2019 KEMAH NEW INFO
We are still working out details with Kemah. Although last year (and all years before) have been awesome, unfortunately the Boardwalk no longer wants to host endurance events on the boardwalk itself. This means we can’t dock the boat for the swim start there, and can’t guarantee participants parking spaces anywhere near the race start. On top of that, there will be major construction on the main highway and bridge area we utilize for the bike course. We are actively looking for answers for this year and beyond, and have some ideas. Know that we will communicate more once we decide if we can move forward without the boardwalk, and other issues. Thanks for your support and patience. In the meantime, get signed up for Sylvan Beach! It’s going to be amazing!
EVENT DATE(S) -
Kemah Triathlon (Sprint & Olympic)
Kemah Youth Triathlon
In order to provide the best race experience possible, and take away any fears of registering early, we've updated our registration platform, and added race cancellation insurance! This means in the case of a race needing to be canceled do to natural disasters, or something similar that is out of our control, you will receive a full refund without having to do anything!
NEW: EVENT CANCELLATION INSURANCE
The BCTS Team Challenge invites clubs to come together and compete to win some terrific prizes, including future comp’ed entries! All types of groups/teams are allowed in. Fastest groups & largest groups will win prizes! See details on the link below:
Kemah Sprint Triathlon
500-Meter Swim, 12.5-Mile Bike, 3.1-Mile Run
Kemah Olympic Triathlon
1500-Meter Swim, 24.85-Mile Bike, 6.2-Mile Run
Kemah Youth Triathlon - Short Course (10 Years & Under)
75-Meter Swim, 2-Mile Bike, 1/2-Mile Run
Kemah Youth Triathlon - Long Course (Over 10 Years)
150-Meter Swim, 2-Mile Bike, 1-Mile Run
604 Bradford Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
215 Kipp Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565
*NEW* Event Age Restrictions
Youth Triathlon - 6-15 years old.
Adult Triathlon - 16 & over years old.
Please Note: Ages above are representative of the athletes age on the last day of that year (USAT AGE). This means a number of athletes will be racing at one year older than they are during the race if they have not yet had their birthday come event day.
Event Day Registration
There is no event day registration for any Kemah Triathlon events.
We have a very strict no refunds, transfers, or deferrals policy. Much of what goes into producing an event like this is spent up front and offering refunds, transfers, or deferrals may effect the future of the event because funding is allocated early. Please do not signup unless you are sure you'll race and/or you're willing to accept the registration loss if you end up not racing, for whatever reason. Thank you.
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Any changes made to the race are done because we have to, usually out of safety for our participants that arise after the race has been planned. We are triathletes too and do everything to create a better, safer, more enjoyable experience for all of you.
USA Triathlon Membership
A USA Triathlon (USAT) membership is required. You will be able to purchase a one day or one year membership during registration.
Kemah SPRINT Triathlon INDIVIDUAL - Registration Fees - 900 Capacity
Kemah OLYMPIC Triathlon INDIVIDUAL - Registration Fees - 850 Capacity
Kemah SPRINT Triathlon RELAY - Registration Fees - 50 Capacity
Kemah OLYMPIC Triathlon RELAY - Registration Fees - 25 Capacity
Kemah YOUTH Triathlon INDIVIDUAL - Registration Fees - 350 Capacity
Kemah YOUTH Triathlon RELAY - Registration Fees - 10 Capacity
Kemah Triathlon Pre Race Swim/Run Clinic - Registration Fees - 200 Capacity
Kemah Triathlon Event Morning Packet Pickup - Registration Fees - 100 Capacity
Must signup before event morning. Must be registered (paid for separately/additionally) to pickup event morning.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sunday, October 14, 2018
7:00am - Swim/Run Pre Race Clinic - Checkin Begins
7:30am - Swim/Run Pre Race Clinic - Swim Clinic Begins
8:00am - Swim/Run Pre Race Clinic - Swim Practice Begins
9:00am - Swim/Run Pre Race Clinic - Run Practice Begins
10:00am - Swim/Run Pre Race Clinic - Transition Clinic Begins
Thursday, October 18, 2018
12:00pm - Packet Pickup #1 Begins @ TBD
7:00pm - Packet Pickup #1 Ends
Friday, October 19, 2018
12:00pm - Packet Pickup #2 Begins @ Powerhouse Racing Multisport & Wellness, 18201 Egret Bay Blvd, Webster, TX 77058
6:00pm - Packet Pickup #2 Ends
Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00am - Youth Tri - Parking & Packet Pickup begins.
