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It's Race Week!

Here's everything you need to know to plan ahead for a great race!

Race Week Info:

This is a USAT sanctioned event and therefore certain rules will be in effect and enforced. Please familiarize yourself with these rules here.

Packet Pick Up 

Pre-race packet pick-up is on Saturday, August 13, at Montana Taphouse in Whitefish from 2p-5p. You must present a photo ID. You may pick up your family member’s packet with their photo ID (or a picture of their ID). This is for insurance and liability purposes. Montana Taphouse is located at 845 Wisconsin Ave in Whitefish.

We recommend getting your packet Saturday to minimize the rush on Sunday. Race-day packet pick up at the race site is from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Same policies as above applies. Remember to arrive early! City Beach is located at 70 Lakeside Blvd.

Parking 

The parking lot at city beach will be our transition area, so best parking will be at the upper parking lot (off Woodland Pl) or street parking close by. You can then walk/ride your gear down to the beach. Remember to arrive early!

Swim Start and Safety 

There will be one mass start for the triathlon, starting right at the edge of the water. Expected water temp is 69-71 degrees on race day. If you are new to open water swimming, please consider speaking with triathlon coaches Carrie Jacobs or Price Richardson when you pick up your packet. Carrie and Price will be happy to go over safety tips for open water. The key is to start out slowly, and pace yourself – no need to rush the start of a swim at an event like this. Place yourself at the back of the pack or to the sides to stay out of the way of faster swimmers. We will have plenty of lifeguards and water safety volunteers on hand.

Road Conditions

Please be just as cautious on the roads as you would be on a regular ride. You may find some potholes and ridges at certain places. We will do our best to mark them with chalk before the race. Being “rock chip season” in Montana, there will be loose gravel on the course. The city has agreed to sweep the streets the week before the event, but be on the lookout for gravel.

Race Day Schedule 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

7:00AM-8:00AM – Packet pick-up, followed by body markings and timing chip pick-up at City Beach(near swim-start). Remember to bring your picture ID if you didn’t get your packet Saturday. Timing chip should be secured around your ankle and exposed (meaning not covered by a wetsuit or other item). Arrive early!

8:30AM – Transition area closes. All bikes must be checked into the transition area by this time and you should be back at the swim staging area. Bike race numbers should be attached to the top tube — clearly visible. Helmets must meet current safety standards and should be properly fitted (see bottom for details). Team bike members should remain in the transition area for the start of the race.

8:00AM – 8:40AM – Swim warm up. Be advised there may be boats in the canal positioning themselves for the event. You will also have a couple minutes to warm up right before the mass start.

8:40AM — Mandatory athlete meeting in the area near the swim start (close to where you got your chip).

9:00AM – Start of Race

~11:30AM — Awards Ceremony

Giveaways

We have lots of prizes to give away, not just for top finishers! We will have door prizes drawn at the award ceremony, so be sure to stick around.

Restrooms

The facilities at City Beach will be open to us. The city will have someone there to restock items starting at 9:00AM, so please let any race staff know if the restrooms need attention before then.

Race Rules 

While we will have police and marshals on the bike course, the course is open to vehicles. Please follow regular road riding rules: bike on the right of the road, look ahead and behind before crossing over, call out to the athlete ahead of you when you’re going to pass. No headphones on during the race. No drafting. Please be considerate of your fellow athletes, volunteers, race officials and the community. You can read the full USAT Competitive Rules here: http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules.

Weather 

The race will be rain or shine. Lightning or an extreme weather system could affect the start time, or delay or possibly cancel the event. The race committee will assess the weather prior to the race and announce any possible changes then.

Sponsors & Supporters

We’re grateful to all of our event sponsors and supporters: Hammer Nutrition, Drive Wellness, Jeremy Oury Architects, Skyline Builders, PureWest Real Estate, Glacier Bank, Unleashed Winery, Arn’s BBQ, Montana Taphouse, Last Chair, Safeway, Whitefish Marine, Sportsman Skihaus, Red Barn Wellness Collective, Wild River Adventures, Craggy Range, The Great Northern Bar and Grill, and Northwind Shirt Co. 

Volunteers 

The more the merrier! If you have friends or family coming with you who would like to help out please have them fill out our form here: Whitefish Lake Triathlon (Powered by Hammer Nutrition) Volunteer Registration (trisignup.com).

For updates and info, please continue to check the website at www.whitefishlaketriathlon.com.

We hope you have a great race next Sunday.

Sincerely,

Whitefish Lake Triathlon Race Committee

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