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Blue Lake Triathlon & Multi-Sport Festival
Event Date(s):   06/02/2018 @ 8:00-8:30am Start Times - 06/03/2018

Join us for the 37th Annual Blue Lake Triathlon & MultiSport Festival and kick off the summer racing season. It is a scenic, flat and fast course with Super Sprint, Sprint & Olympic Distances & a KIDS Tri too!



Check out how much fun we have at Blue Lake!
REGISTER NOW!
By Phone:Call 360-574-7292 to register by phone.

General Event Details:
Date:
06/02/2018 @ 8:00-8:30am Start Times - 06/03/2018
Description:
SWIM BIKE RUN

Registration for the 2018 Blue Lake Triathlon & MultiSport Festival will open on November 1st 2017.

Join us for the 37th Annual Blue Lake Triathlon & MultiSport Festival and kick off the summer racing season. It is a scenic, flat and fast course with Super Sprint, Sprint & Olympic Distances & a KIDS Tri too!

The Annual Blue Lake Triathlon was started by the Portland Triathlon Association and Frank Goulard, who is still an active, local Masters Triathlete. He participates in many of our events so come on out and meet the legend, the man who started it all for us here locally!

This weekend festival offers an Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlon, Duathlon & AquaBike, and a Super Sprint course that offers shorter distances for those new to the sport or just going for pure, raw speed. The Super Sprint is also a great event for our Junior Triathletes!

Recognized by NW triathletes as the “must do” event to open the triathlon season, the Blue Lake Triathlon encompasses two full days of racing (Super Sprint & Kids races on Saturday & Sprint & Olympic races on Sunday) including a Sports & Fitness Expo. Triathlon Clubs from across the NW gather to launch the MultiSport season.

The bike courses are flat and fast, with the majority occurring on a section of Marine Dr that is closed to all but local traffic. This makes the course one of the safest and fastest in the region.

Super Sprint Tri  – This novice race is designed for the first time triathlete, those new to the sport, our Junior Triathletes or those who can't race on Sunday and/or are looking for raw speed! The swim is a shorter, more manageable 1/4 mile distance, (instead of the standard 1/2-mile Sprint distance swim), 10 mile bike ride (vs 12 miles and it's a 2 loop course making it very spectator friendly!) and a flat 2 mile run (vs 3 mile sprint course).

A maximum of 1000 athletes per day can race so be sure to register early as this race fills fast!

Enjoy the after-race party with music, food and beverages, awards and prizes, and lots of fun as we Rock the Park! The energy and fun keeps flowing after the races, making this a party not to miss!

Post-race food and beverages will help athletes refuel and Deschutes Brewery Beer will be onsite to help you celebrate your accomplishment! Vendors in the Sports & Fitness Expo will have samples for tasting throughout the events.

SATURDAY:

  • Super Sprint Triathlon: 1/4 Mile Swim, 10 Mile Bike, 2 mile Run (Start Time – 8:00am in waves)
  • Super Sprint Duathlon: 2 mile Run, 10 Mile Bike, 2 mile Run (Start Time – 8:00am mass start)
  • Super Sprint AquaBike: 1/4 Mile Swim, 10 mile Bike (Start Tme - 8:00 in waves)
  • Kids Tri Races - Start at 10:30am.  See Details below in the Kids Race section.

SUNDAY:

  • Sprint Triathlon: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike, 5K Run (Start Time – 8am in waves)
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5k Run, 12.5 mile Bike, 5k Run (Start Time – 8am mass start)
  • Sprint AquaBike: ½ mile Swim, 12.5 mile Bike (Start Time - 8am in waves)
  • Olympic Triathlon:1.5K Swim, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30am in waves)
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run, 40K Bike, 10K Run (Start Time – 8:30am mass start)
  • Olympic AquaBike: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike (Start Time - 8:30am in waves)
Location:

BLUE LAKE PARK: 21224 NE Blue Lake Road - Do not enter from Marine Drive as this entrance will be closed.

