Body marking (i.e. your race number will be written on your arm and leg) will begin at or after 7:00 a.m. near the transition area. Body-marking will continue until the last athlete is numbered. Even if you have a late swim start time, we still ask that you arrive at the race site BEFORE the pre-race meeting . When setting up your bike for a later swim start, please pay attention to the instructions of the transition marshals to ensure the area is clear. Athletes that have already started their race and are doing their transitions will have the “right-of-way” and you may be asked to wait until they are clear of the transition area before you are allowed to proceed. It is for your safety and security, that only competitors are allowed in the transition area.
Bike racks will not be marked so pick your own spot when you are ready to setup your transition spot. It will be appreciated if you remove your bike form transition as soon after you finish your event to make more room for other participants. Please heed the instructions of the transition marshals when attending to your bike while the race is in progress and other athletes are competing. We will allow racers to remove bikes and gear AFTER the last cyclist comes in.
For the safety of the racers and the security of your bike, please ask the transition volunteer to enter into the transition area to collect your belongings. Please, only participants allowed in transition unless you need assistance.
SWIM ETIQUETTE & RULES
-All swim strokes (front crawl, breaststroke, side-stroke, dog paddle, etc.) are permitted in the race. Please use caution with backstroke as it is a bit dangerous with 3 others swimming in the lane with you.
-There will be a maximum of 4 swimmers per lane and once one swimmer exits the lane when finished their 250m, the next swimmer will be signaled to slip in that lane to start their swim. This is called the continuous feed.
-There will be a volunteer on deck to notify you when your swim will start. You will walk across a timing mat (start of swim) and walk to the lane waiting for you to slip in. Notify the volunteer lap counter that you are going in too!
-Please wait on deck with others with the same “heat letter” as you. Your “heat letter” will be given to you at race package pick-up and will be associated with your estimate swim time. You may “self-seed” (that means go with the swimmers that are closer to your swim speed) if you heat letter is incorrect. See Below*.
-Swimmers must swim in a counter clockwise direction in each lane.
-Passing is permitted but please try to pass swimmers at the wall. (Say “Thank you” when they let you go in front of you.)
-If your feet are being touched by a swimmer behind you, that is indicating that the faster swimmer (or more zealous swimmer) would like to pass you. Please stop at the wall and let them go ahead of you.
-Volunteers will count your laps. When you see a flutter board dipped into the water by your lap counter as you approach the wall, that means you have 50m remaining.
-Walk on deck – no running. You may run after you exit the pool and are outdoors.
-Eyeglasses can be left with the volunteer lap counter if you wish.
-Please do not wear any footwear (flip-flops, runners, etc.) on deck. They will be forgotten about…trust me.
-Most importantly….Have fun!
PLEASE SWIM WITH OTHERS OF YOUR OWN SIMILAR SWIM ABILITY FOR THE TRI-DIVA TRI!
The swim starts with the slower swimmers earlier, then progresses by a continuous feed system (see below) to the faster swimmers. If you are a very fast swimmer and want to go in the earlier heats, please be patient and wait for your heat letter to be called. (Your swim time will be associated with a ‘heat letter’.) If you are a very fast swimmer and jump into a lane of slower swimmers, it will discourage the others in the lane and the whole experience will not be very enjoyable for everyone!