RainMan Tacoma Morgan YMCA Night Indoor Triathlon ~ March 2nd, 2013

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    The Tacoma Rainman is back again for 2013!  This year we will hold the event at the The YMCA Morgan Tacoma and we are excited to offer it there! It continues to be part of annual RainMan Indoor Triathlon Series that we will expand over time.  You’ll want to read below for some exciting new changes that we’ve made to spruce things up a bit!

    There will be five music themed, off season, training, fun and/or competition RainMan events!  Four of them, including the YMCA Morgan Tacoma RainMan, will be held in the evening into the morning.  The Seattle RainMan will continue to be held during the day.  All will have a music genre theme, starting with the 70′s in Issaquah, the 80′s in Tacoma, the 90′s in Seattle, the 2000′s in Silverdale, and a little bit of everything for the finale in Redmond.  Disco balls, costumes, you name it, we are encouraging it!  You are bound to have fun!  Show up wearing a costume, change into it between the swim and the bike, put on some big hair, or do whatever else you fee like.  We want you to have fun, and with our DJ, disco lights, and prizes for costumes, we expect to party into the night! :-)

    A RainMan Indoor Triathlon offers a unique experience for beginners wanting to try a triathlon for the first time all the way to experienced triathletes who want to launch their triathlon season early or tune up their off season training. With a 15 minute indoor swim in the pool, a 30 minute indoor bike on our Elite Wireless trainers (athletes bring their own bikes), and then a one lap 2.25 mile run outside ( weather dependent ), the RainMan Indoor Triathlon caters to those who want to have a safe first triathlon experience all the way to those athletes who want to compete for the best time.

    Participants start in waves of 12 every 20 minutes, with up to 300 participants total. Participants get a T-Shirt, Post Race Food and a Finishers Medal! We’ll recognize 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall winners with a variety of prizes from our sponsors, like shoes from Road Runner Sports last year. Age group winners will be recognized for 19 and under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and so on… Overall winners will all get trophies and age group winners will receive a metal age group winners plaque.  We will also be working hard with our sponsors to give other prizes to folks.

    Last year we had athletes singing in their waves as they competed to cover the most distance on their bikes while on the trainers. Participants have ranged from 14 to 86 years old! Make sure to join us for this unique and fun experience!

    YMCA Morgan Tacoma RainMan Indoor Triathlon Events:

    • Individual Sprint Triathlon ~ 15 Minute Swim ~ 30 Minute Bike ~ 2.25 Mile Run*
    • Relay Team Sprint Triathlon ~ 15 Minute Swim ~ 30 Minute Bike ~ 2.25 Mile Run*

    * Note: Military Discounts Available ( Valid Military ID Required). Use code “HEROES2013″

    For more information on pricing, dates for price increases and other event related information please visit the “Event Details” tab for this event.

    Where is the YMCA Morgan Tacoma RainMan Indoor Triathlon Held:

    The YMCA Morgan Tacoma RainMan Indoor Triathlon is held in the YMCA Morgan at 1002 South Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98465.  The YMCA Morgan is a popular work out facility/gym for families and individuals alike, with an expansive set of equipment, classes and personal trainers that cater to just about anyone.  There is a great pool, sauna, locker rooms, and much more.  The staff at the YMCA Morgan would be happy to show you around if you’d like a tour.  And in our case of course, a great location to base an indoor triathlon out of.  The address for the gym is 1002 South Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98465.  Click on the link for a map and to get directions to it.

    Event Cost & Registration:

    For event registration fees please visit our registration provider by clicking on the “Register Now” button.   Athletes can register late on RACE DAY from 5:00 pm on.  If you register on the day of the race you forfeit the right to get a T-Shirt and Medal should we run out of them.  Although we usually do go out of our way to make sure you get one.  Registration fees and a list of participants can be found by clicking on the “Register Now” button below.  A price schedule is also listed below.  To get a list of all participants when you get there and select “Search Participants”, just leave the search box blank.

    Note that YMCA members receive a discount on their entry fee. Please contact YMCA Morgan for information on the discount code. Contact information can be found under the “Where” section above.

    * Note: Military Discounts Available ( Valid Military ID Required). Use code “HEROES2013″

    Price Schedule and Information:

    Individual Participant:

    • Base Price: $55
    • $60 On 1/1/2013
    • $65 On 2/24/2013

    Relay Team (Per Team):

    • Base Price: $85
    • $90 On 1/1/2013
    • $95 On 2/24/2013

    Folks wanting to sign up for more than one RainMan event, can receive 20% off on any RainMan event after they sign up for the first one.  For discount codes to use for this please contact us at info@trifreaks.com.  You will need to have signed up for at least one of the RainMan events before we can issue you a discount code.

