Tri, du, Aqua Course & Race Details

Sunday June 27, 2021

Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio
(just West of Columbus and North of Dayton)


Packet Pick-up Procedures

Athletes can pick up their race packets on Saturday from 4-6pm or on race morning starting at 5:45am. Packet pickup will be at the Beachfront; please look for the white tents and the registration signs. Packet Pickup will work like this: 

  • Please register online before you come to packet pick-up. There is no in-person race day registration at the race venue. Registration will remain open online through the start of the last race, so register before you come. 
  • Please wear a mask and socially distance at least 6-10 feet from everyone at the race venue. Everyone will be asked to wear a mask when they are not actively running. Disposable masks will be available for those who forget, lose or damage their mask on race day.
  • You are welcome to pick-up packets for friends or family members. We hope this will limit groups of people and cut down on the number of people picking up packets.
  • Athletes will line up outside the registration tent, spacing 6 feet apart. A staff member will call you up to registration and first discuss with you the results of your COVID-19 Home Safety Self Check (see above). If you can answer no to all the questions, you will be able to pick up your packet. 

Give the staff your name and they will give you your race packet, which includes: 

  • Swim cap (everyone who will be swimming as a part of their race)
  • Race Bib and Pins: Every athlete in the triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon will be required to wear a bib number on the front of their person during the running portion of the race ONLY. You can pin the number to you or use a race belt. 
  • Bike Sticker: Every athlete in the triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and cycling time trial will be required to have a race number sticker on their bike. Bike numbers can be placed on the top tube or seat post.
  • Event Tee (please register at least 2 weeks in advance to be guaranteed)
  • Finisher Medal (please register at least 2 weeks in advance to be guaranteed)

NOTE: You will get your timing chip race morning, so please come back to the registration area for that race morning. 
NOTE: You are asked to body mark yourself at home before you come to the race venue. We will email you your race number in advance. Please see below for more information on how to mark yourself. 


Body Marking At Home Guide

Please use the following guide to body mark yourself at home before you come on race day. If you forget or are unable to do this, we will have markers available for personal use on race day. Body marking is an essential part of triathlons and other multisport races. These numbers help identify you on race day and can be used to help timers, volunteers, staff, and emergency workers identify you on race day. Every racer except those doing the run or open swim, need to complete body marking. 

Preparing to Body Mark:

  • Use a permanent or body marker. Be sure the marker is a dark color, preferably black. You can use any type of permanent marker but the thick chisel markers work best. 
  • Get your race number and race type and distance
  • Know your age on Dec. 31st
  • Be sure the marks are large enough to see from 20 feet away, so please write in large block numbers

Mark your body or have a friend/family member help you: 
STEP 1 – RIGHT & LEFT BICEPS (or HANDS)

  • Write Race number on RIGHT & LEFT BICEP - Race Number is written vertically on both sides

NOTE: If an athlete cannot reach their bicep, race number can be written on the back of the hand on both sides. Please also make them horizontal and large.

The Transition Area

The transition area is limited to only athletes; please follow these guidelines when you are in the transition area.

  • When you are not actively racing, warming up, or cooling down, you must wear a mask
  • Please space out at least 6-10 feet whenever possible
  • You will be asked to use the racks labelled for your specific race type and distance. Please only rack in those areas. 
  • Racks will be labelled with neon tape to designate where you can rack your bike. Please only rack where there is neon tape. This allows for athletes to be spaced out in the transition area.

To learn more about how to transition with style and speed, please visit https://www.zoomracingusa.com/transition/ 


The Transitions FAQ

You must store all your gear in the transition area and enter the transition area between each leg of the race. The transition area will be split into zones and racers will rack their bikes in the designated zones. You can put your bike anywhere on the designated racks (on the spots marked with neon tape) and store your stuff below your bike. Open swimmers and aqua-runners will have a designated zone in the transition area to store their stuff. Transition Entrance and Exits will be marked with flags, signs, cones and fence. 

