FAQ



What is a triathlon? A race that includes swim + bike + run disciplines typically performed in that order. The earliest recorded triathlon took place just east of Paris in 1901 with the "sportsmen of the time" completing a run, cycle and canoe. From 1920, the canoe segment was replaced by a swim with a newspaper listing the annual event as comprising a 3km run, 12km bike ride and a crossing of the River Marne.

Who is Cal Tri Events?  Cal Tri Events is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a safe, affordable & accessible mission.  Besides making donations to nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve, our athlete community raises funds for worthwhile causes. Learn more at Triathlete Magazine, Endurance Business & The New York Times.  

Does Cal Tri Events really have 14 event options per race? Yes with the rare exception, Cal Tri Events offers 14 event options including 12 individual event options and 2 relay event options. 7 Olympic distance events (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 1640 Yard Swim & 10K Run) and 7 Sprint distance events (Triathlon, Triathlon Relay, RunBikeRun, SwimBike, SwimRun, 400 yard Swim & 5K Run). The Triathlon Relay events (sprint & Olympic) consists of 2 or 3 athletes combined to complete the triathlon. All other events are individual events (1 athlete).

Is there a 50% youth discount (ages 7 -22)? Yes. The 50% youth discount is always available. For youth (ages 7-22), the Early Bird sprint price is $30 and $37.50 for the Olympic. Race insurance is an additional $2.50 per athlete. A traditional family can race for $180 + $10 for race insurance. In 2019, Triathlete Magazine featured this initiative to break down financial barriers in triathlon.

How long are the races? Cal Tri Events produces short course triathlons at the sprint and Olympic distances. Each race page has a COURSE tab which includes the distance, elevation and route for the swim, bike and run for both the sprint & Olympic distances. Typically distances are close to the following:

  • Sprint: 400 yard swim, 8-16 mile bike, 3.1 mile run.
  • Olympic: 1640 yard swim, 24.8 mile bike (as close as possible), 6.2 mile run

I’m a beginner, can I do this? On average, 35% of athletes at a Cal Tri Events race are first time triathletes. We offer a number of resources to get athletes race ready.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Training Plans - Free training plans
SPRINT 90 Day Program - Free coaching for first timers
In Person Swim & Transition Clinic - 90 Minutes. Free in person clinic.
Virtual Triathlon Clinic - 60 Minutes. Free virtual clinic.

What are some of the things I need to bring to the race? These are some of the items you will want to have in your transition bag. This is a great investment. Use the 20% CALTRI discount code.

  • Government Issued ID. All athletes are required to show proof of ID. Youth athletes are required to show school ID. Only the athlete can pick up their packet. 
  • Swim - Triathlon shorts & top, goggles and a wetsuit depending on the water temperature. A Cal Tri Events swim cap will be provided and it's usage is required.
  • Bike - A bike with two wheels with brakes on each wheel.  Fixie bicycles are prohibited. Recumbent bicycles are allowed subject to race director equipment inspection. A helmet. A tire change kit. A water bottle.
  • Run - Running shoes, hat/visor and race belt for the running bib (will be provided). Safety pins will be available at registration. 

What does Cal Tri Events provide in the athlete packet? Cal Tri Events Wristband.  Put this on immediately. Only athletes with wristbands will be allowed to enter the transition area.

  • Cal Tri Events Bike Sicker. Place the sticker on the top tube of your bike between the seat and the handlebars.
  • Cal Tri Events Run Bib. This will only be worn during the run portion of the triathlon. If you don't have a racebelt, safety pins can be secured at registration.
  • Cal Tri Events/Blueseventy Swim Cap. Every athlete with a swim event must wear the Cal Tri Events swim cap.  Athletes are allowed to wear another swim cap below the official swim cap
  • Cal Tri Events Participant Shirt. Athletes who register one month in advance of the race will receive a custom participant shirt with their name printed on the back of the race shirt. 
  • Cal Tri Events Finisher Medal. Athletes who register one month in advance of the race will receive a custom finisher medal.
  • The Cal Tri Events Series participant shirt & finisher medal will be provided to athletes who register in the last 30 days before the race. They can be swapped for the custom participant shirt & finisher medal at the finish line at the end of the race if supplies are available. Just bring the Cal Tri Events Series participant shirt & finisher medal to make the swap.
  • Timing Chip. The timing chip must be attached to an athlete's ankle to captures an athlete's split times.  For relay's only the team administrator or the person that purchased the entry will be provided a timing chip.  That chip will be shared amongst the relay team. After the race, the timing chip must be returned to the race timer. Athletes who do not return a timing chip will be assessed a $30 fee.
If an athlete does not show (DNS) for the race will the participant shirt and finisher medal be shipped or mailed?  No. Participant shirts are for participants and finisher medals are for finishers.

How does a seeded, rolling swim work? Swim starts have evolved from mass swim starts to seeded, rolling swim starts as a safety enhancement. Seeded, rolling swim starts are designed to minimize athlete contact in the water. Athletes are allowed to enter the water in groups of 2-4 at a time in intervals of 3-5 seconds.  Athlete order into the water is seeded from fastest to slowest swimmer shortly before the race. The athlete must know their 100 yard swim pace for their event. An athlete's time only starts when they cross the timing mat. 

Do I need a wetsuit? Not all races require a wetsuit. If the water is 78 degrees or cooler, you can wear a wetsuit (but it’s not required). If the water is 78-84 you can wear a wetsuit but you won't qualify towards awards. There are various types of triathlon wetsuits: full wetsuits, sleeveless and buoyancy shorts. There are also wetsuits for surfing or boating. These also work, but are not specifically designed for the demands of triathlon specific swimming. Use the discount code CALTRI for a 20% discount from Blueseventy.

