Tri Course FAQ's
1. Does your Sprint Triathlon follow USA Triathlon (USAT) rules?
Although we are not a USAT sanctioned event, we do follow USAT rules, with only a few exceptions in areas that don't affect safety. For example, we allow recumbent bikes which would not be allowed in a USAT event. For more information on USAT rules, you can download a PDF copy for personal use at:
2. Can a participant be disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct?
Yes. Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable event for all participants, spectators, and volunteers. Participates demonstrating unsportsmanlike behavior will be disqualified and asked to leave the race site immediately. Non-participants demonstrating unsportsmanlike behavior will also be asked to leave the race site immediately. Here are the guidelines for general conduct at or during the event, or while at the race site:
- Conduct oneself in a manner that is not offensive in any way to fellow participants, spectators, officials or volunteers and is considered reasonable and acceptable in the community.
- Treat all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators with fairness, respect and courtesy.
- Refrain from the use of abusive language or conduct.
- Act in compliance with competitive rules.
3. What type of timing chips will be used?
You will receive a velcro ankle strap and a timing chip. Instructions for putting it on your ankle will be in your race packet. This chip must be returned at the finish line or you will be billed $30.00 for not returning your chip within 30 days.
4. What do I do with my timing chip after the race?
Just after you cross the finish line, a friendly volunteer will remove the timing chip from your leg and put it in a collection bin. If you do not cross the finish line and collection of your chi[ does not happen, you are responsible for returning your chip. At the race site, you can turn in the chip at the packet pickup tables or give it to any finish line volunteer. There is a $30.00 fee for all chips not collected within 30 days.
5. The website says that it's my responsibility to "know the courses." Will there be signs on the courses? How can I find out more information?
To quote the USA Triathlon rulebook, "The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed courses rests with each participant. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for participants who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever." Your first step is to go to www.issaquahtri.com and click on the Course Maps link. On this page you will find maps for every course. Scroll down this page, and you will find links to documents with detailed descriptions of each course. We recommend studying these maps and descriptions. If you have the time, and are so inclined to do so, you might want to go to the park prior to race day and give the courses a whirl (keep in mind that everything will be much drier by race day than it is earlier in the season). On race day, you will find each course well marked with signs and other markings, along with volunteer Course Marshals that will point you in the correct direction. That said, it still helps to have an understanding of where you're going. Knowing each course allows you to really focus on your performance in each of the three disciplines instead of anxiously looking where your next turn will be. Knowing the course improves safety for you and your fellow competitors.
6. Is there a maximum finish time for the Sprint Triathlon?
We do not have hard cut off times for each leg of the sprint triathlon, but we do have some targets:
- Swim - 30 minutes after the start of the last swim wave
- Bike - 2 hours after the start of the last swim wave
- Run - 3.5 hours after the start of the last swim wave
We have an official "Last Person" that acts as a sweeper for each of the courses. Our "Last Person" always stays just behind whoever is at the back of the field. Once the "Last Person" has re-entered the TA, we then begin taking down the course previously completed. The only course where we really keep an eye on time is the bike course. We like to get the roadways completely open for traffic as soon as possible (and let all the police officers get back to other aspects of their jobs).
7. Can I use my MP3 player or other music player with my headphones during the race?
No. For safety reasons music players and headphones are not allowed on any of the courses. These systems provide too much distraction and restrict your hearing, making it difficult for Course Marshals or other competitors to communicate with you. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
8. I'm new to Triathlons. Can you provide some basic information on how to quickly and efficiently go from swimming to biking to running, and what do you do with your bike when you're about to run?
There's just too much information to provide here. Try doing an online search for "triathlon training." You'll be amazed at the number of sites providing everything from an overview and basic information down to nitty gritty details on training techniques, race tips, and more. You'll also learn about the Transition Area where you will leave all your gear (swim stuff, bicycle, running shoes, etc.) while you are doing different parts of the race. A local organization that provides great support is the Seattle Triathlon Club. Check out their site at www.seatri.org. When you're ready to get familiar with the specifics of the Issaquah Triathlon, go back to www.issaquahtri.com. You'll find course maps for each of the courses, detailed course description documents, a schedule for race day, and more. If you have specific questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.