Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship Presented by Dole, Des Moines, IA
Location: Gray’s Lake
2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50315
There's still time to register for the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship:Registration will close on Wednesday, August 28th at midnight, or as soon as we reach 1500 athletes. If you haven't registered yet there is still time to do so. You won't want to miss out on another great Hy-Vee Triathlon weekend!
- Start here: Register for the Hy-Vee IronKids U.S. Championship
- Click the green “Register Here” button.
- Select Category: Select the race your child qualified at
- When prompted, find your child’s name in the team drop down menu.
- When prompted, the password is your child’s date of birth (mmddyyyy)
Course Talk:There will be race briefings at Noon, 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 30th at Hy-Vee Hall (730 3rd St., Des Moines, IA).
*Please note this is where packet pick-up is and also a 15 minute drive to the course at Gray's Lake
Questions?Contact: Laura Smidt (Laura@pem-la.com)
Accommodations:Hotel: Hotel Fort Des Moines
Special Rate: Mention IronKids US Championships during registration
Single Rate: $99.00
Suites: : $119.00
I would like to ship my bike. How do I do so?
Please contact our bike partner, Kyle’s Bikes at:
515-965-0333 • firstname.lastname@example.org
The course has been changed from previous posted maps due to a large increase in the number of participants. Please direct any questions about course to staff at packet pick-up and the race briefings.
Parking for the Quincy IronKids event will take place South of Gray’s Lake Park, accessible via Thomas Beck Rd. Athletes should access transition by walking East around the lake.
Schedule of Events:*The schedule in the qualification map is incorrect. Please refer to the schedule below:
|12:00-7:00 p.m.||Packet Pick-Up/Registration/Expo at Hy-Vee Hall
(730 3rd St., downtown Des Moines)
|12:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m.||Athlete Briefings at Hy-Vee Hall
(730 3rd St., downtown Des Moines)
|5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.||Bike Check-in at Gray's Lake|
|6:00 am.-7:45am||Packet-Pick Up at Gray's Lake
(There is no race-day registration permitted whatsoever)
|6:30 a.m.-7:45 a.m.||Transition area is available for all athletes|
|8:00 a.m.||Senior Start|
|9:30 a.m.||Intermediate Start|
|10:15 a.m.||Junior Start|
|11:30 a.m.||Awards Ceremony|
|Please note that all times are subject to change.|
Please read through the following FAQ sections.
What are the distances for each age division?
Children ages 6-15 compete in age-appropriate distances with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety. Note: Updates to distances for individual events will be posted at the top of the event page. Unless otherwise noted, distances are as follows:
What is the cost to enter?
* Race morning registration is not available at any IronKids event
* We encourage all athletes to register online in advance, as well as purchase a one-year USAT membership online if you are entering multiple events. The cost to purchase a USAT one-year membership is $15, and can be done at http://www.usatriathlon.org. It is mandatory that all athletes either have a one-year membership to USAT, or purchase a one-day membership on-site for $10.
What is your refund and transfer policy?No refunds or transfers are permitted.
What is USAT, and where can I find additional information about youth rules?USA Triathlon (USAT) is the sanctioning authority for more than 3,500 diverse events, ranging from grassroots to high-profile races nationwide. The organization works to create interest and participation in a variety of programs, including camps, clinics, races and educational opportunities. USA Triathlon's 140,000-strong membership is comprised of athletes of all ages, coaches, officials, parents and fans striving to strengthen multisport. To learn more about USAT, please visit http://www.usatriathlon.org . For a comprehensive list of USA Triathlon (USAT) Competitive Rules & Regulations, please visit http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/about-events/rules. We ask that you please take the time to read through the rules carefully prior to event participation. If you have any specific questions about USAT rules and regulations and/or need clarification, please direct all inquiries to email@example.com. Several new USAT youth rules to note are the following:
- No disc wheels
- No aero bars
- No aero helmets
What is the USAT Age-Up rule? Can I compete in another division?In accordance with USAT rules, an athletes official race age is his/her age on December 31, 2013. Athletes will be classified by their race age into the following divisions:
- Junior: Ages 6-8 (50 yard swim/2 mile bike/500 yard run)
- Intermediate: Ages 9-11 (150 yard swim/4 mile bike/1 mile run)
- Senior: 12-15 (300 yard swim/8 mile bike/2 mile run)
What are some of the general triathlon race-day rules?Please read the following rules thoroughly. It is imperative for all participants to be aware of the following policies and precautions prior to participation in any IronKids Triathlon for the safety of all of our athletes.
Designated swim-caps must be worn throughout the swim portion of the race. If you have a latex allergy, we request that you provide your own swim cap that is similar in color to your wave (Yellow: Juniors, Orange/Red: Intermediates, Blue: Seniors).
There is no nudity allowed in transition.
Each athlete must be body marked prior to checking-in for the swim start.
Bike helmets must be put on-and strapped- before an athlete is allowed out of transition and onto the bike course.
Athletes are not allowed to mount or ride their bikes within the transition area. Athletes must mount and dismount their bikes at the respective mount/dismount lines located outside of transition.
Race numbers (Bibs) must be worn at all times during the bike and run portion of the race. These may be attached either with a race belt, or fastened with safety pins to the athletes apparel top.
Cyclists must stay two bike lengths behind the participant in the front, except when passing.
Cyclists must make passes on the left, with slower cyclists remaining to the right.
