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Delaware Diamondman® Triathlon
Bear, DE
Sunday September 7, 2008
Half: 1.2 Mile Swim~56 Mile Bike~13.1 Mile Run
Sprint: 0.6 Mile Swim~17.5 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run


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Diamondman Saturday Packet Pickup Update
Due to Hurricane Hanna and the expected time frame of its arrival in Delaware, packet pickup for Saturday is now scheduled for 10am to 12 noon.  First Timers Meeting will be held at 11am.

For those registering on Saturday, please arrive early.  We encourage you to sign up on Saturday.  There will be limited race day registrations on Sunday. 
Click here for the LATE REGISTRATION FORM if you are signing up on Saturday or Sunday.  Again, we remind you that you will have a better chance of getting in to the race if you sign up on Saturday.  

If you decide to sign up on Sunday, we will be limiting it to 10 or so slots on a First Come, First Served Basis.  We begin packet pickup on Sunday at 5:30am prompt.  

Packet pickup will be at the race site under the big white tent.
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LATE REGISTRATION FORMS


If you still want to race and haven't signed up, click on pdf logo above, print out, and bring with you to race site all filled out.

You may sign up in person the day before from 1 to 4pm only.  There will be LIMITED race morning registrations allowed.

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Event Summary
  • A Greater Atlantic Multisport Series Event
  • A Greater Atlantic Club Challenge Race  
  • Open to all participants 15 and older
  • Diamondman™"/"Diamondgirl™" is Delaware's longest triathlon in history!
  • Bike course combines the famous Escape from Fort Delaware Triathlon and Lums Pond Triathlon/Duathlon courses.  Super flat and fast course.
  • Every year this race has had over 95% finishers!!
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Results History

2007

2006

Overall Results Half Iron

Overall Results Half Iron

Overall Results Sprint

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Athlete Guide


Click on logo for pdf

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Awards
  • Each Race has separate awards
  • Top 5 Overall Male "Diamondman™" and Top 5 Overall Female "Diamondgirl™" for Half Distance
  • Top 3 Overall Male and Top 3 Overall Female for Sprint
  • Male Age Groups (Top 3 in each)
    • 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
  • Female Age Groups (Top 3 in each)
    • 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
  • Top Masters Male and Top Masters Females
  • Top 3 Clydesdale (Male 200+ lbs). 
  • Top 3 Masters Clydesdale (Males 200+ lbs). 
  • Top 3 Athenas (Females 150+ lbs). 
  • Top 3 Physically Challenged - please contact race director for a course overview.
  • Relays - First overall 
    • Male Teams
    • Female Teams
    • Co-ed Teams
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Course

Swim for half - 1.2 miles - in water start

Swim for sprint is 0.6 miles - in water start.

  • Wetsuits - If you need one, go to www.wetsuitrental.com and rent directly from them for $35 plus $6 shipping.
  • Expected water temperature around 72 degrees.  Wetsuits allowed per USA Triathlon rules.
  • Start and finish at the boat ramp area.
  • Special transition area available near swim exit.  This area will be available for those who wish to wear sneakers for the 1/4 mile trek from the swim exit to the "regular" transition area.  Please lave your sneakers in this designated area and you may not leave anything behind such as wetsuits, goggles, caps in this special transition area.  Failure to do so will result in a 4 minute penalty.

Bike for half - 56 miles - Flat and Fast. 

UPDATED;  The bike for the half iron has been modified this year due to unexpected bridge construction at Augustine Beach.  In order to maintain the HALF bike distance, there will be three turn around points on the bike course.  The 1st and 3rd will be at the Augustine Beach area and the 2nd will be on Cox Neck Road near Southern Elementary School.  Please see course description below and bike course map.

Bike for sprint is 17.5 miles - flat and fast.

  • Exit Transition area and head straight onto Route 71 (Red Lion Road)
  • Left onto Chesapeake City Road
  • Right onto Frazer Road
  • Left onto Denny Road.  Sharp turn.  Slow down!
  • Left onto Steele Road
  • Left onto Chesapeake City Road
  • Right onto Route 71
  • Immediately after RR tracks, turn right onto Kirkwood-St. Georges Road
  • Bike turn around for SPRINT bike course in St. Georges on Kirkwood-St. Georges Road near Route 13 bridge.
  • Left onto Delaware Street in the small town of St. Georges.  Sharp turn.  Slow down!
  • Right onto Cox Neck Road
  • At the light in Delaware City, Right onto Route 9 South
  • Cross a small grated bridge just prior to the big Reedy Point Bridge.  Be careful here.
  • Proceed over Reedy Point Bridge - 1 mile climb over the top
  • Right onto Thornton Road
  • Left onto Route 9 South and through Port Penn and Augustine Beach
  • Bike water bottle/sport drink exchange - around mile 22.  Throw old and used bottle aside, slow down, and grab bottle while continuing to ride.
  • Due to unexpected bridge construction, bike turn around is at Augustine Beach.
  • Head back same way onto Route 9 South and through Augustine Beach and Port Penn.
  • Bike water bottle/sport drink exchange - around mile 28.  Throw old and used bottle aside, slow down, and grab bottle while continuing to ride.
  • Right onto Thornton Road
  • Left onto Route 9 South
  • Proceed over Reedy Point Bridge - 1 mile climb over the top
  • Cross a small grated bridge just after this big Reedy Point Bridge.  Be careful here.
  • Left at the light in Delaware City onto Cox Neck Road
  • Turn around in front of Southern Elementary and repeat course to Augustine Beach and back (you will go over Reedy Point Bridge a total of 4 times). 
  • Left onto Delaware Street
  • Right onto Main Street in St. Georges.  Sharp turn.  Slow down!
  • Left onto Kirkwood-St. Georges Road
  • Left onto Route 71 (Red Lion Road) and over RR tracks.
  • Go for about 2.5 miles and turn right into the transition area along Route 71.

