Lake Meridian Triathlon General Information
Photo by Leslie Spero.
Friday, August 11
Time 3:30-6:30 PM at Northwest Tri & Bike Triathlon Shop
5:40 Transition and Packet Pick up Opens
6:30 Athlete Briefing
6:40 Athlete Briefing Ends
7:00 Olympic Men Start
7:03 Olympic Women and Relays start
7:06 Sprint Men Start
7:09 Sprint Women and Relays Start
7:12 Super Sprint athletes Start
8:15 Pancake Breakfast Ready to go!
8:20 First Finishers expected back to the park.
10:30 AM Awards
Awards will be given to the Sprint, Super Sprint, and Olympic athletes. We’ll award the top-3 men and women of each race. Then top 5 in 5 year age groups in the Sprint and Olympic and top 3 in 5 year age groups in the Super Sprint. And the top 3 relays in each race. The awards when the majority of the field has finished for each race at approx. 10:30 AM. All finishers will receive a Lake Meridian medal.
Relay team must consist of at least two members (one person CAN NOT compete in all three legs of a relay). A relay team will be assigned one bib number: the swimmer will pick up the swim cap and timing chip, the biker will pick up the bike number and helmet stickers and the runner will pick up the bib number. Relay teams will transfer the timing chip and ankle strap at their transition spot in the transition area. Relay members don’t have to stay in that area during the entire race, but you must transfer your chips there! All three relay members will receive a finisher medal and a t-shirt. (Please have a team members come to the finish for their medals).
Lake Meridian Triathlon has an incredible group of volunteers who support the athletes leading up to on race day and are easy to identify by their bright green shirts. If you or someone in your support crew would like to join them, please email Patty or watch for Volunteer signups from the homepage. RTB Events will work to make sure they are placed into something they enjoy and works with their schedule. And we will feed them breakfast too!
During the race spectators can enjoy a full Pancake Breakfast for a donation. Breakfast will start about 8:30 AM. The park has a kids play area with a pirate ship to climb on, and a nice beach and dock available to enjoy. There will also be vendors in the park to chat with. Please remind your friends and family that only athletes are allowed in the transition area.
General Course Information
Location: Lake Meridian Park
(course map and directions on Course tab of website)
Super Sprint: 1/4 mile swim, 16.4 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
Sprint: 1/2 mile swim, 16.4 bike, 3.1 run
Olympic: 1.5 K swim, 40 K bike, 10K run
* Changing race distance is allowed at Raise the Bar Events. Please email Kathy to make this happen. She really appreciates some notice prior to race day.
The swim starts about 50 yards out from shore. It’s a deep water start. Our race announcers will help you get to the right place at the right time. Be sure you’re in your wetsuit (if you’re wearing one) and ready to leave shore 15 minutes before your wave starts. Both full or sleeveless wetsuits are allowed but not required. Water temperature is typically in the 60's in June and 70's in August. Warm up to the right of the start area. The course is clockwise around the large colored buoys.
We anticipate all athletes being out of the water and onto the bike course by 8AM. If for some reason you are leaving transition after 8AM, a race staff member or volunteer will happily escort you safely onto the course. We expect our first Super Sprint or Sprint cyclists back at about that same time. Water temperature information can be found here.
The bike course is OPEN to traffic. Police Officers & volunteers will be stationed at intersections where bikes will be crossing traffic. The shoulders on the roads are wide. Obey all rules of the road when riding your bike - including staying as far to the right as possible.
Bike Mechanics will be onsite before the race starts to make minor repairs or adjustments for bikes in ride-able condition. Please bring a bike to the race that is ready to go. But just in case something comes up, they’ll be bike mechanics close to transition. There will also be race support on the bike course to help you out if you run into trouble out there. But make sure you are prepared to fix a flat or put a chain back on. If we can’t get you up and going again, we’ll give you a lift back to transition.
There are some rolling hills on the course - primarily on the Lake Holm/Lake Moneysmith loop on the Olympic Course. There is a climb each direction on Kent-Black Diamond road too.
There will not be an aid station on the bike course for the Super Sprint or Sprint but the Olympic will have one at the turn around at about mile 15. Super Sprint and Sprint athletes: make sure you bring what you need to fuel and hydrate your ride.
BIKE CUT OFF: If you are doing the Olympic course and arrive at the Kent-BD Rd/Lake Holm Rd intersection for the 2nd time (approx 10 mile mark) 1 hour and 40 minutes after you start, you will have to take a left and head back to the park. We regret having to enforce this cut-off but it is for safety reasons so we appreciate your understanding. The athlete will be able to finish the Sprint bike course and continue onto the sprint run course and the finish line. Your time won't be official, but you will be able to feast on pancakes, receive a medal, and maybe win a raffle prize! We want to make sure you can finish your day while we still have our volunteers and safety precautions in place to keep you safe and going the right direction.
The course is 95% paved. The first and last .25 mile outside the park is on the shoulder of an open road. There's also a stretch on the shoulder of SE 256th on the Sprint & Super Sprint run course. City of Police Officers and volunteers are spread throughout the course to make sure you are safe and going the right direction!
There is one very good hill on the Soos Creek Trail that you’ll arrive at .5 miles into the run. It’s a very nice steep downhill. Since the course is out and back, it will also occupy your attention when you’re .5 mile from the finish.