Bridge to Pier Sprint Triathlon

  • Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Location: Oak Island, NC
  • Race Start Time: 8:00 AM
  • Race Distance: Swim 1/3 mile, Bike 16.25 miles, Run 4 miles
  • Registration Closes: Thursday, June 8 at 8:00am
  • Race Cap: 400
  • Minimum Age: 10 on 12/31/17

Important Details

Race Description

This event is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.

The Bridge to Pier Oak Island Sprint Triathlon is truly a breathtaking venue with everything first timers and veterans dream about in an event! This sprint triathlon will begin with a 1/3rd of a mile ocean swim in the warm 70 degree waters off Oak Island, NC. After emerging from the salt water athletes will transition to their bikes for a brand new 16.25 mile bike ride, taking athletes on a tour of Oak Island, with an out and back over the New Oak Island Bridge! Ocean breezes, Coastal views, flat, and fast are the best ways to describe this route! Just when you thought the bike course was the highlight of this event it’s time to put on your running shoes. Triathletes head north on this 4 mile out and back run course that will take them to the end of the pier!

This event is open to everyone; from first time triathletes, relay teams, to veteran racers looking for a new challenge with breathtaking views.

Course Descriptions:

Swim (1/3 mile):
The swim course is rectangular shaped, with the swimmers traveling in a clockwise direction. Participants will start with their small swim wave (40-50 athletes) waist deep in the water. Keeping all the large orange buoys on right hand side you’ll swim in a clockwise direction. Once the 1/3rd mile is completed you’ll exit the water at the southern end of the course (left side on the map) and run 200m over soft sand/grass to the transition area. We’ll have plenty of lifeguards and volunteers to keep you safe in the water. If for any reason you’re not able to complete the swim we’ll safely pull you back to the beach and you may continue racing under an “unofficial” status.

Bike (16.25 miles):
After emerging from the salt water athletes will transition to their bikes for an 16.25 mile bike ride on a route that was never before possible. With the opening of the New Oak Island Bridge in November of 2010 athletes will ride out and back on the new bridge, while completed a tour of Oak Island! The bike course is a lap course with one out and back section on the bridge! The course can be described as flat and fast; perfect for the beginner attempting their first triathlon, or even the seasoned veteran looking for a new personal best split! The largest inclines on course will be over the bridge! We’ll have plenty of volunteer marshalls and police officers to ensure your safety and keep you on route!

Run (4 miles):
Just when you thought the double bridge crossing was the highlight of this event it’s time to put on your running shoes. Triathletes head out on this 4 mile out and back run course that will take them to the end of the pier, something never been done in the sport of triathlon before! The 4 mile run is pancake flat at zero elevation, a dream to set your personal best! We’ll have aid stations at miles 1, 2, and 3 to keep you well hydrated and fueled up! Best part of the out and back format is you’ll see competing friends and spectators twice. For the more competitive racer you can gauge the competition!

Entry Fees


  • $65.00 December 1 – February 29
  • $70.00 March 1 – April 30
  • $75.00 May 1 – June 8
  • $80.00 Packet Pick Up and Race Day


  • $85.00 December 1 – February 29
  • $90.00 March 1 – April 30
  • $95.00 May 1 – June 8
  • $100.00 Packet Pick Up and Race Day
There is a $15.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
This pricing is based upon Date. Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
On-site registration is available for this event during normal packet pick up hours.

Packet Pickup

Friday, June 9
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
@ Middleton Park
4700 E. Oak Island Drive
Oak Island, NC 28465

Saturday, June 10
6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
@ Middleton Park
4700 E. Oak Island Drive
Oak Island, NC 28465


NOTE: Photo ID is required for packet pick-up. Everyone must pick up their own race packet.
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.

Oak Island Hotels & Motels
-Ocean Crest Motel – 1417 E. Beach Dr. 910-278-3333
-Blue Water Point Motel & Marina – West Beach Dr. to 57th Place 910-278-1230
-Captain’s Cove Motel – 6401 E. Oak Island Dr. 910-278-6026
-Island Inn – 5611 E. Oak Island Dr. 910-278-3366
-Island Resort and Inn ! We are Oak Island’s finest vacation destination with direct
private beach access ! (910) 278-5644

Southport Hotels & Motels:

-Comfort Suites – 4963 Southport Supply Rd. 910-454-7444
-Hampton Inn – 5181 Southport Supply Rd. 910-454-0016
-Wingate – 1511 N. Howe St. 910-454-0086
-Inn at River Oaks – 512 N. Howe St. 910-457-1100


  • 6:30 AM – Transition Area Open
  • 6:30 AM – Race day registration opens
  • 7:30 AM – Race day registration closes
  • 8:00 AM – Race Start
  • 11:00 AM – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)

Participant Meeting
A participant orientation meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 9 at the race site.

