2022 PDX Triathlon Pre-Race Instructions
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The 41st PDX Triathlon Festival is approaching about as quickly as you all swim, bike & run! We are BACK at Blue Lake Park – after 2 YEARS! There is a lot of important information in this email for you to review – especially for our first-time triathletes! It’s a long email, but we want to answer all your questions so you can enjoy a stress-free race. So take a seat, relax, and read through your 2022 Pre-Race Instructions. Cheers to the kickoff of Triathlon Season!
Note: Online registration is still open and prices go up Thursday, June 2nd at midnight – tell all your friends they can still join in the fun! Forward this email and the PDX Triathlon website page and maybe you’ll inspire them to TRI or DU it! ☺ Use the link to register your Kids for the FREE Kids Triathlon on Saturday. That’s one of our favorite parts of the whole weekend!
VOLUNTEERS: We still need a number of good volunteers. If you have family or friends who are coming to support you, ask them if they’d like to volunteer and get front-row seats to all the action. They can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they are willing to help. Also, did you know that you could also race one day and volunteer on the other day and earn credits for future races? We love having athletes volunteer because you understand the needs of those racing and always take the role seriously. If you are racing on Sunday, it would be so wonderful for you to come and help to support the Kids Tri on Saturday which will have a lot of new and junior athletes racing. It would be a fabulous way to assist them and give them a great experience with our sport. If you volunteer or recruit a volunteer for us, you can earn a $20-$25 race credit towards a future race or a donation to a club/team/non-profit! Maybe some of our Tri Clubs would like to earn some $$ for a team party?! Remember, there’s no way we could put on this event without the help and support of our volunteer team so please be extra nice to our course marshals, aid station helpers, body markers, and anyone helping out including our Flaggers, Police Officers and Motorcycle Safety team. Thank them as often as possible because we want them to all come back next year! ☺
Friday, June 3rd Foot Traffic NE Portland 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
4020 NE Fremont Street Portland, OR 97212
Saturday, June 4th On-Site (Blue Lake Regional Park) 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 5th On-Site (Blue Lake Regional Park) 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Don’t forget that your bib has a 10% off tag that you can use at Foot Traffic if you need to pick up some gear. Let’s support our partners for all they do for our multi-sport community!
ATHLETES MUST HAVE EITHER A PHOTO ID or their USAT Membership Card TO PICK UP RACE PACKETS – NO ID, NO EXCEPTIONS.
If you cannot pick up at the times listed above, we will still accommodate you on race morning but be sure to get to the site very early to avoid delays. Try not to wait until Race Day if possible to make it an easier, stress-free race day for all.
NOTE: Now that our events are sanctioned by USAT you are required to pick up your own packets. In the event you cannot make it to Packet Pickup, USAT is pioneering a program with us that allows you to have someone else pick up your package, but you must sign and print THIS AUTHORIZATION FORM and send it with them as well as a copy of your ID. This is an insurance requirement helping to assure that athletes don’t give their Bib to someone else to race – an act that would be strictly prohibited for safety reasons.
LOCATION & PARKING:
Race festivities & transition areas are located at Blue Lake Park – 21224 NE Blue Lake Road. Note – you will not be able to access the park entrance from Marine Drive so please take 1-84 to Fairview Exit #14 and follow the signs to Blue Lake Park.
***Special Note about Parking Passes*** – EVERYONE PLEASE READ THIS SECTION
Metro Parks charges a parking fee of $5 per vehicle. In the past, we’ve had athletes pay in cash at the park, this is not possible with all the multisport distances combined on Sunday. There will be close to 1,000 athletes trying to get into the park starting at 6 AM. In order to expedite everyone getting into the park, we have pre-purchased parking passes. Participants who’ve already paid for parking will receive an email with PROOF OF PARKING PAID, they will need to show this to the Park Staff when arriving at the park. Participants who have not paid for parking will receive an email notification on how to purchase parking. You can also purchase parking for friends & family to join you at the park here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Store/OR/Fairview/PDXTriathlonFestival. Participants who purchase parking from the PDX Tri Store will receive PROOF OF PARKING PAID via email. All parking passes need to be purchased by midnight on Thursday, June 2nd.
