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It takes two to tri

Couples
Triathlon
EVENT GUIDE
July 12, 2015

Get Advice on
How to TRI with
confidence page 12
Navigate like a pro
with Course Maps
page 16& 17

6
pieces of equipment
to check before
Race morning,

page 8

Parking & Spectator
Information page 15
Red-Hot Events Calendar

Photos by Ed Sparks & Tom Marek

page 10

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Rules to follow
Check List
Wave Starts
& More!

CONTENTS

It takes two to tri

4 Welcome Letter
6 Event Schedule
6 Wave Starts
6 Transition Info & Bike Check In
7 USAT Rules
8 Equipment Check
10 Calendar of Events
11 How to Wear a Timing Chip
12 General Advice
14 Directions & Spectator Info
15 Course Maps
Weather Contingency Plan
19 Aid Station Info

In the event of foul weather, the start
time of this event may be delayed by
up to 1 hour. Should the weather conditions be unsafe for the swim, this
event will be changed to a bike-run
with distances of a 11.2 mile bike and
a 3.1 mile run. The duathlon will use
a time trial start based upon the swim
wave order. If the weather makes it too
dangerous for cycling, the event will
become a 5 Km run for all participants.

Welcome to The Couples Tri

It takes two to tri

Dear Friends:
Welcome to Couples Triathlon, the fourth
event in the 2015 Bicycle World Texas
Tri Series! We’re happy to be back at this
great venue - Walter E. Long Park in the
Texas Hill Country.
Couples Triathlon is a long standing
event at nearly two decades old. Still,
many people think it’s just for couples
and not the myriad of categories that
make up the actual teams such as friends,
relatives and almost strangers to highlight
three of the eleven divisions. After all
of these years, a lot of the tradition and
history remains the same, but this time
around we have some new, fun things
in-store.
Besides the 500 meter swim, 11 mile
bike and 5k run, participants will receive
finisher medals, a reusable bike bottle,
technical t-shirt, beer, photo booth photos, massage, food, treats and give-aways.
In addition to all of the awards categories,
we have prizes for best team name and
prizes for the fastest swim, bike and run
for both males and females. There will
also be prizes for fastest transition times,
so watch the clock! Stick around for the
party & awards ceremony to see if you
win!
Thank you for participating and we hope
you have a great time at this unique team
triathlon!

For more info, please visit:
www.CouplesTri.com
Comments & suggestions:
info@HighFiveEvents.com

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Couples Tri Staff
Announcer: Logan Delaware
Athlete Services: Richelle Criswell
Bike Course: Tim Stansbury & John Chung
Chief Bike Mechanic: James Balentine
Director of Marketing: Stacy Keese
Event Manager: Dan Carroll
Head of Transition: Nick Siedel
Medical Director: Dr. Martha Pyron
Photographers: Liz Kreutz, Ed Sparks,Tom Marek
Run Course: Adam Lowell
Security: Danny Hinkle
Site Director: Jack Murray
Site and Supply Manager: Tim Acala
Site Team: Ray Porter & Seth
Sponsorship/Community Outreach: Tina Thomas
Staff Wellness: Cindy Keese & Kathy Murray
Swim Course: Brad Miller & Ben Phillips
Swim Start and Finish: Tim Stansbury
Timing: Raul Najera, Meghan Najera
Volunteer Coordinator: Stacy Farrugia

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SCHEDULE

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Sunday, July 12th
6:00AM:
Parking Area Open (gates will be locked until then)
6:00AM:
Transition Area Open (J&A mechanics on duty for minor needs)
6:00-7AM:
Out of Town Packet Pickup
6-7:15AM:
Body Marking & Chip Pickup (if you have not yet received the chip)
7:15AM:
Pre-Race Warm Up
7:30AM:
Transition area closes
7:45AM:
Pre-race meeting begins at swim start
8:00AM:
Couples Tri Start
9:15AM:
Finish Line Party Begins
11:00AM:
Awards Ceremony (tentative)
Bike Check In

Bike Check In will only occur on the morning of the event. To enter the transition area each
athlete must have (1) their race number affixed to their bike and helmet; (2) their athlete wristband on their wrist; (3) and they must be body marked. Body Marking will take place at the
swim entrance side near transition.

