Race Information

Top of Delaware™ Triathlon in Memory of Paul Schlosser, Jr.
Newark, DE
Sunday August 17, 2014
1/4 Mile Swim in the pristine Newark Reservoir~11.4 Mile Bike~2.6 Mile Run
Newark Reservoir, Newark, DE

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Race Fees

Race Category Fee Fee Valid Until Date USAT Fee*
Sprint Triathlon $100.00 06/22/2014 (Sun) Early Spring $12.00
$100.00 07/17/2014 (Thu) Summer $12.00
USAT Sanctioned

Series

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Hammer Gel Nutrition

Tri-Hard Endurance Sports Coaching

Herr's Foods

Simon Eye Associates

Wooden Wheels

Pearl Izumi

Mid-Atlantic Multisport

16 Mile Brewery
In Memoriam

Piranha Sports is proud to announce that the Top of Delaware Triathlon will be held in memory of a good friend, awesome triathlete and Piranha sponsor, Paul Schlosser Jr, who passed away on May 1, 2013.  During the event we will be taking donations on behalf of the Paul Schlosser Rheumatology Research Fund through Johns Hopkins as well as the Newark Art Alliance of which Paul was a board member.  We hope that you will join us in honoring Paul's memory at this event.
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About this Race


Working in conjunction with the City of Newark, Piranha Sports is proud to bring to you one of the most unique swims and venue in all of Delaware.  Starting with the swim in the pristine Newark Reservoir in what appears to be on the "Top of Delaware" - hence the name.  Followed by an exit of the swim (special exit platforms being designed) with a run from the "Top" down to the TA at the base of the hill, triathletes will bike on the surrounding hills of Newark.  After racking the bike in T2, triahtletes will then venture back up to the "Top" for the majority of the run in a mixture of asphalt, trails, and foot bridges and finish with a steady and long downhill run to the finish line near TA.  We promise this will be one of the top 3 races to do in all of the U.S.!!

 
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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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PRIVATE LAKE - PLEASE RESPECT RULES

THIS IS A CITY OWNED RESERVOIR AND PROPERTY. PLEASE ADHERE PARK'S RULES:

ABSOLUTELY NO SWIMMING IN RESERVOIR PRIOR TO EVENT AS NO LIFEGUARDS ARE ON DUTY.  PIRANHA HAS OBTAINED SPECIAL PERMISSIONS TO HOST THIS SWIM.

If you violate any of these rules, you will be banned from the race and no refund will be issued.  Additional violations may apply per other ordinance laws.

Expected water temperature to be around 74 degrees.

Thank you.

Piranha Sports

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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. 

Make a $20 (you can choose multiples of $20 online) donation to the Paul Schlosser, Jr. Rheumatology Research Fund.  The event will be taking donations on behalf of the Paul Schlosser, Jr. Rheumatology Research Fund in honoring Paul's memory at this event.

Make a $20 (you can choose multiples of $20 online) donation to the Newark Art Alliance.  Paul Schlosser, Jr. was a board member of the Newark Art Alliance.  The event is taking donations in honoring Paul's memory at this event.


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 you sign 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

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
  • In the Newark Reservoir.  Special permission obtained.  DO NOT SWIM ON YOUR OWN. 
  • Clock-wise swim (keep buoys on your right at all times).
  • Expected water temperature around 74 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 - 11.4 miles - Rolling terrain, somewhat technical at spots, all on relatively smooth roadways.
  • Exit Transition area and head out the main entrance of Newark Reservoir on Old Paper Mill Road.
  • Left onto Paper Mill Road.
  • Right onto E. Cleveland Avenue.
  • Right onto Route 896 (aka New London Road).
  • Right onto Hopkins Road.
  • At the intersection of Hopkins Road and Thompson Station Road, continue straight.  At this point, Hopkins Road becomes Pleasant Hill Road.  Stay straight onto Pleasant Hill Road.
  • Right onto Corner Ketch Road.
  • Right onto Paper Mill Road.
  • At deep descent towards Old Paper Mill Road, "SLOW DOWN".
  • Left onto Old Paper Mill Road.
  • Left into TA.
Run - 2.6 miles - final leg. Out , loop, and back course.
  • Stay to the right of each other. Some asphalt, grass, trail, and foot bridges.
  • Start from TA and head up path to top of reservoir.  Stay right and head towards path of William Redd Jr. Park.  Staying to the right at all times, run counter-clockwise in approximately 1/2 mile loop within Redd Park.  In the woods, there are 3 foot bridges with width of 50", please share with your local runners.  When heading out of woods, head back up to reservoir and turn right to run around the rest of the reservoir in a counter-clockwise direction.  Upon meeting up with the main path to/from TA, turn right and head down the steady and long path towards the base of the hill.  Proceed back up to piedmont section of Reservoir for the last 50 yards uphill.  Finish line is on grass on the top of this hill.
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Course Maps

