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Frequently Asked Questions

Results

Q. When are results posted?
A. Preliminary results are posted soon after athletes begin to finish. Results are then updated continuously throughout the race. Results are not official until all penalties have been assessed.

Q. Are the results posted on the web?
A. Yes, results will be available for viewing on www.DowntownOrlandoTriathlon.com following the race. Results are usually posted within a few hours after the conclusion of the race.

Q. I placed within my division but have to leave before the scheduled awards ceremony. What should I do?
A. We encourage you to find a way to stick around and enjoy the post event festivities. If you absolutely, positively must leave before the award ceremony starts, you can have your award mailed to you. Email Pete Sherrard at kcoulthart@orlandosports.org with your complete address. There is an $8 fee to cover costs associated with shipping and handling. All awards must be claimed within 30 days of the race.
Swim

Q. Will the swim be a mass start?
A. Athletes will start in waves determined by their race division, gender and age. Please refer to posted schedule.

Q. What is a 'wave'?
A. The swim is organized by "waves" that is one or more division's start at specific times with 2-10 minutes in-between. Wave start times are posted at Packet pick up and an information sheet is included in your race packet. You must start in your wave according to USAT rules or result in a time penalty or disqualification.

Q. What about water quality?
A. Water testing has already been performed at Lake Underhill and has been determined to be safe for swimming.

Q. Do I need to bring a swim cap?
A. No. Swim caps will be provided in your race packet.

Q. Will wet suits be allowed on the swim?
A. It depends on the water temperature at the venue. Established USAT rules will be followed. If the water temperature is 78 F or below, wetsuits will be allowed. Between 78 F and 84 F, wetsuit use is permitted, however, athletes wearing them will start in a separate wave and will not be eligible for awards or rankings. Above 84 F, wetsuit use is prohibited.

Bike

Q. When can I retrieve my bike?
A. After the last cyclist comes into the transition area. The Transition Coordinator will notify athletes that it is OK to retrieve your bike and gear. All bikes and equipment should be retrieved from the transition area by 3:00 pm on September 16. You must have your race number to enter.

Transitions

Q. When do I check my gear in?
A. Race gear can be checked and dropped off at the transition area between 6:00 AM and 7:30 AM on September 16. All bikes and equipment must be picked up from the transition area no later then 3:00 PM on September 16.

Q. Will my bike and equipment be safe in the transition area until I am able to retrieve it?
A. Yes. Security will be stationed at the transition area until 3:00 pm on September 16.

Q. Are there changing tents in the Transition area?
A. No. However port-o-lets will be available within the transition area.

Q. What is the very best way to get back and forth between the swim start/transition at Lake Underhill and the finish in Downtown Orlando?
A. Most people will have a friend, spouse, or family member assist them. For example, if a spectator for the participant wishes to watch the race, they would drop off the participant at Lake Underhill Park and then hang around to watch the swim and bike segments. Once the participant finishes the swim and bike, the spectator would drive downtown to the finish area. Then when the participant finishes and after the post event celebration, the spectator would take the participant back the start/transition to get their equipment. The Team Relay would work in a similar way, with one of the three participants vehicles being left at the finish area and then driving another teammates vehicle to the start/transition. Therefore the team always has access to a vehicle. There will also be a shuttle system to take spectators and athletes back and forth. Bikes will NOT be allowed on the shuttle buses, due to space.

General

Q. What foods and fluids will be available on the course?
A. Water will be available at the start of the race, finish line and at the transition area. In addition two water stops will be on the run course at the 1-mile mark and 2-mile mark. At the finish of the race you will enjoy post race athlete hospitality provided by Wall Street Plaza. The athlete hospitality area will be just outside of Slingapours bar/restaurant. Gatorade, Uncle Matt's Organic Orange Juice, fruit, bagels and free beer will be available

Q. Can my spouse or friends help me in during the race?
A. No. The sport of triathlon is an individual sport. In accordance with USAT rules, outside assistance is not allowed and will result in a USAT penalty.

Q. What is the very best way to get back and forth between the swim start/transition at Lake Underhill and the finish in Downtown Orlando?
A. Most people will have a friend, spouse, or family member assist them. For example, if a spectator for the participant wishes to watch the race, they would drop off the participant at Lake Underhill Park and then hang around to watch the swim and bike segments. Once the participant finishes the swim and bike, the spectator would drive downtown to the finish area. Then when the participant finishes and after the post event celebration, the spectator would take the participant back the start/transition to get their equipment. The Team Relay would work in a similar way, with one of the three participants vehicles being left at the finish area and then driving another teammates vehicle to the start/transition. Therefore the team always has access to a vehicle. There will also be a shuttle system to take spectators and athletes back and forth. Bikes will NOT be allowed on the shuttle buses, due to space.

Q. Where do I park for the Triathlon?
A. You have two options. 1) Start/transition: Parking near the start/transition area will be available at the First Alliance Church on Lake Underhill Road at no cost. 2) Finish/Downtown Orlando: there are many parking garages and surface lots near the finish area. Each requires a small fee. Visit www.DowntownOrlandoTriathlon.com for more parking information.

