TriFreaks Kirkland Triathlon ~ Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Sponsored by Cobalt Mortgage

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    TriFREAKS is excited to announce that we will be producing the 2014 TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon. This will be the 11th year a triathlon will be held in the beautiful city of Kirkland.  We are very pleased to announce that this year’s event is sponsored by Cobalt Mortgage.

    The TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon offers Pacific Northwest locals, as well as visitors, a great day in beautiful Kirkland. Among all the wonderful local activities and sights to see, we are delighted to feature a sprint distance triathlon, duathlon and aquabike, a Try A Tri at the beautiful Juanita Beach Park in Kirkland Washington. The TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon will also feature a pre-race expo, post-race food, and more. Temperatures for September typically range in the 60s to 70s, and we’ve designed a bike ( 2 laps ) and run course that will have a little bit of everything. Expect some uphills, downhills and flat sections on both the bike and run. In general we’ve done our best to minimize the number of turns you have to take and are doing our best to work with the city to make this a fun, challenging and safe course.

    NOTE: The City of Kirkland will produce a Kids Triathlon independent of this event.  Please visit the City of Kirkland Kid’s Triathlon website or call 425-587-3300 for more information on the Kids Triathlon.

    KITH-Logo.webWe are excited to announce that we are partnering with KITH (Kirkland Interfaith Transitions In Housing) this year as our fundraising non profit. KITH’s Vision is to assist individuals and families who are facing a crisis of homelessness by providing housing and services to help them become stable and self-sufficient. Giving them a fresh start to a new future.

    KITH provides great services to the community and would greatly appreciate your support.  Also, please, if you, or someone you know, is able to help at the Kirkland Triathlon, contact us at volunteer@trifreaks.com.  We are always in need of more volunteers, and the more folks that help the more fun it becomes!

    TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon Events:

    • Individual Sprint Triathlon ~ .5 Mile Swim ~ 13.9 Mile Bike ~ 3.11 Mile Run*
    • Relay Team Sprint Triathlon ~ .5 Mile Swim ~ 13.9 Mile Bike ~ 3.11 Mile Run*
    • Individual Sprint Duathlon ~ 3.11 Mile Run ~ 13.9 Mile Bike ~ 3.11 Mile Run*
    • Relay Team Sprint Duathlon ~ 3.11 Mile Run ~ 13.9 Mile Bike ~  3.11 Mile Run*
    • Individual Sprint Aquabike ~ .5 Mile Swim ~ 13.9 Mile Bike*
    • Relay Team Sprint Aquabike ~ .5 Mile Swim ~ 13.9 Mile Bike*
    • Try A Tri ~ .25 Mile Swim ~ 6.45 Mile Bike ~ 3.11 Mile Run

    * Note: Military Discounts Available ( Valid Military ID Required)

    The courses are great and we will offer all of you some great swag, post race food, and trophies. We’re working hard with the community to make this a fun, rewarding, competitive as well family centric event.

    We’re super excited about The TriFREAKS Inc. Kirkland Triathlon, and about seeing all of you there! To register and get some great early bird rates click on the register now button!

    Where is the Kirkland Triathlon Held:

    The Kirkland Triathlon is held in beautiful and newly updated Juanita Beach Park.  Juanita Beach Park is a popular place for families and individuals alike, with an expansive beach front with large grassy fields, a beach and docks for boats to drop off and pick up passengers. For families there is a playground, swing set, beach with shallow-end swimming and picnic areas. Juanita Beach is also a social hang-out that’s good for sunbathing, docking the boat in the water just off shore, and beach volleyball games.  And in our case of course, a great location to base a triathlon out of.  The address for the park is: 9703 NE Juanita Dr., Kirkland, WA 98034.  For a map of the park and to get directions to it click here.

    Event Cost & Registration:

    For event registration fees please visit our registration provider by clicking on the “Register Now” button.   Athletes can register late during Packet Pick-Up times and  on RACE DAY morning from 5:30 on with a $10.00 increase to price.  Registration fees and a list of participants can be found by clicking on the “Register Now” button below.  To get a list of all participants when you get there and select “Search Participants”, just leave the search box blank.

