Parents & Athletes - General FAQ's

Parent/Athlete General FAQ 

Below are some general questions and answers for parents and athletes.  If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us by calling 503-786-6082 or emailing 

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My child has never done a sporting event or race of any kind, is this an event for them?

YES! Start by asking a few questions:

  • Do they like to be outdoors?
  • Do they like to do things by themselves or as part of a group?
  • Do they like the sense of accomplishment when they do something new? ​

How can I / my child participate?

Athletes can compete as an individual athlete or with a team!

  • For information on how to compete as an individual athlete or team, see the Individual Athlete or Team Member FAQ's.

Can a child who does not experience disability participate? ​

Absolutely! All really means all! Athletes that do not experience disability can either compete as an individual athlete or as a member of a team.

For information on how to compete as an individual athlete or team, see the Individual Athlete or Team Member FAQ's and the FAQ's for each part of the course.

Can I be out on the course with my athlete? 

Cheering fans and family (except those registered to race) will not be allowed on the course. Only direct race participants can be on the course or in the transition areas helping athletes. This means that every person that is part of a team has to register as a race participant.

What if I have safety or medical concerns for my athlete?

If you identify that your athlete experiences disability you will be asked to provide additional, more specific information at the time of registration. If you feel your athlete will require more support than what teammates can provide, please email and request a link to the Direct Support Fan registration form. For clarification, Race Participants on an athlete's team can motor athletes along the course. All Race Participants are required to sign up on the regular All Ability Tri4Youth page and pay the required fee to cover liability on the course as per USA Traithlon.  Direct Support Fans can access only transition areas of the course and can provide additional services that an athlete may need such as assistance getting into adaptive equipment or changing before swim.

My child needs a bike and/or helmet! Will you be providing them?

No. Bikes (adaptive or not) and helmets (required) are the responsibility of each athlete to provide. If you need a bike, helmet, or would like information about training, you can check out some of our suggested resources below:

Greater Portland Area AMBUCS: A volunteer-run organization that provides adaptive bikes for children and adults with disabilities in Portland, the Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington.

Bike First! Offers a week-long bike camp (Bike Week) to get kids safely up and about comfortably on two wheels. Registration is required.

Adaptive Sports NW: Provides bike clinics and a collection of adaptive bikes for participants to use and try out.

PBOT (Portland Bureau of Transportation) Bike Resources: A list of where to find low-cost bike and helmets in the Portland area.

Different Spokes: A full service, adaptive-specific bike shop in Portland.

Oregon Adaptive Sports: An Adaptive sports organization with year-round programs, including a summer cycling series and private training sessions. Based in Bend.

Can I choose which heat my child is in? 

No, if you have specific concerns please email us at

Who will be on the field supervising? 

There will be a segment lead for each leg of the course (swim, bike, run) and LOTS of course marshals and volunteers along the way. Athletes will never be out of sight of a volunteer!

Does every participant get a medal?


How long will the race take? 

Faster than you think! It will be different for every athlete or team, but we highly recommend and encourage your athlete or team to get together and train before the event, whether at THPRD or on your own. This will give you a much better sense of the time it will take for them to participate in the course.

Is the event going to be held no matter the weather conditions?

Yes! This is a rain or shine event, but race coordinators will follow THPRD event cancellation procedure should weather present a danger to athletes and volunteers.

Will there be bathrooms and refreshments on the course?

Yes! There will be ADA accessible porta-potties and aid stations with water. ​

Is there accessible parking?

Yes! When you arrive, look for parking volunteers who will be more than happy to direct you.

A map of the course is attached.

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


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