Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions
**Note: Some event details subject to change. Please check back before the event.**
What has changed with the triathlon since we last did it in 2019?
We have had to change the course completely. This year, although we are still on beautiful Lake Almanor, you are going to be on the northeast side of the lake on the tip of the peninsula. You will be running and riding on the roads of the Lake Almanor Country Club, which has graciously opened their doors to us.
Can anyone participate?
Yes. Minors must have parents present.
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 or CanyonDam area. Please reference our listings on our social media forums for local rental businesses.
Can I register the day of the event?
This event can’t support an unlimited number of participants. We anticipate having to shut down registration in the weeks before the event. Please register as early as possible so we can accurately assess the anticipated number of participants. Also, given the tight security of the gated community in which we are holding the event, you will still need to show proof that you are trying to participate to get through the gate.
What is the last day to register to receive a shirt and participation medal?
Please register at least three weeks prior to the event to ensure you get SWAG.
Is the packet pick-up and the start at the same place?
On Friday the 16th from 4 PM to 7 PM, packets can be picked up at the event address.
When/where do we pick up our packets?
You may pick up your packets from 4 PM to 7 PM at Clifford’s Restaurant, the same address provided for the race and included on the Packet Pickup and Race Day Directions link above.
Can I drop off my bike/kayak before getting my packet?
NO, you need to attach race stickers that are found in your packet to your equipment before dropping them off. Once you have gotten your packet, you may drop them off.
Is the country club gated/how will I get in?
The gates will be staffed. You will need to show proof of your registration which will be sent to you via e-blast to gain access or proof that you are involved with the event will need to be given.
Is it easy to find my way to the event and equipment drop off areas?
This is a rural area and cell service may be compromised. However, most areas in the peninsula area are easy to find if you are using GPS or a map and the friendly locals and business owners are eager to help.
What should I do on race morning?
First, either on race morning or preferably on Friday evening, you will need to have picked up your packet. Attach the identification number stickers, found in your packet, to your bike and kayak and drop them off—bike at Rec 1 and kayak at Rec 2—before you do anything else.
How early can I stage my bike/kayak on Saturday morning before the race begins?
You may begin staging equipment at 8am.
Will my kayak be safe overnight on Friday after I pick up my packet?
Yes, dedicated volunteers will be staying there guarding them.
Can we have 2 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.
Can I use a watercraft other than a kayak?
Yes, any non-motorized, paddle driven watercraft can be used for the 3.1 mile kayak portion. This DOES NOT INCLUDE SCULLING BOATS OR ANY OAR DRIVEN BOAT.
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. MOTORIZED/ELECTRIC BIKES ARE NOT PERMITTED FOR COMPETITION.
Is the course easy?
The course will be on the residential streets within the Lake Almanor Country Club. As with any road sharing situation, you will need to be aware of and cautious around vehicles, pedestrians, or other bicyclists. These streets have hills and dips. There are some significant hills and curves which may cause problems for those going too fast. Caution is advised throughout. Reduce speed around curves and watch for vehicles.
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. Rowing gloves and water shoes or tennis shoes are recommended for kayakers. Helmets must be worn by bikers, and floatation devices and (per California State Law) whistles must worn by kayakers.
I’m afraid of tipping in my kayak. What happens if I do?
Any time you are in a watercraft, no matter how stable, you should plan for the possibility of capsizing or becoming wet. Although we do have water safeties standing by, YOU ARE YOUR GREATEST AID in this situation. For this reason, we ask you refrain from drinking while kayaking and we ask that you follow the rules and wear your safety equipment. Don’t panic—we’ll help if you can’t get back into your vessel. Before you begin, be aware of items in your boat that you want to keep safe. Put your cell phone and other important items that you are bringing in a waterproof floatation sack. You may find these at any sporting goods store.
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.
Is there any mandatory equipment?
Yes, there is mandated safety gear that must be worn. Helmets must be worn by bicyclists. Floatation vests and whistles must be worn by kayakers. No headphones are allowed during the bicycle portion due to safety concerns. Failure to recognize these safety measures may result in disqualification.
Will food be provided?
Meals will not be provided—however, food will be available for purchase in the area.
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 in several locations at and near Rec 1. Follow the signs. Parking attendants will be assisting.
Will the course be marked?
The course will have signs and volunteers.
How will the kayak section be marked?
Kayakers will remain close to the shore, proceeding counter clockwise around the tip of the peninsula (with the shoreline on the left) until they reach the clearly marked landing zone just past the first inlet by Rec 1. (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 lodging near?
Yes, there are many options for lodging, including motels, cabins, and campgrounds. Please reference listings on this site for local overnight accommodations.
What happens to my bike and kayak after I finish the race?
Please be courteous to our dedicated volunteers guarding your bikes and, upon completion of the race, promptly retrieve your bike from Rec II. (If you are a bike teamster, once you have completed the bike loop and hand off your timing chip to your kayaking partner, you may ride your bike 1 mile back to Rec I). Kayaks will be handled by kayak catchers once you’ve reached the shore. It’s your responsibility to retrieve your equipment 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 of your registration fee goes toward building homes for these girls. Know that YOU are making a difference!