Patriots Half 2014
Event #15 of the Virginia Triathlon Series
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Anniversary Park - Williamsburg, VA
1.2 Mile Swim
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 7:00 AM
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The Patriot's Half: Located on the James River next to the Jamestown settlement, centerpiece for the 400th celebration of Jamestown. Just minutes from I-64 in Williamsburg, VA the Patriot's Half is a must do event. After a 1.2 mile swim in the James River athletes will ride through 58 miles of rural countryside on mostly flat terrain and good pavement. Once you have laced up your running shoes you'll be treated to a flat and fast 13.1 mile run on a combination of bike paths and jogging trails.
Be sure to even get in a day or two early to get your race packet, check out the race site and experience experience all that the greater Williamsburg area has to offer, including modern attractions, amusements, and historical sites from Jamestown to Yorktown.
Swim: The swim course is a 1.2 mile rectangular course in the brackish James River. The start and finish alternate each year between the beach next to ferry and the beach downriver from the 4H center (tide dependent). The water temperature is expected to be in the upper 70's. A preliminary water temperature will be posted on the website on the Thursday prior to the event. An official reading will be taken race morning. There is a current in this swim course, be sure to practice swimming across currents and how to take advantage of them.
Bike: The bike course is fast and mostly flat. There are a couple rollers and sections of false flat on this course but you can ride the entire way in your big ring. There are 3 water bottle hand offs on the course at miles 15, 30, and 44 (Deer park sport caps). Please plan your fluid intake accordingly as there will be 12 miles to ride from the last hand off to the bike finish. Yes, the bike is 58 miles, not 56. It's a long story, ask us in person about it sometime.
Run: The run course is FANTASTIC and one of the most popular in the VTS! This course is a combination of asphalt bike paths, wooden bridges and VERY well maintained pea gravel and mulched jogging trails. There is not a hill anywhere on this course. It is a 2 loop course for the half with well stocked aid stations at least every mile throughout. Each aid station will have water, HEED, ice, flat Coke, Chex mix, orange quarters, Hammer Gel, E-Caps and a porta jon.
AQUA BIKE Category is available for Men & Women!
Post Race Food: Come ready to race and leave full and tired. We will have, pizza, BBQ and vegetarian options available. You can even do your cool down at Busch Gardens or Water Country!
This event benefits Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Please consider making a donation during the registration process. You can also make a donation via their website by clicking HERE.
If you would like to join the Warrior Tri Team to race and raise funds, please click on their First Giving website HERE.
Local Traffic Issues
Are you a local resident and concerned how this race will affect your morning errands? Click HERE to see which roads will be affected and when.
Please note that many races in the VTS will be offering women's sized shirts. If you have registered for a race and want a women's sized shirt, please double check the sizing chart HERE as the women's shirts tend to run small. If you want to change your shirt size you have until 4 weeks prior to the race to do so. Anyone registering within 4 weeks of the event is not guaranteed a shirt, specific size or style of shirt.
|Age Group MaleAge Group FemaleAquabike MaleAquaBike FemaleAthenaClydesdaleMaster ClydesdaleMilitary MaleMilitary FemaleNovice MaleNovice Female|
**This pricing is based upon Date
Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
|Mixed RelayMale RelayFemale Relay|
**This pricing is based upon Date
Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 09-03-2014 at 7:00 AM.
There is a $12.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
Event Site Rules
Beer Tent: Please note that if you want access to the beer tent and look anywhere under 30 you will need to bring your photo ID to get in. The beer tent will close once the awards ceremony concludes. Each athlete gets 2 free beers with their race #. Additional beers are $5 each with 100% of cash received going to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
This event is limited to the first 600 registrations.
The Patriot's Half is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.
All participants must complete the event in under 8 hours. The swim must be completed in no more than 1 hour, 15 minutes from the time the participant started. The bike must be completed in no more than 5 hours from the time the participant started. Athletes not making the 5 hour cut-off, regardless of reason, will be allowed to continue on with the run portion. Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet the above time requirements.
The minimum age allowed for participating in the Patriot's Half is 16.
Athletes will receive 5 splits using ChampionChip Timing systems.
Friday: 3:00-7:30PM @ Race Site
Saturday: 5:30-6:30AM @ Race Site
Pre-Event Meetings: Friday 4:30PM & 6:30PM
Event Site Address: 2217 Jamestown Rd - Williamsburg, Virginia 23185
Note: Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. Hint if you take a photo of your identification it will be sufficient for ID purposes. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12).
Fairfield Inn & Suites
1402 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Marriot Central Reservations - (888) 236-2427
Make sure you identify yourself with the Group Code - PAT
Reservations can be made online HERE
The cutoff date for the special triathlon rate is midnight August 6th.
Fairfield Inn & Suites is the perfect choice for your visit! An ideal location plus amenities such as luxury bedding, complimentary Internet access, complimentary continental breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, business center, Market and on-site laundry.
470 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185
The Courtyard Williamsburg, Virginia hotel is situated one mile from Busch Gardens Amusement Park and Water Country USA and less than 10 minutes from the College of William and Mary. Centrally located between Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg historic district, our hotel offers easy access to the Historic Triangle. Enjoy a newly renovated hotel near Busch Gardens Williamsburg featuring a flexible, modern lobby with plenty of seating and complimentary Wi-Fi. The Bistro restaurant allows guests to start their day with freshly brewed Starbucks® coffee and a variety of healthy and hearty food options. This Williamsburg hotel near Busch Gardens, VA offers an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site laundry and renowned Marriott service.
Policies and Refunds
Refunds are not available for this event.
Any participant who cannot compete in the event for ANY reason will have the option for a one time deferment of their registration into the following years event. The deferral request must be made from within the athletes profile 30 days prior to the event date and there is a $20 deferral fee. If this event is unavailable in the following year, the option to defer to an event with a similar or lesser amount will be made available within the host Series.
There will be no other refunds, credits, or transfers available for this event. NO exceptions.
In the event of inclement the following procedure will be followed: The event will be postponed for 30-45 minutes in hopes the inclement weather will pass. If the inclement weather does not pass within this timeframe the event will be changed to a duathlon format.
Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.
Purchase Event Photos
Tricycle Studios is the Official Photographer of the Virginia Triathlon Series!
Their photographers will be attending this event capturing images throughout the race course.
Athletes will receive a customized email after the race, complete with race stats, and automated links to find your images. You may also go directly to the Tricycle Studios website to review their custom products, and purchase your photos from this and other Set Up Events.
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Results by Category
CLICK HERE to view Category Results
Top 3 in each of the following categories:
Overall (M & F)
Masters Overall (M & F 40+)
Age Groups (M & F): 15 & Under,16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
Clydesdales (Males - 220 Lbs)
Masters Clydesdales (Males 40+ - 220 lbs)
Military (M & F)
Athenas (Females - 165 Lbs +)
Aquabike (M & F)
Novice (M & F)
Relay Teams (Male, Female & Mixed)
VTS rules state that once you compete in a particular event category, you must remain in that same category for all future VTS events in that calendar year. Click Here for detailed information on the race divisions and series scoring.
Thanks for making this event your first triathlon! There are many more people like yourself who will be racing this type of event for the first time. Below are links to information that you will want to review before race weekend.
Race Number & Body Marking
USAT Triathlon Rules
Water Temperature & Wetsuits
Do you still have questions? If so please review these FAQ's. If you still have questions after reviewing this information please click here.