Belews Lake Sprint Triathlon

  • Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017
  • Location: Stokesdale, NC
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Distance: Swim 750 meters, Bike 14.5 Miles, Run 5K
  • Online Registration Closes: Wednesday, April 5 at 9:00 am
  • Race Cap: 400
  • Minimum Age: 10 on 12/31/17
*Current water temperature is 68 degrees.

Important Details

Race Description

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An early season favorite, this event is the season kick-off for many local triathletes. The lake is beautiful and clear, the bike course is rural, and the run course is a great challenge. Participants also receive great swag – finisher medals, long-sleeve tech shirts, and all kinds of other goodies. Post race food includes pizza, along with oranges/bananas and other snacks. Soft drinks and water are also available. This event also has live timing, the ability to sign up for real time alerts (text, email, Facebook, and Twitter), and quick access to your own personal results from a quick scan of the QR code on your run number.

There will be bounce houses for the kids and a free kids 100 yard dash.

This event is very unique because the swim start is a Time Trial Start with athletes staggered every 10 seconds. To maximize time, 2 athletes will start the swim every 10 seconds. The last swimmer should start no later than 9:45 AM. Participants will be seeded based on their 100 yard swim time. We expect the water temperature to be 66-68. It will be wetsuit legal, and we recommend renting a wetsuit if you do not have one. Fleet Feet Sports in Greensboro has them for rent.

This unique start aspect offers a new experience from the traditional wave start format because having no wave starts greatly decreases the chances you will be kicked in the head, lose goggles, safety issues, etc.

Seasoned triathletes also will have the chance to fly through the swim and race course due to decreased bunching of athletes on the race course and in the water.

Family members/spectators will be able to cheer you on from the start to the finish.

Belews Lake Triathlon is centrally located in Stokesdale, NC for easy access and short travel time from almost any spot in the Triad.

Participant Meeting
A pre-race meeting will be held at Carolina Marina (packet pick-up location) at 6:30 PM on Friday (4/7). It is highly recommended that you attend this race orientation meeting. There will be NO pre-race instructions provided on race morning. If you can’t attend the 6:30 PM Friday pre-race meeting, please make sure you read through this race information document thoroughly.

Course Descriptions:

Swim:
Belews Lake is a very popular lake in the Winston-Salem / Greensboro area. It is a great lake to swim in – clear water with a sandy bottom. This is an in-water start with participants lining up at the boat launch. Waves and chop are light and water quality is excellent. The swim course is a triangular-shaped course. Participants exit the water at the end of the boat launch and run about 50 yards to the transition area.

All participants must submit a 100 yard swim time for starting positioning purposes. Participants will be placed from fastest to slowest. Submitting a time that is too fast for you puts you up with swimmers who will be passing you during the swim – not good for you or them. Putting a time that is too slow places you with slower swimmers and forces you to have to pass everyone. Swim caps will be provided. Swim caps are mandatory, as this is a safety issue. Our lifeguards and water safety need to be able to see everyone in the water.

If you wait to register until packet pick up, then you will be seeded at the back of the swim. Just keep that in mind as you decide to wait.

Bike:
The bike course is a one loop course on smooth, rural country roads. The course has a few challenging hills. Athletes are certain to enjoy this scenic and challenging bike route. Police and volunteers man each intersection and turns are marked with directional signs.

Run:
The run course is an out and back course. It consists of some rolling hills and provides a great view of Belews Lake. 100% of the course is run on smooth roads. There will be one aid station at the turn around.

Entry Fees

Individuals

  • $55.00 December 1 – January 31
  • $60.00 February 1 – February 28
  • $65.00 March 1 – April 5 (close of online registration)
  • $70.00 at Packet Pick Up Friday and Race Morning

Relays

  • $90.00 November 1 – January 31
  • $100.00 February 1 – February
  • $110.00 March 1 – April 5 (close of online registration)
  • $120.00 at Packet Pick Up Friday and Race Morning
There is a $15.00 fee for each non-USAT registrant.
This pricing is based upon Date. Once a date is reached the price will increase to the next tier
On-site registration is available for this event during normal packet pick up hours.

Packet Pickup

Friday, April 7
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
@ Carolina Marina
548 Shelton Road
Stokesdale, NC 27357
Saturday, April 8
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
@ Carolina Marina
548 Shelton Road
Stokesdale, NC 27357

 

NOTE: Photo ID is required for packet pick-up. Everyone must pick up their own race packet.
USA Triathlon requires that all USAT annual members must show their USAT membership card at packet pick-up.
Any USAT annual member who does not present his/her valid membership card at packet pick-up, will be required to pay the USAT one-day fee of $15.

