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  • Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
  • Location: Charlotte, NC
  • Race Start Time: 1:00 PM
  • Race Distance: Varied Based on Age
  • Registration Closes: Thursday, July 13 at 12pm IF IT IS NOT SOLD OUT
  • Race Cap: 250
  • This event sells out every year – do NOT wait to sign up

Important Details

Race Description

The 8th Annual Kids Tri! Ballantyne presented by Architech Sports & Physical Therapy and Morningstar Storage is all about fun! Kids 6-14 years old will complete a pool swim, outdoor bike (NEW COURSE!) and outdoor run (NEW COURSE!) and celebrate their accomplishment with great food and entertainment along with post race photos with their favorite Mascots. Distances vary by age group. Our Kids Tri! is a great opportunity for kids who like to swim, bike, walk and run to be introduced to the fun variety and many health benefits of multisport training and racing.

Kids who participate in the Morrison YMCA Triathlon Camp this Summer (CLICK HERE for more details-select “triathlon” in keyword search box and “Morrison” in YMCA Branch search box to find the Morrison Family YMCA Kids Summer Triathlon Camp registration links) will be able to put their triathlon camp skills into action and have a boost of confidence when they cross the finish line. This event has sold out in the past so don’t wait to register your child!

Our NEW Preschool Kids Tri! was a huge success last year and we are thrilled to offer this mini multisport event for these 3-5 year olds again. Preschool Kids Tri! will take place at 12:00pm* and the Kids Tri! for 6-14 year olds will start at 1:00pm.

*time subject to change based on the last finisher participating in Tri! Ballantyne

YMCA events offer a valuable and unique marketing opportunity for businesses, while providing a tax-deductible way for our business partners to support our mission. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessie Lindberg at 704-716-4645 or Jessie.lindberg@ymcacharlotte.org

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

New Course Maps coming soon!

Preschool Fun Tri! starts at 12:00pm BEFORE the Kids Tri! Ballantyne and is an un-timed event that is limited to 40 participants. Preschool Kids will have a staggered start (departing one at a time, approximately 30sec apart) to allow each child to reach the opposite side of the pool before the next swimmer starts.

Preschool Fun Tri! Distances: Approximately ~10 yard pool swim, one short bike loop around the Morrison Family YMCA parking lot, and a dash to the NEW finish line.

NOTE TO PARENTS & PARTICIPANTS:
• Parents are allowed to assist their 3-5 year olds during the Preschool Fun Tri!
• Floaties and kickboards are allowed during the Preschool Fun Tri! swim.

Kids Tri! Ballantyne starts at 1:00pm immediately following the Preschool Fun Tri! event. 6-14 year olds will be assigned a number based on their swim time** within their age group and will line up according to their race number – #1, #2, #3, etc. This is a staggered start race (departing one at a time, every 15 seconds) and participants will “snake” under the lane lines to swim one way in each lane. Race officials and volunteers will line up each participant and start them accordingly.

Kids Tri! Ballantyne Distances:
Swim:
12-14 year olds = 150 yards (6 lengths of the pool) This age group will start first in lane # 6 and continue swimming one-way for all of the six lanes before exiting at the pool steps.
9-11 year olds = 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) This age group will line up at lane #4 and will continue swimming one-way down four lanes of the pool before exiting at the steps.
6-8 year olds = 50 yards (2 lengths of the pool) This age group will launch at lane #2 and will continue swimming one-way down two lanes of the pool before exiting at the steps.

**Kids Tri! Ballantyne participants must submit any 50 yard swim time changes to Benji@JonesRacingCompany.com no later than Thursday July 13th (no exceptions)

Bike:
• Kids Tri! Ballantyne participants (6-14 year olds) will bike approximately 3/4 mile loop around the Morrison Family YMCA campus. There will be a short portion of sidewalk riding along Bryant Farms Road & Community House Road. Police and YMCA Volunteers will be present to ensure the Kids Tri! participants are safe.

NOTE TO PARENTS & PARTICIPANTS:

• Participants must bring their own bike and helmet.

Run:
The NEW run courses take place inside the Morrison Family YMCA parking lots and will finish on a nearby sports field. Kids Tri! Ballantyne participants will run a distance based on their age group:
12 – 14 year olds = 1 Mile Run
9 – 11 year olds = 3/4 Mile Run
6 – 8 year olds = 1/2 Mile Run

NOTE TO PARENTS & PARTICIPANTS:
• There are no track/lap counters this year. Participants bib colors will be connected to course directional signs to help runners stay on their specific route.
• Volunteers will be on site to direct each age group runner, but it is the responsibility of the parents and participants to understand their run distance and correct route to ensure they run the correct distance.

Transition Area:
All Preschool Fun Tri! and Kids Tri! Ballantyne participants will exit the pool via the main gate, run along the flags and into the NEW transition area in the Morrison Family YMCA Parking Lot. In the transition area, participants put on their shoes, helmet and bib number. Bikes will be stationed by age group. Participants must push their bike to the designated mounting area before riding onto the course.

