Below are some items to help you prepare for the event. Be sure to read them over and make certain you bring water, helmet and sunscreen!
Familiarize yourself with the course and the transition area. Visit the site the day prior, if possible.
Eat a good meal the night before.
Be sure to eat a light breakfast the morning of the event. Fruit and toast or bagel are a good choice.
Pin your bib number to your shirt prior to the race or the night before. Being prepared eliminates any anxiety before the event.
It is important to stay hydrated. Drink water prior to your race, but don't overdo.
It is common to be nervous or have butterflies before the event. Remember other participants may feel the same way.
Unless you are in the first heat, be sure to watch how the flow goes so you can know what to expect.
Be familiar with the transition area. Bikes will be located according to age categories and bib number.
Pace yourself during the event; it's okay to slow down or rest during courses if you become too tired.
Before the event, make sure your bike is in good working order including tires inflated properly.
Helmets are required on bike course; you cannot compete without one. Check ahead of time for a snug fit.
When on the bike, be sure to look forward and keep your eyes on the roadway. There most likely will be participants behind and in front of you. If possible, always stay to your right side in case someone wishes to pass.
When and if you should pass another athlete, be sure to let him/her know you are approaching. Shout out "on your right" or "on your left" when passing.
For older students, remember, you may be doing multiple laps on the bike course and/or the track. Volunteers will assist you in keeping track.
When you start the run, your legs may feel wobbly from the bike. This is mostly due to using a different set on muscles. If this is the case, don't panic, but simply take shorter strides until your legs adjust.
Pace yourself to avoid having to walk near the end. Ideally, you should conserve your energy to enable a burst of energy near the finish line.
If you have to walk, that is perfectly fine. Keep in mind, you have just done two other activities, but more importantly, the finish line is up ahead.
And most importantly, this is your event. You are participating in it for yourself. Keep in mind that we will be proud of you regardless of your finish time.
After completion, have some fun and relax! You are now a triathlete!
Fresh fruit will be available free to all participants at the finish line to replenish your energy. The awards ceremony will begin in the stadium at the 50yard line immediately after all participants have finished.