The swim starts and finishes in the water of South Shore Harbor.
The transition area of the New Orleans Triathlon will utilize the parking lot of South Shore Harbor just off of Stars and Stripes Blvd. This area will be open for bike check on Sunday, race morning from 4:30am to 6:15am. Athletes will find the bike racks will be pre-numbered for your convenience!
For the New Orleans Triathlon and the Big Easy Sprint, the swim will occur entirely within the protective walls of South Shore Harbor Marina. We anticipate the swim being wetsuit legal with water temperatures predicted at 68 degrees.
New Orleans Triathlon – Athletes will proceed from transition to the area marked “Athlete Staging Area” on the swim course map.
- Professional triathletes will start the race in a wave start in the water.
- Age Group athletes and Relay athletes will begin the race in a time trial format with 2 athletes going into the water every 5 seconds.
Big Easy Sprint Triathlon – Athletes will proceed to area marked “Swim Exit” on the course map to begin their race.
- Starting at 7:30 a.m. athletes will enter the water 2 athletes every 5 seconds.
Athletes will be biking on the first and final miles of the Ochsner Ironman 70.3 Bike Course along Haynes Blvd. This section of roadway will be coned to all traffic heading east and closed to all traffic heading west for cyclist safety. Olympic athletes will be riding two laps of this course while sprint athletes will be riding just one lap!
The bike course for the races is a simple out and back course with the New Orleans Triathlon athletes completing two loops and the Big Easy Sprint athletes completing a single loop of the course.
- Your bike number must be on your bike in order to bring the bike into the transition area.
- All athletes will have a reserved spot in transition which corresponds to his/her race number. Bikes should be racked by the seat so that a majority of the bike is on the side of the rack where the number is facing. If your bike cannot be racked by the seat, seek assistance from staff or volunteers in the transition area.
- Make sure you bring fluids on the bike course with you which equal the at least the amount used and needed while training for this race. There are no aid stations on the bike course.
- All athletes must have a bike helmet.
- No iPods or listening devices of any kind are allowed on the bike course or run course. It is a disqualification penalty if you race with headphones in your ears.
- Be aware of the mount and dismount line outside of the transition area
The 10K and 5K run course is a very simple out and back along Stars and Stripes Blvd. Both events will be run from South Shore Harbor to the Ted Hickey Bridge and back with the 5150 event running 2 laps, while the Big Easy Sprint will run just one lap of this course. Athletes will finish in both events under the Palm Trees in front of South Shore Harbor’s main pavillion.
Aid stations on the run will be at every mile marker. You will find the following items at the run aid stations: