Sandman Triathlon will not take place in 2015. Results and photos from previous races will remain on this website until February 1, 2015. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the Neptune Festival office at (757) 498-0215.
Push yourself beyond the normal road race or bike-a-thon. The Sandman Triathlon is one of the areas best triathlons, attracting talent from all over to compete from the water through the streets of Virginia Beach. This grueling test of physical conditioning includes a 750 meter open ocean swim, 14-mile bike ride, and 5K (3.1-mile) run. Once the field has finished, we ease the recovery process with a great after-party. Cool off with a tasty beverage and reward yourself for the trials you just completed!
SANDMAN TRIATHLON EVENT SCHEDULE:
Saturday, September 20, 2014: 1:00-6:00 PM
PACKET PICK-UP & REGISTRATION: Final Kick Sports in Virginia Beach.
All athletes are required to come to packet pick-up. There you will need to show a picture ID to get your packet. In addition to a picture ID, you must either show your USA Triathlon membership card (annual members) or fill out the USA Triathlon one-day insurance form. EVEN IF YOU HAVE PAID THE $12 ONE-DAY PERMIT FEE WITH YOUR ENTRY, YOU ARE STILL REQUIRED TO FILL OUT AND SIGN THE USAT FORM. USA Triathlon requires that each athlete pick up their own packet. You may not pick up packets for other family members or friends.
THERE IS NO PACKET PICK-UP ON RACE DAY! If there is no way that you can make it to packet pick-up on Saturday, September 20th, make alternative arrangements with the Race Director, Betty Virok, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2014.
Sunday, September 21, 2014:
5:30 AM: Transition area opens
7:30 AM: First wave of athletes starts the race
8:06 AM: Last wave of athletes starts the race
8:35 AM: First athlete finishes
8:51 AM: Swim course closes
10:06 AM: Bike course closes
10:30 AM: Post-Race party begins
(LunaSea Restaurant | 206 22nd Street | Virginia Beach, VA 23451)
11:06 AM: Race course closes, finish line shut down
11:30 AM: Awards ceremony begins (at Post-Race party location)
SWIM COURSE: 750 meter Ocean Swim | 45 minute time limit
The swim will be conducted in the direction of the current. Regardless of the direction, athletes will exit the water at 24th Street.
IF THE CURRENT IS HEADING NORTH:
The swim will begin just north of 18th Street and head north. Each wave will run into the water at the sound of the horn, swim out approximately 50 meters, go around the turn buoy and parallel the beach. Swimmers will exit the water at 24th Street and run across the beach to the ramp leading to the boardwalk. Athletes will enter the transition area using the northeast entrance to the 24th Street Park.
IF THE CURRENT IS HEADING SOUTH:
The swim will begin at 30th Street and head south. Each wave will run into the water at the sound of the horn, swim out approximately 50 meters, go around the turn buoy and parallel the beach. Swimmers will exit the water at 24th Street and run across the beach to the ramp leading to the boardwalk. Athletes will enter the transition area using the northeast entrance to the 24th Street Park.
Wet suits will be permitted as per the USA Triathlon rule book. All athletes may wear wet suits with no affect on placing if the water temperature is 78 degrees or below. For water temperatures between 79 and 84, athletes may wear wet suits but ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for awards. Above 84 degrees, no athletes are permitted to wear wet suits. Anticipated water temperature is 72-75 degrees.
BIKE COURSE: 13.9 mile flat road course | 1 hour, 15 minutes time limit
Athletes will be required to run/walk their bicycles out of the transition area at 24th Street Park. Once they have cleared the timing mat area, athletes will mount their bikes and head north in the eastern-most lane of Atlantic Avenue. At the Cavalier Hotel, bicyclists will turn right to continue north on Atlantic Avenue to the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Shore Drive. Athletes will then turn left and head west in the outside lane of Shore Drive. After travelling approximately 3 miles on Shore Drive, athletes will do a U-turn in Shore Drive and return east in the inside westbound lane of Shore Drive until they reach Atlantic Avenue. Bicyclists will head south on Atlantic Avenue following the reverse of the outbound leg of the course. Athletes will be required to dismount from thier bikes in a clearly marked area before crossing the timing mats. Athletes will then walk/run back to their designated rack.
Aerobars and disk wheels are permitted on the bike. NO DRAFTING IS ALLOWED and variable time penalties will be assigned according to the USA Triathlon rule book. Roving draft marshals will be on the course monitoring bike positions.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO BICYCLES MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE TRANSITION AREA UNTIL THE LAST CYCLIST HAS RETURNED FROM THE BIKE COURSE. At that time, you must match your bib number with your bike frame number before removing your bike from the area.
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RUN COURSE: 3.1 mile run on VB Boardwalk | 1 hour time limit
Athletes will exit the southeast corner of the 24th Street Park. Runners will head south on the boardwalk until they reach the end where they will make a U-turn and head north. Runners should keep to the right as much as possible regardless of whether they are heading north or south at the time. The finish line will be located on the boardwalk just before 24th Street. Once crossing the finish line, athletes will be directed toward the beach where they will find post-race refreshments such as bagels, fruit, water and fluid replacement beverages.
For more information call (757) 498-0215