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General Event

1) Will athlete's receive some sort of mailing before the event?

No. We are going green & utilizing the cloud!  Each athlete will be able to access the Official Athlete Event Booklet online before the event.  We will post a link below which will contain the 2015 information!  Any changes made to the event will be updated here as the information becomes available.  We take our learning from each year and apply it to improve the event.  Therefore early in the year we take down the information until we complete the improvements.  Stay tuned!

2015 Event Booklet  This booklet contains all of the information you need for the 2015 event. The 2015 Event Booklet will be posted here as soon as it is available.

3) Will this event have live tracking of athletes for family members to view status on-line?
Stand by:  We will provide links here if live tracking is available.



4) Will this event have a prize purse?
   Updated: The Full Prize Purse is shown for 2015 and the Half Prize Purse will be $250 less than the limits shown for the Full:  As of right now we do not have a Half Prize Purse.

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5) How can I make reservations for the various special events?
We are planning to have open special events that do not require a reservation.  If anything changes we will post here and in the athlete booklet.

6) How can I collect my award if I didn't attend the awards ceremony?
Simple - If you are unable to collect your award -You will simply email a form to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange for your award shipment after the event.

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1) How can I register for this event?
2015 Registration is now open.  Simply click the PARTICIPANT INFO link at the top of this page then click REGISTER under the appropriate Distance and year.

2) When will registration open for the 2015 Event?
Registration is open for the 2015 event!  please write us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to register for the 2015 event and have any additional questions otherwise please click "Participant Info" at the top of the page and select Register.

3) What is the date for the 2014 event?
BoneIslandTri was held on Saturday January 25, 2014.

4) What is the date for the 2015 event?
The BoneIslandTri 2015 date is scheduled for January 24, 2015.  please feel free to write us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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1) New for 2014: There is NO transportation for athletes on the morning of the event from downtown or other parking areas to the beach/ transition?
Yes, if you are staying at the Doubletree Grand Key Resort the hotel will have two (2) of its shuttles running back and forth to the Transition Area on the morning of the event between 5:00 am and 6:00 am.  Please be sure to tip the drivers if you use this service as they will be getting up early as a service for the participants.  The Doubletree shuttles also pass back by the swim start location on their way back to the Doubletree and can drop you off if you can get back on one of them at the Transition Area after you finish there.  Use the map in the athlete booklet to guide you to T/A in the morning.  This document outlines how your ride can pull up to T/A to drop you off on event morning.  

2) Will there be transportation from the transition area to the swim start area?
Yes. All athletes will have the opportunity to board a trolley before the swim start and be transported to the swim start area. Full-distance event participant trolleys will begin running to the swim start area at 5:30AM while Half-distance event participant trolleys will begin running to the swim start area at 7:00AM. THERE IS NO NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR THE TROLLEYS FROM THE TRANSITION AREA TO THE SWIM START.  Additionally, swim start is exactly one mile from the transition area.  There is a path leading from the transition area north along atlantic Blvd to Bertha St. then to the swim start.  If you wish to leave transition area and walk towards the swim start you can do this just as they do in other large Iron-Distance events held by large corporations.  Please allow yourself time between your anticipated swim start time and your departure time if you plan to make the 1 mile walk on your own.  The walk is straight, just stay along the shore line, and you can't get lost.  The walk should take approximately 15 minutes at a standard walking pace. 

3) Will there be transportation after the event from the Finish Area?
No- The event will finish at Higgs Beach next to the transition area.  Thus, there will be no need to be transported. If you are staying in town you may want to have someone traveling with you at the finish.

4) How will I get my gear after the event?
Transition,  All your gear will be at the transition area following the event and you will collect it there.  T/A is only manned by event personnel until 1:00AM Sunday morning follwing the event.  Please plan accordingly.

5) What are my options for collecting my bike and gear following the event?
Athletes will have several options on ways to get their bikes and gear after the event:

- Leave your bike in Transition until 1:00AM following the event (Sunday) where you can collect your bike
- Ride or walk your bike from Transition to your hotel
- Arrange with Raceday Transport to ship your bike.  www.racedaytransport.com

Note: The Transition Area will be closed at 7PM on Saturday for a Half-Distance Event and 1AM on Sunday morning for a Full Distance Event and you must collect your gear and bike before then.  There is no overnite security for your stuff.

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Swim Course

1) Is this swim in the ocean?
Yes. The swim is held along the island's coast in the Atlantic Ocean. So, it's a saltwater swim in the ocean.

2) What is the expected water temperature?
Water temperature for this time of year in Key West averages 69 degrees F.

3) Will this swim will be WITH the current?
Not exactly. The swim is designed to be mostly with the current.  The design is not to have you swimming against a strong current.  The swim is just off the beach in an area and direction mostly with the current and not against a strong current.

4) What time will each event begin?
The Full Iron distance event will begin at 7:00AM. The Half Iron distance event swim waves will begin at 8:00AM.  We are anticipating five (5) waves in the Half Iron distance at this time. The staggered swim start times will allow all the Full Iron distance athletes a chance to pass the Half Iron swim start line prior to the start of the first wave on the half distance event.

5) Will the event be a mass start?
Yes. The Full will start with a mass start at 7:00AM. The Half will start with a wave start at 8:00AM. Swim waves may be found in the Athlete Information Booklet which will be posted on this site.