***PLEASE NOTE – PARKING PASSES WILL NOT BE SOLD AT PACKET PICK UP***
The park gate opens at 6 am. Try not to come in too late or you will experience significant delays trying to get into the park. There will be two booths open for cars to enter the park. Park staff will pass out parking passes. PARTICIPANTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING PROOF OF PAID PARKING TO THE BLUE LAKE STAFF. Please come prepared to show your proof of purchase or have $5 ready when you get to the lake. IF YOU ARE PAYING IN CASH, MAKE SURE TO HAVE THE EXACT $5 AMOUNT READY, making change takes time and the athletes waiting behind you might not be kind about it.
***REMEMBER, NO PETS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK***
START TIME & WHEN TO ARRIVE: Both Saturday & Sunday races will start at 8:00 am with wave starts for the Triathlons & AquaBike and Mass Starts for the Duathlon. The transition area will open at 6:00 AM and we suggest you plan to arrive between 6:00-7:15 at the latest to allow enough time to get situated and organized in the transition area, take a potty break, warm-up, and get yourself mentally and physically prepared. Pre-race announcements will begin at approximately 7:45 AM.
- Kids Tri Races – Start at approximately 4:00 PM. See Details below in the Kids Race section.
SUPER SPRINT WAVE STARTS:
- Wave #1 (8:00 AM) Paddle / Kayak Tri – NO CAP
- Wave #2 (8:03 AM) ALL Males 44 years & Under – GREEN CAP
- Wave #3 (8:06 AM) Females 44 years & Under – PURPLE CAP
- Wave #4 (8:09 AM) Males 45 and over & Clydesdale – SILVER CAP
- Wave #5 (8:12 AM) Females 45 and over & Athena– PINK CAP
- Wave #6 (8:15 AM) Friends & Family, AQUABIKE ATHLETES & ALL RELAYS – WHITE CAP
- Wave 7 (8:00 AM) Super Sprint Duathlon & 5K, All Divisions
SPRINT WAVE STARTS:
- Wave #8 (8:20 AM) Paddle / Kayak Tri – NO CAP
- Wave #9 (8:23 AM) Males 44 years and under – LIGHT BLUE
- Wave #10 (8:27 AM) Females 44 years and under – RED CAP
- Wave #11 (8:30 AM) Males 45 years and over and Clydesdale– YELLOW CAP
- Wave #12 (8:33 AM) Females 45 years and over including Athena – TEAL CAP
- Wave #13 (8:36 AM) Friends & Family, AQUABIKE ATHLETES & ALL RELAYS – ORANGE CAP
- Wave 14 (8:00 AM) Sprint Duathlon – All Divisions
OLYMPIC WAVE STARTS:
- Wave #15 (8:45AM) Paddle / Kayak Tri – NO CAP
- Wave #16 (8:48 AM) Males 44 years and under –GREEN CAP
- Wave #17 (8:49 AM) Females 44 years and under – PURPLE CAP
- Wave #18 (8:51 AM) Males 45 years and over and Clydesdale– SILVER CAP
- Wave #19 (8:54 AM) Females 45 years and over including Athena – PINK CAP
- Wave #20 (8:55 AM) Friends & Family, OR Age Group, AQUABIKE ATHLETES & ALL RELAYS – WHITE CAP
- Wave #21 (8:45 AM) Olympic Duathlon – All Divisions
MANDATORY ATHLETE DEBRIEFING – All athletes must have their transition set up and be out of the transition area by 7:45 AM for the Super Sprint, and 8:15 AM for the Sprint & Olympic. All bikes need to be in the transition area before the timing mats go live just prior to 8 AM, if you cross them it will start your timing and negatively affect your results. Athletes arriving at the park after 7:30 AM will not have time to set up and be at their race start by 7:45 AM, and may not be allowed to participate due to safety issues. We ask all participants to be at their race start location in time for the final athlete de-briefing at 7:45 AM (Duathletes to the start line adjacent to the WHY Racing Black Finishing arch; Triathletes and AquaBike athletes to the beach).
