Tri and Aqua-bike Swim Course: 400 Meter Pool Swim
The swim will take place in the competition pool at the Club at Spindletop Hall and will be 400 meters in length. The swim will be “snake style” so swimmers will swim down and back in each lane, always staying to the left in the direction they are swimming. Upon returning to the start end of the pool, swim under the lane line to enter the next lane until you’ve completed all eight. Flip turns are optional. Athletes will be required to sit and slide into the pool and will be instructed to “go” when it is time for them to start. THERE WILL BE NO DIVING OR JUMPING allowed for the start of the swim. Any athlete that jumps or dives to start the race will be disqualified, no exceptions! There will be 15 seconds of spacing between athletes.
Once the last swimmer has entered the pool, all swimmers in the pool will have 20 minutes from that point to complete the swim. If you have not completed the swim by then, you will be asked to forfeit your timing chip. We do this because we have a limited time window for use of the bike course, so significantly delaying entry onto the bike course could jeopardize our ability to meet the deadlines required by the police and Spindletop. We appreciate your understanding. If you don’t think you can complete the swim, we encourage you to find a swimmer and do a relay, or do the duathlon.
Duathlon Course: Run: 2 miles
The initial leg of the duathlon will start on the road next to the pool and will be an out and back behind and to the east of the Spindletop property on paved roads.
Tri, Du and Aqua-bike Bike Course: 12.6 miles
-Leave transition area and go right on drive and around loop in front of Spindletop Hall
-Proceed out main drive to a right onto Iron Works Pike. The run course will also be on the shoulder on Iron Works for a 1/2 mi. stretch, so you MUST stay on the roadway and off the shoulder.
-Cross Newtown Pike and then turn left onto Mt. Horeb Pike
-Follow signage and volunteers to the turnaround
-Return using the same route
Bike course detail within Spindletop property
For Aqua-bikers, their time will stop once they have crossed the timing mat coming back into the transition area after the bike leg of the event. We encourage them to come across the finish line anyway to receive their finisher’s medal, but this is not required. They can walk to the back side of the finish area to receive their medal as well.
Tri and Du Run Course: 3 miles
-Out of transition through the back of the parking lot and then left behind Spindletop. It is critically important that you stay on the roadway and do not throw trash into the grass or fields throughout the course in the UK Ag Department farm area (from the gate at Spindletop to Iron Works Pike). They have many experimental crops growing in the fields adjacent to the road, and if anything jeopardizes one of those experiments, or we are not good stewards of the property, we will not be permitted to use this run course again next year.
-Follow volunteers and signage out to a right on Iron Works Pike (onto shoulder)
-Run about 0.5 miles to turnaround at Newtown Pike
-Back on the same route to the finish in Spindletop parking lot.