Race Information

Independence Triathlon
Lake Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown, PA
Sunday June 1, 2014
1/4 Mile Swim~10 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run
Lake Nockamixon State Park - Quakertown, PA

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Race Fees

Race Category Fee Fee Valid Until Date USAT Fee*
Sprint Triathlon $100.00 05/01/2014 (Thu) Early Spring $12.00
USAT Sanctioned

Series

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Greater Atlantic Club Challenge Events (GACC)

Greater Atlantic Multisport Series (GAMS)™

Sponsors


Hammer Gel Nutrition

Tri-Hard Endurance Sports Coaching

Herr's Foods

Simon Eye Associates

Wooden Wheels

Pearl Izumi

Mid-Atlantic Multisport

TWiley Sports

16 Mile Brewery
PRIVATE LAKE - PLEASE RESPECT RULES

THIS IS A STATE PARK LAKE AND PROPERTY.  PLEASE ADHERE PARK'S RULES:

ABSOLUTELY NO SWIMMING IN LAKE 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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Wetsuit Rule
All Piranha Sports events will allow wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or less.  Water temperatures are taken on race morning.

In the event the water temperature is 79 degrees or higher, no wetsuits will be allowed.
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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
  • Lake Swim
  • Scenic swim, bike, and run through Lake Nockamixon State Park
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Additional Options
When signing up online, consider these options:

ENTRY FEE Refund Insurance:  You may purchase this additional option for $10 per event.  Only participating events apply and must be purchased at the time of registering for the event(s).  Refund insurance allows you to opt for an 80% refund of the ENTRY FEE up to 48 hours PRIOR to the event start time.  All other fees paid towards to the event do not apply including but not limited to one day insurance, other additional options, the refund insurance fee, or processing fees.  The refund insurance is transferrable should you opt to transfer your entry per the Transfer Policy at least 15 DAYS PRIOR to both events.  To opt out, send an email at least 48 hours PRIOR to the event to support@piranha-sports.com.  Refunds may take up to two weeks after requested event to process.

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. 

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. 
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Athlete Guide

To be posted about 1 week prior to event.

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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 - triathlon - in water start

  • 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. 

Bike - 10 miles - Flat with some rolling.

  • Exit Transition area (Lot Area #1) and head out the main entrance of Lake Nockomixon State Park.
  • Right out of Main Entrance onto Route 563.  Route 563 will be closed.
  • Stay on shoulder of Route 563 and go for about 3 miles and u turn onto other side of Route 563.
  • Go for 5 miles on the other side of Route 563 and u turn.
  • Right into Main Entrance of Park and head back to the Transition Area.

Run - 2 miles - final leg.  Out and back course. 

  • Stay to the left of each other.   Run on paved path heading east towards Marina/Visitor Center.  U turn around the flag pole at the peninsula and head back to finish line near transition area.
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Course Maps

Photo

Parking, Packet PickUp, Swim

Transition Area

Bike

Run

     

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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.
  • 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. 
 

  • Want to get your feet wet at Lake Nociamixon before the event?  Visit T Wiley Sports at www.twileysports.com to register separately at the Bucks County Open Water Swim Clinics at Lake Nockamixon.  Schedule for 2014 year is Sunday, May 18th; Saturday, June 14th; and Sunday, July 20th.
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Lodging
  • Hampton Inn Hotel.  (215) 536-7779.  www.hamptoninn.com.  1915 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA  18951.   
  • Comfort Inn & Suites.  (215) 538-3000.  www.comfortinn.com   1905 John Fries Highway, Quakertown, PA  18951
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Directions

·  Address for Lake Nockamixon State Park is 1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA  18951.  Parking at Lot #3 and #4.  Packet Pickup at Lot #1.

From Maryland and South:

  • I-95 North
  • I-476 North (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).  Go for 44 miles.
  • Exit 44 onto PA-663 North toward PA-309/Quakertown.
  • Turn left onto John Fries Highway/PA-663.  Go for 3.4 miles
  • John Fries Hwy/PA-663 becomes PA-313 E.  Go for 4.8 miles
  • Turn left onto Mountain View Dr/PA-563.  Go for 2.3 miles
  • Turn right into Lake Nockamixon State Park


From Allentown and North:

  • I-95 North
  • I-476 South (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).
  • Exit 44 onto PA-663 North toward PA-309/Quakertown.
  • Turn left onto John Fries Highway/PA-663.  Go for 3.4 miles
  • John Fries Hwy/PA-663 becomes PA-313 E.  Go for 4.8 miles
  • Turn left onto Mountain View Dr/PA-563.  Go for 2.3 miles
  • Turn right into Lake Nockamixon State Park


From New Jersey and Philadelphia Area:

