“What is a Scenic Sprint?”
A sprint triathlon is half the distance of its Olympic distance predecessor, and less than a quarter of the distance of an Ironman endurance race. Because of their shorter distances, sprint triathlons have become increasingly popular and are ideal for beginner or novice athletes. However, competing in a triathlon is a physically demanding task. Even training for a short-distance triathlon, such as a sprint, can take several weeks or months of training, depending on your physical fitness level. Because sprint triathlons are endurance sports, the most important part of training is improving your endurance with cardiovascular exercise.
The Cd’A Triathlon added the Scenic Sprint in 2013. Now, sprint athletes have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful and challenging course along with a sense of accomplishment at the finish line. We have designed this event to have women and men specific wave starts to provide the novice triathlete the confidence and safety desired for an enjoyable event.
Each participant is responsible to know the race course. There will be volunteers and markings, but a little knowledge beforehand will go a long way. A course map is available on this website; no paper maps will be provided. All athletes are strongly advised to attend the pre-race informational meeting on Friday night before race day at 6:00pm at the city park band shell. If you have specific questions regarding the race/course, bring them to the pre-race meeting.
All wave starts will have different colored swim caps. The swim will begin at the east end of Cd’A City Park near the band shell and will continue clockwise. Please review entry points and the exit points before the swim starts. When exiting the swim, you will enter a chute to the transition where you will begin the bike course. Transition must be cleared by 6:55am. Swim cut-off time is 8:50am.
Olympic Wave Start Schedule
7:00 1st Wave: Men aged 25-44
7:05 2nd Wave: Women aged 14-49
7:10 3rd Wave: Men aged 14-24 and 45-99
7:15 4th Wave: Women aged 50-99
7:20 5th Wave: Athena, Clydesdale, and Teams
Sprint Wave Start Schedule
8:00 1st Wave: All men
8:05 2nd Wave: Women aged 14-39
8:10 3rd Wave: Women aged 40-99
8:15 4th Wave: Teams
Please do not hesitate to delay your start to allow time for the crowd to move away from shore; we want you to be comfortable and feel safe in the water. While in the water, please remain calm and courteous to others. If you find yourself in trouble; please stop, remain calm and wave your arm for help. There is a great deal of help on the water and they will take care of you. PLEASE REMAIN CALM AT ALL TIMES.
Turn By Turn Directions
- Leave the City Park – Right on W. Mullan Rd. – Right on Northwest Blvd, continue as the road swings gently to the left, becoming Sherman Ave.
- Right on 11th – Left on E. Mullan Ave. – Right on 23rd – Left on Ashton
- Right on CdA Lake Drive – Go up and over Bennett Bay Hill
- Turnaround at Higgens Point, return on CdA Lake Drive
- Left onto Ashton, Right on 23rd
- Left onto E. Mullan – Right onto 11th
- Left onto Sherman – Right onto Northwest Blvd – Left onto Mullan – Left into City Park
Bike cut-off time is 10:15am.
There are three aid stations that you will run through twice: one at the transition, one near 1.5 and 4.8 miles and one at 2.5 and 3.6 miles. This run course is entirely on the Centennial Trail, but please be aware of your surroundings and other users of the trail.
Each participant is responsible to know the race course. There will be volunteers and markings, but a little knowledge beforehand will go a long way. A course map is available on the Cd’A Triathlon website; no paper maps will be printed.
Last minute registration will be available on Friday, August 12 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. All athletes are strongly advised to attend the pre-race informational meeting on Friday night at 6:00pm at the city park band shell. If you have specific questions regarding the race/course, bring them to the pre-race meeting. Make sure you know the course! The course will be well marked. Sprint run cut-off time is 12:15pm.
- Exit out of city park go clockwise on the Dike Road (Rosenberry Drive), travel east on River Ave. to join the Centennial Trail. (There will be an aid station at River Road where the Centennial Trail meets).
- Continue on Centennial Trail as it parallels the river.
- Turn-around will be in front of the University of Idaho/LCSC Harbor Center.
- Return to City Park.
- Make sure you know the course! The course will be well marked.
- Run number must be on front at the finish line. We need the tag!!
- There are three aid stations on the run course.