    NOTE: Late registrants (4 weeks or less before event) run the risk of not getting the right size T-Shirt or swag on race day. For specific details on our policy for swag please see TriFREAKS SWAG Policy.

    Weekend Schedule:

    • Saturday, March 2nd, 2013:
      • 5:00 pm: Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration opens at YMCA Morgan
      • 5:00 pm: Transition area opens at YMCA Morgan
      • 5:45 pm: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start for 6:00 PM Wave
        • Repeated 5 minutes before every wave.
      • 6:00 pm: First Wave Starts for Individual & Relay Indoor Sprint
      • 6:15 pm: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start.for 6:20 PM Wave
      • 6:20 pm: Second Wave Starts for Individual Indoor Sprint
      • 6:35 pm: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start for 6:40 PM Wave
      • 6:40 pm: Third Wave Starts for Individual & Relay Indoor Sprint
      • 6:55 pm: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start.for 7:00 PM Wave
      • 7:00 pm: Fourth Wave Starts for Individual & Relay Indoor Sprint
      • Wave starts continue this way until we are done. :-)
      • 6:45 pm: Post Race Brunch Opens at the “Finish Line Area”
        • Post Race food stays open until the event is done.
    • Sunday, February 17th, 2013:
      • Results for the event are posted and athletes are notified via Facebook and Email.

    Equipment Needed:

    Following is a list of equipment you will need to participate:

    • For the Swim: Swimsuit & Goggles. Note that in a real race many athletes elect to wear a tri suit, bike shorts or whatever they will bike and run in during the swim so they do not have to spend time changing during the transitions.
    • For the Bike: You will need to bring your own bike. The bike MUST HAVE slick tires. Non slick tires damage our trainers, so they are not allowed. We will hook it up to one of our trainers and you can experience the bike portion using your own bike.
    • For the Run: Running Shoes & Socks (Optional if you like to wear your shoes without socks).
    • A head lamp and butt light/reflector for the run.
    • Towels to use during and after the event.

    What to Expect:

    Following is a schedule of events for what you can expect from the indoor triathlon:

    • Arrive one hour prior to your wave.
    • Check in (Drop your bike off, pre-stage your transition area)
    • Everybody will be weighed with their bike.  This is how we set the resistance on the bike trainers to make it fair for everyone.
    • Change into your swim / triathlon gear.
    • Warm up and get ready to have some fun.
    • Participants Complete Their Waves: 15 minute Swim, 30 Minute Bike and then 2.28 mile run
    • Post Race Refreshments and make sure to pick up your personal belongings.

    For additional questions visit our RainMan FAQ. The questions and answers, while not 100% the same for each event, are generally the same.  You can find the FAQ here: http://trifreaks.com/rainman-indoor-triathlon-series-faq/.

    What’s Included In Registration:

    We do our best to keep our costs competitive, and to make sure you guys all get what you pay for we include the following in all our events:

    • A personal experience even if it’s a larger event!
    • A tech t-shirt ( or similar ) and high quality finishers medal!
    • Complimentary registration refund injury insurance!
    • Complimentary Professional Race Photos!
    • And depending on the event additional swag & prizes!

    Wave Start Times:

    You will reserve your wave start time when you register. They are available on a first come first serve basis. Waves hold up to 12 participants, and are available from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM.  Waves starting on the hour, such as 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM are available for relay registration as well.  Waves later in the day may not become available for registration until earlier waves fill up.

    Swim Waves:

    All swim waves will start in 20 minute increments and will keep going until our last wave at 2:00 AM, or until we are done with all athletes (Whichever is sooner).  Waves will be up to 12 people large.  The pool provides a safe environment where nobody has to get swam over like some events have happen a lot.  It works great, and allows both men and women that are faster swimmers to compete against each other.  Or for those that are new to swimming in an event to take their time and feel safe.

    Course Cut Off Times:

    There are theoretically no cut off times.  The exception is the run portion for the last wave.  Runners must be done by 3:15 am.  That gives you 30 minutes to complete the run portion for the last wave, so if you are not able to hold that pace please sign up for an earlier wave.

    • Run Cut Off for Last Wave: 1 Hour & 15 Minutes after start time.

    Packet Pickup Information:

    Please review the above event schedule for specific packet pickup times and locations.  All participants can also pick up their packets the day of the race at the specified times in the weekend schedule.   Pre Race Packet Pickup location will be at YMCA Morgan at the times posted in the above schedule.

