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The is a Ironman 70.3 course which serves as a Handcycle Ironman Qualifier and a Handcycle and Age Groups 70.3 Qualifier. It consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. As an Ironman Qualifier event it requires the longer distance.
About the Course:
A 1.2 mile open water lake swim. Wave starts (approximately 150 per wave), rectangular course counter clockwise, entry at beach area and exit on cement boat dock area, within 20 yards of the transition area. Swim cutoff time is 75 minutes.
Note: The water temperature in Buffalo Springs Lake, on the average, is 70-76 degrees . It is a spring fed lake so it stays cool; therefore, you should bring your wetsuits. Wetsuit rules apply: wetsuits are allowed with 76 degrees or cooler.
56 miles, modified out and back, out of town farm to market roads, limited traffic, flat with 8 challenging hills, ranging from 8-13% grade and a quarter of a mile to 1.2 miles in length. These are good asphalt roads with some shoulders. Approved helmets are required; No drafting allowed.
13.1 miles, asphalt, flat with 3 challenging hills, ranging from 10-14% (not the same hills as found on the bike course) grade. The hills are approximately 300 yards to 880 yards in length. Partially shaded, tough, scenic course. No non-participant pacing allowed. Water stations approximately every 1 mile on the run. Course cut-off time is 8 hours 30 minutes from the last wave start.
These will be available every 10 miles on the bike.
Semi-Arid (You don't sweat in the shade!) Average High 90.8 degrees; Average Low 64.3 degrees; Average Humidity 20-35%; Average Wind South 10-13 m.p.h. Note: Due to the extreme temperatures experienced in the 1994 race, (a history making 113 degrees F.), Buffalo Springs Lake Triathlon race management has established a policy that we may alter the race based on extreme weather conditions. You will be advised the day before if changes are required.
There will be a total of 3 Ironman World Championship slots for Handcycle Athletes awarded and 40 Age Group Ironman 70.3 World Championship slots and 3 handcycle slots.