Additional Instructions, Precautions and Policies
In order to make the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon a fun and safe event, please read all of the instructions, precautions, and policies for this event listed below. Everyone associated with the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon is anticipating a wonderful event. We are sure you will agree on race day.
The parent/guardian is responsible for getting the athlete to the event with sufficient time to be ready for his/her swim wave. Waves are started and timed by pre-assigned numbers. Missing the start time will mean missing the event. The organizers will try to accommodate any unusual circumstances but there is no guarantee that such can be done.
All athletes should be comfortable in the water. Each athlete should be capable of safely swimming the designated distance with no, or minimal, assistance.
Swim aids such as kickboards or approved flotation devices will be allowed. Water wings, “noodles” or other unapproved devices are not allowed. However, athletes using swim aids will not be eligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group). All athletes will get a participation medal. Athletes must provide their own swim aids. No performance enhancing devices such as fins will be allowed.
Adult swim assistance (i.e., swimming with the athlete) will be permitted for 6 & Under and challenged athletes only. Assisted athletes (other than physically challenged) will not be eligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group). For 6 & Under and challenged athletes, only one swimming adult will be permitted on the pool deck. No accompanying (i.e., non-swimming) adults will be permitted on the pool deck.
Bike helmets must be worn and buckled during the bike portion of the event, including when inside the Transition Area. Helmets must comply with either CPSC, SNELL or ANSI standards as indicated by a label on the inside. Parents/guardians must assure that the helmet fit is proper for the athlete.
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to take the athlete’s bike to a qualified shop for inspection and adjustment prior to the Kids Triathlon. The bike inspection at the event is only for basic functioning of brakes and steering, and is not a substitute for inspection by a qualified mechanic.
Attention should be paid to brakes, steering, wheels, inflation pressure, tire condition, chain, and pedals. Pedals should be inspected for sharp edges and appropriate measures taken (such as duct taping) to prevent cutting injuries should the pedals hit the athlete’s legs.
The openings at the ends of the handle bars must be securely plugged. “Bar Ends” (plastic caps) can be purchased at any bike shop. This is a safety item in the event of a fall. Bikes with unplugged handle bar ends will not be allowed in the triathlon. All bikes will be inspected.
Training wheels are allowed.
Parents/guardians should assure that the athlete has footwear that is suitable for running the designated distance. To avoid tripping, the athlete should be able to properly tie his/her shoes, preferable using double knots, or by using speed laces.
No parents or guardians are permitted in the Transition Area and Finish Corral during the race except for special circumstances with younger children (wrist band required). Volunteers will be present to assist the athletes and to restrict access. Permission to enter to assist an athlete must be granted by the entrance monitor. This restriction is to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all of the athletes.
Due to multiple wave times, most athletes will have to wait before starting their race. Similarly, after the finish, athletes may choose to wait for the results to be posted. Parents/guardians should provide appropriate sun protection in the form of sunscreen and clothing. The event will attempt to provide some shelter but participants should not count on it, as resources are limited.
Parents/guardians should assure that the athlete is in a physical condition that will permit him/her to participate in the event without jeopardizing his/her health or that of other participants.
The event will have a medical staff available in the event of an emergency. Parents/guardians should familiarize themselves with the location of the First Aid tent (see course map). It is located in the area outside the pool exit and next to the Transition Area entrance. First Aid personnel will be in the pool area and at the Finish Line. Event volunteers will be familiar with the location of the First Aid facility.
Children that require prescription glasses must have a headband to hold the glasses in place during the event. If the glasses must be removed for the swim there will be a volunteer available to hold the glasses. Athletes who choose to wear non-prescription sunglasses during the bike and run should consider a headband but it is not mandatory.
The weather can be hot and it is vital that your child consume water to prevent dehydration. There will be water available before, on the course, and following the event. It is suggested that you place a full water bottle in your child’s transition area and remind him/her to drink during transition. They also should be reminded to drink at the various aid stations and following the event. Any child showing signs of dehydration should be brought to the Medical Tent.
Athletes not finishing the event will receive a participant’s medal. Non-finishers will have no posted times.
Athletes that finish the race but do not complete the total distance of the course (e.g., less than the required laps, short-cutting the course) will be disqualified. Unsportsman-like conduct is also grounds for disqualification. Volunteers will be monitoring the course and Transition Area for infractions. Disqualified athletes will receive a participation medal but will be ineligible for podium awards (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in age group) and will not have their times posted.
The upper age limit is 15 years old at the time of the event. There is no set lower age limit but parents/guardians should assess the child’s abilities to complete the prescribed course. The Kids Triathlon is conducted to be a positive experience and no child should be entered that is not going to benefit from the experience. Being asked to perform beyond one’s abilities may not be a positive experience.
The parent/guardian of a physically challenged athlete should contact the event organizers to make arrangement for any special needs.
There are no relay teams. Only one athlete is permitted per race number.
There are no refunds or transfers of registration for the event after April 15th.
The race will be conducted rain or shine.
Earphones/Earbuds or any Music Device are not allowed to be worn during the race.