Bike Check Out

Bike Check Out occurs after the final cyclist has racked his/her bike and started the run.
We expect this to be around 10:00AM. This rule is implemented to ensure safety and prevent
theft. Enjoy the party with drinks, food, samples, massage, friends and fun while you wait.

Wave Starts Please wear the swim cap provided in your participant bag.
8:00AM:
Friends - Male (Yellow swim caps)
8:04AM:
Friends - Female (Blue swim caps)
8:08AM:
Friends - Co-Ed (White swim caps)
8:12AM:
More than Friends (Gray swim caps)
8:16AM:
Married (Purple swim caps)
8:20AM:
Parent & Child, Siblings (Yellow swim caps)
8:20AM:
Aquabike, Pair Me Up (Yellow swim caps)
8:24AM:
2 Person Relay (Red swim caps)
8:28AM:
Individual Male (White swim caps)
8:32AM:
Individual Female (Pink swim caps)
8:36AM:
Individual Aquabike (Green swim caps)
Time Trial Swim Start

Couples Triathlon utilizes a time trial swim start. The time trial start consists of starting one
team (2 people) at a time at approximately 5 second intervals between each team. Teams will
start with their assigned waves (eg. Friends - Male) and will line up within their wave on a first
come basis. The time for each person will start when they cross the swim start timing mat at
the water's edge.
This format has two main safety advantages: 1.) Less congested swim start. 2.) Decreases the
likelihood of large groups of cyclists on the road.

Transition Area Information

Transition racks will be ordered by swim wave. Participants may rack anywhere on the racks
assigned to their wave. Bikes will not be allowed out of Transition until the final cyclist has
completed the bike course. Participants will be allowed back into Transition after they finish,
but bikes may not be removed from the racks. Please be courteous to your fellow participants
while in transition during the race. Only participants and transition volunteers are allowed in the
transition area. No specatators or pets will be allowed in transition.
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+ COMMONLY VIOLATED RULES & PENALTIES
1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your
bike. This means before, during, and after the
event. Penalty: Disqualification

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh,
argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials,
USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or
fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at
all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle
your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable
time penalty in transition area only.

8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time
during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than
that offered by race and medical officials may be
used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual
tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty
4. Transition Area: All equipment must be
placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel
of the bicycle must be down on the
side of the assigned space. All
participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in
their designated bicycle corral.
No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede
the progress of another participant.
All bar ends must be solidly plugged.
No participant shall bring ANY glass
containers into the transition area.
Penalty: Variable time penalty
5. Drafting: Keep at least three bike lengths of
clear space between you and the cyclist in front.
If you move into the zone, you must pass within
15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side
of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking-riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you
must immediately exit the draft zone from the
rear, before attempting to pass again.
Penalty: Variable time penalty
6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all
coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious
violation and going outside the course is a safety
issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all
applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Referee’s discretion

9. Abandonment: All personal equipment and
belongings taken out onto the course must stay on
the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing,
etc. shall be thrown on the course.
Penalty: Variable time penalty
10. Race numbers: All athletes are required
to wear race numbers at all times during the
bike and run. Numbers must face the front
and be clearly visible at all times.
Numbers may not be cut or folded
or altered in any way. DO NOT
transfer your number to any other
athlete or take a number from an
athlete that is not competing.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for
missing or altered number. Disqualification and one year suspension from
membership in USAT for transferring
a number without race director permission.
11. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall
be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty
in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up
to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is
greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees
Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a
wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within
such temperature range shall not be eligible for
prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are
prohibited.
For a complete list of USAT rules, please refer to
the most up to date version at: usatriathlon.org/
events/rules.aspx

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Participant Bag Items These items should be given to you at packet pickup.
Bib & Bike Numbers The large number included in your participant bag is worn after the swim and
can be used with a race belt or pinned onto the front of your shirt. The hard plastic tag is for the bike and
can be attached to the back of the seat or to the frame. The small sticker goes on the front of the helmet.

