FAQs

FAQs

Packet Pickup

  • Locations and Times
    • Indian Creek Recreation Area
    • Sunday, June 9th, 2019
    • Swim: 400 or 800 meters
    • Bike: 20 Miles
    • Run: 3.1 Miles
  • Course Cutoff Times
    • Swim – 8:30am (This allows minimum 40 minutes to swim 880 yards or 4:30/100 yd pace)
    • Bike – 10:00am (This requires a 13.5 mph average for 18 miles)
    • Run – 11:00am (This allows a 19:20/mile pace for 3.1 miles)
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  • Procedures:
    • ONLY YOU can pick up your race packet and race bib. This is a USAT rule and as Indian Creek Triathlon is a USAT Sanctioned event we will abide by these rules. Please have your photo ID and USAT card or one day license present to prove that it is in fact you who is picking up your packet.
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  • T-shirt Exchange:
    • We will only be able to provide you with the shirt size that you requested during registration. If the fit is not quite right or if you selected a wrong size, please bring your shirt with you to the race. After the race we will allow any t-shirt swaps that we have shirts left for. If you registered after June 1st, we cannot guarantee your shirt size.

 

Race Day

  • Schedule of Events
    • 5:30- Transition, Packet Pickup, and Race Day Registration opens
    • 6:45- Water support on water, swim warm up allowed
    • 7:15- Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration closes
    • 7:15- Transition closes (everyone OUT)
    • 7:20- Pre-race announcements on the beach
    • 7:30- Race Starts
    • 8:45- Anticipated first finisher
    • 9:30- Transition expected to open (closed until last bike is off the course)
    • 10:15- anticipated finial finishers
    • 10:30- Awards and door prizes
    • 11:00- Party on, but we will start to pick up (feel free to help!)
  • Directions – 100 Campground Rd., Woodworth, LA 71485 (Google Maps will tell you to turn on Forestry Rd. DO NOT DO THIS.)
    • From I-49: Take exit #73 (Hwy 3265 / Robinson Bridge Rd.)
    • Travel WEST along Robinson Bridge Rd. for ~2.0 miles
    • Turn LEFT onto Indian Creek Rd. and travel ~1.3 miles
    • Turn LEFT into Indian Creek Recreation Area
    • The transition area is ~2.0 miles down this road on the left
    • Parking is a 1⁄4 mile PAST transition
  • DO NOT SPEED AT ANY POINT WHEN YOU GET OFF THE INTERSTATE.
  • The police take their speed limits VERY seriously and that is a good thing. Safer roads for you to ride on….
  • Park Admission – You will pass a guard house along the road into the park, please let them know you are racing and you will not have to pay. If any spectators are coming to watch, there is a $7 fee per car to get into the park. Please understand that these fees keep this park open and beautiful and are a small price to pay for this venue. FRESHJUNKIE Racing pays the entrance fee on the athlete’s behalf for every racer that enters the park, but spectators in separate vehicles need to pay.
  • Parking– DO NOT park along the main road or around the transition area. You will be parked in your own way on the race course and may get towed. Instruct your family and friends of this as well. There will be PARKING signs and an attendant to help guide you to your spot.
  • Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup
    • Race day registration will be avalible from 5:am (bring you ID and USAT card) for those of you who are last minute racers. The fee will be $115 per person and we cannot guarantee any race SWAG for race day registrants.
  • Transition
    • There are restrooms in the pavilion where the finish area is and restrooms and showers in the bathhouse near the beach where the swim is.
    • Body marking: race number on both upper arms and race age on left calf
    • ONLY ATHLETES ARE ALLOWED IN TRANSITION AREA
    • We will have USAT official on site. If your leg goes over your bike you MUST have a helmet on. This goes for BEFORE and AFTER the race. The penalty is disqualification for the day. WEAR YOUR HELMET.
    • Bike Rack Assignments: The racks will have signs on the ends identifying which numbers goes on that row. 8 bikes will need to fit on each rack (4 on each side of the bar) so please be considerate of your fellow triathletes with your stuff and RACK BY YOUR SEAT.
    • We are using tradition timing chips with an ankle strap. You will get your timing chip the morning of the race at the timer’s tent. DO NOT FORGET YOUR TIMING CHIP

Swim Waves: 
Self-seeded rolling start with the 400 meter swimmers starting first.

