Everything You Need to Know About the Outer Banks Triathlon

The next Outer Banks Triathlon is just around the corner! Whether you’re participating in the race or coming to cheer on your friends as a spectator, the Outer Banks Triathlon is an extremely popular race that also offers the chance to visit one of the East Coast’s best beaches. If you’re looking for some exciting things to do outside of the event, turn your demanding race day into a relaxing vacation by downloading our complimentary Vacation Guide. In it you’ll find all of the Outer Banks’ best restaurants, events, and local attractions.

5 Outer Banks Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions

In order to perform your best on race day, you’re going to need to stay focused on the task at hand. The last thing you want to do is scramble for last-minute information about the race when you should be gearing up for the big event! Rather than trying to find out more about the area, where to go for the race, or how to sign up, read these frequently asked questions and their answers.

How Long is the Race?

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned triathlon champion or just getting your start in the arena of endurance sports, the Outer Banks Triathlon has the perfect race for you. For those that are looking for the full challenge, the Olympic Triathlon combines a 1,500-meter swim, 24.5-mile bike ride, and a 10k run. For beginners and intermediate participants, the Outer Banks Triathlon offers a half triathlon and sprint triathlon that feature shorter distances. To look through the full list of events, check out the Outer Banks Triathlon website.

Where Does the Race Start?

After registering for the race that’s right for your skill level, it’s time to figure out where to go. The first thing you need to do is pick up your packet and bib at Old Swimming Hole, 410 Airport Road, Manteo, NC. The night before the race, you must drop off your bike at this same packet pick-up location. Finally, when race day has arrived, give yourself plenty of spare time and park at Fort Raleigh National Park in the Lost Colony Parking Lot. From here, you will take the shuttle over to the starting line. For a view of the entire course, check out the course maps.

What Do I Need to Bring on Race Day?

In addition to your competitive spirit, the only thing you must have to participate in the race is your bib number and a photo ID. Your bib number will be provided to you in a separate line if you don’t have it memorized, but knowing it ahead of time will expedite your check-in process. As for gear, as long as you have a good pair of running shoes and are wearing something that you can swim, bike, and run in, you should be good to go! Further information for participants can be found on the triathlon’s athlete information page.

What Is There to Do in the Area?

If you’re staying in the Outer Banks and need some additional excitement to keep you busy while you’re here, there are plenty of things to do in the Outer Banks that won’t be quite as exhausting as the triathlon. Beautiful beaches, historic sites, and year-round events are just a few of the things that make the Outer Banks such an exciting place to visit. Even if you’re just here for the weekend, make the most out of your visit and stop by one of the Outer Banks’ many attractions!

Where to Stay near the Outer Banks Triathlon

view of one trout run; property of OBX Vacation Rentals

After you cross the finish line, the first thing on your mind is going to involve finding a good place to lie down. Luckily, Shoreline OBX has an incredible list of luxury vacation rentals that offer the perfect place to rest. For example, our gorgeous beachfront property, One Trout Run, sits just 300 feet from the water and is fully equipped with a hot tub, pool, full kitchen, and a private deck. Book your stay now!