The St. Marks Duathlon

Sun October 11, 2020 Directions
Events

The St. Marks Duathlon

8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

The St. Marks Duathlon (Relay)

8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT

The St. Marks Duathlon (Fat Tire)

8:00AM EDT - 12:00PM EDT
Place
25 Riverside Drive, St. Marks, Florida
Description

October 10, 2020 - Race Update

We are getting close to our return to racing.  It will be a little smaller than you are used to but we hope it will be fun.  Rather than repeat previous updates, please take a look below as this update will on address new information.

Weather - We are fortunate that we dodged Hurricane Delta but we may be dealing with some rain in the morning, hopefully nothing too bad but it's 2020 so who knows.  Unless there is lighting near-by or torrential rain we plan to move forward with the race.  However, our moving forward is subject to two issues: 1. Being able to race safely; and 2. Making sure that the GWTC equipment is not exposed to unnecessary weather.  We also have a contingency plan in place for a shortened bike course if we feel that the weather conditions would make the portion of the course on Highway 98 unsafe.  Hopefully, that doesn't happen but if it does some bike is better than no bike.  In addition to preparing for the rain, you may want to bring bug spray.  The bugs were not too bad when we were marking the course today but you should be prepared.

Course Markings - Assuming the markings we put down today don't wash away, there will be three sets of markings:  Yellow and White for the runs and Red for the bike. The Yellow markings are for the 5K (first run) and the White markings are for the 2.5K run.  There will be mileage signs up at miles 1, 2 and 3 on the 5K.  There will not be any mileage markers for the 2.5K run. The self-serve water station (the same station for both runs) will be around the 2 mile mark on the 5k and less than a full mile on the 2.5K.

Water/Nutrition -  Ideally, you should bring all the fluid and nutrition that you need for the race.  However, as mentioned above, we will have a self-serve water station on the run courses with small unopened bottles of water.  If you take a water, please don't discard the bottle on the course.  The City of St. Marks has also been a good host for us and we want to be good guests. As far as nutrition goes each race packet will contain a bar or gel courtesy of PowerBar.

Rest Rooms - There will be 4 porta-potties on site.  As of this morning they are nice and clean and equipped with hand sanitizer.  Please remember to socially distance while in line. 

Last Minute Announcements - If there are any last minute announcements we will try an update the RunSignUp page (although internet is a little sketchy at the race site) and we will post on the Gulfwinds Triathletes Facebook page.  You can also try and email the race director at discus39@gmail.com.  No guarantees on prompt response but we will try and keep an eye on it. 

 

October 9, 2020 - Race Update

Only two days before the race, please review the information on this page about the race procedures.  

COVID 19 WAIVER - Thank you for responding.  We still have a few racers that have not accepted the waiver electronically, so please do so via email prior to the race.  We will have paper waivers onsite but please understand that you will be delayed while you complete the waiver.  No waiver, no race, no exceptions.  

RACE CHECK-IN - We will do our best to have check-in open by 6:30, however, remember unlike the races many of us are used to there is no need to beat the other racers to check-in to get the best bike rack spot as your bike rack location will be pre-assigned. All racers will have to check-in with volunteer staff prior to being allowed into transition.  When checking-in your temperature will be checked.  If your temperature is over 100 degrees we won't be able to let you race. You will also be asked to acknowledge if you have any of the symptoms on the USAT Medical Questionnaire that was provided.  Any concerns regarding symptoms will be evaluated by our Medical Director and her determination will be final.  We would ask that during check-in that you maintain appropriate social distance from other racers, we would also strongly encourage you to wear a mask.  This race is staffed entirely by volunteers and we don't want to add "Mask  Police" to their duties. Once you are cleared for entry you will go find your rack (labeled with bib numbers) and your number will be in a clear plastic bag on the rack.   This is where you should rack your bike.   Transition will close at 7:45 and racers should be at the race start no later than 7:50.

BIB NUMBER and WAVE - An email was sent out with your Bib Number and Wave.  We have made one minor adjustment to the waves that should only affect one person.   Please remember your Bib Number  as it will make finding your bike rack a lot easier.

