2017 TCW Kids Tri @ the Y Race Details
Saturday June 3, 2017 - YMCA Hudson Click here for map to YMCA Hudson.
Pre-registration closes at 5 pm on Friday, June 2. There are limited race-day slots. Please register early to ensure your participation.
Transition opens at 11:00 am. Beginning Youth wave starts at 1:00 pm. All other wave start times are approximate.
This youth triathlon is intended to be a fun and exciting time for kids and families of all levels of physical fitness. It is TCW's desire to work with anyone who wishes to compete, regardless of ability level or physical challenges. All requests for accommodation will be entertained.
We encourage everyone to register as early as possible. We cannot guarantee a t-shirt if registering after May 13. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, but we must place the t-shirt order on 5/13/17.
Every participant will receive an assigned start time at the pool. The course splits will be captured by volunteers as participants move in and out of transition between each leg of the race. Bibs with numbers should be pinned to THE FRONT of shirts or placed on race belts prior to the start of the race and left in transition. After the swim, participants should move to transition, put on their bibs, shoes, and helmet, and move their bikes to the mounting line just outside of transition through the opening marked "bike out." It is critical that your number be readily visible to volunteers so that your time can be accurately captured. After the bike portion of the race is over, participants must return to the transition area, leave their bikes, and exit through the opening marked "run out." Failure to re-enter transition between legs makes it impossible to time the course splits.
Start Time (all times APPROXIMATE):
Start time for the Beginning Division will be 1:00 pm. Please be in the pool area no later than 12:45pm.
Because of safety reasons, we will wait to start each division when we are sure the course is clear. Therefore, start time for Intermediate Division will be immediately following the completion of the Beginning Division’s race and awards (approximately 2:30 pm). You may move into the pool area only after all Beginning Division athletes have left the pool.
Senior Division will commence in the pool as soon as the Intermediate Division finishes and trophies are handed out (approximately 3:45 pm). You may move into the pool area only after all Intermediate Division athletes have left the pool. Please enter only when instructed to do so by a volunteer.
Enter the pool area through the Boys' or Girls' Locker Rooms at the YMCA. Volunteers and staff can direct you how to find them. You may use the locker rooms to get ready for the race, or you can come dressed and ready to go. Please note that the air temperature in the pool room is quite warm. Participants may warm up in the pool prior to being lined up to start. This may make the wait between waves more bearable for the participants.
Older participants may consider arriving in time to place your gear in transition, but then leaving and returning closer to your approximate start time.
Swim Course & Water Safety:
The swim will take place in the indoor lap pool at the YMCA. When you enter the front of the YMCA, you will see the pool on your right. Enter the pool area through the Boys' or Girls' Locker Rooms near the back of the building. Volunteers and staff can direct you how to find them.
Due to space limitations, during the swim portion of the event, only the active age division, their parents and guests will be allowed inside the pool area. Once the pool is cleared of all active division participants, the next wave may enter the pool area. Please wait for instructions from volunteers before entering the pool area.
The swim will be a z-swim with a staggered, in-water start. Each athlete will be given a 20 second head start before the next participant will enter the water. We will have life guards as well as adult volunteers in the pool area.
Beginning Division will swim down one length, swim under the lane rope, and swim back down another length in the next lane where they will exit the pool and follow volunteer instructions to progress to the transition area. (Swim down, under, and back one time before exiting the pool.) If your beginning swimmer needs a water noodle, they may still participate, however, they will be lined up at the end of the wave and should not attempt to swim under the lane marker. Participants with noodles will circle swim.
Intermediate Division will swim down one length, under the lane rope and back in the next lane. After two laps like this, the athletes will exit the pool and follow volunteer instructions to progress to the transition area. (Swim down, under, and back; under, down, under, and back again, before exiting the pool.) Please swim to the right of the lane and pass only on the left.
Senior Division follow the same swim pattern as other divisions, only completing 3 full laps. After three laps, the athletes will exit the pool and follow volunteer instructions to progress to the transition area. Please swim to the right of the lane and pass only on the left.
Transition is located in the front parking lot, and getting there requires crossing a combination of asphalt, concrete, and grass surfaces. Most athletes choose to move through the "swim out" portion of a triathlon barefooted. This gives their feet a chance to dry and makes it easier to put on socks and shoes. However, if you wish for your child to wear shoes while crossing the parking lot (crocs, flip-flops, water shoes, running shoes, etc.) please have them in the pool area before the start. Participants should make sure they are not blocking the swim out route while putting on their shoes.
Bike Course and Road Safety:
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The bike course is partially on the city streets of Hudson. Where participants are not riding on a sidewalk, bike path, or trail, the roads are NOT CLOSED to motor traffic. We will have TCW and YMCA volunteers and signs directing participants, as well as adult course rangers, shepherds and sweepers on the route. However, please make sure your child understands that there is the chance for moving vehicles, and road safety laws must be followed.
The bike course is a 1.6 mile loop. Beginning Youth will ride the loop once; Intermediates twice, and Seniors will ride the loop 3 times. Please make sure your participant knows the division he or she is in, as we will refer to the course based on division.