Directions:

DIRECTIONS TO BLUE LAKE PARK:
Blue Lake Park is located 15 miles east of downtown Portland, OR. Take I-84 to the Fairview Exit (exit #14). Follow the signs to Blue Lake Park. Do not try to enter the park from Marine Drive. That exit will be closed that morning for course setup.

Awards & Celebrations:

You're a winner just for showing up to support this great community event. But to reward those speedy, kick-butt athletes, here’s what we’ve come up with.

Awards will be presented to the Top 3 Overall Male & Female champions and Overall Masters Male & Female champions (Overall Male & Female, and Masters Male & Female will be removed from the individual age division awards). Awards will also be presented to the 1st thru 3rd place finishers in each individual age group and division. The 1st and 2nd place Relay teams in each relay division will also receive awards.

Divisions: Individuals: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & over. Clydesdale’s (men 220lbs & over) and Athena’s (women 165lbs & over)

Relay Teams: Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions.

Friends and Family Division - A non-competitive division created for the sole purpose of allowing participants of different ages and genders to swim in the same wave. For example, this allows fathers/daughters, mothers/sons, husband /wives, boyfriends/girlfriends, siblings, etc. to enjoy the triathlon together and to help one another through the swim leg of the event. When participants fail to swim in their correct wave, as determined by age & gender in most all triathlons, their split times and finish time are compromised. So, if you choose to participate out of your wave choose this division to uphold the integrity of your results and the overall results of the event.

Awards Ceremony will begin as soon as the majority of racers have completed the event. Sit around, have a drink, eat some food and share your racing stories while we wait for the results to be verified. Awards must be picked up. Unfortunately, they cannot be mailed.

Award Criteria: 

  • If you choose to race in the Clydesdale (220+ pounds) or Athena (165+ pounds) categories, you are not eligible for Age Group awards due to USAT restrictions. You must choose one or the other.
  • Based on USAT age categories, if your birthday is prior to December 31st of that race season, you will race in the older age group even if you haven’t celebrated your birthday yet. Due to USAT sanctioning you will ‘age-up’.
  • Friends & Family – if you choose to race in this category, you will not be eligible for awards. This is a non-competitive category that allows friends and family to start in the same wave group together regardless of their ages.
Cost:

BLUE LAKE FEES

Solo vs Relay

By Dec 31

Jan 1 – Mar 31

Apr 1 –    May 31

PPU/DOR

 SPRINT OR OLYMPIC DUATHLON/TRIATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$90

$100

$105

$115

2 person Relay

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

$70pp

3 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

 SUPER SPRINT TRIATHLON/DUATHLON/ AQUABIKE

Individual

$80

$90

$95

$105

2 person Relay

$50pp

$55pp

$60pp

$65pp

3 person Relay

$40pp

$45pp

$50pp

$55pp

KIDS TRI – 12 & under

-

$20

$25

$30

$35

Cost Includes:
  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • ChampionChip™ Timing
  • Awards/prizes
  • Post-race refreshments including Deschutes Brewery Beer!
  • Music
  • Early season competition
  • Sense of Accomplishment
  • Sense of pride knowing you're helping out a number of school and sports programs

Shirts guaranteed only to those participants that have registered a month before race day. Quantities/sizes limited for those registering after that date.  There will be no post-race shirt orders.

What to do to be Prepared:

Please read the USAT Rules for Multi-Sport racing.  Please click here to review complete list of USAT Rules. Important rules include no drafting, you must wear a helmet and music is not allowed during the bike. We do allow music during the runs only – with only 1 ear bud in and 1 ear bud out so you can hear instructions and other racers and for the safety of all. NO MUSIC/IPODS etc during the Bike course. This is for everyone’s safety.

Transition Area for Triathletes & Duathletes:  For the safety of your bike and equipment, only athletes are allowed in the transition area.  You must have your body marked and your bike number on your bike before you will be allowed in. When you enter/exit, you will be asked to show your Bib # and it must match the number on your bike.  Please don’t get upset at the volunteers for enforcing this rule –it’s in your best interest.  A triathlon transition spot would be a primo location for bike thieves!  Also note, when setting up your transition spot, please set up your bike based on your bib number. Also be sure to not to take up too much room – we have to fit a lot of triathletes into the area.  Set up your bike and then right beside or under your bike, set up a small towel with all your stuff on the towel.  A good rule of thumb is not to use any more than 1.5 feet of space for your bike.  Also make a mental note of your transition area location to help you remember where to find your bike when you exit out of the water – it’s really easy to get disoriented. 

