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FAQs

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The Nolensville Kids Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event, so we MUST follow the rules issued by the USAT.  Sorry, no exceptions!  The USAT Youth Rules are included at the bottom of this page.

1.  What is a kids triathlon?
Triathlon is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, and kids triathlons are a vital part of this trend. There is no better way for any child to experience the benefits of a healthy lifestyle focused on daily exercise and good nutrition.

Every triathlon consists of 4 components – swimming, biking, running and transitions. At the First Coast Kids Triathlon, kids will only race against other kids in their same age group. We will utilize a time trial start in a pool meaning each racer will enter the pool one at a time. As they complete their swim, they will enter the transition area to begin the bike portion of the race. After completing their ride, they will reenter transition, drop-off their bike and exit onto the run course. The run is the final portion of the race.

Computerized timing chips are used to track each participant throughout each part of the race.

2.  What ages are eligible to participate?
Ages 5-15.  If you’re going to be 16 by December 31, 2016, you can NOT participate.  Sorry!  We follow the USAT age-up rule and use your age at the end of 2016.

3.  Can I use flippers?
Sorry, no! USAT prohibits use of any flotation devices or propulsive devices.

4.  Can I have training wheels on my bike?
Sorry, no!  USAT prohibits use of training wheels.

5.  What if I get a flat tire?
We will have RBs Cyclery at the event during bike check-in to make sure all bikes are race-ready!  In the unlikely event that you do get a flat tire, we will have course support to help get you back to transition safely.

6. Where can I pick up my race packet?
Check out the schedule of events page.  Race packet will be on Saturday, August 13, 2016 and before the race on Sunday, August 14, 2016.

7. Will there be race photos?
Yes, a professional photographer will be taking photos during the race. You will get an email with instructions to view and purchase photos after the race.

8. Can my parent or friend help me in the transition area or run or bike beside me on the course?
No. Parents and spectators are prohibited from being in the transition area or anywhere on the bike or run courses. If your child has special needs that we should be aware of, please contact the Race Director at beatkidstri@gmail.com.  We will have plenty of volunteers in the transition area to help your child with his gear.

9.  What should I bring to the race?

You must have the following to compete:

  • A parent or guardian with a photo ID
  • Swimsuit
  • Bike
  • Bike helmet
  • Running shoes
You may also want to bring:
  • Goggles and swim cap
  • Water bottle for transition area
  • Towel for transition area
  • Biking and/or running clothes (or you may complete the entire race in your swim suit)

10.  Why do I have to pay a fee to the USAT as well as my registration fee?

When a race director sanctions with USA Triathlon, it is required for each participant to purchase either a one-day license or annual membership in order to participate in said event. For purchasing the one-day license or annual membership, USA Triathlon is giving you excess medical expense coverage in addition to your primary health insurance plan.

USAT Youth Triathlon Rules

Swimming Rules

  1. Proper swimwear must be worn.
  2. No flotation devices of any kind may be used during the swim.
  3. No artificial propulsive devices such as fins, paddles, or gloves may be used.
  4. Swimmers must be able to complete the entire course using any stroke.  Swimmers may not make forward progress by pulling on lane ropes, swim gutters or any other inanimate object.
  5. Goggles or face masks may be worn but are not required.
  6. If provided by the event, swimmers must wear the assigned swim cap throughout the swim.
  7. Participants must follow instructions given by lifeguards and officials including prohibitions against running on the pool deck or diving in restricted areas.

Transition Rules

  1. The transition area is open to participants and their parents only.  When transition closes for competition to begin, only participants and race officials may enter transition.  Finishers may not retrieve gear until all participants have finished the cycling portion and have begun the run.
  2. Competition apparel (shoes, socks, shirts) must be placed next to the bicycle at the rack and may not be taken to the pool or swim start area.
  3. Bicycles must be placed in the rack according to the directions given by race officials.  Bicycles may be racked in the assigned area, by the handlebars, the seat or by using the kickstand.  Bikes placed on kickstands must be in the designated area, in line with other bikes, and may not extend out into the lane of travel.
  4. Participants may not interfere with other participants’ gear.
  5. After completing the cycling portion, participants must return bicycles to an upright position in the same assigned location before beginning the run portion.
  6. No riding bicycles in transition.  Participants must walk or run with their bicycles and may not mount until out of transition and in the designated mount zone.

Bicycle Equipment Rules

  1. The bicycle must be road worthy and in safe operating condition.
  2.  The bicycle shall have two wheels.  No training wheels are allowed.
  3. There must be at least one working brake on each of the two wheels unless the bicycle was manufactured with only one brake, in which case, the working brake shall be on the rear wheel.
  4. The bicycle may be on-road, off-road or youth style.  No recumbent style bicycles are allowed.
  5. Only standard drop, straight, or curved handlebars are allowed.  No aero or time trial bars may be attached to the bike or used during competition.  All handlebars ends shall be solidly plugged.
  6. No disc wheels or wheel covers are allowed.
  7. Race officials reserve the right to disallow any bicycle deemed unsafe.  Any unusual bicycle must be approved by race officials prior to competition.

Cycling Conduct

  1. Cyclists must wear a helmet approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission for road cyclists age 5 and older.  No time trial, “chrono,” or “aero” helmets with a tail may be used.
  2. The helmet must be securely fastened prior to mounting the bicycle and at all times while riding the bicycle.  The helmet may not be unfastened and removed until the participant has completely dismounted.
  3. Cyclists shall wear shoes at all times while on the bike.
  4. Cyclists shall ride in a safe manner, which includes:
    a. Riding on the right side of the lane;
    b. Riding no closer than two bike lengths distance behind a leading cyclist;
    c. Passing on the left of the slower cyclist;
    d. Riding in a straight line without swerving, veering, or blocking the forward progress of other cyclists.
  5. Race officials may remove and disqualify any cyclist who appears to ride or behave in an unsafe manner.

Running Conduct

  1. Participants shall run or walk the entire course.
  2. Participants shall wear shoes at all times while on the run course.

General Race Rules

  1. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of participants or their parents and supporters will not be allowed.  Participants must treat others with courtesy and respect.  No rude, abusive, or discourteous language or behavior will be tolerated.
  2. Participants must complete the prescribed course in its entirety.
  3. No personal audio devices or headsets may be used or carried during any portion of the event.
  4. No unauthorized assistance of any kind is allowed.  Parents or other non-participants may not run or ride a bicycle with a participant nor may they provide participants any food, fluid, or equipment aid during competition.
  5. Race numbers must be displayed at all times.  Swimmers must be clearly body-marked, cyclists must display their bike numbers, and runners must wear their bib numbers.

 

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