HALF IRON COURSE
Are YOU Tough Enough to Conquer the Bluff?
July 16, 2017
DATE OF RACE
This challenging Half Iron course begins with a 1.2 mile swim in the clear waters of Horseshoe Bay. The 56.3 mile bike route travels along Door County’s scenic backroads, through the main retail district in Sturgeon Bay, along the shipping channel, out and back on a wooded back road and gradually ascends 200 feet up the famed Door County Bluff before returning to Murphy Park. The 13.1 mile run course takes participants north to the Egg Harbor Dock, up Harbor Heights Road, through the village of Egg Harbor, up the infamous Bluff Pass Road (200 foot climb in 1/2 mile), and through the stacked stone fences of Horseshoe Bay Golf Course before a downhill descent to the finish line.
Frank Murphy Park
Town of Egg Harbor
(Door County, Wisconsin)
Individual or Team (2-3 people)
Male & Female
14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Awards (Olympic-style medals with sewn ribbons) are provided to the top three finishers in each age group division and relay team division. The top three overall male and female individual finishers also receive engraved crystal lighthouses to commemorate their achievement. Participants may receive both an overall award and an age group award unless they choose to start in wave one (“elite wave”), in which case they are ineligible per USA Triathlon rules. The event offers no prize money.
PACKET PICK UP @ MURPHY PARK
Friday, July 14, 2017, Noon – 6 pm
Saturday, July 15, 2017, Noon – 6 pm
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 6 am – 7:30 am
PARKING (RACE DAY)
Parking on race day will be available at Horseshoe Bay Farms across from Murphy Park and just north of Horseshoe Bay Road on County Highway G (Egg Harbor Road). Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.
- Bike-to-Run Cutoff = 2:00 pm
- Overall Time Limit = 5:30 pm (8 1/2 hours after the start of the final wave)
- Run Course Closure: The run course rest stations will close at a pace of 16 minutes per mile beginning at 2 pm. So, for instance, the first run course rest station at mile 1 will close at 2:16 pm. The event’s Follow Vehicle will notify any slow moving participants if they are in danger of not meeting this schedule so they are aware that the fluid stations ahead of them will be closed. These participants will be offered free transportation back to Murphy Park, or, if they choose to continue, they will be offered a water bottle to carry but from that point on they must be self-supported.
- Note: These cut-off’s are subject to change on race day based on any delays or changes in the course distances related to weather incidents.
RELAY TEAM DIVISIONS
Male, Female, Mixed
RELAY TEAM INFORMATION
Teams will receive one timing chip corresponding to your bib number. The timing chip is your “baton.” It must be handed off between teammates in order for your time to be recorded. The timing chip must be worn ON THE ANKLE—not the wrist—at all times or the timing mats will not register your presence.
Your assigned location IN THE TRANSITION AREA is the hand-off point. All members of the team may enter this area but they must be body marked or wear a bib number and/or helmet sticker. When waiting in the Transition Area, stay out of the way of other competitors.
All members of the relay team may enter the FINISH AREA to receive their medals or have a group photo taken. Again, they must be body marked or wear a bib number and/or helmet sticker to enter.
RELAY TEAMMATES ALSO COMPETING AS INDIVIDUALS
Relay teams ARE allowed to have a team member as the swimmer who is simultaneously competing as an individual. These teams are cautioned on two issues. First, it is CRITICAL that this team member, who will be wearing more than one timing chip, NOT confuse their individual timing chip with the relay timing chip. Doing so may jeopardize the results, the overall standings and may result in disqualification. Second, this individual must go off in their age/gender wave rather than the relay team wave to avoid gaining an advantage in their age/gender bracket. This certainly creates a disadvantage for the team but that is the price of having chosen someone as your swimmer who is simultaneously competing as an individual. Avoiding an advantage for one competitor in the age/gender brackets trumps avoiding a relay team put at a disadvantage.
Select a split below to view more details about that aspect of the race.