When you get your transition spot set-up, take a moment to get oriented to the transition area.  After you complete your swim, you will enter the transition into the entrance titled “SWIM ENTRANCE”.  You will leave the transition on your bike, through the exit titled “BIKE EXIT”.  After your bike, you will re-enter the transition area through the entrance titled “BIKE ENTRANCE”. You will leave for your run through the exit titled “RUN EXIT”.  It is important that you understand the flow of the transition area because timing mats are set-up at these specific exits/entrances to collect your separate event splits. 

What to Bring:

Watch the weather closely.  The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. 

You must wear your chip timing piece during the entire event.  You will be given a band that will hold your chip timing piece around your ankle throughout the entire event. Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and be sure to step over the Blue timing mats after each segment of the race. If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.

Swim:  Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit for a triathlon so no worries.  We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.

Bike:  A biking helmet is mandatory.  You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them.  The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet.  The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame.  Road or mountain bikes are acceptable.  For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.

Run:  You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you.  Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it.  Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike.  Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run.  Use whatever option feels best for you.

Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!


Contact Me About This Event:
Contact Me!Click here if you would like us to contact you regarding general event information or registration, if applicable.

REGISTER NOW!
By Phone:Call 360-574-7292 to register by phone.

Other Event Information:
Special Instructions:
  • Participants must pay a $5 park fee per vehicle when entering the park on race day. Please bring $5 CASH to keep the lines short!
  • Practice swimming is to occur INSIDE THE ROPED BUOY-LINE at the Swim Beach ONLY. Violators are subject to an $89 citation (Metro Title 10.01.130) and exclusion from the event.
  • Please be aware: Park officials have asked us to pass along to all the dog lovers out there – NO PETS ALLOWED IN THE PARK. Sorry, but pooches have to stay home for this event.

Body Marking: You will need to get your body marked BEFORE you enter transition. Body marking is for safety, identification and competition. 


Left Calf - Your event will go on your Left Calf.


“Tri” for Triathlon.
“D” for Duathlon.
"AQ" for AquaBike


Right Calf – Your age will go on your Right calf and an "R" if you are on a relay team.


Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on one arm and one hand


How does a Relay Team work? If you are competing on a Relay team, please read the following information very carefully.  If you are on a Relay Team, you will have a separate entrance/exit that you will use to freely enter and exit the transition area once the race starts (this is to ensure a teammate doesn’t inadvertently cross over a timing mat and mess up all your splits once the race starts and you’re waiting for your turn).  We will have a Relay Team Coordinator in that area to be able to answer any of your questions. Each teammate will wear a Timing Chip in order to provide splits. Your Relay Team will share a Bib # - the swimmer only needs your bib# marked on their body, the biker will have their Bib # on their helmet and bike and the runner will wear the bib # on the front of their body.  After having your body marked, please place your gear and bikes at the designated “Relay” area in the transition. During competition, you must tag (touch finger tips) at the designated Team Start location upon finishing or starting your segment of the event (back corner of transition area). VERY IMPORTANT: If you are the cyclist or runner, please be very careful NOT to cross any Blue timing mats as you are wandering around prior to the start of your individual leg. If you cross a mat after the race has begun, your time will start at the time you stepped on the mat. We want you to have a good race and accurate results so it is very important that you understand this element of the timing process. Team swimmers and cyclists must turn in their Timing Chip to the Relay Team Coordinator.  So for example, when the race begins, the swimmer will complete their swim and then go through the normal swim entrance so they get their timing split.  Then they will run to the Relay Transition area, tag their biking team-mate and then the biker will get their bike and exit through the normal bike exit.  At this point, the swimmers must give their chip timing piece to the Relay volunteer.  The biker will complete their bike, enter into the transition area through the normal bike entrance, rack their bike and then run to the Relay transition area and tag their runner.  The biker’s timing chip will then need to be given to the Relay volunteer. The runner then takes off through the normal Run Exit and completes the run course.  Everyone meets at the finish line to greet the runner as they finish, cheer each other on and get your finishers medals! Yes, you all get a finisher’s medal!

