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2021 CENTENNIAL TRIATHLON - ATHLETE GUIDE

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2021 ATHLETE GUIDE

 

IMPORTANT RACE UPDATE (8/13/21, 7:30 PM)

As a result of several periods of high intensity rainfall this week, water quality tests did not pass safety standards this morning (Friday). Out of an abundance of caution, and anticipated inclement weather forecasted on Saturday evening, the swim portion of this race is cancelled. Although this news is not ideal, we look forward to seeing everyone back at Centennial Park on race day and can't wait to see your smile at the finish line. Please read the important race update below.

Updated Race Format - Time Trail Start

Athletes will start in a single file line on the pathway outside the transition area (time trial start). Athletes will run/walk into the transition area and proceed with the bike and run portion of this race. The following start times will apply.

7:00 AM - Individual Sprint and Sprint Relay Teams

7:30 AM - Individual Olympic and Olympic Relay Teams

What should I wear for the time trial start?

Athletes will wear a top, bottom and timing chip only. Please leave all of your bike gear in the transition area next to your bike. If you would like to wear shoes for the time trial start, this is ok. Your bib number is not required for the start and on the bike course, but is required for the run course.

What about the swimmer on my relay team? What are their options?

Relay teams with one teammate who planned to complete the swim leg only, may choose one of the below options.

 

  1. Opt to complete the bike and run legs as an individual athlete.

  2. Opt out of participating on your team and receive a 50% individual discount towards a future 2021 or 2022 Rip It race. The remaining teammates will participate on the team as planned.

 

Teams that opt for one of the above options, must notify race management at Athlete Check-in on Saturday or Sunday prior to the start of the race. Teams who choose not to attend this race, are not eligible for either option. Relay options are not eligible for individual participants.

 

7:00 AM - Individual Sprint and Sprint Relay Teams

7:30 AM - Individual Olympic and Olympic Relay Teams

General Race Information

 

Race Venue

Centennial Park (South Entrance) - 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

 

Inclement Weather & Disaster Policy

There is NO rain date. We go rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the race director reserves the right to alter/modify the race course to address safety concerns. In the case of a Natural Disaster/Local Incident/Terrorist Act, there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event. Any decision made to go forth with the race is based on the overall event/race course safety, and is made in conjunction with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel.

 

Schedule Of Events

Saturday, August 14 at Centennial Park

3:30 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

5:00 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk at Amphitheater (Swim Exit)

6:30 PM - Athlete Check-In Closes

There is no bike racking on Saturday, August 14. Recreational swimming is not permitted in Centennial Park. Athletes may only swim on race morning.

 

Sunday, August 15 at Centennial Park (updated Aug 1)

5:15 AM - Athlete Check In & Transition Area Opens for bike racking and body marking.

7:00 AM - Individual Sprint and Sprint Relay Teams

7:30 AM - Individual Olympic and Olympic Relay Teams

10:15 AM- Sprint Award Ceremony (subject to change)

11:00 AM - All participants must complete bike course. 

11:15 AM – Olympic Award Ceremony (subject to change)

 

Pre-Race Course Talk

Please consider attending the scheduled Pre-Race Course Talk, which will provide important information about the race, and include a question and answer segment. If you are a first timer– attending a pre-race course talk is recommended!

Location: Saturday, August 14 at 5:00 PM, Centennial Park, Amphitheater (Swim Exit). 

Athlete Check-In Information

Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet in person. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event. All participants 18 years and older must bring a valid photo I.D. to athlete check in.

 

Please attend one of the following:

  • Saturday, Aug 14 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Centennial Park. 

  • Sunday, Aug 15 from 5:15 AM to 6:45 AM at Centennial Park.*

*Race day athlete check-in is available but should be considered for out-of-town athletes. If you are able to check-in the day before the race, please do so.

At athlete check-in, participants will receive the following in their race packet. 

