Fifteenth Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon Updates
15th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon is ONE WEEK AWAY!
We are looking forward to seeing all of you next weekend at the 15th Annual Reston Sprint Triathlon. Packet pickup is at Lake Newport Pool on Friday and Saturday. And of course, race day is next Sunday, August 15th.

This week we will be sending you overviews of each segment of the triathlon. Today we start with the swim segment.
Swim Segment Overview

In preparation for race weekend we'd like to offer a few tips to help with your swim. We are anticipating average temperatures this year. The pool temperature could be be around 78 to 80 degrees F. Updated pool temps will be emailed on Friday, August 13th.

USA Triathlon Wetsuit Rules:
  • Competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • If the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may NOT wear wetsuits.
  • USA Triathlon Rules: Swim Conduct

There are options to wetsuits. Swim skin technology allows you to swim faster than in a regular swim suit or tri suit. Most of the suits are approved by world governing bodies to wear in "non-wetsuit" swims including all triathlons and all pool swims, including the Olympics.

The Swim:
Athletes will line up on the pool deck and enter the pool at the starting point. You will be swimming one direction in each lane.  Each racer goes up, touches the wall (flip turns are allowed) then under the lane line and then back in the second lane. After eight lanes (400 m) the racer then exits the pool. Below is a diagram of the pool and path to the transition area.

Please review the following swim segment instructions:
  • The pool will be open from 6:30-6:45 am for warm-ups.
  • No swim caps are being provided for this event, if you need one, bring one.
  • Athletes enter the pool in the order of their bib numbers.
  • Athletes with bib numbers between 1 and 50 line up at least ten minutes before your start time, beginning at 6:45 am. Once the first athlete is in the pool, racers will be called to to the deck in waves of 50. A good rule of thumb is to multiply your bib number by .06 to get the number of minutes after the start when you will enter the pool. For example: If your bib number is 600, multiply 600 x .06 to get 36. That would mean it will be about 7:36 am when you enter the pool.
  • Participants will go off individually in 5-second increments.
  • When lining up for the swim - get in line in numerical order. We will announce racers in groups of fifty. When your group is announced, line up in the order of your bib number; lower numbers first. You are allowed to move back in line, but not up in line.
  • Stay to the right in the lanes and allow faster swimmers to pass on the left.
  • Follow us on Facebook for up to the minute information that will help you with the race.
Swim Course
Lake Newport Pool Passes
Lake Newport pool passes are still available to RST in-person race registrants with swim privileges through August 14th. The cost is $40 for a family of 4. This is a great opportunity to train in the same 50 meter pool where the race is held.
Packet Pickup at Lake Newport Pool

Friday, Aug 13th - 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm
Saturday, Aug 14th - 11:00 am till 4:00 pm
Stay tuned to the RST Facebook page
for last minute race updates
Course Maps are HERE
Volunteers Needed for Packet Pickup & Race Day
RST Volunteer time qualifies for student service hours & employer grants
A message from USAT Head Official - Dave Conover

  • Be sure to review the USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules and Penalties
  • Athletes ONLY are permitted in the transition area. No exceptions.
  • When on the road, stay inside the cones.
  • Be aware of official motorcycles that may need to briefly ride inside the cones.