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How Do I register for the Pasadena Triathlon and 5K?
How much does the race cost?
Entry Fees can be found HERE. There is also an additional fee for a one day USA Triathlon membership (event insurance) that will be added onto the registration fee. This is only for participants in the triathlon or duathlon. There are no exceptions.
When and where can I pick up my bib, timing chip and shirt?
You can pick up all race materials in person at Packet Pick Up or on race morning.
2023 Packet Pick Up Details:
Beat the lines on race day and pick up your packet early!
When: Friday, March 10, 2023
Where: Brookside Park, Pasadena CA. (next to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center)
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
*All triathletes and duathletes must bring a photo ID and be present to pick up their own packet.
What if I forgot to pick up my shirt, medal, or award? Will you mail items after the event?
No. Unfortunately, we are not able to mail any items left at the race.
Where is the best place for spectators to watch?
The best place for viewing is at Seco Blvd and Arroyo (the north end of Parking Lot I).
What the heck is a reverse triathlon?
Traditionally, triathlons are run in the order of swim/bike/run. But in many locations the race is reversed if there is only a pool available. So at this event it’s a run/bike/swim.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
No, you don’t need to wear a wetsuit, the pool temperature will be a nice 70+ degrees.
How does the swim course work (and other swim questions)?
The pool swim is a ‘snake’ swim. Participants will jump (feet first) into the diving tank and then swim three laps at Rose Bowl Aquatics. Swimmers swim to one end, then swim UNDER the lane line, and do 2 more laps! Flotation devices are not allowed (fins, paddles, arm floaties, inner tubes, etc.)! Make sure to wash your feet before you jump in the water!
What kind of bike do I need?
People ride a variety of bikes (road, mountain, triathlon). The only requirement is it must have (2) wheels, hand brakes and covered bar ends (for safety).
Do I have to wear a bike helmet?
Yes, you must wear a helmet on the bike. You must have the helmet on before you get on the bike.
Yes, you need to be body-marked (numbers written on your arms) so we get accurate times.
Do I wear my race number in the pool?
Yes, you can wear your race number in the pool.
Do I need goggles?
Goggles, you can wear them if you like, but they are not required.
Do I need a swim cap?
No, it is not required to wear one but many people do.
Do I have to have fun?
Yes, you must have fun if you are doing this race.
Are strollers allowed on the course?
How does the relay triathlon work?
A relay is when 2-3 people do a triathlon and one person does one segment. After finishing their segment the person hands the chip to the next person. The chip/bib must to be passed within the transition area. At packet pick-up, you will receive a team packet with a timed chip/bib as well as an ankle chip for the person doing the swim portion and helmet stickers for the person doing the bike.
Are dogs allowed on the course?
NO! While we love pets, we ask everyone to leave their animal family members at home.
Are there restrooms at the event?
YES! There are plenty of restrooms located at the race and at Brookside Park.
Is there a place to put my belongings while I race?
No. If you are doing the triathlon, you may keep your bike & gear in the transition area, but please keep valuables with you, locked in the car, or with a friend.
Do you mail out race bibs and shirts?
No we don’t. You can pick up your bib and shirt at Packet Pick Up (the day before) or on Race Morning.
Where do I park?
The Base Area/Expo and Transition Area are all adjacent to the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and Parking is FREE! With the growth of the event, we will be directing athletes to specific parking lots (plenty of signs will be posted). All athletes should park in LOT I (next to the Aquatic Center). There are also lots (called JE and JW) across the street.
Note: Once the above lots are full, people will park at Lot F. If you park in lot F, you cannot leave until 10:30 a.m. (after the last cyclist finishes).
We recommend that all athletes arrive by 6:30 a.m. to allow prompt check in time and to prepare for your event.
AAF Rose Bowl Aquatics
360 N Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Phone: (626) 564-0330
Can I ride my scooter or skateboard?
NO. For safety reasons, please keep these items off the course.
Are there age/division awards?
YES! Age group awards will be distributed to the top 3 in each age division for the triathlon and duathlon. Everyone gets a finisher medal!
The 5k is a Fun Run – so there are only awards for the overall winners. Everyone gets a finisher medal!
USA Triathlon (USAT) and USAT Junior Development Race
We value fitness and health through exercise, the spirit of competitiveness and the pursuit of excellence – the multisport lifestyle.
Can I volunteer?
Generic Events does not authorize refunds at any time, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Transfer Policy – You may complete a person-to-person transfer or transfer to another event (must be open for registration) up to two weeks prior to the event. We do not charge for this, but there is an Active.com processing fee for all transfer transactions.
• Participants can only complete a transfer if the registrant is 18 years or older.
No Show Policy – If you are unable to attend the event and/or do not show up for the event, your entry spot and race items will be released and sold to event day registrants. Included registration items such as medals, t-shirts, and hats will not be mailed to participants who do not participate in the event they signed up for. Please review the transfer policy above if you are interested in transferring your registration to a different event or person.
