FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Whether you’re just beginning your journey as a triathlete, participating in your first Graniteman Tri, or are a seasoned pro looking to cross another finish line, we want to make your experience the best it can be! As you’ve been training hard on your end, we have been working hard on ours to assemble a list of frequently asked questions that often come up as people prepare for race day.
WHAT ABOUT MY 2018 BUFFALO TRIATHLON REGISTRATION?
If you registered for the 2018 Buffalo Triathlon you had a few options. Many chose to transfer to either the Big Lake or Clearwater triathlons. For those who deferred your entry to the 2019 Buffalo Triathlon, you were emailed a comp entry code to register for the race during the month of November 2018. If your email address changed in the past year or you do not get that email by the end of November, please email RD@centralmnevents.org.
CAN I REGISTER ON RACE MORNING?
Yes, but you will pay $20.00 more and will not be guaranteed a shirt or swag. It is much better to register before the online race registration closes.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
No. Refunds are not available FOR ANY REASON, however, we will defer entries to the following year if the request is made 30 days prior to race day.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY I PAY GO?
Graniteman Triathlons are part of a non-profit organization called Active Central MN. Most of the money raised from participant fees goes to pay for the race expenses. Over the many years of hosting races over $250,000 has been paid to community volunteer groups that help during race day. Any funds that are raised in excess of the needs of the races are used to help support other partnering community events in Central MN as well as an annual charitable cause.
CAN I SWITCH FROM SPRINT TO OLYMPIC OR VICE VERSA?
Yes, that change can be made easily on race morning. Just pick up your chip packet and head over to the “changes” line. They will ask for your bib number and then place you in the correct heat.
CAN I SELL OR TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE?
No. All entries are non-transferable.
CAN I REGISTER BY MAIL?
No. We only accept online registrations.
WILL I RECIEVE A CONFIRMATION PACKET?
No. All confirmations will be sent via email, so please have your correct email address listed or you will not receive proper race communications.
PACKET PICKUP/TIMING CHIP
Your race packet consists of your ankle chip, race bib number, swim cap, T-shirt, and race bag. Packet pick up is available on race morning only . All racers must have a photo ID and pick up their own packet, with the exception of spouses and parents, who may pick up for their spouse/children. Team captains must pick up packets for their entire team. Participants must sign a waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have an adult sign for them.
All participants must have their race number marked on their arms and legs. Body marking is next to Registration/Packet Pick Up. If a participant wears compression socks, he/she is to inform those doing the body marking to mark race information where it is visible above the sock line.
BIKE TRANSITION AREA
The schedule for each race is listed on its specific event page, but please plan on arriving in the park early in order to have adequate time to set up in transition, pick up your packet, get body marked, and be in attendance for the race briefing. You may put your bike anywhere in the transition area as there is no assigned racks. Although there will be more than enough bike racks, transition bike racks are available on a first come first serve basis, so come early if you want the best spot. There will be no reserved bike racks for relay teams. Relay teams will rack their bikes in the mix of all bikes. Only participants will be allowed in the bike transition area after the pre race meeting. Please do not invite family and friends into the bike transition area. The bike transition area is for racers only!
RELAY CHIP EXCHANGE
The relay chip exchange for the incoming swimmer and outgoing runner is to take place at the bike rack in the transition area. The bike must be on the rack during chip exchange.
IPODS AND PETS
IPods, radios, mp3 players, etc. are allowed on the run, but not the bike. Pets are not allowed in Lakeside Park. Spectating pets outside of Lakeside Park are to be kept tightly leashed and clear of the immediate race course.
Triathlon is a rain or shine sport, and the race will not be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather and will not offer refunds as a result. In the event of severe weather, all attempts will be made to delay the race rather than cancel any portion of it. For those racers driving from other areas, keep in mind that we can have drastically different conditions, for the better or worse, than what you might encounter when first waking up at home and selecting your clothing.
