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July 26, 2014 – The Bicycle Garage Indy – Garfield Park Race

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Date(s) - 07/26/2014
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Riviera Club

Event Coordinator
Ed Merkling

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Bicycle Garage Indy Garfield Park Race

Saturday, July 26th 2014

Burrello Family Center

2345 Pagoda Drive

Indianapolis, IN

IndyParksThank you for registering for the 4th race in the 2014 Kids Tri for Kids Triathlon Series. If you know of anyone that is interested in trying a youth triathlon for the first time, this event would be a great opportunity for them to get their feet wet.

Below, you will find important information pertaining to the race. Please take the time to review this information as it will make your experience at the event much more enjoyable.



General Information
USAT Membership
All athletes need to be registered through USA Triathlon. Youth annual memberships are $15.00 for the entire year. Please visit this website to purchase your membership. After you complete this process, you will be asked to print your temporary membership card. Please do so and bring this card with you to race registration.                             

USAT Race Age
VERY IMPORTANT! Please note that your athlete’s race age is the age that they will be on December 31st, 2014. As an example: If the current age of your athlete is 10 on race day and they have already celebrated their birthday in 2014, they will race as a 10 year old athlete. If they are turning 11 after our race, they will race as an 11 year old.

Parking will be available for FREE onsite.


Runner Flyer

Packet Pick-up & Registration
Your race packet will include your t-shirt, race maps, race number, and sponsor information. Packet Pick Up will be on Friday, July 25th at Runners Forum in Greenwood, IN (1001 N. State Rd. 135) from 4-6 PM.  Also on Saturday, July 26th at Garfield Park-Burrello Family Center beginning at 4:30 pm. Day-of registration will open at 4:30 pm inside the Garfield Park- Burrello Family Center. When the athlete receives their race number, we will also write their number on their arms and legs with a sharpie.



Pre-race Meeting
A mandatory race meeting for all participants and a parent/guardian will take place at 6:00 pm on the pool deck. We ask that the parents sit in the seating gallery during this meeting with the athletes on deck.

Race Start
The first wave of athletes will start at 6:30 pm. Wave starts will not be decided upon until after registration closes and will be announced on the evening of the race.

Schedule of Events:
5:00 PM Registration
6:30 PM Race
8:00 PM Noodles & Co. Dinner
9:00 PM Movie at Art Center Lawn “The Never Ending Story”.

Race Maps
Run Course (Long) Click Here
Run Course (Short) Click Here
Swim Course Click Here
Transition Click Here
Bike Course Click Here
Duathlon Course Click Here

Spectator Information
We ask that the parents watch the swimming portion of the triathlon in the section located outside of the athlete area on the pool deck. The bike portion of the triathlon will be slightly difficult to watch, as the course is spread throughout the park. The run course can be watched at different points, but it too, is spread throughout the park. Parents are encouraged to watch the finish in the grassy area adjacent to the pool.  The awards ceremony will take place on the movie lawn adjoining the Garfield Park Arts Center (between Pagoda Dr. and Conservatory Dr.) after the race has concluded.


Swim Information
The course
The swim will begin at the entryway closest to the slide. Swimmers ages 7-10 will complete one loop (100 yards). Ages 11-14 will complete two loops (200 yards). The start will be an in-water start, either hanging onto the side or treading water. Your race time will start on the Starter’s signal. The swim course map will be provided at registration.

Our Garfield Aquatic Center lifeguards will be positioned in the water as well as around the perimeter of the pool during the duration of the swim portion of the triathlon.

Race Attire
Its fastest to minimize clothing changes.  Try to wear something in the swim that you could bike and run in.  For boys, it’s a swim suit or bike shorts.  You will need to add a shirt with race number on it as you get on the bike.  For girls, you may wear a swim suit, bike shorts and swim suit / appropriate bra / other top for the swim. You may continue the race in this outfit or add clothing as necessary for the bike.

Strokes for the Swim
You can use any stroke you like during the swim.  Freestyle or crawl is the most commonly used stroke, though it is not required.

Resting during the Swim
Lane lines will not be on the outside of the race course. If rest is required, swimmers can use the wall at each end, however they cannot use it to propel themselves forward. Lifeguards will also be in the water to assist with any problems.

Passing during the Swim
Yes, there is plenty of room to pass.  If possible tap the swimmer ahead of you on the toes to let them know you are going to pass.  Don’t try to pass as you approach the turns.