What type of bike can I use? An expensive bike is not necessary. A bike with two wheels with brakes on each wheel. Road, mountain, hybrid, gravel and triathlon bikes are allowed.  Fixie and recumbent bikes are not allowed.

For recumbent bikes, what WUCA rules apply to both standard and recumbent bikes? Aerodynamic aids including front-facing conical leading edges, fairings, and tapered and tear-drop-shaped trailing sections (e.g. tailboxes) designed to minimize turbulent airflow around the rider are prohibited.  The following items are not considered aerodynamic aids and are allowed: aerodynamic helmets measuring less than 38 cm (15 inch) in length; small storage containers located behind the rider measuring less than 33 cm (13 inch) in length, 20 cm (8 inch) in width, and 25 cm (10 inch) in height; rear disk wheels (or wheel covers); skin suits.

Can I use headphones? NO. Athletes need to maintain situational awareness. Headphones are not allowed. Athletes using headphones will be asked to return them to their transition area before continuing their race.

What is a relay triathlon? Do we all get timing chips? A relay triathlon is when 2 or 3 athletes combine to complete the triathlon. Each individual will complete one or two of the disciplines. Relay athletes meet in the transition area. Each get a race bib but there’s only one timing chip and that goes to the team administrator. That timing chip gets passed along through the course of the day.

Is body marking required? No. A lot of old school races require writing the athlete's race number or age on their calf, shoulder or hand.  The Cal Tri Events wristband does everything needed without the need of a Sharpie.

How do I know where to put my bike in transition? Unless directed otherwise, athletes are free to chose any place in transition to rack their bike. Be mindful of other athletes and try to not take up too much room.

Will there be traffic on the bike course? Some courses are partially or completely closed to traffic and others are partially or fully shared with traffic. A closed course is a course that is not open to traffic. You won't have to worry about vehicles, but you still have to watch out for other participants, cyclists or walkers/runners. A shared course will have vehicles on the course. Ride defensively. Watch out for cars pulling out of small streets or driveways. 

Are athletes responsible for knowing the course? Athletes are responsible to study and know the course. We highly recommend that athletes familiarize themselves with the bike and run course by driving or riding it prior to the race if possible. Police are there to keep an intersection open for cyclists.  They are not there to provide directions.

How does a SwimBike work? A SwimBike event includes only swim and bike disciplines. The athlete is finished when they return their bike to transition.  Athletes can then leisurely walk to transition and get their time.

How does a SwimRun work? A SwimRun event includes only swim and run disciplines. The athlete must place their run gear in the transition area for use after the swim. The event starts at the swim start and finish under the finish arch.

How does a RunBikeRun work? A RunBikeRun event includes a run, bike, then another run. The event starts at the finishing arch, includes a transition to the bike in the transition area with race completion under the finishing arch after the run. 

Does Cal Tri Events do overall awards? Age group awards? Overall awards to the top 3 (Male, Female & Non-Binary) for each of the 14 events will be presented. There are no age group awards. Consistent feedback from our community is that athletes would rather spend time with family and friends than endure a lengthy age group award ceremony with 840 possible podium presentations (14 events x 20 age groups x 2 (M/F/NB).

How do I hide myself from participant lists? This RunSignUp page explains how to make your profile Anonymous if you would prefer that your name is not shown on public lists. This DOES NOT include results generated outside of RunSignUp. 

How does Cal Tri Events recognize age groups winners? The Grand Prix USA Series Competition returns with over 30 races across the U.S.  A total of 135 athletes will be recognized (Top 5 Overall Male, Top 5 Overall Female, Top 5 Overall Non-Binary & 120 Age Group). In 2022, over $15,000 worth of prizes will be awarded.

  • Athletes who successfully complete 2 scored events are eligible for series awards. Athletes who participate in more events have their 2 BEST scores count.
  • Top 5 Overall (Male, Female & Non-Binary)
  • Top 3 Age Group (Male, Female & Non-Binary) – 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+. Participant ages will be calculated as of 12.31.21.
  • Maximum point score allowed per race is 150.
  • If an athlete finishes 1st overall and 1st in their age group, they receive 1st place points in each scored category.

What is Cal Tri Events Privacy Policy? Cal Tri Events values your personal privacy and has created the most robust privacy policy in the U.S. multisport market. The RunSignUp Privacy Policy covers the handling of an athlete's data collected during the registration process. With the exception of information provided to our timing partner to conduct the race, (First Name, Last Name, Event, Sex, DOB, City & State), Cal Tri Events doesn't share, sell or monetize your personal information with anyone including but not limited to governing bodies, municipalities, commercial partners or sponsors or research organizations.

What is Cal Tri Events Refund Policy? There are no refunds, deferrals, or transfers with the following exceptions:

30+ Day Free Race Transfer. With 30 days notice, athletes are eligible to transfer to another Cal Tri Events race later in the same calendar year. The athlete request must be in writing, 30 days before the race, and include both the current race and the desired race. The desired race must be open for registration.

We highly recommend purchasing Allianz's Event Registration Protector. Did you know roughly 15% of running or race event registrants never even make it to the starting line? That’s really unfortunate, especially considering all of the training and preparation involved. With Event Registration Protector, a participant who misses an event for a reason, such as a covered injury, illness, job loss, transportation delays, military/family/legal obligations, and more, can get 100 percent of their registration fees reimbursed. Please review the declaration of coverage and certificate of insurance/policy for specifics about the policy before purchase. 

What is Cal Tri Events Covid-19 Refund Policy? If a race is canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a refund of the event fee will be credited to the athlete's credit card within 20 business days. Credit card processing fees, surcharges and add-ons are ineligible for refund.