> I haven't done this race, but I watched it in its inaugural year and assume
> things have improved since then.
They haven't. If anything, last year they were worse.
There were no buoys in the water. you got to approximate where you
thought the race course was. There were lifeguards in the water in the
general area where the turns were, but they moved around to stay warm.
Eventually, they put paddle boats in the water, one of which ran over
a swimmer in the water, the impact of which was loud enough to hear on
There is no medical support. Any emergencies you have to deal with on
your own until the rescue squad can call in someone and respond.
The road course is DANGEROUS! There were very few markers, and no
signs indicating to motorists that there was a race in progress and to
be aware of cyclists in the road. The road was not closed to traffic,
and has no shoulder.
I did not see the run course, but there was a problem with the course
markers there as well also.
There was very little in the way of water stops, and those that were
there were inadequately supplied. The few volunteers that were out on
the course did not have radios, and had no way of communicating any
difficulties or medical emergencies to the race director.
Before you sign the release, read it thoroughly. When you sign, you
are agreeing to give up ALL of your rights, including the right to sue
if the race director is negligent. Last year, the race director did
not even carry any insurance on the race.
I know of at least one major race sponsor/supporter who will not have
any part of this race due to the way it is run.
I'm sure that it is possible for things to be different this year, but
I don't think that that is going to happen.But you may enjoy the pig
roast at the end.
Please, if you decide to do the race, let me know how it went.