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Long Course:  5K run, 20 mile bike, 5K run

Short Course:  2 mile run, 10 mile bike & 2 mile run

Saturday  May 2, 2015

Square Lake Park in Stillwater, MN

 

   


Overview

The Multi-Sport season begins early with Tri Fitness.  Cinco “Du” Mayo is a Duathlon: a Run-Bike-Run event held at Square Lake Park in Stillwater, MN.

Now, before you start reading too far into the name of our event, let us clear a few things up. We are not commemorating the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th in 1862...with a Duathlon.

As happy as we are for General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguínwe and his army of 4,000 decisively crushing the (8,000 strong) French army, the best army at the time, and might we add, one that had not been defeated for almost 50 years (thanks Wikipedia!),  we really don’t see much connection between the two...so that would be weird.

This event isn’t even held on May 5th every year...It’s held on the first Saturday in May, no matter the date.

Here’s how it really happened: We have a race in early May. This race happens to fall somewhat close to Cinco De Mayo. the “De” sounds a lot like “Du” (you can see where this is going...) which is what Multi-Sport athletes say when they don’t want to expend the extra energy to articulate two more syllables (a true Multi-Sport athlete saves energy whenever they can!). Thus was born the, Cinco “Du” Mayo.

So we race. And then we eat tacos...tasty, tasty, tacos.

 

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Registration

Why register?

  • Square Lake is a coveted training ground, less than 45 minutes from St. Paul and Minneapolis.
  • Get a long-sleeve cotton shirt.
  • Be prepared with on-site bike support courtesy of our friends at Penn Cycle.
  • Sip on coffee and more from the great folks at Caribou Coffee.
  • Relax with a pre- or post-race rubdown from Barr Chiropractic.
  • Enjoy a post-race taco party courtesy of Casa Lupita.
  • Be informed and entertained with race-day announcements by the incomparable Jerry MacNeil.
  • First and second place medals for male and female age group winners
  • Overall male and female winners will receive a Mexican themed basket filled with goodies

There are two ways to sign up:

  • REGISTER ONLINE  Once on-line registration has closed for 2015, you may still register in the store and race day registration will be available at the park.

  Are you a Tri Club member?  Get 25% off the race fee by registering in the store!

The race fees are as follows:

  • Long Course Individual - $70 before 4/19/2015, or $75 through 5/01/2015, or $80 on race day
  • Long Course TEAM - $95 before 4/19/2015, or $100 through 5/01/2015, or $105 on race day
  • Short Course Individual- $60 before 4/19/2015, or $65 through 5/01/2015, or $70 on race day
  • Short Course TEAM - $85 before 4/19/2015, or $90 through 5/01/2015, or $95 on race day

 

Every participant registering before 4/19 will receive long sleeve event T-shirt.  These are UNISEX shirts, and may run a little bit large, so please order accordingly.

NOTE:  If you register within 14 days of the race date, you will NOT recieve a t-shirt.  Prices have been adjusted to reflect this.

Size chart - measure just under your arms, around your chest.  The shirts tend to run a little large, so if you're between sizes, you might want to go a size lower, but it's totally up to your individual preferences.

XS 30-32
S 34-36
M 38-40
L 42-44
XL 46-48
2XL 50-52
3XL 54-55

 

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Packet Pick-up

Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race, such as your timing chip and race bib, and some fun stuff like your complimentary event shirt and special offers. The race will be chip-timed by Final Time.

Be sure to bring your race bib and timing chip on race day morning. And please be sure to bring only the timing chip for this race; DO NOT wear a timing chip from a prior race, or it may interfere with your time for Cinco Du Mayo, potentially not recording your effort.

Pick up your race packets at our retail store at 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions).

Thursday, April 30, 2015   10am-8pm


Friday, May 1, 2014   10am - 6pm

 

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Race Location

Cinco Du Mayo is held at Square Lake Park near Stillwater (get directions).  The address is 15450 Square Lake Trail North, Stillwater, MN  55082.

Parking on race day will be available within the park. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.

