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Athlete Guide

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Whether you’re new to the sport of triathlon or new to The Orange County Triathlon New York, we want to make your experience the best it can be. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions ranging from general information to the nitty-gritty details about race day.

Answers to questions regarding the course, equipment, rules, registration and what to expect can be found in the menu below or to the left. For information about making changes to your entry, see below. If you are still not able to find an answer to your question, please contact us.

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    Q: Is the Hudson safe?
    A: Yes, the Hudson is safe and clean. Water quality testing is done regularly. No vaccines, no shots, no panic attacks necessary. Calm down. The race has people at the start to help for the faint of heart. It is a tidal river so you swim with the current. It’s also brackish water, so we don’t recommend you drink it. The swim is very fast. Race Directors do their homework and choose a day that offers a very strong current to aide swimmers. You will be amazed!

    Registration Changes

    Q: If I am unable to participate in the race, may I get a refund? 
    A: No. There will be absolutely no refunds or transfers of entry to another participant. We do offer medical rollovers and transfers between divisions and distances.

    Q: If I am unable to participate in the race, may I give my entry to a friend?
    A: No. If someone else races under your name and is injured or causes an accident, that person will not be covered by any protection purchased by the registrant through the USA Triathlon sanction and insurance. Additionally, if the athlete racing in your name causes injury or damage, you may be liable in part for those damages.

    Q: What is the procedure for making a change to an entry?
    A: If you need to change your entry category or distance, there will be a processing fee of $25. You will also be responsible for any difference in entry fees. All change requests must be submitted to race@orangecountytri.com. Again, there will be no refunds or transfers of entry.

    Q: What is the minimum age to participate in The Orange County Triathlon New York?
    A: All athletes must be at least 16 years old to participate in this event. Please contact the race directors for entry age groups.

    Q: I lost something, do you have a lost & found?

    A: Yes, please contact us and leave us a brief description of what item was lost

    General Questions

    Q: What is the Super Sprint distance triathlon?
    Q: What is the International distance triathlon?
    Q: How many racers will be competing in the sprint and international distance?
    Q: If someone hands me my glasses at the end of the swim, does that violate the “No Help” rule?
    Q: Do I have to get body marked at the expo? 
    Q: If I didn’t make it into the race, can I still participate by using the course? 
    Q: How can I contact The Orange County Triathlon?

    Q: What is the Super Sprint distance triathlon
    A: The Super Sprint distance competition takes place Sunday morning at the Newburgh Waterfront. The distances are 1500 meter swim, 22-kilometer (13.64-mile) bike and 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run. The open age group division is for competitors using road/racing bikes.

    Q: What is the International distance triathlon?

    This event will not be held in 2015

    A: The International distance competition takes place Sunday morning at the Newburgh Waterfront. The distances are 1.5-kilometer (.93-mile) swim, 40-kilometer (24.8-mile) bike and 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run. This course is an exact measure and is USAT sanctioned.

    • The open age group division is open to competitors using road, cross or mountain bikes. Competitors are timed according to gender and age group.
    • The Relay Team division is open to participants competing in teams of two or three. Athletes are grouped into coed, male or female teams.

    Q: How many racers will be competing in the Sprint and International distance? 

    A: Approximately ___ competitors will register for the event, with ___ starting the race. We will post information on the Orange County Tri website as well as on the information hotline when registration for an event has closed.

    Q: If someone hands me my glasses at the end of the swim, does that violate the “No Help” rule?

    A: No, but they will not be allowed in the swim exit chute and will have to stand behind the fence lining the start or the run to transition.

    Q: Do I have to get body marked at the expo?

    A: No, but we strongly urge you to do so. Body marking will be available on race day, but the lines may be very long. You may not body mark yourself.

    Q: If I didn’t make it into the race, can I still participate by using the course?

    A: No, anyone who is not officially entered in the event will be removed from the course. If you participate in the race without being registered and you cause an accident, you may be liable and subject to prosecution.

    Q: How can I contact the Orange County Triathlon?

