St. Croix in
the US Virgin Islands will host its 30th annual triathlon
on December 2, 2018, making it one of the longest-running
triathlons on record. Previously known as “America’s Paradise
Triathlon”, “Beauty and the Beast”, and “Ironman 70.3™ St.
Croix”, the St. Croix Triathlon is a must-do event for triathletes
worldwide. A gorgeous swim in Christiansted harbor transitions
to a scenic yet challenging ride that takes athletes up
the world-famous 15% average grade climb known as “The Beast”.
The run goes east from Christiansted, through the glorious
grounds of The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort. Athletes
are cheered on by residents, volunteers and entertainers
across the island, and festivities occur throughout the
day and night in Christiansted.
Three races will be offered: Half-Iron, Sprint and for the
first time, a Sprint Aquathlon. Relays are offered in the
Half-Iron and Sprint Triathlon races. In addition, the Half-Iron
race is designated as the Caribbean Long Distance Triathlon
New for this year, the St. Croix Triathlon will be a non-profit
event that will be a fund-raiser for local charities that
were impacted by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. “The
Race to Rebuild” will feature several clinics, parties and
entertainment offerings over several days leading up the
Sunday races. Iconic professional triathletes from past
years will be present to give clinics and to share stories
of their extraordinary racing careers.
Registration coming soon
To become a sponsor to aid local St. Croix non-profit organizations,
or to volunteer or entertain at the event, please contact
The race starts by swimming
directly toward the transition area for 150 meters, before
turning left and following the same large triangular course
as before. It's a loop through Christiansted Harbor
with a finish at the wharf area. The course will be
marked by small orange and white buoys on your right and
sailboarders on your left. Competitors shall exit
the water by a specially built ramp at the finish line.
The swim begins on the beach
at the Hotel on the Cay. All athletes must swim to
the Start Area. Allow yourself enough time before
the swim start to cross over to the starting area.
All competitors should be in the starting area by 6:00 am.
Spectators will not be allowed onto the island.
You will be started in waves.
Listen for instructions from the announcer concerning the
start of the race. You will be disqualified if you
start in the wrong wave. You must wear the swim cap
supplied by the organizers. You will be starting in
a running start.
Use Caution at the start of
the race. If you are experiencing problems at any
point in the swim, stop. Lift your swim cap and wave
it - there will be sailboarders stationed every 100 meters.
If you drop out of the swim, please report to the officials'
table as soon as possible.
Please Note: Christiansted Harbor
is a working channel. During race week it is unsafe to swim
there except during the organized training swims.
BIKE COURSE - 90 km (56 miles)
Important: Although every
effort will be taken to limit the number official vehicles
on the course, there still will be a number of official
and non-official vehicles on the course. You are required
to stay in the left lane at all times. Failure to
do so may result in disqualification.
From the transition area you
are going to make an 8-mile loop that begins as you ride
east on Hospital Street, which turns into East End Road
(Rt. 82). Ride out on East End Road until you
get to Southgate Road. Turn right and ride south until
you reach Great Pond (Rt. 624). You will be riding
in the RIGHT LANE of Rt. 624 for .75 or a mile. Turn right
and ride west until Lowry Hill Road.
Turn right at Lowry Hill Rd.
(Rt. 62), which will take you back onto East End Road where
you will make a hard left onto the left-hand side of the
road. Exercise caution here, as oncoming bike traffic
is heading out in the right-hand lane to begin the loop.
Take East End Road back through
Christiansted past the transition area and turn left on
King Street. At Strand Lane, take a very sharp right
turn - this will put you on a very tight bit of roadway,
so be very careful - go one block and take a sharp left
turn onto Strand Street. This is the "Hot Corner".
Be extremely careful on this part of the course. It
is a very fast, slightly downhill section on a narrow roadway.
Turn right at Prince Street
and left at Watergut, which turns into Soboetker Lane.