The first right turn out of the YMCA parking lot and onto Vine Street is a hard, 90-degree turn at the end of a downhill slope. It is critical that participants take this turn slowly, following volunteer instructions to slow down before attempting the turn. Intermediate and Senior riders that must repeat the loop will only return back into the YMCA parking lot and transition at the very end of their ride.
Riders should be aware that drafting (following another cyclist very closely) and blocking (not allowing another rider to pass) are NOT allowed. Riders should ride as far to the right as is safe. If a rider intends to pass, the pass must be ON THE LEFT and should be completed within 30 seconds of initiating the attempt. Courtesy dictates that riders announce their intent to pass. Generally, “On your left” is an acceptable announcement that you want to overtake another rider. Because we want every participant to be able to run her or his best race, blocking a participant who is attempting to pass is against the rules. Please also note that riding more than two abreast on city streets is against the law.
Riding without your helmet securely fastened (before, during, and after the event) is strictly prohibited because it is very unsafe!
Bikes must not be ridden inside the transition area. Follow mount and dismount instructions given
on signs and by volunteers.
Aero bars and aero helmets are NOT allowed in this race, although training wheels are permitted and encouraged for anyone who is the slightest bit hesitant. We want everyone who wishes to participate to be included.
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The run course is a trail run completely contained on YMCA property. Beginners do the route out and back 1 time. Intermediates do the route twice. Seniors do the route 3 times. Please make sure your child knows her/his division and how many loops to complete. Volunteers will help guide.
As each participant crosses the finish line, he or she will be presented with a finishers medal. At the end of each wave, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies for male and female divisions will be awarded.
Inclement Weather Plan:
The Kids Tri @ the Y will be held on June 3rd, rain or shine. If we encounter lightning during the race, participants will be guided by volunteers to a safe location along the course to wait out the storm. If the race must be ended based upon the weather, winners will be determined by what portion of the race that ALL competitors were able to complete. We never want to end a race due to weather, however, safety is a priority and we cannot compromise on it.
Registration is $30 per participant. If you need financial assistance, please contact us for scholarship entry information.
There will be a limited number of race-day registration slots available, but TCW hopes participants will pre-register to ensure that everyone has a spot and there are enough t-shirts, medals, and goody bags to go around.
Packet pickup will be Friday, June 3 from 4:30-6:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson, located at 1901 Vine Street. Click here for map to FPC Hudson. You may also pick up your packet starting at 11:00 am the day of the event, at the YMCA.
On the day of the race, a portion of the YMCA parking lot will be used for the event and transition. If you cannot find a parking spot on the paved lot, there is overflow parking at 1901 Vine at the Presbyterian Church, about a block away.
Before the race, transition will open at 11:00 am for you to set up your equipment. Due to space limitations, only the participant and one adult guardian may enter the transition area. Transition closes at 12:45.
Once your equipment is set up, please move to the marking area to have your numbers marked on your arm and leg by a friendly volunteer.
During the race, after each sport is completed, the athlete must return to transition and enter and exit through the appropriate openings. This allows TCW to show "course splits" -- time for each sport and the transition time between. We ask that during the race only the registered participants and official course volunteers enter the transition area. Parents and guardians: please allow the children to run their own race as much as is possible. Volunteers inside transition will help as needed.
As soon as you complete your race, TCW advises you to retrieve your equipment, yielding the right of way to any athletes who are still competing. Please note that if you do not retrieve your equipment while your wave is still active, you may not enter transition while another age division is running their race. Please wait until the final person completes that division’s race. Official volunteers can help you retrieve equipment if absolutely necessary. This is for the safety of all participating.
General Course Etiquette:
This race is designed to be fun. Certainly, it is timed, and we realize everyone wants to do their best. However, as adults we must remember that first and foremost, we are building fans of life-long fitness. To that end, all participants, their parents, guardians, and guests are encouraged to maintain a positive and supportive atmosphere at all times. Adults are asked to be caring and reassuring to all
children participating, giving only encouraging and affirming words and gestures. Disparaging remarks regarding any athlete, even your own, are forbidden and are grounds for disqualification.
Bad conduct constitutes but is not limited to the following:
- Negative comments to your child or another child
- Yelling at volunteers, race officials, parents or participants (even your own). **Yelling FOR any
participant is strongly encouraged!!**
- Interfering with participants or race officials
- Foul language
- Aggressive behavior
If you have a dispute, notify the race director within 30 minutes of the completion of the race. Disputes will then be addressed by the staff. We will not address any disputes after 30 minutes have elapsed.
If there are issues, please discuss them with TCW or YMCA staff. Our staffs are committed to resolving any issue swiftly and discussing your concern in a calm and constructive manner. Please keep in mind that children are present when discussing your concerns.
More Information for You:
Through our annual Summer Challenge, you can help remove barriers to physical fitness by raising money to provide bikes and swim lessons to children who cannot afford them as well as fund
research into childhood diseases. In our Summer Challenge, youth set challenging yet achievable goals to swim, bike, and/or run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You set your mileage goal, and then you share your goal with friends and family. When your social circles sponsor your goal with a donation, you are making not only a difference in your long-term health, you are also helping others. Find
out more about our Summer Challenge and sign up at http://www.tritochangetheworld.org/tcw-summer-challenge.html.
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