BODY MARKING - We would like for you to body mark yourself prior to the race with your Bib Number and other information.  Please write your Bib Number on both arms so that it is visible.  Please mark your age (as of 12/31/20) on the back of your left calf. Please mark your Wave Number on the back of your right calf. (Example " W1")  If you forget to mark yourself we will have markers and sanitizing wipes on site, however, if you mark yourself before coming to the race it will save time and eliminate unnecessary contact points.

WAVE START -  We will have 20 waves with no more than 5 racers per wave.  Several waves will have less than 5 racers.  It  is important that you start in the wave that you are assigned to.  Because of the manner in which race timing will be set up if you do not start in your assigned wave it may result in an inaccurate time for you, not to mention create an unnecessary headache for our volunteer race timers. The first wave will go off at 8am and subsequent waves will go off every 30 seconds.  It is important that you stay close enough to the start to hear your wave called, while also maintaining an appropriate social distance from other racers. Once a wave starts the next wave will move into position and so on until all waves are on the course. 

RACE - We will have volunteers on both the run courses and the bike courses.  We plan to pre-mark the course with spray chalk, however, in the event of rain the markings could wash away.  Please review the course maps on the RunSignUp site (the 2nd run link has been repaired).  It is your responsibility to know the race course.

On the bike course please remember that the course is OPEN to traffic.  You are required to adhere to all traffic laws, even if doing so causes you to stop or slow down. Our number one goal on the bike is getting everyone out and back safely.  There will be law enforcement at the major turns and at the turn around.  We also hope to have two motorcycles on the course to monitor for safety.  They will not be officials but they will be looking for unsafe conduct. 

At the finish line, volunteers, (gloved and masked), will need to retrieve your bib number as it helps with timing purposes.  Please listen for their instruction and help them out the best you can.

BIKE/GEAR REMOVAL - Once you have completed the race, we will be allowing you to retrieve your bike and gear so that you are not required to remain at the race site any longer than you want.  You will exit through the designated exit point monitored by a volunteer.  Please cooperate with the volunteer as they are doing their best to make sure that your bike goes home with you and not someone else.  

POST RACE - Unfortunately there is no awards ceremony or post race function this year. Race results will be posted on the GWTC website as soon as they are available. Overall and age group awards will be sent to winners at the address provided on their registration.  

If there are any questions please send us an email and we will try and respond.

October 4, 2020 - Race Update

In addition to the race information from the September 15th update below (PLEASE READ), we wanted to provide some additional information for race day.  

COVID 19 WAIVER - If you have responded to our emails and indicated your acceptance of our COVID 19 waiver, thank you!  Your response will help save time on race day.  If you have not responded please send us an email indicating your acceptance.  If we don't receive an email from you, you will have to complete the waiver onsite and it will delay your entry into the race.  If you do not wish to sign the waiver, please let me know and we can process your deferral or refund.

BIB NUMBER AND WAVE - You will be receiving an email from us with your Bib Number and your start Wave.  It is important that you pay attention to this email and know your Bib Number as that will help you locate which rack to put your bike on and which race packet is yours.  (Race numbers will be in a clear plastic bag attached to the rack where you will rack your bike).

BODY MARKING - We would like for you to body mark yourself prior to the race with your Bib Number and other information.  Please write your Bib Number on both arms so that it is visible.  Please mark your age (as of 12/31/20) on the back of your left calf. Please mark your Wave Number on the back of your right calf. (Example " W1")  If you forget to mark yourself we will will have markers and sanitizing wipes on site, however, if you mark yourself before coming to the race it will save time and eliminate unnecessary contact points.

WAVE START -  We will have 20 waves with no more than 5 racers per wave.  Some waves may end up with less than 5 racers.  It  is important that you start in the wave that you are assigned to.  Because of the manner in which race timing will be set up if you do not start in your assigned wave it may result in an inaccurate time for you, not to mention create an unnecessary headache for our volunteer race timers. The first wave will go off at 8am and subsequent waves will go off every 30 seconds.  It is important that you stay close enough to the start to hear your wave called, while also maintaining an appropriate social distance from other racers. Once a wave starts the next wave will move into position and so on until all waves are on the course. 

BIKE/GEAR REMOVAL - Once you have completed the race, we will be allowing you to retrieve your bike and gear so that you are not required to remain at the race site any longer than you want.  You will exit through the designated exit point monitored by a volunteer.  Please cooperate with the volunteer.  

