GTC Aquathon Race Briefing

July 9, 2015

All of us here at Galway Triathlon Club are looking forward to hosting you this weekend for our annual club race and for The National Aquathon Championships, Long Course, Childrens and Junior races. Attached is the Athlete Briefing for our Race. Please read it carefully.

See you all at the weekend.

 

 

Dear Athletes,
We hope your preparations are going well and look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 Galway Aquathon. We would like to bring the following specific details to your attention, please familiarise yourself with the information below.


REGISTRATION:
Registration for ALL races opens at 6.30pm and closes at 9pm and will be held at Lohan’s Bar, Salthill on Friday the 10th of July.
For those athletes arriving from out of the city, you may request to register between 10 – 11.15 am on Saturday the 11th of July at the Marquee at Grattan Beach. Due to time constraints to register at this time you MUST email (galwayaquathon@gmail.com) a request to do so prior to the event. 

 

TRIATHLON IRELAND LICENCE
IMPORTANT: Please bring your 2015 photo ID Triathlon Ireland (TI) membership card with you on race day. If you don’t have a full TI membership card with you on the day you can buy a one day licence (ODL) for the Aquathon Race on the Triathlon Ireland website before the race. You will NOT be allowed to race without a licence. Print or electronic evidence is sufficient. All competitors (adult/child) need a TI membership or ODL.


Parents / guardians will be required to sign a waiver/ consent form, for all Child competitors.

 

TRANSITION:
Transition opens from 10.00am and closes at 11.45am sharp.
Only those with competitor wristbands will be allowed into transition.
No bags will be permitted in Transition. Please be mindful of other athletes in transition when setting up your gear and changing from Swim to Run. 

 

SWIM
PLEASE NOTE:
Wetsuits are mandatory for all athletes regardless of age or swim proficiency. Racing with booties will not be allowed.
All athletes will be provided with a specific swim hat that must be worn for the Swim – the hat you are given MUST be worn for that race. Incorrect hat = no race.
When exiting transition for the run course, your race number must be visible and worn to the front.

 

SAFETY:
In the water, if you are experiencing any difficulty, lie on your back and raise your hand in the air. A kayak will come over to you as soon as possible. Gently grasp on to the board, or the bow ball while you gather yourself. If you feel you cannot continue, the kayaker will make arrangements for you to be assisted by the boat. If you do not complete the swim, make your way as soon as you can to the finish line marshal and report your number. You may continue on the run course and complete the race (if you were not pulled from the water for medical reasons) and receive a finish time but you will not get an official place.


For the National Championship/Long Course, if you do not pass the half-way point at 35mins, you will be pulled from the water and taken to the beach. A note will be made of your number. At this point, you may continue on the run course and complete the race (if you were not pulled from the water for medical reasons) and receive a finish time but you will not get an official place.

 

PARKING:
Parking will not be available at the race start. Please park legally in and around the Promenade and walk to Grattan Beach. Please park respectfully and be mindful for local residents when parking. You will need to leave PLENTY of time to find parking and make your way to Grattan Beach. Below please find a link to the Galway City Council information with regards to parking.
http://www.galwaycity.ie/AllServices/RoadsandTraffic/ParkingintheCity/

 

MARSHALS AND VOLUNTEERS
Marshals and volunteers have given up their weekend to assist with making your race as safe and enjoyable as possible. Please note that any abuse of the marshals or volunteers will be viewed in the strictest manner and will result in an automatic DQ for the offending athlete. Any comments or queries can be discussed with the Race Director and Technical Officials at the end of the race.
Please follow the instructions of marshals at all times 

 

LITTERING
Littering of any kind on the race route will not be tolerated. Please do not drop empty gel sachets on the road. Plenty of black bags will be provided along the course for rubbish disposal
On the run course, you will be using a public access pathway, so particularly around the water stations, please be aware of littering and discard your water bottles or cups as close to the bins as possible.

 

CHILD AQUATHON
This is a National Championship event, please note that parents/ guardians and youth competitors will be expected to act accordingly and obey the requests and instructions of marshals at all times.
The child must have turned the appropriate age for that group by 31 December 2015

 

Ages 8 and 9 – born years 2006 and 2007 100m Swim, 800m Run
Ages 10 and 11 – born years 2004 and 2005 200m Swim, 2.0km Run
Ages 12 and 13 – born years 2002 and 2003 300m swim, 2.5km Run
Ages 14 and 15 – born 2000 and 2001 400m swim, 2.85km run

Registration: 6-9pm 18th of July, Lohans Bar, Salthill.
Race Briefing: Grattan Beach 12pm for all Youth Athletes 

