DETAILS AND ROUTE

Packet Pick-up & Volunteer Instruction

Adult volunteers and athletes should come to the Club Friday June 30, for 7:00 pm course talk, volunteer instructions, and packet (T-shirt and Numbers) pick-up.

Check-In

Check-in will be held on the morning of the event, beginning at 6:30 am until 7:20 am. Signs will direct you to the check-in Table.

The transition area will close at 7:45 am. This is because we will have a mandatory course talk and directions for all athletes at 7:45 am.

Please read all of the instructions, precautions, and policies for this event.

Race Day Check List 

Sunscreen                    
Water bottle for bicycle                    
Swim suit                        
Goggles                                    
Swim cap                     
2 Towels - 1 towel laid out to step and sit on and another to dry off with 

Bike (with race number sticker)

Helmet - required (with race number sticker applied on front)

Shirt - with bib race numbers attached

Bike Shoes - if different from running shoes

Socks - if athlete wants to wear them, many do not - takes too much time to put on

Running Shoes                            
Optional-  Lip Balm, Swim cap, Sunglasses 

A smile! (We'll be taking pictures)

 

Rules

The purpose of the following rules is to insure that participants in the Kids Triathlon complete the course safely and have a good time doing so!  We feel all children who can complete the course are winners!  USA Triathlon insures this event and has recommended these rules for safety reasons.  The Race Director may disqualify anyone who does not comply. 


I. OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE: Volunteers are stationed throughout the course to lend any assistance needed to insure participant safety and well-being.

II. COURSE: Each participant is encouraged to complete the entire prescribed course in order to receive a medal.  Volunteers and signage are available throughout the course to show the way.


III. SWIM: Any stroke is allowed, there is no disqualification for style or stopping.  The swim course is shallow enough so you can walk through the pool, but set a goal to swim the distance.  All athletes should be comfortable in the water.  Swim aids such as kickboards or flotation devices are NOT allowed.  Younger age groups are permitted to hang on to the swim lane ropes or walk across the pool if assistance is needed to complete the swim.

 

IV. TRANSITION AREA: All equipment must be placed in the transition area before 7:30 am.  From 8 am to 10 am ONLY PARTICIPANTS and transition volunteers will be allowed in the transition area.  Bicycles must be walked in/out of the transition area, and are to be mounted and dismounted at a designated point outside the transition area, which will be clearly indicated and manned by volunteers. This is to keep kids from running into each other on bikes.

V. BIKE:  Parents/Guardians are expected to ensure bicycles are in proper working order (i.e brakes, tires, inflation pressure, tire condition, chain, and pedals).  In other words ….. DO A MAINTENANCE CHECK ON THE ATHLETE’S BIKE PRIOR TO THE EVENT.  A helmet must be worn and chin straps secured at all times the participant is astride the bicycle and in the Transition Area.  Parents/Guardians must ensure the helmet fit is proper for the athlete. PARTICIPANTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DO THE BIKE PORTION OF THE RACE IF THEY DO NOT HAVE A HELMET. Riders must follow traffic laws.  Pass to the left of riders being overtaken and then return to the right shoulder.  When passing, please call out "on your left" to let the person in front of you know you are there.  Riders must ride the full distance to the turn-around point and back.  Drafting: Riding closely behind another bike and, therefore, using them as a windbreak is prohibited.

VI. RUN: Participants must run or walk the complete running course.  Parents/guardians should ensure that the athlete has footwear that is suitable for running the designated distance. 


VII. SPORTSMANSHIP: Infraction by participants or parents of any of the rules or exhibition of unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.  This includes the use of profanity or rudeness before, during, or after the race.


VIII. RACE NUMBERS: Race numbers will be marked on each athlete's body during check-in, as well on a sticker to be placed on the front of their bike helmets and over the top-tube of athlete’s bike frame.  Athletes will also have a race number that will need to be pinned to their shirt and worn during both the bike and the run. Please note: shirts must be worn during the event with the numbers pinned on it so we can get the athletes time.

IX.  SUN PROTECTION: Due to the wave start, many athletes will have to wait before beginning the event.  Parents/guardians should provide appropriate sun protection in the form of sunscreen and clothing.

 

X. ATHLETE HEALTH: Parents/guardians should ensure that the athlete is in a physical condition that will permit him/her to participate in the event without jeopardizing his/her health or that of other participants.

 

XI. HYDRATION: The weather in July can be hot and it is vital that your child consume water to prevent dehydration.  There will be water available before, during, and following the event.  It is suggested that your child place a full water bottle at their transition area.  Any child showing signs of dehydration should be brought to a Parent/Guardian volunteer or Lifeguard on duty.

 

  

Numbering and Body Marking

At the time of check-in your child's race number (found in the race packet) will be marked on his/her leg and arm.  These markings will be used to identify your child's race number at the start of the swim. Plus kids think this is cool.
 

