Spring Sprint Triathlon
Saturday/Sunday, May 4 - 5, 2019

What You Need To Know For Race Day
Greetings! welcome to the 2019 XTERRA WETSUITS Spring Sprint Triathlon, the first event in the San Diego Triathlon Series Triple Crown .

Please read ALL information within this email. Racers are responsible for knowing their race course and USA Triathlon Rules.

ALL Racers:
Please plan to be at the Race Site/Transition Area on Sunday by 6:00am or sooner.
Sea World Drive CLOSES at 6:15am.
Race Preparation
Packet Pick Up
Packet Pick Up Times & Location
All athletes must attend ONE pre-race check-in. Pick up your race materials either Friday or Saturday. If you miss packet pick up, and do not have the VIP package, you will be required to pay a $10 fee for late pick up on race morning.

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SwimRun Packet Pick Up: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
All Other Races Packet Pick Up: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: South Shores Park
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.
If you do not get the size you would like, please visit the t-shirt table at the Expo after 9:00 AM on Sunday for shirt exchange or if you are interested in trading out the size you ordered for a different size!
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 can't attend FRI OR SAT (and have not selected the VIP Option - more info below) will be required to pay a $10 late fee on race morning in order to pick up packet materials.

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. Parents of children competing in the event will be permitted to pick up their child's packet with their own ID and the child's USAT card.  

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

5. 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).

6. 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 a parent/guardian of the minor who is participating can sign for their materials.

7. 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 .

8. West Regional Championship Information - Click Here

9. 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 PT near the Race / Swim Start, at South Shores Park.
Pick Up Checklist
Signed Waiver
USAT Membership Proof
Swim Certification (1st time itsy bitsy triathletes age 7-10)
Tip: Print and sign the 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.

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
We highly recommend you attend one of the course talks so you will be completely informed of all details regarding the event.
11:30 am
Course Talk 1
1:00 pm
Course Talk 2
2:30 pm
Kids Course Talk with Judi Carbary (see below for more info)
Kids Course Talk Information
The Koz Events Race Directors HIGHLY RECOMMEND each parent and their child attend our Kids Course Talk, Saturday at 2:30 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.
Race Day & Expo Info
Where To Park
South Shores Park, Boat Launch Ramp
Athlete & Spectator Parking
South Shores Park / Boat launch ramp is located just east of Sea World in San Diego. There is ample free on-site parking for the competitors, only yards away from the transition area. Additional parking is across Sea World Drive along the flood control channel as well as in the Sun Runner lot on the northeast corner of Pacific Hwy and Sea World Drive.

To access the venue from the Sun Runner Lot, Please cross Sea World Dr and walk along East Mission Bay Drive to the path on the left. That path will take you directly into the venue.

For the safety of the competitors, South Shores Parking Lot will not re-open to allow vehicles to leave until 9:45 am. If you need to leave the race site before 9:45 am, we recommend that you park along the flood control channel or in the Sun Runner Lot.

From Interstate 5: Exit Sea World Drive and head west on Sea World Drive. Go approximately ¾ mile to South Shores Park Road and turn right. Follow the road into the park. 

From Interstate 8: Exit interstate I-5 north to Sea World Drive and head west on Sea World Drive. Go approximately ¾ mile to South Shores Park Road and turn right. Follow road into park.
Drop Off Zone
After the South Shores Lot is Full ~5:40 am, you may use the Drop off Zone at the entrance to South Shores Park. See Map Below. You May Drop off your Athlete or Spectators here are then park and ride or walk in. This Option is Only available until 6:15 am - When Sea World Drive will be closed.

From Interstate 5 - Exit Sea World Dr., and head west on Sea World Dr. Go approximately 3/4 mile to South Shores Park Rd. and turn right. Follow the road into park.

From Interstate 8 - Exit Interstate 5 North to Sea World Dr., and head west on Sea World Dr. Go approximately 3/4 mile to South Shores Park Rd. and turn right. Follow the road into park.
Please exercise caution when using online map services for driving directions, as they do not account for our race road closures or construction projects.
Lot Info
South Shores Park (200 vehicles)
Opens at 5:00 am / Closes at 5:45 am, or when the lot is full
Vehicles parked in this lot will not be able to exit until 9:45 am

Flood Channel Road (200 vehicles)
Open at all times / Closes at 6:30 am
This area is across from South Shores Park.
If you park here, use the west crosswalk to enter the park

Sunrunner Parking Lot (400 vehicles)
Opens at 5:30 am / Closes at 12:30 pm
Located at the corner of Sea World Drive and Pacific Hwy. It is approximately 1/3 mile from South Shores Park
Park here if arriving late

Additional Parking (300 vehicles)
Tecolote Shores Park located on E. Mission Bay Dr. south of the Hilton and E. Mission Bay Drive