SWIM WAVE ASSIGNMENTS
Per USA Triathlon guidelines, participants are assigned to swim waves by age and gender. WE DO NOT GRANT REQUESTS TO BE ASSIGNED TO SWIM WAVES WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, TRAINING PARTNERS, ETC. The only “special wave request” that will be honored is for those athletes who select “elite wave” when they register. The “Elite/Early Wave” is a mixed-gender mixed-age group wave of competitive triathletes who compete ONLY for overall rankings and are INELIGIBLE for age group rankings and age group awards. Age groups are the same as the competitive divisions listed above and include 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc. in five-year age brackets up to age 80+. Some swim waves (example: men age 30-39) will be larger than others due to the concentration of athletes in that demographic group. Since certain age brackets will have fewer competitors, some swim waves will include more than one age-gender bracket (example: women age 20-29 includes two brackets). Per USA Triathlon guidelines, the maximum swim wave size is 150. If there are more than 150 participants in a given age and gender bracket, that group will be split over two waves. The progression of waves in 2017 is as follows:
- elite wave
- relay team wave*
- age 50+ female age brackets
- age 50+ male brackets
- under-50 female waves (youngest to oldest)
- under-50 male waves (youngest to oldest)
*Note: If a relay team is anchored by a swimmer who is also competing as an individual, that team must begin in the wave of the individuals age/gender bracket or the individual will be disqualified.
The swim waves will be spaced a minimum of three minutes apart, per USA Triathlon guidelines. With 1,000 competitors, all swim waves will be sent off in less than one hour.
The Half Iron swim waves will begin at 8:00 am. Wave assignments, sizes and anticipated start times will be posted to the event website in early July.
The swim start is on the beach at Frank Murphy park, across from the pavilion and adjacent to the cement pier.
All swimmers are REQUIRED to wear a swim cap provided by the event organizers.
All participants MUST report to the swim start area 15 minutes prior to their scheduled wave start.
ROUND ORANGE guide buoys mark the route and should always be on the swimmers left side. They are located every 50 yards (150 feet) and are numbered 1 through 40.
LARGE TRIANGULAR ORANGE buoys mark the turns for the swimmers.
There will be more than 20 YMCA lifeguards trained in open water rescue assigned along the swim course route. Lifeguards and members of the local Sheriff’s department will be in rowboats, paddleboards, pontoon boats, personal water craft, and swimming freely. DNR boats and/or Coast Guard cutters will be stationed on the outside perimeter of the course to keep recreational watercraft away.
Swimmers exit the water via the boat launch ramp which will be carpeted.
Volunteers on the ramp will assist with wetsuit removal.
WETSUITS ARE REQUIRED OF HALF IRON PARTICIPANTS
Although the average water temperature in Horseshoe Bay in late July exceeds 70 degrees Fahrenheit, Half Iron participants MUST HAVE a wetsuit available in case of cold water temperatures. If water temperatures are below 65 degrees, wetsuits will be REQUIRED of Half Iron participants. In such a scenario, Half Iron participants without wetsuits will not be allowed to compete. If the water temperature exceeds 65 degrees, participants will not be required to wear wetsuits. If the water temperature exceeds 78 degrees, participants will not be allowed to wear wetsuits in accordance with USA Triathlon rules. Finally, if conditions are dangerous (water temperature below 60 degrees and/or very heavy chop), race organizers reserve the right to abbreviate or cancel the swim portion of the triathlon. In no case will there be refunds or rebates.
Only participants and volunteers will be permitted in the transition area. Bikes MUST BE WALKED in the transition area. Mount/Dismount Zones are located just outside the transition area. When removing your bike from the transition area after finishing, please stay out of the way of participants who are still “on the clock”.
BIKE ROUTE: 56.3 MILES
BIKE COURSE MAP
BIKE COURSE ELEVATION CHART
The bike course follows the shoreline along Bay Shore Drive, passing through the shopping district along Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay before making an out-and-back loop into the flat agricultural roads in Sevastopol on the eastern side of the peninsula. After looping back through Sturgeon Bay, the bike route climbs through the hills and cherry orchards north of Sturgeon Bay before dropping back onto Bay Shore Drive and returning to Murphy Park.
