We understand that for many of our young athletes, this may be their first time experiencing an athletic event. We’d like to provide you with some tips and tricks for making race day successful!
Between each event athletes pass through a transition area, which is used for your swim-to-bike transition (T1) and the bike-to-run transition (T2). In most events, the same transition area is used for both T1 and T2.
Within the transition area, participants have a space where they place their bike and other items that they will need in order to move on to the next event. More information on what you should have in your transition area space is included below.
If your child would like to compete but can’t swim, find a friend that knows how and have them do a relay instead!
- Swim suit, jammers or trunks for boys
- Goggles and swim cap (optional)
- Bike (road, hybrid, mountain, or even a balance bike will do) – training wheels are also allowed for this race!
- Helmet (make sure it fits properly and is certified by the CPSC)
- Closed-toed running shoes
- Socks (optional, some kids wear their shoes without socks, but beware of blisters!)
- A towel to dry yourself off with in the transition area; you can also use one to stand on so your feet will dry
- Water bottle filled with water
- A jacket (for inclement weather)
- Dry clothes for after the race
- A snack for just before the race (optional)
- A small amount of cash on hand
- Your phone or camera with lots of storage space for pictures!
- Your race number – some people have race belts to attach their race number, but safety pins are provided at the race site
Triathlons: Check out our handy flowchart below! When you arrive and park for the race, the first thing you should do is pick up your race packet. This will include your race number, which you will need to wear on the run course. Next, your race number will be written in marker on your arm and leg (for safety reasons) by our expert body marking team! Next, proceed to the transition area and set up your bike and other items. Bike racks will be provided to help provide proper spacing and order, and we will have space available for other bikes (since they might not reach a traditional size bike rack). We label the bike racks with fruit names and images so the athletes can remember which rack they placed their bike in, but they are first come, first served, so get there early to get an ideal spot!
When this is complete, stretch, drink a bit of water, and relax! You may also attend our race day meeting, which takes place near the pool area. These meetings will give you an idea of the course and some hints for racing safely and successfully.
You must wear something on the top half of your body for the triathlon for safety reasons (we want to avoid road rash if there are any falls). A t-shirt or athletic shirt works well, as does a swimsuit. You may also wish to wear a hat to help provide shade on the run course.
Triathlons take place in all types of weather, so please stay tuned to our website for updates and the latest weather conditions! This should help you decide what is appropriate to wear on race day.
You may wish to have a water bottle in the transition area filled with water. Some athletes find this helps them stay hydrated in between events. For this distance of race, you probably do not need to have food, but talk with your parents about what is appropriate and healthy for you.
Scholarships are available for all Tri 4 Schools events if you qualify for free or reduced lunch at school, so please contact our Race Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We want everyone who wants to attend to be able to race!
Parents can register and pay to run with their kids in all three distances. Please select one of the parent/child waves when you register online.
Some schools that are participating in the Mud Runs as a class are picking a particular wave for all participants to choose when signing up, which is also completely fine. If you have schedule constraints that day, you can also use that as a barometer for choosing your wave.
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