In the past, Atlantic City, NJ has marketed itself with the slogan “America’s Playground.” While for many, this conjures images of the blackjack tables and the beach, the playground takes on a new meaning as the Challenge USA Triathlon has selected Atlantic City, NJ as the location for its inaugural event.
Now, Atlantic City will be recognized as the training (and racing) playground that John and I know it to be.
We enthusiastically welcome you to it!
We swim in these waters. We ride on these roads. We run on the boards. This is our training playground – and we are proud, excited and ready to show it off to those of you who hit the “submit” button on the registration page, locking you in as part of the inaugural Challenge USA event.
And, it’s all happening here: in little ol’ Atlantic City, NJ.
Are we excited? That word doesn’t quite capture it.
Once the courses gain their final approval, we will do a complete write up of what to expect on the swim, bike and run. But, for now, we thought we’d cover some of the basics of what makes Atlantic City a great pick for training and racing.
Let’s start with the water. The swim for this race will be in the back bay, and that time of year should be wetsuit legal. Average temps for that time of year are around 65 degrees.
There may be some tidal “pull,” but it’s not terribly strong (like a river might be). Because it is a mostly protected area, you should have little to worry about with respect to chop.
While the water is not crystal clear, it is clear enough most of the time (unless there’s been a big storm that stirs things up). You should be able to see the feet of the swimmer in front of you without issue.
If you are going to train here before the race, be mindful of boat traffic. We recommend swimming with a buddy, and making yourself very visible. Perhaps with a flotation device of some type, like this. And, if you’ve got a good friend who will kayak with you, that would be safest.
Now, to the roads. The bike course is about as flat as it gets. The website lists the total elevation at around 775 feet. If you get that much, that’s a lot.