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U.S. Forest Service Park - This event is operated under special use permit with the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. The park is not open to the public, but will be accessible on the weekend for racers and spectators.
What are the rules for a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event? See links for the best and most up-to-date info - https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/USAT-for-Me/Officiating
Where is the start? 15689 Lake Wedington Entry Road, Fayetteville, AR 72704, see map at bottom of Race Info page. Once inside the park the official start line is near the swimming area, volunteers will direct you.
Where is Packet Pickup? See Packet Pickup info
What should I do if I lose my bib, helmet # or timing chip? If you have lost any of your race #'s please return to packet pickup, bring all your remaining numbers with you. We will assign you a new number. If you lost your timing chip prior to the race, then a new chip can be issued; however, you need a new bib # as well. If you loose your chip after the race then you will be charged $75 for a replacement.
Where do I place my race numbers? You will have a bike helmet number typically about 1" by 2". A bike frame number which attaches to your seat post with zip ties (provided) or will fold around the post and then stick together, tattoos with your race number which goes on both your left and right upper arm (be sure to read application directions on tattoo packaging).
Do I need a USAT license? YES! Either an annual or one day license. The annual license must be presented at the time of packet pickup (we recommend you take a photo of it with your phone). For one day licenses which were purchased during the online registration process, we will have proof of purchase. Also, a Photo ID must be presented in order to pick up your packet. NO one else may pick up your packet.
Can someone pickup my packet? NO, according to USA Triathlon regulations you must show your proof of a USAT annual or one-day license and Photo ID in person to pick up your packet.
Where do I park? Inside the main park, however you will not be permitted to leave until the last competitor has finished. Parking is available approx. 1,000 ft east of the main entrance if you need to leave early. Do NOT park directly on Hwy 16 as you will be towed
I am unable to participate due to injury / work / illness can I get a refund? Please refer to our refund policy.
What is the weather policy? We will race rain or shine. We carefully monitor the weather, All Sports Productions in coordination with both local emergency personnel and race officials will make decisions based on safety first.
What is the water temperature? The average water temp can range from 75 to 85 degrees.
Can I wear a wetsuit? Wetsuits are not required but depending on the water temps they may be allowed and/or legal per USAT rules for wetsuits - 4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
What if I need to leave early, will I be able to get out? Athletes racing will be the priority. We will assist you in getting out safely as quickly as possible.
When can I get my bike out of transition? Athletes with bib numbers only will be allowed to remove their bikes after all participants have returned from the bike portion of the race. Anyone removing their bike prior to the authorized time or without permission from the Race Director will be disqualified.
Can I pre-ride the course? You are able to pre-ride the course at any time but it will not be marked. Please use linked RideWithGPS routes/maps found under each specific event under Event Info.
What is available at the aid stations? There is water and Gatorade at each aid station. The finish line aid station will also include food items.
Are athletes from any state eligible for state championship awards? Yes, athletes may reside in a different state and still win awards for this state championship.
How do I determine if my triathlon club is an official club? View Club list
Are tow buoys allowed during the swim portion of the triathlon? NO, they are considered "illegal equipment" by USAT.