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[−] Event Information


Schedule


September 14th, 2018

5:00-7:00 PMPacket Pickup- Mineral Springs Park (Big Yellow & White Tent), 601 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635.

September 15th, 2018

7:00AMTransition area opens
7:00-8:30Packet pickup at registration area
8:45Transition area closes
8:50Course Meeting
9:00Triathlon 1st Wave start
9:03-?Additional Waves start every two minutes (based on number of participants)
?First place finisher crosses finish line. After race celebration begins with free snacks and beverages
10:30-?Award Ceremony. Awards can be picked up immediately after timing results are completed.


Watercraft Drop Off

Watercraft drop off will occur on Saturday morning from 7:00am to 8:30am at the Frankfort Municipal Marina, 606 Main Street Frankfort MI. There will be a drop off lane and some assistance for unloading your watercraft. There is NO PARKING in the drop off area. The transition drop off area will close at 8:30, 15 minutes prior to the transition area closing. Please note that there will be no access to the transition area until 10:15 am or after the last participant crosses the finish line, whichever comes sooner.

Parking

Parking for athletes, spectators and volunteers is along the city streets which adjoin the race areas. Do not park on private property or obstruct access to private/business property or your vehicle will be towed.



Restrooms

Public restrooms are located at the Frankfort Boat Launch/Transition Area as well as in Mineral Springs Park near the Finish Area. Portable restrooms will also be provided for participants and spectators. For participants please allow adequate time to use the restrooms prior to the start of the event. Spectators please use the restrooms furthest away from the start to allow racers use of the bathrooms immediately before the race.



Weather

Our goal is to provide a safe event for everyone involved. We will not risk the safety of our athletes due to extreme weather conditions. We will review the best course of action for athletes with safety being our top priority. First steps would be a delay of the race and review conditions hourly to see if the weather changes. We will do whatever is best for our athletes to make sure we can provide a event that is safe!

[−] Participant Information


Check-in

Packet pickup will be on Friday, September 14th, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM in Mineral Springs Park 630 Main Street, Frankfort, MI 49635 near the Race Finish Line.



Awards

All participants will receive a finisher medal, t-shirt, assorted gift bag, food and refreshments. Awards will be given in a number of categories dependent on race participation.



Rules

1. Helmets: Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the bike portion of the event until you reach your individual transition area.

2. Helmet Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are your individual transition area.

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

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned transition area. 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.

5. Rules of the Road Biking: Overtaking- keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front of you for safety. If you move inside this area, you should pass within 15 seconds. Biking Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel. Do not ride on the left side of the lane unless passing. Passing is not allowed unless there is no opposing traffic as this interferes with other racers.

6. Rules of the Road Running: Overtaking- keep at least two strides of clear space between you and the runner in front of you for safety. If you move inside this area, you should pass within 15 seconds. Running Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel. Do not run on the left side of the lane unless passing. Passing is not allowed unless there is no opposing traffic as this interferes with other racers. Overtaken– keep at least two strides of clear space between you and the runner in front of you for safety.

7. Rules of the Open Water: Overtaking- keep at least one "boat" length of space between you and the competitor in front of you for safety. If you move inside this area, you should pass. While passing you should be at least four feet outside of the other competitors nearest paddle tip. Overtaken– keep at least one "boat" length of space between you and the competitor in front of you for safety.

8. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all marked course. 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.

9. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification

10. 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 to allow for safe communication.

11. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the event. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.

12. Lifejacket: Lifejackets must be worn at all times while in the paddle portion of the event. This means before, during, and after the event until you reach your individual transition area.

13. 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.

14. Appropriate modes of transport. Biking- Road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, three wheeled bikes are acceptable as long as they are mechanically dependable. Watercraft- Kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP), one person canoe. If you are unsure your mode of transport is appropriate it please contact us ahead of the event.

15. Open Course Race: These races are not being held on a closed course, you are responsible for your own safety. Please stay to the right side of the road and always be aware of traffic and other participants around you. Police and volunteers will help secure major intersections. The race starts early so traffic should be minimal.

[−] Team Relay


Both the Classic course and the Challenger course can be completed via a team relay. A relay team consists of a minimum or two competitors and a maximum of three competitors. During the event the two or three competitors take turns completing the legs of the race. A "leg" is one of the segments- Biking, Paddling or Running. If there are three teammates each person will complete only one leg. If there are only two teammates then one person will complete two legs. These legs can be back to back if the team so wishes.

Once you have two or three teammates you need to pick a team name. The Speeding Slugs, Fast & Furious, The Adams Family (snap, snap) - Most any team name will do as long as it's not vulgar or offensive. At registration be sure all team members select the relay event, select the same event distance and then list the team name in their registration when prompted.

On the day of the race your team may be given individual relay race bibs or a timing chip that is worn during the race in an ankle strap. If your ream is issued individual relay race bibs you will wear these throughout the race and the following process will not apply to your race. If your team is issued a timing strap please read the following section. Before the start the first member of your team will put the strap on their leg and wear it as they compete in the bike portion of the race. When the teammate returns to the transition area the strap and chip can be transferred to another member of your team if they are completing the paddle portion of the race or it can stay on the first competitor if they are doing both the bike & paddle legs. The maximum legs (bike, paddle or run) of the race that one teammate, on a two person relay team, can complete is two. If your team consists of 3 members then all three members must complete one leg of the race wearing the ankle strap. All legs of the race must be completed by an eligible teammate wearing the ankle strap for your relay team's time to count. After crossing the finish line at the end of the run the strap will be collected by our timing crew. In the event that the strap is not returned at the finish line the team will be charged for the chip and the strap.

[−] Area Information


Chamber of Commerce

For additional area information please contact the Frankfort Elberta Chamber of Commerce.

[−] FAQs


Will I need to train?

Not in the rigid sense of the word but you should be prepared. You should be able to be active continuously for more than 30 minutes and be able to safely operate a bike and your watercraft on your own. You can’t just show up to learn how to paddle or pedal!

The Betsie Hosick Health & Fitness Center offers numerous group fitness classes and equipment to help participants prepare for the race. More information is available on their website.