Below you will find the locations, dates, and times of our bike and boat check-in/drop-off. Please be aware that you may have some difficulty finding parking. While we will have permission on race morning/day to park in certain areas and block others we do not have permission to do the same for the days prior. We ask that you park legally and get in and out fast so that there’s a flow to check-in/drop-off. Be quick.
When you arrive at the location below during the designated times, the day prior to the event, be sure to move quickly. Parking will likely be tight and packed so get in and out as fast as you can please. When you approach the area there should be a staff/volunteer to help check you in. They will take your name and race number and check you in. Please remember that in order to check your bike/helmet/transition bag in you MUST pickup your packet first so that you have your helmet sticker on the front of your helmet, bike frame stickers on each side of your bike fork, and a transition bag (provided by us) full of anything you want to have in transition ready for you when you get out of the water and are heading onto the bike.
Once checked in, you will find your designated bike rack and assigned number on that rack. Whether your bike has a kickstand or you rack it by the seat, you MUST make sure that the bike is at your number and that it is facing outwards. This means that as you stand and look at your number on the metal bike rack your bike is in front of it (not blocking the isle) and your front wheel is closest to you. If you do not have a kickstand your bike should be mounted on your number hanging either by the seat’s rear or nose. Your bike should be facing out the same direction as the sticker on the rack. You may then put your transition bag (with helmet and other gear in it) on the ground next to your bike. Please do NOT block the isles. We will provide transition bags that are big enough for what we deem necessary for the event (helmet, bottles, socks, shoes, towel, and more). The bag will have more than enough space for you to put anything you need in it.
The day before, during check-in, you are not allowed to leave anything in transition except your bike and the transition bag we provide. Whatever you can fit in the bag, you are allowed to have. If it won’t fit, you cannot leave it. Please also be aware that unlike a normal triathlon you will NOT be allowed into the bike transition area the morning of the event. You will park at St. Joseph’s Church and will be shuttled directly to the start (non athletes are shuttled downtown). Only registered challengers are allowed at the start.
This address below is not the exact parking lot where transition is. The address below is for the Lake Orion Fire Station Parking Lot. The lot we are using is the big one across from it. It doesn’t have an exact address so the fire station address will get you close, but I have listed the exact coordinates below. Please do not park anywhere that will block Anderson (it’s an open street before event day) or the fire station.
199 S Anderson Street
Lake Orion, MI 48362
This is the set of coordinates that is the exact location of transition - 42.783372, -83.238870
Friday, October 4, 2019
With the race limited to around 250 participants and a 6.5 hour block of time to check-in/drop-off you shouldn’t have too much trouble parking. The boat launch area can handle a decent amount of cars, however, we ask that just incase it’s busy (it’s publicly open the day before) that you do not block the street. Please try to find an actual parking space to drop off. If there are none available DO NOT park in the road. Park off the edge of the street and roadway far enough to allow other cars by. Please also be as quick as possible when dropping off your boat/paddle/life jacket.
You MUST pickup your packet before you drop off your boat/board. There are stickers in your packet meant to go on each side of your boat/board, your life jacket, and your oar. Those must be on those items before you’ll be allowed to leave them. Once the stickers are on your equipment, please bring all of it to our staff/volunteer that’s checking people in. Once you are checked in you will be instructed on where to place your equipment. If you have a way to secure your life jacket and oar to your boat or board please do so. Worst case if you set it in or on top of your boat/board we can identify it by the number stickers that should be on all of it. Your equipment “should” be where you left it when you get there in the morning. If we move it there’s a reason so look around. If you cannot find it ask one of staff/volunteers to help you locate it.
Remember there is absolutely NO RACE MORNING EQUIPMENT CHECK-IN/DROP-OFF OR PACKET PICKUP. You will park and be shuttled directly to the start so your bike, transition bag, boat, life jacket, and oar must all be checked in the correct locations the day before. You will park at St. Joseph’s Church and will be shuttled directly to the start (non athletes are shuttled downtown). Only registered challengers are allowed at the start.
We will NOT have gear check at the start so only bring what you need with you from your car (maybe things like keys, wallet, phone). Whatever you go to the start with you MUST take with you on the kayak. Anything left there will be donated to Goodwill. Remember this is not a swim, it’s a paddle, so things like wallet, keys and even phone are likely ok if you don’t mind carrying them and then you can leave in your transition bag in T1 (if you’re comfortable with that) or carry them with you the entire event, if you want. We will have self coolers of water and gatorade, trash, and restrooms at the start.
Indianwood Public Boat Launch
341 Indianwood Rd
Lake Orion, MI 48362
Friday, October 4, 2019
Equipment Pickup Post Race
We are working out how to move all kayaks from the boat exit over to transition so that everyone can pickup there equipment in one location after the event. We are not sure if it’s possible for us to move 250 kayaks in 1-2 hours so for now we are going to say that you’ll have to get your car, pickup your bike and transition gear, then pickup your kayak at a separate location nearby. It will likely either be where you left it when you got out (in that area) OR we will find a way to get them all back over to transition. More details coming soon.