Q: When does the registration drawing open?
A: The 2016 drawing will be open November 1, 2015 – November 15, 2015.
Q: What if I enter and I can’t compete?
A: Unfortunately, there are no refunds and no exchanges. You can’t transfer or sell your entry. However, you can defer your registration and receive an early entry opportunity for 2016. Click here for deferral details. Your 2016 entry fee will not be transferred to 2017.
Q: What is the order of events for the race weekend? What do I do first?
A: First, you must attend a Mandatory Athlete Briefing presented by Men’s Health. Second, after your briefing you will pick up your race packet, receive a wrist band (this must stay on at all times and throughout the weekend), a drawstring goodie bag and a race T-shirt. Third, you must load your bike in to transition Saturday afternoon between 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Riverside Park (79th/Hudson). There is no bike check-in on race day. Transition opens Sunday morning at 4:30 a.m. and closes at 5:15 a.m. (Yellow) and 5:45 a.m. (Red). Your body should already be marked and you already have your timing chip, so just drop off your clothing bag on the pathway from transition to swim start.
Q: Is the Hudson safe?
A: Yes, the Hudson is safe and clean. Water quality testing is done regularly. No vaccines, no shots, no panic attacks necessary. Calm down. The race has sports psychologists at the start for the faint of heart. It is a tidal river so you swim with the current. It's also salt water, so we don't recommend you drink it.
Q: What is the expected water temperature in the Hudson River?
A: Approximately 76 degrees Fahrenheit
Q: Are wetsuits allowed?
A: You may wear your wet suit regardless of water temperature. However, if race officials announce race morning that the water temperature is above the wetsuit-legal limit of 78 then you will not count for an age group award if you wear your wetsuit.
Q: Where do I park?
A: Click here for parking options provided by our parking sponsor, Spot Hero.
Q: How do I get from transition at Riverside Park to the swim start?
A: All athletes, excluding wheelchair athletes, walk from transition to the Swim Start. It’s a mile. You’re an athlete. Tough it out.
Q: What do I do with my shoes and shirt once I get to swim start?
A: Each participant will receive a drawstring bag labeled with your name and race number when you pick up your race packet. Take the bag to the corresponding clothing truck just south of Swim Start.
Q: Is there a lost and found?
A: Panasonic NYC Triathlon staff scours the swim start area, transition areas, and finish areas for anything left behind. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org after the race if you lost anything and hopefully we'll have it.
Q: Is there a warm up swim or ride on Sunday morning?
A: Neither one will be allowed. Bikes may not be removed from transition once you have checked your bike in. Athletes will not be allowed to enter the Hudson River until the start of their wave.
Q: Do I have to go to the briefings before I check my bike into transition?
A: Yes, all participants must attend the Mandatory Athlete Briefings presented by Men’s Health in order to pick up their packet. Your bike number will be inside your race packet and you will then attach it to your bike. No bikes will be allowed in transition without a bike number, and no bikes will be allowed out of transition without a bike number and corresponding wristband. A non-athlete may check-in a bike for an athlete if he or she is unable to do so on Saturday.
Q: Can my secretary/friend/teammate/doorman/nanny pick up my race packet?
A: No! Only the athlete can pick up his or her packet. Notice a trend yet?
Q: Can members of a relay team pick up all of their team members packets? Can I pick up my friend's packet?
A: NO! Every participant must attend a briefing, pick up their own packet, and sign their own waiver.
Q: What if I cannot attend the briefings?
A: All participants must attend the Mandatory Athlete Briefings presented by Men’s Health — no briefing? No race, no finisher’s medal, no glory.
Q: How do I know that I'm in the right race category?
A: Unless you're a pro, a paratriathlete, or a REALLY fast amateur, chances are your appropriate race category is Age Group. Your Age Group is determined by your "race age," which is not necessarily your current age. "Race age" is the age you will be at the end of the current year (12/31/2016). So, if you're 39 but have a birthday in January, you'll race with 39 year-olds. If you're 39 and your birthday is in September, you'll be with the 40 year-olds.
Q: Do I have to check in my bike on Saturday?
A: Yes, there is a MANDATORY bike check in on Saturday from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. There will be overnight security in transition. There will be NO bike check in on Sunday morning. If your bike is not in transition Saturday then you don’t race.
Q: How many water stations are on the run course?
A: Five, plus one at the finish.
Q: Do I have to wear the wristband given to me at packet pick-up?
A: Yes, all participants are required to wear the wristband until Sunday afternoon when your bike is removed from transition. Race staff will put these on your wrist as you pick up your packet. This will serve as your identification for entering into the transition Sunday morning and ensure that only you can remove your bike from transition.
Q: Do I have to wear the swim cap?
A: Yes, the swim cap must be worn. The color given to each athlete is specific to your wave, so you cannot switch colors, you cannot switch waves, you cannot switch anything.
Q: Is transportation provided to transition Sunday morning?
