September 08, 2019


September 08, 2019 SMITHSONIAN ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTER • 647 Contees Wharf Road EdgewaterMD  21037 View Map Organized by Bluepoint Race Management and Timing

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About this event

September 08, 2019


647 Contees Wharf Road EdgewaterMD  21037
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The SMITHSONIAN ENVIRONMENTAL REASEARCH CENTER  (SERC), has generously allowed us to use their spectacular venue to introduce you to triathlon and an environmental jewel. Proceeds from this event will benefit Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.


Push your personal limits and see what your body is capable of  on  Sunday, September 8, 2019  at the Tri 4 the Chesapeake triathlon & Duathlon in Edgewater, MD.

Participants will experience the Chesapeake Bay ecosystems firsthand by taking part in this 1/2 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile trail run -or- 5k RUN; 10 Mile BIKE, 5K RUN through the beautiful Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s property.

This is a great beginners race, the scenic course provides enough of a challenge without pushing athletes onto open roads where they must compete with cars and other large traffic (there is one small stretch of the bike course on Muddy Creek Rd. other than that it's all closed for the event). 

T-shirts guaranteed to everyone registered by August 15.

This is a one of a kind event with special access to this race location. Don't miss out!  

NO REFUNDS. Proceeds will go to SERC.


Event details and schedule

DIRECTIONS: SERC, 647 Contees Wharf Rd  Edgewater, Maryland 21037 Directions to SERC

Parking is limited so carpooling is enthusiastically encouraged.  

REGISTRATION: Registration will open at 6:00am. You will get your bib number, bike sticker, and chip at the Registration tables in the SCHMIDT Building. The chip velcro strap should be placed on your ankle right away. – Do NOT Lose It – Lost chip = $30 charge. NO CHIP – NO TIME

Bib numabers are to be placed on the front of the chest and visible at all times. Race belts make this VERY easy. Bike stickers should be placed on the bike seat post or frame near the seat post.   

All Non-USAT Participants will be required to complete a USAT One Day Membership Waiver Forms if you did not during online registration.  This is what the extra $15 was for when you registered.  This is MANDATORY. As a USAT Sanctioned event, our insurance will be voided without full compliance - No one wants that to happen so take the extra two minutes to fill our the form. It is pretty easy.

 Review the Course Maps.

Remember to give the chip to the volunteers after you cross the Finish line and preferably before you throw up on your shoes.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: If you bring family or friends who would be available to volunteer; let us know with contact information.  After getting your bib, bike number and chip, you will walk or ride your bike to Transition - less than 1/2 mile. Plan for about 10 minutes to get there.

 TRANSITION:  Bike racking is First Come First Served - there are no 'bad rack spots'.  Volunteers will assist with your transition set up - All are experienced triathletes. There will be PortAPots, Aid Station, and Restrooms at Transition.

 SWIM:  The Swim area is about 30 yards from Transition but do not dally at your bike.  We expect to have FOUR WAVES - 2  Male and 2 Female.  It will be an IN WATER START.

First WAVE START TIME: 0800, then every 3 minutes. 

DUATHLON - The first 5k will start at the same time as the SWIM and run the same course, returning to the Transition Area for the identical BIKE portion and  the 2nd 5k-ish Run.

 Water temps will be in the mid-70's. Wet suits will be allowed.

Ambient Air Temps will start in the mid-60's going to low-80's. 

There will be a mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at 7:30am next to the Transition Area to go over all this again and to cover any last minute changes.

 Water Quality will be tested on Thursday. Water quality tested at the SERC has been far better than other areas of the bay and is safe for swimming.  However, hard rains could impact water quality. The race organizers retain the right to cancel the swim for any reason impacting safety.  Be sure to take appropriate precautions if you have any open cuts or scratches, as you would for any open water swimming.  If the swim has to be canceled, the event will revert to a Run-Bike-Run.

The swim is a 1/4 mile out and 1/4 mile back.  Kyakers will keep swimmers on line and motor craft will keep gawkers away. Swimmers will be allowed to hold onto kayaks to regain composure, if needed, but not moved forward.

SWIM EXIT will be up the boat ramp.

 BIKE:  Two loops. This is NOT a high speed course.  The route will take you around the SERC perimeter. This section has 3 SPEED BUMPS we were not able to remove - BE CAREFUL - DO NOT TAKE THEM AT SPEED. There will be Volunteers and cones to warn of their approach.

A RIGHT turn onto a wide shoulder of Muddy Creek Rd for 1 1/2 mile, then a RIGHT onto the road you came in on. Repeat the loop then turn left back to TRANSITION. Take your time and enjoy the flora and fauna.

 TRAIL RUN:  3.1 miles of single track trail with a few roots, fewer hills, and great scenery. The course will be marked with colored ribbons and Volunteers will be at all intersections.  There will be a Water Station at about 1 1/2 miles.  There will also be opportunities to see runners going in the other direction.  At 3 miles the course crosses the Bike course.  There will be Volunteers ensuring a safe crossing - then a straight shot to the FINISH in front of the Schmidt Building where Regsitration was and where AWARDS will be held.  ABSOLUTELY NO LITTERING - ANYWHERE. Stick it in your shorts, if you have to.

Now, Please Re-Read because I am sure you missed something and we want to reduce the number of Race Day questions.


POST RACE/DEPARTURE:  Refreshments and snacks will be provided in the finishing area.  Also note that because a portion of the run course crosses over the road into the parking area, participants will not be allowed to depart the SERC until all racers have completed the course.  We do not anticipate this will be a problem.  If you finish near the top, you will still need to walk back to transition to collect your gear.  By the time you are packed up and ready to go, all participants should have completed the course and you will be on your way.


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