The Arden Park Youth Triathlon is a triathlon featuring a Swim-Bike-Run format for children ages 5-16. The focus of the event is to provide a triathlon experience for children in a non-competitive and fun atmosphere with distances that are achievable regardless of ability. Participants will complete each discipline in the triathlon order, Swim-Bike-Run. Age-based waves (heats) will determine the starting time for the participant (see Estimated Start Times). He/she will swim in the Arden Park pool and then head to the Transition Area.
Transition Area, (located on the parking lot adjacent to the pool) is where the athlete will leave everything they need for the bike and run portions of the event, this must be done prior to 7:45 a.m. The event starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. Designated areas based on age/division will be setup for the participant to place their bike and a towel on the ground. On the towel you can place everything you need during the race (shoes, socks, helmet, towel for drying off, etc.) Plenty of volunteers will be available in the Transition Area to assist anyone with tying shoes, buckling helmets, etc. Once shoes and helmets are on and securely buckled the bike leg can begin.
Each participant will be assigned a race number, which will be written on their arms and leg, also called “body marking,” a triathlon tradition. They will also be given two bib numbers/bib, one that needs to be affixed to the front of the handlebars of their bike (the larger of the two), and another which can be safety pinned to the front side of their running/biking shirt or attached to a race belt. Besides participant identification, this allows fellow athletes to see who is competing within their age group. In addition to these numbers, participants will be handed a rubber wristband at the completion of each lap. Upon receiving a fourth wristband (1 for the 5/6 and P 5/6 age groups, 3 for the 7/8 age group, and 4 for 9-16 age groups), the athlete will be instructed to head toward the finish line to complete their race.
It is the participant’s responsibility to insure that each and every lap is recorded correctly. Volunteers will be on hand to help racers keep track of their lap count.
On the bike, the 5-6 age group will do a 1 mile lap heading east on La Sierra Dr. from the park entrance (turn left out of the park and turnaround just after Casmalia Way and return to the park/transition area), the 7-8 age group will complete 1 counterclockwise lap (turning right out of the park to Berrendo Dr. to just after Casmalia Way back to Berrendo Dr. to just after Casmalia Way again and then back to the park/transition area), for all other age groups, participants will complete 2 counterclockwise laps (turning right out of the park to Berrendo Dr. to just after Casmalia Way back to Berrendo Dr. to just after Casmalia Way again and then back to the park/transition area). Lap times will be recorded at each turnaround. It is the participant’s responsibility to make their bicycle number plate visible, and if need be, call out their number to the timers at each turnaround. It is also the participant’s responsibility (age 7-16) to keep track of their laps and exit the course after completing both laps, volunteers will be on hand to assist when possible. After finishing the bike leg, participants will return to the Transition Area to return their bike to its original location.
Then, they will take off on the run course…
On the run, lap recording will be done on a tally sheet just like the bike leg as well as being handed a rubber wristband at the completion of each lap. It is necessary for the participants to have their run bib number visible at all times during the run. It will be very helpful and faster if each participant can call out their bib numbers as they enter the lap counting station, but this is not mandatory.
The race finishes when they cross the finish line.
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A word about Triathlon “Transitions”
The “Transition” is often referred to as the “Fourth Event” in a triathlon. Many finishes are determined on how fast an athlete can transition form one leg to the next. Practicing at home prior to the event will allow your child to become familiar with what needs to be done, and how it’s done, so they can quickly move from one leg to the next. We will have volunteers stationed inside the transition area to assist when needed. Volunteers will be instructed not to assist a competitor that gives them an unfair advantage. Seeing the smile and the sense of accomplishment on a child’s face as they cross the finish line knowing they completed a triathlon on their own is priceless.
Please note that parents/guardians and siblings are not allowed in the Transition Area at any time, including before the race, during the race, or after their child has completed the race. The only exception is for kids in the 5-6 age/division; one parent/guardian is allowed to assist with shoe tying, putting on their helmet, and removing their bike from the racking, etc. Participants are required to place their bike back in the racking in the same spot on their own.
We will be holding a Free Clinic the weekend before the race. Besides going over all three legs and transitions, we will answering any questions you might have. We will be making regular updates about the clinic on Facebook, so please like us.
As you can see, putting on an event requires many volunteers to ensure that it is safe and allows participants to complete the event without outside help. Please consider volunteering, there are shifts before, during, and after the event. You can sign up to volunteer online here, or just visit the Volunteer Check-in table on the day of the event.
In 2018, the Arden Park Youth Triathlon will be using www.webscorer.com to time the race. Results will be posted on aptriathlon.org within 24 hours of the end of the race.
Please Contact Us with any questions or concerns you might have.