Sunday, July 4, 2021
Zionsville High School
1000 Mulberry Street
Zionsville, IN 46077
Race Begins at 10:00AM (1st Wave Start)
Thank you for checking out the 4th of July race in the 2021 Kids Tri for Kids Triathlon Series at Zionsville High School! The Zionsville Race will continue the Kids Tri For Kids RACING Format!
At all the KT4K 2021 races, there will be BOTH a TRIATHLON and a DUATHLON offered for your racing enjoyment. There will also be a FREE FAMILY FUN RUN after the last race finisher to give the WHOLE FAMILY the opportunity to get out and RUN!!
The Zionsville 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 (distances are approximate). 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 13th year for the Kids Tri for Kids – Zionsville 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.
Zionsville High School is located at 1000 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, Indiana 46077. It is just 4 miles north from 465 at the US 421 (Exit 27). Take 421 north for about 4 miles to Willow Road. Turn left and go about a half mile to the High School. Parking is in the grassy area on your left-hand side. Race Registration is located in the paved parking lot near the transition area. Look for signs directing you to the registration area.
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 is available at the Highschool. Please park to the East and South of the registration areas. We want to keep cars away from the transition area located to the West of the registration area.
We love our volunteers! If you or anyone else you know is interested in helping, please contact Bryan Boggs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Packet Pick-up & Registration
Race Packet pick up will be TBD and on Race Morning from 7:30 to 9:30 AM. Stay tuned. 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 Registration area 7:30-9:30 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 and be prepared for the pre-race meeting held in the transition area at 9:30. Please don’t plan to arrive at 9:30, as you and your athlete will need to be able to attend to the meeting details. The best race experience will be if you have plenty of time to understand the course layout.
A mandatory race meeting for all participants and a parent/guardian will take place at 9:30 am. Racing will start immediately following the meeting, at approximately 10:00 am. Specific race start times will be available the morning of the race.
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 a positive experience for the athletes. We appreciate your respecting the volunteers who will be directing people across the course and 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 paved parking areas. No spectators are permitted in the transition area. When you can’t see your kids, remember that at least 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 between the pool exit and the transition area. 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.
Only ONE transition areas will be provided for the athletes, so bike and run attire must be placed in the provided transition area. Athletes will not be provided a transition area on the pool deck. The transition area maps will be provided at registration. Athletes are to be courteous in the transition area and keep their gear together in one small area. No throwing equipment. Bikes are to be placed back to the same position after the bike leg, so know where you place your bike in the transition area.
Helmets are to be worn AND FASTENED anytime the athlete is touching the bike. There is no riding in the transition area. Volunteers will direct athletes to the exits where they will then mount the bike. Athletes will also dismount their bikes prior to entering the transition area.
This time will be counted towards your overall race time, though there is no time limit.
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 -Run #1 Information
The FIRST run segment will take place at the transition area. ALL DUATHLETES will run approximately 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 swim will be handled differently this year. Please pay attention to lane assignments, pool layout and the course description during the pre-race meeting. We will be conducting a “time-trial” start in which athletes will enter the pool one at a time and start 3-5 seconds apart. We are doing this as part of the Covid protocol. Athletes will swim down and back in lanes going a single direction (lanes are single direction). That means athletes will have to duck under the lane line at each wall. Refer to course swim maps at registration.
Our lifeguards will be positioned around the perimeter of the pool during the of the swim portion of the triathlon.
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. For girls, you may wear a swim suit, bike shorts and swim suit / other top for the swim. You may continue the race in this outfit or add clothing as necessary for the bike. As you begin the run, make sure you have your race number! You MUST have your race number on the front of your body at the finish 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 swim area is 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.
Equipment during the Swim
No fins, wetsuits, or floaties are allowed during the swim.
Flip turns are allowed during the swim.
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 at the end of the swim course. Walking on the pool deck is important! For safety, no running is permitted on the pool deck.
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 head towards the railtral bike path via Hal Sharp Road. THE BIKE COURSE IS A LOOP COURSE ON STREETS and paths, SO STAY AWARE OF POSSIBLE TRAFFIC, including walkers using the trail, so FOLLOW VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS. The bike course will be sufficiently marked and staffed with volunteers to keep the race safe for athletes. 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 Athletes have completed the bike leg of the course, he/she 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.
The bike course is primarily on sidewalks and the Zionsville rail-trail. Please be aware of traffic, walkers, dogs and the sort. Police officers may be stationed at the busy intersection to monitor vehicular traffic. Volunteers will be stationed along the course and at all turns. We are not anticipating anything except very light vehicular traffic.
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 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 will 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. 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.
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.
The run segment will take place entirely on the high school grounds around the back side of the parking area. Athletes will exit the transition heading south around the track. The 7 – 10 year olds will run approximately ½ mile (1 loop) while the 11-14 year olds will run about a full mile (2 loops). 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.
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.
Water/aid station will be located just outside the transition area. 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 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 Bryan Boggs, the race director, at email@example.com or 317.681.4997. We look forward to seeing you Sunday, July 4th!