Lake Pflugerville Triathlon

FAQs


Registration
Do I have to register online?
Yes. Online registration simplifies the collection of your information, including USAT license validation, and eliminates a lot of frustration at check-in for all athletes.

You may pay online using a credit card or debit card.

How do I update my registration information?
Contact the Race Director at People-Powered Sports if you need to switch events or update your registration.

Packet Pick-Up

What do I need to bring to packet pickup?
Bring a current photo ID and your USAT card (if you did not sign up for a one-day license online during the registration process). There is also an app available for smart phones for USAT membership retrieval, and that is acceptable as well. You can purchase a one-day or annual license during the online registration process.

If you registered with a one-day license, note that your email registration receipt will indicate that as well. Either print that receipt, or make sure it is available on your phone.

If you cannot provide evidence of a valid annual license, you will be required to register for an annual license or pay a one-day license fee during your online registration (which USAT will allow you to credit toward an annual license.)

Can I pick up a packet for another registrant?
No. USAT rules require each participant to show photo ID while picking up their packet. The single exception allows a parent to pick up a packet for a minor within their responsibility.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?
This option is reserved for out-of-town registrants only, and only if they have spoken to the Race Director and received confirmation from them.

USAT Rules

What are the rules?
As this event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, this event will adhere to USAT rules, which can be accessed at www.usatriathlon.org.

What is USAT and why is an annual or one-day permit required to participate?
USAT is the national governing body for multi-sport (swim, bike, run) events. One-day licenses allow an individual to compete in a USA Triathlon-sanctioned race without purchasing a full membership. The one-day fee provides the individual with accident insurance for that race only. If you have a current yearly membership, then you do not need a one-day permit. Also, note that a one-day fee can be credited toward an annual fee, if you choose to do so later in the year.

How do I join USAT?
You can register online at the USA Triathlon website, www.usatriathlon.org. You must join before race day, or purchase a one-day or annual membership during the online registration process. If you join USAT on-line, please bring the confirmation to packet pick-up.

Refund & Transfer

I have entered the race but unable to participate. Am I entitled to a refund?
A 50% refund of registration fees for any type of cancellation is available until the refund deadline, which is April 1st.

May I take an entry from a friend that can no longer participate?
No. Using another registrant's entry is a violation of USAT rules. If you are caught, you will be banned By USAT from participating in any USAT-sanctioned event for three years. Don't do it!


Race Day

Where do I go on race morning, and what do I need to do before the race?
Take your bike and all your equipment to the transition area entry, located on the south end of transition. Prior to entering transition, you will be body marked with your race number. You must have your bike helmet available for inspection, which must be ANSI- or Snell-certified. Rack your bike on open racking, and set your gear up. (There WILL be designated racks for Challenged Athletes and relay participants.) Pick up your timing chip inside the transition area, near the exit to the swim. Transition area will be closed 15 minutes prior to race start.

Where do I pick up the timing chip?
Timing chips will be available in the transition area and are included in the event registration fee. You will put the chip on your ankle and wear it throughout the race.

Post-Race

PLEASE do NOT attempt to remove your bike from Transition until the announcer indicates that you are able to do so. All athletes returning from the bike course deserve the opportunity to complete an unimpeded transition to the run. We will open Transition for that purpose as soon as we can safely do so. Any attempts to do so will result in disqualification, per USAT rules.

Can I keep the timing chip?
No, the chips must be turned in at the end of the race. Volunteers will be at the finish line to help with removal. If they are lost or missing, you will be required to pay for a replacement.

Photos & Results

Will my race results be available online following the race?
The links to results for past events are found on the Results page of this website.
Results from this year's race will be provided as soon as they are available. The link for this year's event will also be posted to the Results page on this website.

Where can I purchase photos from the race?

Race photography for the 2018 event was provided by Kreutz Photography: www.kreutzphotography.com.

In your race packet you will find a card that lists the web link for your event pictures this year.

They are usually available within 1-2 weeks following the race. Notification will be posted on this website.

Spectators & Family

What about my friends and family, can they join me?
General guidelines for spectators and family. First of all, spectators and family are encouraged to join you for your race and experience, with some limitations. There are a few points you need to be aware of with respect to spectator behavior:

1. First and Foremost -- Never distract an athlete!
2. Follow instructions from all Racing staff, volunteers and public safety.
3. Do not at any time, enter the Race course. This is especially important around the finish line area. Family and friends can meet the athletes once they are beyond the finish line area, but are not allowed to come through the finish chute. Per USAT rules, athletes will be disqualified if this occurs.
4. Pacing athletes is not permitted; the athlete will be disqualified.
5. Be aware of areas Off Limits to spectators: fencing, flagging or cones indicate those areas.
6. Do NOT lean or push on fencing, and please do not allow your children to climb on any race equipment. The Race Director is NOT responsible for any accident or injury.
7. Use designated crosswalks only when instructed by volunteers.
8. Always look both ways and behind you before crossing or changing direction.
9. Racers have the right of way. Spectators MUST yield to racers in progress.
10. SPECTATORS and/or FAMILY MEMBERS are NOT permitted in the Transition Area.
11. Leave plenty of travel time. Expect heavy traffic into Race site and/or Parking area.
12. Don't litter. Please use garbage cans and recycle bins.

General Information

What is an Aquabike?
The AquaBike is a Swim - Bike event. Aquabike athletes will rack their bikes in transition area and start in their Age Group swim wave. Athletes will complete the swim and bike portion of the event as normal. Their time will stop when they cross the timing mat at the entrance to transition after the bike. Athletes will then rack their bike and may choose to run or walk through the finish line or just proceed directly to the area just after the finish line.

What do I do if my T-Shirt doesn't fit?
T-Shirt exchange is possible on race day morning (Based on availability)

Are there relays?
Yes! We began offering an olympic-distance relay in 2017. 2021 is the first year for the sprint-distance relay!

Is there a Clydesdale or Athena category?
No. There are Overall and Age group divisions in the Sprint and Olympic Triathlons, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall in the Challenged Athletes, Military/First Responders, AquaBike and Olympic Relay.

Can I listen to my ipod on the bike and run?
No, wearing headphones during the event is a violation of USAT rules.

Will I need a wetsuit and are they legal?
No, a wetsuit is not needed. Water temperatures are typically high enough during race day to make wetsuits illegal. Wetsuits are legal only if the water temperature is under 78 degrees Fahrenheit, measured race morning... not likely to happen here in central Texas in June.

Should I get my bike inspected before the event?
You are encouraged to get your bike inspected prior to the race and certainly anytime that you feel the need. There are a number of local bike shops who can provide an inspection for your bike. We recommend our two support teams, Austin Tri Cyclist and Buda Bikes. We will also have bike mechanics on site in or near the Transition area race morning for any emergency needs.

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