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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 participants! Check out the results HERE!

Ride the wave with other athletes from around the Pacific Northwest who are charting their winning course by swimming, cycling and running their way to fitness and athletic excellence in preparation for this year’s Seafair Triathlon. Grab your first mates and come out to Seward Park on Lake Washington. This beautiful and scenic course offers an incredible experience for athletes of all ability levels.

Race Photos
You can access your race photos here.

Courses

Adult Triathlon
Voted the Pacific Northwest's best triathlon and Seattle's only Olympic distance course!
Olympic Challenge Course: 1-mile swim, 20-mile bike, 10K run.
Olympic Duathlon Course: 20-mile bike, 10K run.
Sprint Course: half-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run.
Relay Teams: 2-person and 3-person. Minimum age for participation in the adult triathlon is 13.


Kids Triathlon
Kids can “tri”, too, on a fun, custom-designed course just for them!
Kids Beginner Course: 50 yard swim, 1-mile bike, .2 mile run.
Kids Intermediate Course: 100 yard swim, 2-mile bike, half-mile run.
Minimum age for participation in the kid's triathlon is 6.
The swim course is knee to waist deep water so kids can stand up if necessary, however, intermediate course participants may need to swim.

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

Swedish Seafair Triathlon Expo & Packet Pick Up
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Noon to 4 p.m.
Seward Park
Participants will pick up all necessary equipment for race day including chip and bib, and have the opportunity to be body marked prior to race day. Participants can rack their bike a day early at the Expo for $10. You can purchase a pass online during registration or onsite the day of the expo.
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Day-of

Race Day Schedule

5:15 a.m. Transition Zone Opens
6:30 a.m. Olympic Challenge Course Start
7:06 a.m. Olympic Duathlon Course Start
7:20 a.m. Sprint Course Start
7:41 a.m. Sprint Relay Course Start
10:30 a.m. Kids Beginner Course Start
11 a.m. Kids Intermediate Course Start
Awards Ceremony to follow each wave finish

Transition Area
The transition area will be open and supervised starting at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 23. For the safety of all participants, only registered participants will be allowed in the transition area. Participants may leave their personal belongings in this secure area. Please rack your bike on your designated bike rack, which is determined by your race number. Athletes can rack their bikes the morning of the race, or a day early on Saturday, July 22, 2017 for a $10 fee.

Event Parking
Parking is not permitted at Seward Park for the Expo or the Triathlon, however participants may park in the surrounding neighborhood. Please be respectful of the residents who share their neighborhood with us and abide by all parking restrictions, keeping noise to a minimum. There will be a "Drop Off - Load/Unload Zone" on Juneau St. directly in front of the park entrance. *Please note: Lake Washington Blvd. closes to traffic at 6 a.m. To access the park via car or on foot please use Juneau St.

Prize Money and Awards
Prize money will be awarded to the top three individuals (male and female) competing in the elite wave of the Olympic Challenge Race. Only individuals competing in the elite wave will be eligible to win prize money. Elite athletes are not eligible to win age group awards. There will be no elite category or prize money for individuals competing in the sprint triathlon.

1st Place - $250
2nd Place - $100
3rd Place - Free entry for 2018 Swedish Triathlon

All other awards will not be announced. Winners will receive awards via mail the week following the race.

Individual awards will not be given for the Kids Triathlon because they are all #1 and we want all kids to feel special and accomplished. They will all receive their very own Seafair Kids Triathlon medal at the finish line.


**All athletes will cross at timing mat as they enter the swim start area for their wave. Your race time however will not start until you the gun sounds and you enter the water. Crossing the mat only signifies that you’re in that given wave.

If an athlete DNF’s (does not finish) on the swim course, they can still finish the race and continue to do the bike and the run. If you decided to do this, please alert a race official before proceeding on the course. Also note that all DNF’s will not qualify for age group awards.

Finish Line Participant Zone
All race participants will complete the race and end in the finish line zone. Water and refreshments will be provided. Additionally, please place your timing chip in the bins before exiting the zone. The finish line zone is for participants only.


