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2012-08-06 10:49 AM

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Subject: Raleigh half?

Have you heard anything about a HIM at Lake Jordan next June?  ST is reporting an IM branded one.  Just curious what others have heard. 

I guess we'll find out if the rumor is true on Wednesday.



2012-08-06 8:24 PM
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DougRob posted something similar on Facebook. He may weigh in here. Sounds pretty cool.
2012-08-06 9:19 PM
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A race we listed is on the city council agenda for August 7, 2012 meeting and so was this........

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Brian Myrick, representing World Triathlon Corporation, requests permission to hold a race on Sunday, June 2, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
2012-08-07 8:21 AM
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They are both on the consent agenda. If it runs like Knightdale, that means it is a quick vote on the whole thing unless someone moves to pull an item for seperate consideration. Looks like a nearly done deal.

According to the agenda packet it will be 2 transition areas, T2 is downtown after biking in from Lake Wheeler Rd. The run course will go to Meredith and onto the greenway where they will turn around at some point (steep hills) and finish in front of the Marriott.

I won't race this one, but it should be fun to watch.

ETA: They are calling it a "National Half Ironman". I don't know if that means anything.



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2012-08-07 9:09 AM
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Does WTC even look at a weather almanac before scouting sites for races?  I guess White Lake weather isn't warm enough a month earlier?

I will be keeping my $275 in my pocket for this one. I am not opposed to doing HIM in hot weather (already done it), but if I am going to do so, I am not dropping close to 3 bills for it. 

I just can't see this race being a big seller year after year.  Years 1-2, probably, years 3-4, doubt it.  But hey, if they can make it work, more power to them.

2012-08-07 9:10 AM
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Link to the agenda Mark spoke of.  I'd volunteer, but wouldn't race it.  Holy hotness!

http://raleighnc.gov/content/BoardsCommissions/Documents/CityCouncil/AgendaPacket/07RoadRaces.pdf



2012-08-07 11:20 AM
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fgump - 2012-08-07 10:10 AM

Link to the agenda Mark spoke of.  I'd volunteer, but wouldn't race it.  Holy hotness!

http://raleighnc.gov/content/BoardsCommissions/Documents/CityCouncil/AgendaPacket/07RoadRaces.pdf

Now if they did it on the same weekend as White Lake it would get really interesting...:-)

2012-08-08 9:16 AM
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2012-08-08 10:41 AM
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The Olympic at Kerr Lake/Henderson NC is the same weekend usually
2012-08-08 10:51 AM
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Given the price I think it will do fairly well. I'd still rather do an FS Half for less money and support a company that puts on a lot of races I enjoy. So if the FS Half remains in Raleigh, that's what I'll do when I go back to that distance. That said, this would have been cheaper for me than the Washington Half I did because of no hotel stay.
2012-08-08 11:01 AM
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It's on! I'm new to this and thinking of making this my inaugural IM 70.3.... Anyone else? I'm from the East TN/SW VA/Westrn NC region and would love to find someone to train with or discuss plans..-rw


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DMarkSwan - 2012-08-08 11:51 AM Given the price I think it will do fairly well. I'd still rather do an FS Half for less money and support a company that puts on a lot of races I enjoy. So if the FS Half remains in Raleigh, that's what I'll do when I go back to that distance. That said, this would have been cheaper for me than the Washington Half I did because of no hotel stay.

A lot of chatter about this here, on ST and even at work (got an email from a guy who never emails me, all excited about this). For at least a couple of years I think it will do well. I'm very tempted. To me, the commitment to train for a 70.3 (or 140.6) distance race warrants some kind of "event", rather than a small-race experience. I love the smaller feel of FSSERIES sprints and OLYs but have no desire for a small 70.3 race. But thats just me. :-)

2012-08-08 1:30 PM
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DMarkSwan - 2012-08-08 11:51 AM Given the price I think it will do fairly well. I'd still rather do an FS Half for less money and support a company that puts on a lot of races I enjoy. So if the FS Half remains in Raleigh, that's what I'll do when I go back to that distance. That said, this would have been cheaper for me than the Washington Half I did because of no hotel stay.

