Dear Lake Meridian Triathlete, (sent to all athletes Wednesday or Thursday)
Thank you for signing up for Raise the Bar's Lake Meridian Triathlon. We are in the final stages of race prep and are very excited for Saturday. Below you will find some important information to help you prepare for your race. And I know it is a lot of details but hopefully these details will help make your race experience smooth! PLEASE READ :)! There are some course modifications as well below.
IMPORTANT PACKET STUFF: ALL athletes are required to show photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS Every single participant must have a photo ID, this includes all relay participants. Youth athletes without an ID must be accompanied by a parent/guardian with a photo ID. Great news- pre-registered athletes (that is you!), do not need to show USAT card or receipt due to our registration system process. Only Photo ID is needed at pick up.
Athletes may only pick up their own packets. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. Regarding relays, all relay members must be present to receive the packet, or we will split up the relay packet for each participant.
Packet Pick Up:
Friday, August 11 3:30-6:30 PM Packet Pick Up at Northwest Tri and Bike
Saturday, August 12 5:40-6:30 AM Packet Pick up at Lake Meridian (have your photo ID out and ready to speed this up)
Each packet will include a helmet number, a bike frame number, a run number, race chip and swim cap. Directions are on the front of each packet for placement. If you want to use your own chip strap, please turn our strap in at packet pick up (lost straps are $5).
Parking is limited at the lake but there is parking at nearby businesses. Please respect the posted no parking signs. Please do not line up at the park entrance for parking in the early morning. Our volunteers need access to that area. Parking map: http://lakemeridiantri.com/parking.html
Let your family members know that if they are coming to watch, the intersection of 272nd and 152nd will be heavily impacted by the race from 8 AM- 10:00 AM.
Race Day Schedule:
5:40 Transition Opens
6:30 AM Pre-Race Briefing
Swimmer Count: All swimmer must enter the water through the swimmer chute before racing. We must have an accurate count of swimmers in the water. Please enter after the athlete briefing and before warming up and only go through the chute once.
7:00 AM: Olympic Men Begin
7:03 AM: Olympic Women and Olympic Relays Begin
7:06 AM: Sprint Men Begin
7:09 AM: Sprint Women and Sprint Relays Begin
7:12 AM: Super Sprint Wave with Super Sprint Relays
10:30 AM: Approx. start of awards and raffle for a Cannondale Road Bike plus more great items.
*Please note that the awards will be 5 deep in the Sprint and Olympic distance in 5 year age groups and 3 deep in the Super Sprint in 5 year age groups.
Rules: This race is USAT sanctioned so all USAT rules will be in effect. This includes no headphones allowed at anytime during the race. See most common rule violations here.
Course: Please know your race color which will be the same as your swim cap- Super Sprint is GREEN, Sprint is YELLOW and Olympic is ORANGE.
Swim: The temperature of the water on Tuesday morning at 8AM was 77 degrees. With the current forecast of slightly dropping temps, we anticipate it being a little lower on race morning. If you're following your USAT swim rules, you know that means wetsuits will be legal, and if you wear one you'll still be eligible for awards!!
To keep everyone safe on their bikes at the park entrance, It's imperative that we get all of you out of transition prior to the first cyclist returning to the park, and because you guys are getting faster, we've had an overlap of exiting and entering cyclists the last 2 years. If, for any reason, our swim course director determines you won't make it out of the water in time, you'll be given the opportunity to get a ride from a course boat to the swim finish, where you can continue your race. You can also opt to continue swimming to the end, but will likely lose the opportunity to participate on the bike and run.
Historically the Sprinter and Super Sprinters have no problem with this - but it's happened quite often with our Olympic swimmers. Please - if you are signed up for the Olympic and think this might affect your race, you are more then welcome to transfer to the Sprint or Super Sprint. Email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patty at email@example.com with questions or race changes.
We love for everyone to cross the finish line at RTB Events. If you're signed up and nervous about your swim and how it might keep you from a happy finish, we want to talk to you!
Bike: Olympic bike course cut off is 8:40 for men and 8:43 for women at the right hand turn at the end of the Lake Holm/Lake Moneysmith loop (10 miles into the bike). If you do not make it, you will asked to turn back and complete the Sprint course bike and run. The majority of bike course is unchanged from last year. However, at the sprint/super sprint turnaround (and mile 14 of the Olympic course) there is some road construction that's led to a slight detour. The pavement on the detour is great, and the volunteers will keep you going the right direction. We're asking you ride through that detour off your aerobars and with your head up please!
Olympic cyclists - the roadway past mile 14 has new chipseal. The shoulder will be swept on Thursday, but please keep your eyes open for any loose gravel and ride attentively.
When you're in the park: Race Sponsors and vendors will be present at the park. Please take minute to visit them and thank them for their contributions to the race. (They help keep your entry fees down!) We are grateful to Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Outpatient Physical Therapy, Hester Law Group, Northwest Tri & Bike, Peak Performance and Prevention, Profile Design Cannondale, blueseventy, and others. Many of them will have giveaways or merchandise for sale. Be sure and look for Rita's Italian Ice - They will be serving free Italian ice to athletes and spectators until they run out! Also coming is JoeFroyo - they'll have iced coffee beverages for sale in their truck. As always, the RTB Food Crew will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausages, bagels, fruit, and PBJ. Athletes & volunteers eat free, $5 for individuals, $15 for families.
Facebook: Up to date, last minute details will be posted on the our Lake Meridian Facebook page found here. These updates also post the front page of our Lake Meridian Tri website.
Restrooms: There will be honey buckets on site to the southwest side of transition over the hill, along with public restrooms located near the water on the west side of transition. There is also a honey bucket at approx the .5 mile mark of the run.
Other: Race Information can be found here: http://lakemeridiantri.com/day-of-race.html
Please do not hesitate to email if you have a question.
Raise the Bar
Team Manager, Director of Athlete Services