    Mail: The Orange County Triathlon
    5031 Route 9W Newburgh NY 12550
    Phone: 845-522-9338
    Fax: 845-562-3117
    Email: race@orangecountytri.com

    Questions About the Swim

    Q: What is the water temperature?
    Q: Do I need a wetsuit?
    Q: Is there an aid station at the swim start?
    Q: Will there be a swim warm-up?
    Q: Is there a gear check at the swim start?
    Q: Can I use any stroke in the swim portion?
    Q: How deep is the water for the swim?
    Q: Will I be disqualified if I hang onto the lane lines or buoys?

    Q: What is the water temperature?
    A: The Hudson River is a tidal river with swimmers swimming with the current. Swimmers can expect faster then average swim times and most can expect a personal best for the 1500 meter swim. The swim is an open water swim in a large, open body of water. Therefore, water temperature can vary dramatically from the high 60s to the low 70s. The average temperature over the past few years has been between 72 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Q: Do I need a wetsuit?

    A: No, a wetsuit is not required. However, water temperatures have historically been between 72 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit on race day, making it a wetsuit-legal race. A wetsuit will provide you with warmth and buoyancy, and will make the swim easier. Wetsuits can be rented from one of our various multisport sponsors.

    Q: Is there an aid station at the swim start?

    A: Yes. There is water and HEED available to athletes at the swim start.

    Q: Will there be a swim warm-up?

    A: No. Swimmers will be allowed to jump in the water and hang onto the swim waver rope for approx 30 seconds giving swimmers a chance to become acclimated to the water.

    Q: Is there a gear check at the swim start?

    A: Yes. There will be gear check for all athletes at swim start. Personal belongings will be transported back to transition and be ready for pick up after the race. Gear bags with athlete number on them will be included in every racers SWAG bag.

    Q: Can I use any stroke in the swim portion?

    A: You may use any stroke that allows you to see the buoys and stay on course.

    Q: How deep is the water for the swim?

    A: The Hudson River is typically deep enough where the swimmers will not be able to touch at any point during the swim portion of the event. Athletes will tread water prior to the start holding onto the swim start rope.

    Q: Will I be disqualified if I hang onto the lane lines or buoys?

    A: You may stop and rest during the swim, but you must not interfere with the progress of other swimmers. You may hang onto the guard boats or buoys.

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    Questions About the Bike

    Q: Are there aid stations on the bike course?
    Q: Will there be bike technicians available for assistance on race day?
    Q: If I break down on the bike course will there be any assistance offered?
    Q: Can I use a tandem or recumbent bike in the race?
    Q: Do I have to get my bike inspected?

    Q: Are there aid stations on the bike course?
    A: Yes. Typically most Olympic Distance Triathlons do not offer aid stations to thier athletes on the bike course. We offer 2. We do ask our athletes to come to the race prepared with at least 2 bottles that can be filled at any one of our aid stations.

    Q: Will there be bike technicians available for assistance on race day?

    A: Yes. Bike techs will be located at the north end of the transition area and also at the finish festival.

    Q: If I break down on the bike course will there be any assistance offered?

    A: Yes. A SAG vehicle (usually a large passenger van) will be circling the course throughout the race that will pick you up and return you to the transition area. If you break down, please move off the course to the side of the road and inform a course marshal or policeman. They will assist you in locating the SAG vehicle.

    Q: Can I use a mountain bike in the sprint or Olympic events?

    A: Yes, you may use a mountain bike in the sprint or Olympic races.

    Q: Can I use a tandem or recumbent bike in the race?

    A: No.

    Q: Do I have to get my bike inspected?

    A: No, but it is highly recommended. Many people experience technical problems on race day that could have been easily avoided if the bike had been inspected prior to the race. In order to avoid disappointment on race day, we urge all competitors to have their bikes inspected no more than three weeks prior to the event.

    Please contact your local bike shop for additional information. Free bike inspections are available at bike shops throughout New York. Find a list of the participating dealers here [link to Equipment page].

