USAT Tri for Real Triathlon and Aquabike

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Rancho Seco Park, Herald CA

Race Information:

The USAT Sanctioned Tri for Real Olympic-distance Triathlon was added to our TRI for FUN Sprint Triathlon Series in 2003. In 2007 we added the TRI for KIDS races for athletes aged 4 to 14 years old on the same day as the Tri for Real events.  New this year are USAT sanctioned Aquabike events at each Tri for Real Triathlon.


Tri for Real Triathlon 1.5K swim - 40K bike - 10K run

Aquabike 1.5K swim - 40K bike

Race Category: Aquabike, Duathlon, Triathlon


Triathlon: $70 until 11/31/13, $80 until 4/30/14, $90 until race day, $100 race day

Tri for Real Series: $200 until 11/31/13, $210 until 4/30/14, $250 after

Under 18: $60 until 11/31/13, $70 until 6/30/14, $80 until race day, $90 race day

Relay Teams: $100 until 11/31/13, $110 until 6/30/14, $120 until race day, $130 race day

USAT Aquabike: $50 until 11/31/13, $60 until 6/30/14, $70 until race day, $75 race day

The Tri for Real Triathlon and Aquabike will be USAT Sanctioned, requiring the purchase of a $12 one-day license with USAT, or the holding of an annual membership card with USAT.

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Event Schedule:

6:30 am Registration and Packet pick up open
6:30 am Transition area open
7:00 am Race announcements begin   
7:30 am Start of Tri for Kids Triathlon
7:30 am Entry into Rancho Seco Park closed from 7:30 am to 8 am due to Tri for Kids Triathlon bike course closure. Vehicles can park and walk in approximately one mile or wait until the road opens at 8 am.
7:40 am Race information announcement for Tri for Real Triathlon
8:00 am Start of Tri for Real Triathlon. There will be 6 waves, each 5 minutes apart.

8:20am Start of Aquabike
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Final Finisher of TRI for REAL
11:30 am Awards ceremony for TRI for Real          

Wave Starts:

Wave one: Men 29 and under
Wave two: Men 30 - 34
Wave three: Men 35 - 39 and Clydesdale athletes
Wave four: Men 40+
Wave five: Women 34 and under
Wave six: Women 35+, Athena athletes and Relay Teams

Course Description:

Swim - The race starts from the beach in with a 1.5 kilometer or .93 mile swim from the beach area. The swim course will be a triangular course in Rancho Seco Lake marked by the large white triangular buoys. Water temperature should be between 68 and 74 degrees. Wetsuits are allowed. The swim will exit the lake and head up the beach and on a grassy path to the transition area located in the parking area.

Bike - The 40 kilometer or 24.8 mile bike course will begin after you exit the transition area and then mount your bike. From there you will exit the park and make a right hand turn on Hwy 104, making a U-turn at the turn around point and returning to the park. Please be careful while on the road. Riders must stay to the right at all times! Riders must not draft other riders: You must maintain at least THREE bike lengths at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the Highway. Passing is allowed in a timely manner when it is safe to do so. After passing return to the right side of the road and continue to ride safely. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Proceed to the turn around on Hwy 104 and return to the park. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY. The Bike course will Not have an aid station. Water and electrolyte beverage, along with energy gels will be available in the transition area.

Bike Course Map (PDF)

Run - The run course begins directly outside the transition area and is a 10-kilometer or 6.2 mile out-and-back course on fire roads and trails within the park. There will be two aid stations with water and electrolyte beverage, plus energy gels on the run course. One at mile 1.5, and one at the turn-around point: mile 3.1 on the run course. ALL athletes must wear their race number on the front of their body during the run and have it when crossing the finish line.

Run Course Map (PDF)

Transition Area:

The Transition area will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Body marking will be take place at the entrance to the transition area and must be completed before you enter the transition area. Athletes will have their race number marked on their legs and arms and have their age division on their calf. Glass or bottles are not allowed in the transition area.

Aid Stations:

Aid stations will be located in the transition area and on the run course, serving cold water and electrolyte beverage.

Divisions and Awards:

Series Awards, including a Free entry into the 2015 Tri for Real Series, will be presented to the top male and female racing all three events in each age group.

First place Overall Male and Female in the Tri for Real Triathlon will receive Overall Champion Awards. There will be awards five deep in each five-year age group, and for Clydesdale and Athena divisions for the Tri for Real Triathlon. Relay Team awards will be for the top three teams in each division of Male, Female and Coed.


Expected water temperature for Rancho Seco Park Lake will be 72-76 degrees. Wetsuits are optional. Swim fins and snorkels are not allowed. Helmets must be worn and buckled on the bike at all times. Run numbers must be worn on the run and when crossing the finish line. Listening devices of any kind: MP3, IPod, headphones, etc.. are not allowed.

Competitor Goodies:

Included for each athlete is custom tech-tee race shirt, a swim cap, athlete goody bag, hot post race meal, free athlete massage and free parking.

Post Race Athlete Food:

Included for each competitor is a post race meal of hot pasta with salad, fruit, cookies and beverage.

Sports Expo:

The post race sports expo will have vendors such as Total Body Fitness, Fleet Feet Sports, and Kinetic Cycles.

Refund and Transfer Information:

TBF Racing has a no refund policy on all of our events. A refund requested prior to race week will be given a TBF Race credit for the amount of the entry fee minus a $25 processing fee. Credits are not given during race week. Transfers are allowed from one TBF Racing event to another within a one-year time frame. There is a $25 transfer fee. Transfers are not allowed during race week. ALL TBF Racing events are held rain or shine.


Our Race for FREE Athlete Volunteer Program offers a chance to get involved with multi-sport events, have fun, and earn a $40 TBF Racing Volunteer voucher good towards entry fees at any of our events this year. Each volunteer shift is 4 hours. We ask volunteers to reserve a volunteer position at any of our events by emailing as our volunteer positions will fill up quickly.

Training and Coaching:

TBF Training provides group workouts and coaching for the sport of Triathlon along with individual Multi-Sport Coaching and Personal Training.

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