IN YOUR RACE PACKET – In your packet, you will find your Bib Number (this must be worn on your front during the run and visible when you cross the finish line), your Helmet Number (put on the front of your helmet), bike number (place on your bike prior to entering the transition to setup), and a disposable timing strap (must be worn on your left ankle throughout the race). At Packet Pickup, you will also receive a swim cap (color designates your start wave – always pay close attention to the specific wave start announcements as, on occasion, an athlete may have been given an incorrect cap color) and your finisher’s shirt.
DISPOSABLE TIMING CHIP – You will receive a Disposable Timing Chip that you must wear on your left ankle throughout the race. The timing chip is part of the strap and not two components. You must dry-fit the timing strap for comfort before peeling away the tape to expose the adhesive. Once the strap is sealed on the left ankle it must not be removed or the integrity of the seal will be compromised which will increase the chance of the timing strap coming off in the water. If wearing a wetsuit, there is no problem wearing the strap under the leg of the wetsuit (be careful when taking off your wetsuit that you do not break the strap and leave your chip inside the wetsuit). You DO NOT need to return the disposable timing chip at the end of your race.
BEFORE ENTERING TRANSITION AREA: For the safety of your bike and equipment, only athletes are allowed in the transition area. You must have your body marked and your bike number stickers on your bike before you will be allowed in. When you enter/exit, you will be asked to show your Bib number and your Body Marking and it must match the number on your bike. Please don’t get upset at the volunteers for enforcing this rule – it’s in your best interest. A triathlon transition spot would be a prime location for bike thieves! Also note, when setting up your transition spot, please set up your bike based on your bib number – Relay teams and AquaBike athletes are in a separate location. Also, be sure not to take up too much space – we have to fit a lot of triathletes into the area. Set up your bike and then right beside or under your bike, set up a small towel with all your stuff on the towel. A good rule of thumb is not to use any more than 1.5 feet of space beside your bike. Also, make a mental note of your transition area location to help you remember where to find your bike when you exit out of the water as well as the Bike Out and Run Out exits – it’s really easy to get disoriented. It is important that you understand the flow of the transition area because timing mats are set up at these specific exits/entrances to collect your separate event splits.
BODY MARKING: When you arrive there will be volunteers to mark your body with a marker for safety reasons.
Left Calve – Your event will go on your Left Calve that way you can easily see if you are racing another athlete in the same category.
- “O” for Olympic or “S” for Sprint on Sunday
- “T” for Triathlon
- “D” for Duathlon.
- “AQ” for AquaBike
Right Calve – Your age will go on your Right calve – that way you can easily see from behind if that athlete is in your age group and whether you need to speed up! 😉 If you are on a Relay Team, let us know and we’ll place an R on your right calve too.
Both Arms – Your Bib # will go on both arms.
COURSES: The PDX Triathlon courses are fast, flat, and scenic with magnificent views of the Columbia River & Mt. Hood – perfect for a season opener! If you would like to study the courses for each distance, please go to the course details link. Remember that although we will have course signage and volunteers directing you, all athletes are still responsible for understanding the course. A couple of important notes:
- Saturday’s Super Sprint Bike Course is a 2 loop course – you must do 2 loops along Marine Drive before you return to transition.
- Sunday’s Sprint and Olympic Bike Courses are both 1 loop courses
- On Sunday, the Sprint cyclists turn Left onto Marine Drive and the Olympic athletes turn Right onto Marine Drive. We will have signage and volunteers directing you but be sure to pay attention. The Sprint cyclists turn around prior to the Olympic athletes and the last Sprint athlete should have turned before the first Olympic athlete hits this location but Sprint athletes should be sure to make their turn very carefully in the event we have some superstar Olympic athlete who progresses faster than our timing allowed.
AQUABIKE ATHLETES: This race category is perfect for non-runners and those suffering from an injury. You will all rack your bikes together in the AquaBike area and you’ll all start together NOT in your Age Group. Once you have completed your Swim and Bike distances, your race is over. However, rack your bike and make your way to the finish line so you can cross it, receive your medal and have your name announced just like everyone else. We want to celebrate your accomplishment!
WATER STATIONS: There are two aid stations on the Super Sprint & Sprint Run Courses and five aid stations along the Olympic run which will include water and energy drink. Cyclists will need to carry their own hydration and fuel on their bike.
