TriFreaks Kirkland Triathlon Course Details

ATTENTION: Water quality is extremely important to us.  Due to unsanitary water conditions at Juanita Beach Park we are forced to cancel the swim portion of the triathlon this year.  We will instead hold a duathlon.  As of right now it will be a run / bike / run.  With both the first and last leg being 3.1 miles.  We realize this is a lot of running for a spring and are working with the city to get a shorter first run approved.  Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as just shortening it, as we need to make sure we spread out biked on the bike course from a traffic and safety related perspective.  We will continue to work on seeing what we can do.   Safety is always our number one priority.

Before we cover the course info, please note the following:

If you are participating in the Kirkland Triathlon then knowing the course is 100% your responsibility. So make sure you familiarize yourself with the course and ask any questions you have before the event. Courses will be marked well, and we will do our part to make sure you know where to go. However, ultimately it is YOUR responsibility to know the course. If you ask anyone other than race officials, (volunteers are NOT considered race officials) and they point you the wrong way, it is STILL your responsibility if you end up going the wrong way. Those are USAT rules, and this is a USAT Sanctioned Race, so again, do your part and know the course and take a close look at the course maps.

For the TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon all events will start out of the Juanita Beach Park. Late registration, packet pickup, post race food and awards will also be at the Juanita Beach Park. Please review the “Event Details” tab for more info.

Information on the Kid’s Triathlon can be found at the bottom of this page

Kirkland Triathlon Transition Area:

Transition Area Layout

The transition area for the event is a short flat run from the swim start/finish area and is located on the west most paved parking lot area of the park.  There will be water bins that you can step in and out of to clean off your feet before slipping into your biking shoes to start the bike course after finishing your swim.  The image to the right shows the layout for the transition area.  There will be both porta potties right by the transition area as well as the facilities that are in the park.

Swim To Bike Transition Flow

Note: The park facilities provide outside showers that can be used to rinse off after the race.

When you are done swimming, you will exit through the Swim Out arch at the beach.  The short path from the water exit to the paved path that leads to the transition area will have outdoor rug on it to protect your feet.  The path will be closed off to keep spectators out to allow you a clear transition to your bike.  As long as spectators stay off the path this is a great area for them to cheer you on.  The image to the left shows the swim to bike transition flow.Our transition areas are laid out according to USAT rules, making sure everyone travels the same distance to get from one area to the next.

Click on the static images to see larger versions of them.

Kirkland Triathlon Swim Course:

Kirkland Triathlon Sprint Swim Route

The Sprint swim course is one counter clockwise lap (.5 miles) around the course.  The Try a Tri will be half that distance (.35 miles) For details on direction to swim, where to turn, etc… please click the image to the right for a larger view of the swim course or review the interactive swim course map by clicking the link below.  Note that while the last .10 miles are considered part of the swim the water is relatively shallow there, so it is likely that you may be able to walk.  Whether you do so is your choice.  Often walking is slower than swimming if you are a average to good swimmer.

All swim waves are self select seating. Meaning, you select what wave you are in. If you are a faster swimmer you should be in the first waves, and if you area a slower swimmer you should be in the later waves. If you intend to make an attempt to win the event, or place, then you should pick the first wave. We will provide further instruction, as well as create the waves on the spot during race day.

The following open online maps for the Sprint and Try a Tri swim:

NOTE: If you are having difficulty at any point in the swim raise your hand and ask for help. Feel free to hold onto one of the Kayaks or boats and then either continue the event or ask for assistance and be removed from the water.

Kirkland Triathlon Bike Course:

Kirkland Triathlon Bike Route

The Kirkland Triathlon bike course is either a two lap or one lap course depending on what event you do.  We have chose this course to minimize the number of times you have to turn as well as cross major intersections.  The course is of course hilly ( It’s impossible to find a flat course in Kirkland ), however you’ll enjoy both the up and downhill sections.  The work you put in to go up will be rewarded on the downhills.  The Sprint bike course is two laps for a total of 13.93 miles.  The Try a Tri is one lap of the same course, so 6.97 miles.  There are no aid stations on the bike course, although we will have one right outside the park where you initially enter the bike course.  Make sure you carry enough water with you if you need water during the ride.  For detailed maps please review the interactive bike course maps below or please click the image to the right to get a larger view.  The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.

The following open online maps for the Sprint and Try a Tri Bike Course:

Note: If you’d like elevation gain information for the bike course make sure you click the “Elevation” button at the bottom of the screen while viewing the online interactive maps.

Please make sure you READ the signs for the course. If you cut the bike course short, unintentionally or intentionally we will have to DISQUALIFY your results. Out of all the things I get to do as a Race Director, this is my least favorite thing to do. Please don’t make me do so!

Kirkland Triathlon Run Course:

Kirkland Triathlon Run Route

The run course is 3.11 miles for all events and is about as flat as a course gets within Kirkland. Total elevation gain for the run is 184 feet.  For the duathlon participants will run the run loop first, then do the bike course, and then do another lap on the run course.  Participants of the Try a Tri do the same 3.11 mile run distance as all the other participants.  There will be an aid station at the half way mark on the run.

For detailed maps please review the interactive bike course maps below or please click the image to the right to get a larger view.  The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.

The following is an online map for the Sprint and Try a Tri Run Course:

Please make sure you READ the signs for the course. If you cut the bike course short, unintentionally or intentionally we will have to DISQUALIFY your results. Out of all the things I get to do as a Race Director, this is my least favorite thing to do. Please don’t make me do so!

Event Flow Within the Park:

For a better idea of how the event will flow within the park please see the image to the right.  You will note how the runs leave and enter the park, as well as how the bike out and in works and where the finish line will be located.  If you have questions you can always ask them at the mandatory pre-race meeting.

Hammer Aid Station Info:

There will be aid stations with water, Hammer Heed and Gels at the following locations:

  • Right before entering the transition area.
  • Right after leaving the transition area with your bike.
  • Right at the area that marks one lap on the bike course.
  • Right after leaving the transition area for your run.
  • At the half way mark for the run course.

The course maps have the aid stations marked if you’d like to review them. All aid stations will have Water, Hammer HeedTM and some gels as well as light snacks.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please do not discard any trash other than at aid stations. If you have bottles, packaging, or any other containers or trash of any kind you wish to throw away YOU MUST HOLD ONTO THEM UNTIL YOU GET TO THE NEXT AID STATION or back to the Transition Area! We will also provide strategically placed catch bins for trash after each aid station where you can toss your trash without having to stop. The local community, parks and state are kind enough to let us use their roads and trails, so be kind enough and protect them! If you throw things away at aid stations then we can pack out what we pack in. Failure to do so will impede our ability to continue producing this race for all of you.
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