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    Questions About the Course

    Q: What will the course be like?
    Q: Will the race begin on the beach or in the water?
    Q: What is the swim course like?
    Q: Where are the restroom facilities?
    Q: Where is the medical tent located?
    Q: Are there medical personnel located on the course?
    Q: What time is the awards ceremony?
    Q: Where is the awards ceremony?

    Q: What will the course be like?
    A: Course descriptions and maps are available here Event Info. You can also take advantage of our groundbreaking idea of making entire course videos available to all our athletes and spectators. Just click the “Take a Tour” link and enjoy the ride! The Swim, Bike and Run courses for The Orange County Triathlon New York have remained the same since 2009.

    Q: Will the race begin on land or in the water?

    A: The Orange County Triathlon New York will begin with an in-water start at The Hudson River, with participants treading water for 30 seconds to 1 minute prior to the starting gun.

    Q: What is the swim course like?

    A: The swim portion of this event is fast! Swimmers can expect to swim a personal best. Course descriptions and maps are available for each part of the event online here.

    Q: Where are the restroom facilities?

    A: There are portable toilets in three areas: near the transition area, in between the swim start and swim finish at the finish fest, and at the finish line.

    Q: Where is the medical tent located?

    A: The medical tent is located just past the finish line.

    Q: Are there medical personnel located on the course?

    A: Yes. There will be medical personnel and emergency transportation vehicles located along the entire racecourse.

    Q: What time is the awards ceremony?

    A: The awards schedule will be posted on the website before 1 week before the race. The awards ceremony will take place near the stage on race day.

    Q: Where is the awards ceremony?

    A: The awards ceremony will take place in the Post-race Party area at Waterfront Finish Festival, in front of the stage.

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    Questions About Equipment

    Q: Are there specifications for the bike helmets and wetsuits?
    Q: Which additional equipment will be permitted in the swim?
    Q: May I rent a bike or a wetsuit?
    Q: How does chip timing work?
    Q: When is my timing chip activated?
    Q: Where will my times be recorded?
    Q: Can I wear the chip wherever I want as long as I have it with me?
    Q: If I lose my chip, will I be timed for the race? Can I get another chip?

    Q: Are there specifications for the bike helmets and wetsuits?
    A: Yes, the bike helmet must be CPSC certified. Most helmets purchased in the U.S. within the last 3-5 years are certified. Please confirm this by checking for a sticker indicating its certification on the inside of the helmet.

    The wetsuit must not be over 5mm at its thickest point. Anyone using a wetsuit should have used their wetsuit in their training. Wetsuits are allowed if the water temperature is 83 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. If you are racing for an age group award, the wetsuit cut-off is 78 degrees.

    Q: Which additional equipment will be permitted in the swim?

    A: Aqua socks, socks, snorkels and swim masks or goggles will be allowed in the swim leg of the event. Use of fins, gloves and flotation devices is prohibited.

    Q: May I rent a bike or a wetsuit?

    A: We do not facilitate nor does the event have a source for bike rental. While a wetsuit is not required, water temperatures have historically been between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit on race day, making it a wetsuit-legal race. A wetsuit will provide you with warmth and buoyancy, and will make the swim easier. Wetsuits can be rented from any of our official race sponsors.

    Q: How does chip timing work? 

    A: The Orange County Triathlon utilizes ChampionChip timing systems. The assigned ChampionChip is encoded with the athlete’s name, race number and wave start, and is attached to a strap that the athlete must wear securely around their ankle.

    A scanner located in the orange mats positioned at each transition (swim finish, bike start, bike finish, run start and run finish) reads the chip and records the time as each athlete steps on the mat.

    Athletes must be careful to step directly on the mats at each transition. In addition, an athlete who starts in any wave after the first swim wave begins, must take care not to step on a mat in or around the transition area accidentally as he/she waits for their wave to begin.

    Q: When is my timing chip activated?

    A: The chips are automatically activated before the start of the race on Sunday.

    Q: Where will my times be recorded?

