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September 12, 2021 at Hueston Woods State Park in Oxford, Ohio

Featuring scenic views and some challenging hills, this event is a must race in Southwest, Ohio. A stop on the Ohio Triathlon Series, this unique race offers triathlons, duathlons, aquabikes (swim bike only) and aquathlons (swim run only), in distances for all ages and abilities including beginner, sprint, olympic and 1/3 iron. There is a race for all ages and abilities. Celebrate your accomplishment with a cool finisher medal and lifestyle tee (in men's and women's cut), and party after the event with music, pizza, beer (we also have soda and water), family and friends! This is more than just a race, it's an experience! Co-hosted by the Miami University Triathlon & Duathlon team, our event is also a Mideast Collegiate Triathlon Conference event where collegiate triathlon teams complete school pride and conference points. Plus join the best high school triathletes in the region as they compete for team and individual honors at the Mideast High School Regional Sprint Triathlon Championships. We will see you there! 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All 2021 Races will comply with all Federal, State, and Local COVID-19 Protocols. We will be required to follow these guidelines to host our races and ensure the safety of all athletes, volunteers and staff. Athletes must complete a home health check before attending any race, and must comply with all of the 2021 COVID-19 Safety Protocols before, during and after the each race event. Please review these guidelines before attending.

Update: June 11, 2021  - ALL THE PERMITS ARE HERE! 

We have received all of the permits for our summer races. so, come race with us in person this summer. We are so excited to see all of you, and to welcome you back on course! We are keeping most of our COVID -19 protocols in place to maximize safety so please review the guidelines before you arrive. We look forward to a great racing season. 

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    Packet Pick-up Procedures

    Athletes can pick up their race packets on Saturday from 4-6pm or on race morning starting at 5:45am. Packet pickup will be at the Beachfront; please look for the white tents and the registration signs. Packet Pickup will work like this: 

    • Please register online before you come to packet pick-up. There is no in-person race day registration at the race venue. Registration will remain open online through the start of the last race, so register before you come. 
    • You are welcome to wear a mask and socially distance at least 6-10 feet from everyone at the race venue.
    • Disposable masks will be available for those who forget, lose or damage their mask on race day.
    • You are welcome to pick-up packets for friends or family members. We hope this will limit groups of people and cut down on the number of people picking up packets.
    • Athletes will line up outside the registration tent, spacing 6 feet apart. A staff member will call you up to registration and first discuss with you the results of your COVID-19 Home Safety Self Check (see above). If you can answer no to all the questions, you will be able to pick up your packet. 
      • Swim cap (everyone who will be swimming as a part of their race)
      • Race Bib and Pins
        • Every athlete in the triathlon, duathlon and aquathlon will be required to wear a bib number on the front of their person during the running portion of the race ONLY. You can pin the number to you or use a race belt. 
      • Bike Sticker
        • Every athlete in the triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and cycling time trial will be required to have a race number sticker on their bike. Bike numbers can be placed on the top tube or seat post.
      • Event Tee (please register at least 2 weeks in advance to be guaranteed)
      • Finisher Medal (please register at least 2 weeks in advance to be guaranteed)
      • Give the staff your name and they will give you your race packet, which includes: 
      • NOTE: You will get your timing chip race morning, so please come back to the registration area for that race morning. 
      • NOTE: You are asked to body mark yourself at home before you come to the race venue. We will email you your race number in advance. Please see below for more information on how to mark yourself. 

    Body Marking At Home Guide

    • Please use the following guide to body mark yourself at home before you come on race day. 
      • If you forget or are unable to do this, we will have markers available for personal use on race day.
    • Body marking is an essential part of triathlons and other multisport races. These numbers help identify you on race day and can be used to help timers, volunteers, staff, and emergency workers identify you on race day. 
    • Every racer except those doing the run, cycling time trial or open swim, need to complete body marking. 
    • Preparing to Body Mark:
      • Use a permanent or body marker. Be sure the marker is a dark color, preferably black. You can use any type of permanent marker but the thick chisel markers work best. 
      • Get your race number and race type and distance
      • Know your age on Dec. 31st
      • Be sure the marks are large enough to see from 20 feet away, so please write in large block numbers
    • Mark your body or have a friend/family member help you: 

    STEP 1 – RIGHT & LEFT BICEPS (or HANDS)

    Write Race number on RIGHT & LEFT BICEP - Race Number is written vertically on both sides

    NOTE: If an athlete cannot reach their bicep, race number can be written on the back of the hand on both sides. Please also make them horizontal and large.

