Schedule of Events

The 2017 Auburn Triathlon Athlete Guide.  Please read for important race weekend information (Last updated on May 18, 2017)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Includes: Race Expo, Athlete Check-in and Registration, Raffle, T2 Set-up, Mandatory Pre-race meeting, Ironprayer with guest speaker, plus a FREE pasta meal.

All taking place at the American River Canyon Overlook (855 Pacific Ave, Auburn, CA 95603).

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Athlete Check-in
  • T2 Set-up (Bike to Run, T1 set up is on Sunday  morning)
  • Expo
  • Raffle Tickets for sale (to benefit non-profit volunteer groups)

3:00 p.m.

  • Mandatory pre-race meeting

4:00 p.m.

  • Ironprayer and FREE Pasta Feed sponsored by FCA Endurance with special guest speaker, Joey Montoya (Head Placer Football Coach Since 2007, 2 Section Titles, Undefeated Year, 9 Consecutive Playoff Berths, 5 Straight Pioneer League Champs, Accomplished Ultra-runner, recently finished his 10th Ultra at the Miwok 100K qualifying for Western States!

Detailed Information

Athlete Check-in and Registration

Packet Pick-up is on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the American River Canyon Overlook which is T2 and Finish Line. We prefer that you pick up your packet and “goody” bag on Saturday so that you can attend the Mandatory Meeting on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. You will be able to pick up your packet at Rattlesnake Bar State Park on Sunday morning from 5:30 – 6:45 a.m. if you absolutely cannot pick up on Saturday. You will not receive your goody bag and race shirt at Rattlesnake Bar. You will need to pick it up after you finish your race at American River Canyon Overlook. Sunday pickups will not be guaranteed their shirt size. Be prepared to come early as there will be limited staff doing late packet pick up. Be sure to bring your USAT card and photo ID to Packet Pickup for both Saturday and Sunday morning. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

Those that registered prior to April 19, 2017 will have priority of race shirt sizes. We have to estimate sizes for those that register after April 18th. If by chance the size you ordered is not what you want you can check with us Sunday after you race to see if you can exchange for another size, that is if it is available. Just be aware though, if you wait until Sunday to pick up your packet and shirt, no matter when you registered for the race, there is a chance you may not get the shirt size you requested.

If you are a USAT Annual Member, you must bring your card and photo ID. If you do not have your card you can use your smart phone and bring it up electronically. Be aware coverage at the swim venue may be sketchy. If no evidence of card is provided, you will need to purchase a 1-day license ($15.00).

If you are NOT a USAT Annual Member you will need to purchase a 1-day license of $15.00. If you registered on Raceplanner then you have more than likely already purchased the 1 day but some of you didn’t so be prepared to pay $15. If you need to buy one please bring cash or check made out to USAT no credit card when purchasing your 1-day USAT membership.

You must sign two waivers: one for USAT (only if purchasing a 1-day or purchasing an annual membership) and everyone needs to sign one for Tahoe Peak Endurance, LLC if you registered on Active you should have already signed them.

PLEASE NOTE: You CANNOT pick up anyone else’s packet. Sorry, but these are USAT requirements. We cannot afford to default on losing the sanction. Sanctioning the race is for your and our benefit and safety. Please do not ask, even if you know us. NO EXCEPTIONS. You will be able to pick up your timing chip, bib, and swim cap Sunday morning, but we prefer you pick up on Saturday. Again, you will need to show your USAT card and ID and or pay the 1 day fee that morning at Rattlesnake Bar as well as sign appropriate waivers. Bring exact cash if you need to purchase a license. There will be NO REGISTERING for the race on Sunday at Rattlesnake Bar. All team members will be required to pick up their packet, not just one teammate and all will need to show proof of USAT membership or each will need to purchase a 1 day license.

Each event will have a designated color swim cap, bike number and running bib.

  • World’s Toughest Half, Half Relay, & Aquabike: GREEN – #s 1-175
  • International, International Relay: RED – #s 200-365
  • Mini: BLUE – #s 400-500

Be sure you have the correct color for your event that you are competing in. This will help our course marshalls identify which race you are in and what loop you are doing and where to direct you.

T2 SETUP: 12-00-7:00 pm – (Bike to Run, shoe drop-off)

Saturday or early Sunday morning (T1 Swim to Bike is set up Sunday morning). Note the gates of the American River Canyon (T2) close at 7:00 pm Saturday night.

