September 13, 2015
FirmMan Rhode Island
Narragansett Town Beach, Ocean Rd
7:00 AM Start
Half Iron Triathlon
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.
For your convenience, you may register online.
$190 Individual, $210 relay team
$10 Late fee for race day registration
$12 Single day USA Triathlon license
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 email@example.com 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.
Bike course turn by turn:
Bike out T1 turn right onto RT. A. north, go over the bridge take a right onto Old Boston Neck Road, bear left at the grass triangle. Left onto Rt.1 A. south, head back towards T1.Go past T1 take the first right Beach Street at traffic light, Right onto Narragansett Ave at the traffic light. Right onto Mumford Road up the hill, left on overpass, left on overpass, go down the ramp which leads you onto RT. 1 south. Right onto Kings Factory Rd.KFR turns into Shumankanuc Rd at the 3 way intersection.Straight up the hills, travel past the 20 mile mark on the road, Left onto Burdickville Rd. Right onto Rt.91.Right onto Kings Factory Rd. Right onto Shumankanuc Rd, return down the hills the way you came getting back onto RT. 1 south. Go thru 5 traffic lights, which you will be routed around on race day, then at the first major light in Westerly BEFORE the Mcdonald`s you will be taking a U turn and head back onto RT. North. Police will handle that on race day. Return RT. 1 north, veer right onto Old Post Rd (Camp Fuller Exit),veer back onto Rt. 1 north, take the Wakefield Exit, right down the hill on Mumford Rd. Left onto Narragansett Avenue, Left onto Beach Street, right into T2
Mile markers every 20 miles on the bike,red/white/blue 2 water bottle exchanges at mile 23.5 and at mile 37 at the U turn on Rt.1 North.Police,volunteers at every spot, bike course is also designated by neon orange arrows usually in place a week before the race.
RUN course turn by turn:
Run right out of T 2 onto Rt. 1A go past the bridge, right onto Old Boston Neck Rd,veer left at the grass triangle, just like the bike, cross over RT. 1 A North, then take a left onto RT.1 A North again going past mile marker 2 on the road, take a left onto Old Post Rd, right into Secluded Drive neighborhood, go all the way down the road, go thru a small path onto Leann Drive Rd, left onto West Bay drive U turn just past mile marker 4, head back West Bay Drive, right onto Leann Drive, thru the small path, up thru Secluded Drive neighborhood, right onto Old Boston Neck Rd, right onto Middlebridge Rd, go over the small bridge head all the way down Middlebridge Rd to the U turn painted on the road, head back on Middlebridge RD southerly direction. Right onto Old Boston Neck Rd, cross over RT. 1 A, straight thru, back onto Old Boston Neck Rd on the other side of Rt.1 A veer left at the grass triangle, left at the bottom of the slight hill back onto the Rt. 1 A. South, travel to the entrance to the beach, the run finish goes along the beach in the sand back towards the lifeguard chair and into the transition in the parking lot and the finish is there.
Mile markers every mile in green paint, aid stations every mile, volunteers at every corner,turns.Police at the major spots on the road. U turns are in big green circles on the road. Arrows and U turns painted on the course about a week before the race.
Race Venue Activities
Throughout race day, families and friends enjoy the beach located alongside the transition area.
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 www.mpstraining.com for more information or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-612-3000.
For more info: www.usatriathlon.org.
10 AM- 3 PM Registration, Packet Pick up
At the Narragansett Town Beach (North Pavilion Parking Lot)
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
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.
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.
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.
www.firm-racing.com and www.coolrunning.com.
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 email@example.com 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.