First Youth Triathlon Race
Youth Triathlon Races are very fast paced due to the short duration of each leg of the race. This adds to the excitement of the race, especially as a spectator. Races are composed of three disciplines in this order – Swimming, Biking and Running.
There is a Transition Area, which is an enclosed and secured area where an athlete’s bike and supporting race gear is stored for use during the race. Transition is typically referred to as “T1” (Transition 1) or “T2” (Transition 2). An athlete will “transition” twice during a race – once from the swim to the bike (T1), and again from the bike to the run (T2). Once on the run course, an athlete will not come back into transition and will end their race by running through the finish line chute to the finish line!
STEP 1 – Registration
The first step in entering a race is registration. KidzTri3 partners with IMAthlete as its’ online registrar. When registration opens, a link will appear on our website that will take you to the KidzTri3 IMAthlete registration portal. There you will complete the registration process for your athlete.
All KidzTri3 events are sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT), which requires all participants to be a USAT annual member or pay for a one day license. USAT provides KidzTri3 event insurance through the sanction. The USAT Youth Annual Membership is $15 per year, the one-day license is $10 per event. So, it makes sense to purchase the annual membership if your athlete will participate in more than one KidTri3 event, or other youth sanctioned events, during the calendar year. You can purchase the USAT annual membership or one-day license during the registration process.
STEP 2 – Triathlon Camp
KidzTri3 has many camps throughout the season to get your athlete prepared for race day. It is not required your athlete attend a camp, but if they’ve not raced before, we highly recommend it. If they have raced previously, then it doesn’t hurt to get more experience and learn some new training and racing tips from our world-class coaches.
STEP 3 – Day Before Race Day
KidzTri3 prepares athlete race packets for each individual registered athlete that contains their race bib number, bike frame number, a timing chip and ankle strap for the chip, commemorative race shirt, and other “freebees” or “Swag”. KidzTri3 requires that all athletes pick up their packet the day before the race – there is no packet pickup on race day for any KidzTri3 event.
Arriving the day before a race allows the athlete and their family to experience the KidzTri3 Athlete Village Festival, where we have many activities including bike/helmet inspection, bike rodeo, transition clinics, athlete meetings, music, and many more activities for your athlete and their siblings/friends. It also allows the athlete to become orientated with the race course. You can see the KidzTri3 race crew setting the course and it’s a great opportunity to review and ask us questions. It’s a festive environment and lots of excitement and the day can provide a great environment to plan fun family activities in anticipation of the race.
STEP 4 – Race Day
Most races are in the summer months and start very early to take advantage of cooler weather. Start time for most races are between 6am and 7am. The day starts with body marking (an athlete’s race number will be written in marker on both arms and their age written on the calf) and setting up the athlete’s transition area. These activities usually start an hour and a half to two hours before the race start time.
When an athlete arrives at the race venue, they should go to the entrance of Transition with all their race gear. There they will see body marking volunteers immediately outside the entrance to Transition to mark their arms and calf with their race information. This happens before they enter transition.
Athletes bring into transition everything they will use to race with including their bike, helmet, timing chip, bib number, sneakers, socks, etc. (all usually in some sort of bag/backpack). They will look for the bike rack row that has the number range for their race number. This is where they will setup their bike and race gear. It will be there spot during the entire race.
Only athletes and our KidzTri3 race crew is permitted in transition on race day. It’s a good idea to get to the race site early in the morning to allow plenty of time for your athlete to set up their race gear and orientate themselves on where their transition spot is located relative to the entry and exit points of transition. We will assist your athlete in transition, as needed, before, during and after the race.
STEP 5 – Race Start & The Swim
An athlete’s race time will start when they enter the water and will stop when they cross the finish line.
KidzTri3 uses a time trial start and athletes are sent into the water, one at a time, approximately every three to five seconds with their age group. We send the 7 to 8 age group first and when they are all safely on the bike course, we send the 9 to 10 age group followed by the remaining age groups. We believe this is a safe process for our athletes since the older the athlete, the faster they are.
STEP 6 – The Bike
Once an athlete completes the swim, they will run into the transition area to the location where they have set up their bike and race gear and “transition” to the bike course (called “T1”). Athletes are not permitted to ride their bike in transition and will run with their bike through transition to the exit area, over the timing mat, and to the bike mount line where they will get on their bike and start on the bike course.
After an athlete completes their required race distance of the bike course, they will arrive back to the transition area, dismount their bike in the designated area and run their bike into transition.
It is an athlete’s responsibility to know how loops of the bike course they must do so review this with your athlete.
STEP 7 – The Run
Now back from the bike course, athletes are ready to “transition” to the run course (called “T2”). They will place their bike back in their chosen/designated spot, remove their helmet, put on their run bib number, hat, sunglasses and anything else they want to run in, and run out of transition onto the final leg of the race – the run course.
Athletes will complete the required distance for their age group and arrive at the finish line where their final time will be recorded, timing chip removed, and receive a custom finisher’s medal.
Now, the first time athlete can officially be called a Triathlete!
STEP 8 – Awards Ceremony
Shortly after all athletes have completed the race, the awards ceremony will begin. KidzTri3 awards the top three athletes by gender, in each age group, by the fastest finish times.
After your athlete has completed the race it’s a great time to spend with family and recall all of the inspiring stories experienced. This makes for great conversation and teachable moments during the trip home.