EQUIPMENT CHECK

Attach Bike Number
to back of seat
with twist-ties >>>>>

Place Helmet Number on
front of helmet.
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Bib Number

Wear this on the front of your
running shirt.

Performance Tech T
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Reusable Sports Bag

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Latex Swim Cap

Wear the cap provided; it
corresponds to your swim
wave and serves as part of
the event safety plan.

Timing Chip & Strap

Chip is attached to velcro ankle
strap & secured to your ankle
at all times during the tri. A
volunteer will remove it after
you cross the line.

Safety Pins

(not included in bag)
May be used to secure your race number onto your shirt.
They can be picked
up at packet pickup.

Wristbands

Gets you into transition
& is used to get food &
beer at the after party.
Yellow is for those over
21 Red is for under 21.

Get Live Athlete Updates

You can receive updates from athletes as they cross points on the course and have those updates sent to
Facebook, Twitter or mobile phones.

How Does It Work?

Set up or sign in to your ChronoTrack Live Account.
Search for Athletes for whom you would like to receive updates.
Select how you would like to receive those updates.

Find the link at CouplesTri.com

Have a system that you can use at all triathlons. It is recommended that
you start with the equipment that you will use first and work through to
the equipment that you will use last.
1. Goggles: Make sure you have used them
recently and that the eye seals have not perished and leak water. Check that the strap
and nose piece aren’t brittle and are securely attached. Make sure the lenses aren’t
scratched. If your goggles have any of these
issues, consider replacing them and bringing them as back-ups to your new ones.

4. Helmet: The plastic shell needs to be
firmly affixed to the foam and the strap
should not be frayed. There should be no
cracks or dents as these will likely not
pass inspection when checking into transition. It should fit snugly around your
head. The general rule for the chin strap
is within two fingers spaces from the chin.

2. Wetsuit: Check for potential tears and frayed
seams. Look for holes and cuts; these can be
patched and glued to prevent water entering
the suit. Jack & Adam’s can help you decide
if the suit can be repaired. Wetsuits aren’t required, so don’t worry if you don’t have one.

5. Cycling Shoes & Pedals: Make sure that
the cleat is firmly attached to the bottom of
the shoe. Replace cleat if it is worn down and
may inhibit safe clipping in. Check and make
sure pedals are firmly attached to the crank.

3. Bike: Make sure that the bike frame has
no cracks, the wheels are not bent, and that
all components are in working condition
including brakes and shifters. If you do not
know how to check for these things, don’t
worry - just call ahead to your local bike
store and ask them to safety check it. This
can also be a great opportunity to learn how
to check the bike yourself. On race morning, make sure tires are inflated properly.
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6: Running Shoes: Look to see that they are
not worn out of alignment or that the midsole
is crushed. Cut down or replace any long or
frayed shoe laces. If using elastic laces make
sure that have not lost elasticity and that any
plastic is still in good working condition.

