RACE Date is Sunday, August 1st at 12:00 PM.
The TRI-Indy Kids TRI for Kids event will consist of a Triathlon and a Duathlon. 7–10-year-old athletes will do a 100-meter swim, or a .5 mile run to start, a 1.7-mile bike and finish with a .6-mile run. The 11–14-year-old athletes will swim 200 meters, or a .5 mile run to start, 3.4-mile bike and finish with a 1.2-mile run.
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.
Celebration Plaza at White River State Park - 801 W. Washington St, Indianapolis
This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for triathlons. All athletes need to be registered through USAT. Youth memberships are $10.00 for the entire year. Please visit the USAT website – USAT Membership Hub (https://member.usatriathlon.org/login)- 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.
Vehicles are recommended to use the following options:
- Street Parking
- White River State Park Garage – 3 hrs - $8, 3-6 hrs - $15, 6+ hrs $40
- IUPUI Riverwalk Garage – View rates here
- Indianapolis Zoo - $8
Packet Pick-up & Registration
There will be day-of registration that will open at 10:00 AM and conclude at 11:30 am. Packet Pick up and Registration will take place in the grass area near the southwest side of the adult triathlon transition area.
When athletes register, we will also body mark them - write their race number and age on their arms and legs with a Sharpie. Athletes need to be registered and checked in by 11:30 at the latest to be prepared for the pre-race meeting. Please don’t plan to arrive at 11:30 though. You and your athlete will need to be able to attend to the meeting details, set up in the transition area and participate in the course preview parade. The best race experience will be if you have plenty of time to understand the course layout.
Pre-Race Meeting and Course Preview Parade
A mandatory race meeting for all participants and a parent/guardian will take place at 11:40 am. Racing will start immediately following the meeting, at approximately 12:00 pm. Specific race start times will be available the day of the race.
Please recognize that triathlon and duathlon are notoriously NOT a spectator friendly sport. We have designed the course to make it possible to see your athlete in each of the 3 sections and the finish, but please remember that it is not realistic to see your athlete 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 throughout the event. Spectators need to be respectful of the athletes at all times as well and be cautious about moving in front of the athletes who are competing. All spectators should be able to view the swim, transitions, bike, run and finish without having to cross the race course.
No spectators are permitted in the transition area
You may be in the transition area to help get your athlete set up and organized, but once racing starts, the participants will be on their own and adults are not permitted to enter the race course or transition to help out. Once the racing is finished, the transition area will be opened and you will have plenty of time to load the bike into your car before the awards, if you so choose. The awards ceremony will take place as soon as possible after the final finisher.
The transition area maps will be provided online and at registration. There will be large maps with course experts to help athletes and parents understand the courses. The transition area will be set up in the grass area on the west side of the adult triathlon transition area.
When selecting a spot and setting up your transition area, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1) Select the best rack for your bike. We will have spaces for hanging bikes, wheels in the wooden racks and an area for kickstands.
2) Make your space small. We have many athletes that need to set up their equipment and space for everyone to travel in and out without road blocks.
3) Alternate the direction of your bike. If participants alternate the direction that their bikes face, it will help maximize space.
4) Know the flow. Become familiar of where you enter transition from the swim or first run, where you exit and enter from the bike and where you exit for the final run.
This time will be counted towards your overall race time, though there is no time limit.
The bike and run course will be marked so the athletes will know what direction to go, but we will also have volunteers out on the course to help along the way.
DUATHLON -Run #1 Information
The FIRST run segment will take place on the same run loop as the final run loop. They will start at the Transition Run exit and run the loop all the way back to where the swimmers are entering the transition area. ALL DUATHLETES will run .5 mile. Once the DUATHLETES complete the first run and return to the transition area they will do the same Bike and Run course as listed for their age group.
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 athletes will start at designated locations in the Canal. Ten and under triathletes will swim a distance of 100 meters. Eleven and older triathletes will swim a distance of 200 meters. There are steps built into the end of the canal. Proceed quickly to the northeast corner of the transition area.
7-10 Age Groups 11-14 Age Group
100 meters 200 meters
Bike Information for all athletes
Athletes will walk/run with their bike out of the transition area to the bike mounting area. Once on the bike, athletes will ride out onto the bridge over the White River. They will follow the path along the river behind the zoo. At the first intersection, the rider will head down a ramp onto a controlled section of the road, turn right back across the river and then turn right again back up onto a path. They will follow this path back along the river until they come back to transition. The final turn will be down a handicap ramp. Riders will need to go SLOW on this ramp! The course will be totally closed to car traffic. The 7 – 10 year olds will complete one loop while the 11-14 year olds will complete two laps. Athletes are responsible for counting their own laps. After the athlete has completed the bike leg of the triathlon, they will then dismount the bike and walk/run it back into the bike to run transition area.
The bike course is a closed course in that no vehicles will be traveling on any of the course’s roads. Off Duty Police Officers and Volunteers will be stationed along the course and at all turns.
YES!!!! This rule is strictly enforced by both the USAT and the race organizers. This is one of three ways to be disqualified by not wearing a helmet. You MUST wear a helmet correctly and the chinstrap must be buckled ANYTIME you are on your bike. We have had athletes put their helmets on backwards. For safety, athletes 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 might be disqualified if you do not properly wear a helmet! You are responsible for providing your own helmet.
In keeping with USAT regulations for all youth races, NO AEROBARS OR AERODYNAMIC HELMETS are permitted. These result in automatic disqualification.
Yes. Fat tire bikes are allowed at this race.
Bike selection is a personal thing. Any kind of bike can be used, as long as it meets safety requirements, but 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.
The run segment will be an out and back section over the bridge, but turning left when across. The 7-10 Age Group will run one .5 mile lap while the 11-14 Age Group will run two laps for a total of 1.0 miles. A water station will be available as they exit transition where the second lap starts.
You must wear your bib number on the front for the run.
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.
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.
Water/ aid station will be located immediately after you exit the transition area on the run. At the finish, all athletes 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 delay for 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 told to return to transition to find their parents. 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 athlete! If you or anyone else you know is interested in helping, please contact Doug Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions prior to the race, please feel free to contact Doug Robinson, the race director, at email@example.com or 317.496-3615 . We look forward to seeing you Sunday, August 1st!
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