  • SWIM IN & RUN IN are on the same side of the transition area, closest to the water. You can walk or run to your rack to get your bike. Grab your bike, put on a helmet and head to Bike Out. If you are doing the Aquathlon, you can head out to the run segment of your race. 
  • BIKE IN & BIKE OUT: are on the opposite site of the transition area (from swim in and run in). Remember that you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike. Additionally you must put your helmet on before you leave the transition area (after you have exited the swim and picked up your bike in the transition area). You can walk or run your bike to the Mount Line, but may not ride your bike inside the transition area. Mount your bike after you cross the Mount Line and Dismount your bike before you cross the Dismount Line. Again you walk or run your bike back to your rack after you have finished your transition leg. Aquabikers go straight to the finish line after you have completed your bike; you must cross the finish line. Everyone else, after your bike is complete, head to the run portion of your race. 
  • RUN OUT: is in the same place as run in and swim in. You may run or walk to run out and then complete the run segment of your race. Be sure to cross the finish line at the end of your race. 

Time Trial Start Details / Race Start

To maintain social distancing we will be starting our races in a time trial format, allowing only a few athletes to start at once. We will then wait a little and then release the next athletes. This should allow athletes to spread out and maintain distance from one another on course. Here are the starting details:

  • There will not be a pre-race meeting. Please review the information in the athlete guide and race website for more information. 
  • You may ask questions of our staff as needed on race day, but please try to email or call us with questions in advance of the race. 
  • All races will start at the beachfront, with the exception of the duathlons, which start at the Run Out area of Transition. 
  • Race will start in waves, and each wave will take 15-30 minutes to start all racers. Please arrive at the beginning of the waves. 
  • All swim race segments will begin on land, and athletes will have to run or walk into the water to start their swim.
  • Athletes will line up in their starting corral, and the race starter will release 3 athletes approximately every 10 seconds. 3 athletes will be called forward; athletes may line up as they like. Once the 3 athletes go, the next 3 athletes will move to the start line, and so on. The starter will continue to release athletes 3 at a time until all athletes have started the race. 
  • Any athlete that misses their start time, will start with the next race wave. Please alert the starter if this happens to you. 

Start Times

Please arrive at your designated start area at least 15 minutes before your race begins. 

  • 6:45am-7:00am: All Duathlons Time Trial Start 
  • 7:00am -7:15am: ⅓ Iron Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Time Trial Start
  • 7:15am-7:30am: 5k & 3k Swim Time Trial Start
  • 7:30am-7:45am: OLY Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Time Trial Start 
  • 7:45-8:15am Sprint Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Time Trial Start 
  • 8:15am Beginner Triathlon Time Trial Start 

All Aid Stations are Self-Serve; You May Bring Your Own Aid

As recommended by USA Triathlon and the Local Health Board, all aid stations will be self-serve. Hydration and refueling products will be left on tables on course. Each product will be in a pre-packaged single serving container. Racers may also carry all of their own aid and hydration on course or leave their refueling products next to the course (socially distanced from others). If you place your own aid on course, please be sure your aid is clearly labeled, and that you do not interfere with other athletes on course as you place or access your aid. Races begin at 6:45am, so be sure your aid is in place before that time. If you place aid on the course, please space it out from the race course and other athletes, so there is at least 6-10 feet distance from the course and other athletes. Thank you for your understanding.

Aid Station Locations

  • Swim Course: There will be a table in the water along the beach for our long distance swimmers to use as needed. The aid will be self-serve and include both hydration and fuel. You are also welcome to put your own aid on the table to access during the race. 
  • Bike Course: There will be a self-service aid station on the bike course near the turn around with bottled water. You will need to dismount your bike to access this aid. You are also welcome to put your own aid on the table to access during the race. 
  • Run Course: There are 3 aid stations on course that can be accessed multiple times throughout your run. Each will have water, Sport Drink and Nutrition. The aid stations will be at:
    • Exit of transition area
    • 0.75-mile mark turn around
    • 1.55-mile mark turn around