Course Details:

Swim: Triangular counter-clockwise lake swim (water temperature in the mid to upper 60’s). All swim distances are one loop courses.







Bike
: The Super Sprint is a 10 mile, 2-loop Bike Course along Marine Drive - flat and fast! The Sprint bike course is a 12 mile course (local traffic only) on Marine Drive along the Columbia River. The Olympic distance 24.8 mile (40k) bike course will head East on Marine Drive for an out and back section and then will head back west almost to the John Gleason Boat ramp. Both courses are fast, flat and scenic along the Columbia river with beautiful views of Mt. hood.

BIKE COURSES:


Super Sprint 10 mile Bike Course (2 loops)


Sprint 12 Mile Bike Course (1 loop)


Olympic 40K Bike Course (25 miles - 1 loop)



RUN COURSES:
The Sprint and Super Sprint Run courses are flat and fast within Blue Lake Park, with an out and back section on the Marine Drive bike path. The Olympic course will first take you West on Marine Drive path into the Interlachen and Fairview Lake communities and finish heading East with an out and back along Marine Drive path.


Super Sprint 2 Mile Run Course


Sprint 5k Run Course (3.1 miles)




Olympic 10K Run Course (6.2 miles)





Water/Electrolyte Aid stations: You will have access to hydration twice during the Sprint Courses and four times during the Olympic Distances. We will place a porta-potty at the approximately 3.5 miles along the run course and you'll hit it again around 4.5 miles. Multiple porta potties and park bathrooms will be available at the transition area.  


KIDS TRIATHLON:

Click here to view Kids Triathlon map

Here's some more footage of how much fun we have at Blue Lake!














Beneficiary:
Local school athletics and programs
Pick-up Location:

PRE-RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP on Friday June 1st from 12pm to 7pm at:

Western Bike Works
1015 NW 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 342-9985

Please pick up your packet at the Pre-Race Packet Pickup on Friday. However, if you absolutely cannot pick up your materials during this time, please email us at info@whyracingevents.com and we will accomodate you. Thank you!

REMEMBER YOUR ID AND USAT MEMBERSHIP CARD (if applicable) - It's a USAT requirement! And if you're picking up packages for other athletes, be sure you have a signed copy of the Authorization form and a copy of the athlete's ID.

Travel & Accommodations:

Out of Town Guests: Fly into Portland (PDX) - The event location is about 10 minutes from Airport.


If you stay at any hotel near the PDX Airport, you will be 10 minutes from the start/finish venue.


Portland Oregon Visitors Association: www.travelportland.com

Portland has so much to offer so come for the entire weekend and make it a fun and memorable RACE-cation! Although a weekend is not nearly enough to see all the beauty in this area, so feel free to extend your stay or be sure to come back for one of our other local races. You can check off one bucket list item each time you visit - there really is that much to see!

Restaurants:
Portland is known for it's fabulous restaurants and night life. We would love to suggest Deschutes Brewery, one of our season partners who support Running, Triathlon & Multi-sport races all year! http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/

Click here to check out some other popular options.
Training & preparation:

Ok, Step #1. Register! That puts purpose to your training and forces you to commit - an important part of getting to the finish line!

Step #2. It's time to train!  Yes, we want you to get to the finish line feeling strong, healthy, reaching for your best, and injury free!


