The transition area opens at 6:30AM and regardless of your wave, your equipment MUST be setup and you will be out of the transition area by NO LATER than 7:45AM. The racks will be first come/first serve. You MUST rack your bike at the same location in transition after the bike portion before you run. You will not be able to remove your bike until the last cyclist is back from the bike course. Your equipment must be removed from transition by 11:00AM. THIS EVENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS!
ONLY participants and volunteers will be allowed in the transition area before, during and after the event.
Extra equipment (wheels, 2nd helmet, 2nd wetsuit, etc) Will NOT be allowed in the transition area. Transition will be fenced and secured. Gear bags over 24" will not be allowed in transition. PLEASE NO COOLERS, EITHER!!
Current ANSI, CPSC or SNELL approved helmets are required during the cycling portion of the event. You will not be allowed to participate if you don't have an approved helmet. Helmets MUST be buckled in place during all aspects of the bike, INCLUDING WHILE IN THE TRANSITION AREA. Failing to have your helmet buckeled will result in a "DQ".
You must walk your bike in the racks area and walk or jog with your bike in the transition lanes to the mount and dismount areas.
The run course will take you from the park and will go on city streets and bike paths in the city. There will be an aid station approximately half way on the course with water and Gatorade. Volunteers and local residents will be guiding and cheering you along the way. While the course will be staffed with volunteers, you still must keep your eyes open and pay attention to your surroundings. Watch for vehicles and other adverse conditions. It is the athlete's responsibility to know the course.
It is strongly recommended that you have your bike properly fitted and tuned no less than 3 weeks prior to the event. This would include inspecting your brake pads and tires. Team Active Bikes will be at the race site to provide minor technical support. The bike portion takes place on city and county roads that are open to vehicular traffic. Although the traffic will be relatively light with volunteers and police agencies assisting on the course, YOU MUST STAY ALERT AT ALL TIMES. It's very easy to get caught up in your cycling and the race itself, however, your NEED to be watchful of what's going on. This includes watching for vehicles, intersections, fellow athletes and paying attention to course volunteers. IT IS THE ATHLETE'S RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE COURSE!
Since the race shares the road with vehicular traffic, you are required to ride to the far right of the roadway if you are not in the act of passing. You are ONLY to pass other riders on the LEFT. If you are not passing another rider but are riding on the left, that is viewed as "blocking" and is a "DQ" offense. BY NO MEANS CAN ANYONE BE RIDING 2 OR 3 ABREAST ON THE ROAD. Failure to obey the commands of a race official may result in being "DQ'd" and ejection from the event.
There may be areas of the bike course (transition area, sharp turns, bumps, etc) where you will be given instructions. Again, race officials will be on hand and failure to obey their commands will result in a penalty or being "DQ'd". YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED FROM USING HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS OF ANY KIND DURING THE BIKE PORTION OF THE RACE.
If you break down on the bike course, please get 6 feet off to the side of the road to tend to your repairs. If you unable to repair your bike, you must remove yourself from the bike course. There will be a vehicle circulating the course to bring you back to the transition area and you'll have to turn in your timing chip at that time.
The first wave of the swim will start promptly at 8:00AM (Unless there's a weather delay). Each wave will be designated by gender and age group. You need to confirm your wave start at packet pick up.
The swim course will be a clockwise triangle in Goguac Lake. You should seed yourself accordingly to your swim ability
(faster swimmers in the front). You are prohibited from intentionally striking, kicking or swimming over another swimmer. Failure to obey the warnings and commands of an official or lifeguard will result in a "DQ" and ejection from the event.
If you are using a wetsuit, make sure you are using one that is specifically designed for open water swimming. If you are new to using a wetsuit, it is suggested you purchase or rent one from a reputable dealer and insure a proper fit. It is also recommended that you train several times in your wetsuit under supervision before wearing the wetsuit in competition. PLEASE DON'T BRING ANY EXTRA GEAR TO THE SWIM START!
This event is timed with an electronic timing chip system. Participants MUST wear their timing chip strapped to their ankle throughout the entire event. Both, the chip and ankle strap are provided by the timing company and must be returned at the finish line. NO TIMING CHIP = NO RACE SPLITS OR FINISH TIME. This means your results will NOT be counted.
Don't forget any of your gear including:
Your race number must be visible on your body (by body marking) for bike. Your race number must be on your jersey or race belt during the run.
Body marking will be written on your shoulders and calves.