Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Where is packet pickup?

A: Packet pick up will take place at the clinic on Sunday, August 12. We will start handing out packets at 3 p.m. and stay after the clinic until 6:30 p.m. The clinic is from 4-6 p.m. There is NO RACE DAY PICK UP! Please try to have a friend, neighbor, family member or anyone possible to pick up your athlete’s packet if you can’t personally make it that day. If there is absolutely no way for you to get the packet that day, please email Christina at to make other arrangements.

Q: What are quick laces?

A. One triathlon tradition is to swap out regular shoeslaces with elastic “no tie” laces which allow for a faster transition. You can purchases these at Fleet Feet Sacramento or online using the keywords “elastic no-tie shoelaces” or brand names such as “Lock Laces,” “AKTIVX SPORTS LACES,” and “Yankz.”

Q:You recommended using a race belt, where can I get one?

A. Another triathlon standard is the use of a race belt. You attach your run bib to this belt and clip it around your waist. This removes the need to attach the bib to your shirt with safety pins and allows for a faster transition as well. These can also be purchased at Fleet Feet Sacramento or online.

Q: Where should I park?

Please visit the Race Day Info page for important times and parking information. We recommend walking or biking to the event if possible (we’ll have bike parking available). Vehicle parking is available on all cross streets. We recommend parking on Los Molinos Way or San Ramon Way (South of La Sierra Drive to access Fair Oaks Blvd or North of La Sierra Drive to access Castec Drive) or on San Ysidro Way (access only from Castec Drive). Keep in mind that La Sierra Drive will be closed to foot traffic during the event. Only volunteers and participants will be allowed on La Sierra Drive from Berrendo Drive to just west of the first Casmalia Way entrance during the event.

Q: Is it okay for a participant to hang on the side of the pool or lane lines?

A. Absolutely

Q: Are training wheels permitted on the bike?

A: Yes

Q: Can I request to have two participants of the same division be in the same wave?

A: Yes. We will do our best to honor a request.  The sooner we know prior to the event the better.

Q: Can I help my child in the transition area?

A: Parents are not allowed in the transition area at any time, including prior to the event. Only participants 6 and under may have a single parent to assist in the transition area. Participants are still required to rack their bike themselves after the bike leg. In the Parent/Child division the participating parent may assist as needed. 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 these transitions.  We will have volunteers stationed inside the transition area to assist when needed.

Q: Are participants allowed to wear headphones?

A: For safety reasons, No.