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My First Tri - Rules and Registration

Sunday November 22nd 2009
730am meet at Tai Pak Beach playground for 8am Start

The Lantau Buffalos are pleased to present the inaugural “My First Tri” triathlon training event for kids. This event is designed to encourage kids to get moving and maintain health, and provide an introduction to the sport of triathlon.

The triathlon is composed of three events: swimming, running, and cycling. Participants can compete as an individual in the each of the events, or as part of a three-person team with each person competing in one of the event as long as each competitor is in the same age range. Team competitors will compete against other teams and not those who are competing as individuals.

Course Distances

• Swim: 50 m 
• Bike: 2 km  
• Run: 700m 

Age Groups

U9, U10, U11, U12

The event is intended as friendly event open to all children aged 7 to 11 inclusive, age on race day. Medals will be awarded to the winners of each category, and certificates will be awarded to all participants.

Bike Helmets 
Appropriate bike helmets must be worn and buckled during the bike portion of the event. Parents/guardians must assure that the helmet fit is proper for the athlete. Helmets must be fastened before mounting the bicycle and must remain fastened until the racer dismounts their bike at the end of the ride in the transition area. 
Parents/Guardians are encouraged to take the athlete's bike to a qualified shop for inspection and adjustment prior to the Triathlon.

Attention should be paid to brakes, steering, wheels, inflation pressure, tire condition, chain, and pedals. Pedals should be inspected for sharp edges and appropriate measures taken (such as duct taping) to prevent cutting injuries should the pedals hit the athlete's legs.

All athletes should be comfortable in the water. Approved swim aids such as kickboards will be allowed and in some cases adults will be permitted to assist children. Each athlete should be capable of safely swimming the designated distance with no or minimal assistance. 
Parents/guardians should assure that the athlete has footwear that is suitable for running the designated distance. To avoid tripping, the athlete should be able to properly tie his/her shoes, preferable using double knots, or by using speed laces. 
Sun Protection 
Parents/guardians should provide appropriate sun protection in the form of sunscreen and clothing. 
Athlete Health 
Parents/guardians should assure that the athlete is in a physical condition that will permit him/her to participate in the event without jeopardizing his/her health or that of other participants. 
Proper hydration is important. It is suggested that you place a full water bottle in your child's transition area and remind him/her to drink during transition and following the event.
Shoes and Clothing 
Appropriate shoes and shirt must be worn during the bike and the run portions of the race. Shoes must be laced or buckled-up prior to mounting the bicycle and must remain laced until the racer dismounts their bike at the end of the ride. Shoes must be properly laced during the run. Flip flops or similar shoes are not appropriate footwear for the bike or run courses. 
Transition Area  
All race gear that will be used throughout the race, including shirts, shoes, shorts, towels, bicycle helmets and socks must be arranged in the transition area next to your bike prior to your swim wave start. No gear may be brought in afterward, or provided by spectators on the course.