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Half Iron Triathlon and Aquabike
August 25, 2012
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Race Details

TBF Racing will offer the 5th edition of our Half-Ironman Distance event called the TBF HIT. The location again will be Rancho Seco Park with a beautiful lake swim, a one-loop bike course, and a two-loop trail run. Each competitor entered in the TBF HIT V will receive a custom TBF HIT race tech t-shirt, TBF HIT Finisher Medal, along with the TBF HIT Goody Bag, post race hot meal, and massage. Free parking is available for all athletes, plus RV sites and camping with showers. Finishers of the TBF HIT V will receive a custom TBF HIT V Finisher Medal, and a TBF HIT V Finisher T-shirt. Awards will be given five-deep in each five-year age group. The TBF HIT V will be USAT Sanctioned, requiring the purchase of a $12 one-day license with USAT, or the holding of an annual membership card with USAT.

TBF HIT V – Half Iron Triathlon Distance: Swim 1.2 miles – Bike 56 miles – Run 13.1 miles. 

NEW in 2012 will be the HIT Aquabike  1.2 mile swim – 56 mile bike.

TBF HIT V $180 until March 1, $200 until 6/1, $220 til race day
Aquabike $85 until 6/1, $95 til race day, $105 race day
TBF HIT Relay Team $180/$250 race day

Start Time: TBF HIT V will start at 7:30 am with wave starts.
                  The HIT Aquabike will start at 8:00 am

Packet pick up:
Race packets will be handed out beginning at 6 am on race morning at the race site. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for entrance to the park, parking, transition set-up and warm-up. Your entry fee into the park is included in your race entry fee.

The transition area will open at 6 am and will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs and Teams with more than 10 members racing, as part of the TBF Racing TRI Club Program. The transition area is for athletes only. Please ask your family and friends to remain outside the transition area while you set up your transition.

Schedule of Events:
Saturday August 25
5:30 am Transition area opens
6:00 am Registration opens
6:30 am Race announcements begin
7:30 am Start of the TBF HIT V – Half Iron Triathlon
8:00 am Start of the HIT Aquabike
11:30 am Start of Awards Ceremony

Race Features

Wave Starts:
Wave one: Men 29 and under
Wave two: Men 30 - 34
Wave three: Men 35 - 39 and Clydesdale athletes
Wave four: Men 40+
Wave five: Women 34 and under
Wave six: Women 35+, Athena athletes and Relay Teams

Course Description:
Swim - The TBF HIT V swim course will be 1.2 miles with brightly colored swim buoys placed on the course. The TBF Water Safety team will be patrolling the swim course with kayaks and can offer assistance to any swimmer needing to pause or rest during the swim leg.

The TBF HIT V will have four waves. Each wave will start five minutes apart.
7:30 am Wave one: Men 34 and under
7:35 am Wave two: Men 35 - 44
7:40 am Wave three: Men 45+ , Clydesdale Athletes and Relay Teams
7:45 am Wave four: All Women

Each swimmer will receive a brightly colored swim cap matching their wave start. Please wear the colored swim cap you are given. After completing the swim head up the beach and grass into the transition area. If you need to change, please use the restroom located between the swim exit and the transition area.

Bike - The TBF HIT V bike course is a one-loop course leaving Rancho Seco Park and turning left on Twin Cities Road. Riders will then make right hand turns on Clay Station Road, Tavernor Road, Dillard Road, Jackson Road, Highway 124, and Twin Cities Road before making a left hand turn back into the park at Rancho Seco. There will be CHP Officers controlling traffic at each intersection. The roads will not be closed to traffic.
Riders must not draft other riders: You must maintain at least THREE bike lengths at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the Highway. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Proceed to the turn around on Hwy 104 and return to the park. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY.

Safety is our first concern, be aware of all traffic and cyclists while riding. Upon re-entering the park proceed to the transition area. There will be DISMOUNT line where all cyclists must dismount their bike before entering the transition area. Please re-rack your bicycle in the SAME spot and proceed on to the run.

ALL athletes are required to wear an approved bicycle helmet during the entire bike course. Athletes will NOT be allowed to proceed on the bike course without a helmet. The helmet must be securely fastened the entire time you are on your bike. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Headphones are not allowed on the bike course.