    A: A scanner located in the orange mats positioned at each transition (swim finish, bike start, bike finish, run start and run finish) reads the chip and records the time as each athlete steps on the mat.

    The timing chips will record every instance an athlete steps on a mat. If such a time is recorded that is earlier than an athlete’s scheduled wave start, the computer will automatically disqualify him/her.

    Furthermore, if an athlete starts in a wave earlier than their scheduled wave — either accidentally or intentionally — the chip will automatically disqualify them.

    Q: Can I wear the chip wherever I want as long as I have it with me?

    A: No. The strap with the timing chip must be worn around the ankle.

    Q: If I lose my chip, will I be timed for the race? Can I get another chip?

    A: No. If you lose your chip before the race starts, see race personnel at the volunteer check-in tent located at Transition to rent a replacement chip. Each timing chip is very valuable. A replacement fee of $35 will be the athlete’s responsibility.

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    Questions About the Transition Area

    Q: When will I be able to access the transition area?
    Q: Why do I have to be in the transition area so early if my wave doesn’t start until later in the morning?
    Q: Can I use decorations (balloons, etc.) to indicate where my things are in the transition area?
    Q: What time will the transition area reopen?

    Q: When will I be able to access the transition area?
    A: TheOrange County Triathlon New York transition area located at the public boat launch exit will be accessible from 4:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. on Sunday morning before the start of the race, and after the race from approximately 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Q: Why do I have to be in the transition area so early if my wave doesn’t start until later in the morning?

    A: In order to ensure the security and safety of our competitors and their equipment, all equipment must be dropped in transition by 5:45 a.m., 15 minutes prior to the start of the first wave. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule.

    Q: Can I use decorations (balloons, etc.) to indicate where my things are in the transition area?

    A: Yes, but they should not interfere with other participants being able to easily and safely access their equipment. We reserve the right to remove any materials that will interfere with the safety and security of our competitors and their equipment.

    Q: What time will the transition area reopen?

    A: The exact time is to be determined by the race director and is dependant on when the last competitor completes the bike course and has set out on the run (approximately 11 a.m.). All equipment must be picked up by 1:30 p.m. We will not be responsible for any equipment not claimed after that time.

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    Questions About Start Waves

    Q: How is my wave assigned?
    Q: Can I switch my wave?
    Q: How many people will be in my wave?
    Q: How many minutes are between waves? 
    Q: When will the wave assignments be finalized? 
    Q: What time does my wave start?

    Q: How is my wave assigned? 
    A: Waves are assigned according to division, gender and age group. For larger age groups, there are multiple waves. Some smaller age groups are combined into waves.

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    Q: Can I switch my wave? 
    A: No, wave assignments cannot be changed. You will be disqualified if you start in the wrong wave.

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    Q: How many people will be in my wave?
    A: Wave numbers are approximate and are assigned to facilitate timing and ensure accuracy and safety. On average, the minimum number is 20 and the maximum is 80.

    Q: How many minutes are between waves?

    A: Due to the fast current flow swim waves are 3 minutes between waves.

    Q: When will the wave assignments be finalized? 

    A: Waves will be finalized the week before the race. Please take it easy on Jeff, swim wave organization is not easy! The wave start schedule will be available on line and in the Orange County Triathlon Athletes Guide, and also sent out via email in your “Athlete Info Pack” at the beginning of race week. You can also access this online at orangecountytri.com and click on athletes guide.

    Q: What time does my wave start?

    A: Wave start times will be posted on the Orange County Tri website and at the Multisport & Fitness Expo located at Morehead Honda, and also sent out via email in your “Athlete Info Pack” at the beginning of race week. Athletes can also access this info online at orangecountytri.com and click on athletes guide.

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    Questions About USA Triathlon (USAT)

    Q: Are USAT permits mandatory for anyone participating in Life Time Tri Chicago?
    Q: Where can I get a USAT single-event permit?
    Q: Where can I get a USAT yearly permit?
    Q: If I am a USAT member, do I have to bring my USAT membership card to race packet pickup?

