POINTS OF INTEREST MAP
NOT ACTIVE YET - The interactive points of interest site map (above) is done in Google Maps. Once pulled up, simply scan the points of interest list on the left side and as you scroll over each listed item the point will highlight itself on the map. You'll have to zoom in from there to the desired area to see where each on is in more detail.
2.4-MILE / 3,862-Meters 2-LOOP SWIM COURSE
Staff, medical, kayaks, rescue boats, and lifeguards will be present on the swim course and on the shore at all times during the swim and reserve the right to pull any competitor from the course, at any time, for any reason they deem necessary.
The water will be between 76-80°F for the swim. Aside from possible waves and/or current this should not be a difficult swim. It’s Hawaii, the water is clear, clean, salty, and warm. This is an open water ocean swim. Hapuna Beach is nestled in somewhat of a protected cove although in bad weather the waves do pickup. In December the waves are typically calm but you can never tell what might happen out there, it’s the Pacific Ocean. To keep swimmers closer to shore, given the location and nature of the swim, we will be instituting a 2 loop course. All swimmers will mass start running the white sand beach into the water (run part optional) and swim counterclockwise around the buoys. There will be 4 yellow corner buoys. The first 3 mark left turns. The last yellow buoy marks a right turn. The first 3 buoys are on the swimmer’s left with the last yellow buoy being on the swimmer’s right. We will have at least one centered smaller orange buoy on both of the long swim lengths as guidance buoys meant to help keep swimmers going straight. Once swimmers turn right at the last yellow buoy they will head to shore (inflatable and flags). Once exited the swimmers will run for a moment on the beach u-turning around a marked flag to head back out, the same way they started, for their second loop. The second loop is preformed the exact same way as the first.
When exiting the second time support team member(s) may run with their athlete to transition where one permitted support team member may enter transition to assist the athlete in preparation for the bike leg of the event. We will have restrooms and an unmanned hydration/nutrition table available. There are no changing tents so you can either change in the restrooms, behind a towel, under a swim parka, or get naked and get it done quick.
This event may or may not be wetsuit legal. If the water temp is found to be 78°F/28.5°C or under then wetsuits will be legal. We will not likely know this or make a judgement until race morning so we suggest bringing a suit just in case. If we do not allow wetsuits on race morning swim skins are always allowed. If we do allow wetsuits we suggest perhaps sleeveless, as full length wetsuits in warm water could easily cause overheating.
CELL PHONE COVERAGE MAPS
Please note that we require all athletes to be logged into the RaceJoy tracking app during the event. Beyond that due to the high risk nature of this event we require that the athlete's cell phone be on them full charged not only for the tracking but also so that they have a constant means to communicate if/when needed. Foreign competitors will likely need to swap their SIM cards for a US one when they get to Kona at a local carrier. This is not expensive and will allow for international usage for data plans at MUCH more affordable rates. Anyone that has a US plan should be good to go but please be aware 10-18 hours of data usage will likely eat up a lot. If you're not on an unlimited plan it may make sense to be on one for the month of Dec. When looking at the maps below you are searching for Kona and specifically the areas of Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea, and Hawi.
112-MILE / 180-KILOMETER BIKE COURSE
We cannot overstate how hard this bike is. Starting out of T2 at the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is relatively flat on the Queen K. Once riders turn onto Waikoloa Rd things start to climb. From there it only gets more challenging. You start at sea level and begin climbing at about 9 miles. This climb (1 of 2) continues for the next 30+ miles. It’s a steady climb with grades ranging from 4-12% the entire time. At the course’s highest, riders will peak out at about 6,750’/2,060m of elevation (elevation, not total ascent). Keep in mind that in Dec, in Hawaii, at that elevation, the temperatures will no longer be the warm 75-85°F you started at and very well may have dropped to less than 40°F/4.5°C. The good news is after reaching that highest point of the bike, you descend, the bad news is that you’ll soon have to turnaround and ascend that decent. Your descend down the backside will be very fast and at times dangerous. It is a relatively straight road with very large shoulders and should be smooth as the entire road is brand new. This also means that riders tend to let the descent speed get away from them. Watch your speed and be responsible. Know that at around 55-miles is the u-turn and once turned around you immediately have to climb.
The u-turn will be marked and will have flaggers, however, it is on a decline and you will have to ride your brakes to be able to make it safely. Once cleared and turned around you follow the exact same path headed all the way back to transition at the resort. This course basically has two climbs, the first one, which is the longest at about 30+ miles and the second one on the return which is about 20-miles. Do not underestimate these. At the course’s highest point it will be cold and there’s the possibility of bad weather, even snow on rare occasions. For some people it may also mean labored breathing being at nearly 7,000’. But you are there briefly as you pass through. We recommend your support member(s) that are leapfrogging you in the support car (not following), have a variety of clothes and hydration/nutrition to account for heat, cold, and wet.
Also remember that this is an unsupported ride and all athletes must provide their own support member and vehicle that will stop at whatever mileage your team predetermines to handoff needed items. The shoulders and pullouts are big and at this time we are permitting teams to pull off anywhere on Saddle Road, miles 22-102 but not before our after that mileage. Be sure to note that USCSPC inspected/stickered helmets are required by our governing body (US inspected) and as a race we require every rider to have a solid white front light, blinking red back light, and neon reflective cycling vest on during the bike at all times. There are no exceptions to this. We also require each rider to carry his/her cell phone so that we can track them during the race. To see all mandatory items please click here.
SUPPORT IS NOT A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS BIKE, however it is highly recommended. Please see the SUPPORT TEAM page for additional details and options for personal support team vehicles.
EVENT MECHANICS & SAG SUPPORT
It is each athlete's individual responsibility to get their bike to and from Alohaman™ in working and safe order and maintain/fix it while on the bike course. We will not transport or be responsible for bikes in any way, at any time. We will be inspecting each bike in the morning as they enter the Swim/Bike Transition (T1) and securing them until the swim cutoff at 9:20am (or whenever you claim it to start your ride). Beyond that your bike is in your hands, and the hands of your support crew. Upon entering the Swim/Bike Transition (T1), If your bike is deemed to be unsafe and cannot be easily fixed, you will not be able to event. We "may" have limited bike support onsite but do not count on it. We will do our best to get some onsite mechanics but the island all together is remote and we may not be able to secure them. Being XTri, athletes are ultimately responsible for their own bike and it’s mechanics.
26.2-MILE RUN / 42.2-Kilometer COURSE
The run course is all paved on road with a mixture of asphalt and concrete. There is a moderate climb out of transition for a couple miles in the beginning as well as some rolling ascent throughout the first 10-miles but nothing too difficult. For those that start their run before sunset know that there is very little shade. It will be hot and windy. Those starting their run after sunset have to worry less about the sun.
Runners will head north (running on the shoulder and AGAINST traffic) on the Queen K until they reach the u-turn point at about 14 miles. There will also be a manned hydration/nutrition station there. Runners then head south back the way they came veering right (crossing the intersection) just after mile 23 to head back towards the resort. Once turned and headed back runners will enjoy a tough but rapid descent back towards the finish line. Don’t be fooled by the descent though, there’s still some climbing left in the last 2-miles to earn the right to be called an Alohaman!
SUPPORT IS NOT A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR THIS RUN, however it is highly recommended. Please see the SUPPORT TEAM page for additional details and options for support runners.