In an effort to provide the best possible experience, the race directors may move the start of the race ("the swim") to a nearby location. The bike length will remain in excess of 90 miles and under 105 miles. To play it safe, we strongly suggest you do not make non-cancellable lodging reservations prior to November 15, 2018. By that date all details will be set.
Required of competitors
Each competitor must designate a support person, or porter, who is in good health and will be present at the race start, drive the course (although not behind or alongside the athlete) to the base of Mt. Washington, take away his/her racer’s bike at T2, meet the athlete at the top of the mountain (accessible by toll road) and chauffeur the athlete away from the post-race party. Each competitor and support person must attend a mandatory pre-race meeting at the start venue on Friday, July 26 at 5 pm. There is no day-of-race packet pick-up. The porter will, like the racer, receive a race shirt, goodie bag and entry to the post-race party and dinner. Relay teams need no other person as designated porter, as non-active team member(s) can assume that role.
This is not a race for beginners. Required for entry into Sea to Summit is the completion of a 70.3 distance triathlon in 6:14 or less, or a 140.6 (“Ironman”) triathlon in 13:59 or less, either of which was completed after Jan. 1, 2014. Alternatively, athletes who have completed multiple IM distance races since 2009 — with one of those race finishes at the qualifying standard — will also be accepted. The race directors may allow entries for athletes who have completed other recent races of similar difficulty if they are convinced the athlete likely has the ability to reach the checkpoints before the cut-off times (see below). Athletes must be 18 years of age or older.
Two-person or three-person teams allowed, however there will be only one award category for relay teams. All team members receive T-shirt, swag bag, finisher’s medal (if you make it!) and a ticket to after party.
Each athlete on the team needs to have completed either…
- a half-ironman in under 7 hours, or Ironman under 15 hours
- (swimmer) a results-published mile swimming race in less than 50 minutes
- (cyclist) a results-published century ride in less than 7 hours
- (runner) a half-marathon in under 2:15
- contact race director regarding accomplishments of non-traditional endurance events
During the race, a non-active team member will serve as designated porter. All team members must be present at event’s conclusion.
Conclusion of swim: 90 minutes race time; conclusion of bike: 8.5 hours race time; arrival at Hermit Lake mid-mountain: 10 hours race time; arrival at summit: 12 hours race time. Under no circumstances will the athlete be allowed to proceed as an official racer if they miss a cutoff time. Should they proceed, they will be considered to have left the event, with no further assumption of responsibility by the event organizers. All vehicles are ordered off the mountain by toll road staff at 6:30 pm, and it’s a long walk down.
No transfers or substitutions will be allowed. There will be no refunds or deferments. A wait list will be started once registrations reach 100 athletes. As slots become available, the top athlete on the list will be contacted.
There is no rain date. Race management reserves the right to modify or shorten the race course in case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. This has happened often — including the 2017 event -- and athletes should be aware of — and accept — the possibility.
100 athletes. Please note the event has sold out in advance in each of the prior three years.
Turkey dinner with all the fixin’s! It’s a tradition at the conclusion of Sea to Summit. The after-party is held at the Wildcat Ski Area Lodge located near T2. The racer and his/her porter dine without additional charge, Friends and family members may purchase turkey dinner tickets for $20 each. Kids eat for free.