Recreation - Featured Events - Triathlon - Race Day

RACE DAY INFORMATION

Critical Locations and Times

  • Race Start: 7:30 am
  • Race Start Location: Front beach, east of the Sanctuary, access through boardwalk #27. In the event of a change in the ocean current, swimmers will be notified race morning of an alternate swim start and shuttles will transport accordingly.
  • Race Venue: Night Heron Park (body marking, chip distribution, bike check-in) at TA entrance at Night Heron Park (near bridge)
  • Event Finish Line: Night Heron Park
  • Facebook: Kiawah Island Triathlon

Parking

Off Island Athletes
All athletes staying off-island will be directed to the parking area at the Night Heron Park soccer field.

On Island Athletes
Athletes staying on Kiawah Island are encouraged to walk or bike to the race venue at Night Heron Park. Island Maps are provided at the desk at the Nature Center.

triathlon-runnerAthletes' Race Day Prep

1) Packet Pick-up

  • 5:30am - 6:30am
  • Location: TA entrance at Night Heron Park (near bridge)
  • All athletes must have a valid government issued photo ID to pick up their packet.

2) Body Marking and Chip Distribution

  • 5:30 am – 6:45 am
  • Location: TA entrance at Night Heron Park (near bridge)
  • Race bib is required for body marking. DO NOT APPLY SUNSCREEN UNTIL AFTER BODY MARKING.
  • Chips: Timing chip is to be worn at all times during the race. Volunteers will remove chips in the finish chute after the race. All chips must be returned! There will be a $30 fee for un-returned chips.
  • Bibs: During the run, your bib number must be on the front of your body. You can use the pins you were given to pin it to the shirt you'll be wearing during the run or you may use a number belt.

3) Bike Drop-off and Stage Equipment

  • 5:30 am – 6:45 am
  • TA at Night Heron Park Parking lot (ocean side)
  • As an amenity to our athletes, we are providing an optional bike check-in on Saturday (during packet pick-up hours). Overnight police security will be provided.
  • Only athletes will be allowed in the TA.

4) Confirm Your Race Numbers Are Ready

  • At Packet Pick-up you received three race numbers:

1. The smallest number has self-adhesive and is to be placed on the side of your bike helmet.
2. The middle sized number is your run bib. Use provided safety pins to attach to the front of running shirt.
3. Long piece has self-adhesive and should be attached to the cross bar of your bike.

5) Restrooms and Final Fueling

  • Restrooms, water and Heed Sports Drinks are available inside the TA. Additional restrooms are also located on the Night Heron Park Deck.

6) Get to the Race Start

Walking

  • Access the beach via Boardwalk 18 (adjacent to TA). Once on the beach, simply follow the ‘Race Start’ signs.

Shuttle (athletes only)

  • 6:15 am – 7:00am
  • Pick up shuttle on Sea Forest Drive outside TA (athletes only).
  • Shuttles will transport athletes from Night Heron Park to the boardwalk nearest the race start.
  • Don't Forget your Swim Cap!

7) Article Storage

  • To use Article Storage, bring the synch bag received at packet pick up (clearly marked with your bib #) to swim start. Volunteers will be on hand to collect bags.
  • At the completion of the event, bags will be available at the Nature Center in NHP.
  • Valuables, such as wallets and cameras, should not be dropped off in article storage as staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • You are welcome to keep the bag as a keepsake, otherwise please turn it back into the Nature Center front desk.

Night Heron Grill

Located in the heart of Night Heron Park, a few steps from the Transition Area and event finish line.

  • Breakfast
  • 6am – 10am
  • Coffee, Juice, Croissants, Muffins, Bagels, Bananas, Apples and assorted snacks available for purchase.

  • Lunch
  • 10 am - 4pm
  • Serving delicious wraps, burgers, salads, and sandwiches in a casual relaxing outdoor environment.

Rules & Regulations(abridged)

Visit www.USATriathlon.org for a detailed explanation of all rules.

Transition Area (TA)

  • Only athletes will be allowed in the TA.

The Swim

  • Swim cap must be worn at all times.
  • Swimmers will start in waves.
  • If you miss your wave time, see our race staff. You will be placed in the last wave and you will have a penalty assessed.
  • All swimmers must circle the first and last buoy. However, in between you can swim on either side of the buoys.
  • If you experience trouble during the swim, roll over on your back and raise your hand and a lifeguard or kayaker will assist you.
  • Swimmers may stop and rest by holding on to kayaks without penalty as long as forward progress is not being made.

The Bike

  • Bike helmet must be on and buckled before you leave the transition area.
  • Do not mount your bike until you have passed the mount line, which will be outside of the transition area on Sea Forest Drive.
  • The entire bike course is open to vehicular traffic. The roads are coned and marked, but you must always be alert to traffic.
  • Stay as far to the right as safely possible and pass only on the left.
  • Drafting is not allowed.
  • There is one Aid Station (water only) on the bike course (mile 16).
  • You must dismount your bike before the dismount line.
  • Do not unbuckle your helmet until after you have re-racked your bike.
  • The dismount line is located on Sea Forest Drive outside the TA and will be clearly marked.
  • Trek Bicycle Store of Mt. Pleasant will be providing limited support on the bike course.

The Run

  • Bib number must be visible during the run.
  • The course is well marked (follow the cones and arrows) and volunteers will be there to help.
  • Four aid stations will supply both water and Heed Sports Drink). They are located at approximately mile 1.5, 2.8, 3.8 and 4.5.

General

  • Penalty or disqualification could occur if police officers and course marshals are not obeyed.

Post-Race Information

Finish Line Party & Awards

Party: 9:30am-12pm | Awards: 11:15am

Everyone is welcome to the Finish Line Celebration at Night Heron Park. It will feature live music by Unkle Funkle, pasta and yogurt bar, and beer. Complimentary to bibbed athletes only - please keep your bib visible. Night Heron Grill will be open throughout the day for spectators.

Finish Line Party Menu


Pasta Salad Bar

Penne Pasta & Three Cheese Tortellini
Grilled SC Range Chicken, Grape Tomatoes, Baby Spinach & Mushrooms
Shaved Parmesan, Steamed Broccoli, Roasted Peppers & Green Goddess Vinaigrette

Chickpea and Cilantro Hummus with Roasted Select Local Vegetables and Pita Chips

Herbed Citrus Tabuleh Vinaigrette


Varietal Greek Yogurt Bar

Almonds, Granola, Fresh Select Berries and Chocolate Chips

Fresh Baked Corn Muffins & Assorted Bagels
Honey Nut Butter & Jelly


Lost and Found

For articles lost in and around the race venue or on the course, please check at the front desk at the Heron Park Nature Center or call 843.768.6001. Hours of Operation: 8:30am-5pm

Contact Information

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Phone: (843)768-2780
Fax: (843) 768-6022
Kiawah_Triathlon@KiawahResort.com