Aukeman Sprint Distance Course
NOTE: In 2021 we are planning on operating the swim course as a one way course starting at the dock at the University of Alaska Southeast to the boat ramp as mentioned below and running a wave start.
The swim will take place in Auke Lake. Swimmers will start at the dock at UAS and finish at the Auke Lake boat ramp, passing buoys as required on your right side. You will be lined up race morning based on your estimated swim time, and racers will start 10 seconds apart from eachother. Swimmers then proceed approximately 500 meters to the transition area in front of the Mourant Building. You may consider bringing two pairs of shoes to have one set at the start and one set at the finish to get you from the end of the swim back to transition.
The Bike course start between the Mourant Building and UAS Library, and travels to Back Loop Road via the paved UAS path. The bike course is an out and back route proceeding to Back Loop Road, Glacier Spur Road, and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center and back. Cyclists will exit the paved path turn right onto Back Loop Road. They will ride approximately 7km to the Glacier Spur Road, and turn left toward the Mendenhall Glacier. This intersection will be manned by race volunteers, but cyclists must yield to traffic before proceeding toward the glacier. Cyclists will proceed to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center parking lot, ride around the roundabout, and then return to UAS and the transition area using the UAS road entrance (note: the return route does not use the paved path, rather it enters UAS using the motor vehicle route). Upon returning to UAS, cyclists will enter transition area again for T2.
The run course will be a single out-and-back. Runners will exit UAS and turn left onto Glacier Highway. Runners will run on the left-hand (Auke Lake side) of the highway on the way out onto the run course. They will turn left onto the Auke Lake Trail, and follow the trail to the end and turn right onto Goat Hill Road. The course continues to the north end of Goat Hill road where runners will turn left onto Back Loop Road and return to the Auke Lake Trail which they will follow to Glacier Highway and the finish line at UAS following the same route they used on the way out. Make sure to stay on the right side of Glacier Highway on your return to UAS. The course will be marked and manned by race volunteers.
2021 swim course: