14421 Lake Royer Drive, Cascade, MD 21719
Lake Royer at Fort Ritchie, look for the pier on the lake.
Other GPS search options include, "Fort Ritchie Community Center" and "Lakeside Hall".
This event may be delayed or canceled due to adverse, inclement, or unsafe weather. Should the event be delayed, the starting time of the event will be moved back accordingly. The delay will be communicated to all participants. The race management team and local law enforcement has the authority to cancel the event. If cancellation of the event takes place, please follow instructions of the event officials and local law enforcement personnel. Your entry fee is not refundable if an event is canceled due to adverse, inclement, or unsafe weather. The Race Director also reserves the right to modify the course at any time before or during an event by his/her own judgment or if instructed by local law enforcement personnel or park officials.
Schedule Of Events
(subject to change)
Saturday, July 29 at race venue
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM- Athlete Check-In & Registration
5:00 PM - 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!
Sunday, July 30 at race venue
NO NEW REGISTRATIONS ON THIS DAY. MUST PRE-REGISTER OR REGISTER DAY BEFORE.
5:30 AM - 7:45 AM - Athlete check In & transition area opens for bike racking.
7:30 AM - Pre-race safety meeting near finish line
8:00 AM – Start of Sprint Triathlon, AquaBike and Duathlon
8:15 AM - Start of Olympic Triathlon, AquaBike and Duathlon
10:30 AM- Sprint Award Ceremony (subject to change)
11:30 PM - Olympic Award Ceremony (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. NO PHOTO ID = NO RACE!!! If you are under 18 without a photo ID, your parent or guardian may show their photo ID.
Athlete Check-In will be at (please attend one of the following):
Saturday, July 29 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at race venue.
Sunday, July 30 from 5:30 AM to 7:45 AM at race venue.
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.
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.
Bike Adhesive Number
At athlete check-in, you will be given an adhesive bike number. Your bike must have an adhesive number on to rack on race morning.
Ankle chip timing chips will be distributed to participants on race day only. 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
ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING ON THE GRASS. There are many parking spots throughout the property. The earlier you arrive the closer you will be to the venue. We will have parking attendants directing you to where we need you to park. Please obey all parking signs and race officials. Participants must park in designated parking spots only. We will have designated parking for volunteers.
Race Morning Procedure
If you have not already picked up your race packet, you will pick it up on race morning. You will pick up your timing chip near the Athlete Check-in tents. You must have your running bib number with you in order to pick up your timing chip. We recommend you place your timing chip on your left ankle opposite the chainring side of your bicycle.
Body marking will be required for Triathletes. We will mark one arm and one leg with your race number and mark your calf with your age. You must have your running bib number with you on race morning in order to get body marked. Body marking will take place in the transition area. Don't forget to get body marking BEFORE heading to the pool for the start of your race.
Participants will compete based on their race age. Your race age for the 2023 season is determined by your age on December 31st, 2023.
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.
The Duathlon starts near the finish line at 8:00am. Duathletes will complete a 3.1 mile run and transition to the bike leg of the race.
The Triathlon swim is an in-water start, with the first wave starting at 8:00am. The course will be counter clockwise and will be a 750 meter loop (see website for map). Swimmers will walk into the water 3 minutes before their in-water start. Please see the swim wave file below. Sprint athletes will navigate one loop. Olympic will navigate two loops and will stay in the water for loop two. Please see the illustration in the COURSE MAPS section of this guide.
You must wear the designated swim cap provided at packet pick up, have your body marked, and have your timing chip. This lake is shallow in parts. At no time are you allowed to walk in the water during any portion of the swim other than the entrance and exit of the water. Doing so will result in disqualification. All advancement must be a swim stroke. The only devices permitted for use in the swim, are as follows (all else will result in disqualification): goggles or mask, snorkel, race issued swim cap and water shoes that have no flipper or propulsion benefit (see below). We will follow all USAT swim rules.
Participants can expect the water temp to be about 77 degrees.
USAT Wetsuit Temperature Policy:
78 F or below - wetsuits ARE allowed.
78.1 F to 83.9 F - participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion; however, wearing a wetsuit in this temperature range will mean that an athlete is ineligible for awards.
84 F and above: wetsuits are NOT permitted—this is for your own safety.
The Bike Course
To view the bike course map, click HERE. The bike course is 15 miles for the Sprint and 23.5 miles for the Olympic and both courses area considered hilly. BIKE COURSE IS NOT CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC. You must use caution and make your own judgement call when turning at each intersection. Volunteers are at the turns to ensure you know where to turn but will not be controlling traffic. You must obey all traffic laws and use good judgment when racing on the course. We will mark the turns with signs and plan to have road guards at most of the turns. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRIVE THE BIKE COURSE to ensure you know where to turn. It is your responsibility to know the course.
To view the interactive bike course map for the Sprint race, click HERE.
To view the interactive bike course map for the Olympic race, click HERE.
Commonly Violated Bike Rules
No drafting or blocking.
No headphones, iPods, radios. USAT officials will be on the course and penalties will be assessed.
Hard shell helmets must be worn and must be fastened before mounting your bike outside the transition area. Failure to fasten your helmet results in an automatic disqualification.
Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left and obey the yellow line rule. Crossing the yellow line is an automatic disqualification.
To view the run course map, click HERE. The run course is a 1.55 mile loop on the grounds of Fort Ritchie. The Sprint athletes will navigate the course two times for the 3.1 mile run, the Olympic athletes will navigate the loop four times to complete the 6.2 mile run. Most of the course is closed to vehicle traffic. To view the interactive map, click HERE.
You must wear your race number (bib#) on your front during the run. This is required for accurate timing at the finish line and will aid the photographers in identifying you on the run. If you have no number at the end you may not get a finish time. You will be disqualified if you do not complete the entire course.
Commonly Violated Run Rules
No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed.
You must have your run # on your front as you approach the finish line.
Post Race Food
Post race food, snacks and drinks will be provided free of charge to all athletes and volunteers after the race near the finish, including Jersey Mike’s Subs, pizza, & more.
We will be publishing LIVE results throughout the race. Use your mobile phone and go to www.ripitevents.com/results and click on Hagerstown Triathlon results. On the results web page, enter your bib number or name to view your individual or team results.
Awards ceremony will be held near athlete check-in. Awards will be given for the top 3 finishers for both the Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike races in each of the following divisions:
Overall Male - Top 3
Overall Female - Top 3
Overall Non-Binary - Top 3
Age Group - Top 3 (male & female) 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+