Fins during the Swim
No fins are allowed during the swim.

No wetsuits are allowed during the swim.

No flip turns are allowed during the swim.

Swim Caps
All participants (male and female) are required to wear swim caps.  Swim caps will be provided for you in your race packet.

Exiting the pool
Should you need assistance exiting the pool there is a handrail and a set of stairs at the pool exit. There will also be volunteers to help if you need assistance.


Transition Information
Transition area
Two transition areas will be provided for the athletes. One adjacent to the pool deck closest to the pump house and the other will be located inside bike transition area. The transition area map will be provided at registration.

Changing after the swim
After the swim, athletes need to put on their shoes, shirt, bib number and helmet before they make their way to the bike transition area.

Changing area between Swim and Bike
Locker rooms are available if the athlete would like to completely change.  Please note: any time spent changing is counted towards the total time.

Transition Time
This time will be counted towards your overall race time, though there is no time limit.


Bike Information
Bike Course
Once on the bike, you will take a right turn onto Pagoda Drive, take the next right onto Pleasant Run then take a right onto Conservatory Drive, take a right onto Shelby Street, a right onto Southern Avenue and a final right back onto Pagoda Drive to lap or transition into the run course. The 7 – 10 year olds will complete one loop (1.7 miles) while the 11 – 14 year olds will complete 2 loops (3.4 miles). Athletes will be asked to walk/run with their bike out of the transition area to the bike mounting area adjacent to Pagoda Drive. After the athlete has completed the bike leg of the triathlon, they will then dismount their bike on Pagoda Dr. and walk/run it back into the bike to run transition area. The bike course map will be provided at registration.

Bike Safety
The bike course is a closed course in that no vehicles will be traveling on the closed streets during the bike portion of the race. Park Rangers will be stationed at the major intersections to let traffic cross only when it is safe for the athletes. Volunteers will be stationed at the other intersections to maintain a clear course.

YES!!!!  This rule is strictly enforced by both the USAT and the race organizers. You will be disqualified if you do not wear a helmet.  You MUST wear a helmet and the chinstrap must be buckled ANYTIME you are on your bike.  This includes before, during and after the race.  If you are riding your bike from your car to the transition area, you MUST have your helmet on and buckled.  Same for after the race.  When you arrive in the transition area after the swim to start the bike portion of the race, it’s recommended that the first thing you do is put on your helmet. You are responsible for providing your own helmet. Once again, you will be disqualified if you do not wear a helmet!

“Fat-Tire Bikes”
Yes, fat tire bikes are allowed at this race.

Bike racks will be provided. Athletes will have the option of using a bike rack or a kickstand.

Flat Tires
There will be no bike support on the bike course. If an athlete encounters a flat tire, they will need to dismount their bike and run with their bike for the remainder of the course.


Run Information
Run Course
The run segment will take place on the grounds of Garfield Park. The 7-10 year olds will run a ½ mile while the 11-14 year olds will run a full mile. A run course map will be provided at registration.

Walking/Resting on the run course
Athlete may walk or stop to rest on the run course, but again this time will be counted towards their final time.

Course Marking/Volunteers
The run course will be marked so the athletes will know what direction to head, but we will also have volunteers out on the course to help along the way.

Duathlon, new this year!
The duathlon will start with a shorter run before transitioning into the bike. The bike distance will be the same as the triathlon, as well as the second run.

Short course duathlon = ¼ mile run, 1.7 mile bike and ½ mile run

Long course duathlon = ½ mile run, 3.4 mile bike and 1 mile run


Additional Information
Water/Aid Stations
Water/ aid stations will be located at the bike transition area, half-way through the run, and at the finish. There will be certified First-Aid/CPR and EMS personnel on site during the race.

It looks like the temp will be around 84 degrees.
Triathlons are conducted outdoors and weather plays a major part in providing a successful race for the kids.  As we always hope for good weather, this is one aspect out of our control and the race director may have to cancel the race if the conditions turn dangerous.  Many times, this is not determined until just before the start of the race. If this unfortunate situation should occur, we cannot refund entry fees for the race. Most of the race costs have already been spent before the first wave hits the water (planning, equipment, emergency personnel, etc.).  There may also be other unforeseen circumstances that may result in race cancellations.  We sincerely apologize up front if a race needs to be cancelled as we continue to pursue organizing and conducting safe and fun triathlons for our kids. Having said that, we will run the race in the rain, if necessary.

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