|| The swim is a 1.2 mile ocean swim in the Narragansett Bay. Typically the water temperature is around 70 degrees so plan on using a wetsuit. You will enter the water out approximately 100 yds then swim along the beach and enter by the transition area. Fortunately the current usually is with you at this time of the morning.
The bike course is a 56 mile rolling course mainly on highways, with one hilly section of scenic Rhode Island. This is the same bicycle course that received high praise from participating triathletes in the 2003 event. Quadmultisport will provide mechanical support along the bicycle course.
The bike course starts by leaving the transition zone and heading north on Scenic 1A for 1.5 miles before turning right onto Old Boston Neck Rd. You go up a small hill before making a 180 degree turn back onto Scenic 1A South. As you pass the transition area, be sure to give a quick wave and smile to family and friends. Then you take a right onto Beach Street, another right onto Narragansett Avenue, and finally another right onto Mumford Rd going up a steep hill. Take a left onto the overpass and another left onto Route 1 South. Stay in the breakdown lane to the far right as possible for about 16 miles. Then take a right onto Kings Factory Rd where you encounter some climbing. Continue straight onto Shumankanuc Rd and take another left onto Burdickville Rd, curving around with ups and downs till you reach the first bottle exchange station at mile 22.5. This road is a bit bumpy with a few tight turns so caution is advised. After the bottle exchange take a right onto Route 91 and follow this road till you take a right at Kings Factory Rd, another right onto Shunkamunk Rd and back towards Burdickville Rd. At this point there are bikes crossing each other so the people farthest along Burdickville Rd heading south will have the right of way (same as last year). It's then down Kings Factory Rd taking a right onto the highway Route 1 South again till you get to the first set of lights in Westerly where the police will direct you around 180 degrees and so you head back North and to the second water bottle exchange. Now you have about 18 miles back to transition staying on Route 1 North except taking a right onto Camp Fuller Rd which will connect back onto the highway. It's then back to the overpass that you did early on taking a right onto the Wakefield exit, then a right onto Mumford Rd, down the hill, left onto Narraqansett Ave, left onto Beach and left into the transition area.
There are volunteers at every turn, police at the lights, and volunteers to direct the crossing of cyclists at the intersection of Burdickville and Shunkamunk. The water bottle exchange stations will have water and Heed. One of the locations will have hammergel, pretzels, and bananas. So fuel up!
The run course is a rolling 13 mile course. To begin the run, exit the transition zone and take a right onto Scenic 1A North. Continue going over the Sprague Bridge and Narrow River taking the first right onto Old Boston Neck Rd (Camp Varnum) going up a small shady hill and returning out to Scenic 1A North. This should seem familiar since it is the same little loop you did at the beginning of the bike course. After returning to Scenic 1A you take a right after crossing over the intersection and travel north on Scenic 1A a quarter of a mile turn. Turn left at the first road you come to which is also Old Boston Neck Rd, only on the other side of Scenic 1A. Travel down this road for a half mile and you take a right onto Secluded Dr and down to the end of the road, veering right onto a small path of 10-15 yards that connects you to another neighborhood. (Note you cannot drive your car through this path when you check out the run course.) After the path continue on the road taking a left onto West Bay Dr which blends in with Narrow River East Rd. Then do a 180 degree turn and head back the way you came on Narrow River East Rd. Take a right onto West Bay Rd and go through the small path up Secluded Dr. At the top of Secluded Dr you turn right and then take your next right going down the hill on Middlebridge Rd. Go over the new 2.5 million dollar bridge and travel down Middlebridge to the end. This road is shady and flat with a small hill just near the end. Do another 180 degree turn at the end of this road and head back over the bridge. At the top of the small hill after the new bridge at the end of Middlebridge Rd, you take a right turn onto Old Boston Neck Rd and head straight through the intersection you crossed over before. Then cross over and head back down Old Boston Neck Rd (Camp Varnum) through the shade, and down the small hill. Take a left onto Scenic 1A South. At this point your 1.3 miles from the Finish! When you pass the Dunes Club and the Canochet Beach Pavilion (where packet pick up was on Saturday) you go through the parking lot and onto the beach towards the finish. As you get closer to the Tower after running in the sand you will bear right into the parking lot and to the huge FIRM finish line. Yeah!!!
There will be water stops every mile with Heed at every other stop. Plus there will be pretzels, Hammergel and bananas on course. The run finishes on the beautiful Narragansett Beach with approx. 20,000 people on the beach cheering you on. The Newton Running Run Course will be marked with bright green arrows, and green circles indicate 180 degree turn arounds.
||Aquabike division available!
Please contact FIRM's official coaching organization, Vescio Multisport Performance Services (www.mpstraining.com), if you would like to have a triathlon coach help you prepare for this half iron event.
The top three finishers for elites, age groupers, athenas, clydesdales, and relay teams will receive medals and prizes. At the awards ceremony, Quadmultisport will hold a drawing for a Quintana Roo wetsuit.
FirmMan Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn, South Kingstown.
All reservations should be made by August 10, 2010 in order to get the group rate; Friday/ Saturday, $129.
After August 10th all rooms not reserved will be automatically released to the public.
Should anyone wish to make reservations online the group code is FIR. Here is the link to the hotel:
www.HolidayInn.com/skingstownri Link to the hotel is below in the link section.
FirmMan list of Hotels
Narragansett Chamber of Commerce 401-483-7121
Anchor Inn, Narragansett, R.I. 401-792-8550
Atlantic House, Narragansett, R.I. 401-783-6400
The Lighthouse, Narragansett, R.I. 800-336-6662
Ocean Rose, Narragansett, R.I. 401-783-4704
Sea Gull Guest House, Narragansett, 401-783-4636
The Village, Narragansett, R.I. 401-783-6767
Hamilton Village, N. Kingstown, R.I. 401-295-0700
Best Western, N. Kingstown, R.I. 800-524-8001
Welcome Inn, N. Kingstown, R.I. 401-884-9300
Kingstown Inn, S. Kingstown, R.I. 401-884-1160
Coachman Inn, S. Kingstown, R.I. 401-783-2516
Wickford Motor Inn, N. Kingstown, R.I. 401-294-4852
Crystal Penguin, Charlestown, R.I. 401-364-0062
Phil & Annís Sunset MotelCharlestown, 401-364-3321
Shelter Harbor Inn, Westerly, R.I. 401-322-8883
Comfort Suites, West Warwick, RI 800-228-5150
Comfort Inn Airport, West Warwick 401-732-0470
Mainstay Suites, Warwick, RI 401-732-6667