Athlete Update #2 (of 3)
Thank you for registering for the 26th Annual Beaver Freezer Triathlon and Duathlon. We're excited to have you out on this amazing course in just under a week!
Please READ THIS FULL race update. It's jam-packed with all the information you'll need for a successful race. If you have any last minute questions, first check out our FAQ page. If you don't find the information you need there, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to get back to you ASAP!
-Ema and Jennifer and the Oregon State Triathlon Club
Packet Pick Up
You can pick up your race packet on Friday April 1st from 4-7pm not 3:45 please, OR on Saturday starting at 6:30am. Remember, you have until 30 minutes before your scheduled start time to pick up your packet.
Location: Dixon Recreation Center Lower Classroom
Schedule of events available here.
Important notes about packet pick up
**Relay is moved to Langton**
We are no longer accepting swim time updates. 1
1. Check In
Please report to the pool for check in 15 minutes prior to your start. You have been assigned to a specific wave time. After all 4 people in your lane have checked in, you will have time to warm up in the diving well or bulk head area if you choose.
2. Starting Line
After warming up, please proceed to the start line. Here, you and the 3 other people in your lane will line up in order of your starting position. Once assembled, you will be given the next available lane and will start as soon as the lane is clear.
When the starter gives you the signal, you will walk one at a time to the timing mat. Here, you will stand on the mat until the starting volunteer clears you to enter the water. Your time starts 5 seconds AFTER you step off the mat. You must WALK to your lane and get in FEET FIRST. Any diving will result in a restart of your swim without a restart of your time.
Volunteers will be available to answer any questions you have at the start.
You will circle swim in the counter-clockwise direction. To pass, it is recommended that you tap the person’s feet in front of you. They should then “pull over” at the next wall allowing you to pass safely. Please DO NOT pass mid-lane as this will likely result in a head on collision with another swimmer - OUCH!
Our volunteer lap counters will signal you underwater when: Women and relay swimmers have 50 yards (one lap) to go and Men have 25 yards (one length) to go.
Once you see the signal, get out of the water after you complete the next lap/length. Exit the pool at the southeast door and head to transition.
We recommend you count your laps along with us. 3 counters are better than 2 :-)
Super Fast Wave
You guys and gals will start in the pool on a send off. We will give you directions at 10:15am in the pool. Your start is at 10:30am on the dot! More info on the SFW on athlete update #1.
This is a 3 loop course. You will go up the library hill 3 times and will pass the aid station 3 times before heading to the finish.
There is one aid station on the course and it is sponsored by Hammer Nutrition! It is located on the run course at the top of the hill. Athletes will pass the aid station 3 times on the run. The aid station will be stocked with water and Hammer gels products. Please do not litter. Trash cans will be available after the aid station.
The transition area (TA) opens at 6:30am on race day and is located in front of Dixon Recreation Center on 26th Street.
Your transition spot is designated by the wave you are in. Please rack your bike in the appropriate section. Bikes should be racked alternating directions. Bike racks will be marked with stickers. You will be asked to center your bike on a sticker with your wheel down and gar placed on the same side of the rack as the sticker. TA volunteers will help you rack your bike if you have any questions.
Upon arriving at the event, body marking will take place at each entrance to the TA It is the participant’s responsibility to get your body marked.
Please adhere to the following TA rules:
* No glass
* No riding
* No spectators. Please do not encourage friends or family to enter the TA
* Please pick up after yourself. Please put your garbage in the trash cans and help us "Leave No Trace."
Please remove your gear promptly after your race. TA will be secure until 1:00p.m. on race day. The bike you take in and out of the transition must have a matching bib number to the bib number on your person. Make sure your bike has your bib number on before taking it in, and please don’t take it off your bike until you leave TA.
Relay Team Specifics
There will be a relay team meeting at Dixon pool 7:30am on race day. Please have everyone on your team at the pool for the meeting.
Tagging for the bike and the run legs occur at your bike racking spot. If you are only doing one leg of the race please turn in your timing chip before leaving the transition area. If you are racing both the swim and the run, you should avoid all timing mats while waiting for the next leg of your race.
All relays start at 8am in Langton. Awards for relays occur with the du awards, immediately after the super fast wave.
Race Change from Tri to Du
Haven't gotten as much time in the pool as you thought you would? Feel like skipping the swim? That's just fine with us. If you would like to switch from the triathlon to the duathlon, just let us know via email. It's an easy switch and it's free to change. It is much easier to change you in advance, but if you want to change on race day, that is fine too.
While this is not a USAT sanctioned race, Beaver Freezer Athletes should abide by USAT rules.
