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 Greetings!
 
The 2010 Assisted Living Well ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival is only 12 days away.  CTA is excited to welcome you to the festival which includes the full experience at Blackwater - The ChesapeakeMan Ultra Triathlon named by Triathlete Magazine as a BEST 140.6 race in the world. The venue is being prepared for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Triathlon as well as The Aqua Velo, SwimFest and the Inaugural Skipjack Triathlon. September typically boasts ideal temperatures and beautiful weather and we anticipate a great race day.

Please read all the important information contained in this correspondence.

We look forward to seeing you on September 23 - 26, 2010, and wish you a successful race.

Celebrate LIFE... Yours, and Be Greater

Robert Vigorito
USAT Level 2, Event Director and President
Columbia Triathlon Association
ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Logo - white backgroundAssisted Living Well ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival Race Packet Pick Up & Expo
 
WHEN:Thursday, September 23, 2pm - 7pm, and Friday, September 24, 12 noon - 6 pm.

PLEASE NOTE: All pre-registered entrants are expected to attend packet pick up in person. All participants must show a photo ID and all USAT annual members must show their membership cards as well. No Exceptions for ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance, Aqua Velo participants and Skipjack participants. ONLY the Swimfest participants may pick up their race packets on race morning (at Great Marsh Park pavilion).

A unique wristband will be affixed at this time, which must remain on through the end of the race. Your wristband will also provide you entry into the Pre-Race Carb Dinner on Thursday evening and the Post-Race Champions Brunch on Sunday morning.
 
WHERE:The host hotel - Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD, 21613. - Galleon Ballroom

WHAT TO BRING: All participants MUST show a photo ID, and all USAT annual members must show their membership card. No Exceptions. No proof of ID then No packets, No race.

RELAY TEAMS PACKET PICK UP:
All members of each and every team must pick up their packets either Thursday or Friday in person. The same requirements stated above pertain to relay team members.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO ATHLETES IN REGARD TO USAT CARDS FOR REGISTRATION
Athletes MUST bring proof of annual membership or purchase a one-day permit. Athletes who do not bring/show proof of membership must purchase a one-day license OR will not be allowed to race. Athletes who forget their membership cards will have four options below:

- Go" back" and get your card.

- Print off a temporary membership card from the USAT web site. Showing it on your iPhone or BlackBerry is acceptable also. Race staff members cannot pull up your USAT information or allow you use of computers.  Do not ask them to do so.

- Purchase a $10.00 one-day license, payable only by cash or check; no credit card purchase is permitted.

- Renew your annual membership online and bring proof of renewal.

Please remember to pack your USAT membership card. Don't leave home without it.

Please note that all CTA events have the one day option as a part of the race entry fee structure should you select that form of payment.

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Mandatory Bike Racking and Bike and Helmet Inspections
 
WHERE: Great Marsh Park

WHEN: Friday, Sept 24th from 2 pm to 7:30pm.

Please rack your bike on Friday. You many leave your bike ONLY in the transition area overnight. You will be allowed into the transition area on race morning to set up the rest of your transition and to drop your bike gear bag, but you will NOT be allowed to remove your bike from the transition area before the race.

Mandatory bike and helmet inspections will be done as you rack your bike courtesy of the ChesapeakeMan Official Bike Support Shop, TriSpeed Multisport. You must have your race day bike and your CPSC certified helmet with you.

You may visit TriSpeed Multisport at their shop located at 1421 Clarkview Rd. Suite. 124 Baltimore 21209 prior to Friday, September 24th to have your bike and helmet checked for the race.

Changes of Race Division or Category

The last date to change race divisions is September 13, 2010 by noon. There will be no changes into the Skipjack division at all. Please contact sharon@tricolumbia.org prior to the 13th at noon with any changes. Changing divisions, up or down, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at packet pickup or on race morning. If you complete in a different category of race than the one for which you are registered, you will receive a DNF and we cannot guarantee you a medal or shirt.

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Carbo Dinner and Champions Brunch

Pre-Race Carb Dinner:
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chesapeake Ballroom
When: Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 5 -8 PM
Free to athletes wearing wristband obtained at packet pick up. Additional tickets may be purchased at packet pickup for $30 each.

Post-Race Champions Brunch:
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chesapeake Ballroom
When: Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 9 AM
Free to athletes wearing wristband obtained at packet pick up. Additional tickets may be purchased at packet pickup for $25 each. The Brunch will feature an Awards Ceremony for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon.


Pre-Race Meeting

When: Friday, Sept 24, 6 PM

Where:Hyatt Regency Resort, Chesapeake Ballroom

Dont miss this very Important meeting. The Race Director will provide important race day information and tips. Please plan to attend!



