FAQ: 2018 Runners Sole 4x Mixed Relay Indoor Triathlon
FAQ: 2018 Runners Sole 4x Mixed Relay Indoor Triathlon January 29th 2018
Where do I go when I arrive at TCC?
Park and meet us on the North End of the Indoor Track
When do I need to be there by?
You should plan to arrive at least 30min before your heat (morning or afternoon heat) This will give you time to find your teammates, set-up transition and get through athlete check-in before the pre-race briefing.
Schedule of Events
Sunday January 29 @ TCC
9:30 - 9:45am Athlete check-in; transition open – North Court
9:45am Athlete pre-race briefing – North Court
9:50am Spandex Superheroes Costume Award Judging
9:55am Athlete access to the pool, swim warm-up – Pool
10:00am Race start – Pool
12:30 - 12:45pm Athlete check-in; transition open – North Court
12:45pm Athlete pre-race briefing – North Court
12:50pm Spandex Superheroes Costume Award Judging
12:55pm Athlete access to the pool, swim warm-up – Pool
1:00pm Race start – Pool
3:45pm Race course closes
3:45pm Race course closes – Pool/Track
4:00pm Awards, course take-down – North Court
What happens if my team isn’t finished by 3:45pm?
Don’t worry! We will make sure you can finish the race! We will make some alteration
s to the run course to allow ALL participants to finish!
Is the Runners Sole 4xMixed Relay geared toward beginners, families, age groupers, or elites?
This race started as a crazy/cool idea that people laughed at except where it mattered (shout out to Heidi Ogilvie, Linda Stride and Runners Sole for believing in the vision!).The race is meant to promote gender equality in sport, and equally represents equality between all athletes’ levels of interest and ability in sport. If you are crazy/cool, you belong here. Period. We also have categories to make the competition between equal level competitors less intimidating and more exciting!
How does timing work?
We might have chip timing ready for the event. If not, we will time as we have in previous years. One timer will be dedicated to your team. The timer will follow each active participant through the swim, bike, run and tagging of the next teammate. The timer will ensure that the proper number of laps are completed, that you are safe and following the rules, and recording your time and splits. We are most concerned with the team’s total time, however some splits may be available after the race. We encourage athletes who want to know their splits to use their own personal watches.
Remember, it’s a fun event.
Do I need to wear a costume?
Costumes are great and there is an award category called SPANDEX HERO for the best dressed team, so you may want to put some effort into your race outfit. But costumes are not required. Being fully clothed IS required. Nudity will get you some laughs, but it will also get you disqualified from the race, so avoid baring your bottom. There are no change rooms. Either swim in whatever you are wearing for the duration of the race, or have a shirt in transition to cover your torso (this applies to males and females).These costumes do not have to remain on for the duration of the race. In fact, we would specifically discourage competitors from swimming in costumes that might impede their ability to breathe. Judges will announce winners at the awards ceremony and after party.
When is transition open? Does it close similar to a regular triathlon?
Transition will be open at 12pm. If you arrive at TCC before noon, please wait patiently in the bleachers for us to finish setting up the course and transition to open. We will temporarily close transition during the pre-race briefing, but other than that, transition will remain open for the duration of the race.Athletes racing and their team mates supporting them can move in and out of transition as needed, but please be courteous of your fellow competitors.
What happens if one of my team mates gets sick or doesn’t show up?
You can find a last minute fill in, or nominate one of your teammates to do the event twice. If the same gender substitution is made, then teams will still be eligible for awards.
Do we need to have 4 people on our team, 2 men and 2 women? We have an odd number.
You must have 4 members on your team two of whom are female and two male, to be eligible for awards. This is to promote teamwork and gender equality in sport.
If you don’t have a full team, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will match you up with
some other solo participants.
Are all the members of my team racing at the same time, or do we each race individually?
It’s a relay, so teammate #1 swims, bikes and runs then tags teammate #2 who swims, bikes and runs then tags teammate #3 who swims, bikes and runs then tags teammate #4 who swims, bikes and runs, then crosses the finish line. You are racing in sequence (you choose the order). The team time is the total time from the mass start @1pm until the last team member crosses the finish line.
Can I follow my teammate or do I have to stay at a certain place?
While your teammate is racing, the rest of the team can and should follow him/her around the racecourse, cheering them on, giving them water, counting laps, etc. The race is meant to be a display of team work and fun! Get in there, shout as loud as you can and help your team mates along but be ready to start when it is your time for your team.
There’s a mass start?
You may want to nominate your strongest swimmer to be the first person in your relay team as the race will start with a deep water (read: treading water or hanging onto the edge of the pool) mass start. The first racer in each relay team will be in the pool when the gun (read: air horn) goes off. The first buoy is approximately 20m from the start line. All swimmers must swim on the outside of the buoys.
Ok, what if I’m not the first swimmer, how do I enter the pool?
On the course map, you will see that the swim is a lapped course around four buoys. Swimmers enter on the East side of the pool (Lane 8) and exit on the West side of the pool (Lane 1). When you get tagged from your teammate at the TAG LINE on the North End of the Indoor Track, you will run/walk a short distance outside to the north entrance of the pool and make your way around the pool deck to the Eastside of the pool where you can dive in, slide yourself in or lower yourself on the ladder, into the poolWHEN SAFE. Entering the pool on top of another swimmer would result in immediate disqualification, so have a look before you jump into the pool!
I’m a nervous swimmer, can I use a kickboard/flippers/water wings?
We were all nervous swimmers at some point! Anything that helps you survive but doesn’t give you an unfair advantage is allowed. Kickboard, PFD, water wings, wetsuit, etc are all allowed. Also, remember that you can grab the side of the pool at all times during the swim as it is a looped swim course (see map). Flippers, hand paddles, pull buoys, any other swim aids that would provide a significant and unfair advantage are not allowed.
How many laps is the swim?
The swim is just shy of 4 laps around the pool. Let’s call it 3.8 laps, which equals
approximately 300m.You will pass the exit area 3 times before you exit the pool to continue onto the bike.
Medals, Awards and draw prices for the Fasted Overall Team, Fastest Club Team, Fasted Cooperate Team, Team with the best Costume (Spandex Superhero), Fasted Family Team.
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