  • Wristband

  • Bib Number Bib

  • Bike Number Adhesive

  • Helmet number sticker

  • Swim Cap

  • Ankle timing chip - on race morning only

 

Wristband

A unique wristband will be given to participants at athlete check-in. Participants must wear this wrist band at all times on race day. This wristband must remain on until you have removed your bike from transition after the race. This band will identify you as an official participant and allows you access to the transition area. You will not be allowed into the transition area without this band in place.

 

Bike Number Adhesive

Participants will receive an adhesive bike number at athlete check-in. Your bike must have an adhesive number on to rack on race morning. See image below for proper placement of the bike adhesive number.

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Race Number Bib

Participants will receive a Race Number Bib at athlete check-in. Participants must wear their race bib on the run course at all times. Athletes can either pin their race bib to their shirt or wear it attached to a race belt. Relay teams must transfer bibs between teammates in the transition area. Athletes are required to wear their bib on their front side when going in and out of transition and crossing the finish line.

Helmet Number Sticker

Participants will receive a helmet number sticker at athlete check-in. This sticker will be placed on the front of your helmet. See image below for proper placement of the helmet number sticker.

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Swim Cap

Participants will receive a race logo swim cap at athlete check-in. You are required to wear your assigned swim cap during the swim at all times. 

If you are not a strong swimmer and wish to identify yourself as such, you may wear a red swim cap. We'll keep a close eye on your during your swim. Please bring your assigned (non-red) cap to swim start on race morning to make this exchange.

Timing Chip

At athlete check in (on race morning only), you will be given a ankle chip timing. Athletes must wear their ankle chip at all times during this event. Should you forget your timing chip or loose it during the race, please let race management know so that we can give you another timing chip. Relay teams must transfer timing chips between teammates in the transition area.

Race Day Information

 

Parking

Parking on race day will be inside Centennial Park in designated parking areas. If arriving after 6:30 AM (please plan to park on Route 108 and walk into the park). The following GPS address on race morning is suggested: 10000 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

 

The park will open at 5:15 AM. The park main entrance will close at 6:45 AM for the 7:00 AM start. Cars will not be permitted to enter or exit until the end of the bike portion of the race. 

 

Body Marking

Body marking will take place in the transition area from 5:15 AM - 6:45 AM. It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure that volunteers mark their age as of December 31, 2021, which corresponds to the age division in which the athlete will compete. Please do not apply sunscreen, oil, Vaseline or lotion until AFTER you have been body marked.

Transition Area

You must be wearing the unique athlete wristband to enter the transition area. Your bike number adhesive must be placed on your bike as well. Please be sure to bring along items received at check-in including race numbers (bib & bike adhesive number), as well as your bike, helmet and other personal gear.
 

Race Bike Racking & Transition Area Protocol 

All bikes will be racked on race day only. To enter the transition area, athletes must wear the security wristband received at athlete check-in. The transition area is RESTRICTED TO ATHLETES ONLY.

 

How To Properly Rack Your Bike

Find the sticker number on the transition rack that matches your bib number. Hang the seat of your bike from the transition rack in with your front wheel facing away from your sticker on the rack. Place personal items on the ground next to your front wheel. There are NO balloons, inflatable’s or personal markers permitted. Remember your number and rack location.

 

Per USAT rules, all equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. All personal trash is to be removed and disposed of by each athlete. Please do not litter.

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Race Start

ALL athletes should be at the swim start by 6:45 AM. Relay team members may wait in transition prior to start of race or watch the start of the race at the water’s edge.

 

START LINE: Athletes will be called onto the starting line (inflatable arch at swim start) by assigned wave number. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know their starting wave number. Each wave will walk into the water and treadwater prior to the wave start.