One way to help your training is to join a local running, biking or Tri club, clinic or training studio. Here is a list of resources to assist you with your training and preparation:


Running Clubs:


Biking Clubs:


Triathlon Training Clubs:


Personal Training & Coaches


Time to TRI & DU (PUN INTENDED!): If this is your first Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, just focus on having fun. Get there early so you can set up your bike and gear in your marked transition spot. Rack your bike, place your helmet and glasses on the handle bar ready to put on. Place a towel on the ground and put your cycling cleats on it (if you wear cycling cleats). Remember, you should only take about 1.5 feet of space in your area. If you take more space than this, you will get some raised eyebrows from the veterans. Just remember that there’s lots of cyclists that have to fit their bikes and gear in a small area so don’t spread out too much. Now take the time to study the transition area. Where do you start, where is the swim in (or Run1), bike in, bike out, run out and finish? Understand the flow. Memorize where your bike is racked. Feel free to ask questions to the Why Racing Event Crew – they are there to help you! Once the race starts, rookie triathetes should start at the back or to the sides of the swim. If someone panics, it would typcially be during the swim so try to start gradually and give yourself some space.  Once you finish your swim (or Run1), you will run to your bike, put on your helmet and glasses, change shoes if needed and follow instructions from course marshals to direct you around the transition area out the exit. You will be instructed to mount your bike and you’re off exiting safely, Once you’re safely out of transition and the access roads, bike as hard as you like but take the last mile or so to ride in an easier gear and flush out your legs a bit. That will help your final run a ton! When you arrive back at the transition area, you will be asked to dismount your bike and then run to your transition spot. You will rack your bike, take off your helmet and then change shoes if needed. Then you’re off for your final run. This is the segment of a Triathlon that is typically more challenging. Yes, your legs will feel heavy and tired. Feel free to go easy and take walk breaks if needed. It usually takes some time but your legs will start feeling better and you can ease into your normal pace. Triathletes & Duathletes prepare for this tough transition by practicing this type of Bike/Run workout appropriately called a ‘Brick Workout’ because your legs feel like bricks when running after cycling. But the more you practice, the easier that transition becomes. So when first starting out, don’t be so hard on yourself if it feels really tough – it gets better! Once your cross the finish line – CELEBRATE! You did it! Wear your medal and finishers’ shirt proudly! WAY TO GO!

AquaBike athletes - Once you have completed your Swim and Bike distances, rack your bike and make your way to the finish line so you can cross it and receive your medal.  We want to celebrate your accomplishment!


If you are new to the sport of Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike (or just need some training tips), we posted a 6 week Triathlon Training program that you can read to give you some general guidelines for designing your program and some tips for race day & transitiion.


Week 1: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/16/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line/


Week 2 http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/23/try-a-tri-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-2/


Week 3: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/06/30/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-week-3/


Week 4: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/06/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-running-tips/


Week 5: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/15/try-a-triathlon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-training-tips/


Week 6: http://www.shapeupwithsherri.com/2014/07/17/try-a-triathon-swim-bike-run-your-way-to-the-triathlon-finish-line-transitions/


TAPERING: At about 1-2 weeks from race day, it's time to back off on your training mileage to allow your body enough time to recover and repair before event day. Focus more on quality versus quantity. This is more important for the longer distances.


IMPORTANT EVENT TIPS FOR OUR ROOKIES:


WHAT TO BRING:


  • Swim gear – goggles, swim cap, wet suit (optional)
  • Bike & Helmet (mandatory)
  • Shoes (running and cycling cleats if you are wearing them)
  • Your bib, pins, helmet & bike stickers and chip timing piece
  • A small towel to place on the ground for your gear
  • Water bottle, sunscreen, glasses
  • Change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event festivities

WHAT TO WEAR: For a Triathlon, Duathlon or AquaBike, you typically don’t want to change clothes too much in between your swim, cycle and run portions. Ideally, find an outfit that you will feel comfortable swimming, biking and running in. If you have regular pedals or a toe/pedal cage, you will wear the same shoes throughout the bike/run. If you use cycling cleats, you will put your cleats on and then change into your running shoes after your bike portion. Watch the weather closely. The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. Fortunately, if you're dressed correctly, it shouldn't matter. If it's raining, you may want to layer with a form-fitting, water-proof jacket. If it's cold, wear some running gloves. Body Glide or Vaseline is always a good idea on any spots that might rub (underarms, inner thighs, feet). Be sure to have your Bib and Helmet and Bike sticker visible.


