When is the TRIck or TRI Triathlon & Running Event?
The race will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018. Packet pickup will be both Friday, Oct 26 from noon - 6 pm and Saturday, Oct 27 from 5:00 am - 6:40 am at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. Bike check-in is only Saturday, Oct 27 starting at 5:00 am.
Where does Trick or Tri take place?
The race is located at the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area located at 15501 Arrow Hwy, Irwindale, CA 91706 just southeast of the 605 and 210. Once inside the park turn left at the 1st stop sign and travel 0.5 miles to Parking Lot 3. From there you are a short walk to Athlete Check-In & transition as well as the swim beach area and start of the race.
Is there a parking fee at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area?
Yes, The Santa Fe Dam provides access and charges $10 in cash on race day. There is no fee for packet pickup the day before. We can control a lot of things on race day but parking fees this isn't one of them.
Is there an eligibility requirement to register for the 70.3 Mile?
YES. A previous time of 6:30 for a 70.3 Mile or a 3:15 for an Olympic. The venue is only available for 6.5 hours. As a data point 62% of athletes competing at 2016 Ironman 70.3 Oceanside completed that course in 6.5 hours.
Is there an age requirement to race the triathlon? Running events?
All triathletes must be at least 10 years old [athlete's age on December 31st of the year of the event]. There is no age requirement for the running events.
What kind of educational materials can I use to prepare for the race?
What are the USAT rules for the event?
Can family members and/or friends check-in for me and pick-up my race packet?
No, only registered athletes are allowed to check-In. Please bring your photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) during designated check-in hours.
What is the race day schedule?
4:30 am - Volunteer & Sponsor Report Time
5:00 am - Santa Fe Dam Recreational Park - Arrow Highway Gate Opens + Athlete Check-In Opens + Transition Opens
6:40 am - Athlete Check-In Closes
6:45 am - Transition Area Closed
6:50 am - Course Briefing (70.3 Mile)
6:57 am - The Star-Spangled Banner/National Anthem
7:00 am - 70.3 Mile Distance (Rolling Swim Start)
7:10 am - Sprint Distance (Rolling Swim Start)
7:30 am - Olympic & Olympic Aquabike Distance (Rolling Swim Start)
7:50 - Course Briefing (5K & 10K)
8:00 am - 5K & 10K Start
11:00 am - Awards Ceremony [Except 70.3 mile distance]
11:30 am - All participants must start the final lap of the bike course
Noon - All participants must complete the bike course and be in transition. Vehicle traffic can exit/enter Santa Fe Dam.
1:00 pm - Awards Ceremony [70.3 mile distance]
2:00 pm - All athletes must cross the finish line
What are the time cutoffs?
All triathletes must start the final lap of the bike course by 11:30 am and complete the bike course and be in transition by noon.
Why is Santa Fe Dam such a great place to swim?
Santa Fe dam is filled using well water. All run-off water from the San Gabriel River either continues down the river or is diverted to the spreading grounds. The recreational lake is only fed from underground. The one circumstance that this would be a concern would also involve the flooding of the entire park for flood control reasons, in which case no one would be allowed inside the dam. This question is definitely relevant when swimming in lakes that receive run-off or the ocean near river outlets but not Santa Fe Dam.
What is the likely water temperature?
65-70 degrees on race day.
What is a rolling swim start?
We are pleased to offer a rolling swim start. Similar to larger running races athletes will be placed in corrals with faster swimmers going earlier. An athlete’s race time will begin when they go over the timing mat before entering the water. Besides the advantages of avoiding the "washing machine" effect of a traditional wave start slower swimmers won't have to fear contact from faster swimmers in later waves and faster swimmers won't have to navigate through swimmers from earlier waves. Athletes will self-seed based on their typical 100 yard swim time.
CORRAL 1: Less than 1:15
CORRAL 2: 1:15 to 1:30
CORRAL 3: 1:30 to 1:45
CORRAL 4: 1:45 to 2:00
CORRAL 5: 2:00 to 2:30
CORRAL 6: 2:30 and above
Are wetsuits required?
Many athletes will chose not to wear a wetsuit especially for the Sprint distance when they weigh the time savings the wetsuit provides against the time loss getting the wetsuit removed.