    Q: Are USAT permits mandatory for anyone participating in Orange County Tri New York?
    A: Yes, USAT permits are mandatory for anyone participating in Orange County Tri New York . USAT members may use their annual membership for coverage at the event. Non-USAT members may purchase a single-event permit forThe Orange County Tri New York.

    Q: Where can I get a USAT single-event permit?

    A: Single-event coverage for the Orange County Tri New York must be purchased when completing the registration process for the event. If the participant in not already a USAT member, he/she must purchase single-event coverage from USAT for $15 to compete in the Orange County Tri New York.

    Q: Where can I get a USAT yearly permit?

    A: An annual membership for all USAT sanctioned events is available at http://www.usatriathlon.org. Visit their website for complete event information.

    Q: If I am a USAT member, do I have to bring my USAT membership card to race packet pickup? 

    A: Yes. If you do not bring your card with you, you will be required to purchase a single-event permit. No exceptions.

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    Registration FAQ’s

    Are you a first-time OCT Triathlete? Maybe this is your first race ever! We’ve got you covered. Take a look below, and we bet we’ve got answers for all of your questions.

    How far is the Orange County Triathlon?
    The Orange County Triathlon is an Olympic distance race – 1500 meter swim in the Hudson (.9 mile), 40 kilometer bike through the town of Newburgh (24.8 miles), and a 10k run through historic Balmville finishing at the beautiful Newburgh Waterfront (6.2 miles).

    How difficult is the Swim?
    Although times vary with wave number, skill level, and current speed, the swim in the Hudson River is one of the triathlon world’s fastest. The current gives you the advantage.

    Can anyone enter?
    Yes. This year the race includes every skill level. Professionals, fast amateurs, and regular Joes just like you. The average finishing time is three to four hours. Easy breezy.

    When does 2013 online registration open?
    January 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM EST. Details for the 2014 registration process can be found here.

    How much is the 2014 entry fee?
    $150 for an individual, $225 for a relay team. $85 for the Hudson River Sprint Triathlon. Well worth every penny!

    When does 2014 registration close?
    Registration will close when the maximum number of athletes is acquired. As you may have heard this is a very sought after race so apply early.

    How do I register?
    Go online to www.orangecountytri.com and sign up under the registration link. Or just click here. For regular updates and entry reminders join our mailing list or become our fan on Facebook.

    How do I know if I’m in?
    All applicants will be notified via e-mail. Make sure to check your spam filter and don’t forget to print this email, you can also confirm your entry here.

    Do I have to pre-qualify?
    No, anyone can enter. Fast, slow, beginner, stud – anyone.

    Can I enter if I’ve never done a triathlon?
    Sure, everyone has to start somewhere. Why not start with the Orange County Triathlon!

    How do I qualify as an Elite Amateur?
    Category coming soon

    What if I enter and I can’t compete?
    Unfortunately there are no refunds once you complete your registration. However, you can defer to the following year and receive a guaranteed entry! just email us before race day and we will take care of it.

    Do I have to be a member of USA Triathlon?
    No, but you’ll save money on a one-day insurance fee if you are a member. And you get a cool magazine and some other stuff! Become a USAT member here.

    Do I have to live in New York?
    No, the Orange County Triathlon will be open for entrants from 50 countries and 50 states. Check out the OCT Travel Link for more information about hotel deals and what to do when you’re in beautiful Orange County.

    Evidently I ask questions more frequently than the next guy. I still have some!
    Technically that’s not a question, but it’s no problem, just email us.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

    FAQ’s

    More Questions? We’ve got More Answers

    “What is an Athlete Briefing and Why are they so important?”

    The Orange County Triathlon will offer 1 Mandatory Athlete Briefing on Race Day. This briefing will provide athletes with information about the race course, race rules, last minute information about the race, weather or road and water conditions. All athletes are required to attend the race day briefing. Please see the Athletes Guide for course briefing times.

