South Shore Harbor • May 28th, 2016

Four Events. One Great Day of Endurance.



All times are tentative and subject to change; please check the schedule frequently as the event approaches.

Friday, May 27th

1:00pm & 5:00pmAthlete Briefings will be held at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Expo area. Premier Event Management strongly encourages all athletes to attend an informational race briefing to receive the most updated race information.
12:00pm-6:00pmAthlete Check-in. Notice: Only the registered athlete is permitted to pick up their race materials. A photo ID is needed to pick up your race packets. Minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian. No new registrations on race day; new registrations on Friday only.

Saturday, May 28th

5:00am-7:00amTransition open; Bike Check-in
5:00am-6:45amPacket Pickup Only. The 6:45 a.m. deadline to pick up a race packet will be strongly enforced.
7:20amTransition (for Olympic Triathlon and Olympic Aqua Bike only) closes.
7:30amRace Start / Olympic
Swim Course Cut Off – 1 hour after start of final swim wave
Bike Course Cut Off – 3.5 hours after start of final swim wave
Run Course – 5.5 hours after start of final swim wave (Tentative)
8:30amTransition for Sprint Triathlon, Sprint AquaBike and Duathlon closes
8:40amRace Start/Sprint
8:40amRace Start/Duathlon
8:40amRace Start/Aquabike


Important; please note.

Packet Pickup will be held in the post event party area (see course map) at the race site at Southshore Harbor, 6701 Stars & Stripes Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana.

Please review the Athlete Check-In hours carefully and plan your weekend accordingly. Please do not wait to pick up your packet on race morning if it can be avoided. We will not hold up the race start for late athletes. Once transition closes, tardy racers will not be allowed to enter transition.

Each athlete, whether an individual racer or a member of a relay team, must pick up their own race packet. We cannot make exceptions.

Relay members can pick up their individual race packet separately from their other relay team members, if more convenient.

You must bring a government-issued photo ID and your valid USAT card (facsimile, smart phone copy, temporary printed card, etc.) if you are an annual USAT member to athlete check-in. If you are not an annual USAT member, it is likely you paid the one-day USAT race fee when you signed up online. If you did not pay the fee online when you signed up or if you are an annual USAT member and do not bring a valid USAT card to Athlete Check-In, you will be required to pay $12.00 (cash or check) for the one-day USAT race fee in order to get your race materials.

Minors must be accompanied to Athlete Check-in by a parent. No exceptions.

A schedule of the race briefings is included in the schedule of events. We strongly encourage all athletes to attend a race briefing. Course changes and race updates will be covered.


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The 2016 Athlete Guide

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All times are tentative and subject to change; please check the schedule frequently as the event approaches.








For the New Orleans Triathlon and the Big Easy Sprint, the swim will occur entirely within the protective walls of South Shore Harbor Marina. We anticipate the swim being wetsuit legal as temperatures in New Orleans have been unseasonably cool.

Swim GroupOlympic, Sprint & Aqua Bike DivisionsWave Time
1Age Group Elite - Male & Female7:30 a.m.
2Relays & ParaTriathleteTime Trial
3Men 34 & UnderTime Trial
4Men 35-44Time Trial
5Men 45+ & ClydesdaleTime Trial
6Women 39 & UnderTime Trial
7Women 40+ & AthenaTime Trial
8Aqua Bike - Olympic DistanceTime Trial;
Swim GroupNew Orleans Sprint TriathlonWave Time
9Men 39 & Under8:40 a.m.
10Men 40+ & ClydesdaleTime Trial
11RelaysTime Trial
12Women 39 & UnderTime Trial
13Women 40+ & AthenaTime Trial
14Aqua Bike - Sprint DistanceTime Trial

Age Group athletes and Relay athletes will begin the race in a time trial format with 6-8 athletes going into the water every 10 seconds.

New Orleans Sprint Triathlon – Athletes will proceed to area marked “SPRINT START” on the course map to begin their race.

Starting at 8:40 a.m. athletes will enter the water; 6 athletes every 10 seconds.


The bike course is a simple out and back course with the New Orleans Triathlon athletes completing two loops and the New Orleans Sprint athletes completing a single loop of the course.

  • Your bike number must be on your bike in order to bring the bike into the transition area race morning.
  • All athletes will have a reserved spot in transition which corresponds to his/her race number. Bikes should be racked by the seat so that a majority of the bike is on the side of the rack where the number is facing. If your bike cannot be racked by the seat, seek assistance from staff or volunteers in the transition area.
  • Make sure you bring fluids on the bike course with you which equal at least the amount used and needed while training for this race. There are no aid stations on the bike course.
  • All athletes must have a bike helmet.
  • No iPods or listening devices of any kind are allowed on the bike course or run course. It is a disqualification penalty if you race with headphones in your ears.
  • Be aware of the mount and dismount line outside of the transition area


The run course for the races is also an out and back run course with the New Orleans Triathlon athletes completing two loops of the run course and the Big Easy Sprint athletes completing a single loop of the course.

Athletes racing in the Duathlon will have a 2-mile first run, followed by a 5k second run.

Aid stations on the run will be at every mile marker. You will find the following items at the run aid stations:

  1. Water
  2. Gatorade
  3. Sponges
  4. Port-o-lets
  5. Ice


The New Orleans Endurance Festival will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Participants that are not current annual USAT members will be required to purchase a $10 one day license at athlete check in. You will also be required to furnish a photo i.d. at athlete check in. All athletes must pick up their own packet. You CANNOT have someone else pick it up for you. All Relay team members must be present to pick up the relay team race packet.

Please visit for a complete list of competitive rules.

What are the wetsuit restrictions?

The rule allows participants to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is 78 degrees or less. The upper limit was set because wetsuits are allowed for protection against hypothermia, and there is little risk of hypothermia for a swimmer in water as warm as 78 degrees.

Beginning in 2013, participants must ensure that any wetsuit used has a uniform thickness of 5 millimeters or less. If the water temperature is between 78 and 84 degrees, a participant may elect to use a wetsuit but is removed from age group competition and rankings.

Here’s the rule:

4.4. Wetsuits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit 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. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.

Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

For a complete list of approved skin suits, visit:

Are disc wheels allowed?
Yes. Race organizers reserve the right to restrict use depending on conditions.