  • There will be kayaks, paddle boards, and sheriff boats on the water for support. You are allowed to hold on to any of these things as long as they do not give you forward progress. Should you want to withdraw from the race, let a swim support volunteer know and they will assist you. Make sure to turn your timing chip on so we know you are out of the water and off the course.
  • The turns will be marked with LARGE YELLOW buoys. Smaller orange buoys will be In line to help with sighting. Keep the buoys on your right at all times as the course is a clockwise loop.

Bike Course

There is one road that goes into and out of the park. You will be biking out and bike in on this road. Campers and other Indian Creek Park users will also be trying to get into and out of the park on race day. PLEASE be alert and careful. We will be communicating with vehicles and asking them not to pass any bikers. USE CAUTION if you try to pass a vehicle. There can potentially be two-way vehicle traffic so you should NOT cross the center line. Stay on the right side on the way out and the right side on the way in (normal lane usage)

The course is open to traffic. Awe have police and volunteers at corners and intersections, but know that we can’t keep all vehicles off the course. It is your responsibility to ride safe and be alert. Stay on the far right side of the lane unless you are actively passing another rider.

The turnaround (10 miles in) will be marked with a cone, a police officer and a volunteer. You are turning around on a two lane road. Slow your speed and unclip your shoes to avoid a spill

There are no aid stations on the bike course so plan your nutrition accordingly.

You DO NOT have to wear your race bib on the bike. Make sure your frame sticker is placed on your bike and that your helmet sticker is placed ON THE FRONT of your helmet.

This is a USAT sanctioned event and there is pride on the line. We will have USAT officials on the course looking for rule violations and giving penalties. It is YOUR job to know the rules and NOT break them. (See USAT rules)

As we are all ambassadors of this sport, it is expected to self govern and make others aware of rule infractions on the course. DO NOT be mean or confrontational under any circumstance. A new triathlete may be violating a rile they are unaware of. A courteous acknowledgement maybe all that is needed to get that drafter off your wheel. If another racer notifies you of a rule you may be breaking, don’t be mad or argue, they are likely trying to help you. If you cannot be courteous in response, just remain quiet. ONLY a USAT official can asses a penalty. All penalties assessed are the decision of the USAT official and the Race Director. Decisions are final.

Run Course

    • The run course is simple out and back course. You will be running along camp road and for many of you, there will be bikes coming in and possibly cars coming in and out. Two way run traffic will be on the same side of the road. You will see orange cones in one of the lanes. Keep these cones on your left for the run out and keep them on your right for the run back. Please be aware of other runners and be courteous to oncoming runners.
    • There will be an Aid Station on the run course. We will have water and PowerAde at the aid station.

Finish Area

We will have food, water, PowerAde and some adult beverages for our athletes. Please tell your friends and family who are coming to watch you to pack their own ice chests. We need to be sure we still have food and drinks for our racers that enjoy the courses longer than the speedsters up front. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

IF your tri-team or club has tents or flags you want to put up around the finish area, please do so! You can unload all of your things near the finish area on your way in before you park in the morning. Please, no parking around the finish area. (There won’t be as much room for your tents)

Award Ceremony

We expect the awards ceremony to start at 10:30, but this may have to be adjusted depending on course and racer finish times. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO CLAIM YOUR AWARDS. We WILL NOT mail your awards to you. If you placed, hang around or have someone hang around for you. Seriously, don’t send an email saying “I didn’t know I won when I left….” Thanks!

Overall Awards

Overall Male and Female Finishers- Places 1st-3rd

Overall Male and Female Masters (age 40-49)- Places 1st– 3rd

Overall Male and Female Grand Masters (ages 50+)- Places 1st-3rd

Age group awards are given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups:

  • <20
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65+

Door prizes will be awarded at random or at not-so-random after the other awards are given. You MUST be present for your door prize and you MUST have your bib with you.