Schedule

  • 7:00 AM – Transition Area Open
  • 7:00 AM – Race day registration opens
  • 8:30 AM – Race day registration closes
  • 9:00 AM – Race Start
  • 12:00 PM – Projected awards ceremony (will be adjusted based on last finisher’s time)

Participant Meeting
TBD

Timing and Results Information

This event will be timed using the Mylaps timing system. A timing chip will be provided for you the morning of the event. You will need to show your run number to the volunteers at the Timing Chip Pick Up tent. They will hand you a disposable strap to use to fasten the chip to your ankle. We will have velcro straps available for $5 if you would rather purchase one of those (the disposable straps come with the chip). Volunteers will collect the timing chip from you at the end of the finish line chute. Relay teams will receive a velcro strap with their chip, as the chip is what is passed from member to member. The strap and chip will be collected at the finish line.

Five splits will be provided: Swim, T1 (transition from the end of the swim to the start of the bike), Bike, T2 (transition from the end of the bike to the start of the run), and Run.

For on site results, we have a large, flat screen TV scrolling the results. Results on the screen update about every minute so athletes are able to see their times pretty quickly after crossing the finish line.

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We also provide live results and real time alerts (text, email, Facebook, Twitter). Live results means that the results will be streaming onto our website so people who are either not at the event or are spectating can access results as they happen. The live results feed has a leader board feature as well as a searchable feature if you are looking for times for a specific athlete. You can also check age group and category placings on the live results feed. The real time alerts allow for athletes, friends, family to sign up for alerts. You can choose the medium (text, email, Facebook, Twitter) with which you want to receive the alerts, and when the athlete you are tracking crosses the finish line or various split points, you will receive an immediate notification. This is a fun feature for both spectators and athletes. It allows spectators to track the athlete’s progress and it’s a great way for an athlete to immediately get their results.

The link to these pages will be available race week.

Example of Live Results webpage streaming results:
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Full official results are posted on our 2015 Results Calendar within 1-2 hours of the last finisher crossing the line.

Awards

The awards ceremony will begin around 1pm. Remember this event is a time trial start which means the order people cross the finish line is not necessarily the order they placed. So it’s important we have almost all the participants in before we begin the ceremony, especially considering race day registrations who begin at the end.

Awards will be given to:

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Top 3 M/F Overall
  • Top 3 M/F Masters Overall
  • Top 3 M/F Collegiate
  • Top 3 Age Groups (M/F):15 & Under, 16-19,20-24,25-29,30-34,35-39,40-44,45-49,50-54,55-59,60-64,65-69, 70-74,75-79,80-84, 85+
  • Top 3 Clydesdales (Men 39 and Under, 220+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Master Clydesdales(Men 40+ and 220lbs+)
  • Top 3 Athenas (Women 165lbs+)
  • Top 3 Assisted Athletes (M/F)
  • Top 3 Novice (M/F)
  • Top 3 Master Novice (Beginners 40+) (M/F)
  • Top 3 Relay Teams
  • Top 3 Aquabike

Category Info

      Below is a brief description of each race category:

    • Age Group – Participants competing in their age group.
    • Collegiate – Participants who are members of a collegiate tri team.
    • Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs.
    • Master Clydesdale – Category for male participants who are over 220 lbs. and are 40 or over.
    • Athena – Category for women over 165 lbs.
    • Novice – Category for beginner participants. Participants competing as a Novice have usually done less than 3 events.
    • Master Novice – Same as Novice but these participants are beginners who are 40 or over.
    • Relay – 2-3 participants on a team, each complete one leg
    • Assisted Athlete (AA) – Person without the ability to propel themselves thru the race course.
    • Aquabike – Participants completing only the swim and bike portion of the event

NOTE: You may fit into one or more of the above categories, so whichever category you choose to compete in is completely your choice. Choose the category that you feel you would have the most fun competing in.

Relay Information

  • Relays can be 2-person (one person does 2 legs, and one person does 1 leg) or 3-person teams (each person does 1 leg of the event).
  • EACH Relay member MUST pick up his/her own packet.
  • EACH Member MUST have their photo ID and USAT card (if applicable) to pick up their packet.
  • If a member is a minor (17 or under), then a parent/guardian must show an ID to get their packet.
  • If a member turns 18 by the end of 2014 they are considered an Adult per USAT, thus they must pick up their own packet.
  • If you need to replace a relay member you can e-mail us using the Contact Us button with the changes.
  • If it is the week of the event and you need to make a change to a relay member then you can make this change at packet pick up.
  • At packet pick up you will be given a sheet of paper that explains how the relays will work (chip hand off, tagging spot, etc.).
  • If you are an individual that wishes to switch to a relay team, then you can e-mail us, using the Contact Us button, the following information: Team Name, Team Member Names, Team Member Shirt sizes. You will need to pay the difference to convert to a relay, which you can pay at packet pick up (cash or check only). If it is the week of the event, then you can make these changes at packet pick up.

