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24th annual Santa Cruz Sentinel Triathlon
 Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008 | 8:00 am | 1.5 k swim . 40 k bike . 10 k run

FAQ

 
FAQ

What is the race refund and/or transfer policy?

Can I have a friend pick-up my race packet on Saturday?

I am not a USA Triathlon member and do not want to be
    a member, why do I have to join?


I am worried that I cannot make the race cut-off times
    because my wave starts later- can I start in an earlier wave?


Are bike inspections mandatory?

Do I need a wetsuit for the swim?

How does the wave start work for the swim?

Are there assigned bike racks in the transition area?

Can I ride my bike in the transition area?

Where can I park?

Who does the event benefit?


What is the race refund and/or transfer policy?

The race has the following policies for refunds/transfers:

INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP RACERS


This is our new refund and non-transferable policy.
All entries for individual participants are non- transferable and upon successfully registering online, you have agreed to our new refund policy. Refunds will be processed for medical reasons only. In order to receive a 50% event credit toward next year's race we must receive your cancellation request in writing (email or letter) on or before 9/14/08, along with a doctor's note supporting the request (faxed to 831-426-7821 or by letter). Those who sustain an injury after this date and would like to submit a request for an exception to our refund policy should email sentineltriathlon@santacruzsentinel.com up to 72 hours prior to the event, along with a faxed doctor's note, for special consideration. Under USA Triathlon rules, participants found racing under another persons name will be disqualified and could be barred from USA Triathlon membership for one full year; this is a USA Triathlon rule. You will also be barred from racing in future Sentinel Triathlons.

RELAY TEAMS

This is our new refund and non-transferable policy.
A relay team member cannot transfer their race entry to another person upon successfully registering online. Refunds will be processed to a team for a medical reason only. In order to receive a race refund minus a $25 processing fee we must receive your cancellation request in writing (email or letter) on or before 09/14/08, along with a doctor's note for the team member supporting the request (faxed to 832-426-7821 or by letter). This will allow the uninjured team members to re-register online at active.com if they wish. Under USA Triathlon rules, participants found racing under another persons name will be disqualified and could be barred from USA Triathlon membership for one full year; this is a USA Triathlon rule. You will also be barred from racing in future Sentinel Triathlons.

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Can I have a friend pick-up my race packet on Saturday?

Yes, If you need to pick-up a fellow racers packet you will need to bring their picture ID and their valid USA Triathlon card (if they did not purchase a one day membership during registration).

For Relay team packet pick-up a picture ID and USA Triathlon card (or one day membership) is needed for each relay team member.

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I am not a USA Triathlon member and do not want to be a member, why do I have to join?

USA Triathlon sanctions the Sentinel Triathlon, and USA Triathlon membership is required for all racers. You can purchase the one-day membership during registration and are encouraged to do so.

If you have a USA Triathlon membership card, you MUST bring it to pick up your race packet; otherwise you will be required to pay the $9.00 (or $27 relays) fee. Having this sanctioning we received sponsor benefits, insurance coverage and racers are able to receive points for their national ranking. The Sentinel is a non-profit race with all proceeds donated, this has allowed us to contribute more dollars back to the community and we thank you for this!

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I am worried that I cannot make the race cut-off times because my wave starts later- can I start in an earlier wave?

Under race rules you must start with your assigned wave start. The Race cut-off times are due to the fact that the race has a limited time window that we are allow to have the roads closed.

In past years close to 100% of racers have met these cut-off times so we feel confident that you will be successful!

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Are bike inspections mandatory?

Bike inspections are not mandatory and you may have your bike checked locally; however we are a local organization whose goal is to provide a safe venue. The simplest way to get bikes checked is at the Spokesman Bicycles downtown Santa Cruz. Bikes can be taken there during the month of September and get a bike check free of charge.

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Do I need a wetsuit for the swim?

A wetsuit is strongly recommended for the swim course. The water is cold (less than 55 degrees) and there can be a current. In previous races surf conditions were highly unusual (surf shot), but there can be swells and chop. Remember, a wetsuit is an advantage over not having a wetsuit.

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How does the wave start work for the swim?

Because of the volume of swimmers, we start in waves that are 10 minutes apart.

The first wave will start at 8:00 AM. The wave will be posted on this website. Make sure you are wearing the appropriate swim cap for your wave and you cross over the timing mat at the swim area entrance.

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Are there assigned bike racks in the transition area?

NO, bike racks are available on a first come, first serve basis. You must rack your bike on the bike racks provided. There is a special bike racking section for relay teams located on Bay Avenue. Please do not take more than one space for your transition set-up; every space is needed. Your gear will be moved if you use more than one space.

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Can I ride my bike in the transition area?

NO. In order to get accurate recording from your chip you will need to walk your bike across the timing mat which will be placed at the bike exit and entrance to the transition area. As you come in from the bike course there will be a "dismount" line. You should be off your bike at this point to avoid a USA Triathlon penalty.

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Where can I park?

The Sentinel Triathlon starts and finishes at the Coast Hotel , 175 W. Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, California. The transition area is located in the hotel parking lot.

Parking

You can park in the neighborhood surrounding the transition area. The streets immediately surrounding the transition will be closed. These are Gharkey, Santa Cruz, Laguna, West Cliff Dr. between Bay and Gharkey and Bay Street between West Cliff and Laguna. Please try and be quiet when parking in this residential area, we want to be able to stage this event for many years. There is also limited marking available at the new Depot Park 119 Center Street. Parking is $5 all-day and paid for by purchasing a parking coupon at stations in the lot. From the Depot Park you will head up Washington Street to the Coast Hotel. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has several public lots and the daily parking fee is $10. From the Boardwalk you will head up Beach Street, towards the wharf/West Cliff Drive, up the hill to the Coast Hotel.

If you park in a spot with a city meter you should note that parking meters are enforced on Sunday's so plan accordingly.

Race Day Directions for Sunday to Boardwalk Parking, 400 Beach Street

  • From Hwy 1 or Hwy 17
  • Exit at Ocean Street heading south o Right on San Lorenzo Blvd.
  • Left on Riverside Ave.
  • Follow city signs to Boardwalk parking areas
Race Day Directions for Sunday, Depot Park- 119 Center Street

  • From Hwy 1 or Hwy 17
  • Exit at Ocean Street heading south
  • Right onto Broadway
  • Left onto Center Street
  • Right into Depot Park Parking on the right hand side.

You can park in the neighborhood surrounding the transition area. The streets immediately surrounding the transition will be closed. These are Gharkey, Santa Cruz, Laguna, West Cliff Dr. between Bay and Gharkey and Bay Street between West Cliff and Laguna Please try and be quiet when parking in this residential area...we want to be able to stage this event for many years. There is also marking available at the new depot site. Parking is $5 all-day and paid for by purchasing a parking coupon at stations in the lot. The Boardwalks Beach Street parking lot will be open at 6am to provide additional parking for the race. Parking will be $10 for the day. If you park in a spot with a meter you should note that city parking meters are enforced on Sunday's so plan accordingly.

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Who does the event benefit?

All the profits from this event support Santa Cruz County High School and College athletic programs. The Sentinel Triathlon Awarded $100,000 last year. This money was used to fund sports programs. Students from the institutions receiving money from the race act as volunteers on the different courses. They appreciate your participation in this event!

If you have any questions you can email us at sentineltriathlon@santacruzsentinel.com

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