FAQ’s

Questions? We’ve got answers to those most commonly asked.

“What is a PreRace Meeting are they so important?”

Pre-race meeting should be attended by all participants. The talks will focus on our wave starts, course conditions and maps, rules, transition area procedures and most important answer any of your questions. The times for pre race brief will take place at the swim start at 6:45am

“What are the wave start times for the race?”

Half Triathlon -Waves starts will be posted the week before the race. Sprint and Olympic Races are conducted in a TIME TRIAL FORMAT -2 athletes every 2 seconds. (At this time, time trial starts will take place in a first come first serve basis.  This is subject to change at the race directors discretion.  Athletes will be notified via email of any changes.)

“What is the water like for the race?”

The half triathlon will be wet suit legal with water temperatures in the high 60s.  The Sprint and Olympic races are not wetsuit legal as water temperatures average in the low-mid 80s.

“What does it mean that the Chattahoochee Challenge Triathlon is “USAT Sanctioned” and why do I have to pay $12 to become a one-day member? 

USAT, or USA Triathlon, is the national governing body of the sport of Triathlon. Sanctioning an event through USAT means the race is provided insurance for its athletes, race coordinators, and volunteers. As a sanctioned triathlon, all athletes are required to either be an annual USAT member or purchase a one-day membership pass. If you are currently a USAT member please make sure to bring your proof of membership when you pick up your packet. If you do not bring this proof, you will be charged for the one-day membership fee. If you are not an annual member, you will need to purchase a one-day membership (to insure you as a Triathlete) before you are able to pick up your packet. One-day membership costs $12, and will be collected when you pick up your registration, if you have not already paid it online.

“What do I need to bring to the expo/registration?”

  1. If you are NOT a member of USAT (USA Triathlon), you must bring $12 to purchase a one-day membership, if you have not already done so during online registration.
  2. Questions/concerns. There will be volunteers available to answer and all questions about the course, and about the race in general at the packet pick up and registration area.

“How do the transition areas work?

Even though the Chattahoochee Challenge Triathlon is a point-to-point course, there is only one transition area.  Transition in 2011/2012 was conducted on a first come first serve basis.  However, 2013 races will have numbered racks.  Please rack your bike on the rack that matches your number block.

“When does online registration close? Can I still register after that?

Online registration through Active.com will close at midnight on Thursday before each race. You can still register for the races on Friday at packet pick up or on site/transition area on Saturday morning.  Click here to register today!

“What happens if the weather is too bad to race?” 

There are no “rain dates” for TriColumbusGA events. If the weather conditions are  hazardous, Race Management has the right to change or eliminate parts  of the course.  Athletes ourselves, we will do everything in our power to make the race possible.  However, if it is deemed to dangerous to race, or delayed for more than a reasonable amount of time, the event will be  canceled and there will be no refunds.

“Is there an age limit” 

Athletes must be over the age of 18 to participate in the Chattahoochee Challenge Half on their own accord.  Athletes ranging from the ages of 14-17 years of age will be permitted to race upon the discretion of the Race Director and are required to be under the supervision of an USA Triathlon Certified Coach.  This is non-negotiable for liability and safety reasons.  Athletes, under the age of 14, wishing to participate in the Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint or Olympic races are strongly encouraged to be accompanied by an adult.  Athletes, ages 10 or under, wishing to participate in either the Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint or Olympic are REQUIRED to be escorted by an adult for the duration of the event.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the athlete.

“What happens if I register and cannot race?” 

We suggest that you take advantage of the insurance that Active.com provides for an additional $7.  As of the 2014 season, TriColumbusGA will not be able to issue any refunds or transfers.  Entries can be deferred up to 1 year, but will incur a $25 processing fee.

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