BEACH BUM Triathlon & Duathlon - Hilton Head Island

Sat June 24, 2023 Directions


Triathlon - Individual

$60 8:00AM EDT Price increases after June 17, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

Triathlon - Team Relay

$85 8:00AM EDT Price increases after June 17, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

Duathlon - Individual

$60 8:00AM EDT Price increases after June 17, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT


Coligny Beach Park - Hilton Head Island, SC


Produced by
Go Tri Sports / Hilton Head Running Company
Hosted by Coligny Beach & Mother Nature


The BEACH BUM TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Series enters it 21st year of production and we are STILL HAVING FUN! That's over 40 races in those years - that's a lot of Coconut Monkeys! 
We are ready to host y'all on the beach again - grab a friend and get registered - we only have one race this year - so dont miss your chance to win a Coconut Monkey!



Race Dates: Saturday, June 24 - 2023


Registration Closes: Friday 6p - day before race. ** NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION**


Start Time: 8am


Race Location: Coligny Beach, Hilton Head Island.


Arrival Time: Arrive at race site no later than 7:15am.


Packet PickUp: Friday – 4pm to 6pm @ the Hilton Head Running Company (MAP)

Saturday – 7:00 to 7:30am @ Race Site (MAP)



Race Format: Triathlon = 500m Ocean Swim | 6mi Beach Bike | 3mi Beach Run
Duathlon = 1.5mi Beach Run | 6mi Beach Bike | 3mi Beach Run


Parking: There is ample parking across the street from the race site in the Coligny Beach Parking Lot – located just off of Pope Ave. – there are also parking spaces near the beach.


Body Marking: Body Marking will begin at 7:00am at the race site.


Pre-Race Instructions/Meeting: This meeting will take place at the transition area on the beach at approx. 7:45am. The pre-race meeting we will go over the race instructions, course, and any other logistics. This meeting will also provide time to answer any questions the triathletes have.


Results: Results will be email to you shortly after the completion of the race - and, will be posted on the RESULTS page.


Awards Ceremony: Awards presentation will begin immediately after the last finisher completes the race. The awards ceremony will take place at the Coligny Beach access area. You must be present to collect your award – or have someone get it for you. Awards will not be mailed out. The awards ceremony is expected to take place ~ 9:30a.


Awards Divisions: Triathlon Awards are given in each gender to the top ten finishers 39 – under, top ten 40 – over, and top five 60 – over, and top five relay teams overall.
Duathlon Awards are given in each gender to top three overall.


Post-race Refreshments: There will be lots to eat and drink following the race – refreshments will be located at the Coligny Beach access area.


Transition Area:

  • The transition area is located on the beach. The bike racks will not be numbered – the triathletes may rack their bike first come – first serve.
  • Only participants are allowed in the transition area. The bikes racks will be fenced in so that only participants can access the area.
  • No bike storage overnight.
  • Only the race participant may remove his/her bike from the transition area.
  • Participants must run their bikes to the transition area entrance before mounting and must dismount at the transition area entrance upon completing the bike leg.


Swim (Triathlon only):

  • Swim caps are provided in the race packet and must be worn.
  • Be prepared to swim at 7am
  • The swim is a mass start – meaning, all swimmers begin at the same time.
  • The swim is parallel to the shore and with the current. So, swimmers will swim approx. 35m out around the first buoy – swim 430m down passing the second buoy on their inside and at the third buoy – swim 35m in to shore. There are three yellow buoys in the water. Swimmers must swim on the outside of the buoys at all times.
  • There will be plenty of water support in the water. If you feel you need assistance during the swim, roll over on your back and raise your hand in the air.
  • Swimmers will exit the water directly in front of the transition area.
  • There will be water available for the swimmers as they exit the ocean.



  • The bike course is entirely on the beach.

