The course information posted below is TENTATIVE and SUBJECT TO CHANGE. We will communicate any changes to the race course via email and our social media pages. 

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Interactive POI & Site Map

Not yet active… The interactive points of interest and site map is a live Google Map that will be regularly updated as the event date nears. Once pulled up, simply scan the points of interest listed on the left side and as you scroll over each listed item the point will highlight itself on the map. You'll have to zoom in from there to see the desired area for more detail. Not every point is 100% set in stone, but it will provide a general overview of the race and associated activities. Any changes to the map will announced via email and on our social media sites. 


COURSE CUTOFF DETAILS

The course cutoffs will be strictly enforced by event officials. Any athlete not meeting any of the cutoffs will be disqualified from the event and marked as DNF (did not finish) on the official race results.

SWIM COURSE

The swim course cutoff will be 2 hours and 20 minutes, 0620 (6:20am) with a 0400 (4am) scheduled start time. To meet the cutoff athletes must maintain a pace of 3:37 per 100m. Athletes not meeting the cutoff will be pulled from the event at the conclusion of the swim. This swim is saltwater and cold.

BIKE COURSE

The bike course cutoff will be 8 hours and 25 minutes after the swim cutoff, 1430 (2:30pm). If an athlete completes the swim in exactly 2 hours and 20 minutes they must maintain a pace of 23.20 kph (14.42 mph). Athletes not meeting the cutoff will be pulled from the event at the conclusion of the bike. If an athlete’s pace is such that making the cutoff would be impossible, they may be pulled from the course prior to the cutoff at event official discretion. This bike is mostly rolling but very challenging hills. The wind is known to be very strong with high gusts from day to day. There’s no telling what we will get on race day.

Run COurse

The run course cutoff will be 8 hours and 15 minutes after the bike cutoff, 2300 (11pm). If an athlete completes the swim and bike in exactly 10 hours and 30 minutes they must maintain a pace of 11:23 per km (18:20 per mile). Athletes not meeting the cutoff will immediately be pulled from the run course. If an athlete’s pace is such that making the cutoff would be impossible, they may be pulled from the course prior to the cutoff at event official discretion. In total, 50% of this run is a steady high grade ascent and the other 50% is a steady high grade descent. The first and third 1/4’s are the climbs with the second and fourth 1/4’s being the descents. The wind is known to be very strong with high gusts from day to day. There’s no telling what we will get on race day.


PLEASE BE AWARE

Below, in the course maps descriptions/details we briefly discuss support as well as mandatory and suggested items. We do not go into all the detail for either. Please be fully aware that all athletes and support are required to know and abide by all support and athlete rules as well as carry all mandatory items during this competition. Please visit the athlete rules, support rules, and mandatory items pages for the full list(s).

SWIM COURSE MAP

Please be aware this map is tentative and subject to chance at any time. If it changes it is only because it is necessary and in the best interests of both the race and athletes. If any changes are made we will email participants to let them know.

The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Swim Course is currently set to 3862-meters or 2.4-miles. This distance may change depending on water temperature in the weeks approaching the event and as close as event morning as possible, after water temps are measured. Keep in mind this is a direct feed from the Atlantic Ocean. If the water temp is too low around the time of the event we have to consider those athletes in the water for well over 90-mintues and the prolonged negative effect that cold water may have. We have every intention of a full distance course but want to be forthcoming about possible distance changes in the event of extra cold water. Please be flexible and understanding.

Regardless of distance the course will begin on the southwest side of the Kolgrafartjördur Cove. Athletes will enter the water and continue walking into the water until it’s deep enough to swim (this distance will vary from year-to-year depending on the tides). Once deep enough for swimming athletes are to swim across the body of water to the exit point marked with event flags and an inflatable. The two turns marked on the map will marked with buoys of some kind. As of now we plan on using large tetrahedral shaped yellow (or orange) buoys, as shown, but that may change in shape and color. Swimmers will hook left (going counterclockwise) around the first buoy keeping the marker to their left and then do the exact opposite around the second marker hooking right (clockwise) but more slightly, around that second marker. The course will only have two marker buoys. Those buoys are meant to make sure distance is added to the course, as a straight swim from the entrance to exit would be too short and would likely be the path if we choose to shorten it due to extreme cold. Swimmers will be surrounded, at least on the right side, by kayakers and must always keep the shoreline on their left. We will have kayaks in the water for guidance and safety.

This is a salt water swim and full wetsuits (all the way to the wrists and ankles), a neoprene cap, and neoprene socks/booties are mandatory. Hoods and gloves are optional at this time and should stay that way. We recommend going with at least a slightly higher end wetsuit as it has been our experience that you get what you pay for with wetsuits and warmth. You may also wear a neoprene or thermal vest under your wetsuit if you wish just make sure you have mobility and can still breath without it being too tight.

Support members will drop swimmers off at the start in the morning then go to T1 without them to setup their athlete’s stuff. We will kick support out of T1 once the event has begun and they will make their way (short distance) to the swim exit to help their athlete out of the water and into/through T1 onto the bike. There will be no parking (just a moving drop off line) at swim start for support. Support parking will be available in or near T1. We will post a map showing that parking at a later time.