Road Closures
SOUTH SHORES DRIVE closed from 6:45 AM Till 9:45 AM
SEA WORLD DRIVE (westbound) at Pacific Hwy will be closed at 6:15 am 
Event Schedule
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday - 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
SwimRun Race Day and Expo / Packet Pick up
8:00 am
SwimRun packet pick-up opens
10:00 am
SwimRun check-in & gear check at the gazebo
10:00 am
All Other Events Registration opens / Expo opens
10:30 am
SwimRun Race starts
11:30 am
Course Talk 1
1:00 pm
Course Talk 2
2:00 pm
SwimRun Awards
2:30 pm
Kids Course Talk with Coach Judi Carbary
3:00 pm
Expo Closed
Race Day for all Other Races Including the Regional Championships
5:00 am
Parking lots open
Arrive to the race site early to allow time for traffic and walking or riding from the parking lot to the transition area.
5:30 am
Late pre-race check in opens
5:30 am
Transition opens; late packet pick up opens; body marking
6:40 am
Transition area closes; late packet pick up closes
ALL Participants including Kids must have bike Racked and be out of Transition at this time
6:45 am
Duathlon Starts
6:50 am
Triathlon, AquaBike, & Aquathlon Waves Begin followed by Mini and Itsy Bitsy Races
8:00 am
Beer and Wine Garden Opens (Please Bring $5 for – CAF – Challenged Athletes Foundation donation)
8:30 am
Transition Re-opens with Limited Access
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.
9:30 am
Transition Re-opens for Bike Removal
In order to remove your bike and equipment from the Transition Area, you must have your Bib Number so we can release your bike.
9:45 am
Expo / Race Parking Lot Exit – Reopens
If you need to leave earlier you must park outside this lot
~9:45 am
Awards Presentation Begin at the Stage in Expo
10:00 am
Sprint Awards
10:30 am
International Awards and All Bikes Should be Removed from Transition
11:30 am
Course Closed
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 9AM 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
Click here for your wave start time & cap color
(If you are unable to view the image above!
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.

Finished racers MAY NOT re-enter the transition area until all racers from their event have transitioned to the run.
Race Number and Timing Chip Instructions
Timing Chip
An orange timing chip, attached to a VELCRO ANKLE STRAP 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.)

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. 
Course Overlays
Run Course
Bike Course
SwimRun Course
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!
Results and Bib Numbers
Results and timing for the 2019 XTERRA WETSUITS Spring Sprint Triathlon is provided by Gemini Timing.

To look up your bib number and/or view your results online, Click Here.

For fastest access to your results during and after the race, please download the Gemini LIVE results app, available for both android and iPhone by Clicking Here.

Example of what the app looks like when viewing:
The After Party
Where's the Beer? Wine? Margaritas?
After the race enjoy the post-race expo and for our 21+ participants, an ice cold Ballast Point beer, Three Hills Wine or a Cinco de Mayo Margarita 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.
Post Race Massage
Reward yourself for completing challenging race with a post race massage!
You deserve it.

Here Are 4 Reasons To Treat Yourself

1. Instant Gratification
It feels good and you've earned it! You just trained for this event and pushed hard through the race and likely experienced some pain for your efforts. Post-race massage helps to ease those aches through the power of touch.

2. Acid Reduction
A trending topic of research in exercise physiology is lactate threshold. This is the intensity level of exercise at which your muscles are producing lactic acid faster than your body recycles it, leaving your muscles in an acidic (and performance-hindering) environment. In a race situation, this is when you start feeling "the burn" of your muscles as you push harder. After a race, the body still works to recycle the remaining lactic acid but is also hard at work repairing damaged muscle, accommodating swelling, and replenishing muscle glycogen. It's tough for the body to manage all of these things at once, so the efficiency of all of them is reduced. Getting a post-race massage helps the body to reduce lactic acid in the system by increasing circulation to the muscles and aiding the movement of the acid away from the muscles.

3. Decreased Swelling
Exercise causes microscopic damage in your muscles during your training, and especially in your races when you've pushed yourself hard! It happens all the time, and your body is pretty efficient at repairing the damage, but read above to see why the body can lose recovery efficiency after a race and you'll understand why it's important to give the body some extra help. To add insult to injury (pun intended) is that the swelling caused by the body going through its normal repair process is what is the root cause of the dreaded DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that affects so many racers in the 24-48 hours after a hard effort. That post-race massage will again help the body in the repair process by removing excess metabolic waste products and bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the muscles to use for repairing the body.

4. Calm Your Nervous System
This goes for mentally and physically! From a mental perspective, a post-race massage can help to recover from the rigor and stressful environment of the race and bring back a calm mind. Physically, the nervous system has been firing on all cylinders to keep the heart, lungs and muscles at maximum efficiency. Sometimes the nervous system can remain readily excitable after a race resulting in a slow-to-recover heart rate or even muscle cramps after the event is over. A post-race massage helps to calm down that excitability, activating the parasympathetic (or rest and repose) portion of the nervous system.

So for your next race, consider the benefits of massage and the role it can have on elevating your training regimen. At the very least, we encourage you to give it a try. If you want to learn more about how massage can benefit your training, come see us this weekend at the Spring Sprint Triathlon and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Erynne Hill, MS, ATC, HHP
Director of Massage & Wellness

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