Course Maps & Details
Swim Course Details:
The Full Vineman swim is staged at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville, California. The swim takes place in the Russian River. Water temperatures are typically between 72 and 76 degrees. If this is the case on race morning wetsuits will be allowed as this falls within USA Triathlon guidelines. (Please go to www.usatriathlon.org for the rules regarding wetsuits.)
The swim is a two loop course which starts in front of the dam at Johnson’s Beach and proceeds upstream to the turn around point where the swimmers will then return to the start point and begin their second loop. Swimmers will keep the swim buoys on their left for the entire swim. A neutral area, which is marked with buoys, will separate the swimmers on the outbound and return legs of the swim. The swim course, which averages between 4 and 7 feet in depth, will be monitored by lifeguards in kayaks.
The Russian River is dammed in a number of locations near Guerneville and it almost never rains in Sonoma County from early June to mid October, so there is very little current in the river. Under typical conditions, a 25-minute mile swimmer should expect it to take about one minute longer to make it to the turn-around point (swimming against the stream) than it would to return back to the swim finish from the turn-around (swimming with the current.)
The dam at Johnson’s Beach is a seasonal dam which is up only in the summer months. The dam is scheduled to be in place by mid June and will remain in the river until the end of September.
Click here for the swim course map:Full Vineman Swim Course
Oomph! Bike Course Details:
The 112 mile point-to-point Oomph! bike course for the Full Vineman passes through the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country. Shortly after beginning the ride beneath the redwoods in Guerneville, it is off through miles and miles of vineyards! Dozens of wineries and literally hundreds of vineyards line the Vineman bike course.
The bike begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and finishes at Windsor High School (approximately 17 miles away from its starting point). Aid stations are located at miles 18,29,40, 57, 74, 85, and 96 and have bottled water (in sport top bottles), Gatorade Endurance (also in sport top bottles), Clif Bars and bananas.
The gently rolling hills are challenging, but not overwhelming. The roads are lightly traveled and will be marshaled by USA Triathlon officials. Cyclist will make two loops of the bike course. There are two bike cutoff times. The first cutoff time, located at mile 55, is 1:30pm. The overall bike cutoff time is 5:30 PM.
Air temperatures generally range from the low-to-mid 50s early in the morning to daytime highs between 80 and 95 degrees.
Chalk Hill, the largest hill on the course is approximately 385 feet above sea level at its crest. The bike course begins at approximately 50 feet above sea level and ends at approximately 100 feet above sea level.
Click here for the bike course map: Full Vineman Oomph! Bike Course
Oomph! Bike Course Turn by Turn Description:
Cyclists leave Guerneville on River Road heading east (toward Highway 101) and proceed 5 miles to Sunset Avenue
- RIGHT on Sunset & underneath River Road
- RIGHT on Westside Road
- LEFT on Kinley Road
- LEFT on Dry Creek Road
- RIGHT on Canyon Road
- RIGHT on CA 128
- LEFT to stay on CA 128 as you enter downtown Geyserville
- RIGHT on to Chalk Hill Road
- LEFT on to Pleasant Road which turns into Faught Road
- RIGHT on to Shiloh Rd
- LEFT on to Old Redwood HWY
- RIGHT on to Fulton Rd
- RIGHT on Airport Boulevard
- RIGHT on Skylane Boulevard
- LEFT on Shiloh Road
- RIGHT on Windsor Road
- LEFT on REIMAN Road to begin Lap 2 -- TURN HERE ON LAP ONE ONLY -- AT THE END OF LAP 2 PROCEED STAIGHT TO FINISH AT WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL
- RIGHT on STARR Road
- LEFT on Windsor-River Road
- RIGHT on Eastside Road (for a short out and back of approx 1 mile)
- Back on Eastside Road
- RIGHT on Wohler Road
- RIGHT on Westside Road ...repeat the loop beginning at the 8 mile mark on Westside Rd above until returning to Windsor Road where the cyclists will NOT ENTER REIMAN RD on LOOP 2 but proceed to the SOUTH parking lot at Windsor High School to finish the bike portion of the event.
Run Course Details:
The 26.2 mile Full Vineman run course is a 3 loop course with varying terrain of flat to rolling hills. Aid stations are located approximately every mile serving Gatorade Endurance, water, Clif Shot gels, cola, assorted fruit, cookies and tortilla chips or pretzels.
Click here for the run course map: Full Vineman Run Course
Run Course Elevation Profile
Run Course Turn by Turn:
The run course starts and finishes at Windsor High School taking athletes on a 3 lap, out and back course.
Leaving Windsor High School turn:
- RIGHT on to Windsor Rd.
- RIGHT on to Reiman Rd.
- LEFT on to Starr Road
- LEFT on to Mark West Station Road to a turn around point 100 meters past Slusser Rd.
Runners follow the same route returning to Windsor High School were they will loop the transition area and begin laps 2 & 3. Runners must start the third lap of the run course by 9:15 PM. You will not be allowed to continue on the course if you do not make this cutoff time. The run course will close at 11:15 PM.