Any helmet sold by a bike shop will comply with certification requirements. Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to race without a helmet. The chinstrap must be fastened. All racers must wear the swim caps we provide, with the exception being individuals with latex allergies.
Waves are assigned based on age group and created to balance numbers in each wave. There will be 3 minutes between each wave and are mixed with males and females. You must start with your wave, which will be written on your hand at body marking. Failure to do so will give you an improper start time and disqualify you from the race. If you know that you went out in the wrong wave by mistake, then you must complete a “change form” at the swim start or at the timer’s table and turn this in to the timer.
WHAT IF I’M INTERESTED IN HAVING AN EXPO BOOTH AT YOUR EVENT? WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Please contact the Race Director at RD@centralmnevents.org.
WILL THERE BE BIKE SUPPORT
Before each race, a qualified bike mechanic is available to help with minor bike issues. During the race, there will be two sag support vehicles to provide transportation back to the transition area. However, participants are to keep in mind that a sag wagon may not be able to reach everyone promptly depending on the number of bicyclists needing assistance. Please be patient as our sag wagon crew will get to you as soon as they can. Sag wagons will bring bikers back to the transition area and will not make repairs.
WATER/ AID STATIONS Powered by
There will not be water stations on the bike course. All athletes are encouraged to start out with a full bike bottle. Water stations will be located on the run course and some will also offer PowerAde. Water will also be available in the bike transition area to fill water bottles if needed.
WILL THERE BE LIFE GUARDS?
Yes, there will be plenty of life guards. If you need to rest during the swim, you may hold onto the rescue tubes and safety boats used by lifeguards along the swim course. However, you will be disqualified if you use one of these devices to assist yourself in forward progress.
WILL DRAFTING BE ALLOWED?
No. You must stay three bike lengths behind the rider in front of you. When passing, you need to complete the pass within 15 seconds. If you are being passed, you must drop back three bike lengths from the person passing you. Riding side by side within two meters of a rider is illegal. If you are caught drafting, you will be penalized. See race rules for more information.
ARE YOU ALLOWED TO USE A MOUNTAIN BIKE?
Yes. You may use a mountain bike, hybrid/city bike, road bike, single-speed bike, tandem, fixed gear, or triathlon bike. No motorized bikes, or recumbent bikes are allowed.
There will be a great spread of post-race recovery food available, which is for registered participants only. Respectfully, please do not share the participant food and refreshments with friends, family, or spectators so that we do not run out for our racers. Participants can purchase food from the local food vendor that will be on site.
All racers are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony. All age group winners must be present to claim their prize and have their photo taken for the website. If you think you are in the running for an award, please check before you leave. Due to the time it takes and cost, we do not mail awards. If you can’t make the awards ceremony, ask someone you know to grab it for you. Age group awards are given to the top 3 in each age group in 5 year increments.
With the generous support of our sponsors, we will give away a number of items after the awards ceremony. Finishers are automatically entered in the drawing, but must be present to win.
If you need it, medical personnel will be on hand to help, whether it is a Band-Aid, an ice pack, or an emergency. They will be located in a red tent that is clearly marked with a large MEDICAL teardrop banner.
Race results will be posted on the RESULTS board on race day. Participants can be tracked in “real time” at various check points during the race –Live race results during the race can be found at www.mtecresults.com Results can also be found at www.pickleevents.com
Below is a sample checklist of items to bring to a triathlon and things to do.
What to Bring:
- Bike shoes
- Running shoes
- Bike water bottle
- Swim goggles
- Body glide/Vaseline
- Extra swim cap
- Tire pump
- Tri suit
- Spare tube
- Tools to repair tire
- Sunscreen (waterproof)
- Plastic garbage bag (cover shoes if raining)
What to Do Before You Leave Home:
- Clean bike & chain
- Charge Garmin
- Air in tires
What to Check on Race Day:
- Tire air pressure
- Bike in correct gear
- Tires and brakes not rubbing
- Helmet in correct position
- Body Glide/Vaseline on ankles/legs
- Body Glide on shoes