BATHROOM FACILITIES: We’ve ordered Porta-potties for the start/finish/transition area and you will pass a porta potty about mile 1.5 & mile 2.5 for the Sprint Run course and Mile 1.5. 4.5 & 5 for the Olympic run course.
BIKE TROUBLE: Dialed Cycling will be available at the transition area to assist you with any bike issues. If you have a mechanical failure and are unable to fix it along the course, flag down a volunteer, motorcycle team or event crew so they can help you get back to the finish line.
RULES OF THE ROAD AND THE RACE: All athletes will be competing under the USAT Rules of Competition. You need to be familiar with these rules. Important rules include:
- No Drafting or blocking – you can’t ride right behind another cyclist or right beside another cyclist because it offers an unfair advantage. So if you come up to another cyclist, you must pass them in a timely manner and they must drop back and not draft off of you.
- You must wear a helmet and it must be strapped before you leave the transition area.
- ABSOLUTELY NO PERSONAL MUSIC DEVICES/IPODS/EAR BUDS during the Bike course. Because of the safety risk, this is grounds for immediate disqualification.
- Do not ride your bike inside the transition area. Watch for the Mount and Dismount signs.
RULES FOR MUSIC ALONG THE RUNS: During any running segments, we prefer athletes NOT use music devices to maximize safety, assure a fair competitive environment and assure athletes can hear all course marshal instructions. With that said, we also understand that many athletes rely on music to help endure the challenge of running. To accommodate the needs of our athletes while still assuring maximum safety and a fair, competitive environment, here is the arrangement that we can accommodate.
• If you chose to use a personal music device, you must always keep one ear open for instructions so only one ear-bud can be used at any time.
• If you are using a personal music device with two earbuds, you will be immediately disqualified. Trust us, we don’t want to have to enforce a disqualification but in order to assure the safety of all athletes, this is a very important rule.
• We also request that if you chose to use a personal music device that you keep the volume to a minimum to assure all instructions can be heard.
RELAY TEAMS: Teams are a great way to bond with friends, family & co-workers in a fun and active way! After having your body marked, please place your gear and bike at the designated RELAY area in transition. Each Relay member will receive a timing chip. The swimmer will wear the designated Swim cap for Relay Teams (not their age group), the Biker will place the Bike Stickers on their bike and helmet and Runner will wear the Running Bib. After body marking, please place your gear and bikes at the designated “Relay” area in the Transition. During competition, the swimmer will complete their swim and then will tag the cyclist in the relay zone who will then un-rack their bike and walk/run through transition to mount their bike. Once they return from their ride, they will rack their back and then tag the runner who can then take off for their running segment. Once your relay segment is complete, remove your timing strap and leave it in transition so you can freely walk around without it inadvertently affecting your team splits. We encourage all Relay Members to meet their runner at the finish line and run across together to collect your finishers’ medal as a team.
WETSUITS are optional for this event but will provide warmth and buoyancy.
SAFETY BOATS – Boats & kayaks will be positioned around the swim course for your safety. If you need help during your swim, simply move towards the inside of the course, raise your arm, and yell. You may hold onto the side of the boat and take a break if needed. If you choose to be pulled into the boat, you will be transported to the shore and disqualified. If you are nervous about the swim, let the rest of the athletes in your wave go and then start in a more relaxed fashion without getting kicked or hit.
MEDICAL & FIRST AID – Western States University will be overseeing our Non-Emergency Medical needs and will be located at the finish line. AMR Lifeguards and AMR Medics will also be on-site with ambulances. If you witness or are having any type of medical issue, immediately seek out a race official or volunteer who will get help and/or call 911. If you discontinue the race for whatever reason, please notify a race official immediately.
TECH-SHIRTS: Due to the lead time necessary to order shirts prior to the race, the shirts/sizes available when you registered are the sizes we have available. If your shirt is not the right size or you would like to swap, please bring your shirt to the Registration Tent after the race and we will swap it out for what we have available. PLEASE DO NOT WEAR THE SHIRTS you want to swap during the race. T-shirt swap is available on Sunday from 9 AM – 11 AM if they did not receive a shirt at Packet Pickup.
