250m Swim, 6m Bike, 1.5m Run
USAT Age: 7 to 14
Swim: The swim course will be in Kawela Bay. This is a very special place for many reasons. One reason is that even when there is big North Shore winter surf, the bay remains calm. Another reason is that it is teeming with wildlife, including giant coral heads. The swim course will be carefully marked to avoid these coral heads, but please still use caution. If you swim off course you risk quickly swimming up on a large coral and potential injury. Please swim with caution. High tide is at 6:05a so we should have plenty of water. The Kawela Bay nature area is considered a secret spot to many residents. Please be considerate of this hidden gem while in the area.
Transition: There will be one transition area located in a grassy field. The run from your swim exit to transition will be over mostly sand, grass, pine needles, and dirt, about 300 meters in length. The run from transition to the bike course will be along a smooth/soft gravel path with the last 10 meters in loose gravel. If you have reasonably strong feet this should be ok barefoot. If you are not used to walking barefoot you may want to consider running this section in shoes. You are welcome to leave shoes or slippers near the swim exit and wear them until you mount your bike. Please remember to collect your shoes and slippers after the event.
Bike: The Kahuku and Koolauloa communities are very special, it is a privilege for us to ride through their neighborhoods. Please race with a spirit of aloha, patience, and gratitude. While we have volunteers and special duty officers helping, the roads are still open. Please show ho’ihi to residents by staying as far to the right as possible for vehicles to pass. Do not litter, and give an appreciative wave to residents as you pass through. The bike course exits the Kawela Bay wilderness area and proceeds towards Kahuku. Youth athletes will turn around near the Romy’s Shrimp entrance. Riders will travel in the direction of traffic at all times. Use caution when passing the main entrance of Turtle Bay Resort, when passing over speed bumps and through the traffic light at Kahuku School, at u-turns, and at all other times on the bike course. Please be careful out there!
Transition: The second transition will be the same location of the first transition. Cyclists will enter where they exited from, and will run out of the swim entrance.
Run: Runners will exit transition and proceed towards the stables. Run past the stables and past your finish line out towards the Golf Shop. Turn into the Golf Shop parking lot, run through the tunnel, then head out on the cart path towards Kahuku Point. After passing the public parking area the course will turn to soft surfaces offering a mix of harder dirt and pine forest floor, and hard and soft sand. Athletes will be directed along the course through a combination of volunteers, orange cones with arrows, and orange and blue ground marker flags. Athletes will be able to see two to three markings at all times on the course. The out and back loop course will be marked with orange “out” flags on the way out to the turn around, and blue “back” flags on the way back to the finish. There will be an aid station near the turn around. On the way back, athletes will exit the wilderness area as you run past the Paradise Helicopter Tours landing pad and continue back through the parking area, past the Golf Shop, Beach Bungalows, to the finish line. As athletes approach the finish area they will run past the finish line, make a u-turn in front of the stables, then merge back through the run course this time staying right to finish!
*Use the legend in the map