Race Information

Note: This page is for September 2014. Click here to view most current event.

Marshman® Triathlon Presented by Kinetic PT
Marsh Creek State Park in Downingtown, PA
Sunday September 14, 2014
1/4 Mile Swim~12.5 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run


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***ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED - Register at Race Site***
Online to be closed at 4pm, Friday.
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 Marsh Creek State Park, 675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA 19335.

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 at following possible time frames:
CASH only accepted.
Saturday between 1pm and 3pm
OR
Sunday race morning for SPRINT between 5:30am and 7:00am.
Race Management reserves the right to shut down registration at any time.

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*Kinetic Physical Therapy Triathlete Program Special Offer*
This offer was available for 2013 participants.  Click on image below to find out more details!!

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IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

Special Note:  7:00am  - For the safety of the racing participants, we ask all participants and volunteers to please not attempt to enter or exit the park until after the event is over.  Spectators and Athletes - arrive before 7:00am.   Spectators and Athletes - arrive before 7:00am.  

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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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Event Summary
  • A Greater Atlantic Multisport Series Event
  • A Greater Atlantic Club Challenge Race
  • Swim in the beautiful and clear lake of Marsh Creek State Park
  • Scenic bike course in the beautiful Chester County
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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.

Help Marsh Creek State Park with a donation.  100% of your donation will go to the state Park.  If you wish to donate other amount, please contact us at
nsemmel@piranha-sports.com

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.

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.

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



Click on PDF above to view the Athlete Guide

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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 - Triangle.  Lake Swim in the Crystal clear waters of Marsh Creek State Park. 
 
  • Expected water temperature around 72 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. 

     
  • New for 2014 due to Dorlan Mills Road closure.  Bike - 12.5 Miles.  Moderately hilly and scenic.  Some technical turns.  NOT A CLOSED COURSE.  STILL OPEN TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.
     
    • Exit Transition area
    • Head out on Park Road
    • Turn left onto Little Conestoga Road
    • Right onto Milford Road
    • Left onto Font Road
    • Right onto Leona Drive
    • Left onto Norman Court
    • Left onto Font Road
    • Right onto MIlford Road
    • Left onto LIttle Conestoga Road
    • Right onto Park Road
    • Back to transition area.

    Run - 2 miles.  
     

    • Out and Back course.
    • Stay to the right at all times.
    • Finish near transition area.
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Course Maps

 

Transition

Swim

Bike

Run

     New in 2014 due to Dorlan Mills Road closure

 
 
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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.  Should you miss signing up for this feature, you can check for any leftover shirts AFTER the event by inquiring with Piranha Sports Staff at either finish line area or retail tent.
  • 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
Hampton Inn Downington/Exton
4 N. Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA  19341
(610) 363-5555
Located about 6 miles south of race site
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Directions

Mapquest = Marsh Creek State Park, 675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA  19335

From Philadelphia Area

  • I-76 West
  • Exit 312 towards Pottstown onto N. Pottstown Pike/PA-100 North
  • 100 North for about 2 miles
  • Left onto Park Road and go for about 1.7 miles

From Delaware and South

  • I-95 North
  • Route 202 North
  • Route 100 North onto N. Pottstown Pike for about 8 miles
  • Left onto Park Road and go for about 1.7 miles

BELOW

  • Please park in upper parking lots in the park.  Do not park or stop on roads as your car will be towed.
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Race Itinerary

Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • DO NOT PARK ON BIKE/RUN ROUTE AND ON PARK ROADS AS THIS IS A BUSY ROAD. PROCEED INTO DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS/FIELDS INSIDE THE PARK FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY.  IF YOU PARK ALONG PARK ROADS, YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED AND/OR TOWED AT OWNER'S EXPENSE.
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm - Early packet pickup in Marsh Creek State Park in field across from Park Office.  (675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA  19335)
  • 1:30pm - First Timers Meeting.  "Open to all registered participants."  This is an opportunity to review logistics of the race with a Piranha Sports.  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, September 14, 2014

  • DO NOT PARK ON BIKE/RUN ROUTE AND ON PARK ROADS AS THIS IS A BUSY ROAD. PROCEED INTO DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS/FIELDS INSIDE THE PARK FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY. IF YOU PARK ALONG PARK ROADS, YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED AND/OR TOWED AT OWNER'S EXPENSE.
  • IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY AND CONSIDERATION OF FELLOW RACERS, YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE PARK UNTIL EVENT IS COMPLETED AROUND 10AM. 
  • 5:30am - 7:15am - Transition area opened.  Located in Marsh Creek State Park in field across from Park Office.  (675 Park Road, Downingtown, PA 19335).  Late packet pickup.  Body marking.  LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections.
  • 7:00am - For the safety of the racing participants, we ask all participants and volunteers to please not attempt to enter or exit the park until after the event is over.  Spectators and Athletes - arrive before 7:00am.
  • 7:15am - Mandatory pre-race meeting.
  • 7:20am - National Anthem.
  • NO SWITCHING OF WAVES ALLOWED. Doing so will result in a DQ.
  • WAVE ASSIGNMENTS BELOW ARE Final.  NO switching of waves allowed.
  • 7:30am - Wave 1.  Men 44 and Under.  Green Caps.
  • 7:35am - Wave 2.  Men 45 and Over; Clydesdales.  White Caps.
  • 7:40am - Wave 3.  Females 44 and Under.  Pink Caps.
  • 7:45am - Wave 4.  Females 45 and Over; Athenas.  Yellow Caps.
  • 9:30am - Official Results Posted. This is your opportunity to review your own results.  Once awards ceremony begins, all results are final.
  • 9:45am - Post race party/awards.  Awards will not be mailed.
  • 9:45am - Transition area closed.
  • 10:00AM - IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY AND CONSIDERATION OF FELLOW RACERS, YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE PARK UNTIL EVENT IS COMPLETED AROUND 10AM. 

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 comlete set of rules.
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Spectator Information
Line the streets of Park Road in Marsh Creek State Park to cheer on your favorite athlete!!!  After the race, take a hike or rent a boat and explore the beautiful trails and lake of Marsh Creek State Park.

Parking
Spectator (as well as athlete) parking is available in Marsh Creek State Park in designated parking lots only.  Please do not park on park roads.  Special Note:  7:00am - For the safety of the racing participants, we ask all participants and volunteers to please not attempt to enter or exit the park until after the event is over.  Spectators and Athletes - arrive before 7:00am.   Spectators and Athletes - arrive before 7:00am.  DO NOT PARK ON BIKE/RUN ROUTE AND ON PARK ROADS AS THIS IS A BUSY ROAD. PROCEED INTO DESIGNATED PARKING AREAS/FIELDS INSIDE THE PARK FOR EVERYONE'S SAFETY. IF YOU PARK ALONG PARK ROADS, YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED AND/OR TOWED AT OWNER'S EXPENSE.
 
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.
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