NOTE TO PARENTS & PARTICIPANTS:
• NO BIKE RIDING ALLOWED INSIDE THE TRANSITION AREA.
• Mount AFTER the line to start the bike / Dismount BEFORE the line to finish the bike
• Volunteers are in place to help children in need. Parents are NOT allowed to assist their child in the transition area unless they are designated volunteers.
• To volunteer, please contact morrisonvolunteers@ymcacharlotte.org. Please be courteous to transition area volunteers and participants who are still racing.
• Once your child’s age group has completely finished the race, volunteers will direct you to safely enter the transition area in order to collect your belongings without impacting the safety of other participants.

Post Tri! Celebration: Stick around for our 2:00pm Kids Tri! Ballantyne awards ceremony and celebrate with family and friends over DJ music, Food Trucks, Kid Zone games and activities, Awards, Door Prizes and more!

Entry Fees

Kids Tri! Ballantyne

  • $25.00 December 15 – June 15
  • $30.00 June 16 – July 12
  • $35.00 Race Day

Preschool Fun Tri

  • $15.00 December 15 – June 15
  • $20.00 June 16 – July 12
  • $25.00 Race Day
Help A Child THRIVE! – $25
Unable to participate but would like to support Tri! Ballantyne and the YMCA Annual Campaign mission to help under-resourced children in our community? CLICK HERE to donate and help a child THRIVE!

Packet Pickup

Saturday, July 15
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Morrison Family YMCA
9405 Bryant Farms Rd
Charlotte, NC 28277
 
Participant Meeting

Preschool Fun Tri! and Kids Tri! Participant Meetings – Thursday, July 13

Participant Orientation Meetings are scheduled for Thursday July 13 at the Morrison Family YMCA. Please rsvp by Thursday July 6th if you are planning to attend these pre-race meetings.

6:00pm – last names A – L
6:45pm – last names M – Z

Orientations will be divided by event:
• Preschool Tri! – Kids 3 – 5 years old
o 10 yard swim, short bike loop, dash to the finish line

• Kids Tri! Ballantyne – Kids 6 – 14 years old
o Distances vary by age group (6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years)

These orientation meetings will cover pre-race FAQs, course map review and USAT safety guidelines. Helmet checks will be available on site. Please meet on the pool deck at the Morrison Family YMCA.

Tri! Ballantyne Participant Orientation Meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00pm (Last Names A-L) and 6:45pm (Last Names M-Z).

NOTE: Participant Packets WILL NOT be available on orientation meeting days.

Schedule

  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Preschool Fun Tri! Packet Pick Up and Transition Area Open
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Kids Tri! Packet Pick Up, Race Day Registration
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Kids Tri! Transition Area, Timing Chip Pick Up & Body Marking Open
  • 12:00 PM – Preschool Fun Tri! Begins
  • 1:00 PM – Kids Tri! Begins
  • 2:00 PM – Projected Awards Ceremony for Kids Tri! (will be adjusted back on last finisher’s time)

*Schedule subject to change based on when the final Kids Tri! participant crosses the finish line

Participant Meeting

Preschool Fun Tri! and Kids Tri! Participant Meetings – Thursday, July 13

Participant Orientation Meetings are scheduled for Thursday July 13 at the Morrison Family YMCA. Please rsvp by Thursday July 6th if you are planning to attend these pre-race meetings.

6:00pm – last names A – L
6:45pm – last names M – Z

Orientations will be divided by event:
• Preschool Tri! – Kids 3 – 5 years old
o 10 yard swim, short bike loop, dash to the finish line

• Kids Tri! Ballantyne – Kids 6 – 14 years old
o Distances vary by age group (6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years)

These orientation meetings will cover pre-race FAQs, course map review and USAT safety guidelines. Helmet checks will be available on site. Please meet on the pool deck at the Morrison Family YMCA.

Tri! Ballantyne Participant Orientation Meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:00pm (Last Names A-L) and 6:45pm (Last Names M-Z).

NOTE: Participant Packets WILL NOT be available on orientation meeting days.

Timing/Awards

All finishers will receive a participant ribbon and post race refreshments.
Special Awards will be given to the top 3 boys and top 3 girls for each age group.

  • 6-8 year olds (M & F)
  • 9-11 year olds (M & F)
  • 12-14 year olds (M & F)
  • Preschool division is not timed but all participants will receive finisher ribbons

Swim Time Information

All participants must submit a 50 yard swim time for seeding purposes. Any swim time changes can be made by e-mailing benji@jonesracingcompany.com. No changes will be made after July 13.

Being a pool swim with a staggered start, participants are seeded from fastest to slowest with in their age group.

Each participant will be assigned a number based on their swim time within their age group. They will then line up according to their race number – #1, 2, 3, etc. This is a staggered start race where participants will “snake” under the lane lines to swim one way in each lane. The oldest age group launches first at lane #6 departing one at a time every 15 seconds. They continue swimming one-way for all of the six lanes before exiting at the pool steps. Age Group 9-11 will line up at lane #4 and will continue swimming one-way down four lanes of the pool before exiting at the steps. Age group 6-8 will launch at lane #2 and will continue swimming one-way down two lanes of the pool before exiting at the steps. Race officials and volunteers will line up each participant and start them accordingly.

