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May 25, 2020 – Southport Race – POSTPONED/CANCELLED

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Date(s) - 05/25/2020
7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Southport High School

Event Coordinator
Todd Shellenberger

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Due to COVID-19 virus, we have made the tough decision to postpone/cancel our first race. Please watch for details as we work to reschedule for a later date/time.

Thank you for checking out the first race in the 2020 Kids Tri for Kids Triathlon Series at Southport High School!

At all the KT4K 2020 races, there will be BOTH a TRIATHLON and a DUATHLON offered for your racing enjoyment. 

The Southport Kids Tri for Kids events will consist of a Triathlon with a 100 yard Swim/2 Mile Bike/1/2 Mile Run for the 10 and under age groups or a 200 yard Swim/4 Mile Bike/1 Mile Run for the 11 to 14 age groups.  The DUATHLON will consist of a ½ Mile Run/2 Mile Bike/½ Mile Run for the 10 and under age groups and a 1/2 Mile Run/4 Mile Bike/1 Mile Run for the 11 to 14 age groups.

This is the Ninth year for the Tri for Kids – Southport race and we are really excited to continue to bring you a fabulous racing experience!  The courses will be similar to those used in past years with the same loop format that will allow plenty of viewing for all spectators.

Below, you will find lots of important information pertaining to the race. Please take the time to review this information as it will make your experience (whether you are an athlete or a spectator) at the event much more enjoyable.

General Information


Southport High School is located at 971 E. Banta Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227.  It is just moments from 465 at the 31 South exit 2B.  Take 31 south for about 3 miles to the 4th light which is Banta Road.  There are medical complexes on the left and a senior retirement community on the right.  Turn left and go about a half mile to the SHS campus.  To get to the registration area, go to the east (second) parking lot. Look for signs directing you to the registration area.

USAT Membership

This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for triathlons.  All athletes need to be registered through USAT. Youth memberships are $15.00 for the entire year. Please visit the USAT website – www.usatriathlon.org  – to purchase your membership before the race. 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.


Free parking is available in the east lot of the Southport High School campus. The lot will close once the pre-race meeting starts, and will not open again until all bikers are off the course. For the safety of our athletes, this will be strongly enforced. There is no on-street parking on Loretta as in years past, since this is now part of the race course.


We love our volunteers!  If you or anyone else you know is interested in helping, please contact Jamie Shellenberger at Jamie.Shellenberger@ushworks.com

 Packet Pick-up & Registration

Packet Pick up will be available on race Morning only at Southport High School from 7:30 to 9 AM.  Race packets will include a t-shirt, race number, swim cap, and sponsor information. Packet pick-up for those pre-registered will be at the SHS athletic atrium 7:30-9 am.  Day-of registration will open at 7:30 am and conclude at 9 am. When athletes register, we will also body mark them – write their race number on their arms and legs with a Sharpie.  Athletes need to be registered by 9 to be prepared for the pre-race meeting.  Please don’t plan to arrive at 9, as you and your athlete will need to be able to attend to the meeting details, not setting up in the transition area. The best race experience will be if you have plenty of time to understand the course layout, as it is different than in years’ past.

Pre-Race Meeting

A mandatory race meeting for all participants and a parent/guardian will take place at 9 am. Racing will start immediately following the meeting, at approximately 9:30 am. Specific race start times will be available the morning of the race.

Spectator Information

Please recognize that triathlon is notoriously NOT a spectator friendly sport. We have designed the course to make it possible to see your triathlete in each of the 3 disciplines and the finish, but please remember that it is not realistic to see your triathlete throughout the whole race.  Also, please remember that the reason we are here is for the athletes.  We appreciate your respecting the volunteers who will be directing people across the course by the transition area. Spectators need to be respectful of the triathletes at all times and be cautious about moving in front of the athletes who are competing. You can easily see the transition area and the beginning of the bike and run courses by viewing the race from the southeast corner of the school building.  No spectators are permitted in the transition area. There will be no spectator passage on Loretta, as we will have athletes on the road and the sidewalk. When you can’t see your kids, one of our volunteers can. They will be encouraging them just like you would be! The finish line for both the long and short courses is located at the southeast corner of the school building.  Once the racing is finished, the transition area will be opened and you will have plenty of time to load your bike into your car before the awards, if you so choose. The awards ceremony will take place after the Family Fun Run is finished at the finish line.

Transition Information

Transition area

There will be TWO transition areas for the TRIATHLETES and ONE transition are for the DUATHLETES this year. The transition area maps will be provided at registration. In the atrium and gymnasium, there will be large maps with course experts to help athletes and parents understand the courses.

Transition Time

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

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. Keep the course markers on your left throughout the course.

DUATHLON -Run #1 Information

The FIRST run segment will take place at the southeast side of the school building at the east end of the transition area.  ALL DUATHLETES will run a ½ mile.  A run course map will be provided at registration.  Once the DUATHLETES complete the first run and return to the transition area they will do the same Bike and Run course that the TRIATHLETES will complete.

