Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pick up someone else’s packet? No, don’t start being lazy on the day of the event. Please pick up your own packet (even 3 year olds with their parents) so we can write your number all over your body, just like a real triathlon. You will be a “star” for the next week if we write it in good quality, permanent marker.
Can parents enter the event? Yes, absolutely. This event is for the whole SAS Community. If you can get Uncle Skeeter and Auntie Sally off the couch, you can even enter as a relay team if you like. However, you are also welcome to “go it alone” and enter individually.
Can I transfer my registration? Give it to a friend? Sell it on Craigslist? Scalp it first thing in the morning? etc. Nope.
There are a number of reasons why, but there’s already plenty of text here. Just do it, it will be fun!
How do I get my bike to school? All Participants are encouraged to bring their bike to school on Thursday, May 4th or Friday, May 5th because the school buses will not be able to fit all the participants’ bikes on the school buses the morning of the event. The biggest size school buses can take a maximum of 2 large bikes on them. The middle size buses can take a maximum of 1 large bike. Some of the small buses have no storage, so please plan accordingly. Please check with the bus office firstname.lastname@example.org. The school, transportation office, and the event organizers will not be held responsible if you bring your bike to the bus on Monday, May 8th and there is not enough room to bring it. On May 4th or 5th please bring your bike to the Elementary School Gym (ES GYM). The bikes will be stored in a locked location over the weekend.
*Note: We really need all Triathletes to try to bring their bikes by taxi or a driver. The SAS buses are not equipped to handle everyone bringing a bike on the day of the event (again, some buses are too small to carry any bikes at all). Please plan accordingly.
If you need to store your bike after the event as you just can’t get it home that day, we can store them in the Elementary School Gym for the night of May 8th. Please take all bikes home by Tuesday, May 9th.
Parking There will be some parking spaces near the campus. Please follow the directions of the SAS guards when you arrive at school about where to park.
YOU can take the school bus home from the event if you wrote this on your registration form.
What time should I get there? If you are a student, you should go to school all day. No skipping classes! If you are a parent, make sure to get there early enough to get a coffee at Eurest, and maybe even a chocolate croissant. Don’t worry, nobody will be watching you eat those empty calories.
Seriously, get there with enough time to park, pick up your packet, get body marking, rack your bike in transition and do whatever other things you do before a race.
Directions SAS Pudong Campus & Links Golf Course. If you don’t know where it is, you have other issues.
What if I forgot to train? It’s probably gonna hurt.
Maps Course maps are available for every leg except the swim on this packet. The swimming takes place in the pool so you can draw your own map of the pool if you want to.
Water Temperature The temperature on race day will be perfect as we are using the school pool. As well, we have the best Aquatics teachers in the whole World, so they will definitely have the pool a great temperature!
- You must treat each other, our staff and volunteers with respect.
- You can wear a swim cap, but it must be worn only during the swim.
- Bike helmets must be worn and buckled any time you’re on your bike.
- Headphones, earbuds, etc. are prohibited on the bike.
- Participants Only in the transition area. There will be no exceptions for grandma, grandpa, junior, carts full of babies or Uncle Skeeter.
- You are not allowed to ride your bike in transition – walking or running with it is fine. For the 9+ age groups, you will get on/off your bike outside the back gate before heading on/off the golf course.
- The course is not draft legal. If someone is drafting you, please feel free to clear your sinuses…in a respectful manner.
- Drafting = riding (except to pass) within 7 meters behind or 2 meters to the side of another cyclist.
- Any equipment left in transition after the time limit will be removed to an unsecured location.
What do I need to know about swimming? Wetsuits are optional for the swim but it is in a pool so it will really be a waste of time to wear one in my opinion unless you want to wear it while you bike, another option I would not advise. You will want to bring your own goggles.
Do I need to wear a wetsuit? No, unless you need it to stay afloat in the pool. However, if that is the case, we suggest using a flotation device that one of the pool staff can give you.
Do I need to write my number on my body? Body Marking: You will need to get your body marked at REGISTRATION. Body marking is for safety and identification on the course.
Helmets are mandatory: Helmets must be worn and done up at all times.
- Helmets are mandatory:Helmets must be worn and done up at all times.
- “Stay Aware, Ride with Care”: Look for obstacles, ride safely and predictably. Don’t swerve and weave, keep your head up, and ride in single file on the track and/or the golf course. Please be aware of and exercise good road riding etiquette.
- “Stay to the Right”: Unless passing another rider, ensure that you stay as far to the right of the course as you can; making it easy for other riders to pass you safely on the left.
- No personal audio devices (iPod, headphones, etc.): These devices present distractions, and ultimately place you and other riders at risk of accident.
