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My First Tri
Sun, Jun 19, 2016
Triathlon-Super Sprint - Individual Age group/open
About This Activity
You couldn't ask for a better race in which to become a triathlete! This non competitive event is only available to first timers just like you. We make sure you will have the most fun possible by providing an overabundance of experienced triathletes as volunteers. We will take the time to help you set up transition, calm fears and support you however we can. This venue is gorgeous. From the swim in clear water and the time trial start (instead of the mass starts with other races where you can get kicked and punched while you try to swim)which lets one person at a time into the water, to the bike course that is flat and all within the park and ending with an equally flat run again within the park - you are guaranteed to have a great time. We make it impossible for you to not have fun.
Event details and schedule
My First Tri™ is a triathlon put on exclusively for first timers. Here’s why:
Triathlons have steadily grown in popularity since the 1970’s, to the point where it has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world - it seems like everybody does them!
That’s precisely what can be intimidating about entering and competing in your first triathlon - it feels like everyone but you has done this before; whether it’s where to put your bike, how to set-up your transition area, or even knowing how fast or hard to swim/bike/run, most new-comers feel a little overwhelmed.
Our solution is to make sure that everyone racing with you is in pretty much the same place...absolutely clueless (just kidding)!
Seriously though, there is no special equipment needed for your first triathlon. Almost any bike will do, and on race day you'll see everything from 20-year-old steel mountain bikes to sleek triathlon-specific bikes. Most use their current road or mountain bike.
As for the swim - the most anxiety-riddled part of the event for most of us - you don't have to be Michael Phelps. You'll see fellow participants doing the dog paddle, sidestroke, backstroke, and all sorts of combinations. We will say, though, PLEASE get in the open water for a practice swim before attempting a triathlon! We offer training swims, which is a huge help to many beginners.
Our hope is that we can help you in every part of this endeavor. Prior to the race we’ll offer training in all three disciplines, seminars to cover questions and strategies, and "gear days" to try out and talk through some of the technology that could vastly improve your race experience.
On race day we’ll have volunteers helping with each step:
Setting up your gear in the transition area
Overviewing the course and what to expect
Even the opportunity to race with a mentor - an experienced triathlete who sticks right by your side coaching you through every stage of the race! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a mentor. Mentors do the entire race alongside you and at your pace. There is a $15 donation to Tri Fitness Tri Club for this service.
This race will be gun timed.
What To Bring
We want to help ensure that you have the necessary equipment on race day for the best experience possible. The following list is a general guide - don't take it as mandatory.
At the very least, you will need to wear something to swim in, some goggles, a bike, helmet, and some shoes for running (which can be the same ones you wear on the bike).
Here is some gear you will either need or want:
Water Bottles (please fill them at home - there isn't usually water available at the park)
Gel (Energy Replacement)
Running Shoes and Socks
Body Glide or Suit Juice (to help prevent chafing)
Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race, such as your timing chip, race bib, bike sticker, swim cap and some fun stuff like your complimentary event shirt and special offers.
Pick up your race packets at our retail store at 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions) on Thursday or Friday June 16 or 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 8 p.m. Staff will be available to answer last minute questions and quiet whatever fears you may have.
Both the June and August My First Tri races are located at Rice Creek Chain of the Lakes Park Reserve, 7401 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (get directions).
Before the race begins, it's a very good idea to get in the water and do a little practice swim. Please plan on giving yourself some extra time to get into the water before race time.
The swim is approximately 400 yards in Centerville Lake. You'll swim about 100 yards out from the beach, approximately 200 yards across, then 100 yards back to the beach. Always keep the buoys to your left.
Centerville Lake is a beautiful small lake with very little boat traffic. It has not usually been very weedy. We will have buoys in a triangular route, as well as lifeguards and volunteers in canoes/kayaks in case you need assistance.
If you do need help during the swim, feel free to hang on to the buoys, or the lifeguards. It's perfectly fine as long as you don't use them to advance farther in the swim (in other words, you can't use a kayak to pull you along during the swim).
If you need serious help, please remove your swim cap and wave it in the air. A lifeguard will come to you immediately.
Once you exit the swim, you'll walk/run across the grass to the transition area.
Printable Bike Course Map
Interactive Bike Course Map
You will leave the transition area, get on the road you drove in on while entering the park, then take a right once you leave the park onto Main Street
You will then take a right on Centerville Road, then a right on Heritage, and a left on LaMotte Drive to LaMotte Circle, where you will take another left. You will head around the cul-de-sac back to LaMotte Drive, where you will take a right, then your next turn will be a fairly sharp right onto the bike path (in LaMotte Memorial Park). You will stay on this path and it will return you to Centerville Park, at which point you will repeat the loop.
This is a flat and potentially very fast course. Please be aware that this is an open course, so when on the road, please stay as close to the white line as possible. Riding inside of the white line is suggested if possible (closer to the edge of the road). When on the bike path, please keep to your right unless you are passing someone. If you are about to pass someone, make sure that the road/path is safe to do so and please announce "on your left" and pass as quickly as possible and return to the right side of the road/path.
These age groups are standard for most races. This lets athletes compare their respective times with those in a similar age range. These divisions will not affect the standings in My First Tri - our goal is to have you finish successfully and have a great time!