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Escape from Fort Delaware® Triathlon
Delaware City, DE
Sunday May 22, 2011
1500 Meter Swim~40K Bike~10K Run


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*ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED - Register at Race Site*

Thank you to those who have registered early via online registration.  We have now closed online registration as we prepare for this exciting weekend.

Just under 50 slots left and if you wish to register in person at race site, please do so this Saturday between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to arrive early!!

There may be some minimal registration allowed on Race Morning (Sunday) between 8:30am and 9:15am, however, it is advised to register the day before to ensure your slot.  No slots will be held, no exceptions.

Click on the pdf registration form below, print out, fill out entirely, and bring with you to race site.  Cash Only.

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2011 Qualifier - Best of the U.S. Amateur Triathlete Competition



The "Escape" is a Best of the U.S. Qualifier for Delawareans.  Top 3 Overall Men & Women who are 1) state residents and 2) amateurs, regardless of their age qualify.

All 6 medalists are automaticlaly invited to race at theBest of the U.S. Series Championship to be held on Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Alabama Coastal Triathlon www.team-magic.com/events/alcoastal/index.html 

All further details about the Best of the U.S. can be found at www.bestoftheustriseries.com

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Important Notices for 2011 Event
The Fort is closed and only opened for triathletes for the swim start area only.  Fort Delaware State Park is not opened to the public and is closed on May 22nd. 
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River Swim - Please Respect Rules

THIS IS A CHALLENGING SWIM IN THE DELAWARE RIVER.  PORTIONS OF THE SWIM COURSE IS ON STATE PARK LAKE AND PROPERTY.  PLEASE ADHERE PARK'S RULES:

ABSOLUTELY NO SWIMMING IN RIVER PRIOR TO EVENT AS NO LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY

If you violate any of these rules, you will be banned from the race and no refund will be issued.

Water temperature in the past has been around 68 degrees.

WETSUITS ARE MANDATORY - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Thank you.

Piranha Sports

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Event Summary
  • The Escape is back for the 11th Anniversary Year!!  Limited to the first 400.
  • Portion of proceeds benefits the Delaware City Community Center.
  • A Greater Atlantic Multisport Series Event
  • A Greater Atlantic Club Challenge Event 
  • Join the 52 escapees of this Civil War Prison located on Pea Patch Island!  Boat shuttle out to Fort Delaware...jump into the river thru re-enatctment soldiers' gun arch, swim back to "land" for your bike and run.  A Civil War Gun Start!!  Historic, scenic, beautiful...finish on historic Clinton Street.
  • Swim 1500 meters from Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island situated in the middle of the Delaware River.  Challenging swim - wetsuits mandatory!!
  • Scenic flat and fast run and bike course through Delaware City and surrounding wetlands
  • Beautiful transition area located at the Battery Park in Delaware City
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Additional Options
When signing up online, consider these options:

Run Race Belts - Allows you to attach your run bib #s and a quick get away in transition area by affixing number and belt via belt clip.  Will be handed out at race packet pickup.  Cost:  $10.00.

Donation to Delaware City Community Center - Help the Delaware City Community Center with a donation.  100% of your donation minus $1 processing fee will go to the DE City Community Center.  Choose from $10, $20, or $50. 

16 or 8 week training program - Designed by our coaching partner Mid-Atlantic Multisport (www.midatlanticmultisport.com), has been created specifically for athletes preparing for the Escape from Fort Delaware Triathlon.
Includes:
  • Detailed daily schedule describing duration and intensity of each training session 
  • Training sessions designed to simulate the race course conditions
  • Web-based training log
  • Race-day tips, strategies and nutrition recommendations

Cost:   $295.00 for 16 week and $195.00 for 8 week

PX Triathlon Race Suits - Choose from Male or Female Styles as shown.  Choose between complete outfits, bottoms, or tops.  Upon selecting and paying for this item, PX Triathlon will contact you directly regarding style (Gender preference) and Sizes.  Currently available in Female Sizes Small, Medium, Large.  Male Sizes are Medium, Large, and XL's. 
   

