2016 Iron Girl Sandy Hook Hero

Event Info

Iron Girl Sandy Hook Sprint Triathlon, Bike-Run, and 5k Run/Walk

Click here for the 2016 Iron Girl Sandy Hook Participant Guide

Join us at the Iron Girl Expo

Saturday, September 10
Henry Hudson Regional School
1 Grand Tour, Highlands, NJ 07732
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Course Talks: 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 11
Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area
128 S. Hartshorne Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732
5 a.m. - 6 a.m.


Participant Packet Pick-up and Late Registration

Late registration will be available at each packet pick-up. Shirt sizes are not guaranteed for late registrations. If you are registering on-site, please allow yourself 10 to 15 minutes to complete the process.


Bike Racking

Bike Racking will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the Race Venue:
Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area
128 S. Hartshorne Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732

Saturday, September 10
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 11
5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.*
6:00 a.m. all bikes must be in transition

*There will be packet pick-up and bike racking on race morning at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. We strongly encourage you to pick up your packet and rack your bike on Saturday to avoid added stress to your race morning. 

6:30 a.m. transition closes, all athletes must be out of transition. 

On race-day, transition is considered an active course until the final cyclist has returned and left for the run. Once the final finisher starts the run course,we will re-open transition for bike and gear collection. While waiting for transition to re-open, let’s provide encouragement and cheer on our final finishers!

All participants are expected to attend packet pick up in person. This is due insurance liability mandates. All participants must show a photo ID, and all USAT annual members additionally must show their membership card. Per USAT rules, each participant must pick up their own packet. NO EXCEPTIONS. A unique wristband will be affixed at this time which must remain on through to the end of the race.

Course Information

Click here to view the 2015 Iron Girl Sandy Hook Triathlon course map
Sprint Distance: 1/3 mile swim/ 15 mile bike/ 3 mile run

A beautiful swim on the shores of Gateway National Recreation Area.
Click here for 2016 Iron Girl Sandy Hook Swim Waves

Enjoy the two loop bike course that travels through the Gateway National Recreation Area. The two loop course will be well marked and volunteers to direct you.

RUN COURSE: The run course will be in the Gateway National Recreation Area.  The course will be well marked and volunteers to help let you know where the turn arounds are. Water will be on the run course.

Swim Wave Starts
Iron Girl participants are assigned swim waves based on their age on 12/31/2016. Swim waves are made up of approximately 80-100 swimmers and will start every 4-5 minutes. Swim wave times will be announced 2-3 weeks before the event date. Participant swim wave times will be noted on individual packets.

Participants wishing to swim with a friend or family member may elect to start in a Buddy Wave. The Buddy Waves will be the last waves. Please note that Iron Girl triathlons are USAT sanctioned events and Iron Girl participants who start in a Buddy Wave will be ineligible for age group awards. All Buddy Wave participant times will still be posted and all finishers will receive a medal on race day! 

Weather Information
September, you still have time to capture some of the summer with this triathlon. The average temperature for race day is  74 degrees. Water temperatures along the shore is usually in 68 to 72 degrees. 
Water temps will be updated race week and again on race morning.

Wet suits Rules
USAT RULE Article IV Swimming Conduct
4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit 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.

Please note we will do an official water temperature reading on race morning.


Competitive Wave - The Iron Girl Competitive Wave has been created for our more experienced athletes looking to really push themselves this year. This group will be seeded in Wave 1 and will compete for top 3 overall. The recommended finishing time to our Competitive Wave athletes is 1:50:00. Please note: Athletes registered in the competitive wave will not be eligible for Age group awards. There will be awards for the Top 3 Competitive athletes. 

Event Day Information
Early arrival is recommended to allow time for you to park, walk to transition and get ready for a terrific race day. Transition will open at 5:00 a.m. and will be closed at 6:30 a.m. Please arrive early for race morning. We will have a prompt race start at 7:00 a.m. Athlete wristbands will allow you in and out of transition.

Race Talks at the Expo
We will have two course talks on Saturday, September 10, Noon and 3:00 p.m. to attend to get the latest event information, directions and more. The course talk is not mandatory, but will help make a difference in sorting out race day.

Strollers, Inline Skates, Rollerblades, Headphones and Dogs Not Allowed On Course
For the safety of all participants, strollers, inline skates, rollerblades, headphones and dogs are not allowed on the course at any time.

Age Group Awards
Awards will be presented to the top 3 finishers in each age group for the triathlon. We will have 12 age groups: under 17; 18- 24; 25 - 29; 30 - 34; 35 - 39; 40 - 44; 45 - 49; 50 - 54; 55 - 59; 60 - 64; 65 - 69; 70+ You must be 16 years or older to participate in the triathlon event.

The top 3 overall winners for the 5K and Bike-Run will be presented with an award. 

Age group winners must be present to receive award. 

All finishers will receive a custom Iron Girl medal.

Venue & Race Day Parking
Click here for race day parking map
Participant Parking: carpooling is encouraged. Please use lots I, J, K, G and tent city - each lot is marked and Rangers in uniform will be directing traffic.
Participants arriving late may also use lot E and ride bike along the bike bath leading to Ft. Hancock (must wear helmet)

Spectators Parking: use lot E if arriving without a participant. Shuttle bus service is from this LOT only (from 5:15 a.m. through Noon)

Directions to Venue
From New Jersey and New York:

  • New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 11 (Garden State Parkway)
  • Garden State Parkway south to Exit 117 (Keyport/Hazlet)
  • Follow Route 36 East for 12 miles
  • Entrance to the Park just after crossing the Higlands Bridge from South Jersey
  • Garden State Parkway north to Exit 105 (Eastontown)
  • Follow Route 36 East past Monmouth Mall, across Route 35
  • Continue through Eastontown and Long Branch (Route 36 here is called Joline Avenue)
  • At Long Branch, continue on route 36 as it turns left (north) following along the ocean
  • Continue north for six miles (Route 36 here is called Ocean Blvd) through the towns of Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright to the Park entrance

From Philadelphia & Central Jersey:

  • Take the New Jersey Turnpike north to Exit 7A (Route I-195)
  • I-195 East to Garden State Parkway
  • Take Garden State Parkway north to Exit 105 (Eatontown)
  • Continue as from South Jersey above