CHANGE OF CLOTHES: Please be sure to bring a change of clothes so you can get out of your racing gear and enjoy the post-event festivities. It will make all the fun activities so much better if you aren’t sitting around in cold, wet clothes.
POST-RACE MEAL & FESTIVITIES: Festivities include DJ, FREE Crux Fermentation Beer and NoMo, and post-race meal. Here’s a glimpse at your post-race meal:
- Big Town Hero Sandwich – we have veggie and gluten-free options.
- Franz Cookies
- Frito Chips
- Why Bars
- And of course, Crux Fermentation Project and NoMo #WILLSWIMFORBEER #WILLRUNFORBEER #WILLBIKEFORBEER #TRANSITION3
FINISHER MEDALS: After you finish the race, you will receive your finisher’s medal. Congratulations! You did it! They look super cool!
RESULTS: Cascadia Sports Timing will be timing the event and they will have kiosks available right at the finish line where you can view your results immediately. If there is an error that you notice, please alert the Timing van immediately – sometimes people change race distances and don’t let us know which negatively affects results, or sometimes there is a timing chip malfunction. If we can be alerted to these errors prior to the Awards Ceremony it helps a ton! Results will be posted online post-event at the Results link.
Cascadia Sports Timing also offers a complimentary video of you crossing the finish line and a custom finisher certificate linked to each athlete’s result and specific to the event. Athletes can view and print their certificates at home or share them electronically from anywhere with email or social media. It’s a great reminder of your accomplishment!
AWARDS/PRIZES: The awards ceremony will be held as soon as enough athletes have finished allowing for a full set of awards – approximately 11 AM. Awards will be available for the Top 3 Overall Male & Female and Masters Male & Female (these will be taken out of age groups – no double-dipping!). If you finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in your age group or division, you can pick up your Age Group medal besides the stage at the Awards Table.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: Club Champions will be awarded at the end of the entire 2022 Why Racing multi-sport racing season. Clubs will receive points for performance at each race, the total # of people from their club participating at each event, and volunteer hours. The big question is who is going to get bragging rights?! Is it Portland Tri Club, O2 Endurance, Tri PDX, Willamette Triathlon Club, Multnomah Athletic Club, Deschutes Multisport Club, Dialed Tri Club and Dialed Jr Tri Club, or another emerging club? The key is making sure that each member of your team who is racing has submitted that they are racing for your team. Please email email@example.com with a list of club members who are racing so we can make sure they are listed under your club for results. Let us acknowledge you and your Clubs’ efforts at helping more people cross the multi-sport finish line!
WHY RACING MULTI-SPORT EVENT AWARDS Is BACK: Who is the Best in the Northwest amongst the Why Racing Triathletes & Duathletes? We created an annual Why Racing Event series in order to acknowledge both speed AND the ability to endure within the sports of Triathlon & Duathlon locally. Winning one race or your age group is extremely impressive but can you sustain that type of performance throughout the entire season? Matt LeGrand, a local computer programmer, who also happens to be an impressive triathlete, has designed a program that is based on a point system that is easy to understand and functions to acknowledge both overall and age group competition. Athletes have already started accumulating points at Spring Classic and PDX Triathlon is your second chance to earn points for the series!
LOST & FOUND: Any equipment that is unmarked will be returned to the stage during the event. After the event, we will take it to the Why Racing office and you can contact us to locate it. Please come to the event with all personal belongings well marked with your name.
FREE RACE PHOTOS – Thanks IQ Credit Union: Race photographers will be on-site to capture your event performance. Be sure that your sticker is on the front of your helmet and your bib number is visible on your front during your run so your photos can be matched to your race number. Watch for the cameras en route and give us a big, cheesy smile, a thumbs up or a goofy jump – those are always the most fun! Once photos are available, you will receive an email and they will be posted here. You will be able to download them for FREE courtesy of IQ Credit Union!
KIDS TRIATHLON: Remember to sign your kids up for the Kids Tri! Most kids love to swim, bike, and run – so we say, why not give them a chance to put it all together in one fun and fantastic race! There’s nothing more fun and exciting than to see happy, proud, young faces crossing the finish line – you might just see a future superstar triathlete blossoming into the sport! Kids Tri race entry includes a t-shirt, cool medal, body marking, bike stickers, and crossing the same finish line as the adults so they get the full experience and the kids can brag about their well-earned accomplishment. All details about the Kid’s race is on our PDX Triathlon web page. Thank you to Why Community for your continued support of our Kids 5K and Kids Tri Free Program!
