Race Information

HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE TRIATHLON

February 23rd, 2020 | Miami, FL

RACE INFORMATION

Overview

The 2020 Huntington’s Disease Triathlon will be held on February 23th!

Date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

Venue: Larry and Penny Thompson Park,

12451 SW 184th Street

Miami, FL 33177

Distances:

SPRINT TRIATHLON (.25 Mile swim – 13 Mile bike – 3 Mile run)

OLYMPIC TRIATHLON (.7 Mile swim – 26 Mile bike – 6 Mile run)

SPRINT DUATHLON (1 Mile run – 13 Mile bike – 3 Mile run)

NEW THIS YEAR. WE WILL BE ADDING A SPRINT DUATHLON!! BE SURE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. 

This will be our 29th year for the 100% charity event for the Huntington’s Disease Triathlon. Your money will go directly to research to help find a cure for this inherited degenerative brain disorder. The event will take place at Larry and Penny Thompson Park, 12451 SW 184th Street, Miami, FL 33177 on Sunday, February 23rd. Choose to race the shorter distance (SPRINT) or the longer distance (OLYMPIC) or make it a social event and join a RELAY team (up to 3 people). Enjoy the largest selection of post race refreshments while enjoying the festivities from the many volunteers who offer to come and help support this event. 

DIRECTIONS

Take US1 South or the Turnpike South to SW 184 Street (Eureka Drive). Go west on Eureka to SW 129th Avenue and follow the parking attendants for correct parking. There will be directional signs and personnel to assist with parking. After the start of the event all spectators will need to enter the park entrance at 184th (Eureka Drive) & 125th street (campground entrance)

PARKING

Parking opens at 5:30 am. Parking is spread throughout the park and may not be in close proximity to the transition. Please allow ample time to avoid an unpleasant start of your day. PLEASE BE COOPERATIVE AND FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES FOR PARKING. This will ensure a great race start and a smooth entry into the park. Take US1 South or the Turnpike South to SW 184 Street (Eureka Drive). Go west on Eureka to SW 129th Avenue and follow the parking attendants for correct parking. There will be directional signs and personnel to assist with parking. After the start of the event all spectators will need to enter the park entrance at 184th (Eureka Drive) & 125th street (campground entrance).

RACE CATEGORIES

SPRINT/OLYMPIC TRIATHLON

ELITE 

Elite Male and Female participants start in the first wave of each event and are only eligible for overall awards.

CLYDESDALE & ATHENA 

CLYDESDALE (Men 220+ lbs) | UNDER 39 & 40+

ATHENEA (Women 165+ lbs)

Weigh-in required at packet pickup.

AGE GROUP

Age groups for both male and female start at 14 and under and go in 5 year increments to 80+. (14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, …., 80+) By USAT rules, athletes’ age groups are determined by their age on December 31st of that year. You age up, not down. This is so that you don’t change age groups in the middle of the year.

RELAY (2 OR 3 PERSON TEAMS)

Male Relay, Female Relay, Coed Relay

SPRINT TRIATHLON ONLY

FIRST TIME TRIATHLON

For racers who have never competed in a triathlon before. Athletes may choose to register as First Timers or Age Group. Can not register in both categories. 

FAT TIRE

Male/Female Overall

-No Aero Bars nor tires 1 ½” or wider

-Sprint racers racing on non-racing bikes without racing wheels)

AQUABIKE

SPRINT DUATHLON

OLYMPIC

.7 Mile Swim, 26 Mile Bike

SPRINT

.25 Mile Swim, 13 Mile Bike, 3 Mile Run

OPEN 

1 Mile Run, 13 Mile Bike, 3 Mile Run

AWARDS

Awards are given 3 deep in all categories except Fat Tire (overall only) and Athena/Aquabike (Top 3 Overall). DUATHLON AWARDS will be top 3 in categories 39 and under AND 40 and over. Special awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Males, Top 3 Overall Females, Top Overall Master Male (40+), and Top Overall Master Female (40+). Those receiving overall and master awards are removed from their age groups, bumping everyone else up in the age group standings. There is no double dipping. If you qualify for overall, you cannot get another award for masters overall or your age group. Participants registered as Elite are ONLY eligible for overall awards. 

Please stay for the awards ceremony if you are due an award. Unclaimed awards may be mailed if requested within 2 weeks after the event. You must pay $10 for shipping and handling. Please send an email to hdtri@bellsouth.net. Please include the following: Name, address, phone, email, race (Sprint/Olympic), division, Place received. 