(updated Aug 1)

7:00 AM – Wave 1, Sprint - ALL Men AND Male Relay Teams (Royal Blue caps)

7:03 AM - Wave 2, Sprint - ALL Women AND Female/Coed Relays (Yellow caps)

Break

7:30 AM - Wave 3, Olympic – Men 44 and under (Orange caps)

7:33 AM - Wave 4, Olympic – Men 45 and older AND all Male Relays (Green caps)

7:36 AM – Wave 5, Olympic – Women 44 and under (Pink caps)

7:39 AM – Wave 6, Olympic – Women 45 and older AND all Female/Coed Relays (Powder Blue caps)

 

Relay Teams: Athletes who are participating in a relay may remain in the transition area to wait for their swimmer to exit the water. Athletes will exchange race bib and timing chip with their partner in the transition area only. Only one team member is allowed on the course at any given time. Only one team member may start the race and cross the finish line.

Swim Course Description & Rules

The swim course will be in Centennial Lake. Participants will keep the inflatable course markers on their left shoulder at all times. Each participant will swim one loop of the prescribed course. The swim course will be assisted by kayakers and a rescue boat. 

 

USA Triathlon Wet Suit Policy

This race will follow the USA Triathlon wetsuit policy, which states that: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees  Fahrenheit. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

Red Swim Cap Option

If you are not a strong swimmer and wish to identify yourself as such, you may wear a red swim cap. We'll keep a close eye on your during your swim. Please bring your assigned (non-red) cap to swim start on race morning to make this exchange.

Required Distances

Sprint Race – 0.6 mi

Olympic Race – 0.9 mi

To view a map of the swim course, click button below.

 

Bike Course Description & Rules

The bike route is marked with signage and there will be police support at every turn. Please familiarize yourself with the route, as it is the athlete’s ultimate responsibility to know the course. There are no water stations on the bike course. Participants are expected to carry their own hydration on their bike. 

 

Required Bike Distances

Sprint Race - 15.5 mi

Olympic Race - 25 mi

 

The bike course is open to vehicle traffic during the race. All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center road line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws/officers at all times.

 

USAT rules are in effect including Article V - Cycling Conduct.

 

  • Athletes must remember to wear a bike helmet number on the front of their helmet.

  • Athletes must have a bike frame number fixed to their bike and visible from the left side.

  • Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used, and helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike before, during and after the event. Violation will result in disqualification.

  • Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on your bike. DO NOT unbuckle your chip strap unless you are off your bicycle. Violation while on the course will result in disqualification.

  • DO NOT LITTER! Any item that needs to be discarded, including but not limited to water bottles, gel wrappers, energy supplement wrappers, bike parts or clothing, may ONLY be discarded at aid stations.

 

To view a map of the bike course, click button below.

 

Run Course Description & Rules

The run course takes place on the pathway around Centennial Lake. The course is marked on race day with signage and duck tape on the ground. Please familiarize yourself with the course, as it is ultimately the athlete’s responsibility to know all courses.

 

Required Run Distances

Sprint Race- ONE loop – 3.1 mi

Olympic Race- TWO loops – 6.2 mi

Aid Stations

There are two aid stations on the run course (at mile .01 and mile 1.5 on the looped course). Each aid station will have water and Gatorade only. 

To view a map of the bike course, click button below.

 
 

Post Race

 

Race Results

The Centennial Triathlon will be publishing LIVE results throughout the race. Use your mobile phone and go to www.ripitevents.com/results and click on Centennial Triathlon results. On the results web page, enter your bib number or name to view your individual or team results.

 

Post-Race/Awards

Athletes who earn awards will receive their award at the award ceremony located by the finish line. The following awards will be given to participants who earn 1st – 3rd place (male & female) in both the Sprint and Olympic race:

 

Overall, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+, All Male Relay, All Female Relay, Coed Relay

 

10:15 AM- Sprint Award Ceremony (subject to change)

11:15 AM – Olympic Award Ceremony (subject to change)

USA Triathlon Rules of Racing for this Event

 

Welcome to this USA Triathlon sanctioned event.  You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules.  In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, read the following summary of the Position Violations and Commonly Violated Rules.

 

We have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember:

 

  • Always ride on the right side of your lane.

  • Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you.

  • Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.

  • Complete your pass within 15 seconds.

  • If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.

 

Most Commonly Violated Rules:

 

  • Position– riding on the left side of the lane without passing.

