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Parents Letter and Race Day Information

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Date: Saturday June 22, 2013


Start time: 8:00 am                                                                           


Event Location and address:  Fayetteville Athletic Club: 2920 E Zion Rd Fayetteville, AR 72703 (479) 587-0500


Day Before Packet Pickup:  Lewis and Clark Outfitters Inc. 4915 S. Thompson, Springdale, AR. 479-756-1344. Friday, June 21 4pm-7pm.


Pre-race Clinic - "101 Triathlon Basics": June 21, 7:15pm at Fayetteville Athletic Club. Ron Schmidt of React Performance will be taking both kids and parents through an overview of the course. Questions are encouraged. More details coming soon.


Race Day Packet Pickup: 7:00am at Fayetteville Athletic Club. Fayetteville Athletic Club in the pool area. Enter between the tennis courts and the Kid's Factory on the south side of the complex. Signage will direct participants to check in and body marking.


Race Day Parking: Please park in designated areas only. Club and tennis members must have access to the club. Parking areas are noted on the event map.


USA Triathlon License Information:

The Tri-Sport Club Kid’s Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event. Each participant must have a current USAT membership card to participate in the event. If an athlete is not a current USAT member, they are required to purchase either a one-day ($10) or annual ($15) membership at packet pickup.


2013 USA Triathlon Youth Guide:

A comprehensive guide to youth triathlon. This guide will help answer many of the questions both parents and athletes have about the event. Click here to view.


Age and Race Division Rule:

Per USA Triathlon Rules: Racing age is determined by the athlete’s age on December 31. For Example: If you are 10 on the day of the race, but turn 11 before December 31, you will be placed in the 11 year old age group.


Race day Timeline:

§  7:00 a.m. Packet Pickup begins

§  7:00 a.m. Transition opens/ Body marking begins

§  7:45 a.m. Transition area closes

§  7:50 a.m. MANDATORY Pre-race meeting in pool area

§  8:00 a.m. First heat begins with 5 & 6 year olds.

§  9:15 a.m. (approximate) Transition re-opens for bike/gear removal after 12-14 old race

§  9:30 a.m. (approximate) Awards / Announcements at the conclusion of all races


Race Day Procedures:

1.      Please check in at the registration table located next to the pool area.

2.      Participant will have their age and race number marked on their arm/leg with a magic marker.

3.      Take bike, helmet, clothes to the transition area (area where bikes, shoes and clothing are stored while athlete is participating)

4.      Volunteer will review bike to ensure it is safe to ride

5.      Participants must have their number visible for the bike and run – running belts are allowed

6.      Kids will be divided by age and sex as much as possible (depends on the final number registered).


Important Race Rules and Procedures:

1.      Kids will start in the pool – no jumping or diving allowed

2.      Kids must walk across the pool deck after the swim

3.      Athletes must walk bike out of the transition area before mounting the bike. No riding inside the transition area

4.      There is a hill in the first part of the bike course followed by a sharp corner, please use caution

5.      Volunteers will be marking athletes' wrists as they complete each lap of the bike and run courses

6.      Volunteers will take athletes' bike once they have completed lap(s) on the bike

7.      If athlete is not sure where to go, please check with the volunteers.

8.      It is very important that each athlete know the courses and number of laps required for each discipline

9.      The use of assistive devices including flotation devices and training wheels will be allowed during the triathlon. However, athletes using these devices will not be eligible for an award. These athletes will receive USA Triathlon finisher's bracelets.

10.      Helmets are required while on the bike.

11.      Have Fun!!!


Order of Starts, Course Distances, and Descriptions:

§  Age 5-6:    25 yd swim; ½ mile bike;   ¼ mile run

§  Age 7-8:    50 yd swim; 1 mile bike;   ½ mile run

§  Age 9-11: 100 yd swim; 2 mile bike;   ½ mile run

§  Age 12-14:  150 yd swim; 3 mile bike;   1 mile run

§  Swim - 1 Length of the pool is 25 yards

§  Bike - 1 lap for the bike is 1 mile. Paved surface

§  Run - 1 lap for the run is ½ mile. Grass field

§  See event web site for a detailed map of course.


We will be using swim caps (orange - boys, yellow - girls), plus symbols to help differentiate each of the age groups:

Age 5-6:           N/A                              

Age 7-8:          Black Circle                             

Age 9-11:        Red Triangle                        

Age 12-14:      Blue Square                        


Results: Results will be posted following the race –


Photos:  Tom Ewart from Northwest Arkansas Photography will be taking photographs during the race.  You will be able to view the photos at


Amenities:  Each competitor will receive a t-shirt and all participants completing the race will receive a USA Triathlon finisher’s medal. All competitors’ names will be in a drawing to win a Boy’s and a Girl’s Bike provided by Lewis and Clark Outfitters, and other door prizes will also be provided. Post Race Celebration..this will be worth the wait with pizza and drinks for all participants!


Awards:  For each individual age and gender, (5 yrs, 6 yrs, 7 yrs, 8 yrs, etc.) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded to both boys and girls.


Event and Refund Policies:

§  In the event that the triathlon must be cancelled due to inclement weather, we are sorry to announce that refunds will not be granted.

§  Registration may be transferred from one child to another if the child registered is unable to participate and the race director is notified no later than Friday, June 21 by 7:00 pm.

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