Race Details Hyannis2018-06-12T16:42:05+00:00

Race Details

THE HYANNIS SPRINT TRIATHLONS

Welcome!

Race day for the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon — Saturday, June 16 — is just around the corner!

We want to thank you for racing with us. As fellow triathletes, your race directors Andy and Kathleen know what you’d like to see for a great day, and we plan to make that come true.

This athlete guide contains all of the information you will need to be prepared to compete in the event. We’re especially pleased to be introducing the first-ever Hyannis Olympic Distance Triathlon, as well as the beloved Sprint, all on the same morning.

Please take the time to carefully read both the athlete guide as well as any possible updated race information on the race website and the New England Endurance Events Facebook Page.

Here’s some breaking news….water temperature on Sunday, June 10 was 66 degrees. Nice!

Safe training, good luck at the race and we’ll see you at the Finish Line!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Walker & Andy Scherding

Schedule:

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

4:15 pm:  A “first look” at the race, provided by your race directors and held right where it all happens at Craigville Beach. We’ll show you the transition area and talk through the swim, bike and run –as well as provide tips to make your race day experience a wonderful one. Ideal for those who will be racing Hyannis for the first time!

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Afternoon:  Weather permitting, marker buoys will be placed along the swim race course.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

5-7 pm:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don’t forget to bring a legal ID and — if you’re a member — your USAT ID card!
6 pm:  Open-water swim clinic with Trish Cundiff of AquaSafe Swim Programs. Held on the beach, Trish will answer your questions and provide some great tips. Take a swim after! (at your own risk)

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

5:30 – 6:30 am:  On-site registration or packet pick-up. If you are pre-registered, don’t forget to bring a legal ID and — if you’re a member — your USAT ID card!
6 am:  Transition area opens. Note there are two transition areas: one for the Olympic athletes (closest to the beach), and one for the Sprint athletes.
6:45 am:  Transition area closes, all athletes on beach
7:00 am:  Olympic race starts! Swim waves to be announced here soon.
7:30 am:  Sprint race starts! Swim waves to be announced here soon. Waves will start at 3-minute intervals (for example, Wave 6 will start at 7:45; Wave 10 will start at 7:57)
8:30 am:  Food service begins, and continues until the very last finisher has a chance to eat!
9:30 am:  Optional post-race recovery yoga on the beach
10:00 am (approximate):  Sprint awards ceremony

10:30 am (approximate):  Olympic awards ceremony

For Sprint athletes: critical reminders

Parking:  If you are competing in the SPRINT distance race and wish to be able to get out on your way as early as possible after the race, PARK IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE REGISTRATION TENT.  The exit from the main parking lot (beachside) will not be opened until most of the Olympic athletes have come in from their bike legs. You will only be able to turn right out of the lot across the street and onto Craigville Beach Road to head up toward Centerville.

Transition Area:  For our newer athletes, this is the “hub” of the race. While the swim start and run finish happens beachside, all other legs of the race start and end here. This is where your bicycle and gear are kept while you’re swimming and running.

  • New change: TWO transition areas. You will see a divider down the middle of the area which contains the bike racks. The Sprint side is closest to the road. Olympic is closest to the beach. All athletes must rack in the T-area which corresponds to their event. Failure to do so is grounds for disqualification.
  • Athletes only: no spectators or coaches. Only exception is for coaches of our high school athletes. Insurance regulations have required us to enforce this rule. Please understand.
  • Your bike MUST be placed on a rack. Four bicycles fit on each side of a rack. If the bike cannot fit, see a Transition Captain wearing a bright “New England Endurance” T-shirt.

Swim:  Your race will get started at 7:30am — a half-hour after the Olympic athletes. Look out from the transition area. See the yellow banners at the left corner of the beach? This is the quarter-mile swim start. See the red arch in the middle of the beach? This is the swim finish. One loop for Sprint athletes (Olympics will swim three). For safety, we don’t all start swimming at once. Smaller groups of athletes will swim in “waves” at 3-minute intervals. Don’t worry, your correct time will be recorded! The swim waves will be announced the day before the event and race morning.

  • Age Group athletes: your swim wave corresponds to your age on December 31. If you’re 29 years old with a birthday later this year and you hear the announcer say “30-to-34-year olds, get ready to swim,” that means you!
  • Warm-ups are allowed, but stay close to shore and inside of the harbormaster and police boats. Exit the water IMMEDIATELY when the race director asks.
  • Water temperature will be taken one week before the event, then again one day prior, and posted on our Facebook page and at the race site during day-before registration. Many athletes use wetsuits to stay warm (and increase their flotation, too!).
  • Fins, paddles and snorkels are not allowed. “Safer swimmer” devices are allowed to be used in the Newbie wave.