6:30am - Youth Tri - Transition opens.
7:00am - Youth Tri - Swim Line forms.
7:20am - Youth Tri - Anthem & Announcements begin.
7:30am - Youth Tri - Event begins.
9:30am - Youth Tri - Awards Ceremony begins
12:00pm - Packet Pickup #3 Begins @ Kemah Boardwalk Inn (Ball Room).
12:00pm - Non Mandatory Pre-Race Bike Check in @ Race Site begins.
5:00pm - Non Mandatory Pre-Race Bike Check in @ Race Site ends.
5:00pm - Packet Pickup #3 Ends @ Kemah Boardwalk Inn (Ball Room).
Sunday, October 21, 2018
- No Packet Pickup this day unless race day pickup was purchased!
5:00am - Kemah Sprint & Olympic Tri - Parking & Transition open
5:30am - Kemah Olympic Tri - Boat Loading open
6:00am - Kemah Olympic Tri - Transition closes
6:30am - Kemah Olympic Tri - Boats Leave the Boardwalk!
7:00am - Kemah Sprint Tri - Transition closes
7:25am - Kemah Olympic Tri - Anthem & Announcements begins
7:25am - Kemah Sprint Tri - Anthem & Announcements begins
7:30am - Kemah Olympic Tri - Swim begins
7:30am - Kemah Sprint Tri - Swim begins
11:00am (or sooner) - Kemah Tri - Awards Ceremony Begins
PACKET PICKUP PROCEDURE(S) & INFO
Look up your assigned race number and swim cap color (both below) before you go to pickup your packet. These will not likely be updated until a week out from race day.
If you register Friday or Saturday before race day, you may not be able to look your bib # up online. Just show up to Packet Pickup, let them know, and you'll be assigned a bib there.
Registered athletes must pickup their own packet and ONLY their own packet. The ONLY exception to this rule is for relay teams. One registered relay team member may pickup the packet(s) for all the team members if they have copies of their teammate's license(s).
Registered athletes MUST have a valid government issued photo ID to pickup their packet. No exceptions.
Parents may pickup their child's packet (youth or adult event) if their child is under 18 years of age. Anyone 18 & over must pickup their own packet.
We do not need to see your USAT Annual License (if you have one). When you registered it either confirmed the validity of your USAT Annual License, charged you for a new one, or charged you for a 1-day license. Whatever the case, all athletes have been confirmed as far as USAT status goes.
ATHLETE BIB NUMBER LOOK UP
(This will be updated Wed or Thur of race week.)
If you're registered for the race please click the button and check your information after Wednesday of the week of the event. You must know your assigned race number to pickup your packet.
If you registered Friday or Saturday before the race, you won't be assigned a number in the online system. Just let them know at Packet Pickup and they'll give you a bib there.
The list is alphabetical by last name. Names highlighted in red need to sign the USAT waiver at packet pickup. Names in yellow are missing information. Please log back into the Reg System if you need to make changes. If that section is closed, EMAIL US if you need to change or update information. Please note we cannot change shirt sizes, or divisions.
Remember you cannot pickup anyone's packet but your own. The only exceptions are those parents picking up for their child (17 years old or younger) and relay team members that wish to pickup their entire team's packet. Team members wishing to do so must present their own photo ID along with copies or photos of the other members.
No matter what you MUST have a government issued photo ID of some kind and you must pickup your own packet (with the two exceptions listed above).
KEMAH TRIATHLON SWIM WAVES
Waves will be updated by week of race
7:30am - Neon Green (men) and Pink (women) Caps - Olympic Distance
All Athletes, Time Trial Line Jump From Bow of Boat
7:30am - Neon Orange Caps - Wave 1 - Sprint Distance
7:33am - Blue Caps - Wave 2 - Sprint Distance
7:36am - Neon Green Caps - Wave 3 - Sprint Distance
Men 24 & Under and Men 35-44
7:39am - Purple Caps - Wave 4 - Sprint Distance
Women 55 & Over and Athenas
7:42am - Light Blue Caps - Wave 5 - Sprint Distance
Relays and Clydesdales
7:45am - Red Caps - Wave 6 - Sprint Distance
Men 45 and Over
7:48am - Pink Caps - Wave 7 - Sprint Distance
Kemah YOUTH Tri SWIM START PROCEDURE
All youth competitors will stand next to their assigned spot in transition with their hand touching their race number that is on the transition rack. We will then call each transition row in order to lineup according to their number (lowest to highest) and proceed to walk the line to the ramp start area. Once on the ramp area the short course kids will go first followed by a short break after which the long course kids will begin. Both distances swim a similar triangle course, from dock to buoy to buoy and back to dock in a clockwise direction with buoys on their right. The run from swim exit to transition is about .1-mile. Shoes are allowed at swim exit for the run to T1.
