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June 9, 2013 – USAT Youth Triathlon, IUPUI

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Date(s) - 06/09/2013
7:30 am - 12:30 pm

IUPUI Sports Complex

Event Coordinator
Ed Merkling
(317) 796-1272

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Kids TRI for Kids Triathlon Race


Sunday, June 9, 2013

USAT Sanctioned Race


General Information

Registration 7:30 – 9:00

Pre-race meeting at 9:00

Racing begins at approximately 9:30


IU Health North participation awards for 2013:

First Race – 2013 Kids TRI for Kids t-shirt
Second Race – IU Health North Water Bottles
Third Race – IU Health North Race Belts
Fourth Race – IU Health North Race Sling Bags
Fifth Race – IU Health North Trophy


Please note:  Changes have been made to the distribution of t-shirts with this years triathlon series.  Each athlete will receive a 2013 KIDS TRI for KIDS t-shirt at the first race they participate in only.  For each subsequent race, a new award will be received as listed above.  Goody bags will be given at each race for every participant!  Thank you in advance for your patience as we get the word out and tweek Get Me Registered to reflect the changes.


USAT Membership


All athletes need to be registered through USA Triathlon. Youth annual memberships are $15.00 for the entire year. Please visit www.usatriathlon.org 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 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, 2013. As an example: If the current age of your athlete is 10 on race day and they have already celebrated their birthday in 2013, they will race as a 10 year old athlete. If they are turning 11 in 2013, they will race as an 11 year old.





Paid parking will be available in the IUPUI Sport Complex Parking Garage.



Packet Pick-up & Registration


Your race packet will include your t-shirt, race maps, race number/timing chip, and sponsor information. Packet Pick Up will be available on Saturday June 8th 2-4 pm at the Runners Forum, 620 Station Drive, Carmel, IN 46032. Packet pick-up and pre-registration will be on the main concourse on Sunday, June 9th at the IU Natatorium beginning at 7:30am. Day-of registration will open at 7:30am on the IU Natatorium’s main concourse. When the athlete receives their race number, we will also write their number on their arms and legs with a sharpie.



Prerace Clinic for First Timers


A prerace clinic will be held by Shea Rankin from I am Multisport. This clinic will take place on the pool deck starting at 8:45 am and is open to all participants, but will be mostly geared towards those first time triathletes.



Prerace Meeting


A mandatory race meeting for all participants and a parent/guardian will take place at 9:00 am 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 9:30 am. Wave starts will not be decided upon until after registration closes and will be announced on race morning.



Spectator Information


We ask that the parents watch the swimming portion of the triathlon from the West Seating Gallery. You can easily access New York Street from the Natatorium to watch the bike course for your athlete. Due to construction on the main soccer field, the finish area will be located on the practice field behind the Track & Soccer stadium. Please access this area by entering through the gate off of University Blvd. The awards ceremony will take place in the Natatorium after the race has concluded.



Swim Information


The course


The swim will begin at either the North or South ends based off of the number of entries. Swimmers ages 7-10 will complete one lap. Ages 11-14 will complete two laps. 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. Athletes will start and finish the swim at the same end of the competition pool. The swim course map will be provided at registration.




Our Natatorium 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


It’s 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 be on the outside of the race course if you feel you need to rest. Swimmers can use the wall at each end to rest, 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. The lanes in the swim are fairly big, and 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


If you need assistance getting out, there will be volunteers to help. There will be no ladder at the pool exit.



Transition Information


Transition area


Two transition areas will be provided for the athletes. One inside the Natatorium and one on the practice field adjacent to the Natatorium. The transition area maps will be provided at registration.


Changing after the swim


A transition area will be located at the end of the swim exit so athletes can 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 utilize New York Street between White River Boulevard and West Street. The 7 – 10 year olds will complete one loop while the 11 – 14 year olds will complete 2 loops. Athletes will be asked to walk/run with their bike out of the transition area to the bike mounting area on New York Street. After the athlete has completed the bike leg of the triathlon, they will then dismount their bike on New York Street 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 New York Street during the bike portion of the race. IUPUI Police officers 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 Selection


Bike selection is a personal thing. However, if you are looking for an entry level road bike, please visit your local bike shop with your questions. Any kind of bike can be used, as long as it meets safety requirements. It must be in working order, and handlebar ends must be plugged. A volunteer will be checking bikes when you enter the transition area to insure that your bar ends are plugged.




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 the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium. 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.



Additional Information


Track and Soccer Field


The soccer field that is located in the Track and Soccer stadium is under construction and will be marked off with caution tape. Please do not walk into this area.


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.




The average temperature over the past three years has been 62 degrees. In 2011, we had rain in 2010 and 2009 it was overcast. 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.

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