Watch the weather closely.  The show goes on no matter what the weather is doing. 


You must wear your chip timing piece during the entire event.  You will be given a band that will hold your chip timing piece around your ankle throughout the entire event.  Be sure to have your Chip Timing piece on before you start the race and make sure it's snapped tightly! Be sure to step over the timing mats after each segment of the race.  If you are wearing a wet-suit, make sure the timing piece goes under your wetsuit otherwise, you will have a very difficult time getting off your wet suit.


Swim:  Wetsuits are optional for the swim but will provide buoyancy and warmth. However, many people opt for no wetsuit so no worries.  We will provide you with a swim cap but you will want to bring your own goggles.


Bike:  A biking helmet is mandatory.  You will also receive 2 stickers in your package with your race number on them.  The small sticker should go on the front of your helmet.  The bigger sticker will wrap around your bike frame.  Road or mountain bikes are acceptable.  For safety reasons, be sure to have end-caps on the end of your handle-bars.


Run:  You must finish the race with your bib number on the front of you.  Some people choose to pin it on at the beginning of the race and have it on for the whole event so they don’t have to worry about it.  Others pin it on a singlet that they put on once they finish the swim before they head out for the bike.  Others use an elastic racing strap that they pin their bib number to and then quickly strap it on before they leave for the run.  Use whatever option feels best for you.


Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. It’s a great beach day venue!


WHAT TO EAT BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE RACE:


  • Eat well the week before the event. Drink lots of water to ensure you're well hydrated and stock up on healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Dinner the two or three nights before should be a balanced diet of carbs, protein and fat to provide you with sustainable energy. If you know a certain meal has worked in the past, stick with it! And get plenty of rest!
  • On race morning, your pre-race meal should contain easily digestible carbohydrates (ie. Oatmeal, fruit, energy bar) and should be eaten 1-4 hours before the event. Don't eat anything new. Eat what’s worked in the past. You don't want any unexpected surprises or digestive upsets.
  • During the event, take water at each of the aid stations. Even just a few sips will help. There will be no aid stations for the bike course, so please carry water and fuel on your bike. Gels and Energy Drink will be available at the aid stations.
  • Post event - Be sure to get some fluids into your system right away. Start with water and electrolyte energy drink and then transition to Deschutes Brewery – it’s time to celebrate! Definitely consume some of the fruit, salad, rolls, and energy bars that we will provide within 1 hour of finishing the event. This will help you recover much more quickly and replenish those depleted carbs in your muscles. Then later in the day - eat what you want (within reason). You deserve it! 🙂

HAVE FUN! As you travel to the race, repeat some positive self-statements about how good you feel and how excited you are about the event. Smile and get yourself in a good frame of mind. Remember to enjoy the experience. Try your best, but remember to pace yourself! You've already won just by showing up!

FAQs:

Can I register on Race Day? Can my friend pick up my packet? Can I get a refund? Can I transfer my registration to another race or athlete? All registration and packet pickup related questions can be found under the main navigation heading titled "Registration & Packet Pickup". If you cannot find the answer to your question, please email us at registration@whyracingevents.com

What are the Rules?
We currently adhere to the USAT Rules for Triathlon & Duathlon.  Please click here to review complete list of USAT Rules. Important rules include no drafting, you must wear a helmet and music is ABSOLUTELY NOT allowed during the bike for obvious safety reasons.

Can I use a personal music devise while cycling? Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks and will result in immediate disqualification.

Can I use a personal music devise while running? During any running segments, we prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.


  • If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time. In addition, if you opt to use music, you will not be eligible for awards, points and rankings. So as an athlete, you have to make a choice…music or awards/points/rankings.
  • If you are using a personal music devise with two earbuds, you will be immediately disqualified. Trust us, we don’t want to have to enforce a disqualification but in order to assure the safety of all athletes, this is a very important rule.
  • We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?  No, you do not need to wear a wetsuit. Many will not wear a wetsuit while others will choose to wear a wetsuit because of the buoyancy and warmth factor.


Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? Yes, Western Bikeworks/Athletes Lounge will be on-site to provide high quality Bike Service/repairs, parts, and accessories for sale.


Where can I find lost items? Any equipment that is unmarked will be returned to the stage during the event. After the event, we will take to the Why Racing office and you can contact us to locate. Please come to the event with all personal belongings well marked with your name and/or race number.


What should I do if my shirt doesn't fit? If the size of the shirt you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a 'Shirt Swap” after the event at the information booth. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap, since it will depend on left over shirts, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.


Do I have to use a road or racing bike?  No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars.


Do I have to run?  No, you could walk, jog, wog, hop or prance your way to the finish line.  As long as you get there under your own volition, that is acceptable!


Will there be water on the course?  Water Aid Stations will be approximately every 2 miles. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses. Energy Drink and Gel will be available at the Aid stations.


Will there be bathrooms on the course? We've ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish! We will have a couple porta potties located along the run course.


Where should I tell my friends and family to go to cheer me on? The best approach for your family, friends and cheerleaders is to park at Blue Lake Park. They can see you start and finish. They can take a short walk up to Marine Drive and see you bike out, bike past you, bike in, run out and finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang in the expo area after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch you swim/run in, bike out, bike in, and then head to the finish line to watch you finish. Be sure to tell them to make signs for you, bring cowbells, and bring you flowers for the finish. Especially if this is your first race, you’ve got to celebrate! It’s a big accomplishment!

We DO NOT want them driving on the Bike course to maximize safety for all cyclists.

Volunteers:
This event requires a ton of volunteers so if you can help recruit friends, family, companies, churches, or sports teams to help that would be extremely helpful. They will get front row seats to all the action!

In addition, our events offer a terrific fundraising opportunity for a club/organization (non-profit) and a fun, inspiring way to encourage and support the athletes that participate in these events. Under our fundraising program, $20-$25 will be paid to the non-profit organization for each volunteer 4-6+hour shift depending on our needs. All the volunteers will also get a snack, gift, goody bag and be able to enjoy the post-race festivities.

We typically need about 100 volunteers per day for most events with tasks such as water stations, course marshals, food prep, finish line, set up and clean up.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please signup at the onlink signup link below, email volunteer@whyracingevents.com or complete the information field below.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LINK

And remember, there's no way we could host this event without the help and support of our volunteer team. Many have dedicated hours and hours of time to this event to assure the safety of our athletes and make the event more enjoyable. So be extra-nice to anyone helping out. Thank them as often as possible because we have been told we have the best volunteers ever and we want them to all come back next year!
Kids Events::

Most kids love to swim, bike and run – so we say, why not give them a chance to put it all together in one fun and fantastic race! Parents can introduce their kids to the sport of triathlon in the perfect venue for the young ‘uns to “try a tri” – what better way for them to actually be part of the multisport action during the event. There’s nothing more fun and exciting than to see happy, proud, young faces crossing the finish line – you might just see a future superstar triathlete blossoming into the sport!


Kids Tri race entry includes a t-shirt and a cool medal for the kids so they can brag about their well-earned accomplishment.

Note: More competive Junior & Youth athletes may find a better challenge partcipating in the Super Sprint race. We will offer a separate wave for our younger athletes participating in the Super Sprint.


Kids 6 and under: 10:30am
Kids 7-10: will start as soon as all the little kiddos have crossed the finish line
Kids 11+ years: will start as soon as the 7-10 year age group has finished. We may combine 7-10 and 11+ year athletes depending on numbers.

Swim:


6 and under - 25 yard swim (.01 miles)


www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566148


7-10 years & 11 plus years – 100 yard swim (.05 miles)


www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566147


Bike:


6 and under – ¼ mile Bike - it's a loop course in the parking lot area (closed to traffic during race)


7- 10 years and 11 plus years – .59 mile Bike


www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566154


Run Courses:


6 and under .1 miles


www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566153


7-10 years and 11 plus years - .2 miles


www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=566156

Read these Important Instructions for Kids Triathlon



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