Early Bird Sprint Triathlon 2014
Event #3 of the Georgia Triathlon Series
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Ramsey Center - Athens, GA
400 Meter Swim
Thursday, April 10, 2014 8:00 AM
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The swim is a 400 meter pool swim in the Ramsey Center natatorium. Participants start at one side of the pool and snake their way up and down each lane as they work towards the other side of the pool. Being a pool swim race, participants must submit an estimated 100 yard swim time when registering. These times are used for seeding purposes. It is in your best interest to submit a time as accurate as possible. Submitting a time that is too fast for you puts you up with swimmers who will be passing you during the swim - not good for you or them. Putting a time that is too slow places you with slower swimmers and forces you to have to pass everyone. The ideal scenario for all participants is to have people submit accurate times - the whole swim flows better.Swim caps are not provided for pool swim events. If you would like to wear a swim cap, then be sure to bring your own.
The swim start process involves all the Age Groupers, Collegiates, Clydesdales, Athenas, and Relay Teams going off first, followed by all the Novices.
The bike course is one 20K loop. The course is rolling and takes place outside of the Athens Perimeter. The roads are open to traffic - but traffic is usually fairly light.
The 5K run course is a single loop - totally on the UGA campus. The course is rolling and moderately shaded and will take participants around Lake Herrick before returning to the Ramsey Center.
This event benefits UGA Triathlon Club.
A club for UGA students interested in swimming, biking, and running. The Triathlon Club at the University of Georgia is a club sports level university-sponsored team and a 501 (c) non-profit organization. The club is also a USAT (USA triathlon organization) sanctioned club. The UGA Triathlon Club welcomes University Students, faculty and staff of every and all ability levels, with all distances and levels of expertise represented from newbies to age group winners to Ironman finish...ers. The newness of the sport of triathlon, particularly in the SE region, can be both exciting and intimidating. The UGA Triahtlon Club hopes to take the intimidation factor out of it through peer-education, group training, and even expert advice. The UGA Triathlon club keeps their goals in both training and competition focused on 3 main things: supporting and encouraging our team mates, seeking personal improvement, and most importantly; having fun and enjoying the camaraderie that comes along with the team aspect. The team has become quite a cohesive unit and defined quite a niche for itself at this large university. Team members are as competitive as THEY want to be, and merely urge everyone to enjoy the experience, and within their capacity we attempt to help them reach their personal goals. However, that is not to say that our team is not competitive - our racing team does focus on competing both individually and within the collegiate category throughout the SE.
Swim start times can be seen HERE. Please click HERE to review all start times. Participants will swim one at a time every 10 seconds. Swim caps WILL NOT be provided. Please be prepared at least 15 minutes prior to your swim start time as this line moves VERY quickly. See you on Sunday!!
Event Site Rules
The Early Bird Sprint Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race.
All participants must complete the race in under 2 hours 15 minutes. Race officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet the above time requirements. This is a safety issue, our permits, volunteers, police, ems, etc are only reserved for the above time restrictions.
Entry in the Early Bird Sprint Triathlon is open to individuals 10 years of age or older.
The Early Bird Sprint Triathlon will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. (5 splits provided)
- Overall (M & F)
- Age Groups (M & F): 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over
- Collegiate (M & F)
- Novice (M & F)
RELAY AWARDS (Top 3)
PACKET PICK UP
300 River Road, Athens, GA - Atrium of the Ramsey Center
April 12th (Saturday) between 3:00pm - 6:00pm
April 13th (Sunday) between 6:15am - 7:35am inside the Ramsey Center, easily reached from the Transition Area.
If you do not pick up packet materials during the designated pick up times listed you will not be allow to race. There will be no exceptions made. You must collect your own packet. No other person will be allowed to pick up your packet. Government issued photo ID will be required to pick up materials.
PLEASE NOTE: T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register prior to March 14, 2014.
USAT members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee, $12.
TRANSITION AREA / Body marking
The transition area will be open on race day from 6:15 am - 7:45 am. Any athlete that arrives after 7:45 am will not be allowed into the transition area. Body marking will take place outside transition area between 6:15 am - 7:45 am. All bikes must display the proper bike frame number. Access to the transition area to retrieve bike and gear after finishing will not be allowed until the last athlete has started the run.
TIMING CHIP PICK UP
Timing chips can be picked up race morning under the chip pick-up tent at 6:15 am - 7:45 am.
The athlete briefing will be held on site during packet pick up Saturday, April 12th, at 6:00pm at the finish line. Race directors will need approximately 30 minutes to review the details of the race. After that time the floor will be opened up for questioning until all are answered.
RefundsThis event does not issue refunds.
WithdrawalsThis event does not allow withdrawals.
TransfersThis event does not provide transfers.
DeferralsThis event does not allow deferrals.
REFUND POLICY / TRANSFERS
No refunds are given for any reason. If you cannot make this years event, you may transfer to next years Early Bird Sprint Triathlon if notification is given >3 weeks prior to the event. Your registration may only be transferred/deferred once. Transferring a registration to another person is not allowed. Considerable effort goes into producing such an event and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration. Thank you very much for your understanding of this policy.
Races are rain or shine unless we determine that race conditions are dangerous. If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with USAT recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. In the event of inclement weather, Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance, and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies. In the event of inclement weather, the following is the Early Bird Sprint Triathlon plan of action.
Thunderstorms / Lightning
Race start may be delayed (up to 30 minutes) until weather conditions are safe. If weather continues, the event will be changed to a duathlon (bike - run format) with a time trial start. No event day transfers will be issued if the event is reformatted due to inclement weather.
Natural disaster (hurricane, tornado)
If the triathlon is cancelled due to natural disaster, every effort will be made to reschedule the event. Registrants will receive a 100% credit to participate in the rescheduled event. If the event cannot be rescheduled later in the year, a 75% credit will be issued for all registered triathlon participants into either another Georgia Triathlon Series event or the following years Early Bird Sprint Triathlon.
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If interested in volunteering, please click HERE. Provide your name, email and phone number and we will get back with you about volunteering. Thanks so much for helping out!!
RACE DAY PARKING
Event parking will be available in the parking deck in front of the Ramsey Center. Please note, parking outside of the parking deck may result in tickets/towing by campus authorities.
Relay Team Information
- Relays can be 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event). Teams can consist of any mix of genders.
- EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
- EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
- If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
- If a member turns 18 by the end of 2014 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
- If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button at the top of the page with the changes.
- If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
- At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
- If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, then you can e-mail us, using the Contact Us button at the top of the page, the following information: Team Name, Team Member Names, Team Member Shirt sizes. You will need to pay the difference to convert to a relay, which you can pay at packet pick up (cash or check only). If it is the week of the event, then you can make these changes at packet pick up.
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