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May 27th, 2013 – USAT Youth Duathlon, Southport

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/27/2013
7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Location
Southport High School

Event Coordinator
Todd Shellenberger
317-292-8133



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Kids TRI for Kids USAT Duathlon Race

Southport

Monday, May 27th, 2013

USAT Sanctioned Race

Registration 7:30 – 9:00

Pre-race meeting at 9:00

Racing begins at approximately 9:30

 

KT4K Southport Race Letter – 2013

Thank you for checking out the first race in the 2013 Kids Tri for Kids Triathlon Series at Southport High School!

 

This year will be an entirely DIFFERENT RACING EXPERIENCE!!

 

Southport High School’s pool area is being remodeled and will NOT be available for the Kids Tri for Kids Triathlon on Memorial Day!!

 

This Year, and this Year ONLY, the Southport Kids Tri for Kids event will be a DUATHLON.  The race will consist of a ½ Mile Run/2 Mile Bike/½ Mile Run for the 10 and under age groups and a 1 Mile Run/4 Mile Bike/1 Mile Run for the 11 to 14 age groups.

 

This is the fourth year for the Tri for Kids – Southport race and we are really excited to continue to bring you a fabulous racing experience! The FIRST RUN COURSE of the DUATHLON will utilize the run course from 2 years ago.  This run course will leave the transition area heading south and make a quick right turn and head out into the west parking lot.   The BIKE COURSE is the SAME 2-MILE loop from last year’s race.  The SECOND RUN COURSE is the run course loop we used last year that finishes in Perry Stadium on the Track.

 

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

Location

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 the 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.

Parking

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.

Volunteers

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

Packet Pick-up & Registration

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 7:30-9am.  Day-of registration will open at 7:30am and conclude at 9am. 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 in the TRANSITION AREA. The race 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 in the stadium which is across Shelby Street. This road will be closed to traffic throughout the morning. The awards ceremony will take place at the stadium approximately a half hour after the racers are finished. Once the transition area is opened, you will have plenty of time to load your bike into your car before the awards, if you so choose.

 

Transition Information

Transition area

There will be ONE transition areas this year. The transition area maps will be provided at registration.

Transition Time

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

 

Run #1 Information

Run Course #1

Click HERE for Run Course #1 map for 7-10 year olds.

Click HERE for Run Course #1 map for 11-14 year olds.

The FIRST run segment will take place on the sidewalk next to the auditorium and at the west end of the transition area.  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. Keep the course markers on your left throughout the course.

 

Bike Information

Bike Course

Click HERE for Bike Course map.

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 – 14 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.

Helmet

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 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.

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.

Kickstand

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

Click HERE for Run Course map for 7-10 year olds.

Click HERE for Run Course map for 11-14 year olds.

The run segment will take place on the sidewalk next to the bike course and loop into the stadium to finish.  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. 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.

Weather

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.  If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds.

Volunteers

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.


 


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