Aquathlon

Aquathlon

 

 


     


 

     

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Commissioner: 

 

 Jeff Mosher, 719-244-2223
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 Commissioner since 2016

 

Welcome to the Rocky Mountain State Games Aquathlon. Aquathlon is a fun and fast-growing sport that combines running and swimming. Register today for the 2017 Rocky Mountain State Games Aquathlon on Saturday, July 29. It is the only USA Triathlon sanctioned aquathlon in Colorado Springs and will follow a run, swim, run format.  Perfect for competitors and beginners alike, this event takes participants on a thrilling adventure in and around Prospect Lake with a beautiful swim in the shadow of Pikes Peak and running course around Prospect Lake and through Memorial Park.  With divisions offered in three age categories, a strong focus is on youth and novice racing which makes this event perfect for athletes of all ages and skill levels.  Along with the thrill of competition, awards, event t-shirts, prizes, and post-race refreshments will be available to participants.  Register today to take advantage of early registration discounts and enjoy an action packed race in beautiful Colorado Springs.

Competition Site: Prospect Lake Beach House at Memorial Park, 619 Prospect Lake Drive, Colorado Springs

Click here for maps & directions

Course: Click here for complete course and transition area map. 

Competition Date: Saturday, July 29

Participant Entry Fees and Deadlines: 
Online Registration until July 26 at 5:00 PM MST:
Youth (ages 7-11): $15
Youth (ages 12-15): $20

Adult (ages 16+): $30

Note: An active USA Triathlon membership is required. Athletes can either show proof of an active annual membership or purchase a one-day membership on-site on race day. 
If you do not have an annual USAT race license please bring cash or check to packet pick-up you will have to purchase a one-day race license for this event ($15 for adults). Annual memberships can also be purchased on-site for adult ($50) and youth ($10). There is no one-day membership option for youth so the annual membership for $10 must be purchased for non-members.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AQUATHLON

 

Military Support Program:  The Military Support Program has been created to allow active duty and retired service members, their spouses and dependents to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games at up to a 50% discount off the normal registration fees. For Military Registration Assistance applications and more information, visit the Military Support Program webpage.

Gender
Male
Female
 
Age Division
7-9 youth 
10-11 youth 
12-13 youth 
14-15 youth 
16-19
20-29
30-39 
40-49
50-59
60-69 
70+

 

Racing age division is determined by your age on December 31, 2017.

*The RMSG has a NO REFUND policy. Click here for details on eligibility, inclement weather, refunds, etc.

Competition Schedule (tentative & subject to change): 
7:00 a.m. - Youth Races Begin
7:30 a.m. - Adult Races Begin

 

Competition Format: Run/Swim/Run - Run legs will be on different routes for each leg.

Youth (ages 7-11): Run .86 mi. / Swim 150 m / Run .86 mi.

Youth (ages 12-15): Run 1.25 mi. / Swim 300 m / Run 1.4 mi.

Sprint (ages 16+): Run 1.25 mi. / Swim 750 m / Run 1.4 mi.

 
Swim Course:   The swim will be a single loop in clockwise direction with a beach start. Large orange or yellow buoys will be in place for each race.  You will make right hand turns around the outside of each buoy.  If you swim to the right (inside) of any buoy you will be penalized according to USAT regulations. Waves will be pre-assigned based on age and gender. You will be notified of your wave at athlete check-in. The water temperature is typically in the mid to upper 70’s on race day.  However, water conditions can change very rapidly, so come prepared. We will make an announcement race morning concerning water temperature and the use of wetsuits.  
Run Course:     The run course travels around Prospect Lake and through various areas of the park. Please refer to the course maps for your specific race course as they differ for each race. The first run leg will be along the north end of the lake, followed by the swim.  The second run leg will be completed after your swim and will be along the south end of the lake. 
Transition Area (TA): The TA will be on the beach on the east side of the Beach House and will be large and have plenty of space for your items. The flow inside transition will be as the map indicates. Each athlete will travel the entire length of transition continuing in the same direction. 
Security volunteers will secure the TA so that only athletes can enter the area. You must be body marked before you can enter TA. Your gear cannot be picked up by anyone other than you.  Do not send a family member to get your gear for you. They will be denied. This is to protect everyone’s property and ensure no one loses any equipment.  Please be considerate of the volunteers enforcing this policy.
Littering:          Drop trash only in trash receptacles or at the aid station.  Dropping trash on the race course is considered abandoned equipment and you will be penalized according to USAT rules. We will enforce this rule. Also, please be considerate of the park and other patrons by disposing of all trash during and after the event. 
 
Spectators:      Family and friends should stay around the transition area or on the beach to observe the race. The swim and the run course are almost entirely visible from the transition area. 
Athlete Check-In/Chip Pick-Up: All athletes will check-in the morning of the event. In order to check-in and receive your timing chip, you will need proof of current membership to USA Triathlon (USAT) and a photo ID. Timing chips will be handed out race morning.  If you do not have an annual USAT race license please bring $15 cash or check to packet pick-up you will have to purchase a One-Day race license for this event. Annual memberships can also be purchased on-site for adult ($50) and youth ($10). There is no one-day membership option for youth. Youth athletes will also need some form of photo identification such as a school ID or they will need a parent to show photo ID.  NO CURRENT PROOF OF MEMBERSHIP OR NO PHOTO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS!!! This is a USAT policy we are required to follow.
Parking:           Please review parking map closer to the event for details. 
Awards:           We will award medals to the the top 3 athletes in each age group. Age groups are divided according to USAT rules.  An award will also be given to the top overall rookie (male & female). 
Post race food: Adjacent to the finish line the normal athlete cuisine will be available including bagels, fruit, water and electrolyte drinks. 
Inclement Weather: Aquathlon Commissioner and/or RMSG staff reserve the right to cancel any portion of the race or the entire race in the event of lightning or unsafe weather
Wetsuits:          Prospect Lake is one of the warmest lakes you will swim in this year.  We estimate a water temperature in the mid to upper 70’s based on past data. Wetsuit Policy will follow the USA Triathlon rule book as stated in section 4.4: “Wetsuits will be allowed for age group competitors up to and including 78 degrees. If the water temperature is above 78 degrees and below or equal to 84 degrees, age group competitors will be allowed to wear wetsuits, but excluded from awards. Wetsuits are forbidden for any competitor if the water temperature is above 84 degrees.”  Temperature as of July 21, 2016: 83 degrees (temperature will be updated as event nears.)
A note on water safety: No swimming except for race day unless you are swimming within the roped area having purchased a YMCA pass.  On race day, we will have multiple lifeguards on the water, as well as personal water craft, multiple kayaks, and other motorized vessels. USAT rules state that you are allowed to use a kayak, paddle board, or any other safety equipment we have in the water to hold onto if needed. However, this device cannot propel you forward. Do not hesitate to hold onto something if you need to rest, just don’t let it pull you through the swim  course. We will not disqualify you or penalize you for resting.  
 
 
**Prospect Lake is monitored and tested by the YMCA to ensure it meets the Colorado Water Quality Standards for Natural Swimming Areas. Water quality testing will be done in June and July and the results of these tests are below. 2016 water test results far surpassed all standards. 
 

Test provided by YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, managing organization of Prospect Lake Swim Beach.  Method used follows EPA standard for recreational water usage.