Address to put into your phone: Scroggs Lake, Preston, MO OR CR 180/Redbud Rd- Farm is just back to the east
Directions from I-44: travel east towards Springield, exit onto Hwy 71: take the exit for hwy M/baseline Blvd go 2 miles to CR 160 turn north/right go 1 mile to Redbud road turn west/left 1.5 mile down on the norht side of the road is race site
Directions to race site from North Joplin: Take Main street /Hwy 43 north to M hwy/Baseline road (15 miles) turn east onto baseline rd/M hwy and go 6 miles to CR 180. Turn north/left onto CR180 go 1 mile up to Redbud Road turn east/right. The Lake is a half mile down on the north/left side of the road, look for the parking signs directing you.
The swim is in Scroggs Lake, which is a private lake northeast of Joplin. Swim will be in wave starts for both races based on gender/age. Swim is clockwise, keeping buoys on your right. The Olympic is 2 loops (staying in the water) of its course. The Sprint is one loop of its course. There will be a novice/beginner wave for both races which participants can opt into when registering. This wave is for anyone who feels uncomfortable with the swim portion of the race.The swim course will be well supported with watercraft and lifegaurds. No flotation devices are allowed. You may stop and rest during any portion of the swim by holding onto the watercraft that will be available but you may NOT make forward progress. The volunteers/lifegaurds on the swim course have authority to pull you from the race/water if they feel like they need to for your safety.
If you decide you cannot complete the swim for whatever reason or get pulled (your safety is our priority) you may continue the bike and run portion of the race after turning in your timing chip and getting approval from a race official. You will not be ranked or eligible for awards and will receive a DNF (did not finish) on the official timing sheet.
Sprint is 1 loop, Olympic is 2 loops. Counterclockwise. No drafting is allowed. You have 15 seconds to make your pass. When riding stay as far right whenever possible keeping in mind you and other riders safety. The course will be traffic controlled and there will be motorcyclists with draft marshals on the course to make sure you are following the rules. Recumbent and tandem bikes are not allowed. All bicycles must be self propelled. Helmets are required.
Run courses are out and back with the sprint doing one out and back and the olympic doing 2 out and backs. There will be aid/water stations at the start and every mile as well as cooling stations. Please make sure your race bib is visible from the front at all times.
Transition will go back to open racking in 2017. First come first serve when transition opens at 5:00 AM. Olympic will have one set of racks and sprint and duathlon will have another set. Boby marking will be available race morning. Only paid participants are allowed in transition, no exceptions. Transition will close when the pre-race meeting starts. There will be a mount/dismount line for the bicycle that you must observe. After the last racer has finished the bike course and headed out on the run the race director will annouce you may remove your gear from the transition area.
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