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USAT Tri for Real Triathlon and Aquabike...

Race Details

USAT Tri for Real Triathlon

: Swim 1500 Meters, Bike 24.9 Miles, Run 6.2 Miles

USAT Aquabike

: Swim 1500 Meters, Bike 24.9 Miles
Race Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Entry Fee: Triathlon: $80 until 4/30/14
$90 until race day, $100 race day
Tri for Real Series: $210 until 4/30/14
$250 after Under 18: $70 until 4/30/14, $80 until race day
$90 race day, Relay Teams: $110 until 4/30/14
$120 until race day, $130 race day
USAT Aquabike: $60 until 4/30/14, $70 until race day, $75 race day
Location: Rancho Seco Park
Address: 14440 Twin Cities Road
City/State/Zip: Herald, California 95638
Country: USA
Race Website:
Printable Entry:

The USAT Sanctioned Tri for Real Olympic-distance Triathlon was added to our TRI for FUN Sprint Triathlon Series in 2003. In 2007 we added the TRI for KIDS races for athletes aged 4 to 14 years old on the same day as the Tri for Real events.  New this year are USAT sanctioned Aquabike events at each Tri for Real Triathlon.

Course Information:

Swim - The race starts from the beach in with a 1.5 kilometer or .93 mile swim from the beach area. The swim course will be a triangular course in Rancho Seco Lake marked by the large white triangular buoys. Water temperature should be between 68 and 74 degrees. Wetsuits are allowed. The swim will exit the lake and head up the beach and on a grassy path to the transition area located in the parking area.

Bike - The 40 kilometer or 24.8 mile bike course will begin after you exit the transition area and then mount your bike. From there you will exit the park and make a right hand turn on Hwy 104, making a U-turn at the turn around point and returning to the park. Please be careful while on the road. Riders must stay to the right at all times! Riders must not draft other riders: You must maintain at least THREE bike lengths at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the Highway. Passing is allowed in a timely manner when it is safe to do so. After passing return to the right side of the road and continue to ride safely. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Proceed to the turn around on Hwy 104 and return to the park. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY. The Bike course will Not have an aid station. Water and electrolyte beverage, along with energy gels will be available in the transition area.

Run - The run course begins directly outside the transition area and is a 10-kilometer or 6.2 mile out-and-back course on fire roads and trails within the park. There will be two aid stations with water and electrolyte beverage, plus energy gels on the run course. One at mile 1.5, and one at the turn-around point: mile 3.1 on the run course. ALL athletes must wear their race number on the front of their body during the run and have it when crossing the finish line.



Rancho Seco Park is the site of many of the TBF Racing summer events.  The park features plenty of camping and the lake's summertime water temperature is in the 70s.

Other Info:

The Tri for Real Triathlon and Aquabike will be USAT Sanctioned, requiring the purchase of a $12 one-day license with USAT, or the holding of an annual membership card with USAT.

Packet Pickup:

Tri for Real packets may be picked up the Friday before each Tri for Real at Fleet Feet Sports at 8128 Madison Avenue in Fair Oaks from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Race packets will be available race morning from 6:30 am to 7:45 am at the race site. The race will start promptly at 8:00 am. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for entrance to the park, parking, transition set-up and warm-up. Your entry fee into the park is included in your Race entry fee. For athletes registering online using Active.com during race week, your race packet will NOT be available at Fleet Feet Sports if you registered on Thursday or Friday and you will need to pick it up at the race on race morning.

Event Schedule:

6:30 am Registration and Packet pick up open
6:30 am Transition area open
7:00 am Race announcements begin   
7:30 am Start of Tri for Kids Triathlon
7:30 am Entry into Rancho Seco Park closed from 7:30 am to 8 am due to Tri for Kids Triathlon bike course closure. Vehicles can park and walk in approximately one mile or wait until the road opens at 8 am.
7:40 am Race information announcement for Tri for Real Triathlon
8:00 am Start of Tri for Real Triathlon. There will be 6 waves, each 5 minutes apart.

8:20am Start of Aquabike
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Final Finisher of TRI for REAL
11:30 am Awards ceremony for TRI for Real   

Wave Starts:

Wave one: Men 29 and under
Wave two: Men 30 - 34
Wave three: Men 35 - 39 and Clydesdale athletes
Wave four: Men 40+
Wave five: Women 34 and under
Wave six: Women 35+, Athena athletes and Relay Teams

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