(Alyeska Resort is the official finish line of the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. The map above shows the venue route)
Have you ever wanted to swim across Resurrection Bay? How about riding a road bike from Seward to Bird? Or maybe run a marathon where the last few miles requires not one, but TWO laps up Alyeska. Yeah, me neither. Actually, the biking part sounds pretty fun. On July 15, just over 300 athletes will do each of those stages, one after the other, as fast as possible, in the first ever Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. Sounds tough? It is. Below is a video on the Norseman Extreme Triathlon featuring Alaskaman race promoter Aaron Palaian, who came up with the idea for this event after participating in extreme triathlons all over Europe. Norseman serves as a model of sorts for the Alaskaman event on July 15.
The first stage is a brisk, 2.6 mile swim in Resurrection Bay in Seward starting at 4 a.m. with a route that traverses the road from Miller’s Landing to the Waterfront Park just passed the Seas Life Center. Once out of the water athletes will need a quick transition to bike mode and start the 111 mile ride to Bird. This course will take riders through Moose Pass, Turnagain Pass and along the Turnagain Arm. Riders will not only be challenged with 4,000 feet of vertical gain but also potential wildlife, potential head winds, inclement weather and of course, traffic. The venue however, will be amazingly scenic and perfect for what this athlete is looking for. Lastly, the run. Not only a run but a full 26.2 mile marathon from Bird to Girdwood.
(The start will feature a 2.6 mile swim in Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. The water is forecasted to be around 54 degrees fahrenheit, about 12 celsius.)
But Bird to Gird isn’t 26.2 miles! True, so race organizers had to get creative with the route which takes the biking/walking path to the Resort. Athletes will need to do a lap around the 5K Nordic Loop then run to the Daylodge, up Tanaka Cat Road to the top of Glacier Bowl Express via Silvertip, down Mighty Mite to Von’s to Blueberry Hill only to be met with one final push…up North Face, where they will meet the finish line. PHEW! Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to come cheer on these incredible athletes, we have never seen a race quite like this in Alaska! Swim, bike, run, in the most challenging conditions in Alaska, over 200 athletes will find out just how challenging it’ll be.