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Results History
To view previous year's results, go to results up top.  For the 2007 Results - go to 2007 Overall Results
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Athlete Guide


Click on PDF to view.

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Awards
  • Top 3 Overall Male and Top 3 Overall Female

    • Male Age Groups (Top 3 in each)
      • 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
    • Female Age Groups (Top 3 in each)
      • 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65+
    • Top 3 Clydesdale (Male 200+ lbs) 
    • Top 3 Athenas (Females 150+ lbs)
    • Top 3 Physically Challenged - please contact race director for a course overview.
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Course

Swim - 1500 meters - swim directly across the river to mainland.

  • Wetsuits mandatory!!! 
  • Expected water temperature around 68 degrees. 
  • Swim Cut Off Rule.  All participants are expected to be able to complete the swim discipline maintaining a steady consistent stroke and able to maintain on course.  Lifeguards are provided for emergency situations and to prevent swimmers from drowning.  Any swimmer who is in constant need of aid from lifeguards along the swim is considered to be a hazard to themselves and other swimmers and has not prepared properly for the race (this includes breaks, and redirection on course).  If a lifeguard at any point feels an athlete is taking too much attention, the lifeguard reserves the right to remove the athlete from the race.  This removal will result in a DNF (Did Not Finish) from the entire race (the athlete will not be allowed to compete in the bike or run) at which point athlete must hand in their timing chip to lifeguard or designated staff person. 
  • No Swim Warm-ups at island.  Do not enter water until instructed to do so.  No diving into water. 

Bike - 40 K.  Flat and Fast.  Scenic!!

  • Exit Transition area towards onto Clinton Street. 
  • Left onto Rt 9 Sourth at the light
  • Over grated bridge (use caution) and then over the (big) Reedy Point Bridge
  • Right onto Thorntown Road
  • Left onto Rt 9 again
  • Go through Port Penn, pass Augustine Beach
  • Stay right to Bay View Road
  • Left onto Vance Neck Road
  • Left onto Route 9 South
  • Right onto Bay View Road (Route 9 South)
  • Left onto Route 9 South and through Augustine Beach and Port Penn
  • Right onto Thornton Road
  • Left onto Route 9 South
  • Proceed over Reedy Point Bridge
  • Right onto Clinton Street to Transition Area

Run - 10K. 

  • Note:  Stay to the far right at all times on the way out and then to the far left on the way back to the finish line to avoid bicyclists.
  • Head out onto Clinton Street and continue south which becomes Cox Neck Road
  • Turn around point near Clarks Corner Road
  • Head back to Finish line near Transition Area

 

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Course Maps

 Transition and Parking Area Map

 

 Swim Map

 

Bike Map

 

Run Map

 

 

 

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Amenities
  • Over $80 worth of good for all athletes.
  • Technical Shirts to all pre registered individuals.  $20 retail value.
  • Running Hats to first 400 individuals at Packet Pickup.  $20 retail value.
  • Finishers Medals to all Finishers.
  • State of the art chip timing and results.
  • Free Digital photos* with results - no "proof" on photos.  Feel free to right click on photo, save picture as, and share with friends and family.  Over a $40 retail value.

* We make every effort to provide finishing photos aligned with your results under results page at www.piranha-sports.com/results.  Due to the flood of athletes coming across the finish line, athletes possibly not wearing bib # on front and/or it is not visable - not all photos are viewable.  However, one may also go to http://photos.piranha-sports.com to browse and find their own photos (this is where swim and bike photos typically are posted).  These photos are also free by "saving" or you may elect to purchase these photos at minimal prices.  There is no guarantee your photos will be taken and posted.  This photo service is a "free" service we provide above and beyond the expected entry fee as there is no other race organization that provides this service without extra charges.  Please do allow up to two weeks for photos to be posted.

