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Race Instruction Details
1. There will
be no race packet pick up on race day. You must pick up
your race number, timing chip, swim cap,T-shirt and other
materials the day before the race at the old Santa Cruz Sentinel
newspaper office located in downtown Santa Cruz at 207 Church
Street, Santa Cruz, click for map. Race Packet Pickup will
be from 10 am to: 3 pm on Saturday, September 20.
2. Bring your
valid USA Triathlon card to race number pick-up. If you
do not have your valid USA Triathlon card with you, you
will be required to sign up for a one-day license. A one-day
membership is $9. This year each relay participant team
member must pay for a one-day fee unless you have a USA
Triathlon annual membership card.
3. There is
no required bike check for the Sentinel Triathlon. All competitors
are strongly urged to take advantage of a free bike inspections
in advance at The Spokesman Bicycles, 231 Cathcart St.,
Santa Cruz, (831) 429-6062 starting on Sept. 1.
4. Make sure
that you properly wear your race numbers and timing chip.
You will receive a timing chip and two numbers at the packet
pickup The bicycle frame number goes on your bicycle's top
tube, just behind the handlebars. The bib number must be
worn on the front of your body during the entire run portion
of the event. You will be body marked on race morning before
the swim. Body marking will start at 6 am.
5. Go over
the race course before the race. It is the responsibility
of each athlete to know the race course and any potential
hazards, which may exist on it. NOTE: ANY COURSE CHANGES
AND DETAILS WILL BE COVERED IN THE MANDATORY PRE-RACE MEETING
ON THE MAIN BEACH AT LIFEGUARD TOWER #3 AT 7:45 AM)
See course maps page
6. For safety
reasons there will be a fenced-in area on the beach that
you will enter into crossing over a timing mat to account
for you going into and then you will cross over a timing
mat leaving the water. If for some reason you drop out of
the race please let a race official know so they know you
will be allowed and are strongly encouraged. The water temperature
is expected to be between 50° and 60° degrees.
of bikes in transition area is first come first serve. Your
bike must be on a bike rack. Please do not use more than
one space for your transition area. All bike racks must
be used to maximum capacity. Your transition gear will be
moved if you use more than your allotted room.
can walk or run their bike through the transition area.
Chip timing is being used and racers need to walk/run bike
across the timing mat to record their time. This is also
a safety issue in the transition area.
review the bike course map.
11. The roads
are open to traffic. Ride on the right hand side of the
road unless instructed otherwise by a police officer or
will be water available on the run course at mile 2, the
turn around and mile 4.
chips must be turned in at the finish line or athlete will
be responsible for the cost of the timing chip.
Instructions for relay teams
1. Each relay
team will receive 1 race timing chip.
2. Each relay
team member must pay for a one-day USA Triathlon membership
($9.00) unless they have a USA Triathlon annual membership
3. The timing
chip is passed on after team members finish their event.
4. The timing
chip must be worn on the left ankle by each relay team member
in order for timing mats to record the time.
5. The race
timing chip must be relayed from swimmer to cyclist to runner
during the race. The timing chip must record each split
or relay team will not be eligible for award participation.
6. Relay teams
will have a SEPARATE FENCED AREA outside of the main transition
area to rack bikes. The racks will be located on Bay Avenue.
7. The Relay Team Transition area will
open at 6:30AM.
- Final instructions will be delivered on the Main Beach
by Lifeguard Tower No. 3 at 7:45 a.m. sharp. This is a mandatory
meeting for all individual and team competitors. Wave-start
lineup begins at 7:55 a.m. and no warm-up in the water will
be allowed after this time.
Make sure you cross over the timing mat on as you enter
the wave start line-up.
The first wave of swimmers goes off at 8:00 a.m. and will
proceed on time, with or without you. It is mandatory that
you start only at your designated time. See schedule below:
All swimmers must wear the official race swim cap of appropriate
color provided and extra caps will be available on the beach.
If you need help
during the swim, raise one arm or yell to a lifeguard for
Wetsuits are strongly
recommended - water temperatures usually range from 50°
and 60° degrees - but no other swim or flotation devices
may be used. Do not dive into shallow water. Upon exiting
water swimmers will be guided to finish chute. Swimmers
must proceed up hill to transition area designated as the
BIKE - Cyclist
are required to wear a bike helmet that compiles with USCPSC
Safety Standards for bicycle helmets.