    Weekend Schedule:

    • Saturday, September 20th, 2014
      • 1:00 pm: Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration opens at Everyday Athlete in Kirkland.
      • 5:00 pm: Packet Pick Up Closes for the day.
    • Sunday, September 21st, 2014:
      • 5:00 am: Packet Pick-Up & Late Registration opens at Juanita Beach Park
      • 5:00 am: Transition area OPENS FOR ALL EVENTS at Juanita Beach Park
      • 6:40 am: Transition area CLOSES FOR ALL EVENTS
      • 6:45 am: Mandatory Pre-Race Meeting at Swim Start
      • 7:00 am: Triathlon & Aquabike Swim Waves Start Every 3 Minutes
      • 7:00 am: Duathlon Mass Start Begins
      • 7:45 am: Post Race Brunch Opens at the “Finish Line Area”
      • 9:30 am: Awards Ceremony Starts at the “Finish Line Area”
      • 10:00 am: Bike Route Cut Off.  Mandated by City of Kirkland.
      • 11:00 am: Run Route Cut Off.  Mandated by City of Kirkland.
      • 11:00 am: Adult Post Race Brunch Close

    Swim Waves:

    All swim waves will be self select and will start in 3 to 5 minutes increments based on how many participants are in each category.  Waves will be up to 75 people large.  By self select we mean that you decide what wave you want to go in.  The system is designed to let the competitive swimmers go first, then the not so competitive swimmers.  It 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. :-)

    Course Cut Off Times:

    Cut Off Time for each section of the event are as follows:

    • Swim Cut Off: 8:15 am *
    • Bike Transition Cut Off: 8:30 am **
    • Bike Course Cut Off: 10:00 am **
    • Run Cut Off: 11:00 am **

    * Note: Swim cut off times are subject to change. They are based on 45 minutes after the last swim wave starts.
    ** Note: This time may change as it is based on when the last swim wave starts.

    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 morning at the specified times in the weekend schedule.   Pre Race Packet Pickup location will be at Everyday Athlete in Kirkland, WA from the dates and times also posted in the above weekend schedule.  Packet Pickup will be available at Juanita Beach Park the morning of the race as well, starting at the times listed in the above weekend schedule.

    Start Area Check In:

    Transition Area Check In: opens on Sunday, September 21st at Juanita Beach Park from 5:00 am until 6:40 am.

    TRANSITION AREA SECURITY: All athletes will be cross checked for their bib numbers and body markings and security wrist bands issued for the race  for permission to enter the transition area. Non participants, and/or anyone not wearing a security wrist band 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…

    HELMETS: Helmets are required at ANY TIME you are on a bike! Not wearing your helmet, even if you are just riding your bike to the transition area to check it in, or riding another bike to warm up, is grounds for DISQUALIFICATION! These are USAT RULES and they are there to protect you and us from injuries and/or any results thereof.

    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.  There will be NO PARKING INSIDE Juanita Beach Park.  Parking will be available across the street, just north of NE Juanita Dr on the grass fields.  There are also many Parking spots on the local roads outside the park.  As of this time there is no drop off area before the event, however we are considering making the round about accessible the morning of the race for folks to be dropped off with their bikes.  Parking here, even for a couple of minutes will not be an option.  Violators will be ticketed!  We’re not trying to be difficult.  On the contrary, we’re trying to make sure everyone can have a good experience, so this is enforced to keep things moving for everyone.

    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, we have provided the evacuation route to the right for our emergency crews. Particularly for the swim section, all boats will be instructed to take emergencies to the NE section of the boardwalk, where we can safely avoid the majority of activities in the park to safely get anyone out that needs to be evacuated.  Emergencies will be taken to: Evergreen Hospital Medical Center (12040 NE 128th Street, Kirkland, WA 98034 | Tel. #: 425.899.3000).  For first aid and other minor issues, please report to the check in / registration area close to the finish line, where we will have first aid supplies available as well as an EMT.

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

    For the TriFREAKS Kirkland Triathlon all events will start out of the Juanita Beach Park. Late registration, packet pickup, post race food and awards will also be at the Juanita Beach Park. Please review the “Event Details” tab for more info. For directions to the park click here.

    Kirkland Triathlon Transition Area:

    The transition area for the event is a short flat run from the swim start/finish area and is located on the west most paved parking lot area of the park.  There will be water bins that you can step in and out of to clean off your feet before slipping into your biking shoes to start the bike course after finishing your swim.  The image to the right shows the layout for the transition area.  There will be both porta potties right by the transition area as well as the facilities that are in the park.

    Note: The park facilities provide outside showers that can be used to rinse off after the race.

    When you are done swimming, you will exit through the Swim Out arch at the beach.  The short path from the water exit to the paved path that leads to the transition area will have outdoor rug on it to protect your feet.  The path will be closed off to keep spectators out to allow you a clear transition to your bike.  As long as spectators stay off the path this is a great area for them to cheer you on.  The image to the left shows the swim to bike transition flow.Our transition areas are laid out according to USAT rules, making sure everyone travels the same distance to get from one area to the next.