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Jack’s Generic Tri
August 2

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Since 2003, the award winning Jack’s Generic Tri has
been offering a no hype, no gimmicks, good oldfashioned triathlon. Featuring a Texas style
Fnish-line cookout with food, beer, treats and thousands of dollars in free swag, this event has something for everyone! This year Jack’s Generic Tri offers
a sprint distance, intermediate distance, aquabike
and relay!
While you work your way towards the Finish line
and the BOTTLE OPENER Finisher medal, let the kids
play on the beach or the awesome Playscape! It’s a
fun time for everyone at JGT so be sure to join us
on August 2nd.

www.JacksGenericTri.com

TriRock Austin
Sept 7
If you are looking for an exciting way to end your
summer, then look no further than TriRock Austin.
Swim in Lady Bird Lake with thousands of people
cheering you on, bike on the most historic street in
Texas, Congress Ave, with views of the state capitol, and run through Austin’s most beloved parks.
TriRock Austin has an Olympic distance event and
a Sprint distance that is ideal for beginners. Live
music at the Finish line with great food and beer to
make for a fun after-party! Race amenities include
a tech tee, water bottle and a custom Finisher medal.
Come join one of America’s most active cities in an
event you’ll never forget.

Trirock.competitor.com/austin

Kerrville Tri Festival
Sept 26-27
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Kerrville
is a true triathlon destination. At the Kerrville
Triathlon Festival, presented by H-E-B, participants get the choice of sprint, intermediate and
half distance triathlons plus relays and aquabike. Don’t miss the Health and Fitness Expo,
the pre-race pasta dinner, the Happy Hour Meet
& Greet and the awesome Finish line party! If
you have any little athletes, bring them along
for the free kids fun. Come to Kerrville on the
last weekend in September and enjoy a small
town atmosphere with big time fun.
www.KerrvilleTri.com
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Pure Austin Splash & Dash
Series
Pure Austin Gym

Presented by Jack & Adam’s

www.Splash-n-DashSeries.com

Marathon Relays
September 20
Run as much as you choose; teams range from
two to six people and run a total of six laps.
Each lap is 4.37 miles, adding up 26.2 miles—a
full marathon!
Each runner is in the center of the action before and after their leg, which makes for a fantastic team tailgate experience. And after the
relay enjoy music, food and drink at the Finish
Line Festival.
www.MarathonRelaycom

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

This 6 event swim-run series held April through
September at Pure Austin Quarry Lake is the
ultimate mid week workout. Held once a
month on Tuesday nights (7/21, 8/18, 9/15),
the event is a 750 meter open water swim
followed by a 3 Km run. A no hassle race for
$15 and dinner is included! Don’t wait to sign
up. Every Splash-n-Dash for the last 4 years
has sold out in advance.

Here is a logical progression that you may want to go
through the night before and morning of Couples Tri:

GENERAL ADVICE

It takes two to tri

1) Arrive Early and get ready to have a lot of
fun! Plan to be in transition 1hr before race
start. Mental stress can make your first tri
morning seem hectic. Take a minute to take
it all in and realize that you are winning just
by showing up!
2) Set up a mock transition area the night
before at home. Put everything out as you
plan to race morning. Practice putting on
your shoes and helmet, and then switching to
running shoes and running hat. Check off the
equipment checklist on page 20 of the Event
Guide.
3) Attach all the numbers to proper equipment including bike, helmet, and race belt.
Proper placement can be seen on page 11 of
this guide. The number must be worn for the
entirety of the run and you must finish the
race with the number on the front of your
body.
4) Leave your house in the morning wearing
what you are going to race in, INCLUDING
your timing chip on your ankle. Didn’t have
a timing chip in your packet or realized you
left it at home- don’t worry you can pick up a
replacement one on race morning.
5) Make sure that all your numbers are matching: timing chip, bike, helmet, race belt, and
body marking. This is for your safety and so
that you can easily find all your awesome
race pictures after the event. Your USAT race
age goes on the back of your right calf and
is based on the year you were born not the
exact date- so anyone born in 1975 is 40.
6) After body marking, head straight into
transition and claim a nice spot since you are
there extra early. Be kind to your other athletes and keep your transition area small and
directly underneath where your bike is.
7) There should be enough room for at least
6 bikes per rack. You can “rack” your bike
by either hooking the seat over the railing or
by hooking the handlebars over the railing. If
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you have not inflated your tires already take
your bike to the mechanics tent or use your
own pump.

