CANCELLED (lack of volunteer support… we will be back in 2014) 08 / 18 / 13 — Norfolk Sprint Triathlon

Race 5
December 21, 2012
COMPLETED: 09 / 28 / 13 — Potomac Point Winery 5k & 10k
December 26, 2012

CANCELLED (lack of volunteer support… we will be back in 2014) 08 / 18 / 13 — Norfolk Sprint Triathlon

Sunday, August 18

Community Beach – Norfolk, VA

The Norfolk Sprint Triathlon will start on August 18, 2013 at 7:30am at Community Beach, located at 700 East Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA.  The swim will be in the Chesapeake Bay (400 yards).  The bike will run from one side, Willoughby Bay back to Community Beach (2 laps), spanning 12 miles. The race will end with a 2-mile run on the beach! So not only will this race be a swimmer-friendly triathlon, but it will also test your running endurance with the new and improved run on the beach to end the race!
This race benefits the Norfolk Sports Club… learn more here about their cause.

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Race Day Registration

There will be race day registration. Participants will need to arrive at 6:15 to get registered for the event. T-shirts sizes can NOT be guaranteed for race day registers.  CASH OR CHECK ONLY (checks made out to Bishop’s Events, LLC).

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be at East Coast Bicycles, (1910 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517).  You must come get your packet on Saturday!


Parking will be at Community Beach (700 East Ocean View Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510), right near the transition area.


Chip Timing will be done by RacePacket.


Swim will take place in the Chesapeake Bay. Two Marine Patrol Boats will be in the water to provide safety for swimmers. Swimmers will take off in waves depending on their estimated swim time.


Ages 10 through 100 can compete in this event. All athletes 17 & under must purchase a YOUTH ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP ($10) at (and then register for this race as USAT Annual Members).


Awards will be handed out after the race near the transition area.


*No Refunds after July 1, 2013


USA Triathlon is the national governing body for the sports of triathlon, duathlon, winter triathlon and aquathlon in the United States. Participation in a USAT sanctioned event means the event director has the proper permits in place, liability and athlete excess medical insurance coverage and the event plan has met the standard of organization required. USA Triathlon provides rules, guidance and governance to set the standard for safe and fair multi-sport races. For more information on USA Triathlon and fueling the multi-sport lifestyle, visit our website at



  1. chris says:

    do you give any medals to finishers of the norfolk sprint triathlon

  2. Nicole says:

    This was a great race last year! I am not much about swimming so it was a plus to have such a short swim course. On a really good weather day, you could probably walk most of the swim because of the way the tide is at this beach. Unfortunately, the day I raced this race, there was wind and a lot of chop on the water and the tides were higher than usual. I had to swim the whole course… bummer. The bike course- pretty simple and sort of boring, but for the most part safe. The run course was smokin’ hard but loved it. Run course definitely kicked my butt. If you are planning to do this race, plan for getting your shoes wet and getting sand in them, so be smart about what you wear on your feet!!! A good all terrain shoe is probably the ticket. The director did give medals to the top 3 men and top 3 female finishers. He messed up the results at the end and someone who finished slower than me got my 3rd place medal!!! Once I told the director, he corrected the results and ended up mailing me my medal a month later. Medal or not, awards or not, it’s all for the challenge and I loved this race!!!

    • Sorry about the confusion last year Nicole! I am definitely excited about this race. We tweaked the run course to make it a little shorter (about 2 miles this time) to avoid the narrow part of the beach.

  3. Chris says:

    Are wetsuits allowed?

    • It depends on water temperature as to whether or not wetsuits are allowed… due to it being in August, probably not for the wetsuits… USA Triathlon has certain requirements.

  4. Nancy Wilson says:

    Will the course definitely be 2 miles long? And also how many water stops will you have? I remember the course being longer than stated last year with only one water stop. It got pretty hot out there for us slowpokes (I know I know I should have run faster! Ha!) Loved the swim and the bike, but the run definitely kicked my butt. I liked the suggestion of all terrain shoes but wondered if they would get too loaded with sand as well when they get wet. Has anyone tried any other type of footwear? I won’t be doing the race this year due to traveling at that time but definitely plan on it next year.

    • The course is just short of 2miles… definitely not the 3.7 it was last year. It turns around at 1st View Street. There is a turn out to the right a bit to get a little more distance before it heads to 1st View St.

  5. Hannah says:

    It would nice if you gave medals to the top 3 of each age group.

    • Last year so many people signed up after I put in the order for the medals. I had about 50-60 signed up at the time I put in the order… also, my major concern was making sure I had enough volunteers, in which I had some that signed up and did not show. This year, I have taken steps to getting more volunteers for the course. I hope to see you out there!

  6. Kerry says:


    I am wondering if the bike portion is on a road open to traffic during the race or not. I’m not a strong cyclist at all, and would be doing this with a hybrid/comfort bike, definitely not using clipless pedals, etc. Thanks, looks exciting!

  7. Trip Anderson says:

    This race sounds like a good one for my family. I love that the run is on the beach. I like to use “aqua/water shoes” to run on the sand. the elastic uppers keep most of the sand out. Unfortunately we will probably never place in our divisions to get a medal. So we prefer to do races that have finisher medals so we can display them at home for motivation. I do understand that i am in the minority on this. I know most people would rather have a tech shirt. It is great that this race has a unique twist.

  8. May I run barefooted? I often run at the oceanfront barefooted, but normally along the edge of the surf.

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