Dear Parents and Triathletes:
Thank you for participating in the First Security Conway Kids' Triathlon! We are so happy to have you here and want to be certain that we create an environment that is fun and safe. With that in mind, we are asking you to be familiar with the following information.
The race location is University of Central Arkansas in Conway. The start and finish will be at the Farris Center on Bruce Street. Parking for the event will be north of the Farris Center and can be accessed from College Avenue.
The USA Triathlon "age up" rule now requires that athletes participate in the age group corresponding to their age on 12/31 of the year of the event.
The race starts at 8:00AM. We recommend that you arrive at the race site by 6:15AM. Kids ages 6-10 will be directed to the stairs on the east side of the Farris Center (opposite side from transition area) at 7:40AM to begin lining up for the pool start. All participants should have their bikes and shoes set up in the transition area (on the west side of the Farris Center) before that time. The athletes will be lined up by their race number with the six year old kids going first. The 6-10 year olds will swim one lap in the pool (down and back) and the 11-15 year olds will swim two laps (down and back two times). There will be a three minute pause between each of the 6-10 year old waves and there will be a four minute pause between each of the 11-15 year old waves. There will be a 10 minute break after the last group of 10 year olds starts in order to give the younger athletes time to clear the transition area before the older athletes begin.
Your child will wear a ChampionChip timing device on their ankle. Please be sure it is returned when your child finishes the race or the company will charge you a fee.
Parents can watch the swim from the observation deck above the pool area and then exit the building from the second level on the transition side. Please do not attempt to enter the pool area on the first level. Signs will direct spectators. Bathrooms are available on the East side of the Farris Center.
Please be certain to have a bike helmet at the event. We do not want to stop anyone from participating, but athletes without helmets will not be allowed to compete. Kids ages 6-10 will do one lap (2 miles) on the bike course and kids ages 11-15 will do 2 laps (4 miles).
The transition area (where the kids will leave their bikes) needs to be as free from obstruction as possible so we are asking that parents stay out of the transition after the race starts. We will have several volunteers in the transition area that will assist participants as needed.
Athletes will have their arms and legs marked with their race number. They will also have stickers with their race number on it. They should put the small sticker on the front of their bike helmet so that they can be identified in race photographs. They should put the large number on the frame of their bike.
The use of assistive devices including flotation devices and training wheels will be allowed during the triathlon. However, athletes using these devices will not be eligible for a trophy.
In the event that the triathlon must be canceled due to inclement weather, we are sorry to announce that refunds will not be granted.
We are unable to refund entry fees, however, entry can be transferred from one child to another if the registered child is unable to participate and the race director is notified no later than 11:59PM on Thursday before the event.
We hope that each of you has a wonderful racing experience! We are thrilled that you have chosen the sport of triathlon and hope that you continue to participate for many years to come.
Thank you for being a part of the First Security Conway Kids' Triathlon!