The start of the competition and swim entry/exit is located between Varvitori and Forum Marinum near the Suomen Juotsen tall mast ship. Detailed race maps can be found here.
SATURDAY 12 AUGUST
Saturday has two starts: JUNIOR CHALLENGE at 13:00 and CHALLENGE SPRINT at 14:30. For best viewing of the race can be found from Varvintori and Forum Marinum. The swim in the Aura river can be followed from in front of Forum Marinum.
The cycling course’s turning point is located at Varvintori on Linnankatu. The run starts from Forum Marinum and from Meritullinkatu turns to Linnankatu, across the Martinsilta bridge and continues along Aura river towards Aurasilta where you turn back to the long straight stretch toward Varvintori and the finish line.
Saturday’s estimated schedules by sport:
JUNIOR CHALLENGE (START AT 13.00)
13:00–13:10 Start and swim.
13:10–13:15 Transition from swim to bike (Forum Marinum)
13:10–13:20 Bicycle segment (Linnankatu, Vallihaudankatu, Juhana Herttuan puistokatu, turning point at Varvintori’s and Pansiontie’s intersection
13:20–13:30 Transition from bike to run (Forum Marimun)
Fastest race time for the sprint distance should be about 1 hour.
SUNDAY 13 AUGUST
On Sunday the half distance competition will begin at 9:00. Sunday’s competition can be easily viewed from the Varvintori and Forum Marinum area. Supports can easily view the swim from both banks of the river Aura, while the run course also closely follows the river Aura through town.
The bicycle segment can be viewed on the bridges of the E18 highway at Skanssi and thereafter towards Helsinki direction. as the race travels along the E18.
The running starts from the Forum Marinum and goes along Meritullinkatu. It then goes over Martinsilta bridge before moving upstream to the Aurasilta bridge where it will turn to head back to the Varvintori along a long straight stretch of Meritullinkatu. The course will be run four times and arrive at Varvintori. Sunday’s expected schedule is as follows:
HALF DISTANCE (START 9:00)
9:00–9:50 Start and swim. (Forum Marinum)
9:25–9:50 Transition from swim to bike (Forum Marinum)
9:25–13:30 Bicycle segment (Linnankatu, Vallihaudankatu, Juhana Herttuan puistokatu, Pansiontie, Ratapihankatu-Helsingintie-E18 4 x 18km lap and same route back to transition.)
11:35–13:30 Transition from bike to run (Forum Marimun)
11:35–17:00 Running segment (Forum Marinum, Meritullinkatu, Linnankatu, Martinsilta, Itäinen rantakatu, Aurasilta, Läntinen rantakatu, Varvintori, Meritullinkatu, total of 4 laps with the finish at Varvintori)
The fastest athletes will complete the course under 4 hours (3:45 – 3:50)