    Start Area Check In:

    Transition Area Check In times can be found in the “Weekend Schedule” listed at the top of this page.

    TRANSITION AREA SECURITY: All athletes will be cross checked for their bib numbers and body markings for the race  for permission to enter the transition area. Non participants, and/or anyone not body marked AND in possession of a bib will NOT be allowed inside the transition area.  Absolutely NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!

    ATTENTION: Please do not check your bike in until you are ready to leave it there for the race. For security purposes absolutely no bikes will be allowed out of the transition area once they have been checked in until the events start. If you feel you need to warm up on a bike, bring your commuter bike, or another bike to ride, or warm up on your bike before you check it in. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time to get ready for the swim if you are doing the triathlon or aquabike. You will be able to enter the transition area before your event to check your tires, etc…

    Event Parking:

    Please note parking instructions for race day!  TriFreaks is not responsible for your vehicles should they be towed. And if they block the race they WILL BE TOWED!  Plan ahead, park smart and leave yourself enough time take care of everything you need to take care of the morning of the race.

    Use of Facilities After The Event:

    After you are done with the event you are more than welcome to use the locker rooms to shower, clean up and change.  The saunas, if available, will be open for your use as well.  Use of the weight equipment and other facilities may be limited based on whether the gym is staffed for this at the time of use.  A staff member will be more than happy to show you around if you would like to consider finding out more about the gym and/or are interested in a membership.

    Medical Aid Information:

    While we will do our best to make sure there are no injuries and emergencies, life does sometimes happen this way. In order to make sure we can protect you as best as we can, here will on duty lifeguards at the pool and the local hospital will be on call for their EMT services for any emergencies.

    Before we cover the course info, please note the following:

    Remember, it’s not just about finishing! It’s about the journey, and part of that journey is handling the challenges and tribulations that come along with any part of life.  You may have a flat, be tired, forget something, or have any other number of things happen.  Don’t get frustrated and give up!  Find another way and / or learn to laugh at the situation.  This is not just about a competition, this is about having fun and making new friends as well. :-)

    Transition Area:

    The Transition Area for the race will be right outside the pool area.  We’ll have some music playing for you guys.  The run out exit is located by the patio on southwest side, and the finish line will be right in the parking lot at the front entrance to the YMCA Morgan.

    Each athlete will be able to set up their transition area in a staging area 30 minutes before their wave starts. Volunteers will move athletes gear and bike and set them up on the Elite Wireless Trainer set specifically to their weight. This is where they will go immediately following the swim to begin the bike portion of the race. When the 30 minute bike is complete, athletes will put on their running gear and transition to the run and then Go! Go! Go!

    Swim Course (15 Minutes):

    Waves of 12 athletes will start every 20 minutes.  The first wave will start at the time noted in the event schedule on the “Event Details” for this event. Each athlete completes as many full laps (out and back) of 50 yards as they can within the given 15 minutes.  If you do not think you can finish a full lap in the time remaining of your 15 minutes you should wait inside the pool at the end you originally started on.  Once the 15 minutes are done, we will blow the horn and you will exit the pool and make your way to the trainer with your bike on it.  There will be an official lap counter but each athlete is still responsible for keeping count.

    If you are having difficulty at any point in the swim raise your hand and ask for help. There will be lifeguards on duty for your safety and to assist you.  If you are tired and need to rest for a minute feel free to hold onto one of the lane guides or the side of the pool for a minute.  As long as you don’t pull yourself forward using the sides or lane guides you can resume your swim any time you are ready.

    Bike Course (30 Minutes):

    Each individual MUST HAVE THEIR OWN BIKE. The athlete will stage their transition area, for after the swim, in a pre-staging area. During the athlete’s swim the race crew will move the athlete’s bike and any other staged belongings into the actual transition area, where the bike will be staged on an Elite Wireless Trainer (SUPPLIED BY THE RACE). Each trainer will be individually adjusted to the athlete’s weight. By doing so, athletes that weigh more must produce more wattage to travel the same distance as an lighter athletes. Just like on the real road! When the 30 minutes are completed a race official will announce “FINISHED” and athletes will immediately start their run stage while we record distance traveled and transition the bike. We will have a nice large fan helping cool the riders down while they ride.

    * If you participate in the race with a mountain bike you will need to have slick tires ( no knobs) on your mountain bike. Knobby tires damaged our trainers, so unfortunately we can’t allow them.

    Run Course (2.35 Miles Total):

    Its time to head outside. One 2.25 mile lap to the finish line.  There is a chance, just an itsy bitty little one, that it might be raining. Hence the name RainMan. ;-)  Don’t worry It’ll feel great! And if you do get a little cold you can always take a nice hot shower at the gym or sit in the sauna afterwards.  Now Run Forrest Run! ;-)  For an interactive Run course map click on the following link, Run Map.  The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.