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Lodging

Newark Sleep Inn.   Sign up early before all rooms are sold out.
Located at Rt. 896 across from University of Delaware Field Houses.  About 7 miles from race site.  Closest hotel. 
630 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE  19713
1-302-453-1700

Camping at Lums Pond State Park
Campground is located across the pond from transition area (about 4 mile drive around pond)
1-302-368-6989

Hilton - Wilmington/Christiana
100 Continental Drive (Rt 7 & I-95)
Newark, DE  19713
1-800-348-3133

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Directions

Closest GPS is 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE

From Philadelphia and North

  • Interstate 95 South
  • Exit #4 onto Rt 1 and 7 south by the Christina Mall
  • Stay on Rt 1 South towards Dover/Seashore points for 7.3 miles
  • Exit #152 onto Rt 72 South for Delaware City/St Georges
  • SEE BELOW

From New Jersey

  • Delaware Memorial Bridge (295 South) - toll bridge
  • Interstate 95 South
  • Exit #4 onto Rt 1 and 7 south by the Christina Mall
  • Stay on Rt 1 South towards Dover/Seashore points for 7.3 miles
  • Exit #152 onto Rt 72 South for Delaware City/St Georges
  • SEE BELOW

From Maryland and South

  • Interstate 95 North
  • Exit #4a onto Rt 1 and 7 South by the Christina Mall
  • Stay on Rt 1 South towards Dover/Seashore points for 7.3 miles
  • Exit #152 onto Rt 72 South for Delaware City/St Georges
  • SEE BELOW

From Seashore of Delaware and Maryland

  • Rt 1 and 13 North
  • Go over the Senator William V. Roth, Jr. Bridge (Rt 1 Bridge) - Toll bridge
  • First Exit after bridge is..
  • Exit 152 onto Rt 72 East for Delaware City/St Georges
  • SEE BELOW

BELOW

  • Stay on Rt 72 East towards Delaware City/St Georges for about 3.8 miles until you reach Washington Street (Valero gas station)
  • Turn left onto Washington Street at the gas station 
  • NOTE:  this left onto Washington Street is just 1 block before Clinton Street
  • Parking available at the end of and along Washington Street as well as surrounding streets. 

 ABSOLUTELY NO PARKING ON CLINTON STREET

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Race Itinerary

Saturday, May 21, 2011

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm - Early packet pickup at transition area located at the Gazebo in the park at the end of 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE. 
  • 1:30pm - First Timers Meeting.  "Open to all registered participants."  This is an opportunity to review logistics of the race with a Piranha Sports staff member.  It will involve reviewing packets, chip timing, transition area, rules, and tips. 
  • BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET for optional inspection at early packet pickup. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

  • 8:30am - 9:30am - LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections.
  • 8:30am - 9:30am - Transition area opened.  Located at the Gazebo in the park at the end of 45 Clinton Street, Delaware City, DE.  Late packet pickup.  Body marking.
  • 9:35am - Mandatory pre-race meeting.  Transition Area Must Be Cleared.
  • 9:40am - National Anthem.
  • FERRY SCHEDULE BELOW:  Ferry takes 20 minutes round trip.  We need to get everyone over by 11:30am.  This is a suggested schedule assigned by bib #s.  Last minute changes may be made in order to get everyone over to the island in time.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  No switching your assigned ferry schedule.  If you miss it, you miss the race, no refunds.  No wetsuit - no swim.
  • 10:00am - 1st Ferry to Island.  Bib #s 1-100.
  • 10:20am - 2nd Ferry to Island.  Bib #s 101-200.
  • 10:40am - 3rd Ferry to Island.  Bib #s 201-300.
  • 11:00am - 4th Ferry to Island.  Only if necessary. 
  • You may bring your towel, flip flops, and last minute rituals with you to island.  We will transport back to Delaware city for you in a designated area near transition area.  Please label your own bags.  Items not to forget for the island trip - wetsuit (mandatory), goggles, old sneakers/flip flops.  Do not bring your racing flats.  We will not set this up for you in transition area.
  • Water, sports drink, and porta potties (2 or 3) available on island. 
  • 11:45am - Swim - 1st Wave.  Men 39 & Under; Clydesdales.  Red Caps.
  • 11:47am - 2nd Wave. Men 40 & Over.  Blue Caps.
  • 11:49am - 3rd Wave.   All Females; Athenas.  Green Caps.
  • 12:51pm - Swim cut off time.
  • 3:45pm - Official Results Posted.  This is your opportunity to review your own results.  Once awards ceremony begins, all results are final.
  • 4:00pm - Post race party/awards.  Awards will not be mailed.
  • 4:00pm - Transition area closed.

