Race packet pickup will first be available on the Friday before the race at First Gear (111 N. Mosley in Old Town, Wichita) from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Packet pickup will continue at Lake Afton on Saturday from Noon to 5:00 pm, and on race morning beginning at 5:30 am. You must have your USAT card (if registered as a USAT member) and a photo ID available at check-in. Any participants with an expired USAT card will be required to pay the $15 insurance fee. Transition area will open at 5:30 am. Body marking and timing chip pickup will be immediately past the check-in point. If you picked up your packet prior to race morning, you must still get body marked and pick up your timing chip the morning of the race.
A pre-race meeting will be held at 6:45 am. Transition area will close at 7:00 am. Race start times are approximately: Duathlon – 7:00 am, Olympic – 7:05 am, Sprint – 7:10 am. Swim waves will be separated by a minimum of 3 minutes. Swim waves will contain approximately equal number of participants and will be a mass start. Wave categories (gender and age group) will be e-mailed to participants and posted at the registration desks at packet pickup and the morning of the race.
Spectators and family members must stay out of the transition area at all times. Bike racking is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be rack space available for all bikes, but no guarantee of location. For the most efficiency, please rack bikes in an alternating pattern. Please be courteous of your fellow participants and try to minimize your transition area. Racking in an alternating pattern should allow appproximately 30″ of transition area per person (seats on the rack every 18″).
Turn in timing chips upon crossing the finish line! Athletes not returning timing chips will be charged a $25 fee.
SWIM (TRIATHLON ONLY):
Caps will be provided in the race packets and are required to be worn. You must wear the cap provided. Participants will be split into separate swim waves based on the distribution of gender and age of all registrants. Waves will be approximately equal in size and will start a miminum of 3 minutes apart. Safety is of the utmost importance! Be courteous to your fellow swimmers. Do not swim over the top of others. If your feet are being touched by a participant behind you, try to move right. If you are the one doing the touching and can not get past, try to move past on the left. Upon exiting the water, a banner-lined, carpeted path from the swim area to the transition area is provided. As a back-up to the chip timing system, all racers splits will also be manually keyed into the computer. Please try to call out your race number as you cross the timing mat into the transition area.
Wetsuit use will be in accordance with USAT rules. If the water temperature is 78 degrees F or below, which is not anticipated, wetsuits will be allowed. Above 78 to 83.9 degrees F, a wetsuit will be allowed, but the participant will not be eligible for awards. Above 84 degrees F, wetsuits are not allowed.
Helmets must be worn on the bike at ALL TMES! Headphones are NOT ALLOWED! Chin straps are to be secured before crossing the bike-mount line while leaving the transition area and remain secured until crossing the dismount line when returning into the transition area. Do not mount your bicycle until you have crossed the mount line and dismount your bike prior to crossing the dismount line. This will be the same line for the Mudwater. The course is an out-and-back on gently rolling terrain.
Drafting is NOT ALLOWED! The drafting zone is an imaginary box 6 feet wide and 23 feet long starting at the front wheel of the bike. Competitors must stay to the right side of the road unless passing another cyclist. You have 15 seconds to pass through the other riders box when passing. If you can not pass in this amount of time, you must drop back out of the zone before attempting to pass again. Penalties for drafting will be a time penatly in the transition area. Do not cross the center yellow line of a roadway for any reason other than an emergency.
A SAG vehicle will be on the course in the event of a bike malfunction or inability to complete the race. If you can remember, please call out your race number when crossing the mount and dismount line.
Headphones are NOT ALLOWED! The run course is a 1-loop out-and-back on the west side of Lake Afton. Water stations will be available at the start of the run and at approximately 1, 1.3 and 1.5 miles, repeating on the second loop for the Olympic Distance.
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated and will result in a disqualification.
Post-race snacks will be provided.
A post-race cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs will also be provided courtesy of the Kansas River Valley Triathlon Club.