Timing and Results Information

This event will be timed using the Mylaps timing system. A timing chip will be provided for you the morning of the event. You will need to show your run number to the volunteers at the Timing Chip Pick Up tent. They will hand you a disposable strap to use to fasten the chip to your ankle. We will have velcro straps available for $5 if you would rather purchase one of those (the disposable straps come with the chip). Volunteers will collect the timing chip from you at the end of the finish line chute. Relay teams will receive a velcro strap with their chip, as the chip is what is passed from member to member. The strap and chip will be collected at the finish line.

Five splits will be provided: Swim, T1 (transition from the end of the swim to the start of the bike), Bike, T2 (transition from the end of the bike to the start of the run), and Run.

For on site results, we have a large, flat screen TV scrolling the results. Results on the screen update about every minute so athletes are able to see their times pretty quickly after crossing the finish line.


On each run number, there will be a QR code which will provide your finish times for you upon scanning. To use this feature, be sure you have a QR Code Scanner app on your phone (these apps are free). This is a really nice way to get your times without looking over anyone’s shoulder.

Here is an example of what the QR Code on the run number looks like (you can scan image below and see):

When you scan it, here is an example of what is displayed (for this event, all 5 splits will be displayed):

We also provide live results and real time alerts (text, email, Facebook, Twitter). Live results means that the results will be streaming onto our website so people who are either not at the event or are spectating can access results as they happen. The live results feed has a leader board feature as well as a searchable feature if you are looking for times for a specific athlete. You can also check age group and category placings on the live results feed. The real time alerts allow for athletes, friends, family to sign up for alerts. You can choose the medium (text, email, Facebook, Twitter) with which you want to receive the alerts, and when the athlete you are tracking crosses the finish line or various split points, you will receive an immediate notification. This is a fun feature for both spectators and athletes. It allows spectators to track the athlete’s progress and it’s a great way for an athlete to immediately get their results.

The link to these pages will be available race week.

Example of Live Results webpage streaming results:

Full official results are posted on our 2015 Results Calendar within 1-2 hours of the last finisher crossing the line.


Top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Top 3 M/F Overall
  • Top 3 M/F Masters Overall
  • Top 3 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+
  • Top 3 Clydesdales (Men 39 and Under, 220+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdales(Men 40+ and 220lbs+)
  • Top 3 Athenas (Women 165lbs+)
  • Top 3 Novice (M/F)
  • Top 3 Master Novice (Beginners 40+) (M/F)
  • Top 3 Relay Teams (Mixed)

Category Info

      Below is a brief description of each race category:

    • Age Group – Participants competing in their age group.
    • Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs.
    • Master Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.
    • Athena – Category for women over 165 lbs.
    • Novice – Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events.
    • Master Novice – Same as Novice but these participants are beginners who are 40 or over.

NOTE: You may fit into one or more of the above categories, so whichever category you choose to compete in is completely your choice. Choose the category that you feel you would have the most fun competing in.

Relay Information

  • Relays can be 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event).
  • EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
  • EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
  • If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
  • If a member turns 18 by the end of 2013 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
  • If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button with the changes.
  • If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
  • At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
  • If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, then you can e-mail us, using the Contact Us button at the top of the page, the following information: Team Name, Team Member Names, Team Member Shirt sizes. You will need to pay the difference to convert to a relay, which you can pay at packet pick up (cash or check only). If it is the week of the event, then you can make these changes at packet pick up.

USAT Rules and Information

USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules

ALL USAT members must show proof of a current membership at packet pick up. If you have recently renewed a membership, then you MUST print out a temporary card or receipt of payment (that shows length of the membership period) to show at packet pick up. We will not take your word for it that your membership is current; you must SHOW us. Failure to do so will result in having to pay the one-day fee of $15.

You can go to the USAT WEBSITE where you can renew your membership or print out a temporary card. You can also renew your membership at packet pick up if that’s easier for you.

If I entered my USAT information when I registered, then why do I need to show my card at packet pick up? USAT rules state that all USAT members must show a valid membership card at packet pick up and failure to do so will result in having to pay the 1-day fee. Our events are sanction by USAT, therefore, we must follow these rules. Our website is not connected to USAT’s website, so the information that you enter when you register could be incorrect. We must physically document the current expiration date of your membership when you pick up your packet as this is the only way we can confirm 100% that your membership is in fact current.

USAT’s “Age Up” Policy:

An athlete’s age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2017 . The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to “age-up” into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete’s birthday. This action aligns regular U.S. age group racing with the method used by USA Triathlon for its National Rankings Program and its new Grand Prix Series.

Example: John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2017.

John will be considered 40 for all 2017 races – and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2017 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2017.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2017 races – and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2017 races.

Policies and Refunds

REFUND POLICY: 50% of your entry fee will be refunded until May 24, 2017. No refunds will be issued for any reason after June 1. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another person, event, or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy. To request a refund, you must complete the refund request form below.
Refund Request Form

WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed until 8:45AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 8:45AM , 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.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.