Bike:  The course measures 10.5 miles. You do not mount your bike until you reach the designated area OUTSIDE of the transition area. The roads receive only partial closure, so stay aware!

  • New course change! In Osterville, cyclists will enter into the village on Main Street as usual and make a slight right turn, as usual, onto Parker Road. But soon after, the competitors will make another right turn onto West Bay Road. After a short distance they will turn left onto Eel River Road and continue down to a left turn onto Sea View Ave. Review the race map here.
  • Your helmet chin strap must be securely fastened BEFORE you remove your bike from the rack, until AFTER you return your bike to the rack.
  • Stay to the right except when passing. Repeat: stay to the right!
  • We enforce the USAT Triathlon “no drafting” rule. Marshals are positioned at hidden spots throughout the course, as well as aboard motor vehicles. See detailed rules below.
  • If you hear, “On your left,” you are about to be passed. Stay right. Likewise, verbally communicate when passing others.
  • There are two “No passing zones” on the bike route, manned by race officials on foot and not necessarily within your field of vision. If you didn’t catch the sign or verbal warning, consider that if you are in a corridor of cones that is more narrow than one lane of the road, you are in a no-pass zone. Penalties will be assessed for violators.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

Run:  The course measures 3.6 miles. There is a gradual climb (some consider it a bit more than “gradual”) during the second half of the first mile, then relatively flat until a mile from finish, then a gradual decline for a half-mile leading to a flat final half-mile.

  • Use of headphones for any reason — iPods, cell phones — is not allowed.
  • When directed by signs, volunteers or police to a specific side of the road, stay on that side until directed otherwise.
  • If you see a row of orange road cones on the side of the road, stay within the coned area.
  • Water station halfway through the run.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

For Olympic athletes: critical reminders

Transition Area:  While the swim start and run finish happens beachside, all other legs of the race start and end here. This is where your bicycle and gear are kept while you’re swimming and running.

  • TWO transition areas. You will see a divider down the middle of the area which contains the bike racks. The Olympic side is closest to the beach. Sprint is closest to the road. All athletes must rack in the T-area which corresponds to their event. Failure to do so is grounds for disqualification.
  • Athletes only: no spectators or coaches. Insurance regulations have required us to enforce this rule. Please understand.
  • Your bike MUST be placed on a rack. Four bicycles fit on each side of a rack. If the bike cannot fit, see a Transition Captain wearing a bright “New England Endurance” T-shirt.

Swim:  Our Olympic athletes will start at 7am, with multiple waves (to be announced) at 3 minutes apart. The swim corral is marked by yellow banners. The finish is though the big red arch. You will swim three loops of the rectangular swim course for a total distance of 0.9 miles. Unlike many Olympic triathlon races, you do not exit the water for each loop. Keep swimming. A high-tech video monitoring system will ensure that all athletes complete three loops. The swim waves will be announced the day before the event and race morning.

  • Age Group athletes: your swim wave corresponds to your age on December 31. If you’re 29 years old with a birthday later this year and you hear the announcer say “30-to-34-year olds, get ready to swim,” that means you!
  • Warm-ups are allowed, but stay close to shore and inside of the harbormaster and police boats. Exit the water IMMEDIATELY when the race director asks.
  • Water temperature will be taken one week before the event, then again one day prior, and posted on our Facebook page and at the race site during day-before registration. Many athletes use wetsuits to stay warm (and increase their flotation, too!).
  • Fins, paddles and snorkels are not allowed. “Safer swimmer” devices are allowed to be used in the Newbie wave.

Bike:  The course measures 20 miles. You will be making two loops of parts of the course — but not of the entire course.  The roads receive only partial closure, so stay aware!