    Kirkland Triathlon Swim Course:

    The Sprint swim course is one counter clockwise lap (.5 miles) around the course.  The Try a Tri will be half that distance (.35 miles) For details on direction to swim, where to turn, etc… please click the image to the right for a larger view of the swim course or review the interactive swim course map by clicking the link below.  Note that while the last .10 miles are considered part of the swim the water is relatively shallow there, so it is likely that you may be able to walk.  Whether you do so is your choice.  Often walking is slower than swimming if you are a average to good swimmer.

    All swim waves are self select seating. Meaning, you select what wave you are in. If you are a faster swimmer you should be in the first waves, and if you area a slower swimmer you should be in the later waves. If you intend to make an attempt to win the event, or place, then you should pick the first wave. We will provide further instruction, as well as create the waves on the spot during race day.

    The following open online maps for the Sprint and Try a Tri swim:


    Kirkland Triathlon Bike Course:

    The Kirkland Triathlon bike course is either a two lap or one lap course depending on what event you do.  We have chose this course to minimize the number of times you have to turn as well as cross major intersections.  The course is of course hilly ( It’s impossible to find a flat course in Kirkland ), however you’ll enjoy both the up and downhill sections.  The work you put in to go up will be rewarded on the downhills.  The Sprint bike course is two laps for a total of 13.93 miles.  The Try a Tri is one lap of the same course, so 6.97 miles.  There are no aid stations on the bike course, although we will have one right outside the park where you initially enter the bike course.  Make sure you carry enough water with you if you need water during the ride.  For detailed maps please review the interactive bike course maps below or please click the image to the right to get a larger view.  The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.

    The following open online maps for the Sprint and Try a Tri Bike Course:

    Note: If you’d like elevation gain information for the bike course make sure you click the “Elevation” button at the bottom of the screen while viewing the online interactive maps.

    Kirkland Triathlon Run Course:

    The run course is 3.11 miles for all events and is about as flat as a course gets within Kirkland. Total elevation gain for the run is 184 feet.  For the duathlon participants will run the run loop first, then do the bike course, and then do another lap on the run course.  Participants of the Try a Tri do the same 3.11 mile run distance as all the other participants.  There will be an aid station at the half way mark on the run.

    For detailed maps please review the interactive bike course maps below or please click the image to the right to get a larger view.  The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.

    The following is an online map for the Sprint and Try a Tri Run Course:

    Event Flow Within the Park:

    For a better idea of how the event will flow within the park please see the image to the right.  You will note how the runs leave and enter the park, as well as how the bike out and in works and where the finish line will be located.  If you have questions you can always ask them at the mandatory pre-race meeting.

    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 transition area with your bike.
    • Right at the area that marks one lap on the bike course.
    • Right after leaving the transition area for your run.
    • At the half way mark for the run course.

    The course maps have the aid stations marked if you’d like to review them. All aid stations will have Water, Hammer HeedTM and some gels as well as light snacks.

    Post Race Food:

    Peanut butter, bananas/fruit, bread and/or bagels, and more.

    Awards & Swag:

    All athletes receive a finishers medal. Awards will be announced according to the weekend schedule on the “Event Details” tab.  We realize that the faster athletes may need to wait a bit for the awards ceremony.  In fairness to everyone, and to promote sportsmanlike conduct, please get comfortable, stick around, and cheer those on that may not be as fast as you are.  They are working just as hard, and in some cases much harder to get to the finish line and deserve to be cheered as much as everyone else.

    Awards will be given for the following placements:

    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall male & female for Sprint Triathlon.
    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall male & female for Sprint Aquabike & Dathlon.
    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd male & female age group Sprint Triathlon winners receive award plaques.*
    • 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall relay teams.

    *Note: Age groups will be in increments of 5. Under 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, etc… up to 69, and then one group for 70 and over.  Aquabike and Duathlon age groups do not receive age group awards.  They do receive overall awards for 1st through 3rd place.  At this time there are not enough participants in these categories, and every single person would receive an award, which kind of defeats the purpose of having awards.  If this changes we will provide age group awards for these categories as well.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter.  If we didn’t have to pay the bills our preference would be to give everyone awards!  You guys all work hard.  Unfortunately there is this thing called reality…

    *Please note that due to the limited number of participants in the clydesdale and athena groups we are not able to provide separate awards for these divisions. They will still receive their USAT rankings as such, however will be grouped into the regular awards for the awards ceremony. We appreciate your understanding, and assure you that we will watch and make sure to change this policy as the participation in these categories grows.

