RACE DETAILS - Lake Meridian Tri
Packet Pick Up
Time 3:30-6:30 PM at Northwest Tri & Bike
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 Baked Potato Bar (better than pancakes?!) Ready to go!
8:20 First Finishers expected back to the park.
10:30 AM Awards
Packet Pick Up
There will be packet pickup locations on Friday at Northwest Tri & Bike, a full-service triathlon shop with every tri-trinket you could ask for - just ¼ mile from the park. There will also be packet pick-up on Saturday, race morning starting at 5:40 at Lake Meridian Park. Overnight bike racking will not be available.
At packet pick up all athletes are required to show photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. Relay teams must either come together to pick up the packet or will only be given their part of the race packet.
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. Top three overall Clydesdale and Athena athletes will be honored in the Olympic 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.
Award Celebration & Giveaways
Be sure and stay after the race for the awards celebration! Prizes will be given away throughout the celebration. One lucky athlete will win a Cannondale bicycle (value up to $1500) thanks to Cannondale & Northwest Tri & Bike. Every athlete is automatically entered but you much be present to win!
Relays- Sprint and Olympic Relays only
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!
Photos will be taken by local photographers in the Raise the Bar Community. Those photos will be available for download from the Race Facebook Page found Here
If you end up with your chip after the race, please return it to Raise the Bar Events. There is a $20 fee for all chips not collected within 10 days. Please mail the Timing Chip, and a paper with your name and race number in a padded envelope to the address below: Raise the Bar Events 15423 SE 272nd St. Suite #107, Kent, WA 98042.
Parking is extremely limited at Lake Meridian Park. Parking is available at Kent’s Fire Station #75, Automotive complex and Funeral Home plus the neighborhoods beyond the boat launch. We’d suggest you avoid trying to park in the park’s lot of Kent-Kangley altogether and instead head to the boat launch parking lot (again - very limited). Parking at the lake opens at 5:30. Please respect the no parking signs at businesses around Lake Meridian as well. (Parking map at the bottom of this page)
Spectators and Traffic Impact
During the race spectators can enjoy a big meal including a baked potato bar, caesar salad, fruit, and more for $5 per person. That 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.
The bike course travels through the VERY congested intersection of Kent-Kangley road and 152nd (Kent-Black Diamond Rd). There will be police officers and volunteers at that intersection keeping the athletes safe and impacted by traffic as little as possible. PLEASE remind any family members or fans of yours to avoid that intersection if they’re coming to the venue during the bike portion of the race (7:00AM - 10:00AM) They will have better access to the lake coming from the North. Also 256th will be closed between 132nd and 156th from 8-11 AM.