Schedule, Friday, September 8
Packet Pick-up @ Nolte State Park
Nolte State Park is open to the public from dawn until dusk - you are more than welcome to visit the park anytime. There is no lifeguard but swimming is always permitted at your own risk. There are no overnight accommodations.
Schedule, Saturday September 9- Race Day
7:15 - Park opens, Transition/Packet Pick Up Opens
8:30 - Pre-race briefing
8:45 - Sprint Course Tri Males Start
8:50 - Sprint Course Tri Females
9:00 - Long Course Tri Males Start
9:05 - Long Course Tri Females/Relay Teams Start
11:00- Food and Beer Garden Open
11:15- Sprint Triathlon Awards
3:00 - Long Course Triathlon Overall & Relay Awards
4:00 - Long Course Triathlon Age-Group Awards
Friday at Nolte State Park 4-6 PM
Saturday at Nolte State Park 7:15-8:15 AM
Because Nolte is a Washington State Park, a Discover Pass is required to park in their parking lot. If you plan to come to the park on Saturday and park in the lot, you will need to display an annual Discover Pass or purchase a one-day pass at the park for $10.
Parking will be a challenge on race day. There are more than 100 spots available in the main parking lot and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. PLEASE NOTE - absolutely no one will be permitted to drive out of the parking lot until the last bike has returned which we expect at around 3:30PM.
Parking will also be available in Cumberland - about 2 miles away - and a shuttle bus will be running throughout the day taking athletes, spectators
We’ll award the top-3 men and women of each race and pull them from the Age Group Results. Then the top-3 age-group finishers in 5 year age groups will be awarded. (20-24, 25-29, etc.) See the schedule for the approximate time of the awards celebrations. All finishers will receive a medal.
Relay team must consist of at least two members (one person CANNOT compete in all three legs of a relay). A relay team will be assigned one bib number: the swimmer will pick up the swim cap and timing chip, the biker will pick up the bike number and helmet stickers and the runner will pick up the bib number. Relay teams will transfer the timing chip and ankle strap at their transition spot in the transition area. Relay members don’t have to stay in that area during the entire race, but you must transfer your chips there! All three relay members will receive a finisher medal. (Please have a team members come to the finish for their medals).
Raise the Bar's Black Diamond Triathlon & Half Marathon have an incredible resource of volunteers who support the athletes leading up to on race day. There are many athletes, family members, and community members that come out to help and we're grateful! They're easy to identify by their bright green shirt. If you or someone in your support crew would like to join them, please send an email to email@example.com. RTB Events will work to make sure they are placed into a position they enjoy and works with their schedule. And we will feed them a meal too!
During the race spectators can enjoy the beautiful Nolte State Park that has a swimming beach, child's play area (which will be open!) public restrooms, picnic tables, and a great race to watch! Spectators can enjoy a hot meal for a suggested donation of $5 a person - $10 a family. (registered athletes and volunteers eat for free). Lunch will start at about noon.
**Please remind your friends and family that only athletes are allowed in the transition area.
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park. 3.5 miles from Race Venue
For reservations: www.parks.wa.gov or call 888-CAM-POUT. Campground tends to be full this time of year - so plan ahead!
Best Western Peppertree Inn (Auburn): 18 miles from race (253) 887-7600
Park Center Hotel (Enumclaw): 6.5 miles from race (360) 825-4490
Comfort Inn (Auburn) 16 miles from race: (253) 333-8888
Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce www.enumclawchamber.com
General Course Information
Location: Nolte State Park
36921 Veazie Cumberland Road
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Long Course Triathlon: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Sprint Triathon: .5 mile swim, 11.4 mile bike, 2.8 mile run
For Specific Course Information, visit the Course Pages.
The swim starts on the beach. Deep Lake is typically colder than surrounding lakes. We anticipate temperatures in the 70's. Typically, Both full or sleeveless wetsuits are recommended. PLEASE WARM UP IN THE WATER. You may warm up on the course before the start or to the left of the swim start. The course is clockwise around the large triangular buoys. The Half Iron Course is a two-loops but it does not return to shore after the first loop. The Sprint Course is one smaller loop. Watch for details on the course page or in the pre-race materials sent to you via email. Please consult the course page to view the map. There is no swim cut-off, however, we're hopeful all swimmers will be exited from the water by around 10:10.
The bike course is OPEN to traffic and on race day you are held to the same standard as you would be on a regular bike ride.
This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All USAT rules will apply. Find the Cycling Rules HERE. Please read the rules so you know what not to do on race day! (and avoid getting a time penalty) Some of the most important rules are:
Police Officers will be stationed at any corner where vehicles need to be slowed or stopped for rider safety. Their job is to monitor and control traffic (not athletes!). Volunteers will be positioned at all significant intersections. Their job is to encourage you and make sure you're going the right direction. RTB volunteers are rabidly dedicated to these tasks - follow their directions! Athletes are required to be alert and obeying all rules of the road to avoid any preventable mishaps on the course.
Bike Mechanics will be onsite on race morning to make minor repairs or adjustments for bikes in ride-able condition. Please bring a bike to the race that is prepared for race day. There will also be support on the bike course to help fix flats, make minor adjustments, or offer assistance back to transition. It's important that you're prepared to fix a flat or put a chain back on.
There will be aid stations on the bike course that will provide water, gels, and sports drink. More details will be available in the coming weeks on position of the aid stations, so check back here!
There is no bike cut-off, however, we're hopeful all half Iron bikers will be headed out on the run by 2:45 PM.
Aid stations will be available on the run course for Long Course Triathletes. The Sprint Tri run course remains on the trail around the park and there is no food/hydration planned at this time.