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Renaissance City Triathlon

Date Sunday, September 22 2019
LocationFlorence, AL
  • Olympic - 1500m Swim | 40k Bike | 10k Run
      Sunday 07:30 AM
  • Sprint - 400m Swim | 25k Bike | 5k Run
      Sunday 07:45 AM

Course Detail

Site Overview | Main Staging Area | Transition Flow

The Renaissance Man is a challenging and scenic course that covers many historic landmarks along the routes. The swim takes place in the lock channel just below the Wilson Dam and is very spectator friendly. The bike route features a fast time trial design with a few climbs that are challenging yet eye-watering fast on the descents. The run will test your endurance early on, but gives back momentum on the last three miles into the finish line. NEW for 2019, a sprint distance has been added. Tell your family and friends, we have options for everyone!




The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number. The bike racks are marked by ranges of "7" numbers, beginning with 1 through 7 and so on. Each bike rack ROW is also marked with a sign to help you find your row as you complete your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions. Bikes do not have to be racked in numerical order ON the rack, but must be placed on the rack designated for your race number range.

Olympic 1.5k | Sprint 400m 

Starting from the beach area in a time trial format, swimmers will head out of the harbor and go under O'Neal bridge. The lock channel has very little current and will make for a great swim. The NEW sprint course simply takes a turn early in the Olympic course.  The courses will have color coded buoys making it easy to know when to make the turn for your race distance. From there the swim is straight back to the beach at McFarland Park. Transition is just a few feet from the beach area.

Bring your wetsuit! The water temperature in May is likely to be lower than 78F.  Look for updates on your pre-race email race week.

USA Triathlon Wet Suit Rules:

Article 4.4: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit 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.

Olympic 40k | Sprint 25k

The bike route is fast and should be great for a personal record. Enjoy scenic county views just on the outskirts of Florence. Rolling hills and very few turns means the focus can stay on cadence and not breaking in preparation for turns. The NEW sprint course simply takes a turn early in the Olympic course, then reconnects. See course maps for clarity.

Olympic 10k | Sprint 5k

The run course starts off flat and gives you time to shake out your bike legs. For the next half mile it is slightly uphill on the way into downtown Florence. It's a straight shot to UNA for an easy loop around the campus before striding back down to McFarland Park though one last trip downtown and a beautiful historic neighborhood featuring a home by Frank Lloyd Wright.  The NEW sprint course simply takes a turn early in the Olympic course, then reconnects at the final approach to the finish line. See course maps for clarity.


Sprint Bike Course - 25K

Olympic Bike Course - 40K

Sprint Run Course - 5K

Olympic Run Course - 10K

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