Buckner Mission Man Sprint

Sat July 27, 2019 Burlington, NC US 27217 Directions


7:30AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT


7:30AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT


7:30AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
Lake Carmack Park & Marina
4790 Union Ridge Rd.
Burlington, NC US 27217

Event 11 in the 2019 AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series

Distances: S: 750 Meters - B: 15 Miles - R: 5K

The Buckner Mission Man Triathlon has quickly become one of the areas most popular events. Moving into its 13th year, the Buckner Mission Man Triathlon is centrally located in Burlington, NC for easy access and short travel time from almost any spot in the Triangle. Not only that, but the event itself is one not to miss. Nestled into the Lake Cammack Park and Marina, this event offers a mix of many different racing experiences.

To learn more about the Mission Man Triathlon event and location: www.MissionManTriathlon.com


Packet Pick-Up

Location: (Friday only)

Front Street United Methodist Church, 136 S Fisher Street, Burlington, NC 27215

•   Friday, July 26th (4:00 PM - 7:00 PM) 

Location:  (Saturday only)

Race Site:  Lake Cammack Park & Marina - 4790 Union Ridge Road - Burlington, NC 27217

•   Saturday, July 27th (5:45 AM - 7:00 AM) 

Mandatory Photo ID: All participants will be required to show photo ID at packet pick-up (including relay team members). You will not be given your race packet without photo ID! All participants must pick up their own race packet – individuals and relays.

USAT Members: USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up. Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15. If you have not yet received your current USAT membership card, be sure to print out a temporary card to show at packet pick-up. We must see a current expiration date or you will have to pay the one-day fee. Please visit usatrithlon.org/member to join, renew or print your temporary card.

Race Packet: Your race packet will contain two race numbers, race swag and a swim cap.

As part of Set Up’s GO GREEN initiative, we’ve reduced the amount of printed materials in your packet. Course maps, swim wave times and categories and event details will be posted at packet pickup. If you wish to have this info with you, please print it out before the race.

You will be issued two numbers at packet pick-up:

The square number is your run number and must be displayed on the front of your body during the run segment of the race only. Safety pins will be available at packet pick-up if you don’t have a race number belt.

The medium-sized number (actually containing your number twice) is used during the bike segment of the race. Place this number over the top tube of your bike toward the front if possible.

Important things to remember :

•   A photo ID is required for packet pick-up.
•   Cash, Check or Credit Card are accepted.
•   All participants must pick up their own race packet. (Including all relay team members)
•   USA Triathlon requires that all USAT members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up.
•   Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up,
    will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15. No exceptions.

Participant Meeting:

A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, July 26th at the race site. We will cover as many details as possible about the race and questions will be encouraged.  This meeting should last about 30 minutes - we encourage everyone to attend.

Race Day Info

Race Day Registrations: There are spots available for our sprint race! Athletes can register ONLINE until 6:30 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.

Champion Chip Timing: This race will be timed using the Champion 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.

Please make sure you read the Champion Chip Timing instruction sheet displayed at packet pick-up.

NOTE: All timing chips must be picked up by 7:30 AM. If you lose your timing chip, you will be charged a $30 replacement fee.

Chip Pick-Up will begin at 6:00 AM on race morning. Make sure you receive the correct timing chip. Your chip number will match run number. You will wear this chip on your left ankle. Attach the chip to the disposable medical ankle strap given to you at chip pick up and attach the strap to your left ankle.

Chip Fit Tips: We usually recommend 1-2 fingers width between the band and your ankle. Too Loose: It could fall off and you’ll be charged a replacement fee for the lost chip. Too Tight: It will become uncomfortable as your ankle will swell a little during the race. When you get it adjusted just right, make sure that the band snaps shut. You will hear the band snap into its closed position when it is secured properly. 

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 $30 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 Set Up Events races. Lost chips are a rarity. In 2018, we had less than ten lost chips for the entire year. 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 five entrances/exits: Transition Area Entrance/Exit Swim Finish Bike Start Bike Finish Run Start These entrances and exits will be clearly identified through the use of large inflatable archways.

Once the race starts and you’re racing, make sure you come in and out of the transition area through the appropriate inflatable archway. If you’re finishing the swim and heading into the transition area to start the bike, make sure you run through the inflatable archway that reads SWIM FINISH. The inflatable archway next to that one will be for RUN START, so you don’t want to run through that one. At the other end of the transition area will be the BIKE START and BIKE FINISH archways. Please use the designated TRANSITION AREA ENTRANCE/ EXIT before the race (to rack your bike and setup your transition) and after you’ve finished racing (to remove your bike and gear).

All participants will have their own numbered bike slot. Find your numbered bike rack and then find your specific space on that rack. You’ll notice that half the numbers on the bike rack face one direction and the other half face the other direction. Place your bike on the rack centered on your number and facing the same direction as your number. Wheel is down on the same side as your number. This will allow for more space between bikes for placing your gear. Each rack accommodates six bikes - three bikes on one side and three bikes on the other side.

Do not make a complete change of clothing in the transition area or other event area. There will be port-a-johns located in the transition are as well as the finish/ start area. Please use these units if you plan to change clothing.


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. 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 any AAA NCTS points or USAT ranking points and will show up in the results as disqualified.

WAVE START: There will be three swim waves starting at 7:30 AM. Please arrive at the swim start no later than 7:15 AM. We suggest that slower swimmers start toward the back of the pack.
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 Series. 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 Sunday evening.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 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. and USAT membership. 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.


This event benefits the mission work of Christ through Front Street United Methodist Church. The following charities benefited from monies raised by the 2012 race:  Alamance Medication Assistance Program, Allied Churches, Harvesters International (Honduras), Loaves and Fishes, Methodist Home for Children, Positive Attitude Youth Center and Wheelchair Ramp Ministry.

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