Run for half - 13.1 miles - Flat.  Out and back course along the beautiful C&D Canal.

Run for sprint course is 2 miles around campground loop (out and back).  Stay to the left of each other throughout run.   

  • The C&D Canal is generally flat, smooth, and wide made mostly of small gravel.  Mostly sunny. 
  • Water/sport drink stations around every mile.  HammerGel provided at each station.
  • Stay to the left of each other.
  • Head out of transition area and run counter clockwise around campground road.
  • Leave campground at the main campground exit (on the right side heading out to stay away from bikers heading back in).
  • Cross Route 71 onto the shoulder for about 1/2 mile and turn left onto Old Summit Road.
  • Stay on Old Summit Road for about 1/2 mile to the end until you approach a cal-de-sac under big power lines.  Take right.
  • Proceed towards the bottom road along the C&D Canal and heads towards Chesapeake City, MD (on the north side)
  • Run along the water for about 5 miles
  • Turn around and head back the same way straight back into the campground.
  • Once you enter the campground stay to the left and run around the campground road "clockwise" until you approach the finish line.

 

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Course Maps

Transition

Swim

Bike

Run

       
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Amenities
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Lodging

Preferred Hotel:  Newark Sleep Inn.  Mention code "LTRIAT" and get the triathlon rates of $69.00 plus tax.  Sign up early before all rooms are sold out.
Located at Rt. 896 across from University of Delaware Field Houses.  About 7 miles from race site.  Closest hotel. 
630 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE  19713
1-302-453-1700

Camping at Lums Pond State Park
Campground is located across the pond from transition area (about 4 mile drive around pond)
1-302-368-6989

Hilton - Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Drive (Rt 7 & I-95)
Newark, DE  19713
1-800-348-3133

Red Roof Inns
410 Eagle Run Rd (Rt 7 & (I-95)
Newark, DE 19713
1-3-2-292-2870

Hawthorn Suites
410 Eagle Run Rd (Rt 273 & I-95)
Newark, DE  19713
1-302-292-2870

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Directions

From Philadelphia and North

  • Interstate 95 South
  • Exit #1A onto route 896 South towards Middletown
  • SEE BELOW

From New Jersey

  • Delaware Memorial Bridge (295 South) - toll bridge
  • Interstate 95 South
  • Exit #1A onto Route 896 South towards Middletown
  • SEE BELOW

From Maryland and South

  • Interstate 95 North
  • Exit #1 onto Route 896 South towards Middletown
  • SEE BELOW

From Seashore of Delaware and Maryland

  • Rt 1 and 13 North
  • Go over the North Korean Bridge (Rt 1 Bridge) - Toll bridge
  • First Exit after bridge is..
  • Exit 152 onto Rt 72 West for Newark
  • Go for 1.1 miles and turn left onto Route 71 South (Red Lion Road)
  • Go for about 5 miles on Route 71 South
  • Right into Campground area of Lums Pond State Park

BELOW

  • Stay on Route 896 South for approximatley 6.5 miles (you will cross over Route 40)
  • Left onto Red Lion Road (Route 71)
  • Go for 2 miles and campground is on left
  • For Mapuest purposes, try 3315 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE  19701.
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Race Intinerary

Saturday, September 6, 2008

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm - Early packet pickup near campground area at Lums Pond State Park.  For Mapuest purposes, try 3315 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE  19701.
  • 3:00pm - First Timers Meeting.  "Open to all registered participants."  This is an opportunity to review logistics of the race with a Piranha Sports staff member.  It will involve reviewing packets, chip timing, transition area, rules, and tips.
  • BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET for optional inspection at early packet pickup. 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

