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Cape Henlopen Triathlon & Duathlon
Lewes, DE
Sunday October 13, 2013
Tri: 1/4 Mile Swim~10 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run
Du: 1.5 Mile Run~10 Mile Bike~3.1 Mile Run


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**ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED - Register at Race Site**
As we prepare for this exciting opening event, Online registration has been closed.  However, you may still register in person at the race site located at Cape Henlopen State Park, Parade Field, Lewes, DE - please see directions on race webpage for details.

If you still wish to race, please click on pdf below and print out paper registraiton, fill out completely, and show up at the race site this Saturday between 1:00am and 4:00pm.    Cash only accepted.

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STATE PARK AND SWIMMING - PLEASE RESPECT RULES

THIS IS A STATE PARK LAND.  PLEASE ADHERE PARK'S RULES:

ABSOLUTELY NO SWIMMING IN OCEAN 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 75 degrees.

Thank you.

Piranha Sports

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Event Summary
  • A Greater Atlantic Multisport Series Event 
  • A Greater Atlantic Club Challenge Event  
  • Open to all participants 15 and older
  • Ocean swim
  • Scenic swim, bike, and run through Lewes and Cape Henlopen State Park
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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.

Make a $10, $20, or $50 donation to the volunteer group(s) that help out at the event. Volunteer group(s) can include boy scout groups, motorcycle clubs, triathlon clubs, etc.

Swim Warm-Up and Safety Clinic -
  Following the first timers meeting on the day before, all aprticipants are offerred the opportunity to swim in the same water* they will compete in, learn proper etiquette in the water, and learn proper spotting methods. The intention of this clinic is to make sure that the swim the next day is as safe as possible, help create confidence in participants, and provide the opportunity to get a feel of the aquatic environment they will be racing in the next day. Costs vary depending when signing up.

*The swim area may be restricted as to ensure proper supervision for everyone's safety. Lifeguards and race director have full authority to establish swim zones, modify, or cancel as condition(s) and permits warrant. Any athlete who ignores the lifeguards', coach's, or race director's directions, will forfeit their race entry with no refunds.


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Athlete Guide


Click on PDF above to view the Cape Triathlon and Duathlon Athlete Guide

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Awards

 

  • Triathlon and Duathlon are Separate Awards
  • Top 5 Overall Male and Top 5 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 220+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Athenas (Females 165+ lbs)
  • Top 3 Physically Challenged - please contact race director for a course overview.
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Course

Swim - 1/4 mile - Ocean Swim 

  • Beach Start.  Ocean swim parallel to shore. 
  • Expected water temperature around 70 degrees.  Wetsuits allowed and optional if water temperature is 78 degrees or less taken on race morning.  Come prepared with a wetsuit just in case. 
  • 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. 

Run - 1.5 miles - first leg for duathlon - out and back course. 

  • Starts near transition area
  • Paved macadam towards Scenie Overlook and back
  • Stay to the left of each other
  • Run into Transition Area

Bike - 10 miles - Flat and Fast - new course for 2013.  Subject to change.

  • Road course through and around the streets of Lewes and Cape Henlopen State Park.
  • Exit Transition area and head towards exit of state park onto Cape Henlopen Drive (RD 9) and go past the Ferry on the right hand side.
  • Go for about 1 mile and at "T", turn left onto Savannah Road (RD 18).
  • Go over grated draw bridge and take immediate left onto Gills Neck Road.
  • Follow Gills Neck Road until you reach traffic light at Kings Highway (Cape Henlopen H.S. is directly across this highway).
  • Turn right onto Kings Highway (RD 268)
  • Go over big bridge over Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.
  • Right onto Cape Henlopen Drive (RD 19)
  • At park entrance, you will follow regular traffic pattern as follows:
  • Go to left side of the entrance booth.
  • Left after entrance booth.
  • Left again towards the Ocean.
  • Right back onto main drive towards Ocean and into transition area.

Run - 5K - final and third leg for both triathlon and duathlon 

  • Paved macadam
  • One loop around state park - all macadam except for finish on grass

 

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Course Maps

       
Swim & Run Bike Map - this is new for 2013 (10 miles) Run Map Transition & Finish
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Amenities & Photos
  • Over $60 worth of good for all athletes.
  • Technical Shirts to all pre registered individuals.  $20 retail value.  Shirts are not available if you register within 2 weeks of the event.  When registering online within 2 weeks of event, shirt size selection will appear as N/A.  However, you may inquire AFTER the event at Race Site with Staff Member at the Finish Line Area for any leftover and unclaimed shirts.  Shirts or any other products will not be mailed if you missed picking up at race site.
  • 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.

* Please allow at least 1 week after race date as 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. 

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Lodging

Hotels in the area of Lewes.  Busy weekend with a local Greyhound (the dogs) convention.  Book early. 

Camping at Cape Henlopen State Park
42 Henlopen Drive
Lewes, DE  19958
1-302-645-8983

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Directions

Cape Henlopen State Park is located in Lewes, DE about 1 mile south from the Cape May/Lewes Ferry Terminal.  Directions adopted from the www.capemaylewesferry.com site.  Once you approach the Lewes Ferry Terminal, continue on Route 9 East/South (Cape Henlopen Drive) past the Ferry terminal for about 1/2 mile into the entrance of Cape Henlopen State Park.  Then follow signs to the Ocean bath house.

