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2022 RACE INFO

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(subject to change) 

Saturday, August 27 at Centennial Park

3:30 PM - Athlete Check-In Opens

5:30 PM - Pre-Race Course Talk at venue

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 28 at Centennial Park

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

6:45 AM – All SPRINT participants need to be at swim start 

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

7:15 AM – All OLYMPIC participants need to be at swim start 

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)

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)

RACE INFORMATION

Race Venue

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

Athlete Check-In (subject to change)

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 27 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at Centennial Park. 

  • Sunday, Aug 28 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

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). 

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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​Rules

This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. All competitive rules apply. To view an overview of race rules, click HERE. This overview includes info about wetsuits and drafting on the bike course. 

Race Start

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 start on land under the inflatable arch and walk/run into the water when prompted to begin.  

7:00 AM – Race Start

Wave assignments will be published one month prior to race day.

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION & MAPS

Swim Course

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 HERE.

Bike Course

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 HERE.

Run Course

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 run course, click HERE.

POST RACE

Race Results

This race will publish LIVE results throughout the race. Use your mobile phone to access your individual results. Simply go to www.ripitevents.com/results and click on CA Triathlon results. On the results web page, enter your bib number and view your results.

 

Finish Line and Post Race/Awards

Participants will receive a finisher medal and bottled water at the finish line.

 

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) for both the sprint and olympic races. 

 

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

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

Having friends and family cheer you on and provide moral support on race day is highly encouraged! Below is information for spectators.

 

  • Athletes may only receive assistance during the race from official race staff only. This excludes friends, family members, and other spectators. Triathlons are individual tests of fitness. Spectators who help with your bike, fix a flat tire, or hand you food and water is a violation of the rules of multisport racing. Athletes who receive outside assistance are subject to race penalties.

  • Spectators must stay clear of the official race course. At no time may a spectator block or prevent athletes moving forward on the race course.

  • Spectators may not bike alongside athletes on the bike course.

  • Spectators are not allowed in the finish line shoot; however, spectators will be permitted in the post-race area.

  • Race staff reserves the right to remove spectators who are disruptive to fellow spectators and athletes from the race venue.