Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do you recommend we arrive?

A. Check-in begins at 6:45 and the race starts at 8:30. The closer to 6:45, the better, but we also know how challenging it can be to (a) get some kids out of bed, and (b) wrangle ’em to get out of the house. Please allow enough time to arrive on site, find a spot in the transition area, head over to check-in and body marking, and then back to transition to affix bibs, double check gear, etc. NOTE: Participants NOT checked in by 8:15 will be scratched from the event.

Q: When will my child be starting?

A. The #1 most-asked question! In short, it depends. Generally speaking, the younger your child is, the earlier they will start. The first heat is the 5/6 age group. As we get closer to race day, we’ll have a better idea. It takes a ton of coordination to get all of the various heats set up and running smoothly on race day.

Q: When can I expect a race to be over?

A. Again, it depends. We expect things to wrap before noon, but it could be sooner depending on how many athletes we have.

Q: Are you still looking for volunteers? How can I help?

A. OF COURSE. This race takes close to 150 volunteers to run smoothly. Please email or text DJ Waldow – djwaldow@gmail.com 650.400.8061 … he will be in touch ASAP with a spot for you!

Q: Can I check in on race morning and leave and come back?

A. We understand that some age groups will have a later start time, but we strongly encourage everyone to stay on site at Arden Park after checking in. The bike course will be closed to traffic making it difficult to come and go. We will also be offering a Fun Zone for participants and spectators to visit during the race to keep them entertained.

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: Can I help my child in the transition area?

A: Parents are not allowed in the transition area after 8:15 a.m. and should encourage their children to organize their space on their own. Only participants 6 and under may have a single parent to assist in the transition area during the race. 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 training wheels permitted on the bike?

A: Yes. Please note, however, that e-bikes and all pedal assisted bicycles are not allowed in the race.

Q: What are quick laces?

A. One triathlon tradition is to swap out regular shoelaces 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: Are participants allowed to wear headphones?

A: For safety reasons, No.