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SOS CAPE COD, JUNE 22, 2019

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

REGISTRATION, PREPARATION
I haven’t raced an Olympic, 70.3 or 140.6 in a few years. Can I still register?

Yes, but you will need to complete an Olympic triathlon (or longer) at the qualification standard in the months between your registration and race day. We advise submitting proof of having actually registered for that qualifying event at the time of your SOS registration; then submit the proof of completion before our race.

Why do I need USA Triathlon insurance?

This event is covered by an insurance policy administered by the governing body of triathlon: USAT. You must either be a USAT annual member, or you may purchase a one-day membership for $15. Further information is on the registration page.

Can I defer my entry / transfer to another athlete?

No deferments are allowed in the SOS Cape Cod Triathlon due to the difficulty in tracking qualification times.

Are there local hotels?

Are you kidding? It’s Cape Cod! Scroll to the bottom of this page to choose from a wide selection of near-by lodging.

PRE-RACE
Do I need to attend the pre-race meeting? Where is it and what is the time?

The pre-race meeting is mandatory and all athletes — including their support person — must attend. On Friday, the day before the race, packet pick-up begins at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church at 200 Main Street in Wellfleet, and the meeting starts at 5:30.

What happens on race morning?

Vehicles may park (temporarily) at the Town Pier, which is a hundred yards from the race start at Mayo Beach. Do not park at the Mayo Beach parking lot. Bring your bike to the start area by 6:30. Race will start at 7. After the cyclists have left, support designates/friends/family should remove their vehicles from the Town Pier area.

How does weather affect the race?

Like any race, severe weather might affect the SOS. However the weather does not have to be severe to create a need for course modification. Severe fog might cancel swim segments (in which case you’ll simply keep running around the pond). The SOS-Cape Cod Facebook page will have weather-related updates in the days prior to the race.  If we are expecting serious weather, it will be discussed at the pre-race meeting and the final call for any race modifications will be made early on the morning of the race.

BIKE
Is it a mass start?

The race begins with the bike stage. To help avoid congestion on the road, we will have a wave start. The waves are separated by one minute. No drafting allowed!

Will there be signs along the bike course?

Yes, there will be signs, and samples will be shown to athletes at the pre-race meeting. You will need to stay alert! We suggest reviewing the course map or riding/driving the route prior to the event.

Is the race draft-legal?

No, all competitors must follow USAT regulations for non-draft-legal races. A space of a least 3 bike lengths is required except when passing, which must be completed within 15 seconds.  All riders must remain on the far right side of the course except when passing. Marshals will be on the bike course. Further details will be provided at the day-before-race meeting.

Which is better: road bike or tri-bike? What about wheels?

You will encounter a mix of open flats and short, steep hills. And yes: some tight turns. Conditions may be windy, sometimes extremely so. Good luck with your decision! Whether you decide to go with road or tri bike, full disc wheels are not allowed at this event due to frequent strong crosswind gusts in North Truro.

Can a friend/crew person ride alongside or near me?

Whether by bike or by vehicle, the answer is no.

Should I wear socks?

It is up to each athlete to decide what to wear on race day. We suggest that whatever you decide, train with it . Do not try something (anything) new in a race!

SWIM/RUN
What do I do with my shoes during the swim?

Athletes must wear or carry their shoes, swim caps, goggles and any other gear from the bike transition through to the finish. How to carry one’s shoes is an ongoing debate among many who have competed at SOS’s New Paltz race. Many athletes place their shoes in a dry bag for the swim, or stuff them inside their tri-suit or tri shorts. Also available on the market are fast-draining running shoes (never take them off!).

What is the typical temperature of the ponds?

Each pond is different in size and depth, and temperature is also affected by the amount of rain and average air temperatures in the weeks before the race.  However, in most years the ponds in late June register about 69-72 degrees. Temperatures will be announced on our Facebook page during Race Week.

Can I wear a wetsuit? Use fins or paddles? What about swim caps?

Wetsuits are allowed for the three swim portions of the race, however they must be worn or carried by the athlete for the entirety of the run/swim legs. Fins and paddles are not permitted. The race will supply you with a swim cap which must be worn during each swim leg.

How will I know which way to swim?

There will be orange and yellow buoys in each pond. You must pass close to the orange buoys (20 yards or less). The yellow buoys mark the swim exits. Further instructions will be given  at the mandatory pre-race meeting.

Will there be signs and volunteers on the run course?