    Finally, please note that Try a Tri participants do not get awards.  You will receive all Swag and Finishers Medals, however the point of doing a Try a Tri is to try things out, not to compete against each other.  In light of promoting a less competitive environment, we do not give participants in the Try a Tri awards.  We hope you understand our decision and appreciate the less competitive environment this division offers.

    Event Swag:

    In an effort to give those that do not want a shirt the choice for a lower price this year, we are offering those that want a shirt to pay for a T-Shirt.  Those that purchase a shirt prior to the deadline of two weeks before the event will receive one.  Those that do not purchase one or miss the deadline to register in time to have the option to purchase one will NOT receive a shirt.  If you want a shirt make sure you register in time!   You’ll receive your finishers medal when you hand in your timing chip at the finishers line.

    Lodging Information:

    There are several lodging options available close to the race start area.  You can find a list of them at the following website: http://www.explorekirkland.com/Stay/hotels_motels.htm.  Explore Kirkland is also a good site to find out what else there is to do in Kirkland, where to go eat and where to find entertainment.  We look forward to seeing you here and hope you have a great stay!

    Directions to the Kirkland Triathlon held at Juanita Beach Park:

    Southbound on I-405:

    • Head South on Interstate 405 towards Kirkland.
    • Take Exit 20 ( NE 124th St. ).
    • Turn right at the end of the off ramp, heading West on NE 124th St.
    • Stay on NE 124th St. for approximately one mile, then turn left onto 100th Ave NE.
    • Continue on 100th Ave NE, which turns into NE 120th Pl and then into 98th Ave NE.
    • You will continue to follow this road for approximately .5 miles, at which point you will turn right onto NE Juanita Dr.
    • Continue West on NE Juanita Dr. for .2 of a mile.  Juanita Beach Park is on your left.

    Northbound on I-405:

    • Head North on Interstate 405 towards Kirkland.
    • Take Exit 20A ( NE 118th St. ).
    • Turn left at the end of the off ramp, heading West on NE 118th St.
    • Stay on NE 118th St. for approximately one mile.  Continue straight through the next major intersection.
    • NE 118th St. turns into NE Juanita Dr.  Continue West on NE Juanita Dr. for .2 of a mile.  Juanita Beach Park is on your left.

    Access to Juanita Beach Park via Local Back Roads:

    • For directions on how to get to Juanita Beach Park via local back roads please use Google Maps by clicking here.

    For 2013 we are including event photos for everyone in the price of registration.  We are tired of folks getting charged $40 plus dollars in some cases for a digital photo.

    Following are previous and current results and photos:

    *Will be posted when available.

    Dear Participants,

    Thank you for joining us for the TriFreaks Kirkland Triathlon.  We are very excited about the opportunity to carry on the tradition of holding the annual triathlon in the City of Kirkland.  We are less than a week out now, so wanted to make sure we touch bases with you.  We look forward to having all of you out to the race and making it the best experience we can make it for you.  We are excited for all of you to do well!

    Volunteer with us!   If you have a friend, family member, significant other or spouse that could  help out at the event we would always appreciate it. We offer some great perks for our volunteers including discounted registration on future races and free food. Visit the volunteering webpage or send an email to volunteer@trifreaks.com for opportunities or to let us know you’d like to volunteer.  Thank you in advance for your help!

    Following are Important Things To Note for the Race:

    The Kirkland Triathlon Weekend Schedule:  Take some time to review the information and weekend schedule at: http://trifreaks.com/trifreaks-kirkland-triathlon/.  Most important details for before the race can be found under the “Event Details” and “Course Details” tab.

    Packet Pickup / Check In Location & Offline Registration Information:  Packet Pickup, Offline Registration and Check In will be held at Everyday Athlete on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  All athletes will receive 15% off their in store purchases on regularly priced items.  Note that these purchases are not eligible for Everyday Athletes customer rewards program.  We encourage you to pick up your packets on Saturday versus at the race to help us focus on race production the day of the race.  For those of you that can’t make it, there will be day of packet pickup from 5:00 AM to 6:30 AM at Juanita Beach Park.  Please visit the event page for address information and other details.  All information can be found under the various tabs at: http://trifreaks.com/trifreaks-kirkland-triathlon/.