Parking, Transition, Swim, Run

Bike

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Amenities & Photos
  • $10 discount when you register for any Mid-Atlantic Multisport (www.midatlanticmultisport.com) Open Water Swim Series skills clinic to help you prepare for race day.
  • 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.

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Lodging

Preferred and Closest Hotel - only 1 mile away
Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware
400 David Hollowell Drive
Newark, DE  19716
302-737-0900
Located only 1 mile away.  PLease call hotel for the rate and mention "Top of Delaware Triathlon". 
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ilgud-courtyard-newark-university-of-delaware/


Homewood Suites Hotel Newark
Located at Rt. 896 across from University of Delaware Field Houses. About 4 miles from race site.
640 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
1-302-453-9700

Embassy Suites Hotel Newark
Located at Rt. 896 across from University of Delaware Field Houses. About 4 miles from race site.
654 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19713
1-302-368-8000

Camping at Lums Pond State Park
Campground is located across the pond from transition area - about 9 miles from race site.
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

Located at the Newark Reservoir near 200 Old Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711.

Use above address for GPS.

Parking is in the grassy field across from paved parking lot for reservoir—do not park in the paved parking spots as this is for emergency, police, and transition area.

Back up plan for parking is on Creek View Road behind Timothy’s Restaurant—do not use any of the Timothy’s Restaurant parking lots as their restaurant will be opened during race time and must be kept open for patrons.

You may not pull out of parking lot until all bicyclists are in safely.

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Race Itinerary

Saturday, August 16, 2014

1:00pm-4:00pm - Early packet pickup at the base of the Newark Reservoir.

  • 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 - in the Newark Reservoir.  Special Permission obtained.
  • BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET for optional inspection at early packet pickup.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

  • 6:00am - 7:15am - Packet Pickup and LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections.
  • 7:15am - All athletes AND spectators/family members must be in the park by this time due to congested area of the road for this event.
  • 6:00am - 7:15am - Transition area opened. Located at the base of the Newark Reservoir.  Late packet pickup. Body marking.
  • 7:15am - Brief pre-race meeting, then head up to the top of Reservoir to prepare for swim.
  • 8:00am - Start of Tri. WAVES BELOW ARE BASED ON LAST YEAR'S AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
  • 8:00am - Males 39 and Under.  Green Caps.
  • 8:03am - Males 40 and Over; Clydesdales.  Yellow Caps.
  • 8:06am - Females 39 and Under.  Orange Caps.
  • 8:09am - Females 40 and Over; Athenas.  Purple Caps.
  • 10:15am - Official results posted. This is your opportunity to review your own results. Once awards ceremony begins, all results are final.
  • 10:30am - Post race party/awards. Awards will not be mailed.
  • 10:30am - 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
Event will be USAT Sanctioned and all USAT rules will be enforced.  Visit www.usatriathlon.org for full and updated rules.
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Spectator Information
Newark Reservoir and surround parks ~ offers a large field with ideal spectator areas for watching the swim, transition, bike start and finish as well as run start and finish.

Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available at parking lot across from Newark Reservoir. 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 Newark Reservoir will be used by participants as it is part of the race course.  No parking on Old Paper Mill Road. 

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
Newark Reservoir has a take-in/take-out policy in effect. Please be sure to take all trash with you and help keep the park clean.
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