PARTICIPANT GUIDE

TRANSITION AREA CONDUCT:  For safety reasons during the race, you are not permitted to ride your bike into or out of the Transition area.  You must walk or run your bike while on the grass areas of the Transition area.  There will be clearly marked mount and dismount lines once out of transition. Please watch out for other athletes as you move through the Transition area and follow the instructions of race officials and volunteers.

SWIM CAP: The official swim cap found in your race packet MUST be worn during the entire swim. Do NOT trade your swim cap with another athlete as the caps are coded for your race category, as to assist race management in organizing you at the swim start. If you have a latex allergy, you may bring a non-latex swim cap and you should alert a USAT official that you will be wearing one. If possible, wear the one we give you over your non-latex cap.

WETSUITS FOR ATHLETES: The use of wetsuits during the swim segment will be allowed, and is encouraged, if the water temperature on race morning is 78.0 degrees or less. If the water temperature exceeds 78.0 degrees but is less than 84.0 degrees, an athlete may wear a wetsuit but will be ineligible for awards and national ranking consideration. If the water temperature is 84.0 degrees or higher, the use of wetsuits is strictly prohibited. Based on water temperatures in late June the last few years, water temperature can be anywhere from the low to high 70s.

RACE SWIM START & SWIM CHECK-IN: The swim start is an in-water start from the Swim Entry spot located very near Transition area.  Athletes will be called into the water by wave. There will likely be warm-up swimming allowed until 6:10am. At that time, all athletes MUST be out of the water. The start line will be between the beach at the Swim Entry and a buoy directly out towards the opposite side of the lake.  You will be staged according to swim cap number. Failure to wear the official swim cap or starting in a swim wave other than the one in which you have been assigned will result in your disqualification.  Seed yourself in your wave according to your ability. If during the swim segment, you cannot continue, remove and wave your cap and a boat will pick you up or you may swim to shore.  Be sure that you notify a race official at the Finish Line Area.  If you drop out of the swim, you cannot continue with bike or run segments due to medical concerns.

RACE SWIM COURSE: The swim course is a rectangular-like loop with a separate Swim exit that is very near the Swim entry.  From the start, you will swim straight out and when you reach the buoy by the bridge, you MUST swim around the buoy to the the left. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.  After swimming by the pier, you will continue straight for 3 more buoys.  At the 4th buoy, you will need to swim around it, counter clockwise and swim back to the beach exit point.  For your safety, Buffalo Underwater Recovery Team, and other certified water safety personnel will be monitoring the swim course with rescue craft.

WATER QUALITY: We've tested Lake Erie and Gallagher Beach, and it is safe and clean.  The only concern comes after heavy rainfall in the 24-48 hours before the race.  Lake Erie is not unique in this regard; this is the case for most bodies of water used for triathlons. We'll of course continue to monitor water quality and will keep athlete safety as our primary concern.

BIKE COURSE: The bike course will begin from transition (T1) and head to the Skyway via Tifft St. This course will take you through downtown Buffalo to the Peace Bridge.  You will NOT have to stop for customs on your bike.  Follow signs to enter T2 in Old Fort Erie.  Each athlete is required to wear an approved helmet during the bike segment. You MUST have your helmet securely fastened on your head before you mount and dismount your bike. A USAT rule requires you to wear your helmet at ALL times when on your bike at an event, including before or after the race - you MUST wear your helmet and if spotted riding without your helmet you will disqualified. Drafting and blocking (impeding the progress of passing cyclists) are not permitted during the race. Officials will be monitoring the bike course and strictly enforcing these rules. Failure to obey the instructions of any official may result in your disqualification or a time penalty. An Eclipse Multi-Sport Official will explain key rules at the pre-race meetings on Saturday.  Upon completion of the bike segment you must re-rack your bike in T2 (Transition in Fort Erie Canada) Failure to do so will result in a disqualification.

BIKE BOTTLE EXCHANGE: There is no water bottle exchange on the bike course so please make sure you have enough liquid with you on your bike when you start the bike portion of the race.

RUN COURSE: The run course is along some foot paths in and around Old Fort Erie.   The course is well marked, follow the signs and volunteers.  There will be water stations roughly every 2 miles.  There is NO pacing of runners allowed by any outside source. Runners observed with a pacer/non-entrant will be disqualified. USAT officials will be recording race numbers to ensure each athlete completes the prescribed course. There will be a lead cyclist on the run.

RACE FINISH: The finish line will be close to transition.  Please make sure you remove your timing chip from you ankle and return to the volunteer after you cross the finish line.  Fruit, yogurt, and water will be at the finish line to help replenish yourself quickly.

POST-RACE CELEBRATION: The post-race celebration begins as soon as you cross the finish line! Be sure to stick around for food, massage and refreshments. Athletes can get food with their wristband.  Food will be provided. 

TIMING, RESULTS & AWARDS:  The timing company will provide you with a chip at pre-registration.  You MUST use the chip they provide you. You may NOT use your own chip. Unofficial race results will be posted prior to the awards presentation. Please report any discrepancy to a USAT official PRIOR to the start of the awards presentation.  Athletes who do not wear their chip during the entire event will not be scored and will not receive a finish time.  Please note that the clock time at the finish line reflects the race start time of the first swim wave.  Full results and splits will be available on our web site at www.eclipsemultisport.com within 24 hours after the race. If you qualify for an award and are unable to attend the awards presentation, please send us your name, age group and a check in the amount of $10.00, made payable to Eclipse Multi-Sport, LLC, 55 Silent Meadow Ln.  Orchard Park, NY 14127 and we'll first class mail your award to you.