Race Conduct – We will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior to any of our volunteers or staff. If you have a complaint please direct these to Brennan Lindner at [email protected]. Failure to follow this guideline will result in disqualification from the event and possibly being banned from future events. Seriously. We’re all out here for some fun, so let’s have some!
Natural Disaster Policy – If an Act of God/Terrorism/Community Disaster occurs, what happens?
1. We make decisions based on safety first.
2. The municipality will also make a decision.
3. Race courses and race date will be altered as seen fit by race management and the City of Pasadena.
4. Athletes in a postponed race will be transferred to the rescheduled date at no charge.
5. Generic Events cannot accept the risk of a disaster for everyone. Each athlete needs to accept the risk of his or her entry fee. There will be NO REFUNDS. The money you paid is spent developing that race.
Why? We do not save any money if the race is postponed or you choose not run. We have paid for every supply and service needed for that race. We pay for all race supplies or services associated with that race, regardless of the outcome. These include paying for permits, our staff, offices, finisher medal and shirt fees, administration costs all year. It’s not ideal, and nobody likes wasting money, but we unfortunately cannot predict what will happen on race day.
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR/BRING?
Less is more in triathlon! The less stuff to change in and out of the better. It is recommended that children wear a bathing suit under their run/bike shorts and shirt (there are no changing rooms!). They will likely wear the same sneakers for the run, bike, and the transition to the pool. They MUST have a helmet for the bike ride. No exceptions! You’ll also want a towel and a change of clothes for post-tri. We will have a water table in the transition area available at all times. There will be snacks and water at the finish festival.
WHAT TIME DOES IT START/ARE THERE WAVES?
All children should be set up in the kids transition and ready for a pre-race talk from the Race Director at 10:15am. The children will be separated into groups of about 25 kids based on their age on 12/31 as per USAT rules. Waves are as follows: 9-10 years, 7-8 years, 5-6 years. Waves will start oldest to youngest with the first group starting at 10:45am and approximately 10-15 minutes between waves. Timing of the wave starts is intended to help keep the children safe by easing congestion on the course and is at the discretion of the kids race coordinator.
CAN PARENTS BE ON THE COURSE WITH THE KIDS?
Parents are welcome to come and support their young triathletes from the sidelines but may NOT be on the course.
We have created a course that will keep the kids “close to home” so there are plenty of opportunities for photos and to help out your child if they need it. There will be volunteers and signage, as well as lead runners, lead cyclists, and lifeguards guiding the children and helping them if they need it.
Parents of 5-6 year olds may run alongside very young triathlete in wave 3 only, but please limit this to one adult per child. (please run/walk only, no adults on bikes please). You may also be on deck when your child is in the pool.
IS IT TIMED/ARE THEIR AWARDS?
Children will receive a timing chip but this is just for their personal interest only – there are no awards at this level – your child does not need to wear the timing chip to participate (but they will need to turn it back in to the race so please bring it with you)
WHERE IS THE TRANSITION AREA?
The kids transition area, which is located near the 5k finish line (look for the green KIDS ZONE flags), will open at 7:00am so bikes/gear may be dropped off beginning then. Please ensure bikes are properly marked with race stickers from the packet you will receive at check in. You will need your child’s bib to enter transition and to remove bikes at the end of the event.
All children should be set up in the kids transition and ready for a pre-race talk from the Race Director at 10:15am. To avoid overcrowding, only one adult per child is allowed in the transition area at any time. There will be volunteers to help with set up.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE LOOK LIKE?
THE RUN COURSE: Kids will run out and back along a closed road, the course is about 1K on road and a dirt trail behind Kidspace museum. Wave 3’s course is slightly shorter.
THE BIKE COURSE: From transition, young athletes will head onto a coned lane to Seco that will be closed off to traffic. The bike course is about 3/4 of a mile and includes a loop around the median. Parents may watch from the sidewalk (content removed). Adults are asked to stay off the course for the safety of the children. NO CHILD WILL BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE WITHOUT A HELMET.
After the bike loop, cyclists will head back to transition to prepare for the pool swim.
THE SWIM COURSE: From the transition area, athletes will run a short distance on the grass to the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center (shoes are recommended until they reach the deck). They will swim out and back (25m each way). When they exit the pool they are finished and will receive a medal!
Younger children will swim across the pool one time, 25m. Yes, floaties are ok for this group only.
Swim caps are not necessary, but those with long hair should tie it back
Is the course accessible for children with disabilities?
We encourage all children 5-10 with basic run, bike, and swim experience to participate in our Jr Triathlon. We proudly partner with Angel City Sports and are happy to make special accommodations for children with disabilities who wish to complete the Jr Tri. Portions of the run and all of the bike course are on road and are therefore wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your child’s specific needs.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.