Adult race faqs


Transition Area:

Q: What is the Transition Area?

A: The Transition Area is where you will stage your race gear and where you will switch from one event to the other.  The Transition Area will be surrounded by fence sections, you can’t miss it.

Q: Will there be assigned spaces on the bike racks?

A: No, the bike racks are a first come first served situation. The Transition Area is set up in a way that does not provide any advantage on where your bike is racked.


Swim:

Q: Can I use swim fins (flippers) or hand paddles during the swim portion of the race?

A: No.

Q: Will there be lifeguards on duty during the swim portion of the race?

A: Yes, there will be lifeguards monitoring the swim portion of the race.

Q: How far is the swim?

A: 400 Meters. You will start at the shallow end of the pool and swim the 50 meter (long direction) of the pool. You will swim one length in each of 8 lanes in a serpentine fashion. This means you will swim down in one lane and then cross underneath the lane line and swim back to the other end of the pool. You will repeat this for each length of the swim until completed.

Q: How will I know where to line up or what order to start in?

A: Your race number will be assigned based on your estimated swim time and you will line up in numerical order. We will start racers in the water approximately 10 seconds apart.

Q: What happens if I catch a swimmer in front of me or if a swimmer behind me catches up to me?

A: If you are caught by a swimmer from behind we ask that you allow them to pass, by either slowing down or stopping briefly to allow them to get past you easily. If you catch up to a swimmer, it is your responsibility to overtake the slower swimmer in a safe fashion. It is unacceptable to swim over the top of another swimmer, if you do so, you will be disqualified.


Bike:

Q: Is the bike course closed to traffic?

A: No. While we do everything we can to ensure the bike course is as safe as possible, we are not able to close the roads to traffic. We do have volunteers on the course to help monitor traffic but ultimately it is your responsibility to ride aware.

Q: How far is the bike course?

A: The bike course is a 12 mile out-and-back course.

Q: Do I need to wear a helmet during the bike portion of the race?

A: Yes, a bike helmet is mandatory for every racer.  Racers will need to secure their helmet on their head with the chin strap buckled prior to exiting the transition area and are not to take it off until they have completed the bike portion of the race and are back in the transition area.

Q: Can I wear headphones or have a speaker playing during the bike portion of the race?

A: No, if caught using either, you will be disqualified.

Q: Is there a water aid station on the bike course?

A: No, you will need to bring your own fluids to drink during the bike portion of the race.


RUN:

Q: Is there a water aid station on the run course?

A: Yes, there will be two water aid stations. The run course is an out-and-back course so runners will pass by each station twice.

Q: How far is the run and will it be marked?

A: 5K (3.1 miles) and yes there will be directional signs or arrows indicating where you should go. The run course is an out-and-back run course.

Q: Is the run course closed to traffic?

A: Yes and no, the portion of the run contained in City Park is closed to traffic, while the portion of the run located on Poyntz Avenue is open to traffic. There will be volunteers on the run course monitoring traffic but ultimately it is your responsibility to run aware.

Q: Can I wear headphones during the run portion of the race?

A: Yes, but please be aware of your surroundings.


results & Awards:

Q: Is the event timed?

A: Yes.  The event is timed using a chip timing system.  Each racer will receive a chip on a Velcro strap at packet pickup that will be worn around their ankle during the entire race. Their race number is entered into the timing system when they start the swim. Their finish time includes all three events and the time they spend in the Transition Area between the swim, bike and run.

Q: How will I know how I placed in the race?

A: Preliminary results are available on the computers set up near the finish line. Racers can enter their number into the computer to see their finish time and their preliminary age group placement immediately after they finish.  Caution: These preliminary age group placements are not final until all racers are finished, and all chip readings have been validated.

Q: Will I get an award?

A: Yes, every racer who starts and completes the race will receive a Finisher’s Medal after they cross the finish line.  Plaques will be given to the top three overall female and male finishers. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group division, both female and male.

Q: When and where is the awards ceremony?

A: The adult race awards ceremony will take place as soon as possible after the race is over. We typically like to have the adult awards ceremony completed prior to the start of the youth race. It is difficult for us to provide an exact time for the awards ceremony as it depends on the number of racers we have and how long it takes to get everyone through the event.  The awards ceremony will be held at the Picnic Shelter directly south of the swimming pool.


Miscellaneous:

Q: What should I wear for the race?

A: This is individual preference. Some racers will wear a triathlon specific race suit that is a top and bottom in one, while other may wear a swimsuit and do the entire race in that. You may want to have other biking or running clothing that you pull over your swimsuit which is perfectly acceptable.

If you desire to change clothing from one event to the other, you will need to exit the transition area and use the pool restrooms to change. There is no public nudity allowed. This will be grounds for disqualification.

Q: Is the race USAT sanctioned?

A: No. 

Q: Where can I park on race morning?

A: Please refer to the course map section for a parking location map.

Q: What happens if there is severe weather the morning of the race?

A: The race will be run rain or shine. If there is severe weather in the area we will delay the race in 15 minute increments for a maximum of 1 1/2 hours. If the race is delayed longer than 1 1/2 hours it will be cancelled.

Q: If the race is cancelled will I get a refund?

A: No. By race day all costs have been incurred, therefore we can not issue any refunds.