You must rack your
bike in the transition area.
This is NOT a closed
bike course, so cyclists should be aware of vehicular traffic,
stay to the right and stay in the bike lanes at all times
where they are available. Upon exiting transition area,
cyclists must obey ALL traffic laws.
Cyclists are reminded
to follow all rules and traffic laws unless directed to
do otherwise by a uniformed peace officer. The USA Triathlon
officials will be active on Hwy. 1 and will enforce all
race rules. Cyclists must follow instructions of race officials,
volunteers and law enforcement officers at all times.
No drafting is allowed
at any time (see below) and will be monitored. Cyclists
must wear approved helmets, which must be fastened at all
times when on the bike. Water will be available in Davenport
at the turn-around in plastic water bottles. No private
vehicles or assistance to riders will be allowed on the
bike course, including Highway 1. Failure to obey this rule
will result in disqualification.
DRAFTING - The drafting rule
that will be enforced is a simple one: cyclists may not
ride within 3 bike lengths of the rider in front of them
or within three feet of a rider to the side. Cyclists have
15 seconds to complete a pass through this "drafting zone".
A cyclist must back off 3 bike lengths as soon as the front
wheel of the passing rider moves ahead of his (or her) bike.
RUN - The
run is on West Cliff Drive foot and bike paths to the turnaround/aid
station on Delaware Avenue behind Natural Bridges State
Park. To insure that everyone runs the same distance, running
on the street (except in the start/finish area and in the
bike lane on Swanton and Delaware Streets at Natural Bridges
State Park) is prohibited and may result in disqualification.
Stay to the right at all times and be aware of pedestrian
traffic on paths. There will be water stations at the turnaround
and at Stockton Ave. (both out and back).
Only numbered athletes will be allowed in the transition
area. Athletes must wear their race number on their upper
left arm, upper right leg. Please identify all equipment,
such as your wetsuit, with name or race number. Race committee
and sponsors are not responsible for lost or stolen equipment.
Only numbered athletes will be allowed to remove bikes from
transition area. As stated earlier, bikes must have number
tags and runner must wear bib number.
Medical teams provided by Dominican Hospital will be located
at the end of the swim in the transition. There will also
be medical assistance at the bike turnaround provided by
the Davenport Fire Department. If you witness an accident,
or in case of emergency, notify race marshals or go to the
nearest telephone and dial 911.
TIMING - All
preliminary times will be posted in the finish line area
on race day morning as soon a possible. Complete results
of every official finisher will be published in the Monday,
September 25, 2007 edition of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Results
will also be posted on this web site at www.sentineltriathlon.org.
AWARDS - Finishers
medals will be awarded to all competitors in the finish
line chute after they have completed the race. Awards will
be given to the top three finishers of each age group.
NOTE - Athletes
must arrive at transition area by 6:45 a.m. at the latest
in order to guarantee enough time to be numbered and be
able to attend final instructions on the beach at 7:45 a.m.
Once the race starts,
you may receive no outside help or assistance, unless you
drop out of the competition. If you dropout, please do not
cross the finish line. Please contact race officials as
soon as possible.
Due to race permit
requirements, cut-off times will be in effect. To be allowed
to continue in the race, all swimmers must be out of the
water by 10:00 am, all cyclists off the bike course by 11:30
am The race will officially end and the run course declared
closed at 12:30 pm All equipment must be removed from the
transition area by 1 pm.
The race will be
governed by safety standards and competitive rules as set
forth in the Tri-Fed/USA triathlon guidebook.
USA Triathlon officials
will enforce all rules. Under USA triathlon rules- any protest
of a penalty must be filed within 60 minutes of the athlete's
completion of the race. The Rule violation report will be
posted on the results board, which will be located in the
finish line area. The Head Referee is responsible for addressing
any rule protest.
The Sentinel Triathlon
is a non-profit event. Proceeds from the event are donated
to the athletic programs of UC Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College,
Santa Cruz County high schools, Santa Cruz Track Club, Long
Marine Lab and Santa Cruz Triathlon Association.
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