  • 5:30am - 6:45am - Transition area opened.  Located near campground area of Lums Pond State Park, Bear, DE.  For Mapuest purposes, try 3315 Red Lion Road, Bear, DE  19701. Late packet pickup.  Body marking.  LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections. 
  • 6:45am - Mandatory pre-race meeting.
  • 7:00am - National Anthem.
  • 7:15am - Swim - 1st Wave.  Half Iron Competitors.  Men 49 and Under.  Yellow Caps. 
  • 7:20am - Swim - 2nd Wave. Half Iron Competitors.  Men 50 and Over, All Females, and All Relays.  Green Caps. 
  • 7:50am - Swim - 3rd Wave (Sprint Course) = 0.6 mile.  All Male Sprint Competitors.  Light Blue Caps. 
  • 7:55am - Swim - 4th Wave (Sprint Course) = 0.6 mile.  All Females and Relays Sprint Competitors.  Orange Caps.   
  • 9:30am - Penalty list posted by head official for Sprint Competitors.
  • 9:45am - Official Results for Sprint Competitors posted for purposes of awards.
  • 10:00am - Post race part/awards for Sprint Competitors.  Awards will not be mailed.
  • 10:00am - Transition area closed for Sprint Competitors.
  • 12:30pm - Cut off time for bike leg.  14mph average for this flat bike course if started by 8:30am.
  • 1:45pm - Penalty list posted by head official.
  • 2:00pm - Official Results posted for purposes of awards.
  • 2:15pm - Post race party/awards.  Awards will not be mailed.
  • 2:15pm - Transition area closed.

Race director/management may alter any part or distance of the event as dictated by event day conditions, such as weather.

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Refund Policy
absolutely NO refunds will be made for any reason.  REFERRED TO AS “ENTRY FEES” ABOVE AND INCLUDES ENTRY FEES, PARTICIPANT SHIRTS, UPGRADED PRODUCTS, ANY OTHER AMENITIES, INSURANCE, AND ONLINE ADMINISTRATIVE FEES.  MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE ANY ITEMS as leftovers are distributed on day of race.  WE DO NOT SHIP.  ENTRY FEES CANNOT BE  TRANSFERRED TO OTHER PERSONS OR APPLIED TOWARD future PIRANHA SPORTS EVENTS.  Selling your race entry slot is strictly prohibited by piranha sports. If you do sell your race slot, you will be disqualified from the race and you, as well as the entrant who purchased your slot, will be unable to race in another Piranha Sports event for a minimum of 2 years. Piranha Sports reserves the right to reject any entry if a valid photo ID is not presented at race packet pick-up.  There is NO rain date for the event.  In cases of inclement weather, natural disaster, acts of God, acts of war or other unforeseen extraordinary circumstances, management reserves the right to cancel the event and/or modify the race course for safety concerns. Under such circumstances, there will be absolutely no refunds or transfer of entries to future Piranha Sports events. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as participate shirts, upgrade products, insurance, and online administrative fees.  All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all.  Management reserves the right to reject or accept a race entry for any reason.  By signing up for this race, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms listed on this page.
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Rules
  • Please see Series Infomation for a complete set of rules.
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Spectator Information
The transition area, run start/finish, and bike bike start/finish is in a field along Route 71 of Lums Pond State Park. It is alongside a busy road (Route 71). It offers a large field with ideal spectator areas for watching the swim (about 1/4 mile away), transition, bike start and finish as well as run start and finish. Bring the kids and make plans to spend the day at Lums Pond enjoying activities such as fishing, paddle boats, picnic area and playground.

Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available near the campground area. Parking attendants will be available to assist you with parking. Also, please be aware that once the race begins, the road leading in and out of Lums Pond State Park will be used by participants as it is part of the race course.

Athlete Support
Bring your cow bells, noise makers, posters, banners, and other items to cheer on your favorite athlete. Please keep in mind that spectators are not allowed to provide any outside assistance to the athletes. Outside assistance can result in penalties and possible disqualification. Outside assistance can include but is not limited to: transition area assistance, running or riding along with the athlete (pacing), handing off water bottles, etc. The Piranha Sports staff and volunteers will provide assistance as needed and allowed. As well, there will be no time during the event when spectators will be allowed in the secure transition area. If your athlete forgot an item for the transition area, please ask a Piranha Sports Staff member or volunteer to assist you in getting that item to the athlete.

Spectator Control
The Piranha Sports Staff and volunteers have your athlete’s safety and security as their primary responsibility. Therefore, there may be times during the course of the event that we will need to provide directions to spectators if we feel that the athletes do not have a clear and unobstructed path. Please pay close attention to these directions/instructions so that we are able to maintain the safety of every athlete.

Kids and Dogs
The Piranha Sports Staff loves having kids and dogs at the events. The kids are our future and the dogs are just great. If you do bring your children and/or pets, please keep a close eye on them. Do not allow them to venture onto any of the roadways particularly near the mount/dismount area. As well, if your children bring bikes, please ensure that they are wearing helmets at all times.

Post Race Food
Just as a reminder, the food and beverages provided by Piranha Sports are for athletes and volunteers only.

Other Notes
Lums Pond is a State Park and a take-in/take-out policy is in effect.
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