The Renaissance Man is a challenging and scenic course that covers many historic landmarks along the routes. The swim takes place in the lock channel just below the Wilson Dam and is very spectator friendly. The bike route features a fast time trial design with a few climbs that are challenging yet eye-watering fast on the descents. The run will test your endurance early on, but gives back momentum on the last three miles into the finish line.
The lawn of the beach area at Mcfarland Park will be home base for the athletes. Only a few feet from the transition area are the swim start and finish, making T1 a breeze. Transition will be secured by volunteers and security staff making sure numbers match bikes with the athlete. Only athletes will be permitted into the transition area as well as individuals with special needs approved before race day by staff.
Starting from the beach area in a time trial format, swimmers will head out of the harbor and go under O'Neal bridge. The lock channel has very little current and will make for a great swim. The course will have smaller buoys separating the swimmers. A large buoy will be placed at the halfway point marking the turnaround point. From there the swim is straight back to the beach at McFarland Park. Transition is just a few feet from the beach area.
The bike route is fast and should be great for a personal record. Enjoy scenic county views along the 25 miles just on the outskirts of Florence. Rolling hills and very few turns means the focus can stay on cadence and not breaking in preparation for turns.
The run course starts off flat and gives you time to shake out your bike legs. For the next half mile it is slightly uphill on the way into downtown Florence. It's a straight shot to UNA for an easy loop around the campus before striding back down to McFarland Park though one last trip downtown and a beautiful historic neighborhood featuring a home by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Digital Course Maps
McFarland Park - 200 James M Spain Dr, Florence, AL 35630
This event is a spectator friendly course. There are many locations along every portion of the routes to cheer on the competitors. McFarland park is laid out nicely for this so please invite your fans to cheer you on!!
•Stay hydrated. Water stations at transition area and on run course
•Wear sunscreen or protective clothing
•Weather and temperatures for 2014 were High of 90 degrees - Low of 73 degrees
•Water temperature for 2014 was 83 degrees (wetsuits were not permitted)
•Bike service will be available near transition for any last minute help