Tri the Creek - Kids Triathlon 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Christenbury Pool in Highland Creek - Charlotte, NC
Distances vary based on age. Scroll down to the additional race section for more information
Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:00 PM
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We will be hosting a toy drive at the event. The toys will be donated to Bright Blessings. We are asking all participants to bring one unused toy to the event for donation.
Tri the Creek is the second event in Highland Creek Community Association's race series. The first is the annual Run the Creek 5k held each March. Tri the Creek is open to 6 to 12 year olds and will be a traditional swim bike run triathlon format. Participants will be divided into waves according to their age and progress through each leg of the race as follows:
|Age as of 12/31/12||Swim||Bike||Run|
|6 years||25 meters||1/3 mile||100 yards|
|7-8 years||50 meters||1 mile||1/3 mile|
|9-10 years||75 meters||1 mile||2/3 mile|
|11-12 years||75 meters||1 mile||2/3 mile|
Awards will be given to both the male and female first, second, and third place finishers for each age group. All participants will receive a finisher's award.
This event benefits Bright Blessing.
Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings) is a volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization bringing joy and support to homeless children. Our programs bring positive emotional experiences to homeless children and their families by lifting spirits, boosting confidence, broadening horizons and supporting critical needs.
|Age Group MaleAge Group Female|
**This pricing is based upon Date
Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
Note: On-line Registration for this event closes on 09-12-2013 at 1:00 PM.
There is a $10.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
On-site registration is available for this event on 09-14-2013 during normal packet pick up hours.
On-site registration is available for this event on 09-15-2013 during normal packet pick up hours.
Event Site Rules
The minimum age allowed for participating is 6.
The maximum age allowed for participating is 10.
The ChampionChip Timing System will be used.
1) Sunday- September 15, 2013 (10:30am - 12:30pm)
@ Christenbury Pool in Highland Creek
6213 Bells Mill Dr
Policies and Refunds
No refunds will be issued for any reason.
Event entries are not transferable between persons, events or years.
NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.
By registering for this event you agree to these refund terms.
In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:
The event will be postponed until 1:45PM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 1:45PM , the event will be changed to a duathlon format.
Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.
NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy.
By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.
Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out the volunteer form.
A race official will be in touch with you the week of the race.
Participants will be provided a colored wristband, bike number, bib number and timing chip all of which will identify them, which wave they are in, and their completion time.
Participants will provide their own bikes, bike helmet, swim cap, goggles, shoes, and other equipment necessary to compete.
A bike helmet must be worn at all times when on the bicycle. No participants can race without an appropriate bike helmet.
Training wheels are limited to the 6 year old category.
All bikes must have plugs or grips to cover the ends of the handle bars (no exposed bar ends).
Colored wristbands must be worn at all times during the event. Bike numbers and run number bibs must be in place while on the course.
A prerace orientation and course walk through will be scheduled and announced in the week prior to the event. Check the Set Up Events website for updates.
Participants should be physically prepared to complete each of the above segments and distances in succession.
Swim assistance (kickboard, lifejacket, floaties, etc.) and training wheels may be used in the 6 Year old category. Older groups should be prepared to compete without water or bike aids (exceptions maybe made at the race officials discretion).
One aid station will be available on the Bike course and the run course.
Parents are allowed to assist participants in setting up their transition area (bike, helmet, shoes, etc.)
Parents and spectators are not allowed in the check in area, pool deck, transition area, bike course, or run course during the race.
Life Guards and Volunteers will be available to instructor assist participants throughout the event.
We will be relying on a large number of volunteers to help us provide the safest event possible. If your child is participating, we strongly encourage you to volunteer. There will be no better vantage point to watch your child than from a volunteer position.
Medic and Police will be onsite.
1. What do I do when I get to the race site?
Go to the registration tables. Make sure you fill out all of the registration forms, the $10.00 USAT membership form, get your race bag and number. From there you can get instructions on how to go set up your bike and further information about the race course.
2. What should my child wear to race?
We recommend a swim suit plus a shirt or race belt to pin your number to. Skip the socks and wear easy to put on Velcro running shoes or sneakers with elastic laces. Remember the goal is for the child to do the race under their own power with their own skill. They will only be empowered if they can do it themselves AND THEY WANT TO- EVEN if it takes a minute or to put on the shoes, or shirt or belt. Volunteers are on hand to help children if they need it but we try to let the child do it as much as possible.
3. Where do I buy a race belt and what is it?
We will have a limited amount of race belts on hand provided by Set Up Events for $7.00. A race belt is a simple way to wear your race number without having to pin it to a shirt. It has a clip that snaps simply around the participant's waist and makes it a breeze to move through transition.
4. Where do I set up my bike? And what do I leave with my bike?
The Transition area is where you will drop off your bike. Please only leave your helmet with your bike. Your shoes, race belt and/or shirt should be with you to be placed at the end of your swim lane.
5. What is the order of events?
Swim to bike to run. In our triathlon you complete the swim put on your shoes, shirt and /or race belt with number at the end of the lane then run in shoes to your bike. We do this to protect the kid's feet then they ride the bike course and leave their bike and helmet off in the Transition 2 (T2) and go out on the run to the finish at their age group distance.
