32nd Annual
Mission Bay Triathlon
Celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Triathlon
Duathlon | Aquabike | International | Relay | Kids

Sunday, September 29, 2019
Bonita Cove, Mission Bay

What You Need To Know For Race Day
Greetings! we hope you're excited for the 2019 XTERRA WETSUITS Mission Bay Triathlon! We are so glad that you could be part of this beloved triathlon tradition - we are excited for our 32nd year!

Please remember to personally thank our wonderful volunteers who are truly fundamental to the success of this event. If you would like to pay it forward and volunteer for a future event, you may sign up here or email us at volunteer@kozevents.com .
Please read ALL information within this email. You are responsible for knowing your race course, including the location and # of loops for the bike and run, as well as all USA Triathlon Rules.
If you haven't done a Triathlon, Duathlon, AquaBike before - Please click here for more information
Have questions - FAQ's
Race Preparation
Packet Pickup
Packet Pickup Times & Locations
All athletes  must attend ONE pre-race check-in. Pick up your race materials either Friday or Saturday. If you miss pac ket pickup, and do not have the VIP package, you will be required to pay a $10 fee for late pick up on race morning.

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 am - 6:30 am
$10 late charge applies

Race morning is very busy with parking, warming up, and getting to the start line. If you are picking up your packet or registering on race morning please show up earlier than you normally would, to allow time to do so.

Available shirt sizes are listed during registration. In the final few days before the event, some sizes will sell out. Not all sizes may be available for same day registration.
Visit the t-shirt table at the expo Sunday after 9:00 am for shirt exchange if you are interested in trading out the size you ordered for a different size!

To pick up a T-shirt Sunday they will be available outside of the Beer Garden AFTER THE RACE.

TRIPLE CROWN PLAQUES - For the Triathletes who participated in the 2019 Triple Crown Series. You may Pick up your 2019 Triple Crown Plaque at Registration / T-shirt Table on Saturday. On Sunday the plaques will be available in a tent located directly outside the Beer Garden entrance. Please make sure your pick these up at the event, they are very heavy and would be expensive to ship, however if you forget you may pay for shipping. (This is only for athletes who did 2019 XTERRA WETSUITS Spring Sprint, 2019 CVC San Diego Triathlon, and are registered for 2019 XTERRA WETSUIT Mission Bay Triathlon!)
Packet Pick Up Policies
1. All athletes must attend ONE pre-race check-in to pick up their race materials (FRI or SAT). Athletes who do not or cannot attend FRI or SAT (and have not selected the VIP option) will be required to pay a $10 late fee on race morning in order to pick up packet materials.

All relay members must be present to receive the packet, or we will split up the relay packet for each participant.

2. It is mandatory for all athletes to bring their ID to the pre-race check in. We will not give any athlete their bib number without an ID.

3. You must sign waiver(s) to get race materials. No printer? No problem - we will have waivers at check-in.

4. You will also be required to show proof of USAT annual membership or purchase a one day membership (if you haven't already purchased a one day with us through registration).

5. Friends and family members will NOT be allowed to pick up for an athlete. Sorry NO EXCEPTIONS. These events are USAT sanctioned and USAT doesn't allow anyone besides the participant to pick up race materials. Youth athletes under the age of 18 may have a parent/guardian of the minor who is participating can sign for their materials. You will still need to bring a copy of the minor's ID and sign waivers for them.

6. Please note: Beginning in 2019 ALL first time youth triathletes with a racing age of 7-10 will be required to complete a Swim Certification in order to compete in the event. You may download the form here .

7. Athletes who do NOT/cannot attend Friday or Saturday (and have not selected the VIP Option) will be required to pay a $10 (cash only) late fee on race morning in order to pick up their race materials. Late packet pickup on race morning is available starting at 5:30 am near the race / swim start, at Ventura Cove, on the north side of W. Mission Bay Dr.
Pick Up Checklist
❒ ID
❒ Signed Waiver(s)
❒ USAT Membership Proof
❒ Swim Certification  (1st time itsy bitsy triathletes age 7-10)
Tip: Print and sign the Koz Waiver at home for a faster check-in process.
ALL REGISTRATION QUESTIONS, CHANGES, INQUIRIES, UPDATES MUST OCCUR in person at the Pre-Race Check-Ins Friday / Saturday or on Race Morning.

