Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions
**Note: Some event details subject to change. Please check back before the event.**
If this is a “law enforcement/public agency challenge”, can anyone participate?
Yes, anyone with a photo ID over the age of 16 can participate. This event is being put on by law enforcement to challenge ALL agencies to gain camaraderie and show support for Courage Worldwide.
If I’m on a team, does the kayaker have to run the final 100 yards up the trail to the finish?
We will allow the runner of your team to run the final 100 yards to the finish if the kayaker feels he/she is not capable of doing so. The kayaker and runner must exchange timing chip on land after the kayaker has disembarked from the kayak.
What are the directions for packet pickup and other preparations Friday afternoon before the race?
We strongly suggest that you attend our packet pickup at the Plumas Pines Resort on Friday, Aug 25th from 4-7pm. Once you pick up your packet, you must adhere the bib number stickers found in your packet to your bike and kayak. Although you may not stage your bike until Saturday morning starting at 7am, on Friday during packet pickup you will be able to drop off your kayak in the same location as packet pickup (Station 1). We will be transporting and staging it at Station 3. (Per our agreement with PG&E, we must keep traffic in the Rocky Point Campground to a minimum.) Please reference our map to clarify locations.
What is needed to participate?
You will need a bike and a kayak, both of which may be available for rent from businesses in the Chester area. Please reference our listing for local rental businesses.
Can we register on the day of the event?
No, unfortunately we are looking at a large number of participants and we anticipate having to shut down registration weeks before the event.
What is the last day to register to receive a shirt and participation medal?
Register three weeks prior to the event to ensure you get SWAG. Our Facebook page (Courage Triathlon, Lake Almanor CA) will provide info on a specific cutoff date as the event grows near.
Please reference the map provided HERE for more clarity on some of the following questions.
Are the packet pick-up and the check in at the same place/time?
NO. Packet pickup on race day will be at the North Almanor Campground Boat Launch Parking Area (the run/bike transition area, Station 2 on map) off Almanor Dr West starting at 0700 on the morning of the race. Check in, where you’ll receive your timing chip, will be at the Plumas Pines Resort (Station 1 on map), 3000 Almanor Dr. West from 0700-0945. Bring ID please.
When/where do we pick up our packets?
Early packet pick-up will be at the Plumas Pines Resort on the Friday evening before the event from 4-7pm. We strongly recommend picking up packets then. On race morning, packet pickup will be at Station 2, the North Almanor Campground Boat Launch Parking Area.
Is it easy to find my way to the event and equipment drop off areas?
This is a rural area. Some areas of the event do not have addresses or cell service. GPS directions have proven to be unreliable. Please reference the map provided for details and mileage.
What should I do on race morning?
First, you will need to have picked up your packet before you do anything else. The numbers in your packet are made to attach to your kayak and your bike for identification purposes. Once you have picked up and attached the numbers to your race equipment, drop off your kayak at Station 2 in the trailers we have staged to haul kayaks. DUE TO OUR AGREEMENT WITH PG&E, PUBLIC CAN NO LONGER ACCESS STATION 3, THE BIKE/KAYAK TRANSITION AREA (ROCKY POINT GROUP CAMPGROUND) ON RACE DAY.
If you picked up your packet the night before race day, which we strongly suggest, please drop off your kayak at Station 3 that evening. On the morning of race day, if you have already picked up your packet the night before but didn’t drop off your kayak, drop the kayak off at Station 2 on the hauling trailers clearly staged there for that purpose and then place bike in rack. Proceed to check in at Station 1.
Remember, if you are picking up your packet on race morning, do so at Station 2 on map, the North Almanor Campground Parking Area (the run/bike transition area). Attach the bib matching identification number (that is provided in your packet) to your kayak and place it in the trailers, then put numbers on your bike and place it in the designated bike rack. All this takes place at Station 2, the North Almanor Campground Boat Launch Parking Area. Then proceed to check in to receive your timing chip at Station 1.
How early can I stage my bike/kayak on Saturday morning before the race begins?
You may begin staging equipment at 7am at Station 2.
Will my kayak be safe when I stage it on Friday after I pick up my packet?
Yes, we have ensured that all kayaks have dedicated volunteers guarding them. At no time will there be no one at the campground.
Can my loved ones wait for me or see me off at Station 3?
No, unfortunately per our agreement with PG&E and for safety reasons we can’t have the public entering the Rocky Point South Group Campground. We will have shuttles to drop off and pick up team members from Station 3.
Can we have two people on a team?
Yes, a team can consist of 2 or 3 (but no more) members. The price for the team remains the same regardless of number of team members.
Can I use a watercraft other than a kayak?
Yes, any non-motorized watercraft can be used for the 4.1 mile kayak portion.
Could the event be subject to cancellation due to poor weather?
The event will be held rain or shine.
Can I use my mountain bike on the paved trail?
Yes, mountain or street bicycles can be used.
Is the trail easy?
The trail is paved with slight hills and dips. There are some significant curves which may cause problems for those going too fast. Caution is advised throughout; reduce speed around curves and watch for other trail users.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that won’t hinder your ability to perform but be prepared for the changing temperatures; temps could be cool in the morning and very hot in the afternoon. Gloves and water shoes or tennis shoes are recommended for kayakers. Helmets must be worn by bikers and floatation devices worn by kayakers.
Is there any mandatory equipment?
Yes, there is mandated safety gear that must be worn. Helmets must be worn by bicyclists. Floatation vests must be worn by kayakers. No headphones are allowed during the bicycle portion due to safety concerns. Failure to recognize these safety measures will result in disqualification.
Will food be provided?
Meals will not be provided, however we will be providing end-of-race replenishing snacks. The Plumas Pines Restaurant has a lunch and dinner menu.
What will be provided at the aid stations?
Aid stations along the course will have minor first aid supplies and water. Along with these things, the end-of-race aid station will have snacks.
Will medical staff be present?
Yes, we have numerous trained medical staff standing by throughout the course.
Where do I park during the race?
There will be parking behind the Plumas Pines Store. Follow the signs. Parking attendants will be assisting. THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD AROUND PLUMAS PINES RESORT.
Will the course be marked?
The course will be clear and almost all of the run/bike portions will be along the paved, double-track Almanor Recreation Trail.
How will the kayak section be marked?
Kayakers will remain close to the shore, rowing in a Northwest direction (with the shoreline on the left) until they reach the clearly marked landing zone just past the Plumas Pines dock. (Volunteers will assist participants as they get out of their kayaks.)
Are headphones allowed?
For safety reasons we can’t allow headphones during the bike portion.
Is there an after-race party?
We will have an award ceremony. The Plumas Pines Resort stays open late and there will be live music in the evening.
What happens to my bike and kayak after I finish the race?
Volunteers will be moving bikes back to the Plumas Pines Resort. If you don’t want us moving your bike, please pick up your equipment ASAP. Kayaks will be handled by kayak catchers once you’ve reached the shore. It’s your responsibility to pick up your kayak in a timely manner once you’ve finished the race.
How much of my money is going to Courage Worldwide?
We have worked hard to gain sponsors to fund this triathlon so that EVERY PENNY or your registration fee goes toward building homes for these horribly abused kids. Know that YOU are making a difference!