6) Will athletes start on the beach or in the water?
The Full will feature a beach start. The Half will also feature a beach start.  the water is not very deep at the swim start to swimmers may be running a ways out into the water before beginning to swim.

7) Will there be a fresh water shower for use as athletes exit the swim?
Yes. There will be facilities in place for athletes to shower off with fresh water before entering T1 after the swim.

8) Are swim booties and neoprene swim caps allowed during the swim?
Yes. Swim booties are allowed but fins are not allowed. Neoprene caps are allowed but the BoneIslandTri issued swim cap must be worn over these caps.

9) What is the rule on wetsuits?
BoneIslandTri organizers do not require a wetsuit if temperatures are legal for exempting them.  We do strongly encourage that you wear a wetsuit during the swim if the temperature is legal.

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Bike Course

1) What will be served at the aid stations on the bike course?
The BoneIslandTri Bike Course will offer a variety of products at the aid stations spaced throughout the course (approximately every 15 miles). These items will include:

HEED Energy Drink (Orange and Lemon Lime) Water Bananas
Hammer Gel Packets Energy Bars Oranges
Endurolyte Tablets    

2) Will the Bike Special Needs Bags be retunred?
Yes. The special needs bags from the bike course will be returned.

3) What are the exact locations of the Bike Aid Stations?
The Bike Course Aid Stations will be located at the following locations:

Half Distance
Aid Station # Mile Point
1 14.7
2 28.6
3 35.1
4 51.2

Full Distance
Aid Station # Mile Point
1 (1st lap) 14.7
2 (1st lap) 28.6
3 (1st lap) 42.8
1 (2nd lap) 63.9
2 (2nd lap) 77.8
3 (2nd lap) 92
4 108.1

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Run Course

1) What will be served at the aid stations on the run course?
The BoneIslandTri Run Course will offer a variety of products at the aid stations spaced throughout the course. These items will include:

HEED Energy Drink (Orange and Lemon Lime) Water Pretzels Hot chicken broth
Hammer Gel Packets Flat Cola Bananas  
Endurolyte Tablets Energy Bars Oranges  

2) Will the Run Special Needs Bags be returned?
Yes. The Run Special Needs area is near the Transition Area as you begin your second lap. Thus, these special needs bags will be at this location for you to collect after the event. Any special needs bags not claimed by 12:15AM will be discarded.

3) Is there a cut-off time to start the 2nd half of the Full Iron run course?
Yes. All athletes must complete half of the run no later than 8:30PM in order to begin the second half. Any athlete still on their first lap after 8:30PM will be pulled from the course.

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1) What will be provided at this event in terms of medical support?
Medical Aid Providers will be working with Set Up Events to coordinate all medical care throughout the event. Services will include coordinated communications between EMS and the Florida Keys Memorial Hospital.

There will be a roving EMS unit at the swim finish and full medical tent at the event finish. This tent will include a triage area, and an area for athletes who may need more assistance. Working with physicians, paramedics, nurses and emergency medical technicians, there will be coordinated medical coverage throughout the event. The Medical Providers will be in a central location for the Finish Area. EMS Medical Stations will be located throughout the course so response may be made in an appropriate time frame. All aid stations will have communication to a Medical station that can respond rapidly to any athlete in need of assistance.

2) Will I need to fill out a medical form before the event?

Yes. The medical form may be downloaded from the link below:


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1) Is there mandatory bike check in before the event?
Yes. All athletes (full and half) will be required to check their bikes in to the transition area (Higgs Beach) on Friday. At this time the Full Distance athletes will check in their changing bags with clothes to use during both transitions. These bags will include your bike clothes (swim to bike changing bag) and your running clothes (bike to run changing bag).

2) When will I check in my Special Needs bags?
Special Needs bags will be checked in at transition (Higgs Beach) on on Friday when you check in your bike and changing bags. Organizers will then transport all special needs bags to the appropriate special needs locations. NOTE: Only Full Distance athletes will be given special needs bags.

3) Will I be allowed into the Transition Area on event morning to adjust tire pressure, etc?
Yes. All athletes will be allowed into the transition area on event morning. You may not, however, remove your bicycle from T1 on event morning.

4) How will I know where to rack my bicycle at the Transition as I will not be there on event morning to find my spot?
This will not be an issue as the Transition for BoneIslandTri is a single Transition Area.

5) Where can I train during the week before the event?
Training before the event is at your own risk.  There are certain areas where the waters around the beaches of Key West are available and we plan to create organized swims however at this time it remains TBD. If you plan to swim make sure you are not alone and that someone is near you in a boat or kayak.  Riding is
 "rules of the road" at your own risk prior to the event.  Again, we plan to create some organized rides but that is also TBD.

6) How do Relay Teams work?
Relay teams will be given the same bags as the individual competitors. How you use those bags is up to you, but if you choose to use your bags, you must follow the same rules as those for the individual competitors. Relay exchanges (chip exchanges) will be made inside the Transition Area at the designated RELAY EXCHANGE ZONE. ALL relay team members must come to packet pick up to collect their event materials.

7) Photos?
Please feel free to find a searchable database of photos for the 2014 event at: Link  Also, thank you to Tim Chestnut at Epic Dartmouth!  You can find a link to Tim's photos here!

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