We will not be able to make any changes by email or phone. This includes: changes in event type, switching out a relay member, changing event division, etc. These can all be done at Packet Pick up.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline to transfer registration has already passed.
This is a USAT sanctioned-event. You will be required to show proof of USAT membership status to receive your race materials and participate in this event. We will have one day USAT memberships available for $15 (adult) or annual memberships available for $50 (adult) and $10 (youth). These must be purchased if you are unable to show proof of current USAT membership status.

Please review USAT's Frequently Violated Rules by Clicking Here

Course Talks
Saturday - Course Talk Times
The course has changes this year - Fiesta Island Loop - See maps

We highly recommend you attend one of the course talks so you will be completely informed of all details regarding the event. The Head USAT Referee will be available to answer any and all USAT-related questions.

Are you doing your first triathlon, duathlon, or aquabike?
Please see our San Diego Triathlon Series website for our quick lessons - Click Here
11:00 am
Course Talk Ian Kelly and Head USAT Official
1:00 pm
Course Talk with Ian Kelly and Head USAT Official
2:00 pm
Kids course Talk with Coach Judi Carbary
Kids Course Talk Information

The Koz Events Race Directors HIGHLY RECOMMEND each parent and their child attend our Kids Course Talk, Saturday at 2:00 pm, at the Race Packet Pickup / Expo Area, (if your child did NOT participate in the Kids Pre-race Clinic), for the safety of your child and others when participating in the race.

Parents  will NOT be allowed in the Race Transition Area or to assist their child during the race per USA Triathlon rules. Each child is responsible for knowing their race course, transition area, and USA Triathlon rules. We will have volunteers in transition to help the children if needed.

Our Kids Course Talk will be given by our USA Triathlon Certified Youth & Junior Coach, Judi Carbary, to review the kids race course, transition area, and USA Triathlon rules.
Expo & Race Day Info
Saturday Parking Directions
Expo | Registration | Sunday Finish Line | Beer Garden

Located off West Mission Bay Dr.

  1. Take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit.
  2. Go west on Sea World Dr. to West Mission Bay Dr, go west.
  3. Race site will be on the left hand side in Bonita Cove Park.

Sunday Start Parking Directions - PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY
Make sure you have time to park and be finished with transition at 6:35am - no matter what time your race starts (this includes kids too), All racers must exit transition at 6:35am
Late Packet Pickup | Registration | Swim Start | Duathlon Start | Transition Area

Located off West Mission Bay Dr.

  1. Take I-5 to the Sea World Dr. exit. 
  2. Go west on Sea World Dr. to West Mission Bay Dr, go west. 
  3. Ventura Cove will be on your right hand side, parking is located across the street at Bonita Cove Park. (see all event parking lots below)

Alternate Route
  1. Take I-5 to the Grand/Garnet exit.
  2. Turn right on Garnet Ave. west, stay left at the fork to go on Grand Ave. 
  3. Turn left on Mission Blvd (south) past W. Mission Bay Dr. 
  4. Park in beach lots on either side of Mission Blvd just south of the roller coaster.

Event Parking Lots

  1. Bonita/Ventura Cove Lot - QQ93+XH San Diego, California (closest to start)
  2. Mariners Way Lot - 3290 Mariners Way, San Diego, CA 92109 (closest to expo/finish)
  3. Surfrider Square Lot - Surfrider Square, San Diego, CA 92109 (across from expo/finish)
  4. Mission Beach Lot East - 3021-3035 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
  5. Mission Beach Lot West - 3071, 3099 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109
  6. Mission Bay Park Lot - 1400 Dana Landing Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 (overflow lot)
  7. Dana Landing Rd. - 1598-1400 Dana Landing Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 (street parking)
  8. Quivira Rd. - 1598-1522 Quivira Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 (street parking)

Please Note: Koz Events / San Diego Triathlon Series is not responsible for any fines/citations incurred as a result of improperly parking on public streets.

