Lake Meridian Tri #1 presented by OPT
General Course Information
Location: Lake Meridian Park
(course map and directions on Course tab of website)
Super Sprint: 1/4 mile swim, 15.8 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Sprint: 1/2 mile swim, 15.8 bike, 3.1 run
The swim starts about 50 yards out from shore. It’s a deep water start. Our race announcers will help you get to the right place at the right time. Be sure you’re in your wetsuit (if you’re wearing one) and ready to leave shore 15 minutes before your wave starts. Both full or sleeveless wetsuits are allowed but not required. Water temperature is in the low to mid 60's in June. Warm up to the right of the start area. The course is clockwise around the large colored buoys. Water temperature information can be found here.
The bike course is OPEN to traffic. Police Officers & volunteers will be stationed at intersections where bikes will be crossing traffic though. The shoulders on the roads are wide. Obey all rules of the road when riding your bike - including staying as far to the right as possible.
Bike Mechanics will be onsite before the race starts to make minor repairs or adjustments for bikes in ride-able condition. Please bring a bike to the race that is ready to go. But just in case something comes up, they’ll be bike mechanics close to transition. There will also be race support on the bike course to help you out if you run into trouble out there. But make sure you are prepared to fix a flat or put a chain back on. If we can’t get you up and going again, we’ll give you a lift back to transition.
There are some rolling hills on the course - primarily on the Lake Holm/Lake Moneysmith loop. There is a climb each direction on Kent-Black Diamond road too.
There will not be an aid station on the bike course. Bring what you need to fuel and hydrate your ride!
The course is 100% paved. The first and last .25 mile outside the park is on the shoulder of an open road. There will be City of Kent Police Officers and volunteers positioned there to keep everybody in the right spot though.
There is one very good hill on the Soos Creek Trail that you’ll arrive at .5 miles into the run. It’s a very nice steep downhill. Since the course is out and back, it will also occupy your attention when you’re .5 mile from the finish. We have some special volunteers on the run course who are there solely to give you some extra encouragement on your way up.
Aid station is sponsored by Maple Valley Physical Therapy.