    The Transition AreaAthletes Preparing Transition for Triathlon

    • The transition area is limited to only athletes
    • Please space out at least 6-10 feet whenever possible
    • You will be asked to use the racks labeled for your specific race type and distance. Please only rack in those areas. 
    • Racks will be labeled to designate where you can rack your bike. This allows for athletes to be spaced out in the transition area.
    • To learn more about how to transition with style and speed, please visit https://www.zoomracingusa.com/transition/ 

    The Transitions FAQ

    • You must store all your gear in the transition area and enter the transition area between each leg of the race.
    • The transition area will be split into zones and racers will rack their bikes in the designated zones. You can put your bike anywhere on the designated racks (on the spots marked with neon tape) and store your stuff below your bike.
    • Open swimmers and aqua-runners will have a designated zone in the transition area to store their stuff.
    • Transition Entrance and Exits will be marked with flags, signs, cones and fence. 
      • SWIM IN & RUN IN are on the same side of the transition area, closest to the water. You can walk or run to your rack to get your bike. Grab your bike, put on a helmet and head to Bike Out. If you are doing the Aquathlon, you can head out to the run segment of your race. 
      • BIKE IN & BIKE OUT: are on the opposite site of the transition area (from swim in and run in). Remember that you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike. Additionally you must put your helmet on before you leave the transition area (after you have exited the swim and picked up your bike in the transition area). You can walk or run your bike to the Mount Line, but may not ride your bike inside the transition area. Mount your bike after you cross the Mount Line and Dismount your bike before you cross the Dismount Line. Again you walk or run your bike back to your rack after you have finished your transition leg. Aquabikers go straight to the finish line after you have completed your bike; you must cross the finish line. Everyone else, after your bike is complete, head to the run portion of your race. 
      • RUN OUT: is in the same place as run in and swim in. You may run or walk to run out and then complete the run segment of your race. Be sure to cross the finish line at the end of your race. 

    Race Start Details

    • There will first be a brief pre-race meeting or you can review all the information in the athlete guide and race website for more information. You may also ask questions of our staff as needed on race day, or email or call us with questions in advance of the race.
    • All races will start at the beachfront, with the exception of the duathlons, which start at the Run Out area of Transition, which starts at Bike Out in the transition area
    • Races will start in waves in the water. Please arrive at your designated time.We are going to use a wave start for the races, but there is plenty of space to spread out if you want to maintain social distance. Here are the starting details:

    Start Times

    Athletes During the Swim Start at Triathlon

    Please arrive at your designated start area at least 15 minutes before your race begins. 

    • 6:45am: All Duathlons Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting
    • 7:00am: ⅓ Iron Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting
    • 7:15am: 5k, 3k and 1500m Open Swim Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting
    • 7:30am: OLY Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting
    • 7:45 Sprint Tri, Aquabike & Aquathlon Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting
    • 8:15am Beginner Triathlon Start Following a Brief Pre-Race Meeting

    All Aid Stations are Self-Serve; You May Bring Your Own Aid

    Team Photo in Zoom Photo Booth

    As recommended by USA Triathlon and the Local Health Board, all aid stations will be self-serve. Hydration and refueling products will be left on tables on course. Each product will be in a pre-packaged single serving container. Racers may also carry all of their own aid and hydration on course or leave their refueling products next to the course (socially distanced from others). If you place your own aid on course, please be sure your aid is clearly labeled, and that you do not interfere with other athletes on course as you place or access your aid. Races begin at 6:45am, so be sure your aid is in place before that time. If you place aid on the course, please space it out from the race course and other athletes, so there is at least 6-10 feet distance from the course and other athletes. Thank you for your understanding.