Race Start: 12.00 pm in 10 minute intervals starting with the 8 – 9yrs (2006, 2007)
12.10pm – 10 – 11yrs (2004, 2005)
12.20 pm – 12 – 13yrs (2002, 2003)
12.30 pm – 14 – 15yrs (2000, 2001)

 

Parents Please Note:

For the safety and smooth running of the National Youth Championships there is to be NO parental interaction with athletes beyond the racing line at any stage (swim, transition or on the run course). Please adhere to the requests of the race marshals at all times during the race. 
Last year we had keen Mummies and Daddies obstructing other competitors – and we hope that will not happen again: it is neither fun nor fair! It may be worth while practising transition with your child prior to race day. Marshals will be able to help competitors if necessary in transition, but no parental assistance will be tolerated.


The Finish Zone is an athlete ONLY area, please do not enter the athlete only area looking for your young athletes as this will cause congestion on the day. This area will be strictly marshalled. Please arrange to meet your child at the Finish Zone.
There is no child changing facilities at the marquee.

 

JUNIOR / SPRINT / STANDARD RACE:
Details: 1000m swim, 5km Run
Swim from Palmers Rock to Grattan Beach, Run 5km over 2 loops of South Park and Grattan Rd finishing the final/second loop under the finish gantry.
Water station will be provided on the route at South Park.
Race Briefing: 12.50 pm Palmer’s Rock
Race Start: 13.00 pm Palmer’s Rock


THERE WILL BE NO BAG DROP FOR THIS RACE – a box will be available for your water bottles and flip flops ONLY. Remember to collect these from the Registration Tent at the end of your race.
NO additional water will be provided at the start of the race so you need to be responsible for making sure you are well hydrated – take your own water / fluids with you. There will be a water station on the run course and at the finish line.
Please ensure you take enough time to get to the start. Allow 15-20mins to walk up to the start.

 

LONG DISTANCE RACE:
Details: 2,000m Swim, 10km Run
Swim from Blackrock to Grattan Beach, Run 10km over 4 loops of South Park and Grattan Rd – finishing the final fourth loop under the finish gantry. Water station will be provided on the route and at the finish line.


Buses will be provided from Grattan Beach to Blackrock for the long course 12.30 – 13.20 pm. Athletes have the option of walking (allow 40 mins) to the race start but you must be in Blackrock for mandatory briefing at 13.50pm. Buses start from 12.30pm and the LAST BUS is 13.20 pm.
Race Briefing: 13.50 am at Blackrock Diving Board
Race Start: 14.00 am at Blackrock Diving Board


No additional water will be provided at the start of the race so you need to be responsible for making sure you are well hydrated – take your own water / fluids with you. There will be water on the run course and at the finish line.


A bag drop will be provided in Blackrock ‘at the wall’ for any athletes who wish to avail of it. Labels will be provided for bags at Registration where you can take a sticker, mark the bag with your race number, and then YOU are responsible for leaving it in the van at Blackrock before you make your way down to the briefing area. Bags can be collected at the Registration tent, post race. Small bags only please.


For the National Championship/Long Course SWIM -If you do not pass the half-way point at 35mins, you will be pulled from the water and taken to the beach. A note will be made of your number. At this point, you may continue on the run course and complete the race (if you were not pulled from the water for medical reasons) and receive a finish time. 

 

RELAY TEAMS – LONG COURSE ONLY
Relay Teams made up of Swimmer and Runner: Swim 2k, Run 10k
One member of the team is required to have a TI Licence or ODL racing licence, preferably the swimmer.


Swimmers meet the runners in Transition area. Runners wait at designated point in transition for swimmer to hand over timing chip. All other information regarding the registration, race route, briefings for relay athletes is the same as the individual long course information. 

 

POST RACE REFRESHMENTS
Post Race there will be light refreshments available in the Marquee. All Athletes must show red wristband to access post-race refreshment area. Please do not remove your wristband at any stage during the day. 

 

PRIZE-GIVING
Youths will be presented with medals at the finish line. There will be trophies for the age group winners, as per National Championship requirements from Triathlon Ireland.
Prize giving for all races will commence at 16.30 pm at the finish area. 

 

SHOWERS
Showers after the race have been kindly provided at Ocean Fitness, one of our generous Aquathon sponsors.

 

POST RACE PARTY
Post Race party is at Lohans Bar Salthill at 830pm. Check Galway Aquathon Festival on Facebook for the Eventbrite link to RSVP to this party!
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday! Remember to be safe, enjoy the race and smile at the photographers dotted all around the course! Any queries can be directed to galwayaquathon@gmail.com. 

 

GTC Aquathon Festival Committee 2015
Email: galwayaquathon@gmail.com
Web: www.galwayaquathon.com

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