Race Information

Cascade Lake Triathlon & Duathlon
Cascade Lake Park in Hampstead, MD
Sunday May 18, 2014
Tri: 0.31 Mile Swim~15 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run
Du: 2 Mile Run~15 Mile Bike~2 Mile Run

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Race Categories

Race CategoryEntrants
Sprint Duathlon View Entrants (14)
Sprint Triathlon View Entrants (73)
Volunteer View Entrants (15)

Race Fees

Race Category Fee Fee Valid Until Date USAT Fee*
Sprint Duathlon $95.00 05/16/2014 (Fri) Late $12.00
Sprint Triathlon $95.00 05/16/2014 (Fri) Late $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

16 Mile Brewery
**NEW FOR 2014 - Entry Fee Refund Insurance**

A new Refund Insurance is now offered for this event. 
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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PRIVATE LAKE - PLEASE RESPECT RULES

THIS IS A PRIVATE LAKE AND PROPERTY.  PLEASE ADHERE OWNER'S RULES:

ABSOLUTELY NO PETS

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 70 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
  • In water swim start, hilly rural bike course, rolling run course – a challenging short distance triathlon and duathlon course !!
Only 32 miles from Baltimore and 60 miles from Washington DC !!
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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. 

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
Each Race has 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 - .31 mile - triathlon - in-water start 

  • Expected water temperature around 66-68 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 – 2 miles - duathlon's first leg – Rolling out and back paved course. 

  • Start near bike mount/dismount line next to Transition Area
  • Proceed straight and stay on long driveway, turn left at the barn within Cascade Lake property
  • Exit main entrance of Cascade Lark Park and turn left onto Snydersburg Road 
  • Stay to the right of each other
  • Near end of Snydersburg Road just before Hampstead Mexico Rd/MD-482, make a right to left U-turn
  • Head back on Snydersburg Road to private and back entrance into Cascade Lake Park
  • Run into Transition Area

Bike - 15 miles – Hilly and scenic rural roads of Carroll County.

  • Exit transition area in park and bike out west park exit.
  • Turn left at Snydersburg Rd.
  • Right at Hampstead Mexico Rd/MD-482. Sharp turn!!  Slow down!!
  • Right at Leisters Church Rd.
  • Right at Old Manchester Rd.
  • Turn left to stay on Old Manchester Rd.
  • Right at Manchester Rd/MD-27.
  • Turn right at Westminster St.
  • Sharp right at Park Ave. Sharp turn!!  Slow down!!
  • Continue on Old Fort Schoolhouse Rd.
  • Turn left at Albert Rill Rd.
  • Left at Snydersburg Rd.
  • Straight at intersection of Cape Horn Rd.
  • Left into Cascade Lake’s west park entrance. Downhill turn!! 
  • Take park road to Transition Area.

Run - 2 miles - final leg for both duathlon and triathlon.  Out and back course.

  • Stay to the left of each other as if running against traffic.  There is a short steep hill just before the finish.
  • Exit transition area and exit via private and back entrance of Cascade Lake Park
  • At the exit via private and back entrance of Cascade Lark Park, turn left onto Snydersburg Road. 
  • Near end of Snydersburg Road just before Hampstead Mexico Rd/MD-482, make a left to right U-turn
  • Head back on Snydersburg Road and continue straight for about 0.1 mile beyond the private and back entrance into Cascade Lake Park (still on Snydersburg Road).  Make a left to right U-turn
  • Head back towards private and back entrance into Cascade Lake Park and turn left
  • Upon entering Cascade Lake Park again, you will then head towards the finish line with an uphill finish. 
Run course is all paved except finishing sprint which is on some loose gravel. 
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Course Maps

 

Swim (1st Leg) TRI

Run (1st Leg) DU

Bike (2nd Leg)

Run (3rd Leg)

     
  To be slightly modified as shown.  Will be posted soon.   To be slightly modified as shown.  Will be posted soon.
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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.  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 visible - 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

www.the.daysinn.com/westminster06665
25 South Cranberry Road
Westminster, MD 21157
410-857-0500 / 800-329-7466