  • Rehoboth Outlets and Rehoboth Beach, DE, take Route 1 North past Rehoboth Outlets to Route 9 East
  • Ocean City, MD, take Route 1 North to Route 9 East
  • Chincoteague, VA, take 175 West to Route 13 North, which merges with Route 113 North, to Route 24 away from Millsboro, Delaware, to Route 1 North to Route 9 East
  • Easton, MD, take Route 331 South from Easton to Route 318 East; Routes 331 and 318 will intersect, follow 318 East to Route 18 East; in Georgetown, Delaware, take Route 9 East
  • Baltimore, MD, take Route 97 South to Route 50 East over the William Preston Lake Jr. Memorial Bridge to Route 404 East to Georgetown, Delaware, to Route 9 East
  • Washington, DC, take Route 495 North/South around city to Route 50 East, then follow Baltimore directions
  • Williamsburg, VA, take Route 64 East to Route 13 North and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (toll) to Route 113 North (after merge of Routes 113 and 13) to Route 24 East to Route 1 North to Route 9 East
  • Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA, follow Williamsburg directions from Route 13 North
  • Outer Banks, NC, from Corolla Lighthouse take Route 12 South, or from Cape Hatteras take Route 12 North, to Route 158 West to Route 168 North to Route 64 East to Route 13 North over and under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (toll) then follow Williamsburg directions
  • Philadelphia, PA, Interstate 95 South to exit #4 for Rt. 1 South to Delaware Beaches.  Near Milford, DE, Rt. 1 also becomes 113 South and merges again onto Rt. 1 South near Lewes.  Take Route 9 East
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Race Itinerary

Saturday, October 12, 2013

  • IMPORTANT:  Parking - must go to page 1 of Athlete Guide, print out, and cut out the parking passes for both days.  Otherwise, you will be charged by park for parking and no reimbursements will be issued.  Saturday's parking pass is valid from 12:45pm to 3:30pm only.  Sunday's parking pass is valid until 6:30am only.
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm - Early packet pickup at transition area located at parade field in Cape Henlopen State Park.  42 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE  19958.
  • 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. 
  • 2:30pm - Swim Warm-Up and Safety Clinic -

 Following the first timers meeting on the day before, all aprticipants are offerred the opportunity to swim in the same water* they will compete in, learn proper etiquette in the water, and learn proper spotting methods. The intention of this clinic is to make sure that the swim the next day is as safe as possible, help create confidence in participants, and provide the opportunity to get a feel of the aquatic environment they will be racing in the next day. Costs vary depending when signing up. 
 

*The swim area may be restricted as to ensure proper supervision for everyone's safety. Lifeguards and race director have full authority to establish swim zones, modify, or cancel as condition(s) and permits warrant. Any athlete who ignores the lifeguards', coach's, or race director's directions, will forfeit their race entry with no refunds.

  • BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET for optional inspection at early packet pickup.  

Sunday, October 13, 2013

  • IMPORTANT:  Parking - must go to page 1 of Athlete Guide, print out, and cut out the parking passes for both days.  Otherwise, you will be charged by park for parking and no reimbursements will be issued.  Saturday's parking pass is valid from 12:45pm to 3:30pm only.  Sunday's parking pass is valid until 6:30am only.
  • 5:45am - 6:45am - Transition area opened.  Late packet pickup.  Body marking.  LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections.
  • 7:00am - For safety of all participants, you must arrive before 7:00am and no one is allowed to leave the park until after last bicyclists comes back in around 9:30am.  This includes spectators, family, and friends.
  • 7:00am - Mandatory pre-race meeting.
  • 7:05am - National Anthem.
  • 7:30am - Wave 1 = All Duathletes.  Mass Start
  • 7:35am - Wave 2 = Triathletes Start.  Men 44 and Under.  Orange Caps.
  • 7:40am - Wave 3 = Men 45 and Over; Clydesdales.  Yellow Caps.
  • 7:45am - Wave 4 = All Females; Athenas.; Physically Challenged. Green Caps.
  • 9:30am - For safety of all participants, you must arrive before 7:00am and no one is allowed to leave the park until after last bicyclists comes back in around 9:30am.  This includes spectators, family, and friends.
  • 9:45am - Official Results Posted.  This is your opportunity to review your own results.  Once awards ceremony begins, all results are final.
  • 10:00am - Post race party/awards.  Awards will not be mailed.
  • 10:00am - Transition area closed.
  • 11:00am - GREATER ATLANTIC MULTISPORT SERIES AND GREATER ATLANTIC CLUB CHALLENGE AWARDS CEREMONY.

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
For safety of all participants, you must arrive before 7:00am and no one is allowed to leave the park until after last bicyclists comes back in around 9:30am.  This includes spectators, family, and friends.

The Parade Field Area of Cape Henlopen State Park offers a large field with ideal spectator areas for watching the duathlon start, transition, bike start and finish as well as run start and finish. In the early morning and evening hours you may spot dear along the tree line. Bring the kids and make plans to spend the day at Cape Henlopen State Park walking the nature trails, enjoying the beach or fishing at the pier. This is one of the most beautiful parks in Delaware!


Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available at Bath House parking area. Parking attendants will be available to assist you with parking. In order to prompt a safe bike portion of the race, we ask that you do not enter and/or leave the park once the race has begun. If you do need to enter/leave during the bike portion of the race, please do so with extreme care. The bikers will have the right of way while riding on park grounds.

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 as a reminder, the food and beverages provided by Piranha Sports are for athletes and volunteers only.

Other Notes 
Cape Henlopen is a State Park and a take-in/take-out policy is in effect.


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