The TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, with title sponsor Johnson & Johnson and presenting sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies is recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country. The 9th Annual event features three days of activities including a MultiSport Expo and Sprint Distance Race. It culminates with the showcase Olympic Distance Race featuring some of the best elite triathletes in the country. Fairmount Park hosts this scenic, challenging course and fun, family atmosphere; these are just a few reasons the race was named a top-five triathlon in the United States by Outside Magazine and lauded as one of the top big city triathlons by Inside Triathlon Magazine.
Our featured Race with in a Race is the Triathlon Club Challenge where the top 10 clubs based on number of registered participants receive a pre/post race area.
April “Andy Potts” Promotion
Who: All participants – from first timers to seasoned age groupers
When: Must register during April 2013
Where: Sunday, June 23rd
What: Register for the Olympic distance race during the month of April and automatically be entered into the Andy Potts Promotion. Twenty (20) lucky athletes will receive prizes from local race sponsors including:
- Asics shoe certificates
- TYR bags
- PowerBar nutrition packages
- Nathan race day performance packages (valued at over $200): including the new Nathan Mission Control transition bag
- Admission to the pre-race lunch hosted by Andy Potts: includes race tip session
- 2013 Kestrel triathlon bike: awarded to one lucky winner
Event Information: Sprint Distance
The Sprint Course
.8K Swim / 25.3K Bike / 5K Run
.5 mile Swim / 15.7 mile Bike / 3.1 mile Run
The Sprint course will take place almost entirely on the Martin Luther King Drive section of Fairmount Park. It will include many pieces of the popular Olympic course. Like the Olympic Triathlon, the start/finish area and the transition area will be located just off Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road. The Sprint AquaBike will follow the same swim and bike course as the Sprint Triathlon.
The .8K swim will be a point-to-point course moving with the current. The current in the river is negligible this time of year. The finish will be an exit right into the belly of the transition area.
After exiting the transition area, athletes will start the two loop bike course all in Fairmount Park. Each loop will contain some fast, flat sections on Martin Luther King Drive as well as some modest technical and hilly portions on both sides of the river.
The 5K run will be an out and back on Martin Luther King Drive with a photo finish just a short distance from the transition area.
Event Information: Olympic Distance
The Olympic Course
1.5K Swim / 40K Bike / 10K Run
.9 mile Swim / 24.8 mile Bike / 6.2 mile Run
This exciting course will travel through some of the most historic and picturesque sections of Philadelphia. The start/finish area and the transition area will be located just off of Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road- it is a beautiful part of Fairmount Park, complete with statues, trees and grassy fields. The Olympic AquaBike will follow the same swim and bike course as the Olympic Triathlon.
The 1.5K swim will be a point-to-point course, with athletes entering the water from the dock at the St. Joe’s Boathouse on Kelly Drive. Athletes will swim downstream, staying to the left of the island and heading under the second opening at of the Columbia Bridge. The swim will conclude with a right hand turn to the swim exit, which is in the middle of the transition area.
After exiting the transition area, athletes will start the two loop, 40k, bike course through Fairmount Park. Each loop of the bike course includes a portion of the TD Bank US pro cycling championship and combines the flat, fast Martin Luther King and Kelly Drives with several short technical climbs and descents, including Lemon Hill.
After exiting the transition area, athletes will head north on the Martin Luther King Drive (towards Falls Bridge) and reach a turnaround roughly one mile from the run start. They will then run south on Martin Luther King Drive back towards transition. When reaching transition (after approximately 2 miles of running), athletes will loop behind transition on the grass before rejoining Martin Luther King Drive. They will then head to the front of the Art Museum, one of the City’s most famous landmarks, where they will turn around and head back on Martin Luther King Drive for a photo finish, a short distance from the transition area. Roughly 4/10 of one mile will be on grass. The course will be extremely well marked for directions.