    Aid Station Locations

    • Swim Course: There will be a table in the water along the beach for our long distance swimmers to use as needed. The aid will be self-serve and include both hydration and fuel. You are also welcome to put your own aid on the table to access during the race. 
    • Bike Course: There will be a self-service aid station on the bike course near the turn around with bottled water. You will need to dismount your bike to access this aid. You are also welcome to put your own aid on the table to access during the race. 
    • Run Course: There are 3 aid stations on course that can be accessed multiple times throughout your run. Each will have water, Sport Drink and Nutrition. The aid stations will be at:
        • Exit of transition area
        • 0.75-mile mark turn around
        • 1.55-mile mark turn around

    Course Overview Father and Son Giving High Five While Biking

    • The course is entirely inside the State Park, and so you will get to experience all the beauty of Hueston Woods State Park. The swim takes place in Acton Lake, and inland Lake, which has very little boat traffic and offers a very calm swimming experience. Racers will swim out and back along the beachfront. The water is shallower near the shore and you can touch there, but on the backside of the course, you will not be able to touch bottom. Beginner triathletes will be able to touch bottom the entire swim course. The transition area will be in the parking lots across just West of the Beach. Athletes will be on a paved lot as they transition from segment to segment. The bike course goes around Acton Lake on a loop made up of rolling hills, with a total of 500ft of elevation gain. The is also on rolling hills and has a 270ft of elevation gained over the 3.1 miles. The bike is on a paved road open to motorized traffic, and the run is mostly pavement with a small mix of grass and gravel closed to vehicle traffic. Athletes will finish in the parking lots next to the transition area and then can celebrate their accomplishment with our to-go goodie bag.

    Maps

    Swim

    • 250m: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1318710439
      • Beginners go down the beach 1 time on this course
    • 750m Loop: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1291942465 
      • Sprint athletes swim this course 1 time counter clockwise
      • Olympic athletes swim this course 2 times counter clockwise
      • 3k swimmers complete this course 4 times counter clockwise
      • ⅓ Iron athletes do the 500m ⅓ lap and then 2 laps on this course, going counter clockwise
      • 5k swimmers do the 500m ⅓ lap and then 6 laps on this course, going counter clockwise
    • 500m ½ Lap: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1291946824  
    • ⅓ Iron and 5k Swimmer complete this ½ lap first 1 time (counter clockwise) before they continue on the 750m loop for the rest of their swim laps

    Bike

    • 9 Mile Loop: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2658595291 
      • Beginners ride clockwise to complete 1 loop for 9 total miles
      • Sprinters ride clockwise to complete 2 loops for 17.5 total miles
      • Olympic racers ride clockwise to for 3 loops for 26 total miles
      • The ⅓ Iron race is 4 clockwise loops for 34.5 total miles

    Run 

    Swim FAQ

    • WETSUITS: If the water temperature is below 78 degrees we will be wetsuit legal. This means you can wear a wetsuit if you want, but you do not have to wear one.
    • SWIM CAPS: Please be sure you wear a swim cap for safety. We will give you a swim cap on race day.
    • COURSE: See the course maps. The courses will be marked with large buoys.
    • DISTANCES:
      • The 5000m Swim begins with a 500m ½ lap and then 6 laps on a 750m loop.
      • The 3000m Swim is 4 laps on a 750m loop.
      • The 2000m Swim begins with a 500m ½ lap and then 2 laps on a 750m loop.
      • The 1500m Swim is 2 laps on a 750m loop.
      • The 750m Swim is 1 lap on a 750m loop.
      • The 250m beginner swim is a point to point swim one way down the beach in shallow water.
    • EMERGENCIES: If you need to be rescued by a lifeguard throw your hands in the air (call out if you can). If you need a rescue you will not be allowed to continue the race, unless you are cleared by our medical staff. If you are allowed to continue, you will be DQed from the race results. Along the shore the water will be shallow enough that you can stop, stand, rest or walk. If you want to walk, the water must be above your belly button. Beginner swimmers will be able to touch the bottom for the whole course. On the 750m swim loop, you cannot touch bottom on the backside of the course. 
    • TO TRANSITION & OPEN SWIM FINISH: Once you have completed your swim, exit the water and run up the beach to the transition area or the finish line. Follow the cones, chalk and signs.
    • SWIM CUT OFF: Everyone must have completed the swim course by 10:00am. This should give everyone plenty of time to complete this segment of the race.

