Race Day Info

Packet Pick Up/Race Day Registration

Will be Friday April 7, 2017 from 5pm-7-pm

and Saturday April 8, 2017 from 7am-8:30am



Event Time: 9:00AM Saturday April 8, 2017


Arrival Time:

Arrive at the Valdese Swim Center no later than 8:00 AM as all bikes must be in the transition area by 8:50AM. The TA will close at 8:50 AM and no one will be allowed to place bikes inside after this time. The mats will be ON and if you go into the transition area you will initiate your timing.  Also, race day packet pickup will end at 8:30 AM. Chip Pick-Up and Body Marking will end at 8:45 AM.


Swim Start Times:

Swim start times will be estimates.  Every participant should be in the pool area by 8:50am.  Estimated swim start times for all pre-registered athletes will also be posted at packet pick-up on Friday night. Any athlete registering on Friday night or Saturday morning will be mixed in with pre-registered athletes.  This is why times are estimates this year and subject to change. Every athlete should be in the pool area by 8:50am.   


Parking: All participants will park in various parking lots and spaces around the swim center. Please follow the directions of parking volunteers on event morning.




Body Marking:

All participants must be marked at the body marking area – located in the gym area. Body marking will begin at 7:30 AM in the gym behind registration.

Pre-Event Instructions/Meeting: Important information and instructions will be given on Friday evening at 7:00 PM at the Valdese Aquatic Center.Please plan to attend this meeting. This is a good opportunity to communicate important information and any last minute changes that may be necessary.


Chip Timing:

This will be a Chip timed event. You will pick up your chip at the chip pick up table on event morning. This table is located inside the gym area near body marking and packet pick up.  If you do not return your timing chip for any reason you will be charged a $30 replacement fee. If you fail to finish the event please return your chip to the finish line area without crossing over any timing mats.

NOTE: Once the event has begun do not cross over any timing mats. There will be a TA entrance along the side of the TA. If you have a late start time you must enter and exit the TA only through this entrance. If you fail to do so and cross a timing mat before you have started your event and the event has begun you will not receive any split times.


Transition Area:

NOTE: Regardless of when you start the event – you must have your bike and equipment in the transition area before 8:45 AM.The transition area will close for check-in at 8:45 AM. If you arrive after that time, you will not be allowed to place your equipment in the transition area. You may still enter and exit the TA through the middle entrance.

-The transition area is located in the parking lot of the aquatic center

-No bike storage the night before the event.

-Participants only in the transition area. 

-Bike rack assignments will be made – look for your numbered rack. You may rack anywhere on your

rack, but we do ask that athlete’s alternate sides on the bike racks with his/ her bike. 

-Only the event participant will be allowed to remove his/her bike from the transition area. 

-Participants will not be allowed to mount bikes inside transition area – and will be made to dismount

at transition area entrance following the bike segment.



-Swim diagram is available on the http://www.valdesetri.com/race-course-maps/

-The swim will be a zig-zag style swim with swimmers swimming in one direction only per lane. In

other words, each time you touch the wall at the end of a lap you should change lanes. You should never swim two directions in the same lane.

-The pool will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM for warm-up. 

-Be prepared to line up for the swim start at 8:45am.

-Participants will go of individually in aroung 20-second increments. 

-When lining up for the swim – remember your estimated specific swim start time. 

-If you miss your swim start time don't worry.  You race time will start when you cross the mat.



-Bike course map is available at http://www.valdesetri.com/race-course-maps/

-The bike course is a 9 mile out and back lollipop design. 

-The course will be marked with green arrows on the pavement and red directional signs.

-No drafting! Draft marshals on motorcycles will be present on the course. Don’t get caught drafting or

blocking. If you aren’t familiar with USAT rules on drafting and blocking, ask one of your fellow

competitors prior to the event or go to the USAT web site at www.usatriathlon.org

-Hard shell helmets must be worn. 

-Helmets must be fastened before leaving the transition area. 

-Stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left. 

-Bike frame numbers that are provided must be attached to your bike and visible from both sides. 

-Helmet numbers must be affixed to the front of your cycling helmet. 

-No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed. (2 minute penalty) 

-There are plenty of volunteers and police officers along the course but it is your responsibility to know the course. 

-Cyclists will be riding in the left hand lane for the stretch along Drexel Rd. That lane will be closed to

oncoming traffic.



-Run course map is available on our website – thttp://www.valdesetri.com/race-course-maps/ 

-The course is an out and back design. 

-The course will be well marked. NOTE: There is only one turn on the run course. Upon exiting the

Transition Area you will make a left and then head straight out until the turn around point. Volunteers will be at this point to insure you turn around.

-The course will be closed to traffic. 

-You must wear the run bib number in front (with the pull tag) that is provided. 

-If you do not have your run bib number clearly displayed on your front as you cross the finish

line - you will be assessed a two-minute penalty.

-Water stations will be located at the beginning of the run, and then at the mile marker on the run course (marked on the road in green).  You will be able to use the water station on the way our and on the back.

-No headphones, earphones or any radio-type devices will be allowed. (2 minute penalty)


Relay Teams

-Swimmers will tag bikers and make the timing chip exchange at the designated bike rack location. 

-Bikers must tag runners and make the timing chip exchange at the same bike rack location.

Awards:Award presentations will begin immediately after the last finisher completes the event (estimated to be 11:45 AM). You must be present to collect your award, or have someone get it for you. Awards WILL NOT be mailed out.


Results: Barring any issues, results (with splits) will be posted by 9 PM Saturday April 18 at

 http://www.valdesetri.com/results/    You will receive a swim split, T1 split, a bike split, T2 split and a run split. 5 Splits total.





Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.

Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps:

Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.

Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area:

All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle 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.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course:

All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.

Penalty: Referee's discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct:

Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.

Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones:

Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.

Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers:

All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits:

Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit 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 wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment:

All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.

Penalty: Variable time penalty Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category

Sprint Intermediate Long Ultra

1st Offense

2:00 minute 2:00 minutes 4:00 minutes 6:00 minutes

2nd Offense

4:00 minutes 4:00 minutes 8:00 minutes 12:00 minutes

3rd Offense

Disqualification Disqualification Disqualification Disqualification

For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at:




Event Date:  April 8, 2017

Start Time: 9:00am

Location: The Valdese Rec. 312 Massel Ave SE, Valdese, NC 28690 

Distance: 250yard Swim, 9.5 mile Bike, 5K Run

Race Course Maps

Cost:  Individual, $55 before 3/13/17, and $65 beginning 3/13/17

Relay/Team:  $90 before 3/13/17, and $115 beginning 3/13/17


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