Swim Time Information

  • Swim Times: All participants must submit a 100 yard swim time for seeding purposes. Being a open water swim with a staggered start, participants are seeded from fastest to slowest. It is in your best interest to submit an accurate 100 yard “pace” time for your swim. In other words, don’t submit your fastest 100 yard swim time, submit a 100 yard time that represents what you’ll do on race day over the event distance. By seeding yourself properly, you’ll end up swimming near people who swim the same pace as you. This will reduce the number of people who you will need to pass or the number of people who will be passing you. If you need to change your swim time, simply send an e-mail to Benji at benji@jonesracingcompany.com
  • Seeding Order: All participants will be sorted by the submitted 100-yard swim time. Any athlete who registers at packet pick-up will be seeded AFTER the last pre-registered athlete begins. We will give a 4-5 minute break between the last pre-registered athlete and the first on-site registered athlete. Because this event is in open water, on site registrations will go off in order of sign up.
  • A couple hints to guide you with your swim time if this is your first time doing this:

    50-80 SECONDS – (0:50 – 1:20): Super Fast (In contention to win the race and you swim competitively)
    81-105 SECONDS – (1:21 – 1:45): Fast Enough (still starting in the first 1/3 of the event)
    106-130 SECONDS – (1:46 – 2:10): Average Swimmer (Swim well enough and don’t need to stop at the end of each lane line
    131-164 SECONDS – (2:11 – 2:44): Novice (Still getting used to this thing called triathlon)
    165-259 SECONDS – (2:45 – 4:59): Complete Beginner/I want to start at the back

    Please note these are ranges. The best thing for you to do is to time yourself in a pool to get your time. There is no substitute for this.

  • Changing Swim Times: Athletes can request a change in swim time up until Friday, March 31. After that, no changes will be made. To make a change, email Benji at benji@jonesracingcompany.com

Lodging

https://www.choicehotels.com/north-carolina/kernersville/econo-lodge-hotels/nc064/rates?ratePlanCode=LBASEB
Econo Lodge
707 Nc Highway 66 S
Kernersville, NC 27284
(336) 996-3501

Quality Inn and Suites Airpark East
7067 Albert Pick Rd
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 668-3638

Parking

Parking volunteers will be on site to direct people. You will follow Shelton Road down to the marina and then follow the parking volunteers from there. All parking is relatively close to the staging area for the event. Just a short walk.

USAT Rules and Information

USAT Most Commonly Violated Rules

ALL USAT members must show proof of a current membership at packet pick up. If you have recently renewed a membership, then you MUST print out a temporary card or receipt of payment (that shows length of the membership period) to show at packet pick up. We will not take your word for it that your membership is current; you must SHOW us. Failure to do so will result in having to pay the one-day fee of $15.

You can go to the USAT WEBSITE where you can renew your membership or print out a temporary card. You can also renew your membership at packet pick up if that’s easier for you.

If I entered my USAT information when I registered, then why do I need to show my card at packet pick up? USAT rules state that all USAT members must show a valid membership card at packet pick up and failure to do so will result in having to pay the 1-day fee. Our events are sanction by USAT, therefore, we must follow these rules. Our website is not connected to USAT’s website, so the information that you enter when you register could be incorrect. We must physically document the current expiration date of your membership when you pick up your packet as this is the only way we can confirm 100% that your membership is in fact current.

USAT’s “Age Up” Policy:

An athlete’s age for any USAT sanctioned race will be his/her age as of Dec. 31, 2017. The age he/she is on 12/31 will determine his/her racing age group. If an athlete is due to “age-up” into the next group, it will happen at the beginning of the year, not after the athlete’s birthday. This action aligns regular U.S. age group racing with the method used by USA Triathlon for its National Rankings Program and its new Grand Prix Series.

Example: John Smith is 39 and will turn 40 on November 20, 2017.

John will be considered 40 for all 2017 races – and will race in the 40-44 age group at all 2017 races.

Sally Jones is 29 and will turn 30 on July 3, 2017.
Sally will be considered 30 for all 2017 races – and will race in the 30-34 age group at all 2017 races.

Policies and Refunds

REFUND POLICY: 50% of your entry fee will be refunded until March 22, 2017. No refunds will be issued for any reason after March 22. Entries CANNOT be transferred or deferred to another person, event, or year. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this refund policy.

WEATHER POLICY: In the event of inclement the following procedures will be followed:

The event will be postponed until 9:45AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 9:45AM , the event will be changed to a duathlon format.

Every effort will be made to have this event on time on this date. Should this event be cancelled due to an Act of God or other circumstance beyond the race directors control there will be no refunds, credits, or transfers.

NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to this policy. By registering for this event you agree to this weather policy.