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2011 Race – Newton 24 & 8 Hours of Triathlon

Posted on 15 April 2010

Information provided by race director – Ian Adamson

Newton 24 & 8 Hours of Triathlon has been around since 2006 and 2011 will be the 5th edition (no race in 2010). The race will be held in September and the next edition will be in the Midwest, probably Chicago or Milwaukee area.   

The race format makes this race very unique and definitely one to consider for your future race calendar planning. 

Website: www.24hoursoftriathlon.com

Registration and packet pick-up is Friday afternoon. Check-in 6:30 am – 8:00 am Saturday and the race start is 9:00 am. 

Ian is a former professional adventure racer (1995-2006) and has been directing the event since it’s inception, and international multi-sport and multi-day events since 1996. He started racing road bikes in 1973 and my first triathlon competition was the Nepean Triathlon near Sydney, Australia in 1984. Ian’s big competition this year is the Badwater Ultramarathon.  

Entry Fee:   Fees range from $80 (8 hour race, team of 4) to $270 for a solo 24 hour athlete. Each entrant receives a tech running shirt, tech hat, sport towel, swim cap, sponsor sample bag, finisher medal and option for discount Newton Running shoes (a $150 value)

Race Expo – Yes, there will be sponsor tents in the Transition/Pit area.

Is there anything that makes the race memorable? –  This is a unique “set time” format as opposed to the tradition “set distance”, where athletes accumulate the most number of complete triathlon combinations as possible. The feeling is best summed up by the competitors:

 “You have recaptured the essence of triathlon with this event… it felt like my first triathlons in ’82. What you recreated was that special combination of high end athletics and a collegial informality that made the event ‘fun’ for me.” – John Hughes

 “Thanks again for putting on such a fantastic event.  Not too many events bring a crust-stained smile to EVERY participants face.  I’ve raced in a lot of different distances and formatted races, but this was the most unique with a special kind of energy.” — Lars Finanger, Team InsideTri.com

 More here: www.24hoursoftriathlon.com/racer_quotes.htm

 Pre-race dinner –  There is no pre or post race dinner. Part of the event’s format is to include a pit area and support crew so everyone camps out with tents, RVs and BBQs. This creates a community atmosphere which is enhanced with music, socializing and eating activities.

Growth of the race –  The race has grown from 37 in 2006 to 240 in 2007, then capped out at 400 in 2008. The race has now outgrown the Colorado race venue so it will be moving  to accommodate bigger numbers.

Airport close to the race venue –  In 2011 Chicago or Milwaukee will be 1 hours drive max to either major airport.

Hotels:   There will be several hotels close to the race site to be announced in the future.

What is there to do for the kid’s –  This is a kid friendly race and many competitors bring their families.  The multiple loop format allows for easy access to see athlete throughout the race.

Logistics info:  This event has a central Transition area/pit area so the various disciplines will enter and exit this area for each lap.

Specific training advice to prepare the runner for the race – Training depends on which event and category you are in. Many teams have individual’s who have never done a triathlon and may only swim, bike or run. Depending on team size and your preference, this could be a single leg, or multiple legs in one or more of the sports. Solo competitors need some serious endurance legs, and speed to be competitive. In previous years the Ultraman world champ has competed in the 24 hour race (and not won), and the Ironman amateur world champ breaks the 8 hour world record as training for Kona. The 24 hour solo record is just shy of a double IM.

Traffic issues – The race is organized on a course closed to traffic. 

Advice for first-time marathoner – Ian said it best:  “Have fun”

Aid Stations – There are aid stations in the Transition Area and at least one each on the bike and run. Each leg is short (0.24 M swim, 11.2 M bike, 2.62 M run) so there is aid about every 10 minutes for most athletes, plus their pit area.  There will be GU products and water at each aid station.

There are bathroom facilities - with larger facility in the Transition/Pit Area 

The course is marked for day and night with signs, reflective traffic cones, glow sticks, chalk, flour and course marshalls.

Grocery Stores  - To be determined with the new race venue

Water or coffee at the starting line – Water will be available at the start to top off your fluid levels.

Other items of interest – there is a race photographer on the course.   Cell phone coverage on the course.

Budget Items: 

  1. Budget Items for summary of costs:
    1. Race entry Fee: $80 – $270
    2. Hotel: pre/post race $50 and up, not needed during the race. We aim to allow camping in the pit area Friday night (depends on permits, but have done so every year to date)
    3. How many dinners/ meals to buy: All, think camping/picnic/BBQ during the race
    4. Transportation flight cost or gas: Various depending on location
    5. Rental Car Requirements: Various depending on location

Why should an athlete consider this race?   The race has been awarded best in category every year in one or more sports publications for exceptional organization, safety, format and awards. This includes the 100 Best Races on Earth in March 2010 Triathlete Magazine plus a host of others at www.24hoursoftriathlon.com/pressroom.htm   

Wayne’s personal viewpoint:  I competed in this race the first year Ian hosted it.   It has grown dramatically and the format is very unique (how many triathlon’s can you do in 8 or 24 hours?) and nothing quite like it throughout the world.    There is no question, that the race challenging with a combination of speed and long distance endurance.   Also, race strategy is crucial. For example there is no swimming at night so you need to “bank” several swims but not too many as you could end up the next day with an unequal balance.   Can you guess, who did this?   Yes it was me (and other’s) as I ended up with too many swims which reduced my number or total triathlons.     

A tough, fun, strategic race that is well organized – think about it for 2011!

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