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August 24, 2024

Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon

Pelham, AL
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Sprint | Olympic
Swim
Lake
Bike
Rolling
Run
Rolling
Avg. Temp
80°F
Avg. Water
80°F
Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon

Honor the Legacy

Welcome to the 39th Annual Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon, a tribute to a beloved local athlete whose legacy inspires us to live life fully and compete with passion.

🌅 Scenic Course: Enjoy a course with a serene lake swim, picturesque rolling hills for biking, and a run infused with Buster Britton's spirit, guiding every step.

💪 Competitive Spirit: This triathlon embodies Buster's competitive essence. Athletes of all levels find their stride and push their limits in the name of sportsmanship and excellence.

💜 Inclusive Participation: Athletes from various backgrounds come to test their mettle, from seasoned pros to newcomers.

The Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon offers a chance to partake in a storied event, race in the footsteps of legends, and create your legacy of endurance and spirit. Whether you seek records, honor memory, or challenge yourself, this triathlon is a profound experience that lingers long after race day.
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Event Location
200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
The race staging is at the Oak Mountain State Park Boat ramp with the transition area in the adjacent field.

Course Maps

Swim Course

Sprint: 400yd
Olympic: 1,200yd
Swim Course Map
Swim Course Info
The swim is point to point starting adjacent to the beach area and exiting adjacent to the bike transition area.

The swim course is an open water swim in very calm Double Oak Lake in Oak Mountain State Park and conducted in a time-trial fashion. Race numbers are assigned by estimated swim time for all categories. A racer will enter the water approximately every 3 seconds.

Register by the Wednesday before the race to be seeded by estimated swim time. Late registrants receive upper numbers and start at the rear.
Determining Swim Time
Pace Chart
Use the US Masters Swimming pace chart as needed.
Wetsuit Rules
USAT Article 4:4
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

Bike Course

Sprint: 12.7mi
Olympic: 25.4mi
Bike Course Map
Bike Course Info
Map My Ride
The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number.  

Each bike rack ROW is also marked with a sign to help you find your row as you complete your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions.

The bike course is on nicely paved roads with a bike lane in Oak Mountain State Park. Please use the bike lane when there is one available.

The moderately hilly course is an out-and-back course on the main park drive (where Findlay Drive becomes Oak Mtn Park Road) and Oak Mtn Park Road (also known as Terrace Drive.)

The Olympic racers complete two loops of the sprint course.

For both distances, there will be a BIKE MOUNT / DISMOUNT LINE. You will walk your bike from your space on the transition bike rack to the BIKE MOUNT line to begin the bike segment.

At the finish of your bike segment, you will DISMOUNT at the same line and walk your bike back to your space on the transition bike rack.

Run Course

Sprint: 3mi
Olympic: 5.75mi
Run Course Map
Run Course Info
Sprint Map My Run
Olympic Map My Run
The run course is a combination loop and out-and-back course on paved roads around the park picnic areas and a beautiful section with short, rolling hills through a shady and wooded section of the park.

PLEASE STAY TO YOUR LEFT AT ALL TIMES to avoid crossover and potential head-to-head interference.

The Olympic racers complete two loops.

Ways You Can Race

TRIATHLON
TRIATHLON

Swim, Bike, and Run. Test yourself against the full course.

SWIM-BIKE
SWIM-BIKE

Running too tough on the knees or just not what you're into? No worries, compete in just the Swim and Bike.

BIKE-RUN
BIKE-RUN

Water not your thing? Skip the swim and compete in only the Bike and Run.

RELAY
RELAY

Tri Together! Race with your friends or family in either 2 or 3 person relay teams.

Event Schedule

PARK ENTRANCE FEE
A park entrance fee of $5 is included in your registration. Your race week email will include a pass you can show at the gate.

Any non-racing passengers in your car will be required to pay the $5 park entrance fee.
FRIDAY
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Registration & packet pick-up

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm:
Bike Check-In: Encouraged but not Mandatory

5:30 pm:
Race Overview followed by Q&A
SATURDAY
6:00 am - 7:00 am: Registration & Packet Pick Up

7:15 am: Transition Closes. Bikes must be in the transition area

7:30 am:
Olympic Swim Start

8:00 am: Sprint Swim Start

9:45 am:
Estimated time for Sprint Distance Awards

10:45 am: Estimated time for Olympic Distance Awards

11:30 pm: All participants must be finished to guarantee police and volunteer support*

Bikes may be removed from the transition area after the last biker has returned, or at the discretion of the transition area staff.

*Upon finishing the bike, please ensure you can finish the run by 11:30pm.

Additional Resources

ResultsPhotos
Overall Awards

Top 3 Overall: Male, Female & Non-binary

Top 3 Clydesdale & Athena: Age 39 & Under

Top 3 Clydesdale Age: 40-59 & 60+

Top 3 Athena Age: 40-54 & 55+

Top 3 Bike-Run: Male & Female

Top 3 Aquabike: Male & Female

Top 3 Overall 2&3 Person Relay Teams

1st Overall Masters (40-49): Male & Female

1st Overall Grand Masters (50+):
Male & Female

1st Overall Paratriathlete
(Based on classification)

Age Group Awards

Sprint Distance Triathlon:
13-15, 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+

Olympic Distance Triathlon:
Same as above starting at 15-19

Club | Team Competition: Clubs, teams, collegiate programs & coaching groups

Individual (Age Group): Open for all age group men and women

Aquabike: Swim and Bike Only

Bike-Run:
Bike and Run Only

Paratriathlete: Physically Challenged Division*

Clydesdale: 220+ pound men

Athena: 165+ pound ladies

2 & 3 Person Relay Teams

*PARATRIATHLETE: Please contact us if you register as a paratriathlete. We want to ensure the racer has a complete understanding of the course, as well as, ensure the race staff has a complete understanding of any special circumstances for the racer.

