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    FirmMan Rhode Island (Half Ironman Distance)

    September 7, 2014
    FirmMan Rhode Island
    Narragansett Town Beach, Ocean Rd
    Narragansett, RI
    7:00 AM Start
    Half Iron Triathlon

    Swim 1.2 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles

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    About the 21th Annual FirmMan Rhode Island

    Set in the lovely resort community of Narragansett, Rhode Island, this half ironman distance triathlon is a long time favorite for many athletes and their families. Come to race...scenic courses, enthusiastic volunteers, lot of spectators...but stay a few extra days to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, wonderful restaurants, and local attractions of this tourist playground. 

    FirmMan Rhode Island is managed by F.I.R.M., the largest triathlon production company in the Northeast. 

    Registration and Entry Fees

    For your convenience, you may register online. 

    Entry Fees
    $190 Individual, $210 relay team
    $10 Late fee for race day registration
    $12 Single day USA Triathlon license

    The Race Course


    The race begins with a 1.2 mile swim in Narragansett Bay. Swim waves are sent out every four minutes. The spectator-friendly swim course is J shaped with the beach start adjacent to last house on the north end of the beach. Typically, the current follows the swimmers towards the seawall allowing for fast swimming conditions for most of the course. Surfriders, Narragansett lifeguards, surfers and kayakers are in the water to provide support.

    Water temperatures range from 65-70F and wetsuits are highly recommended.  Wetsuits may be rented from Vmps. Email for rental info. 


    The Firmman bike is a 56 mile ride that combines riding on scenic rolling countryside roads and hammering the fast sections on Route 1. Winds tend to be from the south each year so a tailwind is present most of the time on the return leg of the course. There are two water bottle exchanges: one at mile 27; one at mile 35. Water, HEED, Gu, and bananas are available at each exchange. Bike course closes at noon. 


    The Firmman run course offers 13.1 miles of beautiful Narragansett scenery with enthusiastic volunteers to support the runners along the way. An aid station is located every mile with water, HEED, Gu, bananas, pretzels, and electrolytes. The final mile consists of a beach run with hundreds of spectators enjoying their day at the beach while cheering the finishers during the final part of the race. The run course closes at 3:00 PM. 

    Course Maps

    Race Venue Activities
    Come to race, but stay for the festivities. Your triathlon experience includes a DJ playing great music, yummy post race snacks, sponsor giveaways, and a hearty post race meal of pasta, chicken, salad, broccoli, rolls, chips, and yogurt. A food vendor will be available for friends and family courtesy of Roch's Produce. 

    Throughout race day, families and friends enjoy the beach located alongside the transition area. 


    Wetsuits keep you warmer and more buoyant during the swim, allowing you to complete the swim faster and with less energy expenditure.
    Wetsuits are available for rent or purchase from Vmps in Grafton, MA. Can't get to Grafton? Vmps can deliver the wetsuit to you at the race venue on race day. Visit for more information or contact them at or 508-612-3000. 

    USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event

    This is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned Event managed by a USA Triathlon Certified Race Director. All athletes either must present a valid USA Triathlon annual membership card at registration or purchase a single day USA Triathlon license, no exceptions. Single day licenses may be purchased for $12 during the registration process. If you are planning to do at least three USA Triathlon sanctioned events in a one year period then you might want to purchase an annual membership from USA Triathlon for $45.

    For more info:

    Saturday, September 6th

    10 AM- 3 PM Registration, Packet Pick up
    At the Narragansett Town Beach (North Pavilion Parking Lot) 

    Course Talks
    Saturday, September 6th at noon and 2:00 PM
    USA Triathlon race official will be at each course talk.

    Ask the Tri Coach

    Saturday, September 6th immediately following the course talks. 
    USA Triathlon Certified Coach, Elaine Vescio from Vmps, will be available for a Q&A on racing the half iron distance. 

    Sunday September 7

    5:00 AM Transition Opens
    5:30 AM to 6:30 AM Registration, Packet Pick up at FIRM motor home 
    6:45 AM Transition Area Closes
    7:00 AM Race Start

    Triathlon Training and Coaching

    Vmps, the official triathlon training & coaching organization for the F.I.R.M. Race Series, can help you achieve your endurance sports goals. They offer professional triathlon coaching services for beginners through elite, open water swim clinics, triathlon training swims, six week Power Swimming classes, a time trial series, a triathlon boot camp for women, and sports nutrition services. 

    The Vmps Tri Barn in Grafton, Ma includes a Computrainer studio, professional bike fitting, wetsuit rentals, and individualized shopping for tri bikes, wheels, Computrainers, and wetsuits. Plus their triathlon team provides a welcome opportunity for like-minded folks to train and race together. With their combined offerings, Vmps provides you with everything you need for your multisport lifestyle. 

    Directions & Lodging

    1 Beach Street
    Narragansett, RI

    Where to Stay
    Note: Hotel info not yet confirmed!
    Holiday Inn, South Kingston 
    This is a beautiful three diamond full-service hotel with a fabulous Italian restaurant, a spacious lounge, and a beautiful outdoor pool. 

    Group rate is $139 a night valid September 7 to September 9, 2012. Reservations must be made by August 8 to receive the group rate. (Regular rate is $245 to $259 for this weekend). 

    Phone 401.789.1051 (mention FirmMan RI Triathlon)
    Toll free 877.805.9008
    Online with Group Code FIR: 

    Charitable Partner-Narragansett Department of Parks & Recreation

    This department offers a wide range of recreational activities and facilities for residents and visitors including the award winning Narragansett Beach. 

    USA Triathlon Rules

    USA Triathlon rules apply. The most commonly violated rules are drafting, blocking, and crossing the center line of the road. To avoid a drafting penalty, stay at least three bicycle lengths behind the rider in front of you and complete any pass within fifteen seconds. If you are overtaken, you must drop back three bicycle lengths before attempting to pass. To avoid a blocking penalty, ride to the right of the road except when passing other competitors. To avoid a center line penalty, do not cross the center yellow line of the road.

    Helmets with the chin strap fastened are required whenever you are on your bike. Bar end plugs are required on handlebars and aero bars; taping over the bar ends is not permitted. Head phones and music players are strictly prohibited.

    ChampionChip Timing Systems

    ChampionChip Timing Systems is used to time this event. A timing chip attached to a black velcro strap is provided in each competitor's race bag. The timing chip must be worn on the left ankle at all times during the race for an official race time to be recorded. Return the timing chip to a volunteer at the finish line to avoid the $30 replacement fee. Race results are posted at the race venue, and on and


    Not racing, but want to be a part of this event? Then volunteer. It's a fun way to help others enjoy this sport. Volunteers receive a tech race shirt, post race food, and a sense of satisfaction from helping others. Email Wendy at to volunteer.

    Refund  & Exchange Policy

    No refunds will be made if an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond the race director's control such as but not limited to inclement weather, unsafe racing conditions, or the decision of town administrators or safety personnel. Entries would be moved to the following year's event. Events may be changed in distance or event nature for safety or other reasons at the discretion of the race director. 

    All refunds requested two weeks prior to event will be honored less a $25 dollar processing fee. 
    Exchanges to other FIRM events will be granted up to the week before the event. 
    Any requests made the week of the event are not subject to refunds or exchanges. 

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