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Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon

Date Saturday, September 09 2017
LocationGulf Shores, Alabama
  • Intermediate - 1.5k Swim | 40k Bike | 6 mile Run
  • Sprint - 300yd Swim | 12.4mi Bike | 2mi Run

Course Detail

Main Staging Area-Transition Flow


Swim Course
Intermediate Distance:  The Intermediate Distance will be 1.5 k in the Gulf of Mexico and will 
be two loops, 750 meters each (going out further into the gulf than the "tri-it-on" course.)

Tri-It-On Distance: This 300 yard swim will be a one loop course. 

Both courses will be managed by local water safety groups with plenty of rescue support and assistance. Should the water not be safe for any reason, race management will change the race from a triathlon to a duathlon with the swim being replaced by a run.   

The swim start and finish will be behind The Hangout (our main staging area) with a short run up the beach to the bike transition area.

The Coastal "Tri-It-On" Race will begin at 7:00 am with the Intermediate Distance Race beginning at an estimated 7:30 am. The swim for both distances will be conducted in a time-trial fashion. Race numbers are assigned by estimated swim time, with the fastest swim time being the lowest number. A racer will enter the water approximately every 3-5 seconds. Relay teams will start before individuals. Course buoys will be identified to all racers, and kayak support on the water will also assist racers to stay on course.

To assist you in determining your swim time, follow this pace chart provided by US Masters Swimming.  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, sorry, no exceptions.

Should the race be changed to a duathlon due to adverse water conditions, the run start will be conducted also as a time trial start based on race number. The intermediate distance will be a one mile run and the tri-it-on a half mile run.


Look for updates on water temperature in your pre-race email race week.

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.


Bike Course
    Intermediate Distance:  This 40k / 24.8 mile course is a two-loop course  of the "tri-it-on" course on W. Beach Blvd.  This course takes you along a beautiful section of Gulf Shores beach.  You will do this loop 2 times before returning to transition.    

Tri-It-On Distance: The "tri-it-on" course is a 12.4 mile out-and-back course on W. Beach Blvd. 

For both distances, there will be a BIKE MOUNT / DISMOUNT LINE. You will walk your bike from your space on the transition bike rack to the BIKE MOUNT line to begin the bike segment. At the finish of your bike segment, you will DISMOUNT at the same line and walk your bike back to your space on the transition bike rack.

See the course map link for turnaround flow for your race.  If you are racing the intermediate distance, look for course signage and volunteer instruction to start your second loop.  


PDF Map of the Tri-It-On & Intermediate Distance Bike Course (24.8 miles)

Map My Ride Bike Course Overview for the Tri-It-On & Intermediate Distance

Run Course
Intermediate Distance: This course is 6 miles out and back on E. Beach Blvd heading east of The Hangout.  You will pass the "tri-it-on" turnaround which is one mile out.  Note, the course is 6 miles vs. 6.2 miles.

Tri-It-On  Distance:  This course is 2 miles out and back on E. Beach Blvd. heading east of The Hangout.   

There will be water and energy drinks approximately every mile on both courses.  

PDF Map of Both Run Courses

Map My Ride Run Course Overview 

Race Hydration Information

  • There will be water and energy drink on the run course approximately every mile. Please note that the hydration stations ARE NOT at the exact mile locations! Mile Markers will mark the actual mile locations. We must choose hydration station spaces with room for setting up tables and distributing water and energy drinks and at this race setting that is not possible at the EXACT mile location.

  • There will be iced rags at the race finish line and on the run course.  PLEASE ONLY DROP RAGS AT HYDRATION STATIONS OR AT THE RACE FINISH LINE in provided TOWEL DROP BINS, NOT ALONG THE ROAD!!!

  • Bike Course: Plan to carry at least 2 bottles on the Intermediate bike course and at least 1 bottle on the Tri-It-On bike course. There will not be any hydration stations on either bike course.


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