The preschool age group will swim approximately 10 yards. Parents are allowed to assist their Preschool child. Floaties and kickboards are allowed for Preschool kids only. No times are needed to submit for the 3-5 year olds.

FAQ

  • 1. What do I do when I get to the race site?
    After parking, head to the registration tables at the Bojangles Pavilion on race morning to pick up your bib number and timing chip (timing chips are not included in participant goody bags during packet pick up, Preschool kids do not receiving timing chips). From there, you will head to the transition area to set up your TA spot (based on age group and bib number) and additional instructions on where you get your body marked and receive bike mechanic assistance will be provided. Once you have set up your Transition Area (TA), please make your way to the pool deck to prepare for your swim start.
  • 2. What should my child wear to race?
    We recommend a swim suit plus a shirt or race belt to pin your number to. Triathlon tops and shorts (ie. Triathlon kit) is a quick and easy way to swim/bike/run without having to worry about changing clothes. Kids can skip the socks and wear easy to put on Velcro running shoes or sneakers with elastic laces. Remember the goal is for your child to do the race under their own power using their own skills. They will only be empowered if they can do it themselves AND THEY WANT TO…even if it takes a minute or two to put on their shoes, or shirt or belt. Volunteers are on hand to help children if they need it but we try to let the child do as much on their own as possible.
  • 3. Where do I buy a race belt and what is it?
    We will have a limited amount of race belts on hand provided by Jones Racing Company for $7.00 at packet pick-up. A race belt is a simple way to wear your race number without having to pin it to a shirt. It has a clip that snaps simply around the participant’s waist and makes it a breeze to move through transition.
  • 4. Where do I set up my bike? And what do I leave with my bike?
    After checking in, head to the Transition Area and look for the area marked with your age group. Please place your bike, helmet, shoes, bib & towel in the correct age group. Take your goggles and swim cap (optional) with you to the pool. Body Marketing will be located near the transition area where your race number and age will be marked on your arms and legs. Please make sure you are in the participant area on the pool deck at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the race. DO NOT enter the pool through the racing chutes. Access will be through the gated entrance only.
  • 5. What is the order of events?
    1) Swim 2) Bike 3) Run. In our triathlon, you complete the swim and then run to the Transition Area where you will put on your helmet, shoes, shirt and /or race belt with number before starting the bike leg. No bike riding is allowed inside the transition area. Please push your bike to the designated mounting area before starting your bike leg. The designated dismount area will be located outside the Transition Area upon your return from the bike course. Walk your bike back to your Transition Area spot and then head out for the run leg portion. Volunteers will be at the mount/dismount areas to assist.
  • 6. Where should I stand to watch my child race?
    Spectators can view the swim portion of the race from the Wade Pool Area. No parents are allowed inside the Main Pool Area. The exception is if preschool participants need a parent with them. Only one adult is allowed to assist. Exit the Wade Pool Area via the designated spectator exit gate and proceed to the various spectator areas. At no time may you cross the course at random. There will be designated crossing points and viewing points clearly marked and volunteers to assist you. It is a safety concern for people to cross the course at random or be on the race course at any time. Please help us keep our participants safe.
  • 7. Why can’t I stay with my child and follow them the whole race?
    This is by far the most difficult thing to enforce for you want to see your child throughout the whole race. We want you to be able to see them too, safely. Please listen when we say it is a huge safety concern and liability to have you in the race course at any time. Learning from experience when parents are on the course with their child, they tend to neglect any other children that may be on the course. Please cross only at designated crossing spots and watch from designated viewing areas. If you must get closer please consider volunteering for ALL of the participants. Thank you.
  • 8. Why not volunteer?
    If you would like to be closer to the race scene, why not pay it forward and volunteer! We need many people to run this race smoothly. The more people involved the better. Please sign up for volunteering by emailing MorrisonVolunteers@YMCACharlotte.org
Event Description

A fun new addition to our Tri! Ballantyne weekend! Preschool children now have the opportunity to swim-bike-run in our “for fun” multisport event for 3 – 5 year olds. Parents can assist their child and kickboards are allowed during the ~10 yard pool swim. Kids must bring their own bicycle/tricycle and helmet.

Each child will receive a participation award. LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS

Schedule of Events

11:00am – 11:45am – On-site Registration / Packet Pick Up*
12:00pm – Pre School Triathlon / ages 3-5 years (staggered start)

Kids & Preschool Tri! Orientation – Thursday July 13 at 6:00pm (last names “A-L”) and 6:45pm (last names “M-Z”). These orientation meetings will cover pre-race FAQs, course map review and USAT safety guidelines. Helmet checks will be available on site. Please meet on the pool deck at the Morrison Family YMCA.

NOTE: Participant Packets WILL NOT be available on orientation meeting day.

Preschool Tri! Distances

  • Swim: ~ 10 yards (Parents can assist their child; floaties are allowed)
  • Bike: 1 loop (Kids must bring own bicycle/tricycle)
  • Run: dash to the NEW finish line

Policies and Refunds

REFUND POLICY: No refunds will processed for this event. 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 8:45AM in hopes the inclement weather will pass.
If inclement weather does not pass by 8:45AM , 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.