Course Overview 

The course is a mostly flat swim, ride and run through the Ohio countryside. The swim takes places in CJ Brown Reservoir, and inland Lake, which has little boat traffic and offers a very calm swimming experience. Racers will swim out and back along the beachfront. The water is shallower near the shore and you can touch there, but on the backside of the course, you will not be able to touch bottom. Beginner triathletes will be able to touch bottom the entire swim course. The transition area will be up a small hill in the parking lots across from the Buck Creek State Park office. Athletes will be on a paved lot as they transition from segment to segment. The bike course goes through the State Park and onto the paved roads surrounding the park lands. The bike is mostly flat with only 233 feet of elevation gains over the course of the 13.5 miles. The run is also mostly flat as it only rises 76 feet over the course of the 3.1 miles. The run is on a paved path and road. The run course is closed to all motorized traffic; the bike course is open to road traffic. Athletes will finish in the parking lots next to the transition area and then can celebrate their accomplishment with our to-go goodie bag. 

MAPS

Swim

300m:  https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/918595161 

  • Beginners go down the beach 1 time on this course

750m Loop: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/918596751 

  • Sprint athletes swim this course 1 time clockwise
  • Olympic athletes swim this course 2 times clockwise
  • 3k swimmers complete this course 4 times clockwise
  • ⅓ Iron athletes do the 500m ⅓ lap and then 2 laps on this course, going clockwise
  • 5k swimmers do the 500m ⅓ lap and then 6 laps on this course, going clockwise

500m ½ Lap: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3721853137 

  • ⅓ Iron and 5k Swimmer complete this ½ lap first 1 time (clockwise) before they continue on the 750m loop for the rest of their swim laps


Bike
8 Miles: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/4100936971 

  • Beginners ride this out and back 1 time 

13.5 Miles: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3603835240

  • Sprinters ride counter clockwise to complete 1 loops for 13.5 total miles 
  • Olympic racers ride counter clockwise to for 2 loops for 27 total miles
  • The ⅓ Iron race is 3 counter clockwise loops for 40 total miles 


Run 
1.5 Miles: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3721850572 

  • Beginners complete this once out and back for 1.5 miles total of running


5k: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1291645513

  • Sprint racers complete this out and back 1 time for a 5k (3.1 miles)
  • Olympic racers complete this out and back 2 times for a total of 10k (6.2 miles)
  • ⅓ Iron athletes complete this out and back 3 times for 9.3 total miles 


Swim FAQ

  • WETSUITS: If the water temperature is below 78 degrees we will be wetsuit legal. This means you can wear a wetsuit if you want, but you do not have to wear one.
  • SWIM CAPS: Please be sure you wear a swim cap for safety. We will give you a swim cap on race day.
  • COURSE: See the course maps. The courses will be marked with large buoys.
  • DISTANCES:
    • The 5000m Swim begins with a 500m ½ lap and then 6 laps on a 750m loop.
    • The 3000m Swim is 4 laps on a 750m loop.
    • The 2000m Swim begins with a 500m ½ lap and then 2 laps on a 750m loop.
    • The 1500m Swim is 2 laps on a 750m loop.
    • The 750m Swim is 1 lap on a 750m loop.
    • The 300m beginner swim is a point to point swim one way down the beach in shallow water.
  • EMERGENCIES: If you need to be rescued by a lifeguard throw your hands in the air (call out if you can). If you need a rescue you will not be allowed to continue the race, unless you are cleared by our medical staff. If you are allowed to continue, you will be DQed from the race results. Along the shore the water will be shallow enough that you can stop, stand, rest or walk. If you want to walk, the water must be above your belly button. Beginner swimmers will be able to touch the bottom for the whole course. On the 750m swim loop, you cannot touch bottom on the backside of the course. 
  • TO TRANSITION & OPEN SWIM FINISH: Once you have completed your swim, exit the water and run up the beach to the transition area or the finish line. Follow the cones, chalk and signs.
  • SWIM CUT OFF: Everyone must have completed the swim course by 10:00am. This should give everyone plenty of time to complete this segment of the race.