  • How do I make the second loop? At about the 9-mile mark, as you head east along South Main Street between Osterville and Centerville, you will see signs indicating an upcoming left turn onto Bay Lane. Slow down, make this turn and then continue on Bay Lane for approximately a mile. You will arrive at Bumps River Road where you will rejoin the course at a point where you were one mile into the race. Now follow the same loop through Osterville and back to Centerville where you will continue straight on South Main Street toward the finish. Review the race map here.
  • Important note for those who have raced Hyannis in past years: In Osterville, cyclists will enter into the village on Main Street as usual and make a slight right turn, as usual, onto Parker Road. BUT soon after, the competitors will make another right turn onto West Bay Road. After a short distance they will turn left onto Eel River Road and continue down to a left turn onto Sea View Ave. Review the race map here.
  • Your helmet chin strap must be securely fastened BEFORE you remove your bike from the rack, until AFTER you return your bike to the rack.
  • You do not mount your bike until you reach the designated area OUTSIDE of the transition area.
  • Stay to the right except when passing. Repeat: stay to the right!
  • We enforce the USAT Triathlon “no drafting” rule. Marshals are positioned at hidden spots throughout the course, as well as aboard motor vehicles. See detailed rules below.
  • If you hear, “On your left,” you are about to be passed. Stay right. Likewise, verbally communicate when passing others.
  • There are two “No passing zones” on the bike route, manned by race officials on foot and not necessarily within your field of vision. If you didn’t catch the sign or verbal warning, consider that if you are in a corridor of cones that is more narrow than one lane of the road, you are in a no-pass zone. Penalties will be assessed for violators.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

Run:  The course measures 6.2 miles. You will be following the same course as the Sprinters but as you approach the 3-mile mark you will be making a U-Turn on the road and heading back out for another loop of the course. Review the race map here.

  • Use of headphones for any reason — iPods, cell phones — is not allowed.
  • When directed by signs, volunteers or police to a specific side of the road, stay on that side until directed otherwise.
  • If you see a row of orange road cones on the side of the road, stay within the coned area.
  • Water station halfway through the run.
  • LITTERING is grounds for penalty sanctioning!

Before you get in your car to head to the venue!

  • Each Participant MUST have both a photo ID and an annual USAT License (or purchase a one day license at packet pickup (See USAT section below for details)
  • If you do not have an ID you WILL NOT be given your race packet
  • Each participant must be present to pick up their race number/packet. You will not be allowed to pick up another participant’s packet. This includes relay teams — all members of the team must be present

**PLEASE NOTE: NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE**

 Important Details for Registration & Packet Pickup
1.  You must pick up your packet on either Friday, the evening before the event, between 5pm-7pm, or on the morning of the race between 5:45am-7am. We suggest you pick up your packet the day prior to the race so you’re not rushed on race morning.
2. You must have a photo ID and a valid USAT Triathlon Card (or one day license) We cannot release your packet to you without a valid Photo ID, no exceptions!
3. USAT License: If you are an annual USAT Member you must bring your valid USAT card with you at packet pickup. If this is expired you will be required to purchase a one day license for $15 (Cash & Check only accepted)
4. One-Day USAT License: If you are not an annual USA Triathlon member you must purchase the one day license at the time of packet pickup (cash or check only).

 

MUST READ!  USA TRIATHLON REGULATIONS
If you registered using our online registration system and you are not an annual member of USA Triathlon, then you must purchase a one-day license in order to participate at this event. If even one athlete does not have a license, the insurance coverage for the entire event and its participants is in jeopardy. Insurance waiver forms are available at check-in/athlete package pick-up.

Dogs and smoking:

Okay, we’re putting this warning right up front, because it’s very important to the Town of Barnstable. And anything that’s important to the town is important to all of us, if we wish to keep enjoying Craigville Beach year after year!

Under no circumstances are dogs allowed at the venue. This includes the packet pick-up/registration time period the evening before the race! It is allowable to walk your dog alongside the road outside of the parking lot (bring a pet disposal bag).

Likewise, absolutely no smoking is allowed by the Town of Barnstable anywhere on the beach or within any of the parking lots. Have a family member with the habit? Ask him or her to take a walk down the road a bit. (Hopefully downwind of the competitors!)

Parking & directions:

MOST IMPORTANT PARKING NOTICE:  If you are competing in the SPRINT distance race and wish to be able to get out on your way as early as possible after the race, PARK IN THE LOT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE REGISTRATION TENT.  The exit from the main parking lot (beachside) will not be opened until most of the Olympic athletes have come in from their bike legs. You will only be able to turn right out of the lot across the street and onto Craigville Beach Road to head up toward Centerville.

GPS:  You’ll be happy to know the beach has a GPS-friendly address: 997 Craigville Beach Road, Centerville MA. Be careful when driving near the venue as athletes may be warming up on foot or on their bicycles!

Friends/family coming to watch:  Because of the Olympic race (which starts at 7am) Craigville Beach Road will be completely shut down to all traffic at 7:00. Your friends will need to make it to the beach before then, or park in Centerville Village and walk in.