Parents are not allowed in transition during the race. Parents are only allowed in transition during designated set-up times, and upon completion of the race to retrieve belongings. No one will be allowed to remove equipment out of transition during the active race.
Timing chips must be worn throughout the duration of the race. If your timing chip comes unfastened, damaged, and/or lost, please notify the on-site timing company as quickly as possible.
What is the course like?Venue information and course specifics will be posted in early 2013. Course maps will be available online several weeks prior to each event. IronKids staff will also communicate in advance any issues that may occur in relation to weather that may affect the race.
What do I need to bring to packet pick-up?All athletes will be required to sign several waivers for each athlete, which will be e-mailed in advance as well as will be available on-site. It is mandatory to show proof of an updated USAT membership by providing a printed confirmation from USAT or a physical membership card. If you purchased a one-day membership online alongside registration, you do not need to bring confirmation with you. It is helpful to print your registration confirmation to bring to packet pick-up, but it is not mandatory to do so. Packet Pick-Up will take place both the day prior to the race, as well as on race morning. All athletes must check-in at packet pick-up in order to receive their race materials. IronKids staff as well as volunteers will be present to assist you throughout the process.
How do I designate that I am part of a team?
An IronKids Team is defined as a group of five or more youth triathletes representative of a sports club, sports team, school, or vendor. All athletes within the Teams Division compete as individuals, contributing to an overall team point total based on his or her finishing place.
Team points are awarded as follows:
- First place: 10 points
- Second place: 8 points
- Third place: 6 points
- Fourth place: 4 points
- Fifth place: 2 points
Each participating team member earns one point regardless of placement. Therefore, your athlete can be assured that he or she will be rewarded as contributing to team point totals for completing the race.
In order to ensure your teammates are registered to your team, please have a coach submit a roster by Monday, August 26th at Noon to firstname.lastname@example.org (we will only accept one roster so please make sure you have all athletes on one form). The roster must include the following:
- First Name
- Last Name
Failing to submit exact information will result in team name not being added to the athlete. If something is misspelled in online database and roster then it will not look-up. A failure to submit roster on time will result in not being added to a team.
What type of equipment do I need to compete in a triathlon?Note: This list is a general guideline for equipment. Your athlete may not require or utilize some of the items listed below:
- Swim Cap
- Goggles (2 pairs)
- Swim suit, Tri-Suit (One piece or two piece)
- Noseplugs, Earplugs
- Bicycle (Tri-bikes or bicycles with aero bars are not allowed)
- Cycling Shoes
- Race number belt with attached Bib number
- Bike & helmet stickers
- Water bottle
- Floor pump
- Running Shoes
- Running Shirt
- Registration packet and/or materials
- USAT Card
- Towel for transition area
- Safety pins
- Water bottles
- Change of clothes
Is the race timed?Each Hy-Vee IronKids athlete will receive a timing chip (with an included ankle strap) that corresponds with his or her registration information. Timing chips not only allow each athlete to receive a finishing time and course splits, but also are incredibly vital for athlete safety in order for all athletes to be accounted for at the conclusion of the race. All timing chips must be worn around the athletes ankle (does not matter which one). *Each participant must wear a timing chip at all times during the race. Failure to wear a timing chip throughout the duration of the race will lead to disqualification.** Once the participant has crossed the finish line, volunteers will remove the athletes timing chip from the ankle. All timing chips must be returned, or a fee will be assessed. Please direct any questions or concerns about timing within 30 minutes of the complete of the race.
Where are results posted?Results will be printed and posted on-site at a designated area close to the timing tent, as well as will be available on this site.. Please pay *very* careful attention to the results board, as there will be unofficial, as well as official results. Unofficial results are not set-in-stone, and are subject to change based on forthcoming data (for example, if an athlete is found to have missed one loop on the bike course). Unofficial results tend to posted and updated periodically as the race progresses. Official results will be provided at the conclusion of the race, and are considered the final results. Awards are based on the official, final results.
How do I qualify for the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship?New for 2013, the top ten athletes within each age division will qualify for the Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship, taking place on August 31, 2013 in Des Moines, IA. The age-divisions consist of individual age and gender (for example: 6 year-old males, 6-year old females, etc.). 200 athletes from each race will qualify for the Championship. Unlike previous years, there will be no roll-down. Athletes that qualify for the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids US Championship will receive notification of their qualification via e-mail, as well as an electronic packet containing information for registering and traveling to Des Moines, IA.
If I place in my age division, do I get an award?The top three athletes within each age category (for example, 6 year-old females, 6 year-old males, etc.) will receive a placement trophy. We encourage all athletes, families, and spectators to remain on site to view and participate in the awards ceremony, which will take place approximately a half-hour upon the conclusion of the entire race. Athletes must be present at the awards ceremony to receive their trophy. All athletes that cross the finish line will receive a commemorative medal.
What is the parent/guardian conduct policy?The Hy-Vee IronKids environment is a safe and fun place for kids to participate in the great sport of triathlon. In order to ensure that all athletes walk away with the best experience, we need to uphold a positive and supportive atmosphere at all times. Parents are asked to be supportive of all the children that are out there trying their best to achieve their goals. Bad conduct from a parent can not only result in a disqualification of their own child, but also a ban from all IronKids races. Bad conduct constitutes the following (but is not limited to):
- Negative comments to your own child or another child
- Yelling at volunteers, race officials, other parents or participants
- Interference with participants or race officials, etc.
Who can I contact if I have a question?Laura Smidt
Athlete Services/Registration, Expo, Sponsorship Opportunities
(Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series):