ATHLETE GUIDE

June 12, 2021

Mt. Vernon Canyon Club

RACE SCHEDULE

Thursday June 10th
·       2:00-6:00pm Packet Pick-up.  Campus Cycles 2102 S. Washington St. Denver, CO 80210
Friday June 11th
·        2:00-6:00pm - Packet Pick Up. Runner's Roost Lakewood 7978 W. Alamenda Ave., #A
Saturday June 12th
·        5:30-7:30am - Packet Pick-Up Late Registration- Mt. Vernon Canyon Club
·         5:30am- Transition area opens
·        6:30 a.m. - First Heat of Swimmers Starts
·        8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Opens!!!
·        9:30 a.m. - Last wave of swimmers begins.
·        11:00 a.m. - Awards Presentation *
  *Awards times may be moved a bit depending on the number of athletes still on course
Directions to Mt. Vernon Canyon Club
Please enter only through the west gate of Mount Vernon Country Club
Take I-70 to exit 254, Genesee exit, and turn north onto Mt. Vernon Road and proceed through the gate onto club grounds. Proceed down the hill, be aware of several speed bumps and a roundabout.
You will be directed to park on a grass lot jus t south of the country club.
NOTE: Please be aware that after 6:45am there will be racers headed up the will (west) and out of the club. They will also be turning left off of Mt. Vernon Rd. onto US 40 as you exit I-70. You must yield and follow directions of the State Trooper.
SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE TRANSITION FOR SAFETY REASONS!!!
Please keep your, family, significant others, and children out of the transition area before, during, and after the race. Only the athlete is allowed inside transition. Thank you for your cooperation with this.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN DRIVING IN THE AREA AS ATHLETES WILL BE WARMING UP AND WALKING ALONG THE ROADS!
PACKET PICK-UP
This year the packet pick up will be contact free.  The volunteer will have a list of names and bib numbers.  You will grab the packet that corresponds with your bib number.  Make sure to confirm with the volunteer before you leave.  This year you will be allowed to pick up packets for other racers, and relay team members.
Each Participant MUST have both a photo ID.  If you do not have an ID you WILL NOT be given your race packet. Each participant must be present to pick up their race number/packet.
You must pick up your packet either at Campus Cycles at 2102 S. Washington in Denver on Thursday June 10th from 2-6pm or the Runners Roost-Lakewood on June 11th from 2:00-6:00pm or on race day between 5:30-8:30am at the middle parking lot at Mt. Vernon CC. We suggest you pick up your packet the day prior to the race so you’re not rushed on race morning.
You must have a photo ID. We cannot release your packet to you without a valid Photo ID, no exceptions
If you have a USAT license you must present it when you pick up your packet. If you do not have your license with you, you must purchase a $15 one day license. Please do not yell at the volunteer if you don’t have your license, it’s your responsibility.
You must take the shirt size you ordered. Sorry. You may come to the table on race day after the race to exchange your shirt for a different size.
RACE NUMBER INSTRUCTIONS: Your race packet will contain 2 numbers:
1.     Bike Frame #: The 1st will be a bike frame number and has self-adhesive strips. Place this on your bike frame.
2.     Running Bib #: Affix this to a race belt, t-shirt, shorts, or running skirt. It must be showing on the front of your person as you cross the finish line.
3.     Timing Chip: The timing chip is affixed to an ankle strap. Affix this to your left ankle prior to the swim and leave it on for the entirety of the event. A volunteer will collect it from you at the finish line.
a.      If you are on a relay you will exchange the timing strip between legs of the race, in the transition area at your bike placement.
4.     Bring your race # to the timing chip table located at the entrance to the pool to pick up your timing chip on race morning. Timing Chips will only be handed out on race morning.
5.     A swim cap will also be provided for you at the swim start and must be worn during the swim portion of the event.
THE RACE
1.     RACE MORNING
a.      Please arrive at least 90 minutes before your scheduled start time.
b.     You must park on the south side of Mt. Vernon Road on the grass parking area.  You will turn in at the orange banner flags.
c.      The bike racks will be numbered by bib number, in numerical order.  You MUST rack your bike at the designated rack.   If you rack at a different rack your bike will be removed.  (Don’t make us be the bad guy)
d.     Late packet pick up will be located under the tent west of the finish line in the middle parking lot.
e.      Make sure to get your body numbered.  Bib number on left arm, and age on right calf.
f.      If your family/friends wish to watch you we would ask them to volunteer at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c45aead2daa8-volunteer4 
2.     SWIM COURSE:
a.      You will pick up your timing chip and swim cap as you enter the pool.  Please keep the area around the pool entrance clear.  Only the six lifeguards (your counters), the swimmers in the water, and the next heat of swimmers are allowed on the pool deck.
b.     The water temperature is expected to be in the low 80s for the event.
c.      After you have received your lane assignment and your cap report to your lane. After you arrive at your lane you will be started every 3 seconds apart from your lap mates
d.     You will swim circle swim in a counter-clockwise direction.
e.      If you need to pass somebody please tap them ONCE on the foot. It is important for the swimmer being passed to stop at the end of that length to allow your fellow competitor to pass. DO NOT pass in the middle of the lane.
f.      You may swim any stroke you wish, you may stop at the end of the pool to rest (stay off to the side), you may even walk on the bottom as long you don’t impede other swimmers.
g.     Just before your last length the lifeguard counting your laps will tap you on your head or feet. g. Exit the pool at the west end and run down to the transition area.
3.     BIKE COURSE:
a.      This is a 1 LAP Bike Course. Volunteers will be on hand directing you along with course signs. The course has been marked with orange marking paint on the course, with a LMT below each arrow. The course will also be marked with signs with blue arrows.
b.     You will mount your bike at the west exit of the transition area and head out through a coned section before turning left onto Mt. Vernon Road.
c.      At major intersections there will be either a State Trooper or a County Deputy guiding you along. You MUST obey their commands.
d.     At other intersections there will be signs and possibly a volunteer marshal.
e.      The roads will be open to traffic and you must stay to the right of the road. Rules of the road apply. Marshals will stop cars coming in the other directions but be aware.
f.      Drafting is illegal, please allow for 10 meters unless you are passing.
g.     You will re-enter Mt. Vernon through its east gate and climb back up to the transition area.
h.     GPS version of the Bike Course
4.     RUN COURSE:
a.      The run course is a loop within the property of Mt. Vernon Country Club.
b.     It is entirely on private property so there is ABSOLUTELY NO pre-running of the course. The residents of Mt. Vernon have been very gracious in letting us use such a beautiful area. Please do not jeopardize the future of this event.
c.      Water aid stations will be located at the west end of transition and approximately at each mile marker.
  i.     The aid stations will be contact free.  The volunteers will fill part of the table you approach first with water and the back half with Gatorade.  They will NOT hand you cups of water.
d.     The course will be marked by Red Run signs. Please pay attention to the specific course signage.
e.      Roads are open to traffic. Please run on the left side of the road so that you are facing traffic.
5.     GENERAL:
a.      Please do not litter the course. Pack out any gels, bars, and water bottles that you have with you on the course. Mount Vernon CC is very generous to allow us to use their facilities and it would be a shame if it is littered with trash. A trashcan will be provided at the aid station on the run course to dispose of any trash.
6.     VOLUNTEERS: We always need volunteers. If you have a friend or family member interested in volunteering; they receive a nice shirt, free brunch, beer if they are old enough, and endless gratuity from the races. Go here if you’d like to sign somebody up to VOLUNTEER
7.     POST FESTIVITIES AND AWARDS:
a.      When you finish you will asked to remove your chip and throw into a bucket, you will directed to grab a bottle of water or two, and your finisher towel.  Contact free. be handed a bottle of Eldorado Artesian water and finisher towel. Little trolls will remove your timing chip, so please be aware and patient.
b.     Awards will begin around 11:00am. There is some great great door prizes to be had, so don’t leave early.
CRITICAL RACER INFORMATION:
Transition
Athletes only: NO SPECTATORS OR COACHES
Your bike MUST be placed on the rack that has your bib number
 
