St. Mary’s Triathlon

In addition to the information below, the FAQ section may also help to answer some of the most common questions we receive.

DATE – JULY 30th, 2017 – 8am at Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington, WV

PACKET PICK UP- will occur on Saturday, July 29th, at the ST. MARY’S CONFERENCE CENTER, 2825 5th Avenue from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m

There is no packet pickup on race day.

There are 3 races being held:  a triathlon, triathlon relay and a duathlon.

The triathlon has a half-mile swim, 15 mile bike and 5k  run.  This may be done as a relay of 2 or 3 people.  The duathlon has the 5k run instead of the swim.

All races start at 8am and are chip timed.

There will be tech t-shirts and a gift for all participants.   


This will be a triangle shaped course.  Start at the boat ramp and swim out and slightly upstream to the first buoy about 1/6 mile away;  then head west with the current 1/6 mile then head back to the boat ramp for the last 1/6 of a mile.   We will have many kayaks patrolling the course.  If needed you can hold on to one  but they cannot propel you forward.  This will be a wade in start.   The swim event will have three start times.  Male participants will start at 8:00, female participants will start at 8:05 and relay and all other participants will start at 8:10.  We encourage all participants with a swim time slower than fifteen minutes to start with the third wave.  Participants must be 18 or older to be eligible to compete in either the triathlon or the triathlon relay swim segment.  Unfortunately, we must enforce this rule as our insurance carrier will not allow us to make any exceptions. 


Leaving Harris Riverfront Park turn right and go down to 12th St. West and turn left and go south to 5th Avenue and then turn left which is east.  Stay in the left lane.  Go east to 24th Street and then turn left (north) then turn left at 3rd Avenue and go west.   You will stay in the north (closest to the river) lane until you return to Harris Riverfront Park. Riders completing their first loop will be instructed to remain in the left lane of Veterans (Virginia) Avenue until you reach 8th Street.  This is to avoid merging bicycle traffic and runners from the transition point.    The course is 2 loops of 7.5 miles each for a total of 15 miles.  For the fastest athletes it will be possible that slower athletes will merge in to you as they emerge from the park.  Be careful.  After the second loop return to the transition point in Harris Riverfront Park to complete bike leg.   Dismount at the dismount line!   Someone will be there to tell you this.  There is no riding in the transition area.


For the duathlon, there are 2 different 5k courses. The first 5k course is from the Harris Riverfront Park to Ducky’s and back. The second 5k course is out of Harris Riverfront Park and to the 6th Street Bridge, up the ramp and across the bridge to Chesapeake and back.

For the triathlon and the duathlon the course is simply to head west leaving the park .   Go west for 1.2 miles approximatelyand turn back around at first street.   You will re-enter the park and head west and make a loop in the park and ultimately head along the river to the finish which will be very close to the boat ramp where it all started.


The awards will be unique this year. Age groups are for male and female are as follows: 18-21, 22-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-70 and 71 and older in the triathlon and duathlon.   Relay awards are for first 3 teams in female, male and mixed.  Athletes must be present or have made arrangements to have their award picked up for them.  We will not be responsible for awards after the conclusion of the St. Mary’s Triathlon/Duathlon. 

Registration for St. Mary’s employees  is  best done on line this year.   Make sure you bring a St. Mary’s ID at packet pickup since this is how you take advantage of the reduced entry fees.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:   The race starts and finishes at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington along the Ohio River.   There is plentiful parking and if by some chance we run short at the park there are parking garages across the street.

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