Old-School Directions: From the Boston area, take 93 or 128/95 to Route 3, where you head down to the Cape. Go over the Sagamore Bridge and continue on Route 6 to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a  stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

From West of Boston/Worcester area, take 495 south to where it turns into Rt. 25 and follow to the Bourne Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Bourne Bridge is a rotary, go three-quarters around and follow Sandwich Rd. to Route 6. Follow Route 6 East to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a  stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

From New Bedford/Fall River/Providence, follow 195 to Route 25, then follow to the Bourne Bridge. Immediately after crossing the Bourne Bridge is a rotary, go three-quarters around and follow Sandwich Rd. to Route 6. Follow Route 6 East to Exit 6 for Route 132/Hyannis. On the ramp, take a right and travel 200 yards, then take your next right marked “Craigville Beach.” Now you’re on Shoot Flying Hill Road, which you follow for two miles, including keeping straight at a  stop sign (head for the tall water tower). Turn left onto Old Stage Road. Just ahead, cross through the traffic light for Rte 28 (Mobil gas on the right) continuing on Old Stage. Old Stage becomes Main Street at first stop sign…go straight at the stop about a mile to and through the Centerville Four Corners traffic light (at Centerville Corners Motor Lodge). Pass through the light onto Craigville Beach Road …beach is a half-mile down on the right.

Park in a designated lot:  Do not park along Craigville Beach Road, as this is part of the race course and the police will insist the vehicle be towed!

Obtaining your race materials:

  1. Ensure you have a Photo ID & Valid USAT Card (if applicable) with you prior to your arrival. If you’re not an annual USAT Member bring an extra $12 just to be safe.
  2. Upon arrival there will be a large registration tent with signs showing specific letter sequences. For Example: A-C, D-F, G-I, etc…. Get into the line which represents the 1st letter of your last name. Example: If your last name is “Bagadonuts” you would get into the line with the sign showing the letter “B”.
  3. Present your Photo ID and valid USAT Card (If applicable) to the registration volunteer. If you need to sign a waiver or still owe $12 for the annual one-day license, you will handle it right there.
  4. Once you have your race number packet, which contains numbers, timing chip and a swim cap (with your corresponding swim wave assignment), then proceed to the T-shirt/Goodie Bag pickup.
  5. Present your race # packet to the T-shirt volunteer as it will show what size T- shirt you ordered. Collect your T-shirt & Goodie Bag and you’re all done.  Note: you will not be able to switch T-shirt sizes until AFTER the race. What you ordered is what you will get. Swaps can be made after the race on race day only, as this is to ensure everyone receives the T-shirt that was ordered, and that any extras will then be used to swap out sizes.

Nervous about the swim? Ask at the swim cap table for a RED swim cap. This will signal to our lifeguards that you are not a strong swimmer, and they will keep a closer eye on you!

What to do with your race numbers and timing chip:

Your race packet will contain two race numbers and one swim cap.

  1. Bike frame number: This looks like a decal. It’s a bike frame number. Remove the backing and place this decal on the top bar or seat post of your bike frame.
  2. Running bib number: This looks like those numbers you see at any running race.  Using safety pins (available at registration table), affix this to the front of your shirt or shorts. (Tip: many triathletes use “race belts” to which they affix their bib number and place it with their belongings in the transition area until they start their run. These belts are available online from triathlon merchants). While you can display your number for the swim and bike if you wish, it must be worn on the run and displayed on the front of your person as you cross the finish line.
  3. Timing Chip: The timing chip will be located in the same packet which you picked up at registration containing your numbers and swim cap. It is a “hospital style” band which you strap around your (preferably) left ankle prior to the swim, and leave it on for the entirety of the event. It’s yours to keep as a souvenier if you so desire!  If you’re wearing a wetsuit, affix the ankle strap so it is underneath your wetsuit so it will not tear off — or tear your wetsuit — when you prepare for the bike ride.  Relay teams only: Your chip is different, with a black velcro band and an orange sensor unit. At each stage of the race, the teammate who has just finished a leg hands off the chip to the teammate who will compete in the next leg, who must affix it to his or her ankle. A volunteer will collect the chip at the finish line. These chips are expensive: unreturned timing chips will require a charge to your team of $75
  4. Swim cap: This cap MUST BE WORN during the swim portion of the event. If you are a newer swimmer who would like the lifeguards to keep an extra eye out for you, special swim caps are available. Simply ask one of the volunteers at the registration tent!