- No littering: We are lucky enough to use the Links Golf Course, please do not litter on it. Throwing anything on the ground during in the ride will result in removal from the event.
- No Public Urination: The school has bathrooms, please come back to the school if you really need to go. This is just for fun and not a timed event. Taking an extra 10 minutes on the course will not hurt your chances of getting into the best colleges.
- Treat volunteers with kindness and respect: We want our volunteers to have a great time too. Abuse of volunteers will not be tolerated; smiles and thank-yous will.
Relay Relay teams will high five each other in the transition area. Participants will wait at the bike.
Note: relay participants will not wait directly in front of the transition entrance/exit.
Make sure if you are a relay team, you finish the last 50 meters (holding hands, don’t be shy, you just finished a wonderful event as a team) to the finish line together. It makes for a better photo for SAS Marketing our school and this great event to the World.
Run Section Run, Run, Run, Fun. Remember to bring a change of clothing so you can enjoy the post-event festivities. I think you will sweat, or that is the hope anyway!
Prizes You will get a medal when you finish the event and get a well-deserved pat on the back.
What are the divisions? Male and Female 3-6, 7-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-105 years old.
Timing Timing is done with magic and pixie dust. Just joking, there is no timing for this school event. If you want to be timed, start your own watch in the pool and stop it at the finish line.
Will there be cars on the road? Yes and No.
No: If a car hits you on the track or the golf course, we have other major problems.
Yes: To get onto the golf course, you do have to cross one road (back gate #7) that we will be controlling traffic at. Please make sure to thank our wonderful Security team that will keep us safe stopping traffic while the event is on. Even with all this, please keep in mind motor vehicles are capable of squishing you, so yield when necessary as you leave the back gate to get on your bike (for the 9+ categories).
Can I use a personal music device while cycling? See answer above in bike section. Absolutely no music devices are allowed during the bike segment for obvious safety risks.
Can I use a personal music device while running? During the running segment, we prefer for athletes to NOT use music devices to maximize safety and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that being said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
-If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time.
-We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.
Will there be on-site mechanical/bike support? No, we hope that you check your bike before you come and it is working properly. If there is a problem on the course, you might just have to walk your bike in and then start the run section of the event. If for some reason you get to the event and your bike is not working, please talk to one of the volunteers. The hope is that we will have a few extra bikes that aren’t being used for the event that you could borrow if your bike cannot be fixed easily.
Where can I find lost items? Any equipment that is unmarked will be returned to the finish line during the event. After the event, we will take the lost item to the Athletic Office for 2 days. After this, we will give clothing away to Charity. Anything truly valuable will be sold at the fake market for a huge profit and the volunteers will use this money to retire. Please come to the event with all personal belongings well marked with your name and/or race number.
What should I do if my shirt doesn’t fit? If the size of the shirt you ordered does not fit, we will be hosting a ‘Shirt Swap” after the event at the finish line. We cannot guarantee you will be able to swap, since it will depend on leftover shirts, but we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Do I have to use a road or racing bike? No. We welcome any type of bike as long as it is functioning properly with brakes and endcaps at the end of your handlebars.
*Note: try to bring your bike by taxi or a driver. The SAS buses are not equipped to handle everyone bringing a bike on the day of the event.
Do I have to run? No, you could walk, jog, wog, hop or prance your way to the finish line. As long as you get there under your own volition, that is acceptable!
Will there be water on the course? There will be one station on the run part of the course. You will have to carry your own hydration and fuel on your bike during the bike courses. We will provide a bottle of water at registration.
Will there be bathrooms on the course? The school has bathrooms, please come back to the school if you really need to go “to the loo”. This is just for fun and not a timed event. Taking an extra 10 minutes on the course will not hurt your chances of getting into the best colleges.
Where should I tell my friends and family to go to cheer me on? The best approach for your family, friends and cheerleaders is near the transition area. They can see you bike out, bike in, run out and then meet you at the finish! Tons of action for them! Or they can just hang out near the finish line after you start and then they can sit and enjoy the music and watch you swim/run in, bike out, bike in, and then head to the finish line to watch you finish. Be sure to tell them to make signs for you, bring cowbells, and bring you flowers for the finish. Especially if this is your first race, you’ve got to celebrate! It’s a big accomplishment!
Results If you go across the finish line, you have completed the event. Congratulations. You will not be timed unless you time yourself.
Photos A link to pictures of each leg will be posted on the Blog before the school year is done.
Questions are greatly appreciated, however, the penalty of repeating a question already completely addressed above is 12 delicious ounces of hot, black Americano coffee or some chocolate covered raisins.