Tri indy - Pre-Race Instructions


The start/finish point is located at Celebration Plaza in White River State Park (downtown Indianapolis).

Address: 801 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.




Street Parking

  • Saturday - Parking Meter for $1.50/hour

White River State Garage - $8 for up to 3hr - $15 for 3 to 6 hr.

IUPUI Riverwalk Garage -$7 flat rate (best deal)

Indianapolis Zoo - $10

For more information on downtown parking options, click here.


There will be a short pre-race meeting at 6:45AM near the Start Finish line. Please read all materials and view the maps to understand how the event will flow on race day. Be sure to give yourself enough time to park, walk/ride to the transition area, set up your 'stuff' and get to the start line.


Teams may consist of 2 or 3 members. Teams will compete in a relay format (one swimmer, one biker, one runner). Teams will have a separate area in the transition area. Look for sign on race morning. Each team must exchange an ankle strap (with a timing device). Awards will be presented to the top three teams in three categories: All male, all female, mixed.


The transition area will be the grassy area in Celebration Plaza (at White River State Park). The transition area will be fenced off and only participants and race officials will be allowed inside this area. Bike racks will be set up with participants assigned to the racks by numeric order. You must return your bike to the assigned rack before you begin the run.
The transition area is set up and opened at 6 AM and will be disbanded at 11:30 AM. The race organization is not responsible for bikes and equipment left in the transition area after 11:30 AM.


Each participant will receive an IPICO multi-sport timing device that will be attached to an ankle strap. Be sure to make sure you have this in place before the race starts.
All Tags must be returned immediately after the event. Any tag that is not returned will
result in a $30 fee to the participant.



All duathletes will begin together on the walkway directly in front of the NCAA building. Start time will be 7:45AM.


We will start each person individually on a 'time-trial start' we will use a short platform to allow you to jump into the water (NO DIVING - feet first only).
The OLYMPIC DISTANCE will go first at 7:30AM
The SPRINT DISTANCE will go at approximately 8:30AM

We are starting people based on their swimming abilities - thus the fast swimmers (fish) will go first then 'above average' , 'average' , 'below average', then the ' swim like a rock' will go last. This will help alleviate a lot of passing in the canal.
We will post approximate starting times at a few days before the event so you will have a better idea when exactly you will start.

NOTE: You will need to walk/jog/run to the start line of each swim start - please arrive early enough to make it to the start line! We will have a gear-check table for your shoes and other belongings at the Olympic swim start ONLY. This gear will be brought back to the start/finish areas - look for signs. We will have portable toilets at the Olympic Distance start only (not the sprint).


1. USAT Rules state that if the water temperature is between 79*-84* you may wear a wet suit, however you will not be eligible for awards or be ranked (you will not be listed in the results). If the water temperature is 78* or below, wet suits are allowed. If the water temperature is 84* or above, no wet suits are allowed.


2. No fins, paddles, floatation devices or buoyancy suits of any kind allowed.
3. Swim goggles or face masks may be worn.
4. No individual paddlers or escorts allowed. Course is adequately patrolled by certified life guards stationed along the canal surface.
5. . Water safety personnel have the authority to disqualify individuals if they deem necessary..

CAUTION - the surface of the canal is very slippery - be sure to only enter the canal using ONLY the steps!


The bike course is 12 miles and the run course is 3.1 miles.
If you are doing Olympic Distance you MUST do 2 loops each! Sprint Distance & Duathlon - just do ONE loop for bike and run course.

Remember - If you are warming up before the event, you must have your helmet on and buckled at all times! If not, you will be disqualified.
1. The end of your handle bars must have plugs in them.
2. Absolutely no drafting of another bike or vehicle is allowed. This is an individual endurance event. Enforcement of the drafting rules will be monitored by marshals on motorcycles and additional cyclists. The draft zone is 2 meters wide by 7 meters long.
3. CPSC, ANSI or Snell approved helmets are required at all times while on the bike. Chin strap must be buckled at all times.
4. No outside help is allowed.
5. Each participant will be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of own bike. Endurance House is the official bike maintenance store.
6. All participants must follow directions of course officials and public authorities. Do not cross the double center line of the road or you will be disqualified.
7. Each participant must affix a bike number (provided to you at packet pick-up) to the bike frame. Each participant must wear their race number, with tear-off tags affixed to the front of his/her clothes during the run.
8. Bikes must be positioned in the correct bike racks before and after the bike section. No glass containers are allowed in the transition area.
9. You must stay to the right side of the road at all time unless to pass. If you do not stay right you may be called for BLOCKING which will result in a time penalty.

