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2017 Course Talk Presentation

Download the following course talk presentation that will be given during our Race Expo on Saturday July 22nd and study all the valuable info for this year's event including course maps, transition maps, start/finish area instructions and much more.

2017 COURSE TALK

Swim Courses

Olympic Swim Course – 1.5 kilometers (.9 miles)

The start of the swim will be from the marina docks on the west side of E. 9th St. pier north of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. From the dock swimmers will proceed to the Start line in the water due west to the exit from the inner harbor, then turn right, heading north. Swimmers will head north toward the breakwall to the turn buoy mid way into the channel. Swimmers will return toward the entrance to the inner harbor heading south. Swimmers will proceed to a buoy at the entrance to the inner harbor, turning left. Swimmers will proceed eastbound to the docks and exit the water.  Participants will then proceed to the Transition Area on E. 9th Street.   

Sprint Swim Course - .4 miles

The start will begin from the marina docks anchored on the west side of E. 9th St. pier and north of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Athletes will exit the marina docks for a deep water start. Swim course will proceed southwest toward the north side of the inner harbor toward a buoy turning left and heading south to the second buoy. At the second buoy swimmers will make a left turn and head back to the marina docks exiting the swim. Swimmers will exit on to the marina docks and then run the ramp to the Transition area on E. 9th Street.  

Super Sprint Swim Course -- 300 yards

The start will begin from the marina docks anchored on the west side of E. 9th St. pier and north of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Athletes will exit the dock for a deep water start. Swim course will proceed southwest toward the middle of the inner harbor toward a buoy in the center. At 150 yards, swimmers will go around the turn buoy in a counter-clockwise-fashion and head back to the marina docks. Swimmers will exit on to the dock and then run the ramp to the Transition area on E. 9th Street.

Note: The SwimStream start process will be used.

 

        

 

Cycle Courses

 

Olympic Cycle Course – 24 miles (Three loops on Memorial Shoreway)

From the Transition area, cyclists will head south on E. 9th St. to the Memorial Shoreway. Cyclists will enter the Shoreway heading eastbound. The course goes approximately one mile eastbound, turning around counterclockwise and heading west in the northernmost lane of the eastbound Shoreway heading west. The course heads four miles west before a turnaround approximately 1/2 mile east of West Blvd and proceeds back on the eastbound Shoreway. Cyclists continue eastbound heading underneath the E. 9th Street Bridge until approximately one mile east of E. 9th St., where the 2nd loop will begin. The same procedure is used after the 2nd loop to begin the 3rd and final loop. After the 3rd loop, exit at E. 9th St. turning left and head north into the Transition area.

Sprint Cycle Course – 16 miles (Two loops on Memorial Shoreway)

From the Transition area, cyclists will head south on E. 9th St. to the Memorial Shoreway. Cyclists will enter the Shoreway heading eastbound. The course goes approximately one mile eastbound, turning around counterclockwise and heading west in the northernmost lane of the eastbound Shoreway heading west. The course heads four miles west before a turnaround approximately 1/2 mile east of West Blvd and proceeds back on the eastbound Shoreway. Cyclists continue eastbound heading underneath the E. 9th Street Bridge until approximately one mile east of E. 9th St., where the 2nd loop will begin. After the 2nd loop, exit at E. 9th St. turning left and head north into the Transition area.

Super Sprint Cycle Course – 8 miles (One loop on Memorial Shoreway)

From the Transition area, cyclists will head south on E. 9th St. to the Memorial Shoreway. Cyclists will enter the Shoreway heading eastbound. The course goes approximately one mile eastbound, turning around counterclockwise and heading west in the northernmost lane of the eastbound Shoreway, heading west. The course heads four miles west before a turnaround approximately 1/2 mile east of West Blvd and proceeds back on the eastbound Shoreway. Cyclists continue eastbound, exit at E. 9th St. turning left and head north into the Transition area.

