Hwy 18) 11.1 27.2 [br] [br]6. Turn left onto the Kent / Kangley Rd (this road is clearly marked by a large sign above the intersection. Look for the following landmarks: 2.8 30.0 [br] [br] Sign for Covington / Kent State Hwy 516 [br] [br] Do-it Center Hardware Store (bright orange building on the right side of the road prior to the turn [br] [br] Dairy Queen (DQ) on near right side of the intersection [br] [br] 76 gas station on the far right side of the intersection [br] [br] Texaco gas station on the far left side of the intersectio [br] [br]7. Covington Rd (not a traffic light) 2.4 32.4 [br] [br]8. Bike TA Point (opposite 35mph sign closest to Int Kent / Kangley Rd & 292nd Ave SE) 0.3 32.7 [br] [br]9. Int of Kent / Kangley Rd & 292nd Ave 0.6 33.3 [br] [br]10. Bear right onto the Retreat Kanasket Rd 0.2 33.5 [br] [br]11. Int of Retreat Kanasket Rd / Veazie-Cumberland Rd (bear right onto Veazie-Cumberland Rd) 3.1 36.6 [br] [br]12. Entrance to Kanaskat Palmer State Park 1.9 38.5 [br] [br]13. Town of Cumberland (at convenience store) 2.5 41.0 [br] [br]14. Entrance to Nolte State Park 1.3 42.3 [br] [br]FROM TACOMA: Take Highway 512 east to Puyallup. Take the exit for Highway 410 east (pass through the cities of Bonney Lake and Buckley). Highway 410 takes you through Enumclaw. [br] [br]FROM EAST OF ENUMCLAW: On SR 410, turn north on 284th Ave., S.E., (look for sign) and continue approximately seven miles to park entrance. [br]