  • Blocking – left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor

  • Illegal Pass – passing on the right.

  • Overtaken - failing to drop back three bike lengths before re-passing

  • Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.

 

Additional Rules:

 

Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model.  All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but if you purchased your helmet in a different country it might be illegal for use in sanctioned events.

 

While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened - before, during and after the event!  The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don’t forget!

 

Wear your race numbers, don’t leave your trash on the course, and don’t carry or use any portable audio devices.

 

Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration.  Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct.

 

To view USA Triathlon rules in detail, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-triathlon/about/multisport/competitive-rules.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

SWIM FAQS

 

1.  Do I have to wear my swim cap during the swim?

Yes, all participants MUST wear their assigned swim cap during the swim. Not only does the swim cap help us see you in the water, it also lets us know which wave you are in. Swimmer safety is very important to us. Please help us keep you safe by wearing your swim cap at all times during the swim.

 

2. Do I have to wear a wetsuit?

This race is sanctioned by USAT. The following rule stands.

 

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

 

3. What if I cannot continue swimming? What are my options?

The swim leg of this race will include volunteers and water safety personnel on kayaks. Should you require assistance in the water – either swim to a volunteer or wave for help. Water safety personnel are not able to help you continue forward on the course but can help you if you require a break or if you decide to end your race.

BIKE FAQs

 

1. Do I have to wear a helmet?

Absolutely!! It must be in good shape (no cracks) and must have a CPSC sticker. Buckle your helmet anytime you are on your bike. You will be disqualified if you are on your bike without your helmet buckled anywhere on the course. If you are in transition, you will be assessed a variable time penalty.

 

2. Why do I need bar end plugs?

S, you don't give yourself or someone else a nasty biopsy. Not having openings on your bike solidly plugged is a DQ!

 

3. Do I need to wear my number?

Your bike number must not be altered and must be visibly displayed on your bike. Athletes must wear their number during the race at all times.

 

4. How far to the right must I ride?

Stay as far to the right as possible, but generally about the width of a standard bike lane – about a meter. Pass on the left, and then return to the right.

 

5. Can I pass on the right?

No, pass on the left. If someone is blocking you, ask (loudly!) this person to move to the right, so that you may pass.

 

6. What is the draft zone?

The draft zone is a rectangular area 7 meters long and 2 meters wide around each bike and 30 meters behind and 15 meters next to a moving motor vehicle. As a practical guide, keep 3 bike lengths between you and the biker ahead of you. You must complete your pass within 15 seconds, and once you enter the draft zone, you must exit from the front, so be confident of your pass.

 

7. If I'm passed, do I have to wait 15 seconds before I can re-pass?

No, but you must drop back completely out of the draft zone. Do not attempt to "catch up" by getting up out of the saddle, and pedaling fast. You will be called for an overtaken penalty.

 

8. Can I ride in transition?

No. There is no riding of bicycles in the transition area. If there is a mount/dismount line you must observe it.

9. Can I drop my water bottle or gel packs anywhere?

No.  Toss trash in a receptacle, or in the drop zone within sight of an aid station, or you may be cited for abandoned equipment.

 

10. Can I accept help?

Only accept help from race organizers or official volunteers. Accepting it from others is considered unauthorized assistance, and you may be penalized.

 

11. Can I put my bike anywhere I want?

No. Rack your bike and put all of your gear in the space race management has designated for you. Rack with your “wheel down” on the side of your assigned space.

 

12. What if I go off course?

You must re-enter the course at the same spot you left it.

 

13. May I wear my head set or earbuds?

No. Headsets, radios, head phones and personal audio devices are prohibited.

 

RUN FAQs

 

1. May I wear my head set or earbuds?

No. Head sets, radios, head phones and personal audio devices are prohibited.

 

2. Can someone pace me?

No. Pacing is illegal if they are not in the race. You may have someone provide you with split times.

 

3. Do I have to wear a number?

Yes, you must wear your number and it must be visible from the front.

 

4. May I carry my own water bottle?

Yes, but it must not be a glass container.