 

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Schedule of Events

 

7:30 am - Park and parking lots open

7:30 am - Transition area opens for race participants

7:30 am - Bike support will be on hand from our friends at Penn Cycle

7:30 am - Race day registration begins

8:00 am - Race announcements begin

8:15 am - Race day registration and packet pick-up closes - no more cars allowed into the park

8:30 am - Transition area closes

8:40 am - Final course updates (Start line)

8:45 am - Long Course begins!

9:00 am - Short Course begins!

11:15ish - Awards ceremony

There is no time limit - we’ll stay out until the last person finishes :)

SEVERE WEATHER POLICY:  There is a chance of inclement weather. The safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, police and everyone else is our top priority, so we may need to make race-day adjustments.

The race director will have NOAA weather alerts via phone and walkie-talkie, and will monitor any severe weather alerts.  All volunteers will watch for lightning and alert the director immediately if they see it.  We will be following a 30-30 policy, which is: if we witness a flash of lightning, and hear thunder within 30 seconds, then we will delay the race by 30 minutes. Everyone should avoid any metal objects or tall, solitary objects and head to their car if possible. There is a very small area near the beach where people can gather, but there is no shelter per se.

The roads will almost certainly be wet in that case.   Please watch for slick roads and standing water, especially on the bike course!

In the case of lightning during the course of the event, we may have to cancel and pull participants off the course. This will be the responsibility of the sag wagon and other volunteers as we can afford.   We will work to notfiy all participants currently on the course that the event is being canceled.

There are no refunds or transfers in the event we have to cancel the race, though we reserve the right to issue a transfer via email to registered participants. It is the absolute last option, but we have to have everyone's safety in mind.

 

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Course Profile

You are responsible for knowing the course, so please study the maps and directions.  We'll have volunteers on the course, but still...please know your stuff.

Both courses include an “out-and-back” run that starts within the park but keeps the majority of the distance on the scenic avenues outside of the park boundaries.

The bike course for this event features rolling hills that traverse through some of the most beautiful terrain in the Stillwater area. The short course is great for beginners, while more seasoned duathletes will find it to be moderately challenging.

The long course features double the amount of rolling hills (2 loops on the bike course...) and just seems to be a little more demanding. The weather in early May is often cool; the longer exposure times for the long-course athletes can take its toll.  Please dress accordingly.

RUN COURSE

Both runs begin within the park, but make their way quickly to the roadways outside of the park. Runners take a left out of the park and head left on Paul Ave.  Runners continue straight until they reach the turn-around point (approx. 1.0 mile for short course and 1.55 miles for long course) and then they head back to the start/transition area.  Long course athletes - DO NOT turn around at the short course turnaround marker!  You have another 1/2 mile or so to go.

Fluid replacement (water and HEED) will be available at the turn-around point.

RUN/BIKE TRANSITION

To help with the congestion that often happens within the transition area, only participants and volunteers will be permitted in the transition area.

Bikes must be walked/run in the transition area. Mount/Dismount Zones are located just outside the transition area.  You must wear a helmet while with your bike.

For teams, please transfer your chip at your bike transition area.

BIKE COURSE

The Bike section of this course follows a clockwise route around Big Carnelian Lake and Little Carnelian Lake.  Participants will begin the bike course by leaving the transition area and taking a right out of the park on Square Lake Trail N.  Directional signs, mile markers, and volunteers will be posted on the course during the race to assist with navigation...but it always helps to know your course.

Remember, Long Course athletes make a second loop around the lakes before heading back in to transition. Please consider giving these maps a look ahead of time, or even better, give it a ride, and you'll be good to go on race day. Short Course athletes only do ONE LOOP of the bike course...know when to head back, check the map!

The entire bike route is open to traffic; please be aware of vehicles and plan on following all traffic rules when traffic control is not present. The road surface is asphalt and course volunteers(armed with brooms) are stationed at all turns.  This should be a nice, clean course...please help us keep it that way by holding on to your empty gel packs or other litter.  All bikes are required to display a bike number.

Tri Fitness and Penn Cycle will provide pre-race and on-course bike support.

FINISH

The finish area is located on the road, inside the park, adjacent to transition area.  Volunteers will assist in removing race numbers and/or timing chips.