Follow Soboetker Lane and turn right onto Rt. 75, which
becomes Northside Road, until you come to Northshore Road
(Rt. 80), You're going to take a sharp, downhill right turn
onto Northshore Road (stay left) and follow it until you
come to Rt. 69 (Parasol Hill). Turn left and proceed up
Twenty-one miles into the bike,
The Beast is a 600-foot climb in a stretch of highway 7/10
of a mile long with an average grade of 14 percent and a
maximum grade of 21 percent. You should prepare yourself
for this challenge by following the suggested gearing:
Pros - 24 or higher. Accomplished - 26 or higher. Average
cyclists - 26 or higher with a 39 or 42 chain ring.
The descent from the Beast features
a twisty section of road, with a sharp left hand turn at
the bottom - BE CAREFUL.
Turn left at Midland Road.
Turn right on Rt. 669. Continue straight across at Rt. 70
intersection (make sure to come to a complete stop during
training). Turn right after last speed bump. Turn left onto
Rt. 66 (Melvin Evens Highway). Follow the highway
past the Sunny Isle Shopping Center (which will be on your
Follow Rt. 70 until the intersection
of Rt. 62, where you will go straight. BE EXTREMELLY CAREFUL
AT THIS INTESECTION DURING TRAINING. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT
YOU COME TO A COMPLETE STOP BEFORE CROSSING AT THIS POINT.
Continue traveling eastbound
on Rt. 62. Take a right turn on Rt. 624. DURING THE RACE
YOU WILL BE RIDING IN THE RIGHT LANE FOR .75 OF A MILE.
Turn right on Rt. 60, where you will return to the left
lane. At the entrance to Cramer’s Park, turn left on Rt.
82. Turn left at Southgate Rd., and right onto Rt. 624,
where YOU WILL BE RIDING IN THE RIGHT LAND FOR .75 MILE.
Turn right on Rt. 62, where you will again climb Lowry Hill.
Turn left towards Christiansted. You must stay in the coned
lane on extreme left side of the road.
Returning to the Transition
Area, you will dismount approximately 50 meters before the
entrance, where CYCLISTS MUST GIVE RIGHT OF WAY TO RUNNERS.
Bikes must be walked into the transition area.
RUN - 21 km (13.1 miles)
THIS IS A TWO LOOP RUN COURSE.
YOU WILL MAKE THE TURN TO START THE SECOND LOOP AT THE EXIT
OF THE PARKING LOT ON HOSPITAL STREET, WHERE YOU STARTED
THE FIRST LOOP.
After exiting the transition
area you will run up a grassy bank, and turn right onto
a parking lot road which intersects Hospital Street.
Turn left, at Hospital Street, which turns into East End
Road (Rt. 82). The Bike and Run will share Hospital
Street and East End Road from the transition area area until
Lowry Hill Road (Rt. 62). Use caution in this area.
Take East End Road until you
reach the Buccaneer Hotel where the course will turn left
onto a 2 mile loop through the hotel grounds. The
loop exits back onto East End Road where you will return
to Christiansted and make a first loop turnaround on Hospital
Street and head out again to the Buccaneer. Make the same
loop through the Buccaneer and return to Christiansted.
When finishing the second loop turn left on Company Street,
right at Prince Street, and final right turn down King Street.
LOCATION OF AID STATIONS
Start/Finish - There will be
four aid stations in the start/finish area - swim finish;
run out; and overall finish. Athletes should fill
water bottles before departing for the start area at the
Hotel on the Cay.
Bike Course - There will be 4 aid stations along the bike
course - miles 11, 21, 31, and 43. The Sprint
course has no bike aid stations.
Run Course - Run aid stations will be located approximately
every 6/10 of a mile along the 21km (13.1mile) course.
This holds true for the Sprint as well.
A Sag Vehicle will trail the
field and transport athletes back to the transition area.
The race organization will not be responsible for providing
aid to athletes who choose to remain on the course once
the cut-off time has elapsed.
CUTOFF TIMES (Subject to change)
In order insure the safety of
the participants, and to minimize the disturbance to the
traffic patterns of the island, the following cutoff times
will be enforced. Please remember that a race of this distance,
in a tropical climate, can be dangerous to those who overextend
themselves. Therefore, if you are asked to retire, it is
for your benefit.