2017 Buffalo Triathlon
Race Day Information 

Dear Buffalo Triathlete, 

Hopefully this email finds you primed for an amazing day at this year's Buffalo Triathlon in Sturges Park! Your race committee has been hard at work preparing the best triathlon ever, and would like to provide you with details to help you have a great experience. All racers are reminded that you must attend the mandatory race briefing at 8:15 a.m. at the band shell on race morning. We encourage you to read through the following race rules, procedures, and suggestions. This information will be reviewed at the race briefing.
We will update our webpage (www.tribuff.com) on Friday evening if there is any further important news.  We will also report any weather related delays on our Facebook page in the event they occur. We recommend everyone check it before the race.
If you have any questions on race day, please look for the folks wearing a light blue T-shirt with RACE OFFICIAL printed on the back. See you on Sunday!
Larry Stracke
Race Director


There will NOT be Pre-Race Packet Pick on Saturday this year.

Sunday, June 4
6:00 a.m. Transition area opens
6:30 a.m. Registration/Packet Pick Up and Body Marking opens
8:15 a.m. Bike Transition closes; Mandatory race meeting at the band shell
9:00 a.m. Olympic Waves Start
9:30 a.m. Sprint Waves Start
Swim waves will be 3 minutes apart and will be organized by age group and swim cap color.  
 - Olympic Waves begin at 9:00am
 - Sprint Waves begin at 9:30am


Sturges Park is located right on HWY 25 in the heart of Buffalo.  If you can get to Buffalo and find the lake, you can find Sturges Park.  The address is Sturges Park, 401 Lake Blvd S, Buffalo, MN 55313, or Follow the link below 

Participants can park at locations along the streets of Buffalo. There is no parking in Sturges Park and Montrose Blvd. Participants will not be allowed to drive their vehicle in Struges Park. There is no parking on the bike or run course, which includes Montrose Blvd, along and in the cemetery near the park, and along Hwy 25. ALL NO PARKING AREAS WILL BE IDENTIFIED BY “NO PARKING” SIGNS
There will NOT be Pre-Race Packet Pick on Saturday this year. Participants may pick up their packet Sunday morning from 6:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. All racers must have a photo ID and pick up their own packet, with the exception of spouses and parents, who may pick up for their spouse/children. Team captains must pick up packets for their entire relay team. ALL Participants must sign a waiver form on race day. A participant under the age of 18 must have an adult sign for them. Your race packet consists of your race BIB number, swim cap, Hammer Gel, and T-shirt. 

3 Race Series Participants
Those of you who have signed up for all 3 of the Graniteman Series races will also be getting a cool Graniteman Triathlon Series running hat when you pick up your packet.  Please make sure that you pick that up!

The transition area opens at 6:00 a.m., but please plan on arriving in the park by no later than 7:15 a.m. in order to have adequate time to set up in transition, pick up your packet, get body marked, and be in attendance for the race briefing at 8:15 a.m. Although there will be more than enough bike racks, transition bike racks are available on a first come first serve basis, so come early if you want the best spot. Only racers are allowed in the transition area after 8:15 a.m. - NO EXCEPTIONS! After 8:15 a.m. a person must be wearing a wristband (OLYMPIC will have a WHITE wristband and SPRINT will wear a YELLOW wristband) to enter the transition area.

