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Triathlon FAQ's

Triathlon FAQ's

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20 FAQ’s:
How should my child prepare for the race?
Triathlon TrainingTips:
Safety first: Always wear a properly fitted bike helmet, adult supervision, a safe bike and proper running shoes.Help your child build endurance gradually and remember to keep the learning environment fun.Stroke type is not important. The freestyle swim is the fastest and most efficient but, it takes timeto learn. An easy breaststroke works fine. No swim aids allowed.Keep variety in your training routine and have your child practice each event (swim, bike & run).Teach your child about pacing. Practicing at a local track will help teach them to gradually buildup their speed & pace throughout the distance.Transitions are the most unfamiliar aspect of the triathlon. Transitions are where the swim, bikeand run meet. Have your child practice preparing for the bike and run events. Remember onlyrace volunteers are allowed in the one Transition area.
How do I register for the event?
key word Cub Tracks or call 973-4600
How much does the Cub Tracks cost?
Once my child is registered through Active.com what should Iexpect?
You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Active.com.. On race day allow your child plenty of time to “Check In” and set up bike for the race.
Mandatory Meeting at 12:00pm
What do I do when I arrive at UMaine race day morning?
Once youpark at UMaine off College Ave. you must bring all of your gear and bike to the UMaineField House to “Check In”. Volunteers and staff, in brightly colored T-shirts, are availablefor your assistance. Once checked in, you will bring your bike to the Transition Station for set up – volunteers will be at the transition station.
Where is the Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting held and when?
Allathletes must attend the Pre-Race meeting held in the Field House at 12:00. Following therace meeting all athletes will be brought into the pool area to prepare for the swim.
What should my child wear to race?
It is recommended that your childcome to the race with swimsuit on and his/her own gym bag. Wear sturdy socks, sneakers,optional sun block, shorts or sport pants, shirt (race T-shirt is required to wear during the
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.

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