Great Buckeye Challenge Race Weekend FINAL Confirmation

Buckeye ChallengeThis is your final communication from HFP Racing before we leave on Thursday, August 29 for Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, Ohio. Please bring any last minute questions or changes to the park with you as our customer service staff will be on location. Not registered yet? [REGISTER NOW] Closes 8-29 (Thursday) at Midnight!

EVENT SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 31 — HFP Course Talk and Preview
(5:30pm–6:30pm) for all weekend courses and races

Sunday, September 1 — Great Buckeye Challenge
Women’s Only Triathlon: 250y Swim — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
Mini: 250y Swim (2mi Run) — 7mi Bike — 2mi Run
Sprint: 750m Swim (5k Run) — 20k Bike — 5k Run
Olympic: 1500m Swim (5k Run) — 40k Bike — 10k Run
Half: 1.2mi Swim (5k Run) — 56mi Bike — 13.1mi Run

START TIMES
Sunday
7:30am — Women’s Only Triathlon* & all Women in Mini Triathlon*
7:40am — All Men in Mini Triathlon*
7:50am — All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint, Olympic, Half)
7:50am — Sprint Triathlon Waves
7:50am — Men 29 & Under, Elite Men
7:52am — Men 30-49, Clydesdale
7:54am — Elite Women, Women 39 & Under
7:56am — Women 40+, Athena, Women Aquabike
7:58am — Men 50+, Sprint Relay Teams, Men Aquabike
8:00am — Olympic Triathlon Waves
8:00am — Men 29 & Under, Elite Men
8:02am — Men 30-49, Clydesdale
8:04am — Elite Women, Women 39 & Under
8:06am — Women 40+, Athena, Women Aquabike
8:08am — Men 50+, Olympic Relay Teams, Men Aquabike
8:15am — Half Triathlon Waves
8:15am — Men 29 & Under, Elite Men
8:17am — Men 30-49, Clydesdale
8:19am — Elite Women, Women 39 & Under
8:21am — Women 40+, Athena, Women Aquabike
8:23am — Men 50+, Half Relay Teams, Men Aquabike
*Dual time trial start – two at a time

NUTRITION ON THE COURSE – VERY IMPORTANT
On the bike: For those competing in the Half distance duathlon or triathlon there are three (3) aid stations located at Mile 15/Mile 36 & Mile 45. These aid stations are “neutral” aid stations and will offer refill (Infinit Nutrition or Water) for your bottles OR you may provide a “SPECIAL NEEDS” bag (ask for bags during packet pick-up) with your specific drink (no glass) or other nutritional requirements. There will be granola bars, bananas and pretzels available too. Special Needs bags will not be accepted after 7:00am on Race Day.
On the run: There will be Infinit Nutrition and Water in cups at Transition Exit, Mile 1, 2 & 3 of the run course. Runners will pass by each station twice. Additionally, there will be granola bars, bananas and pretzels at Transition Exit & Mile 3. There will be a Special Needs table at the Transition Exit aid station for your own nutrition.

RACE PACKET PICK-UP
Buck Creek State Park Beach Area
Saturday, August 31 from 12:00pm–5:00pm
Sunday, September 1 from 6:00am–7:30am
There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY!

DIVISIONS
USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.
Age Group — 14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
Elite Open* — Amateur 15-39 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Elite Master* — Amateur 40-49 years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Elite Grand Master* — Amateur 50+ years old, has chance to finish in top 10 overall
Clydesdale — Males racing weight groups in two age groups:
-under 40 & 200+lbs
-over 40 & 200+lbs
Athena — Females racing weights group, not age group — 150lbs+
Aquabike — racing only the swim and bike portions only (no running)
*The elite divisions are only for the sprint, Olympic & half distance triathlon or duathlon participants. Those competing in these divisions are not eligible for age group awards.

RELAYS
For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon or duathlon we offer a relay division for our sprint, Olympic & half distance triathlons and duathlons. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner), each member will complete one segment of the race (2 members for duathlon teams). Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are NO age groups in this division.

AWARDS
All finishers will receive a handsome finisher medal and the top three in each division will receive custom awards (including relay teams).

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