ADULT TRI COURSE MAP
OLYMPIC DISTANCE BOAT LOADING & PROCEDURE DETAILS
BLUE WRISTBANDS ARE FOR THOSE BOARDING THE COLONEL. ORANGE WRISTBANDS ARE FOR THOSE BOARDING THE FANTASEA. Your wristband should be in your packet pickup bag. The adult olympic triathlon swim start will occur from the Colonel, nearly 1-mile offshore. We are also offering spectators the opportunity to watch the boat start from the best possible vantage point…from the deck of the 93’ Fantasea dinner cruise boat. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the registration link above. The Colonel (paddle wheel boat) is larger and holds 630 people on 3 total levels. The Fantasea is smaller and holds 130 people on 2 total levels. Boarding on both boats starts at 5:30am and ends at 6:30am sharp! Do not be late. Plan 20 minutes to walk to the boarding area and board your boat. If you miss your boat, your timing chip will be taken and you will not receive a finishing time or be eligible for awards but may still do the bike and run and get a medal and food/drink. We recommend using the restrooms near transition and hydrating/eating prior to boarding. We will not allow shoes or any other items that are not absolutely necessary (wetsuits, swim cap, goggles) on the boat. Anything brought to the docks and left will be donated. There will be emergency bathrooms and coolers of water and Gatorade on the boat but do not rely on them. We recommend (unless it’s a cold morning) bringing your wetsuit and putting it on on the way out to swim start. It takes about 30 minutes to get out there and drop anchor to start. Due to the nature of currents and winds it is some-times more difficult than it seems, to properly position, anchor and steer the boat. This is a accuracy and safety issue. Please be patient and aware that the Olympic distance race may start up to 10 minutes late depending on these scenarios. Once both boats are in position, near the start buoy the first set of swimmers to go off will be the Olympic distance invitational athletes. These are the only athletes that will go off at once as one wave. These are also the only athletes that will be permitted to dive off the boat head first. All other athletes will exit the boat in a time trial manner (3-4 at a time) going over timing mats then jumping in legs spread open while holding on to goggles with one hand. All athletes are advised to jump quickly to a spot they’ve picked as they approach the edge. Do not hesitate. If you do you will be asked to step to the very back of the line. Once you jump start swimming as soon as you pop up. Swimmers keep the buoys on their right. It is typical that current will push you towards the buoys but not 100%. It all depends on the wind,. Those that go to the end of the line and do not jump when their turn comes back around will be given up to 5 minutes to decide before they are taken back in to shore. Their timing chip will be taken and they will be permitted to finish the race once they walk from the Kemah Boardwalk back to transition. The Olympic distance swimmers will swim from the boat to shore in a straight line passing 7-10 yellow buoys (winds dictate number of buoys) spaced about 150-200 meters apart. Kayaks, lifeguards, boats and jetskis will be on the course for rest and quick rescue if needed.
YOUTH TRI COURSE MAP
8:25am - Olympic Swim Cutoff - 3:30/100m Average Pace
10:00am - Olympic Bike Cutoff - 15mph Average Pace
11:15am - Olympic Run 7th Street Cutoff - 15:00/mile Average Pace
11:35am - Olympic Run Cutoff - 15:00/mile Average Pace
Kemah Youth Triathlon
8:00am - Youth Swim Cutoff
8:30am - Youth Bike Cutoff
9:00am - Youth Run Cutoff
SPECIFIC PARKING MAP
LOCATIONS & ADDRESSES
Packet Pickup (Thursday)
Tru Tri Sports
16341 Mueschke Rd, #220
Cypress, TX 77433
Packet Pickup (Friday)
Powerhouse Racing Multisport and Wellness
18201 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Packet Pickup (Saturday)
Kemah Boardwalk Inn
3rd Floor Ball Room
8 Kemah Water Front, Kemah, TX 77565
Parking for All Races
215 Kipp Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565
Kemah Triathlon & Kemah Youth Triathlon Transition
6th Street City Parking Lot
602 Bradford Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565
Post Race Area for All Races
6th Street City Parking Lot
602 Bradford Avenue
Kemah, TX 77565
WEARING YOUR NUMBERS (CLICK TO EXPAND & SCROLL)
USAT'S MOST VIOLATED RULES (CLICK TO EXPAND)
IT IS EACH ATHLETE’S RESPONSIBILITY (INCLUDING YOUTH AND RELAY TEAMS) TO KNOW AND ABIDE BY USAT RULES.
