Seashore to Battleship Race Assessment
I want to provide a evaluate for the Seashore to Battleship race. This race has each a 70.three half ironman and a 140.6 ironman that run simultaneous on the identical day with the half ironman being delayed 1 hour on the swim and having an alternate bike course that crosses the 140.6 bike course. The run is completed on the identical path for each races with the half ironman doing 1 loop and the total ironman doing 2 loops. Total, I might give this race an A for his or her pre-planning, race info, onsite logistics, volunteers, support stations, awards, finish of race, and total race really feel.
Pre-planning – This yr was the seventh yr for the Seashore to Battleship race. This was my first yr to do that race, so I do not need any comparisons over the earlier years, however I felt like their pre-planning was wonderful. They supplied a web site that was chalk full of knowledge. Many of the info was dated for the 2014 race for a lot of the yr till about 2 months away from the 2015 race, however you possibly can acquire numerous info from the web site itself. They supplied course maps, resort strategies, registration, support station info, and way more on the web site. I discovered it to be very informational, however want to get extra up to date info for the brand new yr sooner on the web site. The video that takes the place of the race info assembly on location didn’t change dates till proper earlier than the race week. This can be a complicated side to the knowledge for somebody who’s coming in on their first yr at this race. For the shortage of up to date info the web site will get a B.
Race Data – Along with the web site info that’s fundamental to most races, the Seashore to Battleship additionally features a thorough race info information. It’s downloadable in .PDF format from the web site. As well as every racer is distributed a sure journal fashion booklet that incorporates all the up to date info. I obtained my booklet about 2 weeks earlier than the race. As I used to be very nervous concerning the race total, I learn the knowledge booklet and highlighted the necessary sections although I had learn a lot of the identical info on the web site. One of many elements to this race is that it’s a level to level race which means that you just do not need the identical transition space for every transition. This explicit level made me very nervous. The race info information gave wonderful details about the variety of baggage and the kind of baggage to out gadgets in. I discovered the information to supply the knowledge I wanted to achieve success within the race. I do not suppose that I arrived on the venue shocked about something. The one factor that I might provide so as to add to the information can be some prompt practices for set up your gear and the order to drop gadgets off. For the standard of the knowledge supplied within the information I might give them an A+.
Onsite Test-in Logistics – As soon as I arrived on the venue, I had to determine get every little thing I wanted. I parked within the Conference Heart Parking Storage and entered the constructing. As I entered the primary room the place the indicators directed me to go to, I entered a well-defined path towards packet pickup. The packet pickup went just like different races, the place I gave them my identify, confirmed them my driver’s license, and confirmed them my USA Triathlon Membership Card. I then obtained my packet that had all the contents that I wanted. I then made my approach out of the conference middle by way of the expo with all the totally different gadgets to buy. As I dove into my packet I discovered on the 5 baggage that I wanted to play gadgets in. I had made a guidelines for the totally different baggage, so this was simple to comply with. I then proceeded to drop off my baggage on the varied areas and my bike at bike check-in. I discovered this a part of the logistics of the race to very organized and I had loads of info to comply with to maintain myself calm and arranged. The directions have been clear and exact. For the standard of the logistics I give the race an A. There may have been extra volunteers on the packet pick-up answering questions. I used to be there proper firstly of the check-in time. I seen once I went again later to place my race quantity on my race belt there have been many extra folks answering questions.
Onsite Race Day Logistics – After I arrived on the Wrightsville Seashore Metropolis Corridor space to get to my bike, I discovered the signage to be ample and the bulletins over the loud speaker to be clear. I discovered there have been loads of port-a-johns which is at all times a plus. I additionally found the onsite bike support station to have certified assist there particularly since I wanted to air up a tire. I discovered the distribution of baggage all through the day to be of a top quality and I used to be by no means questioning the place my bag was positioned at every of the transitions. The bus journey to the Wrightsville Seashore swim location was good. I did discover the announcement to go out to the seashore wanted to be earlier. All through the day, the signage for the instructions for the course have been properly positioned. I by no means felt misplaced or battle with the place to go besides on the run once I cam down the hill and transition to the boardwalk. There may have been extra signage there. All through the bike course there have been mileage indicators which helped. There was one signal that was misplaced on the run. The 24 mile signal was positioned on the 23 mile spot. I knew that from the primary time round and so it didn’t shock me once I got here across the second time and had three miles to go as a substitute of two. I felt total the transitions have been properly organized and the logistics of getting across the course have been properly performed. For all of the race day logistics I might give a stable A with the one enchancment to be one place for improved signage.
