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buster britton memorial triathlon
brought to you in part by the official bike shop
of the Buster Britton Triathlon
June 9, 2012
400 yd swim / 13 mi bike / 3 mi run
Oak Mountain State Park, Birmingham AL
Best of USA Amateur Competition Alabama State Qualifer
Welcome to the Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon!
This great triathlon tradition continues, celebrating 26 years in 2012. Join us at this beautiful Alabama State Park Venue 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.
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
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