2014 Tri the Creek Triathlon:
This event was developed after several athletes recommendations about what a great venue Potato Creek State Park was. Indeed it is, few places are large enough to host an entire event inside the park and that alone makes this a great event.
Of course in Notre Dame country just a few miles down the road there is plenty to see and do in South Bend.
The park itself is flat as a pancake with the exception of one small hill right out of transition. The water has traditionally been in the low 70s clean, clear and flat. The bike is very simple, out to the other end of the park turning around just before the equestrian camground then back. Long course athletes do it twice. The run course one of our personal favorites truly. A cross country run out and back on the 8 foot groomed trail path along the lake and through the forest. Deer and turkey have been reported on the trail during the event.
A nice bonus for you, as air temperatures have recently been in the 50s is a nice warm shower is available in the locker rooms after your finish. This event also serves as the sprint series championship.
The entire race will be held inside Potato Creek State Park,
A rectangle swim in a clear relatively shallow lake,
The bike is mostly flat but does contain two kinda false uphills and a short climb right out of the transition area. 2 loops for long course athletes,
The run takes place mostly on a great 8 foot wide groomed trail on the hiking nature paths around the lake. We have a great finish line set up as you come back off the nature trail between the lake/beach and transition area.
Open at 7:00am closes at 8:30am. No Friends or Family members allowed in the transition area for any reason.The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at starting lines for mandatory course meetings and announcements. Once the transition area is closed you will not be permitted back in before the race starts. Family members will not be premitted in for any reason. In the event of inclement weather it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course. Thank you for your cooperation in following these rules.
You must rack according to your race number based on sequence placed at end of row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racking with seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7. Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! No questions asked, your race number will be taken down and you will be disqualified. The transition area is closed until all athletes are off the bike course. Sprint athletes this goes for you as well, you must wait until all the athletes are off the course and race officials open the transition area. All athletes deserve a clear transition. There will be an aid station at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement. Athletes wearing their own chips, PLEASE remove your chips before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This can cause a timing error. Run in/out and Bike in/out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end, it is your responsibility to go the right direction.
Swim: 500m or 1000m
This will be a rectangle course, sprint course indicated by the large yellow triangle buoys. Orange for long course. A beach start and a clear lake swim. The lake is averages 7-15 feet deep, so it should hold its warmth pretty well. Water temps have been in the low 70s the last few years. Water temp as of 9.19 - 72. Wave starts will be posted at Packet Pickup/registration.
Bike: 11 and 22 mile
Keeping things as simple as possible here, Exit the transition area in the parking lot to an immediate Right. We are taking you this way first for one reason, there is a nice short climb about a tenth of a mile up the road, this will create some seperation right out of the gate. Then a quick jaunt past the nature center and simply following the park road around to the other side of the lake, then heading back. Long course athletes you get to do it again. Simple, flat course, very few spots and very little traffic inside the park.
Remember this is an open course! You will be sharing the road with vehicular traffic. Use caution at all times. It will be your responsibility to print maps, and know the courses. It is the athletes responsibility to know and understand the courses. Helmets are a must. No helmet - no race. MP3 players on the bike course are an automatic disqualification. Due to a few athletes actions in the past during an event we are making you aware not only in this event but ALL events whether hosted by us or any other event management company YOU MUST OBEY ALL OFFICIALS and EMERGENCY VEHICLES on the course AT ALL TIMES!! The bottom line here is your race is not more important than an EMERGENCY or OFFICIAL on the course.In the event of an emergency you MUST obey officials requests, and you MUST STOP and pull off the road for any and all EMERGENCY VEHICLES to get through.This is not only to ensure the emergency vehicles can proceed, it is for your safety as well. Any athlete that does not adhere to this rule will be disqualified and will not race in a 3D event for the rest of the year.
Run: 5k or 10k
Both runs will take place on a very well groomed 8 foot wide walking nature path the goes along the lake and park property. A much improved out and back course this year. A rolling mostly tree lined beautiful nature trail. Water and Hammer Heed at each aid station.
Same race tip for the swim as Seahorse, when you have a small lake navigation is key to a good swim. Getting away from athletes but staying on course, this lake lends itself for easy shoreline markers, get out there on Saturday and get them picked before the race. The bike is a hammer fest on the way out, the ones that do well are the ones that can power up the hills the last 5k. You dont want to be caught with nothing left in the tank the last 5k, it can make for a very long final 5k. The run is mostly shaded and you see a ton of athletes out there so just pick them off one by one, start strong right out of the transition area.
So first and foremost make sure you entered into the correct event at Registration on Saturday or Sunday!
You will start with your specific swim wave, based on your age and sprint or olympic or Half distance event. Check the black information boards for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike Discipline you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In mats, placing your bike back at your spot on the rack in the transition area.
Then you will proceed across the RUN OUT TIMING MATS and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
Do Not cross the finish mats, do not re-enter the transition area through Run in/out or Bike in/out! this will cause a timing error.
You will keep your chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course, once we announce the transition is open you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.