What to Expect on Race Day
Reading and following these instructions will help assure that race day will be a safe and enjoyable day for kids and adults alike.
Bring your child to the event NO LESS than one (1) hour before his/her age-group wave start time. One hour should give you time to pick up your packet, t-shirt and goodie bag, get body marked, set up your transition area, and get ready for your swim wave. Please allocate extra time if you have not attended a pre-race bike and helmet check. If you are late and miss your assigned wave, we cannot guarantee your child will be able to participate. Please be sure to review our race rules before the day of the race.
For those parents/guardians and young athletes that are unfamiliar with the De Anza College campus or have questions about the event we will be holding an optional orientation at the college on Saturday (timing TBD).
Where: De Anza College Pool entrance near Parking Lot C next to the soccer field.
Time: TO BE DETERMINED
We will answer questions and discuss the three events of the triathlon: the swim leg in the De Anza College pool; the bike leg through the campus roads; and the run on the campus track. The bike course will not be toured due to its length but the exit to and entrance from the bike route will be identified. Parents/guardians may drive the bike course following the orientation. We anticipate that the orientation will take no more than 1-to-1.5 hours.
De Anza College has a $3 per car parking fee. Permits are purchased at meters located in the lots. Meters take dollar bills, coins or credit cards. No change is available so please come prepared.
There is a $3 parking fee that the college charges. Parking permits are purchased from meters that accept quarters, dollar bills or in some cases credit cards. No change is available so please come prepared. YOU WILL BE TICKETED by the Foothill/De Anza Police Department if you do not purchase the $3 parking permit!
You will have to check-in for the Kids Triathlon on race day and pick up your race packet, t-shirt and goody bag. Check-in will be held on the morning of the event beginning at 7:00 am. Signs will direct you to the Check-In Table.
Your athlete must be at the event no less than one hour before the FIRST wave in his/her age-group to allow time to set up his/her transition area and be ready to swim. If you need to go to race day “Bike and Helmet Check” then you need to come earlier.
Registration on race day is ONLY between 7:00 am – 8:00 am and registration fees on race day are $125.00 + USAT license – so save money and sign up early!
You will have three numbered articles in your Race Packet: a large colored race bib and two smaller black and white adhesive tags. The colored bib is to be attached to a race belt or pinned on the front of a t-shirt or running shorts (safety pins are available at check-in). The color denotes your child’s age group. Chip timing will be used this year. Instructions will be sent via e-mail prior to the race. Check the information on the bib to be sure it is correct. If there is an error go to the “Registration” table for a correction.
The small black and white tags are for the helmet and bike. Check to be sure that the two numbers match the number on the race bib. Put one tag on the front of the helmet. Put the other tag on the cross bar or handle bar of the bike. This second tag is used to identify your child’s bike when he/she removes it from the Transition Area after the race is over. A volunteer will match the bike tag to your child’s bib number.
(Note to past race participants: Please remove any old helmet stickers and/or race number tags from past or previous races. There will be volunteers in the Transition Area to assist with proper Race Number placement.)
We will be starting the triathlon at 8 AM. We will proceed by age groups beginning with the oldest (13-15) and ending with the youngest (6 and Under).
There will be many waves in each age-group but your athlete must be at the event no less than one hour before the FIRST wave in his/her age-group to allow time to set up his/her transition area and be ready to swim.
Age Group Wave Start Times:
These will be published the week leading up to the event. All swim waves will have two swimmers per lane in the pool. De Anza has 20 lanes in the large pool and 7 lanes in the adjacent diving pool.
Please be sure your young athlete knows how many bike/run laps he/she needs to do. Volunteers will attempt to help count laps of athletes from 9 through 15 using bracelets on the wrist. However, it is the responsibility of each athlete to count his/her laps and get the bracelets. We will also be able to tell if an athlete has done less or more laps than required based on our past records and timing chips. Volunteers will do their best to count every age-group’s run laps using the wristbands.
In the sport of triathlon the Transition Area is like home base for the swim, bike, and run. The athlete passes through the Transition Area twice during the event. In the Transition Area the athlete moves from the swim to the bike; and then from the bike to the run.
Every athlete has a spot in the Transition Area (by age-group) where his/her bike, helmet, shoes/socks, shirt, shorts, towel and other essentials are located. The transition area is set up BEFORE the race starts. The triathlon race itself begins at the pool. Following the swim the athlete moves to the Transition Area where he/she removes any swim equipment such as goggles, quickly dries off, puts on what is needed for the bike ride, takes his/her bike and walks the bike to exit the Transition Area following the sign that says “Bike Out”. Bathing suit removal is not permitted. Athletes put on shorts and a shirt over their bathing suit with their race number pinned on in advance. Some athletes prefer to just put on a shirt (with number) and ride with bathing suits instead of shorts-over-suits.
After the bike ride the athlete returns to the Transition Area and walks the bike back to where his/her equipment is located. The bike is placed in the rack, helmet and other riding equipment is removed, and the athlete prepares for the run. Generally young athletes ride their bikes in their running shoes so after removing the bike equipment they are ready for the run. Runners may jog to the “Run Out” sign in the Transition Area, watching for bikes and other runners. The triathlon finishes at the end of the run on the track through the Finish Line chute.
Get to the race early enough to set up your young athlete’s Transition Area location. Look for signs designating the age-group of your athlete. Locations are not reserved but there will be enough for all athletes. The race starts with the oldest and progresses to the youngest so there will be racers in the Transition Area when you are setting up. Please be courteous to them and stay clear. Only one adult will be permitted with the athlete for setup and removal. A wristband is required. This is for the safety of the athletes. After setup, please leave the area immediately. Only the athlete will be permitted in the transition area during the race, except for 6 & Under when one adult may accompany the child.
Bring two towels, one of which should be old. Put the old towel on the ground beside the bike at your child’s location and place his/her race equipment on it. The other towel is for drying off after the swim. It is recommended that you have a full water bottle there so your athlete can grab a quick drink before exiting the Transition Area. We will have water stops on all courses but the Transition Area is a good place for a bit of fluid.
The time spent in the Transition Area counts in the overall time so it should be as fast as is reasonable but not so fast that your athlete forgets to put on the helmet or tie his/her shoes. We will have volunteers in the Transition Area to assist athletes so we REQUIRE that parents stay out for the safety of all of the participants. An exception to this is for the 6 & Under age-group where ONE parent may assist the athlete if needed.
The Transition Area will be guarded by volunteers. To remove a bike from the Transition Area you must show a race number and match it to the race number on the bike. Your race packet will have a numbered race bib to be worn on the shirt or shorts and two small stick-on race numbers, one for the bike and one for the helmet. In addition each athlete will have their race number marked on their body by volunteers using pen. All of these numbers must match.