BIKE COURSE MAP

Please be aware this map is tentative and subject to chance at any time. If it changes it is only because it is necessary and in the best interests of both the race and athletes. If any changes are made we will email participants to let them know.

The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Bike Course is currently set to 195-kilometers or 121.5-miles. It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that this bike course would change before the event due to the limited options in the area but anything is possible with an event like this. Please keep in mind that if we do change it we will do everything in our power to give athletes at least 180k/112m and the most challenging course possible. Please be flexible and understanding.

The bike course will start with a left turn out of T1. There is no ramp or side road to mount your bike on to start the ride. The athlete and their support are responsible for safely walking the bike across the road to mount on the far westbound side of the road to begin the westbound counterclockwise ride around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Riders will complete one full lap around by staying on highway 54 all the way to about 130k/80m where they will make a left turn and head north on 56 to connect back with 54 at around 150k/95m. Once back on 54 headed west riders will complete the loop by heading past the swim start again and continue for an additional 35k/22m to reach T2 in Olafsvik. Although we plan on having the course turns marked with tape, signs, and volunteers it is 100% the athlete’s responsibility to know the course. None of the courses in Iceland are directionally difficult. Between the swim, bike, and run there are a total of less than a dozen turns with plenty of time prior to the race to memorize them or at least carry them with you. Always play it safe and be prepared. Things like signs can be blown over in the extreme Icelandic wind, tape can be pulled up, and no matter how much we love volunteers, sometimes they don’t show up and/or leave their post. Be responsible for your own success!

This course is 100% open. This means there are no cones or dedicated safety lanes for riders. For the most part Iceland is more friendly to riders than a majority of places in the United States but things can still happen out there. As a rider you must obey all normal traffic laws at all times. There is no drafting or riding side by side. If you are passing do it quick and safe. Never assume a car can see you and always be aware of your surroundings. There are no headphones or non headphone music allowed at any time. All riders MUST have a solid white light on the front of their bike and blinking red light on the back of their bike at all times. All riders must wear a high visibility reflective cycling vest at all times and carry a flat changing kit with as well. Lastly all riders must carry a charged cell with them as well.

Athlete support teams must have a dedicated car (only one) that leap frogs their athlete on the course pulling off only when it is safe to do so to offer support in the way of a bottle hand up or actual athlete stop to take care of business. We do not supply any support of any kind on the bike. This means that between what the athlete caries on them while riding plus what support offers them at numerous stops along the way, the athlete must complete the event on their own without our assistance. In the event of a flat or mechanical the athlete or their support should be able to take care of it and get the rider back on the road. Support teams are not permitted to have more than one dedicated support car, may never park on the opposite side of the road, and may never follow their athlete. Only passing and going ahead to the next planned stop is allowed.


RUN COURSE MAP

Please be aware this map is tentative and subject to chance at any time. If it changes it is only because it is necessary and in the best interests of both the race and athletes. If any changes are made we will email participants to let them know.

The Ísland Extreme Triathlon Run Course is currently set to 43.5-kilometers or 27-miles. It is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that this run course would change before the event due to the limited options in the area but anything is possible with an event like this. Please keep in mind that if we do change it we will do everything in our power to give athletes at least 42k/26.2m and the most challenging course possible. Please be flexible and understanding.

The run course will start with a downhill run out of T2 which is set on a spectacular plateau area within Olafsvik that has a 360° view of the town, ocean, and mountains. Once runners make their way down to the highway they came in on they will run to the dirt mountain road 570 that goes up and over Snæfellsjökull allowing runners to go straight south to the other side of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This road is suitable for a car although very rough and slow going. It tops out at around 700m/2300’ before defending down to the south side of the mountain, turning around and coming back over on the way back to Olafsvik for the finish. There is a slight left turn dog leg before the u-turn point on a side access road so that runners get in the needed mileage without having to run on the highway. This course is a true out-and-back, but unlike many out and backs the scenery seems to be different in both directions due to the extremeness of the landscape. Additionally with very high winds and cold temperatures possible it allows race management to easily access athletes if needed and keep a close eye on the progress of the event. Lastly it also allows for athlete encouragement as runners pass each other coming and going on the course. We promise that this run and the views it presents will be awe-inspiring and memorable from start to finish.

At least one support member is recommended to complete the entire run with each athlete. Please keep in mind that both the athlete and their support are EACH required to carry all mandatory items for themselves. Support may be asked to carry double by their athlete to ensure there’s always enough for the athlete to continue (up to athlete and their support).

HYDRATION/NUTRITION STATIONS

We have 5 total hydration/nutrition stations throughout the run course. As of now we are planning on having stations at T2, 10k/6.2m, 22k/13.6m halfway point turnaround, 33.5k/20.5m (same station as 10k), and the finish line. So 5 stations in all, one of them hit twice once on the way out and once on the way back. We will have water, some type of energy drink like Gatorade or PowerAid, energy gels and bars, soda, and various snack foods. This will be a cupless event. Please be sure you have water bottle(s) or a camelback type item on you at all times to refill and carry with you. All trash must be disposed of at the stations or kept on you until the finish. Both support and athletes are welcome to whatever is at these stations.