Located about 7 miles from race site 
 
www.bestwesternwestminster.com

451 WMC Drive
Westminster, MD 21158

410-857-1900 / 800-780-7234
Located about 8 miles from race site

www.thebostoninn.com
533 Baltimore Boulevard
Westminster, MD 21157

410-848-9095 / 800-634-0846
Located about 8 miles from race site

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Directions

From Baltimore (32 miles to Cascade Lake Triathlon)

  • I-695
  • Take exit 19 to I-795 toward Owings Mills/Reisterstown
  • Take exit 9A off I-795 for MD-140 E/MD-30 N toward Hanover
  • Stay right at Butler Rd/MD-128 N
  • Turn left at Hanover Pike/MD-30
  • Continue to follow MD-30 into Hampstead
  • Turn left at Hampstead Mexico Rd/Md-482
  • Right on Snydersburg Road, turn right into Lake Cascade

From Washington DC (60 miles to Cascade Lake Triathlon)

  • Take MD-295 N
  • Exit onto I-695 N toward Towson
  • Take exit 19 to I-795 toward Owings Mills/ReisterstownFrom Philadelphia and North
  • Take exit 9A off I-795 for MD-140 E/MD-30 N toward Hanover
  • Stay right at Butler Rd/MD-128 N
  • Turn left at Hanover Pike/MD-30
  • Continue to follow MD-30 into Hampstead
  • Turn left at Hampstead Mexico Rd/Md-482
  • Right on Snydersburg Road, turn right into Lake Cascade

  • Interstate 95 South
  • Exit onto I-695 N toward Towson
  • Take exit 19 to I-795 toward Owings Mills/Reisterstown
  • Take exit 9A off I-795 for MD-140 E/MD-30 N toward Hanover
  • Stay right at Butler Rd/MD-128 N
  • Turn left at Hanover Pike/MD-30
  • Continue to follow MD-30 into Hampstead
  • Turn left at Hampstead Mexico Rd/Md-482
  • Right on Snydersburg Road, turn right into Lake Cascade

From Frederick and Hagerstown

  • Take I-70 E
  • Take exit 68 for MD-27 N toward Mt. Airy
  • Turn left at MD-27 N/Ridge Rd
  • Continue to follow MD-27 N through Westminster
  • Turn right at Hampstead Mexico Rd/MD-482
  • Turn left at Cape Horn Rd
  • Right on Snydersburg Road, turn left into Lake Cascade
Address to Cascade Lake is 3000 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead, MD  21074.
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Race Itinerary
Saturday, May 17, 2014
  • NO PETS ALLOWED.
  • 11:00am-1:30pm - Early packet pickup at transition area at Cascade Lake, 3000 Snydersburg Rd., Hampstead, MD 21074.
  • 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.
  • 12:00pm - Swim Warm-Up and Safety Clinic.
  • BRING YOUR BIKE AND HELMET for optional inspection at early packet pickup.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

  • NO PETS ALLOWED.
  • Lake Cascade3000 Snydersburg Rd., Hampstead, MD 21074.
  • 5:15am - 6:30am - Transition area opened.  Late packet pickup.  Body marking.   LAST MINUTE BIKE AND HELMET optional inspections. 
  • 6:30am - Mandatory pre-race meeting.
  • 6:45am - National Anthem. 
  • ALL WAVE ASSIGNMENTS BELOW IS BASED ON PAST YEAR'S AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
  • 7:00am - 1st Wave.  Duathlon Run's First Leg - Mass Start
  • 7:05am - 2nd Wave.  Triathletes.  Men 39 and Under; Clydesdales; Physically Challenged Males.  Orange Caps.
  • 7:10am - 3rd Wave.  Triathletes.  Men 40 and Over.  Blue Caps.
  • 7:15am - 4th Wave.  Triathletes.  All Females; Athenas; Physically Challenged Females.  Green Caps.
  • 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
Parking 
Free Parking available on the Cascade Lake 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 every athlete.

Kids and Dogs
NO PETS ALLOWED IN THIS PARK. The Piranha Sports Staff loves having kids at the events. The kids are our future. If you do bring your children, 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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