Now that you know where and
how your bike is going to be - set
up your area. It is nice to have a
small towel to put down. Since
you practiced the night before
this should be a piece of cake!
1) Remember to make sure that your bike
and running shoes are open with loose laces
for easy on/off. Put your sunglasses in your
helmet so that you grab them before putting on the helmet and don’t accidentally try
and leave transition without either. If you
want some on the bike course make sure
and have a water bottle filled on your bike.
2) As you leave transition count how many
bike racks away from the entrance you are.
When it is all filled with bikes it can sometimes be like finding a needle in a haystack.
Take your goggles and your swim cap
with you if you are going to walk around.
3) Use the bathroom early if you can. The
lines will get longer nearer to race start.
4) Familiarize yourself with the flow of
the race site. Visit swim start and finish
and make sure understand how to get from
swim exit to transition. Do a warm up walk/
run of the run finish. Get an idea of a landmark that lets you know you are near the
finish line. This will be a great boost and
make you more comfortable when you are
in the home stretch. (Continued on pg. 13)

5) After the swim you will enter transition
at one end and leave at the other. This process is reversed for the second transition
when you return from the bike. That is, the
bike starts and finishes at the same side and
the run goes out where the swim came in.

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GENERAL ADVICE

6) If you do nothing else to familiarize
with the race set up, get to the swim start
early!! There will be an announcement of
when the water is open for warm-up swim.
Take advantage of this opportunity to get a
feel for the water. If this is your first open
water race take an extra moment to get
comfortable with not being able to see the
bottom; don’t worry no one else can either.
7) If you don’t like swimming in the group
or are not a strong swimmer place yourself
on the outside edge and towards the back
of the swim group. Placing yourself ahead
of faster swimmers will only mean that
they will have to swim around you, which
can be stressful when you are trying to focus on other things like sighting. Not sure?
Talk to others with the same swim cap
color and ask, you will meet new friends
and will have an idea of where to be.
8) What should you do if you have a moment of panic in the water? Try switching the style of swimming. Maybe back
stroke or breast stroke until you have your
bearings again. If you feel that you cannot continue the race there are lifeguards
in kayaks that can pull you from the water. Check USAT rules for more info.

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VENUE INFO & DIRECTIONS

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Directions & Parking

Parking is available at Walter E. Long Park for everyone arriving before 7:30 AM. Decker Lake Rd will close at 7:30 AM and
there is no parking available onsite for any vehicles arriving after
7:30 AM. There is first come first serve parking along Blue Bluff
Rd. south of the park if you arrive late. Spots are very limited.

Spectators

Spectators are welcome to roam the site and cheer on their friends
and family members. There are very few places that spectators will
not be allowed. Please do not challenge volunteers or jump fences.
The volunteers are there to help ensure the safety of the athletes.
Spectators are not allowed into the transition area. Spectators are
welcome to help themselves to water and from any of the coolers.
Some of our partners will also be giving away free samples. Official race food and drink is for the athletes and volunteers only.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Aid stations will be stocked
with water and Gatorade Workout drink. There will be an aid
station at the entrance to the
Transition Area that may be
used before the swim, and before and after the bike.
There will not be any aid stations on the bike course. There
will be at least 2 aid stations
on the run course. It is against
USA Triathlon rules to discard
trash at any point on the course
besides an aid station.

It is a goal for each event that we leave
the venue in a better condition than
when we arrived. High Five Events has
put in place the following programs to
keep the venues we use clean:
• Bottled water has been replaced with
reusable bike bottles and easy water filling stations.
• Recycling receptacles are located next
to each trash receptacle.
• A waste crew is on duty for the full
duration of the event to ensure the maximum amount of recycling.
• The entire course is cleaned of trash after the event, even if the trash was there
before the event.
• Registration for participants and volunteers is 100% online.
• Post event food and beverage options
reduce waste and maximize recycling.
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