The community of Albany, California invites you to participate in a super short, super FUN, beginner-friendly, spectator-friendly triathlon on Sunday, September 27th, 2015! The event will be held in and around the Albany Aquatics Center, renovated in 2012. The goal of the triathlon is to raise funds for Albany high school sports programs (PAHS), promote fitness in the community, and showcase just how fun a multisport event can be!
The event is open to everyone ages 9 and up, especially those who've never done a triathon before but would like to give it a go on an easy, local course without a huge financial (or training) committment.
When & Where:8:00 am on 27 September 2015 at Albany Memorial Park located at 1325 Portland Avenue.
Course Information:This is a standard "super sprint" distance triathlon consisting of:
- a 400 meter (0.25 mile) swim followed by
- a 10 km (6.2 mile) bike ride and then
- a 3 km (1.9 mile) run
- The swim
- will take place in the outdoor pool in 15-minute heats of 18 swimmers (max) per heat with 2 people splitting each lane. This time includes 2-3 min at the end to clear pool and prep for next heat.
- 400m is approximately 17 lengths (25 yards/length) or 8.5 laps (50 yards/lap).
- Seeding into heats will be by age group + sex with
exceptions for the the beginning heats and the family/friends
- The first 1 or 2 heats will be reserved for the faster/more experienced athletes (especially fast cyclists).
- The final 1-2 heats will be longer (20 min) for the family heat(s) and folks needing more time to complete the swim.
- The registration form provides a way to indicate your desire to be in an early heat and your general swimming speed.
- Before you register: know the time it takes you to swim 100 yards (that's 4 lengths of the Albany outdoor pool).
- The bike course
- consists of 11 laps around a 0.55 mile loop on the streets encircling the pool + park + high school clockwise.
- Bike helmet is required and no drafting is allowed, per USAT rules
- The run course
- is 4 laps on the same loop as the bike course, running on the mixed sidewalk or turf just inside the road in a counter-clockwise direction.
Here's a video tour of the course!
This race is not USAT sanctioned, primarily since the focus is on triathlon newbies. However, seasoned triathletes are definitely welcome! The first 1 or 2 swim heats will be reserved for experienced triathletes and fast cyclists to minimize interactions with slower racers. On the registration form, check the checkbox to indicate your preference for the first heat. Think you're fast? Then consider signing up for the "Beat-A-Triathlete" challenge, details below!
Group registration: Register a team for $80 and split the swim, bike, and run legs between 2 or 3 different individuals. Group registration fee goes up to $90 on July 28, then increases to $100 on Sep 14 and then to $110 on race day. Youth teams under 18 save $20 on those prices. Mixed teams containing adults & kids are also permitted.
Special Features:CHIP TIMING: New for 2015: Participants will have their per-leg splits and overall finish times tracked using a chip timing system. This will provide much more accurate and timely results than the manual entry system we used in the past. The additional cost for chip timing should be mostly offset by the increased registration fee this year.
INDIVIDUAL & RELAY TEAM ENTRY. Register as an individual or as a part of a multi-person relay team where different people do different legs of the event (swim, bike, run). Relay teams consist of 2-3 people and will compete against other relay teams in the final rankings. Teams can be composed of adults, all youth (18 & under), or mixed adult + youth.
YOUTH & STUDENT DISCOUNTS. Youths 9-12 years of age get $10 off the individual entry fee; youths 13-17 years of age get $5 off the individual entry fee. Youth teams (under 18) save $20 off the relay team entry fee. Current students of any Albany Unified K-12 school will save even more by receiving a $10 refund after completing the event!
FAMILY & FRIENDS HEAT. When you register, you can indicate your desire to be in the same heat as other participants (child, parent, spouse, friends, etc.). Then you can start in the same swim heat together & keep an eye on each other during the race (but not assist each other, per triathlon rules).
BEAT-A-TRIATHLETE CHALLENGE. Athletes can boost their fundraising efforts by pledging to donate an extra dollar amount for everyone that can beat their time, up to a limit. Relay teams can also register for this challenge. How do do this:
- On the registration form you can indicate how much you're willing to donate for each person that beats you, and what your total donation limit is (if any).
- You can also decide the size of the field you want to compete against: all participants or just the members of your 10-year age group.
- The amount of your donation will be determined after official race results are computed. Proceeds will go to our fundraising target (PAHS).
- All Beat-A-Triathletes will receive a certificate of appreciation and will be entered in a raffle for a special prize!
- Since 2013, one of the event co-organizers has offered $10 for any participant or team that beat him. He had to pay up an extra $10 in 2013 and $40 in 2014. He plans to do this again. Consider joining him! :)
POST-RACE FESTIVITIES. Stick around after the race to recover with some healthy food, check your race results, sign up for a free massage, and schmooze with fellow participants, spectators, volunteers, sponsors, and race organizers.
Training Clinics:Steve Trutane (race co-organizer) is holding some training clinics for anyone that wants to improve their swim skills and general strength in preparation for the AlbanyTri event.
- Power Swimming for the Triathlete (2015):
Improve swimming strength and efficiency as you gear up for the Albany Triathlon. Experienced triathlete and Albany Tri co-organizer Steve Trutane and Carol Nip, ASCA Level III certified masters coach, Albany Armada Aquatics, will include technique training, triathlon-specific tips and dry land. Participants should be able to swim 100 yards freestyle non-stop (at any speed) and be comfortable circle swimming in a shared a lane with multiple swimmers. First-time triathletes are especially welcome!
These will be held at the Albany Aquatic Center on the following Saturdays 3/28, 4/25, 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22 from 10:45am–Noon. For more information and to register: click here, then type 'TRIATHLON' into the search bar to find the online registration links for the classes.
- Free Core Workout: A free, weekly core and sport-specific, functional strength training class held at Albany Memorial Park -- details here.
- Results for 2014:
- Results for 2013:
- Results for 2012: