Hello, TOSA Youth Tri Families!
FIRST THINGS FIRST: We have over 140 athletes signed up for this event, but we are still looking to fill 30-40 volunteer positions. Parents and older siblings - we need your help to make this event fun and safe. You will be able to watch your athlete on the course when it is their time to go. Please consider signing up HERE to help. All volunteers will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Landing.
The 2021 TOSA Youth Tri will take place in two weeks, on Saturday, August 21st. Please review the following items with your athlete:
1. Map Course: There will be volunteers along the course to guide your athlete, but athletes are expected to understand the course.
2. Supplemental Youth Rules: Follow this link and scroll down to the last 3 pages. The rules are in place to keep the course safe and fair.
3. Most Common Rule Violations: We will have race officials on the course to ensure compliance.
Check your equipment now: Be sure your athlete has a swimsuit and goggles that fit. Check that their bike is in good working condition. Their helmet should fit well. Ask them to practice putting on their shoes. Be sure they are comfortable biking and running in these.
Athlete Check-In and Packet Pick Up is Friday, August 20th. Please come to the Grand Hall at TOSA Pool any time between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. Each athlete needs to come with a parent or guardian with ID. DO NOT bring your bike and helmet until race day on Saturday.
Athletes will receive a race T-shirt, a numbered bib with matching stickers for their bike and helmet and a TOSA Youth Tri BAG. Please attach the bib to the FRONT of the T-shirt and take the stickers home to place on your bike and helmet. Your athlete will also receive a race “tattoo” with bib number and age on both arms and one leg.
ON RACE DAY: Athletes, wear your swimsuit, goggles and optional swim cap. Bring your bike and helmet with stickers applied, your T-shirt with the attached bib and your shoes. A small towel, shorts, and socks are optional. Don’t bring anything you don’t plan to use on the course, including flip-flops. Everything must fit inside the bag.
Our transition area looks different this year. Parents, hold onto your athlete’s bike in the grassy area behind the Adirondack chairs while your athlete completes the swim. Head to the transition area by the umbrellas while they change into their shirt and shoes. Hand the bike to your athlete and take their bag as they head out the back gate towards the parkway to complete the bike. Bike racks will be positioned near the gate so that athletes may store their bikes while completing the run.
PARKING: Parking for athletes’ families will be available in the parking lot at Hoyt Park. The Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to traffic. Enter the pool area at the west gate, nearest to the parking lot.
TIMING: Athletes will wear an ankle bracelet with an embedded chip timer. These will be handed out at the information booth. There will be timing wires throughout the course keeping track of athletes’ times spent in each area: swim, transitions, bike and run. These split times will be reported, but only the START and FINISH times are used to determine place. Time spent in transition counts towards the total finish time. This is standard for triathlons.
STAGING: FUN athletes will run first, youngest to oldest. CHALLENGE athletes will run next. Arrive a few minutes before your scheduled warm-up time. Each athlete will have their own lane for the swim.