POST RACE - Unfortunately there is no awards ceremony or post race function this year. Race results will be posted on the GWTC website as soon as they are available. Overall and age group awards will be sent to winners at the address provided on their registration.  

FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS - We will use our best efforts to be keep you up to speed on any changes.  Please check your registration email this week as this will be our primary means of notification in addition to this site.  As mentioned below, please take the time to learn the course routes.  We should have sufficient volunteers to point you in the right direction, however, ultimately it is your responsibility to know the course.

September 15, 2020 - Race Update

The St. Marks Duathlon will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 8 am.  The decision to move forward with the race is based on being able to hold the event as safely as possible and is based on current circumstances.  Should circumstances change prior to or on race day, we continue to reserve the right to cancel the race.  

Race Information:

·         The size of the race field has been capped at 100 racers (including relays).  Based on partial responses from registered racers, indicating their intent to race, we will have a limited number of slots available and will re-open registration, prior to the end of September, subject to the cap.  However, there are still approximately 25 registered racers that have not provided us with a response as to their intent to race, so at this time we cannot provide an exact number of open slots.

·         Participating racers will be required to adhere to the Race Committee’s COVID-19 race plan, which comports with USAT’s “Return to Racing Recommendations for Race Directors”.  

-          Racers will be provided with a medical questionnaire (designed by USAT) relating to COVID-19.  Racers will be required to notify race officials 14 days prior to the race and again within 24 hours of the race if they are positive for known contact history and symptoms.  

-           Racers will be screened on race day, verbally, and be required to submit to a temperature check.   Racers that are positive for contact history/symptoms or a have temperature 100 degrees or greater will not be allowed to race.  The race Medical Director will make the final determination.

-          Racers will be required to sign a COVID-19 informed consent and waiver of liability prior to the race.

-          Racers, when not racing, will be required to observe appropriate social distancing and should wear a face covering when not able to do so.  

·         There will be no packet-pick up.  Racers will be provided with their bib number prior to the race and upon clearing race day screening will proceed to a pre-assigned bike rack.  A bag with the actual race bib and race t-shirt will be hanging on the bike rack. This is where you will need to rack your bike.  We are anticipating 3 bikes per rack so you should have plenty of room to socially distance.

·         The race will start in waves of 5 racers or less.  The waves will go off in 30 second intervals.  Each racer will be assigned to a wave based on age and it is the racers’ responsibility to listen for their wave start.  Racers should maintain social distancing while waiting for their wave to start.

·         The run course will be marked and we plan to have volunteers at most of the turns on the course, assuming we can get enough volunteers.  Please note it is your responsibility to know the race course.  Information about the course is posted on the website. While we encourage you to provide your own fluids and nutrition, there will be one, distantly manned, water stop on the run course with bottled water.

·         Going into T-1, racers will enter transition and then proceed to the bike course just like a normal race.  Please remember that the bike course is open to traffic.  It is your responsibility to know the course and obey all traffic laws.  We will have law enforcement/volunteers at the turns and turnarounds, however, your first priority should be your safety and the safety of your fellow racers.  (Relay teams will be notified of the handoff zone prior to the race).

·         Going into T-2, racers will rack their bike in the assigned location and proceed on to the run course.  Upon finishing the race and crossing the finish line, there will be a volunteer (masked and gloved) to collect your bib number (we need this to help with timing).  If you are able to remove your own bib number that would be appreciated.

·         Race results will be available to you on your phone via the GWTC website.  Please be patient as it takes a little time to get the results correctly posted.

·         Unfortunately, there will be no awards ceremony or post-race get together this year.  Those of you winning awards will have your awards mailed to you and/or we will arrange for you to pick them up. Given the size of our field, age groups (male and female) will be in 10 year increments:  (18 & under; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79 and 80 plus)

·         Please continue to check the email address that you used for registration as that will be our primary method of contact, particularly for providing you with the waiver, medical questionnaire, and your bib number/wave assignment.

·         Finally, we know that this year’s race is not the type of racing we are all used to, however, we hope that everyone can still have a fun and enjoyable experience.

RACE START TIME:

The Duathlon will be a single wave start at 8:00 AM at the south end of Mock Street just west of transition.