Every turn and intersection will be marked with signs. Some will also be staffed with volunteers. However, National Park Service restrictions limit us to the use of small signs. (An example will be shown at the pre-race meeting.) You need to be extremely observant while running.

Will there be lifeguards on the swim course?

Yes, there will be guards on each of the three ponds at levels that meet or exceed USAT guidelines. However, if you are concerned about the swim please consider using a Safer Swimmer, a SwimSafe, or other similar safety device. Raise an arm or both arms to sinla a lifeguard if in distress.

What is the running surface like?

The first three miles of the run will be on narrow, sandy paths through wooded areas and grassy clearings. You will emerge from the Truro Highlands to enter onto dirt/sand single-lane roads for the remainder of the race — with the exception of the last mile, which will be on a paved two-lane road.  While the total distance run is 9 miles, the nature of the terrain is such that the distance will feel like it was longer.

Can a crew person or friend run or ride alongside me?

No, this is not allowed.

How many aid stations are on the course?

There are eight aid stations between the start and finish. Each offers water and Gatorade®. In order, their locations are:
1 –   bike/run transition (medical assistance available)
2 –   4 miles into the first run, at the start of first swim
3 –   end of first swim
4 –   1.5 miles into second run (medical assistance available)
5 –   2.5 miles into second run, at the start of second swim
6 –   end of second swim
7 –   1.5 miles into third run, start of third swim
8 –   end of third swim (medical assistance available)

Are there any cut-off times?

Yes, our permit with the National Park Service requires that we close the run course at 1pm on race day. To meet this deadline, no athlete will be allowed to cross Long Pond Road on the way to Great Pond after 11:30am (4:30 Race Time). More details will be provided at the day-before Athlete’s Meeting.

SUPPORT CREW, FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Do I need to be at the pre-race meeting?

Each athlete’s Crew Person must attend the Athlete’s Meeting the evening before the race, along with his/her athlete.

What happens on race morning?

Vehicles may park (temporarily) at the Town Pier, which is a hundred yards from the race start at Mayo Beach. Do not park at the Mayo Beach parking lot. Your racer should bring his/her bike to the start area by 6:30. Race will start at 7. You are welcome to stay and watch. After the cyclists have departed, support designates/friends/family should remove their vehicles from the Town Pier area. You may drive to Truro or Provincetown to cheer on your racer, but you should be parked at T2 well before your racer finishes the 27-mile bike (anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the speed of the athlete).

What happens at T2?

We will email detailed instructions on this process to all racers well in advance of Race Day, but support designates will safely park their vehicles on the side of the road in advance of their cyclist’s arrival. They will take the bike from their racer and provide any items needed for the swim/run leg.

Can I watch the run leg?

From T2 until finish, all non-racers must avoid driving on roads near the run course — by order of the local communities and the National Park Service. This especially applies to any and all dirt roads. While the run leg is underway, vehicles may park in the back parking lot of the Wellfleet Congregational Church, where you can greet your athlete as he/she crosses the Survivor Line.

AFTER-PARTY
Where is the after-party?

A complete luncheon will be waiting for you after the race at the Wagner at Duck Creek, located at 70 Main Street, Wellfleet. From the finish line at the Congregational Church, walk across the front parking lot to the street, make a left turn onto the sidewalk, and stroll a short distance to Long Pond Road. Turn left and walk a hundred yards or so until you see the back entrance to the property. There will be a sign. Do not drive to this venue — there isn’t enough parking, and after 38 tough miles we think you’ll be fine for a couple hundred yards.

Who gets to go to the party?

With your registration fee, you and your crew person may eat as much as you’d like! Friends and family members are welcome for a slight additional charge to cover their meal, but please register them in advance. (Here’s a link.) The awards ceremony will be held at this venue.

What’s being served?

Cape Cod Chowder
House Salad with Vinaigrette
Burger Sliders
Veggie Sliders
Grilled Chicken Breast
Sliced BBQ Chicken
Watermelon Slices
Cape Cod Potato Chips
Cookies & Brownies
Soft Drinks & Juices
Beer & Wine

Do I have to stay for the whole awards ceremony to get my award?

We encourage SOS Survivors to support fellow athletes at the awards ceremony, but it is not mandatory to remain until the end of the ceremony. See an SOS Race Committee member to receive your award during the post-race dinner.

LODGING
The “Host Inn” for the SOS is The Wagner at Duck Creek: a four-star country inn which is also the site of after-party. How convenient would it be to walk a few steps from the party to your room for a shower and nap!
508-349-9333
thewagneratduckcreek.com
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