Safety Tip: There are railroad tracks that cross 2 sections of the bike course - although we have confirmed that no trains will be in the area that morning - you will need to use caution going over them! - we will have plastic mats covering any rough spots and will need you to stay to the right side of the road in both cases - we will have a volunteer and some extra cones on hand to give you warning - just be aware!

We will have St. Francis Sports Medicine at the Start/finish line and roving the run course.


Each year, there is always some confusion on the TURN MARK for the second loop of both the bike course and the run course. Please take a little time and review the maps so you are better prepared when you arrive. It is always helpful to look at the layout of the transition area when you arrive so you know the flow. REMEMBER - it is YOUR RESPONSIBITY TO KNOW THE COURSE!


When you see these signs on the BIKE COURSE (at about the 12 mile mark) - you are finishing the first loop.

If you are doing the SPRINT or the DUATHLON, you will need to make a sharp RIGHT turn and head back to the transition area.

If you are doing the OLYMPIC or TEAM DISTANCE, you will need to stay left and continue for one more loop.

NOTE: the CUT OFF time for the Olympic Bike portion for the first loop is at 9:45AM - anyone that has not made it onto the second lap by this time will be forced to return back to the transition area.


When you see this sign on the RUN COURSE (just before the 3 mile mark)- you are finishing the first loop.

If you are doing the SPRINT or the DUATHLON, you will need to go STRAIGHT to the finish.

If you are doing the OLYMPIC or TEAM DISTANCE, you will make a sharp RIGHT TURN and continue for one more loop.


All events have cut-off times. For safety reasons and city permit time limits we must follow the below guidelines. Anyone that cannot finish their event within the time frame must with drawl from the competition.

The Swim venue will CLOSE at 9:30AM

The FIRST Loop of the BIKE COURSE will CLOSE at 9:45AM - any Olympic distance athlete still on the first lap will be sent back to the transition area on Blackford Street.

The entire BIKE COURSE will close at 10:30AM

The RUN COURSE will close at 11:45AM



Link to USAT Rules
1. The USA Triathlon competitive rules will be enforced.
It is the participant's responsibility to know the rules of the sport.
Visit for more info - Most common rules violations
2. Course marshals shall have the authority to penalize and disqualify participants.
3. Medical personnel shall have ultimate and final authority to remove a participant from the race if the participant is judged by the medical personnel to be physically incapable of continuing the race without risk of serious injury. Medical transportation of any participant will result in automatic disqualification. Medical transportation costs are assumed by the participant.
4. Headphones and headsets are not to be worn at anytime.
5. Good sportsmanlike conduct will be demanded of all participants. Fraud, theft, and acts of grossly unsportsmanlike conduct are grounds for immediate disqualification.
Play hard, play fair... everyone wins!


1. Helmets
No modifications may be made to the helmet. Helmets must be worn as they were purchased. If the helmet came with a cloth cover, the cover must be on the helmet when competing. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. 
Penalty: Disqualification 

2. Chin Straps
Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. 
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance
No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty 

4. Transition Area 
All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty 

5. Drafting
Drafting- Keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. 
Position- Keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. 
Blocking- Riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. 
Overtaken- Once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty 

6. Course 
All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. 
Penalty: Referee's discretion 

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct
Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. 
Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones
Headphones, headsets, mp3 players, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers
All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission. 

10. Wetsuits
Each age-group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited. 

11. Abandonment
All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. 
Penalty: Variable time penalty 
Variable Time Penalties 

1st Offense - 2:00 minute 
2nd Offense - 4:00 minutes 
3rd Offense - Disqualification



Race Director - Don Carr
Registration/Volunteer Coordinator- Jessica Pelletier
Timing / Scoring - Phil Carr
Swim Start Coordinator - Ken Wallach
Volunteer Coordinator - Marsha Brunett
Swim Start Logistics - Mike Reed / Bill Deweese
Transition Area - Barry Landy & Ken Sorenson
The Overall Flow - Steve Kelly
Bike Out Flow - Ralph Nichols
Course Set up - Kevin Parson
Bike volunteers -Pat Madaras / Jeff Coates
Bike Course safety - John Betzold
Run Course - Rich Rardin
Water Station Set up - Mark Doctor
Announcers - Matt Morris / Sunny Moon
Course logistics - Jim Furuya
Gear Check - Susie Wallach
Sponsorship/Vendors - Meg Osborne of MEG & Associates
Marketing - Jason Springer

A HUGE thanks to the City of Indianapolis and White River State Park for allowing us to use the Canal and streets!