WAC Relaxation Zone
Seafair Triathletes are invited to stop by the WAC Relaxation Area post-race, to unwindand revel in the sense of accomplishment! The WAC will provide a comfortable sitting area, water and a mini chair massage for Seafair Triathletes from 8 a.m. 10 a.m

Finisher Medals
Every participant will receive a participant medal at the finish line.


Post Race Festivities and Awards Ceremony
Get in the Seafair summer spirit! Join us after the race at our celebration in the park featuring music, food trucks, vendor booths, the Washington Athletic Club's relaxation lounge and a visit from some of your favorite Seafair personalities! Check out your time at our Rogue Multisport Results Tent just outside the Finish Line secure zone!

Elite Wave
To be placed in the elite wave, please send us your past three finish times, race distances and overall placing to Triathlon@seafair.com.
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Event Information

Age Divisions
Junior age groups - 13-15 & 16-19.
Adult age groups - 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69,70-74, 75-79, 80+.

Swim Course Notice
It is very important that all athletes who choose to compete in an Olympic or sprint distance triathlon are capable of swimming at least half a mile in open water. If you do not have experience swimming in open water, it is highly recommended that you do so prior to the race.

Medical Coverage

Dr. Michele Arnold, Sports Medicine, Swedish Medical Group and her team will be providing the medical coverage day of the event together with the Seafair Emergency Management Group. A medical tent will be located at the finish line.

Water Stations
Two water stations will be provided along the course. The first one will be just outside the run exit of the transition area and the second will be at the top of the hill at Seward Park close to the 2-mile mark.

Milfoil
Due to environmental concerns, the milfoil in Andrews Bay may not be cut prior to the race. Although the milfoil will be pushed back as athletes enter the water, please expect to possibly encounter some milfoil throughout your swim.

Body Marking
Take the hassle out of race morning and make sure to stop by one of our body marking stations to have your race numbers marked on your arms & legs. Stations will be located at the Expo in the Body Marking Tent and just inside the Transition Zone.

Wetsuit Guidelines
Around this time of each year, many popular triathlons struggle with the question of whether they should allow wetsuits or not. In general, water temps above 78 degrees are not very conducive to wetsuits. In some cases, using a wetsuit in water that is too warm can actually cause a swimmer to overheat which obviously defeats the entire point of using a wetsuit. At this time, Lake Washington is 68 degrees and we are making this a "wetsuit optional" event. It is up to you whether you decide to wear one or not, but please do use your best judgment.

**Should the lake temperature rise throughout the week, we may have to restrict the use of wetsuits at Sunday's race for safety measures as well as for the health and wellness of our athletes. Should the decision be made, we will communicate that change to all athletes.

Change of Race
Do you want to change from the Sprint to the Olympic or vice versa? Or change from the Triathlon to Duathlon? No problem! Prior to race day: email triathlon@seafair.com to request a change. If changing from the Sprint to the Olympic there will be a charge of $30. If changing from the Olympic to the Sprint, there are no refunds. During Race Weekend: visit the Registration Tent at the Pre-Race Expo to change your race status, or the Solutions Tent on Race Day.

Race Transfer Policy
For insurance purposes the Seafair Triathlon has a NO RACE TRANSFER policy in place. If you choose not to race this year, you may not give your race number to another athlete.
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Congratulations to all out past participants. To view 2016 results click here.
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About Swedish

Founded in 1910, Swedish is the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter, or www.twitter.com/swedish.

Our Charity Partner - SHVI Patient Education Program


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One of our highest priorities at SHVI is empowering our patients to better understand their vascular and cardiac surgeries through patient education. We believe that knowledge saves lives and empowers patients to make good decisions about themselves and their condition. To do this, we need to equip every patient with the resources they need to better understand their condition, their specific surgery, and their post-operative care. We believe a more informed patient will lead to better outcomes. With donations from the community, we’re working to create these patient education materials to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.

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