A lot of chatter about this here, on ST and even at work (got an email from a guy who never emails me, all excited about this). For at least a couple of years I think it will do well. I'm very tempted. To me, the commitment to train for a 70.3 (or 140.6) distance race warrants some kind of "event", rather than a small-race experience. I love the smaller feel of FSSERIES sprints and OLYs but have no desire for a small 70.3 race. But thats just me. :-)

Now, if it does well, and they double it to full IM in a few years...

2012-08-08 1:33 PM
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DMarkSwan - 2012-08-08 11:51 AM Given the price I think it will do fairly well. I'd still rather do an FS Half for less money and support a company that puts on a lot of races I enjoy. So if the FS Half remains in Raleigh, that's what I'll do when I go back to that distance. That said, this would have been cheaper for me than the Washington Half I did because of no hotel stay.

A lot of chatter about this here, on ST and even at work (got an email from a guy who never emails me, all excited about this). For at least a couple of years I think it will do well. I'm very tempted. To me, the commitment to train for a 70.3 (or 140.6) distance race warrants some kind of "event", rather than a small-race experience. I love the smaller feel of FSSERIES sprints and OLYs but have no desire for a small 70.3 race. But thats just me. :-)

Now, if it does well, and they double it to full IM in a few years...

Lookin' to expand from Argonman to Ironman eh? :-)

2012-08-08 2:20 PM
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Just the thought of the transition areas being that far apart stresses me out! Maybe I will start a business for the weekend where I shuttle stuff back to the finish line....
2012-08-08 2:23 PM
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jrj0924 - 2012-08-08 3:20 PM Just the thought of the transition areas being that far apart stresses me out! Maybe I will start a business for the weekend where I shuttle stuff back to the finish line....

This should not be an issue.  Races do this all the time.



2012-08-08 4:41 PM
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rickshaw!

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What are the chances of this being wetsuit legal? I love the idea of it being im my backyard-could I break my wetsuit dependance by then?
2012-08-08 5:29 PM
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Cayenne - 2012-08-08 6:23 PM What are the chances of this being wetsuit legal? I love the idea of it being im my backyard-could I break my wetsuit dependance by then?

Probably a good shot at being wetsuit legal.  I did the FS Series Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge (1 mile swim) on June 17 of this year and it was wetsuit legal.

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According to the army corps of engineers, lake temp was 79 this year in early june...
2012-08-09 6:36 AM
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Cayenne - 2012-08-08 6:23 PM What are the chances of this being wetsuit legal? I love the idea of it being im my backyard-could I break my wetsuit dependance by then?

Probably a good shot at being wetsuit legal.  I did the FS Series Jordan Lake Open Water Challenge (1 mile swim) on June 17 of this year and it was wetsuit legal.

Could be, but this was a unusually cool june though (at least it was in CLT).  Would probably need a 3 year water temp to get a good idea on water temps.  Plus WTC used the 76.1 cutoff, not 78 like USAT.



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I am considering doing this as my inaugural 70.3 also. I've never done a race where there were two transition areas. What are the logistics of that? It seems like it would be such a pain to have to set up two different transition areas so far away from each other the morning of the race. Can someone explain to this newbie? 
2012-08-09 9:12 AM
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chkjel - 2012-08-09 10:05 AM I am considering doing this as my inaugural 70.3 also. I've never done a race where there were two transition areas. What are the logistics of that? It seems like it would be such a pain to have to set up two different transition areas so far away from each other the morning of the race. Can someone explain to this newbie? 

Don't know how WTC does this but Setup handles it very well at Beach2Battleship. Basically they give you big ziploc bags with T1, T2, etc. on them. You put your T1, T2, etc. stuff in there and they make sure it is in the right place for you (it is all numbered and labeled etc). It seems complicated but goes very smoothly. You will set up your bike etc the night before at this race so on race day it becomes very simple.

2012-08-09 9:14 AM
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You don't set up transition areas for Mdot (Ironman & Ironman 70.3) races.  All of your T1 and T2 items go in bags and they are arranged in order of bib # (usually lined up on the ground at the entrance to transition).

Much different than your local races.

2012-08-09 9:30 AM
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Many thanks, japarker24 and louiskie for T1 & T2 info.

May I also ask what your thoughts are about White Lake HIM and this potential course? I know WL can be so hot, and that's May so I'm worried about the heat factor for the Raleigh race. I'm just trying to decide which might be a better fit for me. Again, this newbie appreciate the help. 

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