Buckner Mission Man Sprint

Sat July 31, 2021 Burlington, NC 27217 US Directions
Race Day Info

Race Day Registrations: There are spots available for our sprint race! Athletes can register ONLINE until 7:00 AM the morning of the race. 

Parking: Participants will be allowed to park near the Transition Area. There is an empty lot available for parking. Signage and volunteers will be present to assist.

Body Marking: All participants must be marked at the body marking area at the race site. Body marking will take place from 6:00-7:30 AM on race morning. You MUST show your race bib to the volunteer responsible for marking you. If you do not have your bib, you will not be marked.

Chronotrack Chip Timing: This race will be timed using the Chronotrack Chip Timing method. Chip Pick-Up is 6:00 AM - 7:30 AM at the race site near TA and the river front. You will be required to show your run number to the folks handing out timing chips in order to get your timing chip. Timing chips must be worn on your left ankle throughout the entire race to ensure accurate timing. If you do not have one, you will be provided with a velcro strap for attaching the timing chip to your ankle

NOTE: All timing chips must be picked up by 7:15 AM. If you lose your timing chip, you will be charged a $7 replacement fee.

Volunteers will remove your strap and collect your timing chip as soon as you cross the finish line.

What happens if I lose the timing chip? If this happens you will be charged a $7 replacement fee. We will send you an invoice within a week of the race. You will be required to pay that invoice before you race in any other races. Lost chips are a rarity. If you attach the chip and chip strap to your ankle correctly, you should not lose the chip.

Transition Area:


The transition area will have two entrances/exits: These entrances and exits will be clearly identified through the use of banners on metal truss archways.

Once the race starts and you’re racing, make sure you come in and out of the transition area through the appropriate archway. 

All participants will have their own numbered bike slot. Find your numbered bike rack and then find your specific space on that rack. Each rack accommodates six bikes - three bikes on one side and three bikes on the other side.


The 750 meter swim starts in the water and moves out in a counter clockwise direction. Water temperature ranges between 80 and 85 degrees making for a wonderfully comfortable non-wetsuit swim. Waves and chop are light and water quality is superb. Please visit the event web page for swim course maps.

WATER TEMPS: Water temperature will be posted on the website by 9 PM on Thursday night before the race. We will also announce the water temperature on race morning. If the water temperature is 79 – 83 degrees, participants may choose to wear a wetsuit, however, they will not be eligible for awards and they will not receive Trivium Multisport Series points or USAT ranking points and will show up in the results as disqualified.

OPEN WATER SWIM TIPS: If you need assistance during the swim, roll over on your back and put your hand in the air.
If you need to hang on to a watercraft during the swim, please make sure you are not hanging on to one of the motorized safety boats. You may hang on to a non-motorized vessel (kayaks, canoes, or surfboards) without penalty, however if you hang on to the side of one of the motorized watercraft you will be taken out of the water and disqualified.


The 15 mile bike course is on of the most enjoyable courses in the area. Road surfaces are newly paved and smooth and the course gives you no major climbs, just an assortment of flat to rolling terrain. Athletes are certain to enjoy this scenic and fast bike route. Police and volunteers man each intersection and turn are marked with roadway arrows and directional signs. Please visit our event web page for bike course maps.

BIKE TRANSITION: Mount your bike at the designated mount/dismount line just outside transition area. You will also have to dismount at this location.

DRAFTING: No drafting! Draft Marshals will be on the course and drafting rules will be enforced! Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left.

HELMETS REQUIRED: Hard shell helmets must be worn and fastened before leaving the transition area.

EQUIPMENT: No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.

COURSE INFO: There are plenty of volunteers and police officers for the race, turns will be clearly marked and mile markers are indicated on the course. Remember: it is ultimately your responsibility to know the course. Roads will be open to vehicular traffic—but traffic is usually light. Please be careful and alert at all times.

BIKE SUPPORT: Pre-race bike tech will be available near the transition area.


The 2-Loop 5K course is mostly off road on a series of rolling to flat trails that weave throughout the park. The first and middle half miles are on the paved park road as athletes complete Lap 1 at the event site before beginning Lap 2. Please note that the trail system is old and established but a few areas do have a few roots. Please visit our event web page for run course maps.

AID STATIONS: Aid stations will be located at the 1 mile and 2 mile marks. PLEASE make sure you deposit ALL trash in the trash containers that will be located at each aid station. We ask for you cooperation with this. Any and all trash must be picked up after the race by our volunteers. Help these folks out – they will have been out there longer than you.

HEADPHONES: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

RACE NUMBERS: You must have your run number visible on the front of your body as you cross the finish line. Failure to do so will result in a two minute penalty.

FINISH LINE: When you approach the finish line you will cross over several timing mats – located approx. 50 yards before the finish line. These mats are used to pick up your race number so that the race announcer will be able to announce your name. Don’t stop at this point – keep running to the finish line – the finish line will be obvious.


Results will be posted 30 minutes after the first athlete finishes and will be updated every 30-45 minutes. Complete results (with splits) will be posted on the website by 9:00 PM on Saturday evening.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 AM. If you cannot attend the awards ceremony, please have someone pick up your award. We will not mail awards.


All members must be present at packet pickup. Each member needs to show a photo i.d. Relay packets include a neoprene ankle strap, a timing chip pass and the same bike and run numbers as an individual athlete. On race day, the swimmer or the runner will pick up the team timing chip. The swimmer can show the timing chip pass or the runner may show the square run number to pick up the chip.

The neoprene ankle strap allows for easy transfer from swimmer to biker and biker to runner. This strap is worn on the left ankle of each team member. Please remember to pass off the timing chip to your team member for accurate results!

Swimmers will tag bikers at their assigned bike rack location. Bikers must tag runners at the same location. Relay members do not have to remain in the transition area the entire race, but you do need to make sure you are at the bike rack in enough time to get yourself ready and for your team member to tag you. Please be courteous of other competitors as you wait for your team members!

ALL Relay members MUST get body marked before the race.

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