    Course Routes:  All course routes are available on our website under the “Course Details” tab at: http://trifreaks.com/trifreaks-kirkland-triathlon/.  Make sure you review them!  The course will be well marked, however it is your responsibility to know the course as well.  When in doubt, follow the signs.  Our volunteers are there to help keep you safe, not provide instructions on where to go.  If you ask them where to go and they point you in the wrong direction is it not their fault or ours.  Often these volunteers make themselves available shortly before the race and they may or may not know the course.

    Water Temperatures & Wetsuits:  As of last readings the water temperatures were in the high 60’s and wetsuits are not required.  However, we always recommend wearing one as they provide additional buoyancy and therefore additional safety.  If you are new to triathlons, or are not a good swimmer, please wear a wetsuit!  If you are a seasoned triathlete you already know the benefits of wearing one.

    Race Day Parking Information:  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.  There will be NO PARKING INSIDE Juanita Beach Park.  Parking will be available across the street, just north of NE Juanita Dr on the grass fields.  There are also many Parking spots on the local roads outside the park.  As of this time there is no drop off area before the event, however we are considering making the round about accessible the morning of the race for folks to be dropped off with their bikes.  Parking here, even for a couple of minutes will not be an option.  Violators will be ticketed!  We’re not trying to be difficult.  On the contrary, we’re trying to make sure everyone can have a good experience, so this is enforced to keep things moving for everyone.

    Swag for Late Registrations:  We make every effort to make sure everyone gets their finishers medal, swag, and any other items we have to pre-order.  Given the nature of late signs ups what we order is often a guesstimate.  Excess orders, wasted medals and other expenses are avoided to avoid increased event prices.  As such we sometimes run out of shirts and finishers medals before everyone gets theirs.  To honor those that sign up early we give them their swag first.  If you signed up after 8.31.2013 you will need to wait until after you finish to pick up your shirt.  Since we can’t really hand out the finishers medals before the event, and there is no way of giving them out, should we need to we will place another order and make them available once we have them at Everyday Athlete.  If we need to order more shirts these will also be available at Everyday Athlete once we receive them.  Thank you for your understanding and rest assured that we will make sure you are taken care of.

    Read The Race Information:  Please take the time to visit the site and educate yourself about the course and all the other details.  It’s your race, know it!  We put the information there so you can review it and have a good race.  While we will have plenty of signs on the course, it is ultimately still your responsibility to know the course.  And the volunteers are not there to tell you where to go.  They have been instructed to tell you to follow the signs and markings.  For their sake and your sake!

    We look forward to seeing you at the Kirkland Triathlon!

    Get Your TriFreak On!

    Stefan Newbury
    Race Director TriFreaks
    & The TriFreaks Inc. Team
    http://TriFreaks.com

    info@trifreaks.com

    gerks.ski.cycleTriFreaks is delighted to announce that Gerk’s Ski & Cycle is providing bike support for the Kirkland Triathlon.  In their own words:

    At Gerk’s, we pride ourselves on realizing and serving the needs of the customer. Whether you are in for an “on the spot” flat repair or adjustment, or you came in for a complete bicycle purchase, you will leave Gerk’s knowing that you received the best service possible.

    The first thing we do differently is taking the time to properly educate the customer. Few people walk into a store knowing exactly what they want or even what the bike industry offers to serve the needs and experiences of an ever diverse population. We will make sure you know what the possibilities are and help you find the bicycle that suits your riding style, budget and emotional connection.

    Once the selection is narrowed down to a few bikes, we understand a test ride isn’t a test ride unless the bike is properly adjusted and sized to each individual. What are the odds that you’ll love a bike if we don’t take the time to make it fit just as it will once it is yours? Every customer at Gerk’s goes through a pre-ride assessment and bicycle adjustment to make sure the saddle position and body position are just right for a fair test. Once this happens, a true test ride can occur and you will find the bike that fits and feels the best to soon call yours.

    We urge you to visit either of our two eastside locations and experience what it is like to be served by people that truly have your best cycling interests in mind. We look forward to seeing you and helping you enjoy cycling to its fullest.

    Purchasing your bicycle at Gerk’s:

    Gerk’s Ski & Cycle has developed a reputation for offering unrivaled customer service to our customers since we opened in 2004. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff is always ready to make your bicycle buying experience exceed your expectations. We believe that every cyclist should be fit properly so they can enjoy riding from the first pedal stroke. That’s why every bike purchase includes our Bike Sizing Fit and one year of unlimited maintenance to get you started right.

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