Volunteers – The volunteers for this race have been wonderful. I discovered that the volunteers for the day earlier than the race by way of the tip of the race and the end line have been courteous, encouraging, and giving of themselves. I preferred the volunteers on the run who had some encouraging phrases and made their support stations enjoyable. The volunteers gave nice instructions out on the bike course by way of among the many turns we needed to take. I by no means ran right into a volunteer that wasn’t useful in any approach or impolite even on the early morning of the race. There may have been one other volunteer or two who was briefed on all the race to be positioned within the check-in space. Every time I requested a selected query, I used to be taken to at least one particular person who knew all. Generally I needed to wait there to talk to them in line. I actually couldn’t ask for any higher volunteers on the day. I might give the volunteers an A+.
Assist Stations – The help stations all through the day supplied high quality dietary gadgets. They have been spaced in an applicable style in accordance the race info, though the primary support station did not come for a little bit over 20 miles on the bike. I assumed the assorted support stations have been having enjoyable and gave out the gadgets appropriately. On the bike may be troublesome to take a bottle from somebody, however every time I took one the volunteer on the support station handed it to me appropriately. The help station elements have been simply what I used to be in search of particularly on the run. On my second loop of the day, the run support stations began to lose some vitality, however total they stored handing out great things. I did suppose that one explicit support station was nice as a result of the volunteers had indicators round their neck for what they have been providing. On the different support stations they have been simply yelling out what that they had. The help stations have been properly stocked and by no means ran out of something that I wanted. The particular wants support stations have been properly manned and gave me my particular wants bag in a rush. The bike support station requested me my quantity about 200 yards earlier than the baggage after which yelled the quantity up forward. One of many volunteers met me with my bag. The run particular wants space requested me my quantity as I ran by them up the hill across the PPD constructing. That they had my bag prepared for me as I got here again down the hill. The help stations get an A for his or her effort.
Awards – On the finish of a protracted day of racing an ironman, the awards on the finish are at all times particular. On the Seashore to Battleship race I obtained a really good medal after which for a twist on the awards, I obtained a pair of orange pajama pants that had the phrase “Finisher” on the leg. I appreciated each of those awards and anticipate subsequent yr getting one of many podium awards! I assumed the awards deserved an A.
Finish of Race – On the finish of the race, there was a therapeutic massage tent which I took full benefit of. I appreciated this free service. There was water bottles proper on the finish of the race as properly. As I acquired colder they handed out emergency blankets which helped to supply heat. They race organizers had an space on the brand new pier with meals, a dwell band, and outcomes space. I although the tip of the race space was good and didn’t want any enchancment. I used to be so exhausted, I did not want a lot. I might give the tip of race space an A.
Total Race Really feel – I assumed this race had an amazing really feel to it. I’ve heard that the end line was once higher as a result of it completed downtown in entrance of the Battleship. Due to building and the brand new pier being constructed the end line had been moved to a different space. I assumed the end line may have used some additional pizazz with music and so on. My spouse and youngsters did not have the best of instances getting right down to the end line due to the gravel car parking zone they needed to traverse with my spouse using in a wheelchair due to a twisted ankle. The end line will likely be higher in future years as extra of the development is completed. I liked this race although. I couldn’t have requested for a greater total expertise for my first ironman distance race. I’ll definitely do that race once more. Total the end line hampered the expertise a bit, so I’ll give the general really feel an A-.
Source by Jeff Dowdy