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Music City Triathlon

Date Sunday, July 23 2017
LocationNashville, Tennessee
  • Sprint - 300m Swim | 22.5k Bike | 5k Run
  • Intermediate - 1.5k swim | 45k bike | 10k run

Course Detail

MAIN STAGING AREA - Transition Flow and Finish Line:

Site Overview Map

See an image of the new East Bank Landing here, which serves as our host venue for the weekend.

The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number. The bike racks are marked by ranges of "7" numbers, beginning with 1 through 7 and so on. Bikes do not have to be racked in numerical order ON the rack, but must be placed on the rack designated for your race number range.  Sorry folks, for safety reasons, no balloons or items may be attached to racks to help locate your spot.  Feel free to bring your sidewalk chalk.  


The sprint swim will be a 300 meter point-to-point swim course, where swimmers will swim with the river current from the east bank boat dock to "concrete beach landing." Team Magic will insure safe and passable footing for your exit from the river.

The intermediate swim will also exit at the "concrete beach landing." The new exit allows for more of the swim course to be with the river current, or "down river." Swimmers will begin on the east bank boat dock and start with an up river swim along the east bank for about 600 meters, then head back down river to complete the 1500 meter swim.

Estimated Water Temperature & USA Triathlon Wetsuit Rules:

The average water temperature in this area of the Cumberland River on this day is 81 °F. There will be updates the week of the race on current water temperature. 

USA Triathlon Wet Suit Rules:
Article 4.4: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards

Swim Start Information:

This will be a time trial start swim by assigned race numbers. This start is the most practical and safest start for the area we have to use at the Metro Parks East Bank Dock. 

Race numbers are assigned by estimated swim time, with the fastest swim time being number 1. A racer will enter the water approximately every 3 seconds, with relay teams starting before individuals. Sprint Swimmers start first at 7:00 am, followed by the Intermediate Race swim start, estimated near 7:30 am.

There will be no moving up in swim order on race day. Pre-register by the Wednesday night before the race to get a spot in the swim order!!!! All registrants after that time will have the UPPER numbers and be starting at the rear of their chosen race.

Course buoys will be identified to all racers, and kayak support and Metro Emergency Rescue personnel on the water will also assist racers to stay on course. 

Swim Caps:
Swim caps will be provided at packet pick up and must be worn for safety / visibility. Sprint and Intermediate racers will have DIFFERENT color caps. You will be given at swim cap at registration with your participant # on it. Please have your # visible on the front left side of your head as entering water. A unique color of cap will be available for racers that would like special attention during the swim. Should you have a latex allergy, please bring your own swim cap and inform race management of your allergy when you pick up your race packet.

Swim Course PDF
Sprint Swim Course Online Map
Intermediate Swim Course Online Map


Thanks to TDOT - the majority of the intermediate bike course will be a two-loop 22.5k course totaling 45k on Ellington Parkway. Ellington Parkway will be completely closed to traffic during the event. Sprint racers will do one loop. The course is out-and-back and is touted as a fast course. The path to and from Ellington Parkway is flat and the Ellington Parkway section has some steady inclines with matching fast slight downhills.

The bike course will start and finish on the access drive adjacent to Lower Lot R / Race Transition. Bikers proceed to a left on S. 1st Street, left on Victory Ave, right on Titan's Way along the Cumberland River - adjacent to Nissan Stadium, right on Russell Street, left on S. 1st Street, continue across Woodland Street where the road becomes N. 1st Street, right on Spring Street to merge onto Ellington Parkway.

Bike Courses PDF
Bike Course Online Link (note to double the course for the Intermediate Distance)



BIG CHANGES FOR THE RUN! We are going to a flat, out-and-back course for both the sprint and the intermediate race. Runners will exit transition under the famous Shelby Pedestrian Bridge, through Cumberland Park along the East Bank Greenway adjacent to the river, then cut over to S 1st Street for a jump over to Davidson Street, which leads runners to a turnaround just shy of Shelby Park, then back to ground zero for a finish between the main staging area (East Bank Landing) and the race transition area. Intermediate distance runners will do this out and back section twice, coming all the way back to under the Shelby Bridge for a spectator friendly turnaround adjacent to Cumberland Park.

Run Courses PDF
Sprint Run Course- Online Map Link
Intermediate Run Course- Online Map Link

Course Support: 
Water and energy drinks will be offered at the run start, and approximately every mile during the run. There will also be ice and iced towels available on the run course and at the race finish line.



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