Swim Start
Report to the entrance to the pool southeast end of the pool at least 20 minutes before your scheduled start time.
You will receive your timing chip and swim cap.
As you get seeded for your swim each person in your lane will receive a different color swim cap
Bike
Helmet chin strap must be fastened at all times while you’re on the bike
NEVER cross the center line of the road. EVER! Keep to the right except while passing (when passing, shout ‘on your left’)
We enforce the ‘no drafting rule’.
NO EAR BUDS OR AIR PODS.
General
While biking or running, stereo headphones (such as iPhones) are not allowed
DO NOT LITTER THE COURSE, PLEASE PACK OUT WHAT YOU PACK IN!!!
 
8.     RELAY TEAMS
The following is a procedure outline specifically for Relay Teams:
Packet Pickup
a.      One person may pick up all of the packets for the team members.
b.     Your Team will receive one Race # Packet, as it contains your Bikers Frame #, and Runners Bib #.
c.      Everyone in your team will get their own T-shirt d. You will only receive One (1) Timing Chip on the morning of the race. Go to the timing chip pickup table with your race # to get your timing chip.
d.     Body Marking: Everyone in your team must be body marked, as a preventative for lost numbers, as well as for timing, and photos.
                                                    i.     The cyclist and runner should have the letter “R” written on their calf instead of their age.
e.      TIMING CHIP: The timing chip will be worn by all the relay team athletes. Timing Chip Location: Swimmer = Ankle, Biker = Ankle, Runner = Ankle.
                                                    i.     The timing chip will be passed between your Relay Teammates inside the transition area, at your designated spot. The biker will be waiting at the bike (Keep on the rack until the chip is transferred) for the swimmer to enter transition and switch the timing chip.
                                                  ii.     The runner will also be waiting inside transition (again at your teams bike rack location), for the biker to enter and make the switch (Please rack your bike prior to transferring the timing chip to the runner).
PLEASE READ BEFORE THE RACE!
1.     Helmets: 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: 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 and it is placed back on the rack. 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 are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty
4.     Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated bike rack. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle rack. 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 of you. 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. (It is for your safety that you do not cross the Yellow Line, especially on corners) 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 (This is a family environment and any language of this nature will NOT be tolerated.
8.     Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walk-mans, 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 (Please do not break this rule, as it is a major safety violation)
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.  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. Please do not litter the course with water bottles, gel packets, wrappers, etc. The community has supported this event for years and your responsibility in keeping the course clean will help to ensure that this event continues. Penalty: Variable time penalty For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up to date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules at: http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules
MOST IMPORTANTLY: BE SAFE, TREAT YOUR FELLOW RACERS AND VOLUNTEERS WITH RESPECT, AND HAVE FUN!!!