Where it all goes:

Relay teams procedure:

Packet Pickup

  • All Team Members MUST be present to pick up their Race # Packets, T- shirts, and Goodie Bags. (Sorry it’s not our rule & an inconvenience but it’s one that we will not make exceptions due to this event being USAT Sanctioned)
  • Your Team will receive one Race # Packet, as it contains your Swimmers Cap, Bikers Frame #, and Runners Bib number
  • Everyone in your team will get their own T-shirt & Goodie Bag

Race Day

  • You will only receive one Timing Chip, which each of you will exchange to each other as you complete the race.
  • Body Marking: Everyone in your team must be body marked
  • TIMING CHIP: The timing chip will be worn by all the relay team athletes. Timing Chip Location: Swimmer = Ankle, Biker = Ankle, Runner = Ankle.
  • The timing chip will be passed between your Relay Teammates inside the transition area, at your designated spot. The biker will be waiting at the bike (Keep on the rack until the chip is transferred) for the swimmer to enter transition and switch the timing chip. The runner will also be waiting inside transition (again at your teams bike rack location), for the biker to enter and make the switch (Please rack your bike prior to transferring the timing chip to the runner).

Post-Race Food:

Thanks to Subway Restaurants (with locations throughout the Cape) for providing tasty sandwiches for our athletes.

And thanks to Daelmans Stroopwafels, our official athlete snack! They’re available at Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Barnes + Noble, TJ Maxx, Target, Walgreens, Costco, Fresh Market and 7-Eleven.

Awards:

The awards ceremony for the Sprint race is tentatively scheduled for 10am. For the Olympic race, expect the presentation to begin about 10:30am. Medals presented to top three competitors in each age group (both male and female) as well as top Elites, Clydesdale/Athena, First-Timers, Male, Female and Mixed Relay Teams, and Aquabike.

Those who cannot remain for the ceremony may receive their award by visiting the New England Endurances offices (39 Eldridge Rd. Brewster) during normal business hours or by making arrangements with the race director IN ADVANCE to pick up at the Falmouth Triathlon in July.

Some great bike mechanics on hand!

Thanks to Sea Sports Cyclery (Route 132, Hyannis)) for providing on-site mechanical support for our racers. Something up with your bike? They can help! Labor is free but bring cash for parts, tubes, tires etc.

While we’re on the topic of your bike, check your brakes before the race. There are a few steep downhill sections on the course.

Yoga? Yes!

After the race, join two wonderful certified yoga instructors for some no-charge post-race recovery yoga and light stretching. It’s the perfect way to warm down those hard-worked muscles, clear away lactic acid — and clear away your mind as well! Mimi Poupart will be leading the session after the Sprint event, and Terry Walsh will handle the one after the Olympic. Since both ladies also are racing on this day, they’ll understand what you’ve been through!

A penalty! What, me?

We all want a safe, fair race. No one likes to receive a time penalty, and the race officials understand that…but again, we all want a safe, fair competition. So please note:

Motorcycle Officials will traveling along the bike course.

Stationary Officials will be placed at strategic positions on both courses including transition area, bike mount and dismount.

Please read the rules below to keep your finishing result clean!

Race rules:

1.  Helmets:  Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike before, during, and after the event.  Penalty: Disqualification

2.  Chin Straps:  Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle — including when the bike is off the rack and in your hands while standing, walking or running with it. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle and it is placed back on the rack.  Penalty: Disqualification if on the course; Variable time penalty if in transition area.

3.  Outside Assistance:  No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty

4.  Transition Area:  All equipment must be placed in the properly designated bike rack. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle rack. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.  Penalty: Variable time penalty

5.  Cycling Regulations:

Drafting: keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds.

Position:  keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing.

Blocking: riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass.

Overtaken: once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear before attempting to pass again.

Penalties: Variable time penalties

6.  Course:  All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. (It is for your safety that you do not cross the Yellow Line, especially on corners!)  Penalty: Referee’s discretion

7.  Unsportsmanlike Conduct:  Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.  Penalty:  Disqualification (This is a family environment and any language of this nature will NOT be tolerated.)

8.  Headphones:  Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.  Penalty: Variable time penalty (Please do not break this rule as it is considered a major safety violation and is subject to police stoppage and a traffic citation on the bike course)

9.  Race numbers:  All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10.  Wetsuits:  Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wear a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11.  Abandonment:  All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Please do not litter the course with water bottles, gel packets, or wrappers. The community has supported this event for years and your responsibility in keeping the course clean will help to ensure that this event continues.  Penalty: Variable time penalties

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at: http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules

MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE SAFE, TREAT YOUR FELLOW RACERS AND VOLUNTEERS WITH RESPECT, AND HAVE FUN!!!