    Please make sure you READ the signs for the course. If you cut the run course short, unintentionally or intentionally we will have to DISQUALIFY your results. Out of all the things I get to do as a Race Director, this is my least favorite thing to do. Please don’t make me do so!

    Hammer Aid Station Info:

    There will be aid stations with water, Hammer Heed and Gels at the following locations:

    • Right before entering the transition area.
    • Right after leaving the pool heading for your bike.
    • Right after you leave your bike heading for the run.
    • Half way through the run course.

    All aid stations will have Water, Hammer HeedTM and some gels as well as light snacks.

    Post Race Food:

    Post race food is served to YMCA Morgan RainMan participants. Food will consist of granola, bagels, peanut butter, Nutella, bread, fresh fruit, & juice! We may have other goodies, but we can’t give it all away

    Awards & Swag:

    • All participants will receive a RainMan Series Technical T-Shirt.
    • All athletes that finish will receive a RainMan Series finishers medal.
    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female overall winners will receive a trophy.
    • Age group winners will receive award plaques.

    NOTE: Award trophies and plaques will be dropped off at the pre race packet pickup location for the event several days after the race.  Mailing them is too cost prohibitive and since there are waves spread out over such a large time we can’t get the results done until later.

    Age groups will be in increments of 10. Under 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, etc… up to 69, and then one group for 70 and over. 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall relay teams will receive one award each.  Due to the very limited field of Athena and Clydesdale, athletes in these groups will be ranked in the regular age group division. If you are in these groups please consider signing up in the Age Group division, as you essentially will race with them anyways.  Why do we do this?  Because there just aren’t enough people participating in these groups, and in the end every single person gets an award because so few people race these divisions.  It kind of defeats the point of doing a race when you get an award no matter what. ;-)

    Note that since both swim and bike events are time based, not distance based, overall placement for awards will be based on a combination of the distance traveled by athletes for their swim and bike sections, as well as their time on the run.

    Event Swag:

    A sneak preview of the front and back of a similar T-Shirt that everyone will get can be found on this page.

    Please review our policy for swag: TriFREAKS SWAG Policy.

    How We Do Award Placement:

    We have been asked how athletes will be placed since both the bike and swim are time based not distance based. Since they are both time based, not distanced based, the two will be converted into distances using a formula. The end result will be that all three events will have distance based results with an average based time needed to finish a true sprint distance triathlon swim and bike section (800 Yard Swim, 13 Mile Bike) based on the distance the athlete covered in the given time. For example, if an athlete took 30 minutes to finish 8.66 miles on the bike, then their time for the bike section for 13 miles would be 45 minutes. Based on the resulting times athletes will be ranked. Time for the run will be actual time needed to finish the 2.27 mile run. Rest assured that your performance is still a measure of where you will be placed and that there’s still the opportunity to be competitive. :-)

    Event Results:

    Event Photos:

    Are you interested in hearing about other folks experience or some pictures?  You can find previous race reports for some RainMan events from other folks at the respective links, along with participant photo galleries taken by people, in this paragraph.  We will add more galleries as we find them and folks share them.

    Athletes instructions for this event will be posted as we get closer to the event.

    We look forward to making sure you all have a great time!

    The TriFreaks Inc. Team.

    TriFreaks is delighted to announce that Sammamish Valley Cycle is providing bike support for the RainMan Indoor Triathlon YMCA Morgan Tacoma.  In their own words:

    Ever since its founding in 1981, Sammamish Valley Cycle has been about a passion for the sport of cycling. Over the years, we’ve evolved into one of the Pacific Northwest’s best bike shops, with extensive experience and expertise in road, mountain, triathlon, track and randonneuring. All owners and employees are avid cyclists and we take your cycling seriously.

    Although we have a reputation for being one of the premier road and triathlon shops, we still endeavor to excel in all aspects of cycling to help you find the right hybrid, mountain, or children’s bike, explain the latest in generator lighting systems, and help with the myriad of clothing and accessories you might need.

    Through the years of working with the Seattle International Randonneurs (SIR), Team in Training, various local racing teams and our loyal customers, we’re driven to offer you the best bicycles, accessories, service and advice to make your cycling experience the best it can be. We only offer products that we use and endorse, and will always strive to give you our best in service or sales. We’re about quality and that goes for both our product offerings as well as our personal interactions. Cycling is fun and we want to share our enthusiasm with you.

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