FYI

Packet Pickup and Race Orientation

Participants and parents are REQUIRED to attend a pre-race orientation session. The Pre Race Orientation will be held at the Ottawa Westminster Presbyterian Church (401 W 13th St, Ottawa, KS 66067) on: Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. Participants will receive a participant packet, event T-shirt, course information, and tips on various aspects of the event. Event rules packet available soon!

Getting Started

• The event takes place at Forest Park in Ottawa.

• Check in no earlier than 6:00 am and no later than 6:45 am.  Volunteers will be available to help park your equipment. All equipment must be in place no later than 6:45 am.

• Parking will be available across the street from forest park and at Kansas State Bank located at Tecumseh and Main St.

• Volunteers will guide you to the check-in table. 

• Volunteers will assist you in “parking” your equipment - bike, helmet, shoes and socks - in the proper place. 

• Stay in the check-in area before the event and listen for instructions over the loudspeaker. 

• Results will be available at STILL WORKING 

• The Ottawa Optimist and Midwest Iron Kid Triathlon are committed to accessibility and inclusion. Please let us know in advance if you have accommodation needs.

Rules During The Event

Unsportsman-Like Conduct - Foul, harsh, argumentative, abusive language or other unsportsman-like conduct is strictly forbidden. PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION 

Outside Assistance - No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Parents are NOT allowed on the course or transition area after the event has begun. PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION 

Race Numbers - All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the event and they must be visible from the front. You may only wear the number that was given to you during orientation or at check-in. DO NOT fold, decorate or alter your number. 

Helmets - No modifications may be made to the helmet. Helmets must be worn as they were purchased. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. 

Chinstraps - Chinstraps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chinstrap unless you are off your bicycle. 

Headphones - Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, etc. are prohibited. 

Transition Area - All equipment must be placed in the bike corral that is assigned to you, return your bike to an upright position in your bike corral. You may not interfere with another participant’s equipment or progress. You may not bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. 

Course - All competitors are required to follow the course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going out side the course is a safety issue.

For Your Safety

• The greatest danger to participants is when spectators get too close or attempt to enter the racecourse. PARENTS and FAMILY MEMBERS, please remain in viewing areas and make certain that friends and other members do the same! 

• The Midwest Iron Kid is a USA Triathlon - sanctioned event, meaning that triathlon professionals have approved safety plans. 

• To ensure your safety, no vehicles will be allowed in Forest Park.

• A paramedic will be on site to provide emergency medical assistance if needed. 

• Trained volunteers will be strategically positioned throughout the course to provide directions and assist as needed. 

• If you become tired, dizzy or feel sick during ANY part of the event, STOP and ask a volunteer for help. 

• If you become tired when you are in the swimming pool, you may hold onto the side of the pool or the lane ropes. 

• Apply plenty of sunscreen before the event. 

• Drink plenty of water before and after the event.

Security

The safety and security of everyone participating is always a top priority for us. In coordination with the Ottawa Police Department, and other authorities, there will be an increased level of protection, both visibly and behind the scenes, for all youths, families and spectators at this year’s Youth Triathlon. As always, report any suspicious behavior to a uniformed officer or to a Staff Member or authorized volunteer, and thank you for participating in this year’s event. 

Video

The Johnson County Jewish Community Center held their youth triathlon in June as part of the Midwest Triathlon Series.