DROPPING OUT: If you drop out of the race, it is IMPERATIVE that you notify a race official and return your timing chip at the finish line.

PROTESTS: All protests of penalties assessed for rules infractions by USAT officials must be filed with the USAT Head Official within 60 minutes after the protesting individual finishes.  Judgment calls (e.g., drafting) are not eligible for protest.

MEDICAL: Buffalo EMS will provide comprehensive medical care for all official participants during the event. The medical team is prepared to treat for dehydration, minor injuries and road rash and will assist emergency medical services in transporting athletes with any major injuries to the nearest hospital.

UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: Unsportsmanlike conduct or the verbal abuse of any race official or volunteer during any portion of the race or at any time during event weekend will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification.

RACE SPECTATOR LOCATIONS: The course is nice for spectators with the 2 loop bike.  We suggest the ideal spectator location to be: Transition Area and Finish Line with parking on Tifft. 

BIKE INSPECTIONS:  Bert's Bikes and Sports will be on site for day of adjustments and repairs.  Please allow enough time to for the technicians to perform necessary tasks.


Eclipse Triathlon "Clinic" for newcomers

Swim

What is the term "Spotting"?

Spotting is a term used to describe the process of staying on track in an open water swim. Not knowing how to "spot" can have you swimming in the wrong direction, wasting time and energy that can be better utilized in the bike and run.

We will have approximately 20 water Safety Personnel.   Beach lifeguards and the Buffalo Police Underwater Recovery Unit will assist in the water portion of the Triathlon.  The kids tri will have the same amount.

  • Stretch out and stay loose.  Remember to breath throughout stretching.
  • The adrenaline should be pumping now!
  • Listen for the announcement to head over to the starting point or head over early and get used to the water by doing an EASY warm up.
  • Be sure you have your wet suit, cap and goggles on. Be sure that the wet-suit strap is where you can locate it after the swim.
  • Wade into the water when your heat is called.
  • GO!!!!
  • If you are a new swimmer, stay behind or to the outside of the main group. You can get hurt in the group if you are not a strong swimmer.
  • Everyone panics the first time. You will too...and then you will get over it and finish the race. Remember, relaxed muscles float much better than tense muscles.
  • Keep an eye out as to where you're going. Pick up your head and spot the buoys so you don't do any extra swimming.
  • Enjoy your surroundings. Most people work so hard they miss the fun of the event!
  • If you get tired, find a lifeguard in a boat and rest. You may continue swimming after you have rested a bit.
  • If you feel like you have not trained properly for the race and cannot continue OR you get hurt, wave your arms and make a lot of noise while you have the energy so that a lifeguard can help you.
Bike

Bricks: Be sure to do at least one "brick" training.  Brick training is when you do a swim workout and bike workout in the same day or one after another.  Learning how your legs will feel when you run after a bike workout is highly suggested.  Any combination of workouts is good.  Just as long as you aren't surprised at the race how it feels to transition from one sport to the next.  You should start doing these at least 3 months before your race. Work up to 1-2 per week.

Distance:  While training, plan on biking father then the bike distance of your triathlon. You will be tired from the swim and will need more strength than if you were doing the biking only.

Good Tip: Never use new equipment in a race. Always try new equipment out during training sessions before using in a race. Specifically, do not use peddles that you have to clip your shoes into for the first time on race day -- you will wipe out!

  • If you are a beginner bike racer, stay to the right.
  • Cheer people on as they pass you or you pass them.
  • Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you get into your pace.
  • Be careful and aware of road surfaces.
  • Be careful of traffic.
  • Let bikers know when you plan to pass them.
  • Pass on the left.
  • Drink some of your water throughout the course.
  • Actively relax your shoulders and use your core muscles to propel yourself forward. Relax your jaw. Try not to put a death-grip on your handlebars. Let the blood flow though your hands.
  • Take time to look at the course before the race (either online or in person) you'll have a better idea of what to expect on the actual day!
  • Do not draft or you will be penalized. Drafting is when you ride too close to the person in front of you and you gain an advantage from them breaking the wind. It is against the rules for this type of competition.
  • When you are approaching the end of the bike course, there should be an official waving at you to slow down and prepare to dismount. Follow the instructions and remember that you can never be riding the bike within the transition area at any time.
  • If you are wearing clip-in cycling shoes, start taking your feet out of the shoes while you are still riding the bike.
Run
  • GO! Your legs will feel like jelly. Everyone's legs feel like jelly! It will pass though. You may think you look funny, but you don't and your legs will get used to the run within a couple of minutes.
  • This is the last portion of the race. Stay positive, encourage participants around you and smile at the Finish- Line.
  • Enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you get into your pace. The QuakerMan Triathlon is a scenic course, enjoy it!
  • Be careful and aware of road surfaces.
  • Be careful of traffic.
  • Let runners know when you plan to pass them.
  • Pass on the outside.
  • DRINK water at stations!
  • Actively relax your shoulders. Be conscious that you do not clench your fists or your jaw. Give your blood the opportunity to flow.
  • Remember, the finish line where the timing carpet is -- not anywhere before that! Finish the race hard so you know that you did your best to the very end.
  • Most of the time, an official will be waiting just after the finish line to collect the ankle timing device. You might not be able to bend over to get it without feeling like you'll fall over. Don't feel bad about asking them to bend over and get it -- they will!

Relax and enjoy your first triathlon. Don't forget to have fun during the intensity of the race. Take pride in the fact that you reached your goal. If you have any challenges (the most common are mechanical problems on the bike) just remember that this is your first race. Remind yourself that you are just "learning the ropes" - don't add performance pressure until you have first proven to yourself that you can do it.

 

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