    “What does it mean that the Orange County Triathlon is “USAT Sanctioned” and why do I have to pay $15 to become a one-day member?”

    USAT, or USA Triathlon, is the national governing body of the sport of Triathlon. Sanctioning an event through USAT means the race is provided insurance for its athletes, race coordinators, and volunteers. As a sanctioned triathlon, all athletes are required to either be an annual USAT member or purchase a one-day membership pass. If you are currently a USAT member please make sure to bring your proof of membership when you pick up your packet. If you do not bring this proof, you will be charged for the one-day membership fee. If you are not an annual member, you will need to purchase a one-day membership (to insure you as a Triathlete) before you are able to pick up your packet. One-day membership costs $15, and will be collected when you pick up your registration, if you have not already paid it online.

    • If you are NOT a member of USAT (USA Triathlon), you must bring $15 to purchase a one-day membership, if you have not already done so during online registration.
    • Questions/concerns. There will be course talks on Friday and Saturday for you to ask any and all questions about the course, and about the race in general. Please view the Race Weekend Schedule for course briefing times.

    SUNDAY PARKING

    • Just show up, leave the parking to us

    Additional questions below

    RACE FAQS

    Q: What if I enter and I can’t compete?

    A: Unfortunately, there are no refunds and no exchanges. You can’t transfer or sell your entry. However, you can defer your registration and receive an early entry opportunity for 2015. Contact us for deferral details. Your 2014 entry fee will not be transferred to 2015.

    Q: What is the expected water temperature in the Hudson River?

    A: Approximately 76 degrees Fahrenheit

    Q: Are wetsuits allowed?
    A: You may wear your wet suit regardless of water temperature. However, if race officials announce race morning that the water temperature is above the wetsuit-legal limit of 78 then you will not count for an age group award if you wear your wetsuit.

    Q: How do I get from transition at the Newburgh Waterfront to the swim start?
    A: All athletes, excluding wheelchair athletes, walk from transition to the Swim Start. It’s a mile. You’re an athlete. Tough it out.

    Q: What do I do with my shoes and shirt once I get to swim start?
    A: Each participant will receive a drawstring bag labeled with your name and race number when you pick up your race packet. Take the bag to the corresponding clothing drop area just north of Swim Start.

    Q: Is there a warm up swim or ride on Sunday morning?

    A: Neither one will be allowed. Bikes may not be removed from transition once you have checked your bike in. Athletes will not be allowed to enter the Hudson River until the start of their wave.

    Q: Do I have to go to the briefings before I check my bike into transition?
    A: Yes, all participants must attend the mandatory briefing in order to pick up their packet. Your bike number will be inside your race packet and you will then attach it to your bike. No bikes will be allowed in transition without a bike number, and no bikes will be allowed out of transition without a bike number and corresponding wristband. A non-athlete may check-in a bike for an athlete if he or she is unable to do so on Saturday.

    Q: Can my secretary/friend/teammate/doorman/nanny pick up my race packet on race morning?
    A: No! Only the athlete can pick up his or her packet. Notice a trend yet?

    Q: Can members of a relay team pick up all of their team members packets? Can I pick up my friend’s packet?
    A: NO! Every participant must attend a briefing, pick up their own packet, and sign their own waiver.

    Q: What if I cannot attend the briefings?
    A: All participants must attend the 1 mandatory briefing — no briefing? No race, no finisher’s medal, no glory.

    Q: How many water stations are on the run course?

    A: Five, plus one at the finish.

    Q: Do I have to wear the wristband given to me at packet pick-up?
    A: Yes, all participants are required to wear the wristband until Sunday afternoon when your bike is removed from transition. Race staff will put these on your wrist as you pick up your packet. This will serve as your identification for entering into the transition Sunday morning and ensure that only you can remove your bike from transition.

    Q: Do I have to wear the swim cap?
    A: Yes, the swim cap must be worn. The color given to each athlete is specific to your wave, so you cannot switch colors, you cannot switch waves, you cannot switch anything.

