The course is comprised of a roughly .33 mile point-to-point swim, followed by a roughly 1.8 mile run that brings you back to the start/finish line to begin your next loop. We say "roughly" in defining the distance since the legth of the swim/run loop can vary slightly based on the level of the tide. Therefore, the exact distance of the swim and run will vary slightly from year to year, or even lap to lap.
Nestled in the small, ocean-side community of Bristol RI is a beautiful property known as Mt. Hope Farm. This vast seaside country estate sits on the edge of Mt. Hope Bay, and it's smaller body of water, Church Cove. Overlooking Church Cove is the Cove Cabin, a beautiful venue set just steps from water, with beautiful views of the nearby Mt. Hope Bridge and Common Fence Point.
This is where your journey will begin. Athletes begin with a water-start from the boat-launch ramp adjacent to the Cove Cabin. You'll swim straight 1/3 of a mile across Cabin Cove to exit the water upon the shore on the Westward side of the Mt. Hope Farm estate. You'll then bear left, running towards the farm and the brief grass and trail sections of the course. You'll then pass a pond and start your return to the Cove Cabin, running 1.8 in total before returning to the staging area to the delight of the race spectators. Lap one done. Repeat until the clocks hits zero.
There is a 2-hour and 4-hour division in this race. It's athlete against athlete, athletes against clock. The person who covers the most amount of loops wins. Only full loops count, and therefore race strategy and pacing are hugely important.
Please consider that athletes in the 2-hour division will most likely cover 2-5 loops of this course, give or take, depending on race-day water conditions, heat, etc. Therefore, athletes in the 2-hour division will most likely swim between .66 and 1.65 miles, and run between 3.6 miles and 9 miles.
Please also consider athletes in the 4-hour division will most like cover 4-8 loops of this course, give or take, depending on race-day water conditions, heat, etc. Therefore, athletes in the 4-hour division will most likely swim between 1.32 miles and 2.64 miles, and run between 7.2 miles and 14.4 miles.
The swim course is in a fairly sheltered cove. However, like any open-water swim, the tides can have a huge impact on race conditions. The water here can be calm and flat, or slightly choppy.
The run course is primarily paved, with a short (and tame) trail-crossing on each loop, as well as a short run through a grassy field that points athletes back to the staging area at shoreline of Cabin Cove.