  • Bikers will ride 1.5mi down the beach to a turn around – then ride 3mi down the beach to another turn around – then 1.5mi back to the transition area. The turn around(s) will be staffed with volunteers and very visible – but it is up to the triathlete to be aware of where they are at all times.


  • The run course is entirely on the beach

  • Duathletes will start their race with a 1.5mi run

  • Duathletes and triathletes will run the same 3rd leg of the race – a 3mi run. The run is a .75mi down the beach to a turn around - then run 1.5mi down the beach to another turnaround - then run back .75mi to the finish.



Is this race entirely on the beach?
Yes, aside from swimming in the ocean, you will bike and run on the hard flat beach.

Are headphones allowed?
No, please refrain from using headphones during the bike and run portion this event.

What type of bike do I need?

You may use any type bike you prefer – but we recommend a fat tire bike (eg., mtn. bike, beach cruiser, hybrid…) for best handling.

Are wetsuits allowed?

Yes, this race is not sanctioned by USAT – so wetsuits are always allowed – no matter the water temperature.

Is there an age limit to compete?

All swimmers must be 15 years old on race day. So, a triathlete racing solo has to be at least 15 on race day. But, team members may be under 15 if they are the biker or runner (and, the swimmer is at least 15).

Does the Duathlon and Triathlon start at the same time?

Yes, when the triathletes start the swim - the duathletes will start their 1st run.



The safety of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our paramount concern - and, this concern shapes our decisions regarding inclement weather. Any decisions regarding the weather will be made the morning the event. We plan on producing a great event and we will be at the race site ready to do so. Should the weather pose any threat to safety - we will postpone the start of the event until the weather clears. If the weather does not cooperate after a reasonable amount of time, we will make the decision to cancel the event. Any decision regarding rescheduling the event or entry credit to another event will be made as quickly as possible and be communicated via email to all participants.



We do not mail race shirts to registered participants that are unable to attend the event.

Race Contact Info

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Get a Refund By Referring Friends

Earn your registration back by referring Beach Bums!

The Skinny - for every 4 participants you refer - you get $5 refund.
Refer 4 / $20 refund - Refer 4 more / $20 refund ... refunds continue until you receive the total of your registration back.

Here's How It Works

While the race is an amazing experience itself, it's even better when you have friends join you! Once you sign up to TRI, you will automatically become part of the BEACH BUM Support Tribe! Refer friends and family to join you to earn your registration back. Here's how it works:
1) Sign up for the race. Once you complete your registration, you'll receive a unique URL link to share.
2) Share this unique link with friends and family.
3) Each time someone signs up through your link, you'll accrue a referral. Earn four referrals and get $20 credited back to you.
So Simple even a Beach Bum can handle it!


Your unique URL can be found in two places:
• Inside the Confirmation Email you received when you registered. It’s located above the “Event Information” section.
• On your RunSignUp account you created when you registered. Go to your profile and select the “My Referrals” tab. From there, you can copy and paste the links provided, as well as see how many times your code has been used!


Anywhere it might be seen! Post your link on Facebook, Twitter, in your Instagram bio, or email it to your friends/family/co-workers! The possibilities are endless!
Pro Tip: Use the icons below your link to easily share it via email, Facebook, or Twitter!


- Refunds are issued on increments of 4 referrals. I.e., If your link is used 3 times then no refund is issued.
- It will only count as a referral if your link is used. If someone clicks on the link but then backs out of the page for any reason, the referral will NOT be counted!
- If posting the link on social media, be sure to renew it weekly so it stays current on everyone’s timeline.
- You must share your entire URL link (not just the referral code) in order for it to count!


YOUR LINK WAS USED 4 TIMES - You will receive a $20 refund (back on your original payment method) of your registration fee!
YOUR LINK WAS USED 4 MORE TIMES - You will receive another $20 refund (back on your original payment method) of your registration fee!
And so on... until your refunds match or exceed your registration fee.


Shoot us an email if you’re not sure what to do, or simply want some tips for sharing your link:


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