    Team Zoom Athlete During Triathlon

    Bike FAQ

    • WHAT BIKE TO USE: You can ride most any upright human powered bike in the race including but not limited to road bikes (10 speed), mountain bikes, & hybrid bikes.
    • HELMET: Remember that you must wear a helmet when you are on your bike. Additionally you must put your helmet on before you leave the transition area (after you have exited the swim and picked up your bike in the transition area).
    • DRAFTING IS NOT ALLOWED: Please refer to the USA Triathlon rules for more information.  
    • COURSE MARKINGS: The bike course is marked with signs and cones. There will be a sign at each turn, so if you do not see a sign, please proceed straight. All turns are marked with signs. We DO NOT make any marks on the roadway surface, so please ignore all paint on the road surface. These are from other races and may take you off course.
    • SAFETY: The roads are open to traffic, so please obey traffic laws unless law enforcement tells you otherwise. Law enforcement will be on all corners and in major intersections. You may have the right of way but cars may not know this, so be alert. Please stay within your lane when turning; avoid oncoming traffic when turning. Please ride on the RIGHT side of your lane as close to the WHITE line as possible unless you are passing or it is unsafe. DO NOT pass cars unless you are instructed to do so. You would not want them to turn into you. Should you have an emergency, alert another rider so they can get help. Be sure you obey the traffic laws unless an officer is present and allows you to proceed & has stopped all the cars. Please put safety first, and have a great race!
    • COURSE MAPS: Please review the course maps before the race. It is your duty to know the course. Each race venue will have its own unique bike course. 
      • Beginners ride clockwise to complete 1 loop for 9 total miles
      • Sprinters ride clockwise to complete 2 loops for 17.5 total miles 
      • Olympic racers ride clockwise to for 3 loops for 26 total miles
      • The ⅓ Iron race is 4 clockwise loops for 34.5 total miles
      • When athletes are done they head to the transition area to finish or transition to the next segment.
    • BIKE CUT OFF: Everyone must have completed the bike course by 11:00am. This should give everyone plenty of time to complete this segment of the race.

    Run FAQ

    Athlete Starting the Run During Triathlon

    • COURSE MAPS: Please review the course maps before the race. It is your duty to know the course. The run course is marked with signs, cones and chalk. If you do not see a sign, cone or chalk/spray arrow keep going straight. There will also be volunteers on course as well. Each race venue will have its own unique run course, so please review the course maps. All runs will be out and back.
    • There will be one common 5k, out and back, course used by all athletes. Athletes will run 1.55-miles out and 1.55 miles back on course. 
      • If you are running 1.5 miles you will turn around at the .75-mile mark.
      • If you are running 3.1-miles you will complete 1 lap of the course.
      • If you are running 6.2-miles you will complete 2 laps of the course.
      • If you are running 9.3-miles you will complete 3 laps of the course.

    The Finish Line

    All athletes will have a common finish line where you walk, jog or run through the common finish line. Open Water Swimmers need to run up the beach and through the finish line. Aquabikers need to rack their bikes and then walk, jog or run through the finish line. Everyone else will finish their run race segment and run through the finish line arch. 

    Post Race

    While we cannot party after the race, we can give you all the tools to celebrate with family or friends at home. After the race we will give you a goodie bag with a to-go meal. So take that, and all your swag (finisher medal is in the packet at the beginning of the race) and go home to show off your accomplishment. For the safety of all athletes, please adhere to the following: 

    • There will not be a post-race party. Instead we are giving athletes their post race meal to go when they finish the race. You can pick up your post-race meal goodie bag after you cross the finish line. 
    • There is to be no spitting, or projections of any bodily fluid before, during or after race. We will have portable restrooms at packet pickup and on course for you to use. 
    • All participants must avoid any physical contact with other participants, which includes high fives, fist bumps, or close contact before, during or after the event. 
    • Before and during the race, participants must abide by the six-foot social distancing requirement when lining up or passing other participants. Additionally on course, please try to give other races plenty of space and whenever possible keep 6-10 feet of distance between you and any other racers. 
    • Spectators are not permitted on the course, at start line, or finish line. 
    • Participants are encouraged to gather their belongings and leave immediately after the event. We discourage congregating before or after the race. 

    Results

    Results will be available online at Speedy-Feet.com right after the race or at ZoomRacingUSA.com later in the day. Results will be submitted to USA Triathlon within 15 days of the race. Results are submitted in 5-year age group increments for the triathlon, duathlon, aquabike and aquathlon for the purposes of USAT rankings


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