EXPO – RAFFLE

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • EXPO with sponsors and vendors
  • RAFFLE tickets for sale all day Saturday and Sunday. All raffle proceeds are donated to the non-profit groups out there volunteering on the course. Raffle prizes are donated by Expo Vendors and Sponsors and Friends of the Auburn Triathlon. The volunteers whether non-profit groups or individuals are what make this race happen, they donate their time to help you have a great, fun and most of all safe day.

Our Non-Profit Volunteer Groups: Kiwanis – 49er Lions and Meadow Vista Lions Club, Placer High Band, UC Davis Tri Club, Sacramento Tri Club, Running School, Placer High Swim Team

Mandatory Meeting

3:00 p.m. – American River Canyon Overlook

We strongly encourage you to attend the course talk at 3:00 p.m. for updates and important information with regards to logistics of the courses etc as this race is just that logistical for all. With the International a Southwest Region Championship, a USAT referee will be there to discuss USAT rules. You will also get valuable tips for race day.

Ironprayer – Free Pasta Dinner – Guest Speaker

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Ironprayer along with Free Pasta Dinner hosted by FCA and multi World’s Toughest Half competitors, Troy Soares and his wife, Robin. Both Troy and Robin race each year and then go captain the Maidu run aid station, hats off to them!
  • This year’s FCA Guest Speaker is Joey Montoya
    • Head Placer Football Coach Since 2007
    • 2 Section Titles, Undefeated Year, 9 Consecutive Playoff Berths,
      5 Straight Pioneer League Champs
    • Accomplished Ultrarunner. Just finished his 10th Ultra at the Miwok 100k qualifying for Western States!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 (Race Day)

5:00 a.m.

  • T2 shoe drop-off at American River Canyon Overlook

5:30 – 6:45 a.m.

  • Late Participant Check-in at Rattlesnake Bar State Park at Folsom Lake

DO NOT PUT RATTLESNAKE BAR ROAD IN YOUR PHONE’S GPS MAP SYSTEM AS YOU MAY END UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAKE!

USE “RATTLESNAKE BAR BOAT LAUNCH, LOOMIS, CA” (Google Maps)

IT WILL BE YOUR FAULT AND NOT OURS IF YOU END UP ON THE OTHER SIDE AND ARE LATE FOR YOUR START (no refunds). The road to T1 closes no matter what at 7:00 till last bike leaves.

6:50 a.m.

  • T1 CLOSES – STRICTLY ENFORCED – Everyone in all events should have their transition set up and be ready to go.

Wave Starts (The first wave will be at 7:00 a.m.)

  • 7:00 a.m. – WT Half Men and Men Aquabike   Blue caps
  • 7:05 a.m. – WT Half Women and Women Aquabike and Relays  Blue caps
  • 7:10 a.m. – International Men  Green caps/numbers
  • 7:15 a.m. – International Women and Relays  Green caps/numbers
  • ~7:30 a.m. – Mini Men (we may adjust the Mini time a little)   Red caps
  • ~7:35 a.m. – Mini Women  Red caps

SUNDAY at the American River Canyon Overlook

8:30 a.m.

  • Race Expo Opens

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Post race athlete and volunteer meal with Maria’s Mexican Tacos of Auburn. (There will be breakfast and lunch available for sale for spectators).
  • Raffle will be drawn and winners announced thruout the day. If out on course when name drawn, check your phone we will text and leave a message or check the raffle table. We will only make two attempts to reach you, first when drawn and announced; and second by text. So be sure to check your cell phones before you leave for the day.

10:30 a.m.

  • Mini Triathlon Award Ceremony

11:30 a.m.

  • International Award Ceremony

12:45 p.m.

  • World’s Toughest Half Run Start Cutoff Time (~5 hr and 15 min after final wave start)

2:00 p.m.

  • World’s Toughest Half and Aquabike Award Ceremony

3:45 p.m.

  • Official World’s Toughest Half Finish Time (8:30 after final wave)

RACE MORNING LOGISTICS

DO NOT PUT RATTLESNAKE BAR ROAD IN YOUR PHONE’S GPS MAP SYSTEM AS YOU MAY END UP ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAKE!

USE “RATTLESNAKE BAR BOAT LAUNCH, LOOMIS, CA” (Google Maps)

IT WILL BE YOUR FAULT AND NOT OURS IF YOU END UP ON THE OTHER SIDE AND ARE LATE FOR YOUR START (no refunds). The road to T1 closes no matter what at 7:00 till last bike leaves.

This is a two-transition race! The lake is 7 miles from the finish line in Auburn. We recommend you check out our Transition Logistics on our website for detailed information.

