• HALF & OLYMPIC
HALF & OLYMPIC TRIATHLONS
AVAILABLE AT ALL REV3 RACES!
Both Olympic and Half athletes will swim in the Delaware River. All athletes will start the swim from the boat launch area of Smithfield Beach and swim upriver along the northern shore, shielded from the current by a bend in the riverbank, before crossing the river and swimming the longer back stretch with the current and finishing at the Smithfield Beach canoe launch area. Typical water temperature is 75-degrees.
Once out of the water and onto the bike athletes leave Smithfield Beach with a short climb out to Route 209. The entire Bike Course is within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Say ‘goodbye’ to car traffic as roads will be closed (open to authorized vehicles only) for the duration of the bike. Stunning views of farm fields, mountain sides, and the Delaware River will make your time fly by on this gently rolling out and back ride through the heart of the Poconos. The final 10 miles of this ride features a few technical descents and some twists and turns as you parallel the river’s flat lands and the river valley before returning to transition at the Shawnee Inn.
It truly is a privilege to host an event in this National Park. Currently the DWGNRA preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river’s Pennsylvania and New Jersey shores – the largest recreation area in the eastern U.S. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap. According to NPS 2013 visitation figures for America’s national parks, DWGNRA, is the 10th-most visited property in the National Park Service. Come be a part of this celebration!
Leaving T2 (located at the Shawnee Inn), the run course for both races takes a short, out and back through Wyndham Villas, the historic Shawnee Village neighborhood, River Rd (just .83 mile) with the majority on the scenic McDade Trail (at Hialeah Trailhead). The trail passes through forested areas, farm fields and past views of the majestic Delaware River. The terrain of the trail is a wide, packed gravel path. Half and Oly athletes will loop back at the designated mile markers on the trail and exit the trail at the Hialeah Trailhead Exit back onto River Rd. Then back through the Wyndham Villas and neighborhood. Once you have battled the “return hill” you are just 2.5 miles from the Finish Line. Overall, the run is a rolling course that will challenge even the most seasoned triathletes! The course finishes at the historic Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort with the finish chute leading towards the beautiful Delaware River to end your epic day! Bonus: ShawneeCraft Brewing Co (beer brewed right on premises), will have a pint of beer waiting for you!