The park opens at 5:30am. It will be dark until around 6:10am. The transition area will be open for placing your bike in ANY slot you like. This actually has an advantage in that it's less crowded when you come out of the water with others in the same age grouping which leads to less congestion in the Transition Zone (TZ). DO NOT park in the coned off area next to the boat ramp. The rangers may tow your car if you do. You don't want that.
To get to the Aurora Reservoir, take E-470 to the Quincy exit, then turn East for 2 miles. If you wish to avoid the toll road, you can take I-225 to Parker Road, then head south to Quincy Road, then turn east for 8 miles.
Now: The not so fun disclaimer for weather related possibilities. As we saw in 2008, we have to be prepared for a full or partial race cancellation should the weather not cooperate.
Here is our policy. Safety comes first at all costs. If there is lighting within an 8-12 mile range, the race will not start. If lighting comes within that range during the race, it will be cancelled. Since all preparations and costs are incurred prior to the race start, there will be no re-scheduling of the race. This is just not possible due to the one year lead time it takes to schedule and support the event. There MAY be some consideration given to racers on a case by case basis. For 2008, we elected to give a onetime discount of 40% towards our 2009 race for those racers that showed up and started the race. Should there be high winds and the Race Director in conjunction with Park staff feel the swim is dangerous, we will cancel the swim and turn the race into a Duathlon (single run leg).
There will be no refunds for weather related or other acts of God cancellations of the race.
Refunds / Transfers
No refunds will be offered but you can sell your spot to someone else if unable to attend the race for a $10 processing fee which the person purchasing your spot will pay when they register. ALL transfer requests must be completed by August 4th and are handled via email and online only. If selling your spot, please send an email with your request including the name and email of person purchasing your spot to firstname.lastname@example.org. The person purchasing your entry will be sent a code for registration that will allow them to register in your spot and you will receive a cc copy of that email. All registration transfers will be done online to keep our database in sync. Again, the last day to transfer your entry is August 4th, 2013. Most races do not allow refunds or transfers so please understand this is something special we do to help protect your investment but may be revoked at any time if we determine that abuse of transfer process is occurring. You may also transfer from the Olympic to the Sprint if you are unable to accomplish your training goals for no charge, but there will be no refund of fees.
A Message from the Head Referee to all age-group competitors:
Most triathletes come to races with only a rudimentary understanding of the rules of the sport. Indeed, few have ever read through the Competitive Rules. In order to minimize misunderstandings on race day, I hope you will take the time to read the following summary of Position Violations, which you probably know as the drafting rules.
I have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember:
• Ride on the right side of your lane.
• Keep three bike lengths between you and the cyclist in front of you.
• Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
• Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
• If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.
Remember you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned event and there are trained referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules and avoid penalties. At the end of the race all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee's ruling is final in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests or appeals of Position penalties. Marshals commonly cite the following violations:
• Illegal Position or Blocking – riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
• Illegal Pass – passing on the right.
• Overtaken – failing to drop back three bike lengths after being passed and before re-passing.
• Drafting – following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass or exit the draft zone within 15 seconds.
Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for each occurrence, if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified.
Always have your chinstrap securely fastened! The chinstrap rule is the easiest to follow, but some folks always seem to forget – that's a DQ! This applies to before and after the race as well while at the race venue site (even warming up or going back to your car after the race).
Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.
All that being said, I hope you have a great race, lots of fun, and achieve all your goals.