Bottled water and post-race snacks will be provided.  In order to keep them as warm as possible, the tacos should arrive by 10:30 or so.

 

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Awards and Prizes

Awards are given to:

  • Top overall Male & Female athletes
  • Top 2 Male & Female athletes in each age group (19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)
  • Top relay team (we allow Male, Female, or Mixed teams)
     

Overall winners will receive a Mexican Themed Basket of goodies (which may, or may not  include refried beans).  Individual age group and team 1st and 2nd place winners will receive medals.  

 

 

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Results and Photos

 

RESULTS

PHOTOS

 

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Refund / Cancellation Policy

This policy has been created in fairness to all the athletes so that equal opportunity exists for registering for all Tri Fitness events.

Tri Fitness reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule an event in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster.  In the event of such a cancellation, there will be no refund of entry or processing fees.   If Tri Fitness decides to cancel an event for reasons under our control, entry fees will be refunded to existing registrants.

There are no race transfers on race day, even if a registered athlete is a no-show and a slot is available.  This is to ensure that events start on time, for safety considerations and event management.

Severe Weather

There is a chance of inclement weather. The safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, police and everyone else is our top priority, so we may need to make race-day adjustments.

The race director will have NOAA weather alerts via phone and walkie-talkie, and will monitor any severe weather alerts.  All volunteers will watch for lightning and alert the director immediately if they see it.  We will be following a 30-30 policy, which is: if we witness a flash of lightning, and hear thunder within 30 seconds, then we will delay the race by 30 minutes. Everyone should avoid any metal objects or tall, solitary objects and head to their car if possible. 

The roads will almost certainly be wet in that case.   Please watch for slick roads and standing water.

In the case of lightning during the course of the event, we may have to cancel and pull participants off the course. This will be the responsibility of the sag wagon and other volunteers as we can afford.   We will work to notfiy all participants currently on the course that the event is being canceled.

There are no refunds or transfers in the event we have to cancel the race, though we reserve the right to issue a transfer via email to registered participants. It is the absolute last option, but we have to have everyone's safety in mind.

Athlete Refunds

Tri Fitness has a no refund policy once an athlete has registered for a Tri Fitness event.  If you are unable to compete for any reason, you may transfer your registration to another athlete may transfer with no charge.  Please contact races@trifitnesswbl.com to update any athlete information.

Transfers

Under certain circumstances, race transfers can occur for an event within the same calendar year. A race transfer is defined as transferring an athlete’s registration to another race for any reason.

A race transfer can occur under the following conditions:

  • The request to transfer out of a race must be made 14 days or more prior to that scheduled event date.  No transfers will be allowed underneath this deadline unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Extenuating circumstances: If you have an injury (verified by a doctor's order) or a member of your immediate family has a death or a medical emergency and it is within 14 days of the scheduled event yet greater than 72 hours prior to the event, you will need to notify us in writing.  The race director will consider each request on a case by case basis after the event, for credit towards a future Tri Fitness event within the same calendar year.   No credits will be issued with less than 72 hours prior written notice to the event.
  • Transfers can be made to any race owned by Tri Fitness and list on our Events page.   Race transfers are only allowed once per person, per season.
  • Credit for the transfer will be based solely on the entry fee paid, and not inclusive of processing fees, etc.
  • If the race to which you are transferring has a higher entry fee as of the date of the transfer, you must pay the difference by making out a check to Tri Fitness.
  • There is a $5 fee to refund or transfer for any race and for any reason

Considerable effort goes into producing an event and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration. Transferring two weeks out from an event can be managed, but under the two week limit a transfer causes considerable issues, both monetarily and organizationally as packets have been prepared with sized t-shirts, chip numbers have been requested based on the athlete’s entry, and perhaps a race has been closed in which a transfer would bar another athlete from entering the event.

Thank you very much for your understanding of this policy and thank you also for your participation in Tri Fitness events.

 

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For More Information

Please contact us at  races@trifitnesswbl.com.

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Are you interested in becoming a race sponsor?  We have multiple opportunities available - click here to get all the information.

     
 
 
 

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