Other Post Race Items

Race Results will be posted on our Facebook page and on our website shortly after the race is over. Our timer is Cajun Timing and you can find their website at cajuntiming.com

Weather Contingency & Medical Plan

  • Below is an illustration of our planning and processes involved in making changes to the race day schedule and/ or events. Ultimately there are only 4 options available due to lightning, heavy rains, hurricane, or community disaster. The options in order of preference are:
    • Change of race start time on the scheduled date
    • Modification of race format.
    • Cancellation of event.
  • FRESHJUNKIE Racing Refund Policy:
    • If inclement weather or any other cause forces the revision or cancellation of any event, funds will not be refunded. These acts are god are out of the Race Directors control and therefore the event will not refund monies collected to host the planned events.
    • If a racer is unable to compete due to personal reasons, it is up to the Race Director’s discretion to transfer entry into an upcoming race but the general policy is no transfers. Exceptions can be made, this must be requested before the last day before the race and the Race Directors decision is final. There are no refunds.
  • Recommendations:
    • The Race Director or Course Director makes the call to remove individuals from the field of activity. The Co- Race Director is the designated weather watcher utilizing local resources and the internet. Safe locations for events will be personal vehicles, first responder vehicles if allowed, and permanent mortar and black buildings. Skill level of all athletes must be considered.
  • Re-location and evacuation of volunteer groups:
    • Race Director notifies coordinators/ group leaders and being volunteer removal from field of activity. Parking areas must be accessible in the event of inclement weather.
  • Communication Plan:
    • The Race Director will initiate calls and discuss options and final decisions with all key personnel. In addition, all spectators will be informed of the weather situation and decisions affecting the race by PA system and bullhorn along course. This procedure will be discussed at the volunteer briefing and pre-race meetings.
  • Lighting
    • Since lightning is perhaps the most common and dangerous weather condition encountered by Race Director, the recommendations by the NCAA and NSSL will be followed during the event. Both agencies strongly recommend terminating activity when the lightning is six miles away since there is a strong probability that the next strike will be within six mile radius of the previous strike to ground.
  • Flash to Bang Method
    • Since it is unsafe to being an event if lightning is present, the race will be delayed until the lightning is passed and area is safe. The National Athletic Trainer’s Association recommends the flash to bang method for determining the distance strikes near to your area. This method states that one should begin counting on the lightning flash and one should stop counting when the associated clap of thunder is heard. Then divide the time to thunder (in seconds) by 5 to determine the distance (in miles) to the lightning flash. For example, an observer obtains a count of 30 seconds from the time he spots the flash to when the thunder is heard. Thus, that lighting flash was 6 miles from the observer. The 30 second flash to bang count is recommended as the shortest allowable time to consider resumption of activity. As the count account approaches 30 all activities should be postponed and all persons should be seeking a safe location. Another recommendation is that one uses the 30-30 rule which states that if an event is suspended die to the 30 second flash to bang method, one should wait at least 30 minutes from the sounds of the most recent thunder to resume activity.
  • Heavy Rain
    • While heavy rains are a real possibility there is no standard on how much rain is too much rain; the Race Director must rely on instincts, racer skill levels, communication from course monitors, and law enforcement input to make the decision as to when the course is no longer safe.
  • Heavy Wind/ Tornadoes:
    • There is no set rule regarding on how much wind is too much; the Race Director must work with the race staff, law enforcement, and local weather to determine if the course is safe.
    • In the event of heavy winds the Race Director should secure all equipment from falls and communicate with all involved that a tornado warning has been issued. All parties should be instructed to move to a safe structure and take shelter. If a shelter is not available all parties are instructed to stay out of their cars and move into a shelter or lie flat on the ground in a ditch or depression and cover their heads or wear helmets.
  • Extreme Heat:
    • Many events are held in hot and humid conditions and it is the Race Directors responsibility to prepare for heat related issues. We will alert athletes before event of the possibility of extreme hear. We will provide adequate hydration options via water coolers, bottled water, sports drinks, wet towels, fruit and electrolyte capsules before, during, and after the event. EMS services will be on site and on call as well as adequate medical services at the finish line including catchers to lead racers to the medical tent.
  • Wetsuits
    • Pursuant to USAT guidelines wetsuits will be allowed when water temperatures are 78 degrees and below. Above 78 degrees and below 84 degrees wetsuits are allowed but the racer will not be eligible for awards. 84 degrees and above wetsuits are prohibited due to severe likelihood of dehydration.