Relay Teams

Q. How do Relay Teams work?
A. A relay team consists of two or three athletes competing in separate segments of the race. Typically, one team member swims, another bikes, and the third runs. In a two-person team, one member completes two segments. Relay Teams are categorized as male, female, or co-ed.

Q. Can one team member pick-up our team packets or do all of us need to be present?
A. One member can pick-up the packets as long as they provide a photo ID for all team members.
ChampionChip Timing

Q. What is a ChampionChip?
A. A ChampionChip is a tiny computer transponder that you wear during the race for scoring purposes. If you do not wear the ChampionChip assigned to you, you will not be scored in the race.

Q. Do I need to rent a ChampionChip for the race?
A. ChampionChips are provided for all participants in the event. There is no charge for the chip unless you fail to return it following the race.
In most cases, the chips are distributed on race morning.

Q. How does it work?
A. Click here for a detailed explanation of the ChampionChip system.

Q. What happens if I lost the ChampionChip?
A. Your are responsible for the ChampionChip and band. If you lose it, or do not return it following the race, you will be billed for the replacement cost of the chip and band ($35).

Q. I'm on a Relay Team, who wears the ChampionChip?
A. Each member of the team wears the chip during his/her segment of the race. The members will transfer the chip from one team member to another in a designated area within the transition area.

Q. What do I do if I lose my ChampionChip during the race?
A. Notify the Transition Coordinator in the transition area that that you have lost your chip. They have temporary replacement ChampionChips that they can issue to you to wear during the remainder of the race. If you are unable to obtain a replacement chip, make sure you notify the finish line timers at the finish line so they can manually record your time.

Q. Where do I put the chip?
A. The ChampionChip is attached to an ankle bracelet that must be worn around your ankle during the entire race. It does not matter which ankle you affix it to, or if the chip is above or below your socks or wetsuit. If the ChampionChip is not affixed to your ankle, you will not be scored.

Q. Can I put the ChampionChip on my own ankle bracelet?
A. Yes, as long as it secures the chip in a perpendicular position to the ground. You must return our band to us or you will be billed $5 for the replacement cost of the band.

Q. Can I race with my own ChampionChip?
A. Yes. You can race with your own personal ChampionChip as long as you included your ChampionChip number on your registration form. When you check-in during registration, please verify your personal information to make certain your personal ChampionChip number was recorded.

Q. How can I make sure you have my ChampionChip number assigned to me for the race?
A. When you check-in for the race, you will be presented a card that lists your personal race information. If we have your ChampionChip number on file, it will be listed on the card. If it is not listed, please contact the registration personnel.

Q. If I own my chip, do I need to put this on the form every time I register?
A. Yes, each time you register you need to indicate your ChampionChip number on the entry form.
Race Registration

Q. Do I need to qualify in order to enter a race?
A. No, race entry is open to individuals and two and three person relay teams.

Q. How do I enter?
A. The easiest and quickest way to enter is by registering online here. You can also enter by mail or fax. Entry forms are available for download here.

Q. Will late registration be available?
A. The last opportunity to register is on Friday, September 15th at the Downtown Orlando YMCA from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

Q. What is the difference between Age Group, Clydesdale and Athena?
A. These titles are racing categories. As an athlete you may select ONE category to compete in. Age Group is for regular age group competition, Clydesdale is the division for males 200 lbs. and over, and Athena for females 150 lbs. and over.

Q. If I meet the Clydesdale or Athena weight categories, do I have to race in those divisions?
A. No. You can select to race as an age group athlete, or as a Clydesdale\Athena athlete.

USA Triathlon

Q. What is USA Triathlon?
A. USA Triathlon (USAT) is the National Governing Body for triathlon and duathlon. USA Triathlon sanctions events, picks national, world and Olympic teams; trains and hires officials; promotes the sport, etc. To learn more about USA Triathlon and the official rules visit www.usatriathlon.org

Q. What is meant by "Sanctioned by USA Triathlon"?
A. The USAT sanctioning process ensures that each event that gets the USAT stamp of approval is safe, fair, legal, and well organized. In turn, this allows USAT athletes to compete in quality events and potentially become a nationally ranked athlete.

Q. I put my USAT number on the registration form. Do I still need to bring my membership card to check-in?
A. Yes! Even though we may have your USAT number on file, we still must see proof of current membership at check-in. Your USAT number does not indicate your membership status. If you do not bring proof of membership to check-in, you will be required to purchase a one-day license in order to compete

Q. What if I lost my card, or recently joined USAT and have not received my card?
A. Visit the USA Triathlon website at www.usatriathlon.org for details on how to obtain a replacement card or temporary proof of membership.

Q. What about relay teams? Do all relay team members need a USAT license?
A. No. The Central Florida Sports is waiving all membership fees associated with the Team Relay race.








 

 

 

 

 

 







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