 

Run Courses

 

Olympic Run Course - 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)

Exit E. 9 Pier heading South.
Turn Left on to Memorial Shoreway heading east. Proceed for 1.35 miles east to turnaround.
Turnaround, head west and proceed to E. 9th St.
At E. 9th, a turnaround (and fluid station) will return to heading east for loop 2 on the Shoreway.
At turnaround (1.35 east of E. 9th St. and 3.75 miles into the 10k course) turnaround and head west.
At E. 9th, turn left (south) up hill to Lakeside, turn right.
Turn Right W. 3rd. Proceed north of Cleveland Stadium to Finish Line (follow Super Sprint description).

Sprint Run Course – 3.1 miles

Exit E. 9 Pier heading South.
Turn Left on to Memorial Shoreway heading east. Proceed for 1 mile east to turnaround.
Turnaround, head west and proceed to E. 9th St.
At E. 9th, turn left (south) up hill to Lakeside, turn right.
Turn Right W. 3rd. Proceed north of Cleveland Stadium to Finish Line (follow Super Sprint description)

Super Sprint Run Course – 1.5 miles

From the Transition area, runners will head south on E. 9th St. to Lakeside then turning right, westbound. Runners will proceed west on Lakeside to W. 3rd St, turning right, northbound. Runners will proceed on W. 3rd St. around and to the north of Cleveland Stadium. Runners will proceed on the brick pavers to the north of the Great Lakes Science Center along the perimeter of North Coast Harbor. The run continues under the overhang on the southwest side of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and finishes adjacent to the skate park west of E. 9th St.

 

        

 


Youth Courses

Age groups:  7-10 years old and 11-14 years old

Finish Line Map
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Aid Stations

Aid Stations will be available at different points along the Run course for athletes to stay hydrated. Each Aid Station will offer both Arrowhead Spring Water and Herbalife H30. Look for aid stations at the following locations:

  • Exiting Transition on the E. 9th St Pier
  • Top of the Memorial Shoreway entrance ramp and E. 9th St.
  • On the Memorial Shoreway at the 5K turn around
  • Cleveland Triathlon Finishline behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

 

Swim Stream Start

Here's how the SwimStream start works:
  • Participants will be allowed to self-determine they start the swim portion of the Cleveland Triathlon.  Those with the fastest anticipated swim time will be encouraged to start in the earliest grouping or stream. For the Olympic Distance, this would be below 22 minutes; for the Sprint it would be below 11 minutes. 
  • The swim chute will be very similar to other swim starts you've seen.   Swimmers should line up in their appropriate anticipated time.  Note, just like a running event, we will not force someone in a specific time/pace with SuperSprint race going first, Sprint second, and Olympic third.  Where you line up in each race  on the honor system, but we encourage faster swimmers up front (regardless of age or category) and if you swim with friends, family, or club members this is even better.  Whatever makes you comfortable.  We want swimmers to have maximum comfort and relaxation when entering the harbor.
  • Once a stream enters the start chute, swimmers will move toward the end of the chute, cross the timing mat and proceed directly into the water. Similar to a funnel. Your time starts when you cross the SwimStream timing mat. We will have streams of approximately 75 swimmers each (e.g., 75 swimmers in the under-22-minute Olympic swim stream).  We will run streams of swimmers until we get 300 participants in the water. At this point, athletes will be allowed into the water as earlier streams of swimmers finish and come up onto the marina to exit the swim via ladders.  If necessary, we allow assistance in exiting the water. Lifeguards and our swim coordinators will assist in controlling the flow of the swimmers (like turning off and on a spigot).
  • Once the SuperSprint distance race is in the water, we will have a approximately 10 minute gap and then start the Sprint under-11 minute swimmers, and so on until all the competitors have left the docks and enter the water. The Sprint will start once the SuperSprint swimmers exit the water, and the Olympic starts after the Sprint swimmers are past the turn buoys.
  • We strongly encourage you to warm up prior to the swim.