CONTESTS: In order to be entered to win, post photos at any Why Racing event using the hashtag #WHYracing, #WHYTOYOTA and #ThanksIQ. We will announce the winner at our end-of-race season party in the fall. There is no limit to how many times you post photos! Just make them fun and active!
SPORTS & FITNESS EXPO: There is absolutely no way we could have pulled this event together without the support from our Sponsors. So please check out their displays, sample products, learn about these great companies and join us in thanking…
Foot Traffic * PEACEHEALTH* McCord’s Vancouver Toyota
Frank Goulard * Franz Bakery * Gatorade * Pepsi
Crux Fermentation Project * NoMo
XTERRA * University of Western States * Visit Central Oregon*
Compassion Kombucha * Reed Creative
Northwest Personal Training * Dialed Cycle
Evolution Health Care* Why Bar* PowerBar Sport* Special Olympics of Oregon
The best way to thank these companies is to do business with them because you appreciate the support they give to athletes like YOU and all the schools and clubs which will benefit from the event.
SPECTATORS: The best approach for your family, friends, and cheerleaders is to park and watch you swim. Then they can watch you transition onto your bike. Then they can walk over to Marine Drive and Blue Park Road to watch you on your bike and run. Then they can head to the finish line to watch you cross the finish line. Be sure to tell them to make signs for you, bring cowbells, and bring you flowers for the finish. Especially if this is your first Triathlon, Duathlon, or AquaBike, you’ve got to celebrate! It’s a big accomplishment! We also welcome your families running through the finish line with you so hold their hands and let them experience the rush of finishing also! After all, many of us couldn’t do all of this without the support of our families! Plus you might just inspire them to give it a TRI!
BENEFICIARIES: Why Racing Events Inc. is proud to Special Olympics of Oregon. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Those activities give them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship. If you missed donating to Special Olympics of Oregon, you can donate to Special Olympics of Oregon here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/OR/Fairview/PDXTriathlonFestival. WHY Racing also proudly supports High School Sports programs and various local non-profits. As a result of your participation in these events, over $3,000,000 in donations has been raised for various local clubs, teams, and non-profits. Some of the sports programs we support rely completely on our donations for their yearly funding. We want to thank all of you for participating in this event and allowing us the opportunity to extend this support to high school athletes.
FACEBOOK: Can we be friends?! If you haven’t yet, please like our Why Racing Events Facebook pages for all event updates, tips, and inspiration.
REMEMBER YOUR WHY: You are all racing for different reasons. Some of you are super competitive and are racing to win overall or in your age group or division. Some of you will just be ecstatic to cross the finish. Some of you are racing to reach for your personal best or to get into great shape. Some of you race to be able to eat whatever you want. Some of you do it for energy, to help you look and feel better, some do it for fun or to meet new people. Some of you do it so you can have a beer or a glass of wine. Regardless of your WHY, let us congratulate you on pushing your limits and by doing so remember that you will inspire so many others! One of the best things you can do immediately to help support running, multi-sport and your fellow athletes of all ages, fitness levels, shapes, sizes and abilities, is to offer lots of support and praise to each other on race day. As you pass someone, tell them how great they’re doing! And as you’re getting passed, tell them how strong they look. Cheer each other on, it makes the time pass by quickly and empowers you and everyone else on the course! Have fun, be safe and enjoy the entire experience! You’re already a winner just by showing up!
Last, I’d like to give a big shout-out to our team at Why Racing Events for working so hard as a team to pull this event off! I feel so honored to work with a team that is so passionate about helping others get to the finish line and giving back to our community.
See you soon and keep training hard and smart!
Karissa & Rod Schoene and the entire Why Racing Event Crew
Ps. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR ROOKIES: You probably have a lot of questions! We pulled together some tips that you can access here to help you know what to bring, how to set up your transition, nutrition tips, and other important race day info. Take your time reviewing it to help assure a fabulous race day experience!