Rules & Precautions

In order to make the Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon a fun and safe event, the following are some rules and precautions for parents/guardians and athletes to keep in mind:

  1. Bike Helmets
    Bike helmets must be worn and buckled during the bike portion of the event, including when in 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.

  2. Bikes
    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 no 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.

  3. Swimming
    All athletes should be comfortable in the water. Approved swim aids such as kickboards will be allowed (see Event Policies on Site Map for more information), and for 6 & Under athletes one adult will be permitted to assist in swimming. However, it is our belief that each athlete should be capable of safely swimming the designated distance with no or minimal assistance.

    For 6 & Under Athletes: Only one swimming parent will be allowed on the pool deck. An accompanying parent may meet his/her athlete after the athlete has reached the upper pool viewing area or in the Transition Area. There are ample volunteers to assist the swimmers. Limiting parent access is for the safety of the participants.

  4. Running
    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.

  5. Sun Protection
    Due to the wave start, many athletes will have to wait before beginning the event. 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.

  6. Athlete Health 
    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.

  7. First Aid
    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. 

  8. Eyewear
    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.

  9. Hydration
    The weather in June 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.

  10. Use of Earphones/Earbuds or any Music Device is prohibited at any time during the race.