Bike FAQ

  • WHAT BIKE TO USE: You can ride most any upright human powered bike in the race including but not limited to road bikes (10 speed), mountain bikes, & hybrid bikes.
  • HELMET: Remember that you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike. Additionally you must put your helmet on before you leave the transition area (after you have exited the swim and picked up your bike in the transition area).
  • DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED: Please refer to the USA Triathlon rules for more information.  
  • COURSE MARKINGS: The bike course is marked with signs and cones. There will be a sign at each turn, so if you do not see a sign, please proceed straight. All turns are marked with signs. We DO NOT make any marks on the roadway surface, so please ignore all paint on the road surface. These are from other races and may take you off course.
  • SAFETY: The roads are open to traffic, so please obey traffic laws unless law enforcement tells you otherwise. Law enforcement will be on all corners and in major intersections. You may have the right of way but cars may not know this, so be alert. Please stay within your lane when turning; avoid oncoming traffic when turning. Please ride on the RIGHT side of your lane as close to the WHITE line as possible unless you are passing or it is unsafe. DO NOT pass cars unless you are instructed to do so. You would not want them to turn into you. Should you have an emergency, alert another rider so they can get help. Be sure you obey the traffic laws unless an officer is present and allows you to proceed & has stopped all the cars. Please put safety first, and have a great race!
  • COURSE MAPS: Please review the course maps before the race. It is your duty to know the course. Each race venue will have its own unique bike course. 
    • Beginner triathletes will have a unique course so please study the race map. This course will be out and back. 
    • Sprint triathletes, duathletes and aquabikers will complete 1 lap on the 13 mile course.
    • Olympic triathletes, duathletes and aquabikers will complete 2 laps on the 13 mile course.
    • ⅓ Iron triathletes, duathletes and aquabikers will complete 3 laps on the 13 mile course.
  • Athletes will need to re-enter the park to turn around and go back out for the next lap.
  • BIKE CUT OFF: Everyone must have completed the bike course by 11:00am. This should give everyone plenty of time to complete this segment of the race.



Run FAQ
  • COURSE MAPS: Please review the course maps before the race. It is your duty to know the course. The run course is marked with signs, cones and chalk. If you do not see a sign, cone or chalk/spray arrow keep going straight. There will also be volunteers on course as well. Each race venue will have its own unique run course, so please review the course maps. All runs will be out and back.
  • There will be one common 5k, out and back, course used by all athletes. Athletes will run 1.55-miles out and 1.55 miles back on course. 
    • If you are running 1.5 miles you will turn around at the .75-mile mark.
    • If you are running 3.1-miles you will complete 1 lap of the course.
    • If you are running 6.2-miles you will complete 2 laps of the course.
    • If you are running 9.3-miles you will complete 3 laps of the course.

The Finish Line

All athletes will have a common finish line. Everyone else must walk, jog or run through the common finish line. Open Water Swimmers need to run up the beach and through the finish line. Aquabikers need to rack their bikes and then walk, jog or run through the finish line. Everyone else will finish their run race segment and run through the finish line arch. 


POST RACE

While we cannot party after the race, we can give you all the tools to celebrate with family or friends at home. After the race we will give you a goodie bag with a to-go meal. So take that, and all your swag (finisher medal is in the packet at the beginning of the race) and go home to show off your accomplishment. For the safety of all athletes, please adhere to the following: 

  • There will not be a post-race party. Instead we are giving athletes their post race meal to go when they finish the race. You can pick up your post-race meal goodie bag after you cross the finish line. 
  • There is to be no spitting, or projections of any bodily fluid before, during or after race. We will have portable restrooms at packet pickup and on course for you to use. 
  • All participants must avoid any physical contact with other participants, which includes high fives, fist bumps, or close contact before, during or after the event. 
  • Before and during the race, participants must abide by the six-foot social distancing requirement when lining up or passing other participants. Additionally on course, please try to give other races plenty of space and whenever possible keep 6-10 feet of distance between you and any other racers. 
  • Spectators are not permitted on the course, at start line, or finish line. 
  • Participants are encouraged to gather their belongings and leave immediately after the event. There is to be no congregating before or after the race. 

RESULTS

Results will be available online at Speedy-Feet.com right after the race or at OhioGames.org later in the day. Results will be submitted to USA Triathlon within 15 days of the race. Results are submitted in 5-year age group increments for the triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and aquathlon for the purposes of USAT rankings

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event coordinator

rebekah brately