Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions and the answers to help assist you in preparing for FS Series races. If your question is not answered here please submit a question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do I have to signup online to register for events?
Yes, we use the RaceReach platform for all our online registrations. Your registration may or may not inlcude an online processing fee.
When do I pickup my triathlon timing chip?
Your triathlon timing chip will be distributed at the event on race morning.
When do I pickup my running event timing chip?
You will pick up your timing chip at packet pickup. All running races use a disposable timing chip that is attached to the back of your race bib (PLEASE WEAR ON FRONT OF CHEST, ATTACHED WITH 4 SAFETY PINS AND OUTSIDE OF ALL CLOTHING).
Why do I have to pay the processing fee on my registration?
The fee pays for all charges associated with processing your credit card and website maintenance.
Do I have to be a USAT member to participate in USAT sanctioned races?
Yes, you either have to have a annual membership ($50.00) or buy a one day $15 membership. This provides you with additional insurance coverage for each race. You can visit www.usatriathlon.org for more information on memberships.
Why am I aged-up in USAT sanctioned triathlons?
USAT bases age on December 31, so you compete in the same age group throughout the year.
Example: John Daly is 34 during the entire 2017 racing season, but turns 35 on Dec. 15th, 2017. John will compete in the 35-39 age group for the entire 2017 season for all events.
Do I need a paypal account to register?
No, you can now use your credit card or debit card with our registration system.
What time do I need to arrive for an event?
We arrive hours before an event to set up so come early and take your time. Parking, dropping off your equipment, bib numbers, race packets, body marking, and chip pickup take a fair amount of time on race morning. We suggest for an 8:00 am race you arrive at least 1 ½ hours to 2 hours early.
Do I have to pickup my bib and race packet the day before the race?
No!! BUT it does relieve a lot of stress in the morning. You will have time to put your bib, bike number and helmet number together. Most of our packet pickups are close to the event site, so you have a chance to see the race layout.
Is a wetsuit a requirement to wear?
No, but if the water temperature is under 70 we highly recommend a wetsuit. USAT rules state:
"Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council."
Are swim caps provided at open water swimming races?
Yes, each participant is given a swim cap with the color of their assigned wave.
How do I update my pool swim time?
By clicking on the Change Swim Times button in RaceReach you are able to edit your time the Friday before race week. All participants must submit the total time it takes you to swim 250 yards for seeding purposes. Being a pool swim with a staggered start, participants are seeded from fastest to slowest by total finish time in the pool. By seeding yourself properly, you'll end up swimming near people who swim the same pace as you. This will reduce the number of people who you will need to pass or the number of people who will be passing you.