FAQ

If I’m racing both the International and Sprint, can I pick up both of my race packets at the same time?

Yes, this year you can pick up your race packets for both the International and Sprint during International packet pick up times on Friday evening only from 4:30 PM to 7 PM at Appalachian Outdoors Adventures. Saturday morning tends to be very hectic so need to be able to check in all the athletes quickly before the race starts.

How are the t-shirts sized?

You can choose either Men’s or Women’s sizes.  The size chart is as follows:

Green Layer T-shirt Sizing

What is the prize purse?

There will be a $5,000 total cash prize purse ($2,500 each race) for the Luray Triathlon in 2014. Cash will be awarded to the top 3 Male & Female individual athletes (no relays) in each race as follows: 1st – $600, 2nd – $400, 3rd – $250. Both amateur and elite athletes are eligible for cash awards.

What are the award categories?

Top 3 in each of the following categories:

  • Overall (M & F)
  • Masters Overall (M&F 40+)
  • Age Group (M&F): 15 & Under,16-19, 20-24, 25-29, etc.
  • Clydesdales (M 200+ Lbs) and Masters Clydesdales (40+)
  • Athenas (F 165+ Lbs) and Masters Athenas (40+)
  • Novice (M&F)
  • Relay Teams (Mixed, All Male, All Female)
  • Luray Finisher (M&F)
  • Military (M&F)
Where can I find photos from past triathlons?

We have a sampling of photos from each race in our Photo Gallery with links to the websites for each race’s official photographer to view all of the race photos.

What is the participant limit (cap) for each race?

We will take 700 regular entries and 50 charity entries for each race. Both races are expected to fill up before race day.

What is the primary non-profit beneficiary organization for the triathlon?

The United Way of Page County will once again be the primary beneficiary for the 2014 triathlon. This organization was selected because they are an all volunteer organization that gives money to multiple non-profit organizations all within the Luray and Page County communities. All benefiting non-profits are carefully screened for need and usage. The triathlon has raised more than $60,000 to the United Way of Page County since 2009.

You may also choose to make an optional donation to the United Way of Page County at time of registration.

What is “Blocking” on the bike course?

Here is a very basic explanation of blocking, but to learn more we suggest you visit www.usatriathlon.org and view the rules information posted in Section 5.10 “Position Fouls” on the bike.

“Blocking” is considered the other common rule violation that takes place on the bike course. Blocking typically occurs when a rider is not riding on the far right side of the road, making it difficult (and dangerous) for other rides to pass. Don’t get caught riding along next to your friend. If you’re the one on the left you’ll get a “blocking” foul.

What is “Drafting” on the bike course?

Here is a very basic explanation of drafting, but to learn more we suggest you consult the USA Triathlon website and view the rules information posted. (Please see Section 5.10 for “Position Fouls” on the bike.)

“Drafting” is basically riding right behind another competitor on the bike course. By drafting behind someone you gain an unfair advantage because it allows you to ride at the same speed as the person you’re following without exerting as much energy. In the sport of triathlon for age group events here in the U.S. drafting is not allowed.

Where can I find a copy of USA Triathlon rules?

You can find a copy of the USA Triathlon rules including a list and description of the most commonly violated rules at USA Triathlon.

Can my relay team be male and female?

Yes. Relay teams can be all males, all females or mixed.  We will be giving top 3 awards for Male, Female and Mixed relays.

Can I do a relay with only two people?

Yes. A relay team member may do either one or two of the three events.

Will there be aid stations on the course?

There will be no aid stations on the bike.  There will be aid stations on the run that you will pass approximately every 1 mile.  Each run aid station will have water and HEED sports drink by Hammer Nutrition.

When do I rack my bike?

Everyone will rack their bikes each race morning in the transition area starting at 6 AM. All bikes must be racked by 7:45 AM.

Can someone else pick up my race packet?

No. Participants must collect his/ her own event packets. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT. ALL USAT annual members must show a valid USAT membership card or pay the one day membership fee ($12).

Where does the race take place?

The race takes place at Lake Arrowhead Park near the town of Luray, VA (approximately 90 miles WSW of Washington, DC).  For map and directions, please click HERE.

How should I prepare for the triathlon?

Purchase and download a 16-week Official Luray Triathlon Training Plan.

Be sure to also sign up for our Luray Triathlon Race Prep Clinic offered on August 9th for the opportunity to practice on the race course under guidance of expert coaches.

Finally, School of Tri offers complimentary online resources including more than 100 training tips videos and webinars on a variety of triathlon-related topics.

Where can I practice open water swimming?
Will I be able to wear a wetsuit?

The wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon state:

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
What is the expected water temperature on race day?

Historically, water temperatures have been in the high 70’s / low 80’s for August. Wetsuits have been allowed in 10 out of the 16 races in the last eight years so you have a greater than 50% chance of the water temperature being 78F or under.  Water temp was wetsuit legal (< 78F) on both Saturday and Sunday in 2013.  We will post unofficial lake temperatures on luraytriathlon.com and Facebook starting a week before the race. The official water temperature will be taken by our USAT officials each race morning.

What are the event cut off times?

All athletes must complete the Luray Sprint Triathlon in under 3 hours and the Luray International Triathlon in under 4 hours 15 minutes. Event officials reserve the right to pull a participant off the course if it appears as though that participant will not be able to complete the event in under the cut off time.

What is the refund, deferral and transfer policy?

Luray Triathlon has a NO REFUND policy.

However, if you are unable to attend the race this year, you may either:

  1. Defer your entry to the same race in 2015 for a $30 fee or
  2. Transfer your entry to another athlete for a $20 fee.

To defer your entry to 2015:

  • Go to imathlete.com and login to access your Luray Triathlon registration
  • Go to “Manage Registration”
  • Select “Deferral” and indicate you want to Defer
  • Pay $30
  • Receive a code to register for next year

To transfer your entry to another athlete:

  • Go to imathlete.com and login to access your Luray Triathlon registration
  • Go to “Manage Registration”
  • Select “Transfer”
  • Type in to whom you are transferring your entry.
  • This person will receive a code to register for the $20 transfer fee.

You may also transfer your entry from Luray International to Luray Sprint (or vice versa). There is a a $10 fee to transfer from Luray Sprint to International and a $25 fee to transfer from Luray International to Sprint. Please note that once a race is full, you may no longer transfer into it. Please contact us to initiate a transfer.

All deferrals and transfers between races and individuals must be made on or before by August 6, 2014.

 

What are charity entries?

Each year we set aside 50 Charity entries into each race to benefit the United Way of Page County, which provides the majority of our volunteers on race weekend and serves 10 local non-profit organizations. For each $200 Charity entry, we’ll donate $150 to United Way.

Where can I find results from previous years?

Please see results.

Where can I find the course maps?

Please see each race’s respective race information page for course map and other importance information:

Where I can find the athlete information guide?

We will post the downloadable athlete guides a few months before race weekend. Please note that we will not be providing copies at packet pick up in an effort to cut back on paper waste and save a few trees.

How do I volunteer for the event?

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any successful event – we love our volunteers! We’ll post a volunteer sign-up link once we get closer to race day.

Can I ride a mountain or hybrid bike during the triathlon?

Yes, you can. David outlines what you can and can’t ride in this short video below: