This race was over a month ago, but it still deserves a write up because it was really cool! Every year SetUp Events holds a FREE celebration time trial to thank their race participants. It starts at the Coast Guard Station and goes straight down Banks Channel w/ an incoming tide and finishes at the sandy beach on the channel side of the The Blockade Runner.
I figured this would be a great workout, plus any triathlete who's a triathlete in Wilmington does this race. Logistically it's simple; you park at the finish and they shuttle you to the start. I loaded into the trollies with a few buddies :)
The race started with the national anthem and then the oldest swimmer had the honors of being the first one over the timing mats. From there it's up to you where you'd like to start. They give you a timing chip so you can start at the front, at the back, with friends, wherever you want! I started in the middle cause I didn't want to get swum over top of by the real swimmers in the bunch. I got into a good rhythm early on and just held race pace the entire time. I drafted a little bit, but nothing too appreciable. I made the bad decision towards the end of the swim to veer into the center of the channel, which was a dumb idea b/c it only added yardage to the route. The fastest course would have been to stay as close as possible to the docks. Here's my route:
At the end of the swim you run up the little beach area and through a mini finish line! It was pretty fun! There was also free food from Epic Food Company, which is one of my all time favorite places ot eat in Wilmington! Yum!
I ended up coming in 10th out of the females and 4th in my age group of 30-39. However, I actually felt pretty good about that b/c my age group was stacked with Kristen Smith & Jenny 2.0, so 1st & 2nd place were basically predetermined before the race started lol! As per my Garmin watch, total distance was 2,447 yds and total time was 32:05 (1:19/100 yds).
It was a great way to start the day and I highly recommend this race to anyone! How often is it that you get to do a FREE timed and supported open water swim with free food, music, & all of your friends!?!? Thanks SetUp :)