BIKE ROUTE DETAILS
Cut-off Time for Completion of Bike Event = 2:00 pm (see above)
Bike helmets are required. No exceptions.
Bar ends covering the opening on the end of the bike’s handlebars are required.
All bikes are required to display a bike number.
Crossing the centerline of the road is prohibited and grounds for automatic disqualification.
BIKE COURSE FLUIDS: Fluids will be available at the start and on the course at mile markers 5, 15, 28, 40, and 50. On average, that translates to a bottle exchange every 11 miles! Sports-capped 20-ounce water bottles will be handed out at each bottle exchange. These bottles will ride comfortably in bike cages. Gatorade Endurance Formula sport bottles will be available at all of the bottle exchanges. The Gatorade bottles WILL ride comfortably in bike cages. Participants are welcome to supply their own bike bottle and fluids if they so choose.
HAMMER GEL: Hammer Gel will be available on the course at mile markers 15 and 40. Flavors include raspberry, espresso, huckleberry, apple-cinnamon, vanilla, and peanut butter-chocolate.
ON COURSE BIKE SUPPORT: Local bike shop In Competition (Green Bay) will provide on-course bike support.
COURSE MARSHALS: Course marshals and public safety officers are stationed throughout the course and at all turns.
Drafting (following within approximately three bike lengths on the rear wheel of a participant in front of you) is prohibited. Draft marshals on motorcycles will patrol the course for violations. Participants caught drafting will be assessed penalties to their bike finish time.
1 violation = 4 minutes
2 violations = 8 minutes
3 violations= disqualification
RUN ROUTE: 13.1 MILES
RUN COURSE FLUIDS: Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available in the transition are and at the finish line. In addition, there will be NINE on course fluid stations offering water and Gatorade Endurance Formula at mile markers 0 (Start), 1.5, 3.1, 4.2, 5.5, 7.1, 8.0, 9.7, 10.8, and 12.3. On average, this translates to a water station every 1.3 miles.
HAMMER GEL: Hammer Gel will be available on the course at mile markers 3.1 and 8.0. Flavors include raspberry, espresso, huckleberry, apple-cinnamon, vanilla, and peanut butter-chocolate.
In keeping with the overall 8.5 hour time limit (5:30 pm barring delays) and the 2 pm bike-to-run cutoff, the run course rest stations will close at a pace of 16 minutes per mile beginning at 2 pm. The event’s Follow Vehicle will notify any slow moving participants if they are in danger of not meeting this schedule so they are aware that the fluid stations ahead of them will be closed. These participants will be offered free transportation back to Murphy Park, or, if they choose to continue, they will be offered a water bottle to carry but from that point on they must be self-supported.
Participants should be aware that many portions of the bike and run courses are open to motor vehicle traffic. Even the “closed” sections of the course have residential housing and it is possible that a car could emerge from a driveway despite our best efforts to notify the public about the event. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ALERT TO THE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF MOTOR VEHICLES ON THE COURSE. Course marshals and public safety officers are stationed throughout the course and at all turns to help prevent collisions.
The finish area is located in the south end of Murphy Park on the beach, the parking lot and the pavilion.
Observation bleachers will be available to spectators along the finish line chute.
The post-race party includes free water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, beer, soda, bagels, fruit, and a pig & corn roast. Each participant will have bib tags for a pulled pork sandwich, a roast cob of corn and two beers.
A DJ will be playing music and announcing names all day long at the finish line.
Volunteers will assist in removing timing chips.
USA TRIATHLON RULES
USA Triathlon rules apply to all aspects of the Door County Triathlon. A complete listing of the rules can be found at www.usatriathlon.org
Every finisher receives a medal.
Additional awards are given to:
Top 3 Overall Male & Female Athletes
Top 3 Male & Female Athletes in each age category
Top 3 Relay Teams in 3 Categories: Male, Female, Mixed
Door County Triathlon currently offers no prize money.