What You Need To Know For Race Day
Greetings! we hope you're excited for the 2019 San Diego International Triathlon!

Please read ALL information within this email.
Racers are responsible for knowing their race course and USA Triathlon Rules.
**There are MANY Changes this year***
  • EXPO / Packet Pick up Location HAS CHANGED
  • Bikes MAY NOT be racked until Sunday morning.
  • Parking areas have changed
  • Beer Garden is now a Beer, Wine and Margaritas Garden - Please bring donation for Father Joe's
Please Read ALL Info Below
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, JUNE 21, 2019
*Bonus Gift - $10 off a $30 purchase or join the VIP family for 25% off everything
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019 - Please note: NEW LOCATION!
10:00 am - 3:00 pm (This is also where the Triathlon Finishes next to Seaport Village on Sunday)
5:30 am - 6:30 am
$10 late charge applies unless you have pre-purchased the VIP option

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 after 9:00 AM for shirt exchange 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 cannot 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 under 18 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 may have a parent/guardian of the minor who is participating can sign for their materials.

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 the west end of Spanish Landing Park.
Pick Up Checklist
Signed Waiver
USAT Membership Proof
Tip: Print and sign the Koz Waiver and Navy 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

Bike Racking - Please Note
You will not be permitted to rack your bike prior to race morning. The safety of your equipment is very important to us and due to recent changes in the downtown area we have decided it is better to err on the side of caution and no longer allow overnight bike racking.
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.

Are you doing your First Triathlon, Relay, or Aqua Bike?
Please see our San Diego Triathlon Series Website for our Quick Lessons - Click Here
11:30 am
Course Talk with Steve Tally
1:00 pm
Course Talk with Steve Tally
Race Day & Expo Info
Where To Park
The expo and packet pick-up on Saturday is located at Embarcadero Marina Park North 400 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA 92101. Just behind Seaport Village. This is also where the finish of the race is located.

From the south: Take I-5 North to Cesar Chavez Blvd west to Harbor Dr. Turn right on Harbor Dr. to Kettner Blvd. Turn left on Kettner. There will be metered parking available at the park.

From the north;: Take I-5 South to F St. Take the M L King Jr Fwy exit from CA-94 W/Martin Luther King Jr. Fwy. Continue on F St to Fourth Ave. Turn left on Fourth Ave. Turn Right on Market St. Turn left on W. Harbor Dr. Turn left on Kettner Blvd. There will be metered parking available at the park.

Pre-race check-in on race morning is located at the Spanish Landing Park ( Spanish Landing Park West 4300 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101) located across from Terminal 2 of the San Diego International Airport (just off N. Harbor Dr.).
Race Day and Expo Parking NEW PLEASE READ
Free Parking Options for Sunday Only - Please also refer to the parking map below

1. NEW lot across the street from Spanish Landing Park West in the Hampton Inn parking lot located at 2211 Lee Court - 175 spaces available, free all day.

2. There are two parking lots at Spanish Landing Park East - 115 spaces available, free until noon. Cars parked in those lots after noon without paying for parking will be ticketed.

3. The last free lot for Sunday only is located at the corner of Harbor Dr. and Nimitz Blvd. It is located about 1/3 mile west of the transition area. (closest parking) Take I-8 west to Nimitz Blvd. Take Nimitz Blvd south to Harbor Dr. Turn left on Harbor Dr. Stay in left lane. Turn left at the first signal and follow the signs to the event parking areas at the Navy ASW/NTC. Please do not walk across Harbor Dr. Use the pedestrian bridge.
Do not walk across Harbor Drive but use the undercrossing or crosswalk at the west end of the transition area.

There is also an airport pay parking lot across the street from Spanish Landing Park. Terminal 2 Parking Lot.
Free Bus Shuttle Service
A free bus shuttle service will be provided for both competitors and spectators. The first shuttle begins at 7:15 am to take spectators to the finish line. It will continue to transport competitors and spectators between Seaport Village and Spanish Landing Park until 11:45 am. The shuttle will not transport participants or spectators from the finish line to the start line prior to the start of the race.

Aqua Bike Participants
For those participating in the Aqua Bike - After your Bike Ride get on the shuttle bus to the finish line to claim your medal, awards, enjoy the EXPO and post race snacks.

Swim & Bike Relay Participants
After your transition chip hand off, get on the shuttle bus to the finish line to cheer your team member across the finish line.
Please exercise caution when using online map services for driving directions, as they do not account for our race road closures or construction projects.

Yellow areas are free parking on Sunday
Event Schedule
Expo - Embarcadero Marina Park North
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday - 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Spanish Landing Park West
5:15 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
Transition Opens / Body Marking / Late Packet Pick Up Opens (Just east of transition area)
6:30 am
Transition Closes - All participants must be set up before this time
6:30 am
Competitors to Swim Staging Area for Final Race Instructions
6:35 am
INTL- PRO Wave Starts (2019 Wave Start Times)
6:40 am - 7:40 am
INTL- Age Group & Sprint Wave Starts
8:00 am
Swim Course Closes
8:30 am
Bus Shuttles to Finish at Seaport Village start - Your friends and family get a free ride to the finish and back. Buses are located just behind swim start on Harbor Drive.
9:00 am
Transition Reopens for Post Race Removal of Bikes - NO bikes are to be removed before this time. (Please be respectful of volunteers and staff.)
9:30 am
Bike Course Closes
~10:00 am
Awards Presentation Begin at the Stage in Expo - approx. time, may start earlier.
11:00 am
Run Course Closes
11:50 am
11:50 am: Last Bus Shuttle from the Finish to Spanish Landing Park for Racers and specators
12:00 pm
Transition Area Closed, All Bikes Must be Removed
Wave Start Time & Cap Color
wav start
Click here for your wave start time & cap color
(If you are unable to view the image above)
Transition Area
The transition area opens at 5:30 am and is located at Spanish Landing Park West. The transition area is open to participants only. Wristbands must be shown for access. Participants must rack their bikes in their assigned racks. Racks are assigned by wave number.
Body Marking
Body marking is located right outside of the bike in / out. 
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, attached to a BLACK 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 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.
Results and Bib Numbers
Results and timing for the 2019 San Diego International Triathlon is provided by  Timberline Timing

To look up your bib number Click Here.

To look up your results Click Here.
Course Overlays
Run Course
Bike Course
Swim 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!
The After Party
Where's the Beer and Wine?
After the race enjoy the post-race expo and for our 21+ participants, an ice cold beer, wine or margarita in our "not your average beer garden", complete with live music at the finish line. Please bring a suggested $5 cash donation for St. Vincent de Paul Villages/Father Joe's Village. If you wish to make a tax deductible donation with a check, please make check to St. Vincent de Paul. Since the transition zone is miles away remember to stash you donation in a safe place for the run. (Creative places include, under the inserts in your running shoes, Jersey pocket, or with a friend or relative meeting you at the finish line. )
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

You can still add a Post-Race Massage to your registration! Just log into your Active account and add it by Clicking Here .
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