Oak Mountain State Park is situated in Pelham, AL, about fifteen miles south of Birmingham, AL. The park is located off of I-65 Exit 246. For ideas for extending your adventure, visit Discover Shelby, the hub of great information on opportunities in this beautiful area.

Where to Stay

6 Miles from Oak Mountain State Park, the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott is located right off Cahaba Valley Rd, Exit 246 on Interstate 65. Nestled away beside the Margarita Grill & Behind Oak Mountain Brewery.

Visit Discover Shelby to explore other stay options.

USAT Competitive Rules will be properly enforced. The Competitive Rules are intended to provide for the orderly and consistent administration of events sanctioned by USA Triathlon and are not designed to establish standards of care for the safety of participants or other persons.

Every participant, official, volunteer, and spectator should consider all safety issues and make related decisions prudently without reliance upon the Competitive Rules.

Wetsuits may be worn and considered legal by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78°F. When the water temperature is greater than 78°F, but less than 84°F, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84°F.

We use timing chips on disposable self-adhesive ankle bands, body marking or temporary race number tattoos, helmet numbers, bike frame numbers, wrist bands, and bib numbers to ensure we keep track of you during the race and provide you accurate results.

Wear the ankle band on your left ankle and attach your bike frame number to your bike before checking into the bike transition area.

· Photo ID Required.

· All racers, including relay team members, must pick up their own race packet.

· All racers will receive an envelope with a helmet number, bike frame number, bib number, and wrist band to be detached from the bib number and worn at all times.

· All racers will receive an electronic timing chip on a disposable self-adhesive ankle band.

· Be sure you still have your body marking or race bib number and the provided wrist band to retrieve your equipment from the race transition area.

· This area is controlled for your safety so we can insure only racers enter the area and take only their equipment.

· Racers will be allowed to retrieve their bikes after the last biker returns from the bike course or as soon as race staff feels like they can safely escort racers to their bike rack location without interfering with another participants race.

· There is an exit gate marked in transition - please look for this gate to retrieve your belongings - this gate is not typically the bike in / out or run out area, but a neutral location that allows those that finish early to remove items while others are still racing.

Individual
Triathlon | Swim-Bike | Bike-Run | Clydesdale | Athena | Paratriathlete
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $69
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $89
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $99
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $119
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $129
08/22/24 - Race Day: $159
2 Person Relay
1 person does 2 of each of the swim, bike, run segments.
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $99
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $119
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $129
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $149
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $159
08/22/24 - Race Day: $189
3 Person Relay
1 person does 1 of each of the swim, bike, run segments.
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $129
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $149
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $159
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $179
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $189
08/22/24 - Race Day: $219

Virtual Race Option: $79 Any Category | Any Distance

All events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon. When a race director sanctions with USAT, it is required for each participant to purchase either a one-day license or annual membership in order to participate in said event. A one-day USAT licenses for athletes 18 and older are $13 for Sprint/Super Sprint and $18 for Olympic/International distances. Additionally, relay members are $6 for any distance.

Athletes age 17 and younger can purchase an annual membership for $10 or enjoy unlimited racing until their 18th birthday for $25. Learn more about USAT youth programs HERE.

Annual USAT memberships are also available to those over the age of 18 in different packages. You can learn more about all USAT membership levels and benefits HERE.

Refund and Transfer Policies
Individual
Triathlon | Swim-Bike | Bike-Run | Clydesdale | Athena | Paratriathlete
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $99
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $129
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $139
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $159
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $169
08/22/24 - Race Day: $199
2 Person Relay
1 person does 2 of each of the swim, bike, run segments.
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $129
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $159
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $169
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $189
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $199
08/22/24 - Race Day: $229
3 Person Relay
1 person does 1 of each of the swim, bike, run segments.
11/27/23 (Cyber Monday): $159
11/28/23 - 12/31/23: $189
01/01/24 - 05/30/24: $199
05/31/24 - 07/11/24: $219
07/12/24 - 08/21/24: $229
08/22/24 - Race Day: $259

Virtual Race Option: $79 Any Category | Any Distance

All events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon. When a race director sanctions with USAT, it is required for each participant to purchase either a one-day license or annual membership in order to participate in said event. A one-day USAT licenses for athletes 18 and older are $13 for Sprint/Super Sprint and $18 for Olympic/International distances. Additionally, relay members are $6 for any distance.

Athletes age 17 and younger can purchase an annual membership for $10 or enjoy unlimited racing until their 18th birthday for $25. Learn more about USAT youth programs HERE.

Annual USAT memberships are also available to those over the age of 18 in different packages. You can learn more about all USAT membership levels and benefits HERE.

Refund and Transfer Policies

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Volunteers are an essential part of race day! We wouldn't be able to put on this race without all of the hardworking volunteers. There are many volunteer options including Designated Last Place Finishers, Course Fueling Stations, Course Sentries, and more.

If you have a volunteer group that is interested in volunteering at this event, please contact us for more information.

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