RULES & FAQ
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
- Your race bib and registration are not transferable
- Your race entry fee is not refundable
- You may not register the day of the event
- You may only register online or by mail
- A helmet is required on the cycling portion of the event
- You must be able to swim ½ mile (750 meters) in open water
- Athletes must be 16 years of age or older to participate
- You may not use any flotation device or other assistance device.No floaties, no noodles, no kickboards, no lifevests, no flippers, no snorkeling masks or breathing devices. Simply remember-when you enter the water you'll be wearing your designated swim cap, goggles, your suit and nothing more.
THE TRI IS OPEN WATER
What is the status of Cherry Creek State Park?
Cherry Creek State Park has added a water circulation system to their Reservoir which is known as a "SolarBee". SolarBees are the most effective, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly approach to reducing the negative ecological consequences of excess plant growth and decay in ponds, lakes, and reservoirs. They provide beneficial water circulation which has proven consistently effective at disrupting blue-green algae's habitat so that blooms do not form. In short, the purpose of this circulation system is to increase the clarity of the water and reduce the amount of blue-green algae in the water.
What should I wear?
Coach Barrie suggests wearing tri shorts over a bathing suit or a tri suit or tri shorts with a swimable top. You could wear your run clothing under the wetsuit, then simply bike and run in this outfit. Pick an outfit that is simple and that you do not need to do a lot of changing. Most importantly, be sure to swim, bike and run in the clothing you want to wear in the race. Practice before hand to know if this will work or if you need to make changes. As for your sports bra, you can swim in this and wear it under your bathing suit. Then you will have it on for the whole race.
SEE questions below FOR MORE INFORMATION
I'M VERY NERVOUS ABOUT THE SWIM. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SWIM PORTION OF THE RACE?
Most everyone is anxious about the swim. It is your responsibility to train prior to the race and be able to swim at least ½ mile (750 meters) without straining yourself. The following tips will help you feel relaxed and confident in the water:
- YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO SWIM If you don't know how to swim, hire a swim coach and learn. Do not show up for the event if you haven't dipped a toe in the water!
- YOU MAY NOT USE ANY FLOTATION DEVICE OR OTHER ASSISTANCE DEVICE No floaties, no noodles, no kickboards, no lifevests, no flippers, no snorkeling masks or breathing devices. Simply remember-when you enter the water you'll be wearing your designated swim cap, goggles, your suit and nothing more.
- YOU MUST PRACTICE SWIMMING IN OPEN WATER PRIOR TO RACE DAY Do not attempt to participate in the triathlon without swimming in open water at least once for ½ mile (750 meters). Practice at any one of the area reservoirs such as Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Boulder, Aurora, etc. Contact the park nearest you for details on swim areas.
- SWIM BUDDIES WILL ASSIST YOU IF NECESSARY Tri for the Cure provides a group of swimming experts to help you along if necessary. They will have swim noodles that you may rest on, but you may not use the flotation device to propel yourself forward in the water. Swim Buddies will swim the distance with you, but will not physically assist you in any way. The Swim Buddy tent is located at the swim start….alert a Swim Buddy if you require assistance.
- THE SWIM COURSE IS SAFE The course is monitored by experts during the race. You will see kayaks and motorized vehicles along the course. There will be lifeguards to assist you if you need to rest.
HOW ARE WAIVES ASSIGNED?
Set your race-day goals and choose your ability level when registering. Within the your ability wave, you will be grouped with other racers in your same age group - ages 19 and under, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 & above.
Please note, if you and a friend are in the same ability group and the same age group, you may or may not be assigned to the same wave. If participating together is important to you, register in the Buddy Wave.
Buddy Wave: Racing with your friends, regardless of your age or ability, is your goal.
Survivor Wave: You are a cancer survivor and want to race with other survivors.
Beginner: This is your first or second triathlon, and support and safety are among your top priorities.
Intermediate: You consider yourself an athlete among your peers, and your race time is important to you for training and other triathlons.
Competitive: You're ready to race! You have finished the Tri in under 1 hour and 30 min, or in the top 20% of any other triathlon.
Elite: You have finished top ten of the Tri or any other triathlon in the last year.
Relay Teams: Choose your best event, then sign up with one or two other racers to complete your team. You'll assign one team member per event.
WHAT TIME WILL MY WAVE START?
The first wave (Elite) starts at 7:00 am. The last wave will enter the water at approximately 9:00 am. You may not transfer to another wave and each wave will be designated by swimcap color. A wave sheet along with your assigned wave and cap will be provided to you at the mandatory Expo on Saturday before the race. Race categories will start with Elite, followed by Survivor, Age Groups by Ability, and finally Buddies
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The transition area opens at 5:00 am. If you arrive before 5:00 am, you will not be able to access the transition area. However, we suggest you arrive two hours before your scheduled start time. Start times will be assigned the week before the event. All athletes MUST be set up in the transition area by the time the first wave begins at 7:00 am.
