race only). Athletes should bring packed in their bag: mandatory bike helmet, towel, extraclothing optional: sun glasses, sun block and swim goggles.
What are the distances and is it a timed event?
Yes, professionallytimed event.Ages 7,8 & 9 yr. olds swim 50 yrds., bike 2.0 miles and run .5 miles.Ages 10-13 swim 100 yrds., bike 2.5 mils. and run 1.0 miles.
How does the swim portion work?
Lifeguards on deck. Wallace Pool.
Ages 7,8 & 9 swim first, followed by the 10-13 age group. They are in heats of 16swimmers in the pool at one time with 2 children per lane in an 8 lane pool. Waiting groups willsit on pool deck bleachers. Once they are finished with the swim they will move immediately to theoutside Transition Area to prepare for the bike portion. Volunteers and Safety areavailable in both the pool and transition areas. Spectators are allowed in the pool upper deckbleachers only.
How does the bike portion work?
Age grp. 7,8 & 9 will enter the Transitionarea first, followed shortly by the 10-13 age grp., slip on race T-shirt w/ race bib #, shorts,socks, sneakers, bike helmet, optional sun glasses and bike through the beautiful andnatural bike trails behind the Student Recreation Center. The trails are mostly dirt, wideand flat. The fist and only hill of the bike course is barricaded closed road with sidewalksand volunteers - then the bike trails.* Spectators not allowed on the race course.
How does the run portion work?
The 7,8 & 9 yr. olds begin their run/walkon a dirt and grass trail .5 mil walk/run to the UMaine track where they will finish throughthe Black Bear Head finish line. The 10-13 yr. olds will also be on path, dirt trails and grassto complete their 1.0 mil. run finishing on the track through the Black Bear Head.* Spectators not allowed on the race course.
How do I keep my other children entertained throughout the race?
In the Field House there will be two stations monitored by volunteers: Face painting andsign making stations (one sign per athlete). * Parent/Guardian supervision is required.
What activities will take place in the UMaine Field House that day?
From 9-12 there will be “Free” and Optional: bike and helmet inspections, “Free” andOptional face painting and Cheering sign making. Post Race refreshments, music, lost andfound, Pre-Race “Check In”, event MC, Pre-Race meeting and announcements.
What safety measures are there?
UMaine University Volunteer andAmbulance Corps. Services, UMaine safety, certified life guards, 3 band-aide and safetystations throughout the race course. Over 100 volunteers, UMaine and EMMC staff on sitethroughout the race course in brightly colored T-shirts.
Do you give out Awards?
We are honored to have our special Olympian IanCrocker present each child with a medal of accomplishment.