The swim is a 400 meter pool swim in the Ramsey Center natatorium. Participants start at one side of the pool and snake their way up and down each lane as they work towards the other side of the pool. Being a pool swim race, participants must submit an estimated 100 yard swim time when registering. These times are used for seeding purposes. It is in your best interest to submit a time as accurate as possible. Submitting a time that is too fast for you puts you up with swimmers who will be passing you during the swim – not good for you or them. Putting a time that is too slow places you with slower swimmers and forces you to have to pass everyone. The ideal scenario for all participants is to have people submit accurate times – the whole swim flows better.Swim caps are not provided for pool swim events. If you would like to wear a swim cap, then be sure to bring your own.
The swim start process involves all the Age Groupers, Collegiates, Clydesdales, Athenas, and Relay Teams going off first, followed by all the Novices.
The bike course is one 20K loop. The course is rolling and takes place outside of the Athens Perimeter. The roads are open to traffic – but traffic is usually fairly light.
The 5K run course is a single loop – totally on the UGA campus. The course is rolling and moderately shaded and will take participants around Lake Herrick before returning to the Ramsey Center.
The Early Bird Sprint Triathlon is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race.
All participants must complete the race in under 2 hours 15 minutes. Race officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to meet the above time requirements. This is a safety issue, our permits, volunteers, police, ems, etc are only reserved for the above time restrictions.
Entry in the Early Bird Sprint Triathlon is open to individuals 10 years of age or older.
The Early Bird Sprint Triathlon will be timed using the ChampionChip Timing System. (5 splits provided)
Event parking will be available in the parking deck in front of the Ramsey Center. Please note, parking outside of the parking deck may result in tickets/towing by campus authorities.
– Overall (M & F)
– Age Groups (M & F): 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over
– Collegiate (M & F)
– Novice (M & F)
RELAY AWARDS (Top 3)
The award ceremony will begin at an estimated time of 11:15 AM. If for any reason you are unable to stay for the awards, please ensure you have someone who can pick up your award for you. Awards will not be mailed out. The awards ceremony will take place adjacent to the finish line.
New for 2017: Registration Protection will be available to purchase during registration. Registration Protection is provided through Allianz. Purchasing this protection allows you to get reimbursed up to 100% if you cannot attend the event for a number of reasons, including covered injury, illness, traffic accidents, and the added benefit of protection in the instance that you are required to work for a covered reason.
For additional Registration Protection information click HERE.
Please note: No refunds outside of this Registration Protection policy will be provided for any reason.
If you cannot make this years event, you may transfer to next years Early Bird Sprint Triathlon if notification is given >3 weeks prior to the event. Your registration may only be transferred/deferred once. Transferring a registration to another person is not allowed. Considerable effort goes into producing such an event and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration. Thank you very much for your understanding of this policy.
Races are rain or shine unless we determine that race conditions are dangerous. If the race is cancelled there will be no refunds. This position is consistent with USAT recommendations and with the protocol of sharing the risks associated with the sport of triathlon. In the event of inclement weather, Acts of God, or unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to alter, cancel or eliminate any/all portions of the race. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid including other amenities paid for such as t-shirts, insurance, and online administrative fees. All fees collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies. In the event of inclement weather, the following is the Early Bird Sprint Triathlon plan of action.
Race start may be delayed (up to 30 minutes) until weather conditions are safe. If weather continues, the event will be changed to a duathlon (bike – run format) with a time trial start. No event day transfers will be issued if the event is reformatted due to inclement weather.
If the triathlon is cancelled due to natural disaster, every effort will be made to reschedule the event. Registrants will receive a 100% credit to participate in the rescheduled event. If the event cannot be rescheduled later in the year, a 75% credit will be issued for all registered triathlon participants into either another Georgia Endurance Series event or the following years Early Bird Sprint Triathlon.
300 River Road, Athens, GA – Atrium of the Ramsey Center
April 8th (Saturday) between 3:00pm – 6:00pm
April 9th (Sunday) between 6:15am – 7:35am inside the Ramsey Center, easily reached from the Transition Area.
If you do not pick up packet materials during the designated pick up times listed you will not be allow to race. There will be no exceptions made. You must collect your own packet. No other person will be allowed to pick up your packet. Government issued photo ID will be required to pick up materials.
PLEASE NOTE: T-shirts are guaranteed to participants who register prior to March 22, 2017.
USAT members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee, $15.
The transition area will be open on race day from 6:15 am – 7:45 am. Any athlete that arrives after 7:45 am will not be allowed into the transition area. Body marking will take place outside transition area between 6:15 am – 7:45 am. All bikes must display the proper bike frame number. Access to the transition area to retrieve bike and gear after finishing will not be allowed until the last athlete has started the run.
Timing chips can be picked up race morning under the chip pick-up tent at 6:15 am – 7:45 am.
The athlete briefing will be held on site during packet pick up Saturday, April 8th, at 6:00pm at the finish line. Race directors will need approximately 30 minutes to review the details of the race. After that time the floor will be opened up for questioning until all are answered.