Both races will start in crystal clear Lake Table Rock, with the Half distance athletes completing a 1.2 mile swim, while Olympic distance athletes will complete a 1500 meter swim. Competitors will then move onto a closed-road bike course along scenic highways with breathtaking mountain views. The challenging course features many technical ascents and descents, and will take Half and Olympic distance athletes a total of 56 miles and 25 miles, respectively. The run course will wind competitors through historic downtown Branson, completed with two loops for the 13.1 mile Half distance and one loop for the 6.2 mile Olympic distance.
The entire course features many prime viewing locations for spectators during all legs of the race, making this is a ideal event for family and friends to experience the race along with the athletes they’re supporting.
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.
Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than
5 millimeters shall be disqualified.