  • Heads towards Philadelphia area and pickup onto I-476 North (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).
  • I-476 North (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).
  • Exit 44 onto PA-663 North toward PA-309/Quakertown.
  • Turn left onto John Fries Highway/PA-663.  Go for 3.4 miles
  • John Fries Hwy/PA-663 becomes PA-313 E.  Go for 4.8 miles
  • Turn left onto Mountain View Dr/PA-563.  Go for 2.3 miles
  • Turn right into Lake Nockamixon State Park


From Harrisburg and West:

  • I-76 East (PA Turnpike) towards Philadephia and pickup onto I-476 North (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).
  • I-476 North (North East Extension of PA Turnpike).
  • Exit 44 onto PA-663 North toward PA-309/Quakertown.
  • Turn left onto John Fries Highway/PA-663.  Go for 3.4 miles
  • John Fries Hwy/PA-663 becomes PA-313 E.  Go for 4.8 miles
  • Turn left onto Mountain View Dr/PA-563.  Go for 2.3 miles
  • Turn right into Lake Nockamixon State Park
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Race Itinerary

Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • 11:00am - 2:00pm.  Early Packet Pickup at Lot #1.   Address for Lake Nockamixon State Park is 1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA  18951.  Parking at Lot #3 and #4.  Do not park on the grass anywhere or your car may be towed and you will forfeit your entry.  You must park in parking lots #3 and #4 or at the Marina Area/Visitor Center- no exceptions. 
  • Parking at Lot #3 and #4. Do not park on the grass anywhere or your car may be towed and you will forfeit your entry. You must park in parking lots #3 and #4 or at the Marina Area/Visitor Center - no exceptions.
  • Additional Parking at Marina Area/Visitor Center.  
  • 11:30am - 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, June 1, 2014

  • Address for Lake Nockamixon State Park is 1542 Mountain View Drive, Quakertown, PA  18951.   Parking at Lot #3 and #4. Parking at Lot #3 and #4. Do not park on the grass anywhere or your car may be towed and you will forfeit your entry. You must park in parking lots #3 and #4 or at the Marina Area/Visitor Center - no exceptions.
  • 5:30am - 6:45am - LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections. 
  •  5:30am - 6:45am - Transition area opened.  Located in Lot Area #1 of Nockamixon State Park.  Late packet pickup.  Body marking. 
  • 6:45am - Mandatory pre-race meeting. 
  • 7:00am - National Anthem.
  • 7:15am - Wave 1. To be assigned.
  • 9:00am - Official Results Posted.  This is your opportunity to review your own results.  Once awards ceremony begins, all results are final.9:15am - Post race party/awards.  Awards will not be mailed. 
  • 9:15am - 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.

Refund Policy Related to Cancellation/Modification by Race Management Or Opt Out by Athlete:
I understand that event management, its affiliates, and outside agencies, monitor for various aspects of the event.  Should any portion(s) of the event be cancelled or modified there will be no refunds, credits, or deferrals.  Should athlete opt out of any portion(s) of the event for whatever reason, athlete may not substitute or race portion(s) of the event unless this has been established as the new and modified course.  Likewise, no refunds, credits, or deferrals will be allowed.  Athlete understands and accepts that a cancellation or modification can occur up to and including race start time or during its progress.  Athlete also understands and accepts that event management reserves the right to amend this policy at any time.

ENTRY FEE Refund Insurance:  You may purchase this additional option for $10 per event.  Only participating events apply and must be purchased at the time of registering for the event(s).  Refund insurance allows you to opt for an 80% refund of the ENTRY FEE up to 48 hours PRIOR to the event start time.  All other fees paid towards to the event do not apply including but not limited to one day insurance, other additional options, the refund insurance fee, or processing fees.  The refund insurance is transferrable should you opt to transfer your entry per the Transfer Policy at least 15 DAYS PRIOR to both events.  To opt out, send an email at least 48 hours PRIOR to the event to
support@piranha-sports.com.  Refunds may take up to two weeks after requested event to process.
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Rules
Please see Series Information for complete set of rules.
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Spectator Information
Lake Nockamixon ~ offers a large field with ideal spectator areas for watching the swim, transition, bike start and finish as well as run start and finish. Bring the kids and make plans to spend the day at Lake Nockamixon enjoying activities such as fishing, paddle boats, picnic area and playground.

Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available at boat area and other designated area. Parking attendants will be available to assist you with parking. Also, please be aware that once the race begins, the road leading in and out of the Park will be used by participants as it is part of the race course.  

Parking at Lot #3 and #4. Do not park on the grass anywhere or your car may be towed and you will forfeit your entry. You must park in parking lots #3 and #4 or at the Marina Area/Visitor Center - no exceptions.

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 every athlete.

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
Lake Nockamixon is a State Park and a take-in/take-out policy is in effect. Please be sure to take all trash with you and help keep the park clean.

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