How many & where are the Aid Stations located on the course?
The run course has aid stations approximately every mile serving water, EAS Myoplex HydrateFluid, bananas, pretzels and Coke. The bike course has an aid station serving water, EAS Myoplex Hydrate Fluid, bananas and pretzels
When should I get to the park? What about family & friends?
Athletes should get to Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center between 5am and 5:30am in order to have time to pick up their registration packets and get prepared in the transition area by 6:45am when the transition area closes. If your friends and family want to park inside the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center they will need to be there by 7am. There will be no vehicular access after 7am. This is for the safety of the athletes. The alternative for friends and family arriving later is to park outside the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center and take the short walk into the park. At 12 noon vehicle traffic can exit/enter Santa Fe Dam. If you need to leave earlier please plan on exiting the park by bike or on foot.
Can I really park my vehicle adjacent to the transition area?
Yes. Parking and T1/T2 transition are co-located in the same parking lot for super convenient race access. Vehicle access is from 5am to 7am. At 7am access to park is stopped until 11am to provide the athletes a closed bike course. Friends and family who want to arrive later will need to park outside the park and take the short walk in. Additionally, anyone that parks inside the park will not be able to exit until 11am.
What is the best way to get to the race?
1. From the 210 freeway, east of the 605 take the Irwindale Avenue exit for 0.2 miles.
2. Turn right onto N Irwindale Ave and proceed 1.5 miles.
3. Turn right onto Arrow Highway and drive 0.5 miles
4. Turn right at Azusa Canyon. Entrance to the Santa Fe Dam will be 0.5 miles.
5. Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area charges a $10.00 entry fee per visit. ($30 for buses). TRIck or Tri has no control over access pricing. A Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area Parking Attendant will collect your fee. Once inside Santa Fe Dam you will be directed to the parking area.
Where can I find the TRIck or Tri course map?
Click Here for the course map. The course is flat & fast. It is setup to be one of the fastest courses in the US.
Can I run with an iPod/headphones for the 5K & 10K only events?
For the triathlon events, there are no earphones allowed. For the 5K and 10K, USATF, the national governing body of the sport, recently amended its ban on headphones, iPods and similar devices. It is recommended that athletes keep only one ear bud in to be able to hear directions from race officials or emergency vehicles.
How will access for cyclists to the San Gabriel River Trail [SGRT] & Santa Fe Dam be impacted race morning? Where can I find out about race day closures?
From the SGRT South of the Santa Fe Dam or where the SGRT meets Arrow Highway.
Turn right onto Arrow Hwy and ride for 2.2 miles
Turn left onto N Irwindale Ave and proceed for 1.9 mi
Turn left onto E Foothill Blvd and go 0.4 mi
Continue onto Huntington Dr for 0.4 mi
Turn right onto Encanto Pkwy approximately 0.5 mi
Turn right to return to the SGRT
From the SGRT North of the Santa Fe Dam or where the SGRT connects to Encanto Parkway.
Reverse the directions from above.
What are the triathlon age groups?
There are 18 age groups: 10-12, 13-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+.
What are the running age groups?
There are 20 age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+.
Lost & Found. Did you lose something while you were visiting Santa Fe Dam Recreational Center? The address is 15501 East Arrow Highway Irwindale, CA 91706 and the phone number is 626.334.1065.
45 Awards will be given out for the following:
Triathlon - 70.3 Mile - Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Triathlon - Olympic - Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Triathlon - Olympic Aquabike - Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Triathlon - Sprint - Top 3 Overall Male & Female
Triathlon - 70.3 Mile Relay - Top 3 Overall
Triathlon - Olympic Relay - Top 3 Overall
Run - 10K - Top 3 Male & Female
Run - 5K - Top 3 Male & Female
Costume Contest - Top 3
What are the most important things Trick or Tri sponsors should know?
Expo Area. Access to the park closes at 7am on Saturday. You should plan to either setup in the expo area on Friday afternoon between 12-6pm or Saturday morning before 7am.
Goodie Bags. We are building 1000 Trick or Tri goodie bags. Please send 800 units to : Trick or Tri, 1139 W. Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803. They need to be in hand NLT October 20.
Venue Access. Upon entering the park tell the staff you are a sponser. They will allow you in without charge.