Holualoa Tucson Triathlon
March 23, 2014
6:30 am

The 2015 Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon filled to capacity and registration closed on 6/21/15. Thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored and volunteered over the past 22 years and 60 races. This will be our final race.



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Race Information
The first race of the series, the Holualoa Tucson Triathlon.  The distances are 750 meter pool swim, 12 mile bike ride around the UA area, and 3 mile run through UA campus.

USA Triathlon rules apply.  Other rules and updated course info will be in your packet.
This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event.  All competitors must be either an annual member or purchase a one day membership ($12).
Helmets must meet CPSC/Snell/ANSI safety standards. For more information click here.  No floatation devices allowed, including wetsuits.

This race is limited to the first 360 entries and will fill to capacity and close many weeks in advance. ENTER EARLY!

For more information on the Holualoa Tucson Triathlon Series, click here.


Course Details


The 750 meter swim will be run "serpentine style" in the University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center pool. The pool will be set up Long Course (50 meters). Swimmers will be started one after the other at regular intervals in lane #1. Each swimmer will swim 2 lengths (up and back) in each of the first seven 50 meter lanes and 1 length in the 8th lane for a total of 750 meters.

For more information about the Serpentine Swim, click here to view a detail map.

It is very important that you provide an accurate swim time estimate in the space provided with your online registration. If you are not sure please time yourself before sending in your entry. Entries will not be accepted without an estimated time (click to view map).

We ask for an estimated 800 YARD swim time on the entry form because most people have access to 25 yard pools and an 800 time is an easier distance to estimate based on practice times. The deadline to update your estimated time is 2 weeks prior to race day.

USA Triathlon has provided a list of approved skinsuits and speedsuits for use in any water temperature- please review this information. 


The bike course is 12 miles on partially closed city streets.  You will complete 3 laps of south on Campbell(.7 miles), west on Broadway (1 mile) , north on Euclid (1 mile), east on Speedway (1 mile), south on Campbell (.3 miles).  These are all wide roads (4 lanes each, 2 have dividers) with the curbside lane coned off from traffic.  Police officers are at all intersections controlling traffic for you.   This is a very flat course, with only slight, constant grades (Campbell and Broadway are slightly downhill, Euclid and Speedway are slightly uphill).  There are no lap counters here, we trust that your integrity will prevail and you will complete at least 3 laps (some have done 4 accidentally).  There are no aid stations on the bike course (click to view map).


The run is 3 miles, very flat, through University of Arizona campus.   See the map for details.  Water is available at the half way point on the run (click to view map).


Both transitions are in the same area, in the parking lot south of Hillenbrand Pool.  There are bike racks and volunteers to guide you through this area.  From the swim, you will enter the transition from the east end, and exit on your bike at the west end.  DO NOT get on your bike until out of the transition area.   From the bike, you will again enter from the east end, and again run out the west end (click to view map).



For maps to event and of the race course, click here.



Relays are available in the following categories:


Family relay members must be related.


Local Information

Race day parking will be limited to the U of A parking lots in the surrounding area. The best parking opportunity will be in the lots on the east and west side of the football stadium on 6th Street. The pool parking lot will be used as the race transition area and will be closed to all vehicles as will the finish area on Enke Dr. We also ask that you avoid the Sam Hughes neighborhood east of Campbell Ave.


Local Weather


Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held on Saturday March 22 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at TriSports.com. TriSports is located at 4495 S. Coach Drive, Tucson, AZ 85714.You can also pickup your packet on race day BEFORE 6:30am at  Hillenbrand Aquatic Center (race site).  You must pickup your packet before 6:30 am on race day even if you are starting near the end.
All athletes (including relay team members) must show a photo ID when picking up their packet. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. NO ID, No RACE, No EXCEPTIONS. All USAT members must show their membership card at packet pickup.



Prerace Meeting

There will be a pre-race course information meeting on Saturday, March 22, 4:00 pm at Hillenbrand Pool on University of Arizona campus.  This is the site of the swim and the transition areas. Hillenbrand Aquatic Center is located on Campbell Ave. between Speedway Blvd. and 6th Street (look for the diving towers on the West side of the street).


Awards / T-shirts

T-shirts will be awarded at the finish line.   Awards will be presented 3 deep in each age category.  Age group categories include 13-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29... in 5 year increments as high as needed for both women and men. Overall awards will be given to the top 3 women and men.


Entry Fees

Only those who have registered for this event and have signed the race waiver will be permitted to participate per USAT rules.
Age must be at least 13 as of December 31, 2014 to participate in this event.

Individual entry fee $53.
Relay team entry fee $33 per person. 
All entry fees increase by $10 starting March 2, 2014.

All USAT members must show their membership card at packet pickup.

Full refunds (less $10 processing fee) through February 23, 2014.
50% refund through March 9, 2014.
NO REFUNDS AFTER March 9, 2014.
You may cancel your race registration online at Active.com. After canceling online, you MUST contact the Race Director for a full or partial refund, if eligible.


Entry Form

Entry into the race is available through online registration only. Please click the Active.com  link in the next section to register for this race.


Online Registration

Online registration is provided by Active.com. 

Please read the Online Registration Information page. When you are ready to register online, click on the appropriate link below.

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Online race registration will close once race fills to capacity (usually 4-6 weeks prior to race day).


Travel Information



Lodging Information

1. Aloft Tucson University 520-908-6800 (6 blocks from race site)
2. Marriott University Park  (520) 792-4100  (1 mile from race site)
3. Vagabond Plaza Hotel  (520) 740-0123/ 800 882-7661 (2-3 miles from race site)
4. Econo Lodge 1-877-240-2929 (1.2 mi from race site)
5. Clarion 1-877-240-2929 (1.3 mi from race site)

Other area hotels:

 Varsity Clubs of America (2.5 miles) (520) 318-3777
 Double Tree (520) 881-4200
 Embassy Suites (520) 745-2700
 Motel 6 (520) 628-1339


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