If you have questions before the event please ask via email. As the race is sanctioned by USAT, if you have a race day question you must ask one of the Certified USAT Officials. If you have any doubt please note the officials name to clarify after the event if needed.
You have 60 minutes after the results have been posted to submit a written proposal to the USAT officials with your request. After that the ruling stands and we hope you can be happy knowing you did your best and had a blast!
USAT Cell Phone Rules:
On the bike: Cyclists may carry a cell phone only if it is stored in a tool bag, out of sight. It may only be used if cyclist is dismounted. Phones cannot be mounted on handlebars or in view of the rider.
On the run: Must be stored out of sight. Participants who use a phone must step off the course and may not advance while on the phone. The use of the phone while making forward progress shall result in a penalty.
OTHER IMPORTANT EVENT RULES
Only registered athletes are allowed in transition.
Once your bike is brought into transition it is not allowed out until transition is reopened after the event.
You may not move anyone else's bike. Find a volunteer, staff, or official.
No glass bottles in transition.
You may only enter and exit through the designated areas. No fence hopping or opening.
Once transition is closed their will be no re-admittance for any reason until you come in from the swim. Relay team members may enter and leave transition once transition is closed but they are the only exception.
PLEASE READ - VERY IMPORTANT - THOSE THAT DO NOT LEAVE TRANSITION ONCE IT IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. THOSE THAT HAVE FINISHED AND ARE FOUND IN TRANSITION BEFORE IT'S OPEN WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
You must wear your assigned swim cap on the swim.
You must have your bike frame sticker on during the ride.
You must have your bike helmet sticker on your helmet during the ride.
You must have the run bib on during the run.
If you deviate from the course(s) at any time (making them shorter or longer) you will be disqualified.
If you choose not to continue or you are disqualified you must alert race staff, officials, and/or timing. Please do not give your timing chip to a volunteer.
We reserve the right to disqualify and ban anyone that is found to be using profanity and showing unsportsmanlike conduct and/or aggression. This is a family friendly atmosphere at all times. In other words, be nice, be civil, be an adult.
Alchohol is not allowed to be brought onto Boardwalk Property.
RESULTS & AWARDS
No Limits Timing
For issues with your results, contact Mike Hutchinson with No Limits Timing. The timing chips are disposable but the ankle straps are not. We will take them both at the finish line and recycle the chip and save the strap for the next event. If by chance you pickup your packet but do not end up racing you may throw out your chip but please ask that you mail your strap to No Limits Timing - 3050 Knolin Dr, Bossier City, LA 71112.
Kemah Triathlon Awards - Male & Female - 3 Places Deep - Sprint & Olympic
Top 3 Overall - Olympic Only
Top Overall Winners - Sprint Only
Masters (40 to 54) - Winner Only - Sprint & Olympic
Grand Masters (55 & Over) - Winner Only - Sprint & Olympic
70 & Over
Clydesdales (220lbs & Over) Under 40
Clydesdales (220lbs & Over) 40 & Over
Athenas (165lbs & Over) Under 40
Athenas (165lbs & Over) 40 & Over
Relays - All Male
Relays - All Female
Relays - Mixed
Kemah Youth Triathlon Awards - Boy & Girl - 3 Places Deep
Short Course Overall Winner Only
Short Course - 6 & Under, 7-8, 9-10
Long Course Overall Winner Only
Long Course - 11-12, 13-14, 15-16
Invitational and Special Age Group Classifications:
The invitational wave is NOT a pro/elite wave. This means that even though we have a separate wave for the invitational, if an age grouper beats an invitational athletes time, they have beat them and will be awarded an overall placement in the top 3. Age groupers that are brought up into the top 3 overall standing of the race are no longer eligible for age group or masters awards. Invitational athletes are also not eligible to go down into age group.