Yes, both are allowed! iPods, radios, mp3 players, and large boom boxes carried on the shoulder, etc. are allowed on the run, but not the bike. Spectating dogs are to be kept tightly leashed and clear of the immediate race course.
Triathlon is a rain or shine sport, and the race will not be cancelled or rescheduled due to inclement weather. In the event of severe weather, all attempts will be made to delay the race rather than cancel any portion of it. For those racers driving from other areas, keep in mind that we can have drastically different conditions, for better or worse, than what one might encounter when first waking up at home and selecting clothing.  Any weather related updates or announcements will be made on our Buffalo Triathlon FB Page. 
Any helmet sold by a bike shop will comply with certification requirements. Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to race without a helmet. The chinstrap must be fastened. All racers must wear the swim caps provided, with the exception of latex allergic individuals who may bring their own cap.
The water temperature as of this week Tuesday, May 27 was 64 degrees! This week’s rising temperatures will surely raise the water temperature by race day. It is recommended that participants get in the water and swim a short distance prior to their race to acclimate themselves to the water temperature.
Staging for the swim will be by the swim beach. Racers will be lined up by their wave. Each racer will be provided with a swim cap that MUST BE WORN, which also identifies waves.  Enter the swim start corral when your wave is announced. With only 3 minutes between each heat, all participants need to be closely attuned to their wave. Waves will be posted near the swim start area. White swans mark the Sprint swim course and yellow ducks the Olympic swim course.
There will be a large number of certified lifeguards as well as many other volunteers on boards, kayaks, and boats. Swimmers are encouraged to approach any of these if they become anxious or tired, and will be allowed to hang on to rest. However, swimmers cannot move forward while resting on a flotation device or will be disqualified. If a lifeguard or boater thinks a swimmer is struggling and has concern for his/her safety, they do have the authority to pull him/her from the race. If a swimmer is in distress, he/she is to remove their swim cap and wave it in the air and a lifeguard or boat support will assist. If a swimmer pulls out of the swim, he/she will be taken to shore where he/she must surrender their chip, but may continue racing without their timing chip. If registered, and a participant decides not to swim, he/she is to report to a volunteer. The volunteer will have the participant pull their chip, wait at the swim exit, and continue with the participants in their wave as they begin to exit the lake. When coming out of the water, participants will run the chute to the bike transition area.  A map be found on our website (www.tribuff.com).
The bike course is an open course, meaning that participants must share the roadway with vehicle traffic. Bikers must stay to the far right and are to ride in a single formation (not allowed to ride side-by-side). Drafting is prohibited. The bike course is well marked with arrows on the ground  and with volunteers. OLYMPIC will have a WHITE wristband and SPRINT will wear a YELLOW wristband. The entire SPRINT course will be marked on the pavement with YELLOW paint. The OLYMPIC racers will follow the YELLOW markings with the exception of the one section of the OLYMPIC course, which will be marked in WHITE. There will be large signs to indicate the split in the bike course where the OLYMPIC turns left and the SPRINT turns right. Please see the website for viewable course maps. Participants are responsible for their ultimate safety and bike at their own risk. ALWAYS REMAIN TO THE RIGHT UNLESS PASSING OTHER BIKERS. ALLOW THE FASTER BIKERS TO PASS ON THE LEFT. There is one section of the OLYMPIC course, Co. Rd. 132, where bikers will remain on the left side of the road. Bikers are to mount/dismount the bike in the appointed areas outside the transition area.  A map be found on our website (www.tribuff.com).
The run course is an out and back marked with white paint on the pavement. A map be found on our website (www.tribuff.com).

BIKE SUPPORT by Maple Grove Cycle!
There will be two sag support vehicles providing transportation back to the transition area if you have a bike mechanical issue. Additionally there will be mechanics available from Maple Grove Cycle in the transition area. However, participants are to keep in mind that a sag wagon may not able to reach everyone promptly depending on the number of bicyclist needing assistance. Be patient as our sag support crew will get to you as soon as they can.

If for some reason a participant does not finish the race, he/she is to turn in their chip at the finish line.

Porta-potties will be located in the lower areas of Sturges Park. There will be one handicapped porta-pottie available there as well. There will also be a porta-pottie located at the 5K turnaround.
All athletes are encouraged to start out with a full bike bottle. There will be two water/aid stations on the run course, one at the 5K turnaround and one at the 10K turnaround. The water/aid station at the 5K turnaround will also offer Powerade.
There will be a great spread of post race recovery food available, which is for registered participants only.  Respectfully, please do not share the participant food and refreshments with friends, family, or spectators so that we do not run out for our racers. There will be a food vendor for spectators and others who want to purchase something to eat or drink.
All racers are encouraged to stay for the awards ceremony starting around 12:00 p.m. in front of the band shell. We will attempt to start awards as soon as the results are certified as final by the timer.  If you discover errors in your time or can't find your time, please see the Race Director or find the timer to get the error resolved.
With the generous support of the Maple Grove Cycling, Rollga, the Endurunce Shop, and a number of other generous contributors, we will be giving away a number of items. Door prizes will be awarded after the awards ceremony.  Finishers are automatically entered in the drawing, but must be present to win. 

If you need it, medical staff be on hand to help whether it is a Band-Aid, an ice pack, or an emergency. They will be located in a red tent that is clearly marked with a tear drop banner near the finish line.
If you would like to change from Olympic to Sprint on race day you may do so when you check in.  Please get your race packet first, and then go to the line for race day registration/ changes and they can make that change.  We do not do refunds or transfers on race day.

Waves are assigned based on age group. Participants must start with their wave, which will be written on their left hand at body marking. Failure to do so will give participants an improper start time and disqualify them from the race. There will be 3 minutes between each heat and will be mixed with males and females.

Race results will be posted in the park and are available at www.picklevents.com or www.MTECresults.com.

Good luck and have a fantastic Buffalo Triathlon Experience!
Below is a sample checklist of things to bring to a triathlon.

What to Bring
  • Bike Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Running Shoes
  • Bike water bottle
  • Towels (2)
  • Swim goggles (2)
  • Wetsuit
  • Body glide/Vaseline
  • Swim cap (2)
  • Tire Pump
  • Garmin
  • Tri suit or swim suit
  • Spare Tube
  • Tools to repair tire
  • Sunscreen (waterproof)
  • Plastic Garbage Bag (cover shoes if raining)
  • Band-Aids

What to Do Before Leave Home
  • Clean bike & chain
  • Charge Garmin
  • Air in Tires

What to Check (Race Day)
  • Tire air pressure
  • Bike in correct gear
  • Tires and Brakes not rubbing
  • Helmet in correct position
  • Body Glide/Vaseline on Ankles, Legs
  • Body Glide on shoes