6. Where should I stand to watch my child race?
Upon completion of the swim you will exit the pool out the front of the building. At no time may you cross the course at random. There will be designated crossing points and viewing points clearly marked for your viewing. It is a safety concern for people to cross the course at random or be on the race course at any time. Please help us put on a safe race.
7. Why can't I stay with my child and follow them the whole race?
This is by far the most difficult thing to enforce for you want to see your child throughout the whole race. We want you to be able to see them too, safely. Please listen when we say it is a huge safety concern and liability to have you in the race course at any time. Learning from experience when parents are in the course with their child they tend to neglect any other children that may be on the course. So:" You, you there with the 2 seater stroller, " Please be mindful there are many kids on the course potentially careening around the corner not prepared for a large obstruction across the course. Please cross only at designated crossing spots and watch at designated viewing areas. If you must get closer please consider volunteering for ALL of the participants. Thank you.
8. Why not volunteer?
You would like to be closer to the race scene, why not help us out! We need many people to run this race smoothly. The more people involved the better. Please sign up for volunteering. E-mail Bridget Sprinkle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up or see above.
Thank you and have a great race.
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All kids must have a USAT membership to compete in these events. The one-year membership is $10.00 and can be purchased during the registration process. This is a one-time fee. Once you have purchased your membership, you are good until the membership expires.
All kids must bring their current USAT card or receipt of payment to show at packet pick up. If you purchased the membership when you registered for the event, you do not need to bring anything to packet pick up. We will have record of your payment.
If you have a current membership but do not have your membership info and are trying to get through registration without paying for another membership, then you need to enter PENDING and the current expiration date to get through registration without being charged. If you purchased your membership in April of 2011, then your expiration will be 04/30/2012. IF YOU ENTER PENDING, THEN YOU WILL NEED TO BE SURE BRING PROOF OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TO PACKET PICK UP.
CLICK HERE to be taken to the USAT website where you can print out your temporary card.
USAT's "Age Up" Policy:
An athlete's age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2012 . The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to "age-up" into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete's birthday.
Example: Joey Smith is 6 and will turn 7 on November 20, 2012.
Joey will be considered 7 for all 2012 races - and will race in the 7-8 age group at all 2012 races.
Sally Jones is 12 and will turn 13 on July 3, 2012.
Sally will be considered 13 for all 2012 races - and will race in the 13-14 age group at all 2012 races.
Order of Events
10:30 am - 12:30 pm Packet Pick up, Timing Chip Pick up, Body Marking, Transition set up
1:00 PM Ages 6 boys (Lime Green Swim Caps)
1:15 PM Ages 6 girls (Hot Pink Swim Caps)
1:30 PM Ages 7 boys (Gray Swim Caps)
1:45 PM Ages 8 boys (Orange Swim Caps)
2:00 PM Ages 7 girls (Yellow Swim Caps)
2:15 PM Ages 8 girls (Sky Blue Swim Caps)
2:30 PM Ages 9 boys (Red Swim Caps)
2:45 PM Ages 10 boys (Royal Blue Swim Caps)
3:00 PM Ages 9 girls (Black Swim Caps)
3:15 PM Ages 10 girls (Purple Swim Caps)
3:30 PM Ages 11 boys (Green Swim Caps)
3:45 PM Ages 12 boys (Gray Swim Caps)
4:00 PM Ages 11 girls (Pink Swim Caps)
4:15 PM Ages 12 girls (Orange Swim Caps)
Participants will need to pick up their packets, and timing chip up on arrival. They need to wear the colored wristband, attach the bike number to the bike, and attach the run bib to the shirt or race belt they will wear on the run portion. They should place their bike, helmet, shoes, bike/run clothes, or other essentials in the transition area as instructed by volunteers. When called for they should enter the Check-in area at the prescribed time.
Participants will be called in order of their wave (age group) to check into the pre race corral under the shelter where they will receive race instructions. They should have with them their designated color wristband, and goggles or swim aids as allowed. Shoes and non swimming attire should be left in transition. Following the instructions they will enter the pool deck into assigned lanes.
Each athlete will have one lane to swim the prescribed distance. They may have to share a lane. Only 6 year olds will be allowed to have swim aids, but all swimmers can stop, touch bottom, or ask for assistance without penalty. Upon finishing the swim, participants will exit the pool deck (barefooted) and run to the transition area.
Volunteers will be in transition area to assist children as needed. Participants will run to their transition spot and put on their helmet, shoes, and any additional shorts or shirt they may want. They may not ride their bike until they exit the Transition Area and volunteers instruct them they can mount their bike.
Volunteers will line the course with in sight distance of each other. There will be one aid station on the course.
Upon completion of the bike course, they will return their bike to their spot in Transition and exit to the run course.
Volunteers will line the course with in sight distance of each other. There will be one or two aid stations on the course depending on the distance the participant runs.
Special Registration Notes
A parent or guardian must be present for packet pick up to sign all forms to participate in the tri series.
USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick up. Any member that doesn't show it at packet pick up, will be required to pay the USAT one day fee of $10.00
Please note that when you register your child will be racing their age as of December 31, 2013. An athlete who is 6 on September 16th but will turn 11 on or before December 31, 2013 will race as a 7 year old.