As we head into the long, Memorial Day weekend, we hope everyone is also getting excited about next weekend. It seems like about 3 weeks ago when we were all gearing up for the fifth Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon. A little rain got in our way. Now, it is once again show time! The Jacksonville University Campus is in beautiful shape, and all systems are go for Packet Pick-Up and the Pep Rally on Saturday, June 1. Hopefully, you and your friends are still ready to be the stars of the largest (and best) kids triathlon in the United States.
While this is a special edition in our Getting Ready to Race Series, all of the other information still applies. Please CLICK HERE to reference our other pre-race emails and related race weekend information. And, do not forget to watch your email box for the final installment before race day. It will include a lot of race-specific information such as what to eat the night before and morning of the triathlon.
As mentioned in our May 3 email that announced the festivities were being rescheduled, our goal was for 100% of the kids registered to be able to still join us on June 1 & 2. Amazingly, we have had only 9 participants inform us they will no longer be able to participate. At the same time, our new weekend has enabled 73 new participants to register (so far).
If you are registered and ready to race, all you need to do is keep up your swimming, biking and running while watching for our final, pre-race email towards the middle of next week.
If you are registered but NOT able to participate next weekend, please let us know. This will be tremendously helpful with our planning, and it may allow another kid to join the action. Please CLICK HERE to send an email directly to our Event Director with the specifics.
Finally, if you have a friend, neighbor or relative still interested in joining the action, there are 34 slots available. This will be the first kids triathlon - ever - with more than 2,000 participants, and it will be a ton of fun. CLICK HERE to go directly to our Registration Page.
As mentioned in our previous emails, we are using Saturday to help make Sunday more enjoyable. Specifically, we are asking everyone to bring their bikes (and other gear) with them to the Pep Rally. We will have transition open at 4:00pm sharp, and we will be ready for you to set up your gear. This will enable you to sleep a few extra minutes on Sunday, and it will allow us to start the races on time. Another tradition we are continuing is the distribution of timing chips inside your race packet. It is up to you not to lose it overnight and to bring it with you Sunday morning.
In an effort to minimize confusion, we have put together the map below to supplement the various course maps on our website. The center of all the action for Saturday and Sunday will be the Dolphin Green on the Jacksonville University campus.
Due to the system of dispersed parking at JU, great care has been taken to develop a plan that will help make your event parking a pleasure. First, it will continue to be free. Second, there are more than 2,000 available parking spaces. Third, you will be able to choose from 3 different levels of access.
Level 1 Parking will provide the unrestricted ability to come and go, but it will be offsite and require a short shuttle bus ride. Level 2 Parking requires a little longer walk, and it also provides the ability to come and go as you please. Level 3 Parking is closest to the Dolphin Green, but it may require a wait to come or go (depending on time and race activities).
Please CLICK HERE to link to a parking map that should be printed and brought with you. It is very important to consider your options and to develop a plan in advance. Please get back to us with any specific questions, concerns or ideas.
Without a doubt, every kid who finishes is a winner and will be recognized with a cool medal (along with FREE Blue Bell ice cream and a big bottle of water). In addition, we have increased the number of awards to recognize even more of the fastest triathletes. For 2013, we will continue the XClass which is exclusively for experienced kid triathletes. Separate awards will be presented to these competitors. At the same time, this separate class will open up the traditional awards to other kids.
As has become the tradition, we will recognize the 3 fastest racers in 10 different age groups (both boys & girls) along with the overall Junior and Senior champions (boys & girls). Each will be presented with a cool trophy. Not only will you want to stay for the raffle (see above), but also you will want to be on-hand to recognize the fastest triathletes on the First Coast.
While almost 85% of our 250+ volunteers are able to join us on our new weekend, there are a few that had other plans. Accordingly, we could use a few new helpers. In total, we need about 250 volunteers to keep things safe and on-schedule. If you have any friends, teachers or co-workers (or friendly co-workers) who might be interested in helping, please ask them to contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Charlene Alcorn. CLICK HERE to go directly to the Volunteer Page of our website, and please help us make this a great event for kids across the First Coast.
Once again, we want to say thanks for your support of our event. It would not happen without the interest of the kids and the encouragement of the parents. The First Coast Kids Triathlon is the ultimate family event, and we sincerely appreciate your support. Feel free to contact us via our website with additional questions and stay tuned for the fourth and final edition of our email updates. The start of the first race is less than 9 days away!
The 2013 Organizing Committee