Walking/Resting on the run course

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

TRIATHLON -Swim Information

The course

The swim will begin in the water with all athletes starting at the same corner of the pool and the race time will start on the Starter’s signal. The pool will have 4 lanes set up.  The long course athletes (ages 11-15) will complete 2 laps of the course.  They will get out of the pool after the first lap and walk to their starting spot and get into the pool and complete the second lap.  Each lap will be 100 yards.   The short course athletes (ages 7-10) will do 1 lap of the same course.  The swim course map will be posted on the website and provided at registration and reviewed during the athlete meeting.  Also look on the walls in the swim atrium and also by the outdoors transition area for the course maps. It is every athlete’s responsibility to know and follow the course in each of the disciplines.


Our lifeguards will be positioned around the perimeter of the pool during the 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 or belt with race number on the front 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. You also MUST have your race number on the front of your body throughout the remainder of the race.

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

If you feel you need to rest, swimmers may grab the edge of the pool. Swimmers can use the wall at any time, however they cannot use it to propel themselves forward.  Lifeguards will also be available to assist with any problems.

Passing during the Swim

Go for it!  The lanes in the swim are large 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.

Equipment during the Swim

No fins, wetsuits, or floaties are allowed during the swim.


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.  Triathletes must wear the cap that is provided to them as the colors designate age groups.

Exiting the pool

If you need assistance getting out, there is a ladder available on the north end of the pool at the end of the swim course. Walking on the pool deck is important! For safety, no running is permitted on the pool deck.

TRIATHLON – Swim Transition Information

Transition areas

Two transition areas will be provided for the athletes- one inside the swim venue and one on the parking lot adjacent to the swim venue. 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 which is on the south side of the athletic atrium. Volunteers will be directing the athletes.

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.  Parents are not able to help with any locker room activities.

Bike Information for all athletes

Bike Course

Athletes will walk/run with their bike out of the transition area to the bike mounting area.  Once on the bike, triathletes will head east on Loretta, then left on Orinoco, left on Banta and then left into the school’s west parking lot, then repeat the course in reverse. THE BIKE COURSE IS AN OUT AND BACK LOOP.  Triathletes will come back to the transition area the same way they went out.  On the bike, they will keep the course markings on their left.  The 7 – 10 year olds will complete one loop while the 11 – 15 year olds will complete 2 loops. Athletes are responsible for counting their own laps. Spectators are encouraged to help as well. After the triathlete has completed the bike leg of the triathlon, he will then dismount the bike 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 any of the course’s roads. Police officers will be stationed at the corners to monitor vehicular traffic. Volunteers will be stationed along the course and at all turns. As it is the morning of a holiday, we are not anticipating anything except very light vehicular traffic.

Bike Equipment

In keeping with USAT regulations for all youth races, NO AEROBARS OR AERODYNAMIC HELMETS are permitted.  These result in automatic disqualification.

“Fat-Tire” Bikes

Yes.  Fat tire bikes are allowed at this race.


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 correctly and the chinstrap must be buckled ANYTIME you are on your bike. We have had triathletes put their helmets on backwards.  For safety, triathletes need to wear their helmets properly and we will stop any racers who are not wearing their helmet correctly.   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 properly on and buckled.  Same for after the race. Parents, you too! Set a good example!  You will be disqualified if you do not properly wear a helmet! You are responsible for providing your own helmet.

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.  No training wheels are allowed. 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. Athletes who have kickstands must position their bikes in the kickstand area of the transition area.

Flat Tires

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

Run Information

Run Course

The run segment will take place on the sidewalks next to the bike course and loop around the stadium block and head back to the school for the finish.  The 7 – 10 year olds will run a ½ mile while the 11-15 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. Keep the course markers on your left throughout the course.

Additional Information

Water/Aid Stations

Water/ aid station will be located at the transition area, and at the ¼ mile mark on the run. At the finish, all triathletes will receive a yummy snack and there will be water available.  There will be certified First-Aid/CPR personnel available throughout the competition.


If there is thunder or lightning at the start of the race, we will be delayed 30 minutes from the last lightning strike. If thunder or lightning occurs in the middle of the race, the event is immediately cancelled. Athletes will be pulled from the course and taken into the SHS athletic atrium and gymnasium.  If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds.


An event of this type can only happen with the help of a crew of fabulous volunteers!  Please be sure to thank the volunteers you see race day!  They have given their time to make the day the best for you and your triathlete!

If you have any questions prior to the race, please feel free to contact Todd Shellenberger, the race director, at tshell14@gmail.com or 317.292.8133. We look forward to seeing you Monday the 27th! 

If you are new to triathlon and want to train up for your first triathlon or are a veteran triathlete looking for a way to take your workouts to a new level?  Come join the Baxter YMCA KIDS Tri-Tornados Triathlon Team.  We will offer a fun, enjoyable atmosphere to help you achieve your personal goals.  We welcome all levels of athletes.  Workouts will be at the Baxter YMCA, two times per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Team workouts start the first week of May.  Each workout will have a group feel with personalized goals.  We want to help you take your triathlon experience to a new level!  Interested??  Contact Todd Shellenberger at TShell14@gmail.com or 317-292-8133.  Parents, don’t let your children be the only Triathletes in the Family!! If you are thinking about doing a Triathlon or Duathlon, The Baxter YMCA also has an Adult program as well.  Please contact Todd Shellenberger to find out about this great opportunity.


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