FAQ

Here are some of our most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to email us (info@TallahasseeYTS.com) and a member of our planning team will reply. We hope your family will take part in the 2015 Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series.

Q: My child wants to try the race, but is not super athletic and has never done a triathlon. Are these races only for experienced athletes?  

A: Absolutely not!  No prior triathlon experience is necessary. Our races are fun for the whole family – ages five and up!  Whether your child is new to the concept of a triathlon, or has participated in previous years, we aim to make it enjoyable, and a true learning experience! And new triathletes don’t have to be kids! The Adult Super Sprint division (same distances as 13- to 15-year olds) is perfect for parents, college students, or any triathlon newcomer who enjoys swimming, biking, and running! While children are required to swim a length of the pool on their own to participate, kickboards are welcome during the race, as are training wheels for our youngest participants.  Plus, we have practice clinics and first-timer events planned to ensure everyone feels comfortable before race day.

Q: Is special equipment needed to participate?  

A: No special race equipment is needed, aside from a pair of running shoes and a bike. Additionally, a bike helmet is required for the bike portion of the race.  During the swim, participants may chose to wear swim goggles.  Kickboards will be available at the pool for anyone’s use, although participants must be able to swim 25 yards without assistance..  We are fortunate to have FSU Swim Team members on hand, serving as “swim buddies” for kids who need extra help and encouragement in the pool.

Q: Can I wait to register my children on race day?

A: Unfortunately, race morning is too busy to accept onsite registrations. Our preference is for families to register online at least two weeks out, so children have a chance to attend a practice clinic and first-timer walkthru (if applicable).  Early registration allows race organizers to order the right size/number of t-shirts, and ensure enough awards and refreshments for the race.  Online registration runs through the Wednesday prior to race day, but pre-registration is also available at packet pickup (on Saturday, the day before race day) on a first-come, first served basis.

Q: What type of clothing should my kids wear?

A: Because the race starts with a swim, participants will begin in their swim suit.  Any type works, but Speedo Jammers, baggies, and tri shorts are most common.  Participants can complete the entire race in their swim suits, or add shorts/shirts over suits in the transition area, when they slip on running shoes.  There will NOT be a location for changing out of swim suits during the race. Race numbers will need to be pinned to either the participant’s shirt or shorts, which are worn for the bike and run segments of the race.  You can also use a race belt to secure a bib number.  CLICK HERE for some additional triathlon tips.

Q: Can I help my child my child during the race?

A: To ensure safety for our participants, and due to limited space in the transition area, parents are not allowed to participate with their children. However, there will be plenty of room to watch them compete on the pool deck, near the transition area, and along the bike/run course.  The course and transition areas will be clearly marked, and each race is staffed with dozens of volunteers who help guide participants to and from transition, direct them along the way, and assist if there are problems. We even have volunteers to help tie shoes and adjust helmets for the little ones! Plus, FSU Swim Team members will be on hand, serving as “swim buddies” for kids who need extra help and encouragement in the pool.

Q: Can you describe the typical race weekend?

A: Prior to each race day, registered participants are sent a detailed email so they know what to expect on race morning.  This is typically sent the day after the online registration is closed. We also try to hold at least one first-timer walkthru session before each race to help new families feel more comfortable.  Here is a TYPICAL RACE WEEK:

Wednesday before the Race:            Last day for Online Registration
Saturday before the Race: Packet Pickup and Late Registration at designated location. NOTE: Late registrations are accepted during packet pickup, on a first-come, first-served basis.
RACE DAY (Sunday) FSU Morcom Aquatic Center NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
6:45 – 7:45 a.m. Participant ArrivalYou are urged to arrive early on race day for bike drop off and check in.  At this time, athletes receive timing chip (which are worn on the ankle), and stop at a body marking station (to be labeled with their number and age for easy identification during the race).
7:45 a.m. Pre-Race Meeting on the pool deck
8:00 a.m.8:30 a.m. (approx) Race Begins, Starting with the 5-6 Year Old Age Group Post-race Celebration Begins (after first group crosses the finish line)
9:20 a.m. (approx) Last of the Wave Starts (Adult Super Sprint is the last)
10:15 a.m. (approx) Last Athlete Crosses the Finish Line
11:00 a.m. Awards Presentation on pool deck

Q: Is there anything that should be done before race day to help my child prepare?

A: There are a couple things that you can do to get them race ready.  Make sure they eat a good healthy meal the night before the race, as well as the morning of the race.  This will help fuel their bodies with the energy they need to complete the race feeling good.  Also, make sure that they stay hydrated during the days leading up to the race, especially when the weather is extremely warm.  Make sure their bikes are in good working order; including proper air pressure in their tires and checking that their brakes work properly.  Most importantly, set them up for what is sure to be a fun-filled experience.  They should have a pair of running/tennis shoes (untied and near their bike), bike helmet, and bike located in the transition area.  CLICK HERE for some additional triathlon tips.

Q: In the case of inclement weather, will you cancel or reschedule?

A: Race organizers reserve the right to cancel the race or start at a later time, to ensure participant safety. This would only be done for inclement weather, emergencies, or natural disasters. In the event of an unlikely cancellation, unfortunately there will be no refunds of entry fees.

Q: Why must participants be USAT members to race?

A: In addition to the entry fee, we require participants have a valid annual or single-day USA Triathlon membership.  This is your “race insurance,” and it ensures the Tallahassee Youth Triathlon Series is adhering to all USAT rules. We realize triathlon entry fees are more expensive than the average run or swim meet, but we use your entry fee to enhance the series and put on a professional-quality event.  Entry fees cover rental of FSU’s Morcom Aquatic Center facility and surrounding grounds, t-shirts, swim caps and awards, the professional timing system, our onsite safety team, pre-race clinics, and more. Register early for the best deal, and if you plan on participating in more than one TYTS race, purchasing the annual membership is the most economical.

 

 

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2017 Race Dates

• July 23 (Splash & Dash)
• Sept. 3 (Youth & Adult Triathlon)