WHY DO I HAVE TO BE AT THE PARK SO EARLY WHEN MY WAVE DOESN'T GO OFF UNTIL MUCH LATER?
We ask that all athletes be in the transition area and set up by 7:00 am because the roads close and access to the transition area is not possible after 7:00am. The good news is that you can set up in the transition area, then come and go as you please. Spectators may arrive at any time, however, the access road to the transition area is not open after 7:00 am.
HOW IS THE TRANSITION AREA SET UP?
The ground next to the bike racks in the transition area will be labeled by wave number. You will receive your wave number at the Race Expo in your race packet. You can set up your transition spot anywhere on a bike rack labeled with the number of the wave to which you are assigned. Look for the labels on the ground next to the bike racks. Please be considerate of all the athletes by using a reasonable amount of space. Do not hang your bike on the outside edge of the rack - you will obstruct the wave labels on the rack.
HOW DO I KEEP TRACK OF MY TRANSITION SPOT?
It's common for athletes to lose track of their spot among 3,000 bikes… especially when you are focused solely on your race. Consider bringing a bright balloon with a unique design and tie it on the bike rack designating your space. We also suggest walking the transition area to become familiar with the path you would follow to the race start.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME ON RACE DAY TO THE TRANSITION AREA?
Transition Area Checklist:
- Two towels (large and small)
- Water bottles
- Food (bars and/or gel)
- Swim goggles
- Swim cap (you must wear the cap issued in your race packet)
- Timing chip and band
- Race belt and bib (or use safety pins)
- Watch or heart rate monitor
- Shoes (both biking and running if using two pair)
- Floor pump
- Seat pack (tube, patches, tire levers, multi tool, co2)
- Running hat
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
No vehicles are allowed in Cherry Creek State park.
Parking for athletes, volunteers, and spectators will be at Village Greens Park, 9501 E. Union Avenue; located at the intersection of South Dayton Street and East Union Avenue. No vehicles are allowed inside Cherry Creek State Park. After parking, you will walk/ride your bike and gear into the Cherry Creek State Park. Golf cart transportation is available at the intersection of South Dayton Street and East Union Avenue for special needs participants.
Overflow parking is on the Northwest corner of DTC Blvd and E. Union Ave. Entrance to the parking lot is on the North side of East Union Avenue between DTC Blvd and S. Ulster St.
I CAN'T MAKE THE RACE THIS YEAR - CAN MY FRIEND TAKE MY PLACE?
Due to insurance, we do not allow for race transfers. If you can't make this year's race, please contact us.
WHERE CAN A SPECTATOR GET SOMETHING TO EAT OR DRINK?
Water is available for spectators at a water table in the post race area on Hobie Hill, and there is free beer for anyone ages 21 years and older. The food in the post event area is provided for athletes only. Remember to bring your own food according to your training and day-of-event plan. Urge your friends and family members to bring their own snacks and drinks since there will be no other source for food.
HOW CAN SPECTATORS CROSS FROM ONE COURSE TO THE NEXT?
No one will be permitted to cross the bike portion of the course. The run portion of the course will have crossing areas with course marshals alerting you as to when you are permitted to cross. For your own safety, cross ONLY at the designated areas and ONLY when the course marshal indicates it is safe.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RACE?
The only place to watch the swim portion of the event is from Hobie Hill. You may view the other portions from the designated spectator viewing areas only. Spectators are asked not to climb any of the fencing. Spectators are also cautioned not to climb any of the rocks leading up to Cherry Creek Dam Road.
CAN SPECTATORS GET INTO THE SWIM AREA TO SEE THE PARTICIPANTS DO THE SWIM PORTION?
No, spectators may only view the swim portion of the race from Hobie Hill.
HOW COLD IS THE WATER? SHOULD I WEAR A WETSUIT?
Anticipated water temperature is 71-74 degrees. We recommend that you swim without a wetsuit since the water is warm. A wetsuit will cause your body temperature to rise and you risk overheating since the weather is typically very warm at the park in late August. If you have been training with a wetsuit and are comfortable competing in a wetsuit, feel free to wear it.
WILL THERE BE PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL PERSONNEL ON HAND?
Medical personnel are stationed throughout the race course and the park for your safety. Our medical tent is located on the south side of the post race area, near the finish line. Emergency Medical Technicians and vehicles are located in key areas for each event. Every measure is taken to ensure the safety of all athletes. The red Medical Tent is fully staffed with medical professionals for both participants and spectator needs.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE CAN I RIDE?
Beg, borrow, or rent any type of bike you enjoy except a recumbent bike. Recumbent bikes are allowed with a disability and prior approval.