Results will be available immediately finishing the race and at the awards presentation. Official race results will be posted at www.chiptimes.com and will also be e-mailed to you within 24 hours after the event. PHOTOS: Photography will be done by Lifetouch Sports Photography. The direct link web site is events.lifetouch.com/hd. Sign up ahead of time by clicking on the web site link so you can be notified when the pictures are posted.

TIMING

Timing will once again be provided by SommerSports. Timing Chips will be distributed Race Morning. REPLACEMENT FEE FOR LOST or UNRETURNED CHIPS AFTER RACE IS $65.00. To keep the timing band from being “clawed” off during the swim, please affix end of velcro strap to band with a safety pin. A timing chip will be used for accurate and timely scoring. You must wear your chip band at all times during the event in order to be timed. YOU MUST SHOW YOUR RACE NUMBER TO RECEIVE YOUR CHIP RACE MORNING. This is to ensure that you receive the correct chip number. YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR OWN CHIP FOR THIS RACE. All chips will be collected at the finish line of the race. If you drop out of the race for any reason, it is your responsibility to return the chip to the finish line volunteers. Athletes who do not return their chip will be charged $65.00.

SPECTATORS

This is a very family friendly event. Spectators can watch the swim from a great spot along the nearly 1 mile edge of the lake. There is even a children’s playground right next to the finish line! The run wraps around the park which allows for lots of spectator viewing along different points on the run. The transition and Finish line are all in the same vicinity which makes it very easy to cheer on all athletes. Bring a blanket, sunscreen, bug spray, visors, and sun umbrellas and make it a family picnic day. You can even leave after the race and head over to Zoo Miami which is right around the corner. NO DOGS: Miami-Dade County Parks have a strict rule regarding pets. They are not allowed in the park! If you are found in violation of this rule, you will be fined $100, so please leave your pets at home.

VOLUNTEERS

Many of the volunteers are individuals who have been affected with the Huntington’s Disease personally or through family members and/or friends. Part of being a volunteer is giving back to such an important cause with a smile on your face. Please fill out the form below and our volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm your volunteer spot and provide you more details about your activities during this event. 

COURSE MAPS

SWIM COURSE

The swim will take place in Larry and Penny’s crystal clear lake. It will start on the south side of the beach. Participants will follow the buoys which should be on your right side. The swim course is set up for both the Olympic and the Sprint event. Sprint participants will swim around the inner buoy’s while Olympic athletes will swim around the farthest buoys. There are several water safety personnel monitoring the swim course. If you need assistance, make sure to wave your hands over your head. Usually, water temperatures do not warrant wet suite legal limits by USAT regulations. The temperature reading will be done one hour prior to the start by a USAT official and posted at packet pick up. Wave start times can be found under “Athlete Info.” Participants will encounter a water station between the swim exit and the transition area.

BIKE COURSE

The bike ride will go through farmland areas of unincorporated Miami-Dade county (the Redlands), all on paved roads of course, and will encounter very little vehicular traffic. The Sprint race is 13 miles and the Olympic race is 26 miles. The course will be well marked with arrows at each intersection and arrows painted on the pavement. There will also be police controlling traffic at each intersection where riders would normally stop for a stop sign or traffic light and at each intersection where the course turns. All bikers will travel south on 127 avenue to 216 street. Continue west on 216th street until the turn around at 169 ave and travel back east on 216th street to 127th avenue and back to transition. NEW FOR 2019: Sprint & Finish will stay in RIGHT side into Transition. Olympic athletes, 2nd loop will stay to the left, make a u-turn and continue same course for loop two. Olympic athletes will have a water bottle exchange right after U-Turn

RUN COURSE

We have saved the best for last – the RUN! It is on all paved paths but you may encounter some large tree roots. Be extra careful with those ankles. Sprint athletes will complete one loop (3 miles) while Olympic athletes will complete 2 loops (6 miles). The course winds through the back paths in the woods, through the campground and then loops back through the woods, around the large lake you swim in and then directly in to the finish for Sprinters. Olympic athletes should veer to the left and continue loop 2. There is some shade along the course and beautiful wildlife vegetation. Please follow same sides of path as road traffic as the path is narrow in some places. There will be water stations at every mile.

SPRINT DUATHLON

We are excited to announce that we will be adding a Sprint duathlon this year for athletes who do not want to swim. The distance will include a 1 mile run to start, and then the same bike and run course as the Sprint Triathlon (14 mile bike and 3 mile run).