The Bike course will have 3 aid stations, one each at mile 20, 35, and 45 on the 56 mile bike course. Each aid station will have a water bottle hand off with cold water and electrolyte beverage. There will also be CLIF Bloks, and CLIF Bars along with a porta-potty restroom available at each aid station.

Run - The TBF HIT V run course is a two-loop course running on dirt roads and single track trails around Rancho Seco Lake. There will be ten aid stations, located at miles 1.25, 2.5, 3.5, 4.75, 6, 7.25, 8.5, 9.5, 10.75 and 12 on the run course stocked with cold water, Powerade, CLIF Shot energy gels and other fuels.

Headphones are not allowed on the run course.

There will be a Cut-Off time of 3:30 pm to start the second lap of the 13.1 mile run course. All runners not completing lap one of the run course by this time will be listed as DNF.

Transition Area - The Transition area will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Bodymarking will be take place at the entrance to the transition area and must be completed before you enter the transition area. Athletes will have their race number marked on their legs and arms and have their age division on their calf. Glass or bottles are not allowed in the transition area.

Aid Stations:
Aid stations will be located in the transition area and at mile one and two on the run course, serving cold water, energy gels, and electrolyte beverage.

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Course maps Swim course map (PDF) |Bike course map (PDF) | Run course map (PDF)

Each finisher at the TBF HIT V will receive a TBF HIT V Finisher Medal, and a custom TBF HIT V Finisher T-shirt. Athletes must go to the Total Body Fitness Booth in the Expo area to receive their Finisher T-shirt and must show their bib number and Finisher Medal to pick up their Finisher T-shirt.

For the TBF HIT V , Awards will be given Five deep in each 5-year age group: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+.

First place through fifth place in each five-year age group will receive TBF HIT V award plaques.

First place overall M and Female in the TBF HIT V will receive a custom TBF HIT V Champion T-shirt, a TBF HIT V Champion Gear Bag, stocked with FLUID Recovery, and an XTERRA Vortex 3 sleeveless wetsuit.

Expected water temperature for Rancho Seco Park Lake will be 68-74 degrees. Wetsuits are allowed. Swim fins and snorkels are not allowed. Helmets must be worn and buckled on the bike at all times. Run numbers must be worn on the run and when crossing the finish line. Listening devices of any kind: MP3, IPod, headphones, etc... are not allowed.

TBF HIT triathlon

Race Extras

Competitor Goodies:
Each athlete entered in the TBF HIT V will receive a custom TBF HIT V race tech t-shirt, TBF HIT Finisher Medal and Shirt, along with the TBF HIT Goody Bag, post race hot meal, and massage.

Post Race Athlete Food:
Included for each competitor is a post race meal of hot pasta with meat and vegetarian protein options, salad, fruit, cookies and beverage.

Sports Expo:
The post race sports expo will have vendors such as Total Body Fitness, EFX, Fleet Feet Sports, and Kinetic Cycles.

Athlete Massage:
Free post race athlete massage will be provided courtesy of National Holistic Institute of Sacramento and Bryan College Massage Clinic.

TRI Clubs:
If you are a member of a Triathlon Club that has 10 or more athletes racing with TBF Racing we can provide Reserved bike racks in the transition area for your club, have your club set up a tent in the expo/athlete area, and hang your banners at the event. To take advantage of this program, TRI Clubs must send the list of 10 or more pre-registered athletes to Bill@totalbodyfitness.com 7-10 days prior to the race.

Training and Coaching:
TBF Training provides group workouts and coaching for the sport of Triathlon along with individual Multi-Sport Coaching and Personal Training.

Race Gear:
Look your best and race your best with TBF Triathlon apparel. Bike jerseys, Tri Singlets, and Tri Shorts are available in both male and female styles/sizes.

TBF Apparel:
Total Body Fitness newest line of apparel is the Moti Quote Collection with all of your favorite motivational and fitness sayings from TBF.


TBF Racing always needs volunteers to help keep our events organized, safe, and fun. If you or a friend would like to volunteer, please email Teri@totalbodyfitness.com or read more information about our Race for Free Athlete Volunteer program.

Refunds and Transfers:
A Refund for the TBF HIT IV requested after January 1, 2011 will be given a TBF Race credit for the amount of the entry fee minus $60 processing fee. A Refund for the TBF HIT IV requested after June 1, 2011 will be given a TBF Race credit for the amount of the entry fee minus $90 processing fee. Credits will not be given after August 1, 2011.

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