Please exercise caution when using online map services for driving directions, as they do not account for our race road closures or construction projects.
Event Schedule
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Packet Pickup at Road Runner Sports - 5553 Copley Dr, San Diego
10:00 am
Registration opens / Expo opens
11:00 am
Course Talk 1
1:00 pm
Course Talk 2
2:00 pm
Kids Course Talk
3:00 pm
Expo closes
Sunday - Race Day
5:00 am
Parking lot opens - Please arrive to the race site early to allow time for traffic and walking/riding from the parking lot to the transition area at Ventura Cove by the Bahia Hotel
5:30 am
Transition opens
Late Packet Pickup opens ($10 late fee if not VIP)
Body marking begins
6:25 am
Final instructions at swim start
Late Packet Pickup closes
6:35 am
Transition area closes - ALL Participants Including VIPs and kids, must have bike racked and be out of transition at this time
6:40 am
Race starts
9:30 am
Transition opens to remove bikes and other equipment
Bikes & gear cannot be removed while racers are still undergoing active transitions. This is to ensure racers are not impeded from forward progress in their race.
~10:15 am
Awards presentations (approx. time)
12:00 pm
Transition area closes - All bikes must be removed
Pets Warning!
While we here at Koz Events are all animal-lovers/dog-owners, it is important to understand that dogs are NOT ALLOWED at Mission Bay, in parking lots, on sidewalks, and/or park areas after 9 am per City of San Diego Parks & Recreation regulations , with the exception of designated dog parks.

Last year, SD Parks & Rec were out there issuing citations to dog owners who brought their dog to the event. Therefore, we suggest you to leave your furry friend(s) at home.
*These restrictions do not apply to service animals, as defined by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA defines a service animal as any guide dog, signal dog or another animal individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability.
Wave Start Time & Cap Color
2019 mb Tri waves
Transition Area
Only athletes with wristbands are allowed in transition - After you finish your race you must show your bib number and matching bike number to remove your bike from transition. Warning - Any athlete attempting to remove their bike from transition outside the scheduled times or not using a monitored exit may be disqualified from the race. If you have an emergency please speak to race staff.

Finished racers may not re-enter the transition area until all racers from their event have transitioned to the run.
Body Marking
Body marking is located in the middle of the transition area.
Please bring your bib number with you so that our volunteers can see it. Volunteers will need to know your event and age or special category. They will need access to your left arm and left leg.
Race Number and Timing Chip Instructions
Timing Chip
An orange timing chip will need to be attached to a velcro ankle strap which will be included in your packet. You must wear this on your ankle throughout the race in order to receive a time. Please return this chip at the finish line. (Chips that are not returned will incur a $30 replacement fee.)

Relay team members must pass the timing chip band at each transition. After you finish, turn in the timing chip band at the end of the finish zone. How to do a Relay

Wear the supplied colored-swim cap (certain colors go with certain wave start times). 

Bike Helmet Sticker
Place one sticker on the front of your helmet.

Bike Frame Bib
Place the bike bib # on the left side of the top tube of your bicycle frame (in packet). Numbers must be attached to bikes to allow access in/out of transition areas. 

Pin the bib number to the front of your t-shirt or onto your race belt.

Not Finishing the Race
A participant who pulls out of the race or cannot compete for any reason must report to the timing tent to turn in the timing chip band and collect personal gear from the transition area. There is a $30 charge for any timing chip band not turned in.

Note for Aquabike: After your bike, you will dismount just before the dismount sign. When you cross the “Bike in” timing mat, this ends your race. Rack your bike then come to the finish line to get your medal, post race food and enjoy the beer garden if your over 21. How to do an Aquabike
The Swim
Lost your swim cap?
Please come to registration table and be sure to get the correct color cap. Do not change waves. Swimmers starting in the wrong wave will not receive a time and/or may be disqualified.

Swim Buddies
Swim buddies are there for encouragement only. Please do not rely on a swim buddy to be your personal lifeguard or personal swim course escort at the event. You must be capable of swimming the course on your own. While we do our best to provide swim buddies at each triathlon event, they are not guaranteed.

  • Swimmers should seed themselves according to swimming ability (fast swimmers to the front). Please try to avoid striking or swimming over another swimmer(s).
  • No swimming aids (e.g. fins, kickboards, buoyancy devices) are allowed.
  • A swimmer in need of assistance should roll over on his back and wave to a lifeguard.
  • Swimmers are welcome to warm up in the water when lifeguards are present. People warming up are urged to stay near the shore.
Course Overlays

It is your responsibility to know your course and how many laps you need to complete on the bike and run courses. Please study the maps below and come to the course talks on Saturday at the expo at Bonita Cove Park (11 am, 1 pm, kids 2 pm).
Lap Counts
(See Maps Below)
Swim Course
Bike Course
Run Course - International & Sprint
Run Course - Itsy Bitsy & Mini
Duathlon Run # 1 Course
Results and Bib Numbers
Results and timing for the 2019 XTERRA WETSUITS Mission Bay Triathlon is provided by  Timberline Timing

To look up your bib number Click Here.

