Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge

5K, 1K

Event Date

Sun, Oct 12, 2014


Palm Desert, CA

About This Activity

Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge is a health and fitness fair, which will include a reverse mini-triathlon, a 5K run/walk, and a 1K color run.  There will be vendors, booths, live music, and pool play.   The event is designed to appeal to the broad community.  Participants will include serious athletes, non-serious athletes, families, seniors, special needs people, etc. 

Event details and schedule

Thank you for your entry into the Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge. We have a great event weekend planned and look forward to seeing you soon.  This information pertains to the Reverse Triathlon, Prime Time 5K Run/Walk and First Bank 1K Color Run.  PLEASE READ THIS CONFIRMATION LETTER COMPLETELY! Very important information enclosed.

Race Packet Pick-Up - Race packet pick-up will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Palm Desert on Saturday, October 11, from 12-4pm.  Packet pick-up tables will be located on the north side (next to World Gym entrance) of the lower level of Dick’s Sporting Goods.  You may also pick up your race packet on race morning starting at 5:30 am at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center.   Each competitor must pick up their own packet and sign the waiver.  You may not pick up anyone else’s packet.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Location - Dick’s is located inside the Westfield Mall in Palm Desert, 72-840 Hwy 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Palm Desert Aquatic Center Location - The Palm Desert Aquatic Center* is located on Magnesia Falls Drive, between San Pablo Ave. and Portola Ave.  *73-751 Magnesia Falls Drive, Palm Desert, CA.  92260.

Race Day Parking – Parking will be free for all race participants, and will take place in the parking lot off San Pablo between the baseball fields and the YMCA from 5:30am -6:45am.  Signs and parking volunteers will show you the way.  If you are arriving after 6:45am, you must enter the City Hall parking area off of Fred Waring Drive, as San Pablo and Magnesia Falls will be closed.

Event Expo - A sports expo will take place Sunday, October 12 at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center from 7am-11am, with some great sponsor and vendor booths.

Reverse Triathlon - The reverse triathlon will start at 7:00am with a 5k run, followed by a 10 mile bike ride and then a 300 meter swim to the finish, in the beautiful Palm Desert Aquatic Pool.

5K Run - The 5k run will start at 7:15am and will follow the same course as the reverse triathlon 5k.

1K Color Run - The 1K Color Run will start at 9:00am and run through Civic Center Park hitting three color stations. Wear a white t-shirt and old clothes that you don’t care about.  FREE sunglasses to protect your eyes to the first 300 participants.

Color Run Clean Up - After all the fun has been had getting colored up, you will need to get clean.  We will have hose off stations before entering back into the pool area to get most of the color off, and then there are showers inside the pool area. In order to use the slides and pool all color must be removed.  We recommend bringing a change of clothes for each person participating in the color run and a plastic bag to put colored up clothes. The color powder is a corn starch base and cleans up pretty easy and will come out in the wash.

Hotel Information - http://www.ybefitpdchallenge.org/hotels

Chip Timing – This event uses chip timing by RaceWire.  Your chip will be given with your race packet when you pick it up. Please be sure that you wear it on your left ankle throughout the race. The chip will be collected at the finish line.   You are responsible for turning in your chip if you should drop out.  There will be a $25 charge for lost chips.

Transition Area - All triathlon participants will bring their bike and gear to the Transition Area on race morning.  This area is for participants only and is a secure area for you to rack your bike and keep your gear secure.  The bike racks will be numbered by your race number.  Once you rack your bike on the appropriate rack that will be your spot for the entire event.

Bike Numbers – In addition to your timing chip and bib number you will receive a number that attaches on your bike frame. You must have this number on before you will be allowed in the transition area.  These numbers are for the security of your bike as well as for the photographers and timers to identify you.

Body Marking - All Triathlon participants will have their body marked upon entering the transition area. Volunteers will write your race number on your body.  This helps identify you while in the water, as well as on the course.

Important Rules and Information - Helmets are required during the entire bike segment.  No Helmet, No Race.  No drafting will be allowed on the bike course. Drafting is when you ride directly behind another rider to gain a wind advantage, (you must be at least two bike lengths behind the rider in front of you unless you are overtaking that person).  You must always pass another cyclist on the left.  Officials will be on the course to officiate.  The transition area is for participants only.  No family, friends, etc.  This will be a no ride transition area which means you must run or walk your bike out of the transition area and must dismount your bike before entering.

Bike Course - The bike course is a 10 mile rectangle which takes you west on Magnesia Falls, north on Monterey Ave., east on Gerald Ford, south on Portola, west on Magnesia Falls and back into the Aquatic Center parking lot.  The bike course lane is closed to traffic and police will be monitoring all intersections, however please stay alert and keep your head up through all intersections for your safety.

Bike Repair - If you need bike repair, rentals or supplies stop by TRI A BIKE at 44-841 San Pablo Ave., in Palm Desert, 760 340-2840.  They will also be at the transition area race morning to help with most needs.

Swim Course - The competitive pool is 50 meters long by 25 yards wide.  It will be set up in a long course 300 meter swim using lane lines and buoys to direct the athlete in a weaving (or zig zag) pattern.  The triathlete will accomplish the course by rounding 5 buoys and swimming 6 pool lengths.

Aquatic Center Facilities - The recreation pool will be open in the morning starting at 6:00am for those who want to do a swim warm up.  The main lap pool will be closed and used just for the race.  Free swim after the event will be available to any participant until 11:00 am on race day and you may use the lockers onsite but you must bring your own locks.

Awards - Awards Ceremony will take place at 9:30am at the Aquatic Center.  Awards are given out to the top 3 in each age group.

Have a great race!!  If you have any questions please call us at 760.341.9622

Y Be Fit Palm Desert Challenge

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