Sylvan Beach Triathlon & Duathlon
Olympic & Sprint
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2020 REGISTRATION COMING
SAME LEGENDARY SYLVAN BEACH
For those that have been around you know Sylvan Beach is a legendary Houston area triathlon and duathlon. We are honored to take it under our BCTS banner. We are keeping everything the same for the most part. But we are excited to announce the addition of the Olympic distance Tri and also we are moving the finish line arch to the edge of the ocean. So you finish through the sand, and straight into the water. We’ll be waiting for you with the best beach party your tri suit has ever seen!
Sylvan Beach Sprint & Olympic Triathlon
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sylvan Beach Duathlon
Sunday, June 9, 2020
Sylvan Beach Team Challenge
Sunday, June 9, 2020
REGISTER EARLY WITH NO STRESS
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!
You also have the option to add your own personal no-show insurance upon registering. See the details and T&C’s here and sign up when you checkout.
1500-Meter Swim, 40km (24.8 Mile) Bike, 10km (6.2 Mile) Run
500-Meter Swim, 15-Mile Bike, 3.1-Mile Run
2 Mile Run, 15-Mile Bike, 3-Mile Run
La Porte High School
301 E Fairmont Pkwy
La Porte, TX 77571
Sylvan Beach Park
1 Sylvan Beach Drive
La Porte, TX US 77571
Event Age Restrictions
Triathlon - 16 & over
Duathlon - 14 & over
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.
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.
It is your job to frequent the website and check your emails. If you use a work email there is a good chance our emails and website will be blocked by your firewall. Use a personal email address and check the site from home. Like us on Facebook and join our newsletter to get the latest information.
Any changes made to the race are done because we have to, out of safety for our participants. These issues, when they do occur, 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.
See All Pricing on our Reg System
Triathlon OLYMPIC - INDIVIDUAL - 600 Capacity
Triathlon OLYMPIC - RELAY - 50 Capacity
Triathlon SPRINT - INDIVIDUAL - 600 Capacity
Triathlon SPRINT - RELAY - 50 Capacity
Duathlon - 400 Capacity
Event Morning Packet Pickup - 100 Capacity
Must signup before event morning. Must be registered (paid for separately/additionally) to pickup event morning.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 5, 2020
12:00pm - 6:00pm: Packet Pickup #2 (All Events) @
Bike Barn Weslayan Plaza 5339 Weslayan Street, Houston, Texas 77005
Saturday, June 6, 2020
11:00am - 5:00pm: Packet Pickup #3 (All Events) @
On the Run Clear Lake 2427 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, Texas 77062
Sunday, June 7, 2020
5:30-6:30am: Parking Begins
5:30-6:30am: Packet Pickup begins @ Sylvan Beach Park (only for those who paid for this option upon online registration)
5:30am: Transition Opens
6:30am: Warm Up Swim Opens
6:40am: Transition Closes
6:45am: Swim Warm Up Closes
6:45am: Racers to Starting Line for Announcements & Anthem
6:55am: Olympic Triathlon Starts
7:00am: Wave 1 - Men 44 and Under, Clydesdale - Neon Orange
7:03am: Wave 2 - All Women and Athena - Neon Pink
7:06am: Wave 3 - Men 45 and Over, Relays - Neon Green
6:55am: Duathlon Starts
7:35am: Sprint Triathlon Starts
7:35am: Wave 1 - Men 25-29 and Men 30-39 - Royal Blue
7:38am: Wave 2 - Women 44 and Under - Purple
7:41am: Wave 3 - Men 40-49 and Men 24 and Under - Neon Orange
7:44am: Wave 4 - Women 45 and Over, Athena, Relays - Neon PInk
7:47am: Wave 5 - Men 50 and Over, Clydesdale - Neon Green
8:10am: Swim Finish Cutoff (both distances)
9:30-10:00am: Awards & Raffle
We are proud to have Home 2 Suites by HILTON La Porte as our official hotel sponsor for Sylvan Beach Tri & Du!
They’re conveniently located at 1251 S. 13th St. La Porte, TX. 77571.
Find out where you can park and where you can't.
Parking will be at La Porte High School, 301 E. Fairmont Parkway, La Porte, Texas 77571.
Cars will not be permitted in Sylvan Beach Park for any reason. It is a quarter mile walk to the beach park from the high school.
PACKET PICKUP PROCEDURE(S) & INFO
Packet Pickup for Races and Tri Team Challenge:
Wednesday, before the race:
Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute The Woodlands
9305 Pinecroft , Suite 450 The Woodlands
4pm - 6pm
Friday, before the race:
Bike Barn Weslayan Plaza
5339 Weslayan Street, Houston, Texas 77005
12pm to 6pm
Saturday, before the race:
On the Run Clear Lake
2427 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, Texas 77062
11am to 5pm
Sunday, race day:
Sylvan Beach Park
5:30-6:30am (VIP Only)
Race Day Packet Pickup: For an extra fee (THIS SELECTION CAN BE MADE DURING REGISTRATION AND UP UNTIL THE FIRST PACKET PICK UP DATE), you can pick up your packet at the race site from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. race day near the chip timing tent. You MUST BRING YOUR PHOTO ID.
YOU MUST HAVE A USAT MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS USAT EVENT. YOU CAN PURCHASE AN ANNUAL OR ONE DAY USAT MEMBERSHIP during the registration process or ONLINE at www.usatriathlon.org.
Lookup your assigned race number and swim cap color (both below) before you go to pickup your packet.
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 once registered.
ATHLETE BIB NUMBER LOOK UP
(This button below will go live mid-week 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 bib 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. If corrections to your data are needed the week of please EMAIL US. Please note we cannot change shirt sizes, or divisions at the last minute.
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).
You’ll see the option to choose VIP when you get to registering online.
Only available to the first 150 that sign up.
Enjoy These Perks:
Parking - Special parking just for our VIPs.
Food - Upgraded food option.
Portable Toilets - A few will be setup just for VIP.
Packet Pickup - Race day pickup if needed.
Transition - Get your bike before all racers have finished.
DUATHLON START INFO
Duathlon Start: The Duathlon will begin with a mass start run. You will take off from the edge of the beach near the transition area. You will finish on the beach just the same as the triathlon finish. Then as soon as you pass under the arch, take a few more strides straight into the ocean!
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:
You know you’ve always wanted to try it. Now’s your chance! The Tri Team with the most members who are racing in their Speedos will win the Speedo Challenge Prize, and create some great photo opportunities to use to your advantage later on!
TRIATHLON COURSE INFO
The Swim begins with a triangle out from a sprint off the soft sandy beach. After T.A. in the grass field, head off on the 15 mile bike lap. Followed by a nice out and back through the neighborhood of beach houses.
Olympic just does two of each lap before going onto the next leg. Your bike turn to begin your 2nd bike lap will be before T.A. turning left onto S. Broadway.
DUATHLON COURSE INFO
The Duathlon starts with a 2 mile out and back run; followed by a full 15 mile bike lap; then finishes with a 3 mile out and back run.
8:10am - Swim Cutoff - 4min/100m Average Pace
10:00am - Bike Cutoff - 13mph Average Pace
11:30am - Run Cutoff - 20min/mile Average Pace
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.
RESULTS & AWARDS
No Limits Timing
For issues with your results, contact No Limits Timing. The timing chips are not disposable. We will take them 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 mail your chip & strap to No Limits Timing - 3050 Knolin Dr, Bossier City, LA 71112.
Awards - Male & Female
Top 3 Overall
Masters (40 to 54) - Winner Only
Grand Masters (55 & Over) - Winner Only
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
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.