Some rule reminders:
* Headphones (iPods, etc.) are not permitted during the race. This is for your safety.
* Fixed gear bikes are prohibited and may not be used.
* All bikes must have bar end caps.
* There is no drafting on the bike course. Please keep 3 bike lengths between you and the next person. (This is approximately the distance between two yellow dash lines on any road.)
* Your helmet must be worn and buckled at all times during the cycling portion.
* Time penalties may be accessed if rules are broken.
Parking & Arrival On Race Day
Parking is available in the parking garage at the corner of 26th and Washington. (Roof rack? WATCH YOUR BIKE!) There is some parking on the East side of Goss Stadium. There is very little parking available at the south end of the intramural fields along 26th street. There is more parking than necessary at Reser Stadium.
YOU CANNOT DRIVE ON CAMPUS! Please be sure to approach OSU from the south as cars are not allowed to drive through campus. If you are coming from out of town, please follow the signs to Reser Stadium to find parking and transition. This includes either taking 14th street or the highway to 26th street. If you live in town, you know what to do :-)
We suggest arriving at the site a very minimum of one hour prior to your race’s start, in order to get body-marked, set up in the Transition area, warm up, etc.
For directions to the race venue, visit the Beaver Freezer website.
Results & Awards
An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday after all participants have finished. This is scheduled for 12:30pm, so go ahead and grab a shower and come back for awards.
Awards will be presented to the males and females in the following categories:
Road Bike Tri Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Road Bike Tri Age Group: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Mountain Bike Tri Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
2 Person Tri Relay: 1st in each combined age category
3 Person Tri Relay: 1st in each combined age category
Duathlon Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Age Group Duathlon: 1st
Mountain Bike Age Group: 1st
Duathlon Relay: 1st
Age Groups Tri: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, ..., 65+
Age Groups Du: 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, ... 60+
Relay age categories will be announced race day.
Post Race Massage And Chiropractic
Free post race massage are provided by Vertebrata Chiropractic. After your race, enjoy a 10-minute massage by Vertebrata.
We will have OSU Triathlon apparel and gear for sale at the race. This includes tri shorts, tri tops, tri one piece suits, shirts/sweatshirts and other gear/swag. Sizes are limited to what is on hand, but there might be something just for you! We can only accept cash or check, so if you want to do some shopping, bring your paper money. Old freezer race shirts will be just $5! Other Tri-club swag will be on sale starting at just $2! Tri kit pieces start at $20 and go up to $100 depending on the kit.
It may be spring in Oregon, but this is the Beaver FREEZER and we realize the weather may not be in our favor on race day. If you would like to change completely out of your wet swimwear, we will have two changing tents located on your way to the transition area, one for men and one for women. If you plan to use the changing tents, please bring your dry clothing in a small bag to the pool area with you. Your goodie bag from Pearl Izumi Outlet will work great! When you finish the swim, grab your bag and head to the changing tents just outside of the transition area entrance. Once you enter the transition area, you will not be allowed to go back out to the changing area, so you must bring the clothing with you to the pool. Please don't bring everything… No helmets especially. The changing area is designed to give you a private place to take off your swim suit and put on your shorts/pants/shirts. The rest of your gear should be placed at your transition spot. If you have questions about this, feel free to ask the transition area staff on race day. Please note, public nudity will not be tolerated.
FAQ: Can I use the locker room to change?
Answer: Yes, but we do not recommend it, and actually discourage it. If you decide you must use the locker room, you are on your own. There will not be any race staff or volunteers in the locker rooms to direct you. No personal items should be left in the building upon exiting, so scoop it all up and take it with you out to transition. You must exit the pool in the same direction as all the other racers or you will not be allowed into transition and your time will not be recorded.
More FAQ's here
In case of rain, please leave your post race clothing in your car so it is nice and dry when you finish the race.
Locker rooms in Dixon will be available until 2pm for post race showers and warming if you need it.
Sponsor Shout Out!
Check out our sponsors, “like” them on Facebook, thank them for sponsoring the race and of course, patronize them! We are so grateful for all our wonderful sponsors for donating their time and goods to help make race day great for you! Stop by and say “Hi” and be sure to tell them you saw them at the Beaver Freezer!
Gold Level Sponsors: Hammer, Citizens Bank, Vertebrate, and Best in the West Events
Silver Level Sponsors: Peak Sports Bike Shop
WHOA! That was a lot! Thanks for reading it all :-)
We'll talk to you all again next week!
Ema & Jennifer
Oregon State Triathlon Club
2016 Beaver Freezer Race Directors