Race Start

The race will begin at the pool.  Each athlete will be assigned a swim start time, with the first swimmers starting at 8:00am.  Athletes will be called to the swim staging area (concession picnic tables) at 7:45 am.   Swimmers will be called by race number and name, (race number must be marked on the child's leg and arm - see body marking above).  It is the athlete's responsibility to get to the staging area when they are called.  Volunteers will assist the athletes in the staging area, but parents are not allowed in the staging area.

Athletes will be called from the staging area to the pool deck for the start of their heat. The athletes will swim their required number of laps and at the end of the swim they will walk through the kiddie pool gates to exit and enter the transition area.

Transition Area

 

WHAT IS THE TRANSITION AREA AND WHAT HAPPENS THERE?

 

In the sport of triathlon the Transition Area is like the hub in the center of a wheel with the swim, bike and run like the wheel spokes.  The athlete passes through the Transition Area twice in the event.  In the Transition Area the athlete moves from swimming to biking and then from biking to running.

 

Every athlete has a spot in the Transition Area where his/her bike, helmet, shoes/socks, clothes, towel and other gear is located.  The triathlon begins at the pool.  Following the swim the athlete moves to the Transition Area where he/she removes any swim equipment such as goggles and swim cap, quickly dries off (if they want to), puts on what is needed for the bike ride (shoes, helmet, shirt with race bib number), takes his/her bike and (walking the bike) exits the Transition Area following the sign that says BIKE OUT.  Bathing suit removal is not permitted.   Athletes put on shorts and shirt over their bathing suit, if choosing to do so.

 

After the ride the athlete returns to the Transition Area and (walking the bike) goes back to where his/her equipment is located.  The bike is placed on the ground, helmet and other riding equipment is removed, and the athlete prepares for the run.  Runners may jog to the RUN OUT sign in the Transition Area, watching for bikes and other runners.  The triathlon finishes at the end of the run.

 

 

Transition Area Preparation

The transition area is located in the parking lot next to the pool.  Each athlete will have an assigned spot according to their race number.  Athletes should have their transition area equipment (i.e., bike, shoes, etc) set up at 7:25 am.  Be sure to stay clear of the athletes during the race!   In order to make sure everyone has room in the transition area, each athlete should use only the minimum amount of space required to place their equipment.

Event Distances

 

This section contains information regarding the course that is important to parents/guardians and to their young athletes.  Age groups will have different course lengths in the swim, bike and run events.  Reading and following these instructions will help ensure that race day will be safe and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. 

 

Age Group:  6 thru 8

Swim - 50 yards

Bike - 2.0 miles

Run - ½ mile

 

Age Group:  9 thru 11

Swim - 100 yards

Bike - 3.0 miles

Run - 1.0 mile

 

Age Group:  12 thru 14

Swim - 200 yards

Bike - 5.0 miles

Run - 1.5 miles

 

 

Race Instructions

Maps of routes are attached below.
 

Swim:

Please see age groupings for distance and the course maps for additional detail.  Athletes will meet in the designated area and be pre-staged by heat.  Heats will move to the pool deck for the start of the swim.  There will be two athletes per lane.  After finishing, athletes will WALK to the exit of the pool through the kiddie pool area.  Please not help from parents in the transition area, we have volunteers staged here to assist any child needing assistance, especially little ones with tying shoes etc.   There will be signage and volunteers to direct athletes to the Transition Area located in parking lot immediately in front of the pool facility. 

 

Transition #1:

In the Transition Area athletes will prepare for the bike portion of the event.  Helmets MUST be worn and buckled.  DO NOT RIDE BIKE IN TRANSITION AREA.  Bikes must be walked to the exit (Bikes Out) of the Transition Area.  There will be a BIKE MOUNTING AREA to assist athletes.

 

Bike:

Please see age groupings for distance and the course maps for additional detail.  The athletes will exit the Transition Area and ride east on Leamington to Coach.  The road course will be marked with cones and Volunteers will be on the course to assist and direct athletes.  Returning to the Transition Area, athletes on bikes must be careful and aware of other riders, as well as athletes competing on the running leg of the race.  The athlete will DISMOUNT and WALK their bike prior to entering the Transition Area.   The dismount location will be clearly marked and staffed by volunteers.

 

Transition #2:

Helmets may not be removed until the athlete is at his/her Transition Area location.  The athlete will then prepare for the run segment.  There will be volunteers to assist the athletes.  The athlete will run to the (Run Out) exit from the Transition Area and follow the cones and signs to the street course.

 

Run:

Please see age groupings for distance and the course maps for additional detail.  Athletes will exit the Transition Area and begin the run portion.  The athletes will finish by running through the finish banner near the entrance of the club parking lot.  The athlete will receive a medal and may proceed to the PARTY! (there is no awards ceremony)

 

Everyone associated with the Naper Carriage Hill Swim & Racquet Club Kids Triathlon is anticipating a wonderful event.  Good luck to all the participants!
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