Safety Measures at TRi KiDS Races (archived from 2021)
The following measures were applicable at our races held in 2021 and will remain here as an archive. Please click here to access the most recent updates relating to COVID-19 and its impact on the TRi KiDS Triathlon Series.
To help families make informed decisions on whether to participate this year we have listed the measures our organization is taking to mitigate the risks of COVID19. Of course this list will change often and as necessary as safety guidelines dictate.
- Race capacities decreased by 50%. Typically TRi KiDS races have a capacity of 600-750 athletes, this season will be maximum 325.
- Waves will also be at 50% capacity. 6 to 8 athletes per wave, one athlete per lane.
- Bikes in transition will be racked 2m apart.
- We have decided not to recruit volunteers due to the screening process required and venue capacities, which means we will rely on parental assistance where needed.
- Contact tracing done through the registration platform.
- We ask that self-screening be done before you depart for the race and no one should be at the race if they are unwell or been in contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID19.
- Race kit pick up will be held outdoors. Registration check in will be bib and kit pick up, shirt pick up and merchandise.
- We will not be posting maps onsite however the link to race course(s) will be on the website and on the Race Weekend Guide.
- We will not be posting wave lists onsite however wave lists will be part of the Race Weekend Guide. Both of these decisions made to avoid congregation.
- No trying on of race t-shirts or merchandise items.
- No body marking done by TRi KiDS crew however we encourage parents to do it at home!
- Orientations held outside with adequate space for physical distancing.
- Registration tent and post race tent will have a designated entrance and exit for one-way traffic.
- Indoor space (i.e. pool deck) will require mask wearing for those 5 years of age and older. The only exception is when the athlete is swimming.
- The 3 to 5 age group will have one parent in the water and assist throughout the race as usual, parents will be able to wear masks in the water.
- Athletes are not required to wear a mask while racing on the bike or run portions of the event.
- With no volunteers a significant change for the 6 and older athletes is that ONE parent is permitted on the pool deck and into the transition zone. Parents can assist the athlete out of the pool, hold their mask and assist in transition with helmets, un-racking bikes etc. Parents will exit once the athlete is on their bike. This will be mandatory for 6-7 and 8-9 given the assistance they need however in the 10-11 and 12-13 age groups we will leave this up to the parent/athlete. There will be no TRi KiDS Crew assistance given in transition unless it’s an emergency.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available.
- Physical distancing signs will be posted and we ask families to maintain a safe distance as much as possible. Outdoors please wear a mask if distancing of 2m is not possible.
- Upon finishing their race, athletes will be handed a medal from a tray and will exit the area immediately. To avoid congregation in the finish area, only Brian, our announcer, Vivian, our medal presenter and the finishing athlete will be permitted in the secured tent.
- Post race snacks will be pre-packaged.
- As usual, there will be a medical tent with two staff in PPE, well versed in COVID protocol should any athlete or spectator need medical assistance.
- At this time the facilities/municipalities we are in have interpreted the public health guidelines as no limit to spectators at an outdoor event.
- We wish we could high-five every single athlete but for this season we’ll smile and clap and make sure they all feel special!
Of course, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Let’s all do our part to make this return to racing safe and enjoyable for all. Our TRi KiDS Crew are so excited to be back. We ask for everyone to be patient with the changes, with our staff and with one another.