A: There will be a shuttle bus transporting athletes from the Host Hotel to the transition area from 3:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. This shuttle will provide one way transportation to the transition area. You must have your race number visible to use the shuttle. Athletes walk from transition to swim start.
Q: How do I get from the finish back to transition to get my bike?
A: It’s about one mile so you can walk or take a cab.
Q: What is the best place for spectators to watch the race?
A: Swim Start: Riverside Park & 98th Street on the Hudson River
Swim Exit: Riverside Park & 79th Street on the Hudson River
Run Course: Along 72nd Street from Henry Hudson Parkway to Central Park West
Race Finish: Dead Road in Central Park near the band shell off the 72nd Street Transverse
Q: What cool stuff do I get for entering and finishing?
A: First, you get to do the Triathlon. No one swims in the Hudson on purpose but you can! No one rides their bike on the Westside Highway but you will! All finishers receive a very cool finisher’s medal modeled after the original New York City subway tokens.
Q: I’m a Cubs fan. What do I get?
• In order to enter the Transition Area, all transition equipment must be loose and in the race issued clear plastic bag that you received at packet pickup or other clear plastic bag. This is just like what you would do with your liquids and gels when going through airport security.
• You can carry in loose items by hand if they do not fit in the clear plastic bag (i.e. a bike pump).
• All unattended bags outside of Transition will be treated as a possible threat by the NYPD. Please exercise common sense and maintain possession of your bag while outside of Transition at all times.
• ALL backpacks, duffle bags, draw string bags, or similar non-translucent bag MUST be empty and placed in the clear plastic bag when entering Transition.
• Hydration Packs (Camelbaks or similar) will be allowed on the race course.
Q: How big is the race issued clear plastic bag?
A: It’s big! The size is 24"wide x 28"high with a 4" base, and the top closes with a drawstring.
Q: I’m riding my bike to Transition for bike check-in on Saturday. How can I ride my bike and carry the clear plastic bag?
A: Follow these step by step instructions:
Q: Can I take my gear out of transition in my personal bag after the race and during bike check-out on Sunday?
A: Yes. If you placed your emptied personal bag in the clear plastic bag provided when first entering Transition, you can then put your transition gear in your personal bag to clean up your Transition area after your race, and then walk out of Transition with all your items in your own bag. On Sunday during bike check-out, any new items brought into Transition follow the same security protocols.
Q: Can I leave my emptied personal bag unattended outside of secured Transition to then go pick up my transition gear?
A: NO. NYPD will shut down the race if any backpack or transition bag is found unattended. This will not only inconvenience you but all the other athletes either still competing or exiting Transition. Your personal bag must already be in Transition for you to take it out. See above question regarding what to do with your personal backpack or transition bag when entering Transition.
The race starts at 5:50 a.m. If you're staying at the Host Hotel, catch a FREE shuttle to the transition area or to swim start. If you prefer public transportation, take the Shuttle from Grand Central to Times Square and then transfer to the 1, 2, or 3 train Uptown to 96th and Broadway. The swim start is about a 10-minute walk from there. Follow the path of volunteers guiding the way!
BEST SPOTS TO CHEER
1. Swim Start – Riverside Park & 98th Street on the Hudson River.
• Closest subway stop: 96th and Broadway (1, 2, or 3 train)
• From station, head one block west to 96th and West End Avenue. From there, follow the directions to swim start provided by the Panasonic New York City Triathlon team of volunteers. (Approx 12 minute walk)
2. Swim Exit – Riverside Park & 79th Street on the Hudson River.
• Closest subway stop: 79th and Broadway (1 train only)
• From the station, head two blocks west to pathway into Riverside Park. (Approx 8 minute walk)
3. Run Course along 72nd Street from Henry Hudson Parkway to Central Park West
• Closest subway stop: 72nd and Broadway (1, 2, or 3 train)
• If you're coming from Swim Exit, walk out of the park and head towards 72nd Street. Once on 72nd Street, head east for a view of the run.
4. Run Course along 72nd Street Transverse in Central Park (Terrace Drive) to Park Drive East to the finish
• Closest subway stop: 72nd Street and Central Park West (B or C train)
5. Race Finish – Dead Road in Central Park near the bandshell off the 72nd Street Transverse
• Closest subway stop from the West Side: 72nd Street and Central Park West (B or C train)
• Closest subway stop from the East Side: Lexington Avenue and 63rd Street (F Train)
For the safety of athletes, we ask that you DO NOT attempt to go to the following locations:
1. Westside Highway
• No walking. No standing. No riding. No exceptions.
2. Red and Yellow Bike Transition
• ONLY Athletes are allowed in Transition
3. Transition Bike Paths
• Please respect the race marshals and follow their instructions.
4. Finish Line Mix Zone
• The first 40 yards after the finish. It’s for medical, athletes and press. Meet your star in the designated Family Reunion Area.
See you next year on July 16, 2017! Registration drawing opens November 1, 2016.
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