    Q: What is the best place for spectators to watch the race?

    A: Swim Exit: Newburgh Waterfront on the Hudson River

    Run Course: Along Restaurant Row Front Street Newburgh
    Race Finish: Finish Fest Newburgh Waterfront Front Street

    Q: What cool stuff do I get for entering and finishing?
    A: First, you get to do the Triathlon. No one swims in the Hudson on purpose but you can! No one rides their bike all over Orange County on the main roads with Police escort but you will! All finishers receive a very cool finisher’s medal modeled after something in the Beautiful Hudson Valley.

    Q: I’m a Yankees fan. What do I get?
    A: Sympathy.

    SECURITY FAQ’s

    • In order to enter the Transition Area, all transition equipment must be loose and in the race issued clear plastic bag that you received at packet pickup or other clear plastic bag. This is just like what you would do with your liquids and gels when going through airport security.

    • You can carry in loose items by hand if they do not fit in the clear plastic bag (i.e. a bike pump).

    • All unattended bags outside of Transition will be treated as a possible threat by the Newburgh Police. Please exercise common sense and maintain possession of your bag while outside of Transition at all times.

    • ALL backpacks, duffle bags, draw string bags, or similar non-translucent bag MUST be empty and placed in the clear plastic bag when entering Transition.

    • Hydration Packs (Camelbaks or similar) will be allowed on the race course.

    Q: How big is the race issued clear plastic bag?
    A: It’s big! The size is 24″wide x 28″high with a 4″ base, and the top closes with a drawstring.

    Q: I’m riding my bike to Transition for bike check-in on Saturday. How can I ride my bike and carry the clear plastic bag?
    A: Follow these step by step instructions:

    1. All transition equipment (i.e. goggles, wetsuit, running shoes) must be placed in race issued clear plastic bag(s) in order to enter Transition.
    2. At home, pack all your stuff into your clear plastic bag. Then put your clear plastic bag into your personal bag (backpack) that you are comfortable wearing while riding your bike.
    3. Before entering Transition, empty your personal bag and put it in the clear plastic bag with the rest of your stuff.
    4. Feel free to rearrange your stuff back into your personal bag once in Transition.

    Q: Can I take my gear out of transition in my personal bag after the race and during bike check-out on Sunday?
    A: Yes. If you placed your emptied personal bag in the clear plastic bag provided when first entering Transition, you can then put your transition gear in your personal bag to clean up your Transition area after your race, and then walk out of Transition with all your items in your own bag. On Sunday during bike check-out, any new items brought into Transition follow the same security protocols.

    Q: Can I leave my emptied personal bag unattended outside of secured Transition to then go pick up my transition gear?
    A: NO. Newburgh Police Dept will shut down the race if any backpack or transition bag is found unattended. This will not only inconvenience you but all the other athletes either still competing or exiting Transition. Your personal bag must already be in Transition for you to take it out. See above question regarding what to do with your personal backpack or transition bag when entering Transition.

    ATHLETE GUIDE

    The 2014 Athlete Guide will be posted two weeks prior to the race date.

    View the 2014 Athlete Guide (coming soon)

    SPECTATOR GUIDE

    The 2014 Spectator Guide and Race App will be available two weeks prior to the race date.

    View the 2013 Spectator Guide (coming soon)

    BEST SPOTS TO CHEER

    Swim Exit – Newburgh Public Boat Launch.

    Restaurant Row (along finish line)

    NO-GO ZONES

    For the safety of athletes, we ask that you DO NOT attempt to go to the following locations:

    1. Transition Area

    2. Transition Bike and Run Paths

    • Please respect the race marshals and follow their instructions.

    3. Finish Line Mix Zone

    • The first 40 yards after the finish. It’s for medical, athletes and press. Meet your star in the designated Family Reunion Area.

    EVENT SPONSORS

    This great race experience is made possible in part by our generous sponsors.

    Interested in becoming a sponsor?
    For information on sponsorship opportunities, please email our sponsorship team or call 845-522-9338.