Race director/management may alter any part or distance of the event as dictated by event day conditions, such as weather.

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Refund Policy
No Refunds, No Tranfers, No Deferrals Under Any Circumstances.  

absolutely NO refunds will be made for any reason.  REFERRED TO AS “ENTRY FEES” ABOVE AND INCLUDES ENTRY FEES, PARTICIPANT SHIRTS, UPGRADED PRODUCTS, ANY OTHER AMENITIES, INSURANCE, AND ONLINE ADMINISTRATIVE FEES.  MUST BE PRESENT TO RECEIVE ANY ITEMS as leftovers are distributed on day of race.  WE DO NOT SHIP.  ENTRY FEES CANNOT BE  TRANSFERRED TO OTHER PERSONS OR APPLIED TOWARD future PIRANHA SPORTS EVENTS.  Selling your race entry slot is strictly prohibited by piranha sports.
If you do sell your race slot, you will be disqualified from the race and you, as well as the entrant who purchased your slot, will be unable to race in another Piranha Sports event for a minimum of 2 years. Piranha Sports reserves the right to reject any entry if a valid photo ID is not presented at race packet pick-up.  There is NO rain date for the event.  In cases of inclement weather, natural disaster, acts of God, acts of war or other unforeseen extraordinary circumstances, management reserves the right to cancel the event and/or modify the race course for safety concerns. Under such circumstances, there will be absolutely no refunds or transfer of entries to future Piranha Sports events. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as participate shirts, upgrade products, insurance, and online administrative fees.  All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all.  Management reserves the right to reject or accept a race entry for any reason.  By signing up for this race, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms listed on this page.
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Rules
Please see Series Information for complete set of rules.
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Spectator Information

Line the streets of Delaware City to cheer on your favorite athlete!!!  After the race, stop in at Crabby Dick’s for a relaxing lunch, enjoying the view of Fort Delaware and the Delaware River.

Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available in the parking lot behind Crabby Dicks on Washington Street as well as the streets of Delaware City.  There is no parking along Clinton Street.  In order to promote a race, we ask that you use extreme caution when driving through Delaware City.

Athlete Support
Bring your cow bells, noise makers, posters, banners, and other items to cheer on your favorite athlete.  Please keep in mind that spectators are not allowed to provide any outside assistance to the athletes.  Outside assistance can result in penalties and possible disqualification.  Outside assistance can include but is not limited to: transition area assistance, running or riding along with the athlete (pacing), handing off water bottles, etc.  The Piranha Sports staff and volunteers will provide assistance as needed and allowed.  As well, there will be no time during the event when spectators will be allowed in the secure transition area.  If your athlete forgot an item for the transition area, please ask a Piranha Sports Staff member or volunteer to assist you in getting that item to the athlete.

Spectator Control
The Piranha Sports Staff and volunteers have your athlete’s safety and security as their primary responsibility.  Therefore, there may be times during the course of the event that we will need to provide directions to spectators if we feel that the athletes do not have a clear and unobstructed path.  Please pay close attention to these directions/instructions so that we are able to maintain the safety of course and athletes.

Kids and Dogs
The Piranha Sports Staff loves having kids and dogs at the events.  The kids are our future and the dogs are just great.  If you do bring your children and/or pets, please keep a close eye on them.  Do not allow them to venture onto any of the roadways particularly near the mount/dismount area.  As well, if your children bring bikes, please ensure that they are wearing helmets at all times.

Post Race Food
Just a reminder, the food and beverages provided by Piranha Sports are for athletes and volunteers only.

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