To view your results online,   Click Here

The San Diego Triathlon Series - Points
This triathlon is part of the San Diego Triathlon Series put on by KOZ Events. The point series consists of 6 triathlons between May & September every year. Racers, Adult & Youth, who compete in 2 or more Triathlons (and place in the top 10 in their category) earn points toward the Series Awards. The Awards Gala for the Series this year is Sunday, December 1st. More about the Points Series

*All individual races (Kids and Aquabike included) earn points; relays excluded
The After Party
Beer. Live Music. Massages.
After the race enjoy the post-race expo and for our 21+ participants, an ice cold Ballast Point beer in the Beer Garden, complete with live music at the finish line. Please bring a suggested $5 cash donation for Challenged Athletes Foundation. All adult beverages are while supplies last.

Don't forget to treat yourself and sign up for a well-deserved massage at the Rehab United tent! Perfect for waiting for transition to reopen for gear removal.
Challenged Athletes Foundation - Operation Rebound
This event supports CAF - Operation Rebound, a San Diego based charity that is dedicated to helping our soldiers and first responders from the front lines to the finish line through sports. We hope you all will take up the challenge of donating at least $10 dollars to CAF at the event on Saturday or Sunday.

I want to help! How do I donate?
We will have a donation station set up on Saturday near the event t-shirt booth in the expo. If you would like to make a larger tax-deductible gift please bring a check written to Life Sports Foundation or donate online.

Other ways to contribute -. For raising just $600 you can race in any Koz Event Triathlon or GranFondo Bike ride for free. Many of our athletes create teams and raise well above the $600 minimum per person. See Our Wonderful Fundraisers
A Message From USAT to All Age-Group Competitors
Welcome to this USA Triathlon-sanctioned event!

You are racing under the USAT Competitive Rules. In order to minimize any misunderstandings on race day, I hope you will take the time to read the following summary of the Position Violations, which you may know as the "drafting rules." I have reduced the Position Rules to the following concepts, which everyone can remember:

  • Ride on the right side of your lane.
  • Keep three bike lengths between yourself and the cyclist in front of you.
  • Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right.
  • Complete your pass within 15 seconds.
  • If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, to the rear, before attempting to re-pass.

Remember, you are racing in a USA Triathlon sanctioned-event and there are USAT certified referees on the course to ensure fairness in the competition at all times. There will be NO WARNINGS if you commit a foul during competition. Triathlon is an individual event and you must take personal responsibility to understand the rules to avoid penalties. At the end of the race, all citations by the marshals are reviewed by the Head Referee who then decides if a penalty should be assessed. The Head Referee's ruling is FINAL in the case of Position Violations and there are no protests and/or appeals of Position Violations.

Marshals commonly cite the following violations:

  • Position: Riding on the left side of the lane without passing.
  • Blocking: Left side riding and impeding the forward progress of another competitor.
  • Illegal Pass: Passing on the right.
  • Overtaken: Failing to drop back three bike-lengths before re-passing
  • Drafting: Following a leading cyclist closer than three bike lengths and failing to pass within 15 seconds.

Though Position Violations carry a time penalty for first offense, two citations will result in an additional penalty. Please note that if you are cited for three violations, you will be disqualified. Be sure to check the penalty sheet before you leave the race site and have a chat with the head referee if you have any questions.

Make sure your helmet is a CPSC approved model. All helmets legally sold in the US are CPSC approved but, if you purchased your helmet in a different country, it might be illegal for use in USAT sanctioned-events.

While on your bike, always have your chinstrap securely fastened - before, during and after the event! The chin strap rule is easy to follow, so don't forget - that's a DQ!

Wear your race numbers, don't leave your trash on the course, and don't carry and/or use any portable audio devices.

Remember to treat other athletes, volunteers, and officials with courtesy and consideration. Failure to do so is called Unsportsmanlike Conduct and you will be disqualified.

All that being said, I hope you have a great race, lots of fun, and achieve all your goals!
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See ya on race day!