Race Day Info

Start Times

Sprint and Olympic races start at 7:30am. Physically Challenged athletes will begin at 6:50am. Half Triathlon starts at 730am.

Packet Pick Up

Ride On Bikes located at 1036 Broadway Columbus, GA 31901. Their phone number is (706) 324-1132. Packets may be picked up Friday from 4-7pm or Saturday at transition from 500am-6:45am.

All athletes MUST bring all of the following to Packet Pick Up:
1. Government issue valid photo ID
2. Valid USAT card (if a member)

USAT Rules and Regulations

The TriColumbusGA Chattahoochee Challenge Race Series is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. This will mean that all participants will need to be either an annual member of USAT or
procure a one-day membership and sign a waiver. One day memberships for 2015 are $12 which can be purchased during registration.

Bike Check In

Bikes will be checked in race morning only.

Nutrition

Run: Aid Station will be located at 1.5 miles -water and CeraSport will be provided.

Swim Waves

Athletes will start the swim portion of the race from a dock off the stairs at the swim start. (Woodruff Park)
The Olympic triathlon is conducted in wave start fashion.  Athletes will start one at a time and is staged on a first come first serve basis.  We ask if you are a slower swimmer, you stage yourself in the front to middle of the line.

Pre Swim and Wetsuits

The swim will likely NOT be wetsuit legal. Water temperatures are currently hovering around 82 degrees.

The Olympic swim course will be 2 500m DOWNSTREAM loops. Buoys will be set up on along the course.  We ask that you keep buoys on your RIGHT at all times.

Transition

Transition Area for the Olympic Triathlon 2015 will be located across the street from the One Arsenol Parking Lot located off of Dillingham St Bridge. The Columbus Trade Center is located at 801 Front Avenue Columbus, GA 31901-2714

Swim Course

The swim for the Chattahoochee Challenge Sprint and Olympic races will likely NOT be wetsuit legal. Water temperatures are hover around 82 degrees.  The Chattahoochee Challenge Half WILL be wetsuit legal. Water temperatures are typically in the mid 60s.

Bike Courses

The bike course begins and ends on the Columbus Riverwalk. Race in Progress signs will be posted along this stretch and entrances will be blocked. However, this is open to the public. Foot traffic is very light and patrons are accustom to bike traffic. We will have a lead vehicle will clear any traffic. The bike course is loop course, please follow all signs and volunteer instructions. Please be mindful that the City of Columbus is  graciously allowing us to use their property and drop all trash at water stations ONLY. Police and volunteers will be located on the course at critical intersections for your safety.

Technical support will be on the course to assist with emergency repairs whenever possible; but athletes are expected to be able to handle basic repairs (changing a flat, basic adjustments, etc) themselves. Please be self-sufficient.

Run Course

The run course is very flat 1-loop course. Aid stations are located approx. at 1-1.5 miles. Should family and friends wish to send their athlete a motivational message there will be sidewalk chalk available at transition/packet pick up.

Itinerary

Friday Aug 14, 2015:
4-7pm: Packet Pick up in Ride On Bikes (located on Broadway)
6pm: Orientation
Saturday Aug 15, 2015:
5:30am Transition Opens/Race day registration/Packet Pick up
7:00am Transition Closes
7:15am Pre race Brief at swim start
7:25am National Anthem
7:30 Race begins
7:45am Duathlon Run #1 begins above swim start

10:30amish Awards Ceremony

Entertainment

Every Saturday Uptown Columbus hosts “Market Days”. This is an open market downtown full of arts and crafts, fresh veggies/fruit, coffee, and baked goods.

Weather

In the event of inclement weather…There are no “rain dates” for TriColumbusGA events. If the weather conditions are hazardous, Race Management has the right to change, eliminate parts of the course, or delay up to a point. However, if it is deemed to dangerous to race, the event will be canceled and there will be no refunds. Of course, since we are athletes ourselves, we will do everything in our power to have the event, but your safety is of our utmost concern.

Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our Sponsors as this event would not be possible without them. The Sports Council of Columbus, Max Fitness, Ride On Bikes, Below the Knee, the Outside World, Cerasport, Beres Chiropractic, Tires First Rudy Project, Road ID, Uptown Columbus, Columbus Sports Council, the City of Columbus, Columbus Parks and Recreation, Columbus Visitor and Travel Bureau, Multisport Athletics Coaching, Twice the Ice, SLS3, Team Red White and Blue, WRBL, Buffalo Rock Beverages, Kim Mixon – Realtor, the Columbus Police Dept, Reeves Wrecking, Graham Legal, and Southern Glam.

Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer please contact tricolumbusga@gmail.com with availability and Volunteer in the subject line.

Please follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tricolumbusga for updated information as it comes. If you have any questions or concerns please email tricolumbusga@gmail.com.

On behalf of the City of Columbus and TriColumbusGA, we welcome you to our great city. We look forward to seeing you July 20!
Joanne Cogle
Race Director