The Proposed Ironman Course

Our consultant, Mr. Bob Tubbs, is a veteran of shorter distance triathlons.  He selected the course from a participant’s point of view.  The course is challenging yet scenic with minimal traffic and intersection crossings, ample opportunity for water stops, comfort and aid stations and will be a well-marked and well-maintained course.  You will see examples of our proposed route and how they easily meet the criteria of a world-class course.

By design, the course is a series of double-loops for the swim and bike.  The swim and race starts at Jamestown Beach.  Jamestown Beach sits besides the smooth flowing waters of the majestic James River.  Spectators have ample viewing from several key locations on both sides of the river. 

We believe every possible safety consideration was taken in the layout and design of the proposed course.  The following pages offer a visual tour of the route.  We look forward to the opportunity to go over the course in person with your Ironman team.

The Swim

The Jamestown Beach site offer:

·         A gradually sandy beach bottom that turns muddy

·         Waist deep water, depending on tide, that extends for approximately 100 yards

·         A boat ramp exit from the water covered with sand to prevent slipping or falling

·         Light to very moderate tidal currents

·         A triangular course design that provides for a clockwise or counter-clockwise swim course depending on tidal conditions

·         Early fall water temperature in the 60-70 degree range

·         Direct access to a campground perfectly suited for the swim to bike transition



The Swim

Figure 5 - Double 1.2 mile loop



Figure 6 – Jamestown Beach



Figure 7 -- Beach at Jamestown

Figure 8 - View from bike transition


The Bike

Figure 9 - Bike Course in green – double loop of 56 miles


Figure 10 – Mile 1-9  - Sign welcomes riders to historic Jamestown Island
 (first permanent English  settlement in the country)

Figure 11 - Diligent park rangers ensuring road kill does not have
 bicycle tire marks!

Figure 12 - Eight mile loop of the island offers a exotic wilderness
view of early Colonial life

Figure 13 - Riders are in for a real scenic treat as they pursue their dream

Figure 14 - Jamestown Island road bridges many estuaries and flowing streams

Figure 15 - Unique trees and wildflowers line the roads as riders pass

Figure 16 - A quick 8 mile loop of Jamestown Island brings the
 riders back from the past

Figure 17 - Parting view from Jamestown Island

Figure 18 - Views from Jamestown Island Parkway overlooking James River

Figure 19 - Scenic marshland and wildlife views from Parkway

Figure 20 – Mile 9  - Passing one of the area's most historic landmarks

Figure 21 - Riders will now spend the next few hours on quiet tree-lined asphalt roads

Figure 22 - Mile 17 - Centerville Road offers a wide bike lane enroute to scenic back roads and farmlands of rural Virginia


Figure 23 –Mile 25 -  Jolly Pond offers gently rolling grades and fast paced riding

Figure 24 – Bike Route

Figure 25 - Jolly Pond Road, newly asphalted.  A favorite riding site
 for many local biking enthusiasts

Figure 26 - Mile 30 - Car Wash Hill

Figure 27 - The quiet, tree-lined roads make up most of the proposed course

Figure 28 - Smooth, newly paved asphalt awaits riders on most of the route

Figure 29 - Mile 35 - Reservoir

Figure 30 - Reservoir View

Figure 31 - Reservoir View

Figure 32 - Mile 38 - York River State Park

Figure 33 - Mile 43 - York River State Park Area

Figure 34 – 43 miles - Entrance to York River State Park - 6 mile loop -
 not used on the second lap

Figure 35 - York River State Park offers gently rolling hills to the river's edge

Figure 36 - Rivers, swamps and estuaries line the ride

Figure 37 - The York River

Figure 38 - Road leading back to Williamsburg and the College of W&M

Figure 39 - Mile 58 - Jamestown Road taking riders back toward Jamestown Beach and their second loop

Figure 40 - After second loop, bike to run transition

Figure 41 – The second loop takes in a small section of the
Colonial Parkway – famous connecting road from Jamestown to Yorktown


Different triathlon with locals on the Parkway –

Swim, run, fly!

Figure 42 - Bikes and cars share the Colonial Parkway daily

Figure 43 – Similar views to be seen on the second leg of the run!

The Run



Figure 44 - Mile 1 - The first 1/2 of the marathon traces the steps of the annual W&M half marathon.

Figure 45 - The road leading to the Old Country Road is a dead-end and the only traffic is that from the Colonial Williamsburg golf courses

Figure 46 - One of several golf courses on route.

Figure 47 - Entrance to the Old Country Road, a paved pedestrian
path of over 20 miles.  The Ironman route will only use a portion of it.

Figure 48 - Runners will travel over grades, wooded areas and
 scenic marshes and estuaries

Figure 49 - Mile 7 - view as they run over an estuary bridge

Figure 50 - Bridge over estuary on Old Country Road


Figure 51 - Mile 14 - after a loop on the Country Road, runners are taken onto the Colonial Parkway


Figure 52 - The next 6 miles is the quiet Parkway roads

Figure 53 - Colonial Parkway view

Figure 54 - Mile 17

Figure 55 - Mile 19

Figure 56 – Mile 22 - Scenic Lake Powell Bridge area

Figure 57 – Mile 23  – Past Williamsburg Winery

Figure 58 - Mile 23  - Bridge over waterfall in quiet neighborhood

Figure 59 - Mile 25 – A view of the Colonial Williamsburg outdoor museum

Figure 60 – Mile 26 - Pass the Crim Dell Bridge with the finish line in sight

Figure 61 - Race finishes inside W&M Hall

Figure 62 - Stadium inside W&M Hall