Turtleman Triathlon - June 26, 2021

First triathlon? Or maybe it’s been a while since your last race? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of the most commonly asked questions we encounter prior to Turtleman Triathlon each year.

Pre-Race Day

Where do I pick up my race packet?

Packet Pickup will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 3-6pm (June 23, 24, 25) at Bikes Palm Beach. Pick up your packet early (Wednesday or Thursday) and get FREE PIZZA courtesy of Big Apple Pizza!

Can I pick up my packet on the morning of the race?

No. There will be no race day packet pickup.

What gear do I need for race day?

We’ve compiled a very thorough list of items that many of us on staff at Bikes Palm Beach recommend for race day. Some people would argue that not all of these items are essential for racing. These are just recommendations and each person will have their own list of must-haves for race day.

  • Backpack or gear bag
  • Towel
  • Body marking
  • Speed laces (simplifies getting your shoes on in transition)
  • Headlight or flashlight
  • Trash bag
  • Safety pins
  • Watch
  • Heart Rate Strap
  • Hydration and Nutrition (energy gels, sports drinks, and/or water)
  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap
  • Anti-fog spray
  • Earplugs
  • Body glide
  • Swimsuit or Tri suit
  • Bike
  • Helmet (required to race)
  • Bike shoes & socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle storage
  • Water bottles (there are no water stops on the bike)
  • Bar-end plugs installed on bike (required to race)
  • Tool kit / flat kit (spare tubes, CO2 cartridges, nozzle, tire levers, and multi-tool)
  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Race belt (to hold your number for the run)
  • Hat or visor

Race Day

Where do I store my clothes, towel, bike, and other gear on race day?

On race morning, you will enter a secured area called the Transition Area. Here you will find tons of bike racks. Your spot on the bike racks is first come first served, so get there early and claim a spot. Here you will lay out your towel, shoes, helmet, etc. You will come here after you finish the swim and after the bike to exchange out your gear.

What time does transition open?

Transition is open 5:30am-6:30am.

What time does the Duathlon start?


What time does the Super Sprint start?

7am. We will have a wave start. The waves will be determined by the number of registrants in each category.

What time does the Sprint start?

7:30am. We will have a wave start. The waves will be determined by the number of registrants in each category.

Is there an award ceremony?

The award ceremony will be socially distanced and will start shortly after the last finisher completes the race.

How long is the swim leg?

If you are participating in the Super Sprint, you will swim 300 yards. If you are signed up for the Sprint, you will swim 600 yards.

When do I start riding the bike during the bike leg?

Walk your bike out of the Transition Area and do not mount your bike until you get to the “Mount Line”. Race officials will be stationed along the chute to help you identify the right time to mount your bike.

How many bike loops do I need to ride?

If you are participating in the Super Sprint, you will ride 1 loop (5 miles). If you are signed up for the Sprint, you will ride 2 loops (10 miles). Sprint participants: remember to complete 2 loops or you will be disqualified!

Can my family/friends wait near my stuff in transition and cheer me on?

No. Only athletes actively participating in the event may enter the transition area. Once you are done competing, you cannot access transition until all other participants have completed the race. Friends and family will have plenty of space outside of the transition area to cheer you on!


Are there rules I must follow?

Yes. The Turtleman Triathlon is a USAT Sanctioned Event, therefore ALL USAT Rules apply. Please review the rules: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-triathlon/about/multisport/competitive-rules

Do I need a helmet?

Yes. A helmet is required per USAT Rules.

What swim strokes are permitted?

Any stroke is allowed in triathlons as long as you are not using an artificial means to propel yourself through the water. The most common and efficient stroke is freestyle. Breaststroke, however, is often performed by people who either have trouble with freestyle or are resting or sighting.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

No, per USAT Rules.

Can I swim, bike, and run with a friend?

Per USAT Rules, you cannot ride together. Triathlon is an individual sport. You may be able to swim and run near each other, but not ride.


How do I pin my number on?

We recommend using a race belt so you don’t have to fuss with pinning your race bib onto yourself during transition. The race belt will go around your waist and securely display your race bib. Stop by Bikes Palm Beach to select a race belt.

What bike should I use? Does it have to be a triathlon bike?

No, your race bike does not have to be a triathlon-specific bike. You should use a bike you feel comfortable on and can ride efficiently and safely. Whether your bike is a road bike or a beach cruiser (or anything in between), you can ride it! Just don’t forget your helmet!

Be sure to take your bike in for a tune up and safety check prior to the race (unless you follow a regular maintenance program). Time for a tune up? Check out our Service Package options.

What clothing should I wear?

You should wear clothing that would be comfortable and perform well during all three legs of the race: swim, bike, and run. Therefore, we suggest a one piece tri suit (visit our store).

Where do I change between segments?

Most people wear their swimming suits (or triathlon suits) the whole race so they don’t need a changing room. If you need to change in a way that you may be exposed, you will need to use a locker room or porta potty to change. Remember, you are still being timed during transition, so your goal is to determine the quickest and most efficient way to transition from swim to bike and from bike to run.

What shoes should I wear?

Wear your running shoes. If you wear bike shoes, you will need to change in T2 (2nd Transition). If you don’t, you will wear your running shoes on both the bike and the run.

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