*Update: Pre-race bike rides
NASA prohibits bicyclists on their paved public roads (SR. 406/402, SR 3) on Monday-Friday 6 am-9 am AND 3 pm – 6 pm. NASA posted signs at all of their entrances, but they are easy to miss. There are no prohibitions on weekends for bicyclists, although there is a lack of road shoulders and the posted vehicle speed is high.
Are spectators allowed?
Will family/friends would be allowed along the course? Spectators will be allowed for the swim and run portions of the course, but they will not be allowed on the space center for security reasons. They may view the bike from outside the secured gates. The Max Brewer Causeway has a pedestrian area and will allow spectators to see participants coming and going twice.
Are there alligators in the area?
Alligators are scarce in the Indian River (salt water) but they have been seen there. We have put on many triathlons in the Indian River and never seen one nor had any issues with them. We will have lots of water patrol and lifeguards and will be cognizant of the potential for alligators but are not overly concerned with the issue.
What is the course time limit?
The race will officially end 8 hours and 30 minutes after the last half iron wave starts.
Will there be shuttles on the pads?
NASA retired the shuttle fleet in 2011. Shuttles are located in museums around the country, including Atlantis which is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
What are the water conditions?
Water conditions will be similar to a large lake, with potential surface chop and little or no current. The water temperature will be in the mid-70s. Water depth is 3 to 14 feet deep. Average depth is 8 feet. *UPDATE – water temperature as of April 20th is 78F degrees.
At what temperature can I wear my wet suit?
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.
Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.
What is the water temperature? Averages around 72 in May
Bike check in – MANDATORY on Saturday during packet pick up hours.
Can my friend pick up my packet? NO, NO EXCEPTIONS (USAT RULE)
What if I leave my ID at home on race day or packet pickup? You can not race!
What time does transition area open up on race morning? Transition opens at 5am. Bike MUST be checked in on Saturday. ONCE YOUR BIKE IS PARKED, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE IT OUT OF TRANSITION.
What time does the transition area close on race morning? 6:15am
What are the rules to avoid penalties? Click Here
What time should I arrive? Transition opens at 5am and closes at 6:15am.
What time do I start swimming? Wave start times will be available race week.
Where do I wear the timing chip? on your ankle
Is there prize money for this race? NO
Are head phones or ipods allowed? NO