Pat Griskus Olympic Triathlon Course Information & Maps
Swim Course Directions
The swim will start on the main beach in the park. Looking at the water, it’s the beach on the left. (The sprint uses the beach on the right). Swim course will be a basic diamond-shaped pattern running clockwise. Should minimize sun interference. It’s a beautiful spring-fed lake and despite the inevitable frenzy of the swim start, I think you’ll find it a nice way to start the morning.
The run up to the transition area is mostly on asphalt, about 50 yards. No bonus time will be given for playing Water Balloon Wars or Frogger, though it may add to overall fun. Hey, It’s an amusement park after all… enjoy it!! (at your own T1 expense)
Bike Course Directions
This is a technical and challenging bike course. Use caution and good judgment at all times.
First six miles downhills & flats. It’s Hammertime! – Bikes will leave through the main driveway of the park and turn right onto route 64. You’ll follow the same course as the sprint for the first two turns; a right onto Rt. 64 out of the park and a right onto Tuttle Road. Tuttle becomes White Deer Rocks Road at the Cat Swamp junction. Then it’s a bit of a hairy descent, dropping away to the left down White Deer Rocks. This is still White Deer Rocks Road. I ride this road often in training and I think it is safe to say that it requires brake usage. Please, DO NOT put your fellow competitors in jeopardy through this fast downhill section. There are a few turns on this descent, so be alert and ready to react. Slower descenders stay RIGHT and allow competitors to pass. We’ll most likely have traffic limited to only local residents through some of these side roads, but be alert for cars at all times. Officially, you will be sharing the road with cars for the entire course.
It’s a slight uphill to the LEFT onto Old Middle Road. (NEW SPRINT OPTION – BIKES TURN RIGHT ONTO MIDDLE RD TURNPIKE!) Volunteers will be in place to point the way and course markings will be in place. A RIGHT onto Pleasant St will bring you to the intersectin of Rt. 6 / Rt 47 . STRAIGHT across intesection onto Route 47.
Miles 6-15 – Revenge of the Climbers – From Rt. 47, take a RIGHT onto Rt. 132. Stay on route 132, cross Route 61 intersection take a RIGHT off of Rt. 132 onto Nonnewaug Rd (2015 change)
LEFT onto Rt. 61 Do your best to thank our volunteers on course, no matter how bad you’re feeling. Things are getting better from here.
Miles 19-25 – A Little More Suffering – At the bottom of Rt. 61 you will cross Rt. 6 and go straight onto Quassapaug Rd. Its a six-mile straight shot back to the park from here. Well, straight with intermittent climbing. (You’ll be coming onto the return trip of the sprint bike course) Quassapaug Rd becomes Watertown Rd, then becomes Upper Whittemore (look for the smiley face with ‘last hill’ painted on the road!), then a RIGHT at the fork onto Tranquility Rd, which ends at Rt. 64 where the park is located. A RIGHT onto Rt. 64 puts you back at the park in a half mile. Volunteers will be there to wave you in. You will have to slow significantly to make the turn back in, so be prepared. Having fun yet?
Run Course Directions
Double Your Pleasure! The run course is a double loop. The benefit of the double loop is that you’ll get to keep an eye on the competition, and get all amped up by the crowd support as you come around for lap 2.
The Olympic run course is the same as the Sprint run course. You will leave the park via the main driveway and take a right onto Rt. 64 then a right onto Old Woodbury Rd. At about 1.25 miles you will come to a traffic island, go right and continue down Old Sherman Hill Rd to the turnaround. (DO NOT TAKE THE EARLIER RIGHT HEADING AROUND THE BACKSIDE OF THE LAKE, KEEP GOING DOWN THE HILL)
Head back to the park, and the turn around for lap 2 will be just outside the the park entrance. Now go and do it again and head to the finish line in the service road. You’re done.
Tough course, congrats on finishing. It has a solid little following by now, you’re officially a part of it, hope you enjoyed the challenge – as I hear it, most of you love it because it’s tough. Good for you.
Cold beer will be available at the post race Quassy picnic featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, potato salad, soda and other picnic fare. Cold beer will also be served. Enjoy! (And maybe this year I’ll get the amount of beer right, you guys and gals impress the heck out of me with your beer consumption and I’m proud of you! Cheers!!)