What are the general event rules?
- The WIN for KC Women's Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. As such, all rules, waivers, and conditions required by USAT apply.
You are required to be a member of USAT. You can get more information on the benefits of membership and sanctioning or purchase an annual membership at USAT Website. If you don't have or want an annual membership, a single-day membership can be purchased for $12 when you register. Why is this necessary?
For the purpose of awards and USAT standings, you will be placed in a specific age group, determined by your age on December 31, 2014. Go to the Race Info page for a list of the age groups.
Annual USAT members will be REQUIRED to provide a USAT membership card AND photo ID to pick up her packet. No exceptions. Once registered, you may not transfer your entry to someone else. These are USAT sanctioning rules. If you purchased a single-day USAT license during registration, you will not get, nor will you need to provide a USAT membership card. However, you still need to present a valid photo I.D.
You MUST pick up your own packet. No exceptions will be made.
You are required to wear the swim cap provided to you in your race packet, you may not wear your own.
CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) certified helmets are required to be worn and buckled for the bike portion of the event and at any other time you are on your bike in the park.
Drafting on the bike is not permitted. See the USAT competitive rules for clarification.
Radios, headphones, MP3 players, iPods, and CD players are not permitted on the course. This is for your safety. A violation may result in a variable time penalty.
Wet suits may or may not be allowed. We will follow USAT rules on wetsuit usage. If the water temp is below 78 degrees, wetsuits will be allowed. Above that, there are specific restrictions. See the USAT website for more info.
Baby joggers and bike trailers will not be permitted.
Bike racks will be provided in the transition area.
I live out of town, can someone else pick up my race packet?
Photo ID: ALL athletes are required to show photo ID to pick up their packet and race number. NO ID, NO PACKET, NO EXCEPTIONS. This includes team participants. Youth athletes without an ID must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a photo ID.
Do I need to check in the morning of the race?
Yes, at the body marking station (you do not need to come to the registration area at the gazebo if you have already picked up your packet). Everyone must check in at the body marking area at Sailboat Cove the morning of the race even if you have already picked up your packet. First, female volunteers will draw your race number on your arms, legs and hands with a large permanent marker. You will also pick up your timing device (chip) that will be secured around your ankle. Make sure to listen to the public address announcer when you get to the race site for important updates and announcements.
How will the race start?
You will NOT be asked to enter a swim time during registration. The swim start will be a time trial start where one woman enters the water every three seconds, unless you elect the experienced wave start. Instead of taking swim times during registration and assigning you where to start, there will be minute-marker signs on race morning (starting at 6 minutes and going up) and you will place yourself in line according to your time for the 500 meter swim where you feel most comfortable.
New for 2014: Due to the increase in the number of participants, we will offer an experienced triathlete wave at the start of the race. This allows experienced triathletes to complete the swim and get on the bike course sooner, providing a safer flow of athletes throughout the race course. Please note, the experienced triathlete wave placement does not affect overall results as swim start is still chip timed.
What if it rains or there is road construction?
We reserve the right to alter the course distances, delay the start time, or cancel the race entirely in the event of dangerous weather or other unexpected complications. However, we will not cancel the event just because of rain. Refunds will not be given in case of race-day cancellation.
What is your refund policy?
We've all been there: You sign up for a race and something comes up and you can't make it. We do not refund race entries or other fees associated with race registration. Nor can we give refunds if the race is canceled on race day due to costs associated with insurance, equipment rental, park fees, staff, food, and the coveted race shirts.
If we cancel the event on race day due to the threat of severe weather or other emergency, you can still pick up your race bag and shirt. However, you won't get a refund and we won't be sending shirts in the mail after the race.
Is the event open to team competition?
Yes. The race is open to two or three-woman teams competing in a relay style.
How old does a youth have to be?
The race is open to young women who are 12 and older as of 12/31/14. Youth participants must also be annual members of USAT. USAT no longer offers a single-day membership for youth. Visit the USAT website for more information on getting a youth annual membership.
What's up with the Transition Area and why can't my family help me set up?
For safety and security reasons, no one except registered participants, official volunteers, and approved media will be allowed in the transition area. No family or friends are allowed inside the transition area at any time before, during, or after the race. Volunteers and security personnel will be posted to ensure the safety and security of everyone's gear and equipment. You will be assigned a specific bike rack, but placement on each rack is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Transition Area Map is available on the Map page. When you arrive at the race site on race day, please go to the body marking area before entering the Transition Area.
What awards will be given?
Awards will be given for the top three female finishers overall, top three in each age division, and for the top team.
What will be given away as door prizes?
A drawing for door prizes will be held for all registered participants before the award ceremony. You must be present to win! We'll have cool gear and products from our sponsors including Garmin GPS devices, and a bike from Epic Bike and Sport!
Will photos be available?
Yes! Thomas Photographic Enterprises will be shooting the event. You can visit their site after the race and purchase prints of your favorite moments. Contact info will be included in your race bag. Thomas Photographic.
Where can I park?
Parking will be available just outside Sailboat Cove/Bauman Park. However, you will need to pick up a parking permit during packet pickup. Once inside the parking area, participants and spectators will not be able to leave until triathletes are off of the bike course. CARPOOL PLEASE! This makes for a less stressful race morning with fewer cars and best of all reduces our carbon footprint on the environment! Please follow the parking directions on the Race Information Page.
What lodging is available?
Out of town guests are strongly encouraged to camp near the race site. Clay County Parks and Recreation offers a variety of camping options very close to the race site.