Rules & Procedures
Don’t forget any of your gear including:
• Timing chip and ankle strap
• Swim cap
• Swim Goggles
• Wetsuit (Optional)
• Properly fitted bike (with number affixed to bike)
• Approved bike helmet
• Tire repair kit
• Cycling shoes
• Running shoes
• Running bib number
• Sun screen
• Filled bike water bottles
• Energy bars and gels
AND A GREAT ATTITUDE FOR A FUN RACE!!
transition area opens at 6:00AM and regardless of your wave, your
equipment MUST be checked into transition by NO LATER than 7:30AM. The
racks provided will be numbered according to your race number. You MUST
rack your bike accordingly. You must also return your bike to the same
location in the transition after the bike portion before your run. You
will not be able to remove your bike until the last cyclist is back
from the bike course. Your equipment must be removed from transition by
1:00PM. THE EVENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.
ONLY participants and volunteers will be allowed in the transition area before, during and after the event.
equipment (wheels, 2nd helmet, 2nd wetsuit, etc.) will not be allowed
in the transition area. Transition will be fenced and secured. Gear
bags over 24” will not be allowed in transition. NO COOLERS, EITHER!!
ANSI, CPSC, or SNELL approved helmets are required during the cycling
portion of the event. You will be PROHIBITED from participation if you
don’t have an approved helmet. Helmets MUST be buckled in place during
ALL aspects of the bike, including while in transition area. Failing to
have your helmet buckled will result in a D.Q.
You must walk
your bike in racks area and walk or jog with your bike in the
transition lanes to the designated mount and dismount areas at the
perimeter if the transition area.
RACE NUMBERS & BODY MARKING:
race number must be visible on your body and bike frame. Your race bib
number must be on your jersey or race belt during the run.
Body marking will be written on the shoulders, lower quadriceps and calves.
event is timed with an electronic timing chip system. Participants MUST
wear their timing chip strapped to their ANKLE throughout the entire
event. Both, the chip and ankle strap are provided by the timing
NO CHIP = NO RACE SPLITS OR FINISH TIME!!!! (This means your results will not be counted)
first wave of the swim will start at 8:00AM (unless there’s a weather
delay). Each wave is designated by event (Olympic or Sprint), gender
and age group. Waves will be designated by a specific color swim cap.
The same color swim cap may be used for more than one wave. Do NOT
change waves. If you lost your cap, see a race official at the swim
start to get the correct color cap. You need to confirm your wave start
time at packet pick up.
The swim course will be a clockwise
triangular course in Bear Lake with a beach start. You should seed
yourself according to your swim ability (faster swimmers in the front).
You are prohibited from intentionally striking or swimming over another
swimmer. Failure to obey the warnings and commands of an official or
lifeguard, will result in a D.Q. and ejection from the event.
you are using a wetsuit, make sure you are using a wetsuit which is
designed for “open water” swimming. If you are new to using a wetsuit,
it is suggested you purchase or rent one from a reputable dealer and
insure a proper fit. It is also recommended that you train in your
wetsuit under supervision before wearing the wetsuit in competition.
PLEASE DON’T BRING ANY EXTRA GEAR TO THE SWIM START!!
is strongly recommended that you have your bike properly fitted and
tuned no less than 3 weeks before the event. This would include
inspecting your brake pads and tires. Breakaway Bicycle and Fitness
will be at the race site Saturday and Sunday providing technical
support. The bike leg takes place on city and county roads that are
open to vehicular traffic. Although the traffic will be relatively
light and volunteers and police agencies will be assisting on the
course, you MUST stay alert at all times to your surroundings. It is
always very easy to get caught up in your cycling and the race itself,
however, you NEED to be watchful of what’s going on. This includes
watching for vehicles, intersections, watching out for fellow athletes
and paying attention to course volunteers. It is the athlete’s
responsibility to know the bike course.
Since the race shares
the road with vehicular traffic, you are required to ride to the far
right of the roadway if you are not in the act of passing. You are ONLY
to pass other riders on the LEFT. If you are not passing another rider
but are riding on the left, that is termed as “blocking” and is a D.Q.
offense. BY NO MEANS SHOULD ANYONE BE RIDING 2 OR 3 ABREAST ON THE
ROAD. Drafting marshals on motorcycles will be on the bike
course and will strictly enforce rules including the prohibiting of
drafting. Failure to obey the commands of a race official may result in
being DQ’d and ejection from the event.
There may be areas of
the bike course (transition area, sharp turns, bumps, etc) where you
will be given instructions. Again, race officials will be on hand and
failure to obey their commands will result in a penalty or being DQ’d.
YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED FROM USING A CELL PHONE OR WALKMAN –LIKE
DEVICE (RADIO, CASSETTE PLAYER, I-POD, MP3 PLAYER, CD PLAYER, ETC)
DURING ANY TIME OF THE EVENT. Use of such equipment is an automatic DQ
offense from the event. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!!!!
If you break down
on the bike course you must get at least 6 feet off to the side of the
road to tend to your repairs. If you are unable to repair your bike,
you must remove yourself from the bike course. Vans or trucks will be
circulating the course to bring you back to the transition area,
however, you must turn in your timing chip at that time. If you
breakdown and you feel you are close enough to the transition area
after completing most of the course, you may run or walk your bike to
transition and continue the race.
run courses take you from the park and will go through the scenic
residential city of North Muskegon. Aid stations will be provided every
1 to 2 mile intervals with water and Gatorade. Volunteers and local
residents will be guiding and cheering you along the way. While the
course will be staffed with numerous volunteers, it is strongly
suggested to keep your eyes open to all things around you and watch for
vehicles and other adverse conditions. It is the athlete’s
responsibility to know the course.
This page was last
Mar 12, 2015