Arrive early for best parking. Parking will be along the edge of transition. Volunteers will be there to direct you for parking as early as 6:15 AM!

RACE BIB/T-SHIRT:

Bib and t-shirt will be available on October 11, 2020 at the race site.  See above for details.  Registrants after 9/21/20 are not guaranteed a t-shirt.  We hope to have enough t-shirts for new registrants based on our prior order but if available it may not be in your size.  

RACE DETAILS:
The race consists of a 5K (3.1 miles) run, 20K (12.4 miles) bike, and 2.5K (1.6 miles) run in that order. 

Run #1 Route:  http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1368029305

Bike Route:  http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1368016297 

Run #2 Route: https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3465290404

 

Fat Tire Division:

There is no Fat Tire category in USAT racing, however, the St. Marks Duathlon has elected to have such a division in an effort to allow individuals who don’t own a road or tri type bike the ability to compete with other athletes racing on similar equipment. The decision as to what is considered a “Fat Tire” bike is up to the race director. Our race committee has reviewed the issue as to what will constitute a Fat Tire bike for the race and will apply the following criteria:
· Tires – Knobby or heavily grooved tires with a width of 1.5 inches or greater. Absolutely no slick surfaced tire.
· Handlebars – No drop handlebars (Clip-on aero bars are allowed). Handlebars and stem must be fashioned to prevent danger and all handlebar ends must be plugged.
· Brakes – Consistent with USAT rules, there must be one working brake on each of the two wheels.
All other USAT rules will apply. The Race Director will make the final determination. If you have any questions, please email the Race Director at discus39@gmail.com

RACE REGISTRATION 

Race registrations is currently closed but will re-open prior to October 1, 2020.  Once re-opened we will be accepting a limited number of new registrants and will not exceed our cap of 100 racers.  Re-opened registration will be on a first come basis.

POST RACE:

• At the finish line there will be bottled water.  There will be no post race awards ceremony this year.

Refunds/Registration Changes

As a USAT sanctioned event the St. Marks Duathlon has a NO REFUND policy. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the race committee will be granting deferrals and/or refunds on a case by case basis.   There is a $15 fee for ANY changes to your registration.

Right to Cancel or Reschedule

The St. Marks Duathlon reserves the right in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster to cancel the race or move to a later time that day. Additionally, the St. Marks Duathlon reserves the right to cancel this event due a local, state and/or federal declaration of emergency including, but not limited to COVIID-19.  With regard to COVID-19, the St. Marks Duathlon reserves the right to cancel the race if the race directors determine that the race cannot be conducted safely and/or if there is non-compliance with race safety procedures.

Race Contact Info

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Questions?
St. Marks Duathlon Athlete Medical COVID-19 Questionnaire

The St. Marks Duathlon COVID-19 Race Plan requires that all racers engage in self-screening in addition to screening on race day.  The USAT Screening Questionnaire has been made available to all registered athletes.  It is your obligation to notify race officials in the event that you have had positive contact history and/or have or are experiencing symptoms.  All positive notifications will be reviewed and if necessary reviewed by the Race Medical Director.  The St. Marks Duathlon, in an effort to maintain safe conditions, reserves the right to exclude any individual from the race based on responses to the questionnaire or based on race day screening.  

There are two pre-race screening notification deadlines.  The first is Sunday, September 27th and the second is Saturday, October 10.  If you have had positive contact history and/or experiencing symptoms on either 9/27 or 10/10, it is your responsibility to notify the Race Director.  Please note that your responses will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

We appreciate your cooperation with our process!  

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St. Marks Duathlon COVID-19 Waiver

In addition to the waivers included in the RunSignUp registration process (General Waiver and USAT Waiver), all racers will be required to agree to a special COVID-19 Waiver.  Racers registered prior to September 21, 2020 will have to affirmatively indicate that they have read the waiver and that they are in agreement with the conditions set forth in the waiver. Acceptance of the waiver is a condition of being allowed to race.  Racers refusing to agree to the terms of the waiver will be offered the option to receive a refund (minus processing and USAT fees as applicable) and/or defer their entry to next year. The waiver is "As Is" and may not be modified.

We appreciate your assistance with this process.

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Directions

25 Riverside Drive, St. Marks, Florida

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