Due to the level of algae in the lake at Nathan Benderson Park following uncontrollable recent weather conditions, all races at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival will be shifted from triathlons (swim-bike-run format) to duathlons (run-bike-run format). The schedule and start times for all events will remain the same.

Pre-race Webinars - Age Group Athletes

All age group athletes are encouraged to watch the pre-race webinars. Recorded by Age Group Race Director Brian D'Amico, these presentations will cover everything you need to know for a successful race.

Draft-Legal Triathlon World Qualifier

Non-Draft Open Sprint Triathlon

Age Group Awards

Age groups will begin with ages 15-19 and continue in 5-year increments through 85-89. Awards will be presented to the top three athletes in each age group and gender. International athletes competing in the Draft-Legal World Qualifier will not be eligible for awards. International athletes competing in the the Age Group Open race are eligible for awards.

Bike Support

Basic bike support services will be available on race morning and throughout the race, such as airing tires, changing flats, and minor adjustments near Transition. Athletes are also encouraged to visit Village Bike's local shop if they need services before Friday. Village Bike's is located at 8111 Lakewood Main St, Bradenton, FL 34202.

Course Nutrition 

Gatorade Endurance formula is the Official Sports Beverage of USA Triathlon and will be available on course for collegiate and age group athletes.

Location

The 2017 Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival will be hosted at Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, Florida 34235.

Parking

Spectator and athlete parking is located in the grassy parking lot to the southeast of the mall lots. No parking is available in the mall lots. Parking is also prohibited on the island at Nathan Benderson Park. It is a short walk from the parking area to the race site. Parking is $5 per car, cash only.

Participant List

Click here to view the current participant list. This list is updated each Monday before the event.

Pre-Race Briefings

Athletes will be required to attend a pre-race briefing at the assigned times listed below:

Elite (Pro) Athlete Briefing

  • Date: Thursday, October 5
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. 
  • Location: Nathan Benderson Park Elite Athlete Lounge

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier Athlete Briefing

  • Date: Friday, October 6
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Nathan Benderson Park Athlete Dining Tent (next to transition)
  • Packet Pickup: immediately following the briefing. Athletes will receive goody bag and race packet. *Note that athletes will receive timing chip at the Athlete Lounge upon checking in on race day.

USAT Age Group Draft-Legal Sprint Triathlon World Qualifier Athlete Briefing

  • Date: Friday, October 6
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Nathan Benderson Park Athlete Dining Tent (next to transition)
  • *Note that athletes will receive timing chip upon checking in to on race day.

Paratriathlon Athlete Briefing

  • Date: Saturday, October 7
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Nathan Benderson Park Elite Athlete Lounge

Rules

Please review the following rules for each competition.

  • Women’s Collegiate Triathlon will follow the ITU Rules of Competition for Elite draft legal racing.
  • Age Group Draft-Legal World Qualifier athletes will follow the ITU Rules of Competition for Age Group draft legal racing.
    • Please note: Disc brakes are prohibited in draft-legal competition.
  • Age Group Sprint Non-Draft Triathlon will follow the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules. Click here to view the rulebook.

Letters from the Head Officials to Participants:

Draft-Legal World Qualifier

Age Group Non-Draft Open

Draft-Legal Equipment Requirements:

Draft-legal age group competition has specific equipment requirements. Equipment must meet the following standards or you will not be allowed to participate in the event:

  • Bike must have standard drop handle bars.
  • Aerobars (both long or short) are not permitted to be used.
  • Wheels must have 12 or more spokes and no disc wheels.
  • Disc brakes are not allowed.
  • My helmet must have the original CPSC sticker in place inside the helmet.

Note: This event has been designed to eliminate the lap-out rule. Athletes will not be lapped-out.

New to draft-legal racing? Click here to view the all rules and tips. Click here to view a handy Draft-Legal checklist.

Swim Safety

  • Age Group Athletes (Draft Legal): Wetsuits will be allowed if water temperatures are 71.6 F or less.
  • Age Group Athlete (Non Draft Legal): Wetsuits will be allowed if water temperatures are 78 F or less. 
  • Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Regional Qualifier (Draft Legal): Wetsuits will be allowed if water temperatures are 68 F or less.
  • Athletes with a latex allergy should notify USAT staff at packet pick up and will be provided with a non-latex swim cap.

Timing Chips

All athletes are required to wear a timing chip during the competition. Chips will be distributed on race morning upon check in to transition for draft-legal and non-draft age group races. Chips will be distributed to Collegiate athletes in the Athlete Lounge up to 90 minutes before race start. It is the athlete’s responsibility to wear the timing chip on race day. Volunteers will collect the timing chip at the Finish Line after completing the triathlon. Athletes who lose their chip will be responsible for a $100 replacement fee.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are critical to the success of our events. Interested in volunteering at the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival? All volunteers will receive a shirt, food, and snacks as a thank you for time spent. Click below to register.

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