We highly recommend you pedal down to the lake from American River Canyon Overlook finish line. Consider a head-lamp for your ride (sunrise is ~5:45am), and ride safely. The recommended shortcut bike route (map for Bike route to the lake) to the Start and T1 (not race course) is virtually all downhill and a nice gentle morning warm up. From American River Canyon Overlook, simply turn Left on Pacific Ave, proceed 300m to Auburn-Folsom Rd signal light and turn Left. Proceed thru Sacramento St/Herdal Dr signal, Maidu Dr signal, Indian Hill Rd signal, then descend sharply for ~1 mile. Reach bottom of hill and turn LEFT on Rattlesnake Rd. There will be a sign posted to turn. You will see Scott’s Corner Feed Store there on Rattlesnake Rd. This is the 3-way intersection of Auburn-Folsom, Rattlesnake Rd and Shirland Tract Rd (bike course route). Proceed on Rattlesnake Road 3 miles to the lake entrance. SIMPLE route—just two turns! If you fly by Rattlesnake Rd on Auburn Folsom Blvd there is another entrance a couple miles down called Newcastle Rd. Turn left there and it will bring you to Rattlesnake Road and swim venue. Allow 30 minutes to get to lake from the Overlook by bike or car.

You can also get dropped off .7-mile from T1 at the “Y” intersection of Rattlesnake Bar Rd and Newcastle Road bring a backpack to ride the final .7-mile downhill.

You can park at the lake  as autos will be allowed into the park near lake, but NO AUTOS CAN LEAVE the lake until the final cyclists leave ( ~ 9:30). There is no return shuttle service post-race provided. NO DROP OFF at lake; Only at “Y” – .7 mile from T1.

For those driving down or getting dropped off. Please follow same route as cyclists from the Overlook following Auburn Folsom but do not turn left at Shirland Tract, continue down Auburn Folsom a couple more miles and turn left at New Castle Road which takes you to the swim venue. This avoids driving thru neighborhood with the cyclists.

T1 CLOSES AT 6:50 a.m. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BIKE RACKED AND TRANSITION SET UP.

ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING IS ALLOWED AT OR NEAR THE “Y” INTERSECTION AT NEWCASTLE RD. AND RATTLESNAKE
RD. THIS IS STRICTLY ENFORCED! PLEASE RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

RATTLESNAKE ROAD TO T1 WILL CLOSE STRICTLY AT 7:00. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN OR OUT

T1 is a CLEAN Transition which means, after your swim you need to PUT EVERYTHING INTO YOUR BAG so that we can haul it up, anything not in a bag completely, will be thrown in a lost and found pile for you to rummage through at T2. Please, take the time to pack it in. Help our volunteers help you get all your stuff back safe and sound to T2/Finish.

Body Marking

All athletes will be body marked on the arms, hands, legs and calf. Body marking will be done race morning only. You will find volunteers in transition area for body marking. It is your responsibility to get body marked in the morning.

Athlete Support

We will have Gatorade and water, V-Fuel Gels at the Bike and Run Aid Stations. Please dispose of your used water bottles off the roadway in the immediate vicinity of the aid stations. Note: You are running in a state park and litter is strictly forbidden. Carry your used gel packets and other stuff to the next aid station’s garbage. Anyone seen purposely littering on the course will be disqualified and sentenced to hard labor in the state park (clearing poison oak by hand wearing running shorts and singlet). Check out our website for more details of aid station locations. Port-o-Pottys are available on the bike course with one at Bowman Aid and West Paoli aid station and at Bear River Campground there are 2 restrooms in route along the river. And at the T2/Finish/Run Start. For the run course there will be Porta pottys at Upper Dam and at T2/Overlook. Bike Support- Bicycle Emporium will be our bike mechanic sag wagon. Lost and Found: If you leave or lose anything race day please check at T2/Finish area where all the swim transition bags have been placed from being hauled up from T1. Your shoes if you left any will be there in a pile for you to search for as well as anything else that was left loose at T1. You must leave T1 with all things in your transition bag or the bag that is provided with your name and number on it. Anything left loose is considered lost and found. If you want anything returned to you we will be happy to do so but at your expense. After 2 weeks, it goes to the good will.

What if I miss Saturday registration?

If you can’t arrive until Sunday, you can get your chip at the lake Sunday morning. You can obtain your goody bag with shirt after the race but Sundays’ pick up does not guarantee your shirt size no matter when you registered. You can receive by mail if you agree to pay for shipping as a courtesy. Remember you must bring your USAT card and Photo ID and bring cash or check only will be accepted if you need to purchase a 1 day USAT license. (no credit cards) USAT rules apply!

Want to volunteer?

Have friends or family coming with to support? We still need more volunteers, either Friday Saturday or Sunday the more the merrier.