|Juniors (5-6) Swim 25 yards / Bike 0.88 mile/ Run 0.5 mile.
Juniors (7-8, 9-10) Swim 100 yards / Bike 3.5 mile / Run 1 K.
Seniors (11-15) Swim 200 yards / Bike 5.5 mile / Run 2 K.
Parents Swim 200 yards / Bike 5.5 mile / Run 2 K.
See race website (www.hillcountrytri.org) for course maps and race flyer for detailed description.
The course starts with a pool swim at McNaughton Pool. No flotation devices are allowed this year even for the 5-6 year old category. A swimmer must be able to swim his/her distance. Swimmers are allowed to hold on to the side of the pool, the lane line, or stand if rest is needed. The swim will be a staggered start with swimmers entering the water every 10 seconds according to their estimated swim times. Faster racers start first in each age category. It is very important that you enter the correct estimated swim time for your child's race distance. This ensures that slower racers do not have to battle faster racers swimming past/over them. We start the next swim wave (5-6 / 7-8 / 9-10 / 11-12 & 13-15 grouped together) when the current age category is off the bike course. We will have a minimum of three lifeguards present as well as additional volunteers. Swim caps provided in the race packets are mandatory.
The racer must wear his bib number pinned to his/her shirt or wear a race belt with the number. Bib numbers are assigned by age category. The bike and run courses are closed to car traffic with volunteers and off duty police officers lining the course to ensure safety. We have two cyclists riding the course throughout the race monitoring safety and leading the kid's category leader. No training wheels are allowed this year even for the 5-6 year age category. No headphones are allowed on the course. EMS and a medical professional are present at the finish line for first aid and emergency injury care. Your child is responsible for knowing his/her loop count on the bike course. The 7-10 year old kids get very confused. We highly recommend that parents walk to the turn off for additional bike loops or the finish line and help ensure that their child has completed the correct number of bike loops before heading for the finish line. We also highly recommend that you drive, walk or bike the bike course with your child on Friday and make sure they understand how many loops they need to do for their age category and where the turn off is for additional loops or finish line. See race website for course maps and loop count. Please notify us if your child does not bike the correct number as this will take an award away from the deserving athlete.
We have included an optional parents mini tri that will start after the kids race. This is one of the coolest features of our race!!! Parents and families love the chance to compete in a race together as a team!! Parents watch their kids compete and then kids cheer on their parents. Year after year we have parents and kids who look forward to this race because of the opportunity to train and race together. Rivalries even exist between teams. We do not provide day care for your child while you are racing.
Transition opens at 5:45 am. Body marking and bike safety inspections will take place before the athlete enters the transition area. Our transition coordinator reserves the right to move your child's bike to the correct size rack if you do not rack your child's bike properly. The front or back wheel must touch the ground. We have the appropriately sized racks. Bikes are racked according to age group and size of bike. Consult with our transition coordinator or another transition volunteer if you have questions or problems on race day. Please do not yell at her or our volunteers. They are nice people who will help you. It may take a few minutes but they will help you:) I promise you that every year our transition volunteers get the most positive feedback from racers post race so be nice:)
Every athlete must have a sticker on their bike from Arrowhead Bicycles in Kyle, Jack and Adams, Bicycle Sport Shop or their local shop indicating that their bike has been checked for safety and is the proper size. Please take your child and their bike and helmet to one of these locations for inspection. Helmets are required and will also be checked for proper size and fit. We reserve the right to pull an athlete from the race due to an unsafe or improperly sized bike or helmet.
Body marking will also take place as you exit transition.
Pick up your chip timer for your ankle as you exit transition.
Mandatory pre-race meeting begins at 6:45 am inside the pool area. Transition closes to all racers at 6:45 am sharp. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site, pick up your timing chip, and set up your transition area. No spectators will be allowed in the transition area during the race. Our volunteers in transition will help your child.
We will have a 2 hour postponement contingency due to bad weather. The race course may be altered due to unsafe conditions. There will be no refunds.
Withdraw/Refund Policy: No refunds.
Awards & Amenities
We will combine the childs race time with his/her parents time for a team family time. Every racer will receive a finishers medal. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group for boys and girls (5-6), (7-8), (9-10) (11-12) (13-15) as well as for family team awards. Post-race food, face painting, and awards will follow the race in the playground area.
USAT Membership required
All athletes must be a member of USAT and will be required to provide a USAT membership card along with photo ID at packet pickup. You may not pick up another racers packet except for your childs. No exceptions! This is USATs rule not ours! A parent/guardian will be required to sign a USAT waiver for his/her child.
Entry Fees (lower cost for early registration): Youth $40.00 until June 30th, $45.00 from July 1st - July 12th, 2014. Family Team $80.00 until June 30th; $90 from July 1st - July 12th, 2014 Registration closes July 12th, 2014 or when the race becomes full.
We encourage all parents and supporters to line the course and cheer on the racers. Our new course design enables parents to easily cheer at different points but we ask everyone to please stay on the side of the street across from the pool and school on the bike and run course. If you want to view transition after the swim, the best way is to exit the pool and go around the back of the pool to get close. Then you will have to run back around the pool to see the child on the bike course. This is slightly inconvenient to the parent who wants to see everything up close but for safety reasons we have to set the course up this way.
5:00 & 6:00 pm on Friday, July 18th at McNaughton Pool. Transition and course review for kids. After picking up your packet at Seton Hospital in Kyle drive to the neighborhood to check out the course.
Wednesday, July 16th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at 1379 Kids located at 2727 Exposition Blvd, Suite 121, Austin, TX 78703. 512-474-1379. Friday, July 18th from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Seton Medical Center Hays in the Learning Center; 6001 Kyle Parkway; Kyle TX 78640; 512-504-5000 THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP (unless you are coming from out of town and you email email@example.com with this request).
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