Race Information

Please open the below links as they will answer the majority of your race related questions.

COURSE MAPS:

CTA is going green and will NOT have printed course maps at packet pickup.
Click on the link below to find the course maps, and you may print them yourself. Maps are linked to the labeled buttons on the right side of the webpage under 2010 Course Maps.
http://www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan/race_info.php#race_courses

RACE INFORMATION:
http://www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan/race_info.php

LODGING AND TRAVEL INFORMATION:
http://www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan/race_info.php#lodging

CHESAPEAKEMAN ENDURANCE FESTIVAL FAQs:
http://www.tricolumbia.org/ChesapeakeMan/2010%20ChesapeakeMan%20Ultra%20Distance%20Triathlon%20FAQ.pdf

GETTING AROUND CAMBRIDGE:

http://www.tricolumbia.org/Eagleman/Camb_Map_Overall.pdf
Consider google mapping Somerset Ave, Cambridge MD 21613. There is a great view of Hambrooks Bay, Great Marsh Park and the surrounding streets


Water Conditions, Wetsuits and Swim Starts

The Choptank River in the fall has varied in temperatures from a low of 72 degrees to a high of 78 degrees over the past 10 years. The USAT rules state that wetsuit usage is allowed up to a maximum water temperature of 78 degrees F. Under these circumstances, the use of a wetsuit would be permitted. Please see the updated list of USAT approved skinsuits and speedsuits

CheasapeakeMan Ultra Distance Triathlon, Aqua Velo and SwimFest will have a mass swim start at 7 AM
Skipjack Triathlon will have a mass swim start at 8:10 AM
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Gear Bags And Special Needs Bags

ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance Athletes:
You will be given 4 bags labeled with your race number at registration -
1. Bike Gear Bag - You will bring this with you to swim start on race morning and it will be handed to you when you exit the water and enter the changing tent. You will place your swim gear in this bag and it will be transported for you to Cambridge South Dorchester High School and hung at your bike rack slot in Transition area 2.
2. Run Gear Bag - You will drop off this bag and the two special needs bags to a CTA official stationed at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School on race morning beginning at 4:30 AM. Buses will be available to shuttle you to Great Marsh Park for the swim start. This bag will be handed to you after you dismount to be taken into the changing tent. Bike gear can be placed inside, and it will be hung at your bike rack slot in Transition area 2. It is recommended that you affix reflective tape to your running shoes and/or the back of clothing to aid in visibility.
3. Bike Special Needs Bag - You will drop off this bag at the high school before the race as well. This bag will be available at the high school at an aid station after the first bike loop. You will place personal nutrition items such as additional food, gels, liquid items to enhance and personalize your performance. The return of items in special needs bags cannot be guaranteed so please DO NOT place anything valuable in them.
4. Run Special Needs Bag - You will drop this bag at the high school before the race as well. It should contain any personal nutrition items for the run leg. This bag will be available at the high school at an aid station. You may ask for it during any of the 3 loops.

Aqua Velo Athletes:
You will be given 2 bags labeled with your race number at registration  -
1. Bike Gear Bag- You will bring this with you to swim start on race morning and it will be handed to you when you exit the water and enter the changing tent. You will place your swim gear in this bag and it will be transported for you to Cambridge South Dorchester High School and hung at your bike rack slot in Transition area 2.
2. Bike Special Needs Bag - You will drop off this bag to a CTA official stationed at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School on race morning beginning at 4:30 AM. Buses will be available to shuttle you to Great Marsh Park for the swim start.This bag will be available at the high school at an aid station after the first bike loop. You will place personal nutrition items such as additional food, gels, liquid items to enhance and personalize your performance. The return of items in special needs bags cannot be guaranteed so please DO NOT place anything valuable in them.

Skipjack Athletes:
You will be given 2 bags labeled with your race number at registration -
1. Bike Gear Bag - You will bring this with you to swim start on race morning and it will be handed to you when you exit the water and enter the changing tent. You will place your swim gear in this bag and it will be transported for you to Cambridge South Dorchester High School and hung at your bike rack slot in Transition area 2.
2. Run Gear Bag - You will drop off this bag to CTA official stationed at the Cambridge South Dorchester High School on race morning beginning at 4:30 AM. Buses will be available to shuttle you to Great Marsh Park for the swim start. This bag will be handed to you after you dismount to be taken into the changing tent. Bike gear can be placed inside, and it will be hung at your bike rack slot in Transition area 2.

SwimFest Athletes:
You will not be given any gear or special needs bags.

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The Awards Ceremony for the Aqua Velo and Skipjack will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 3 PM at The Cambridge South Dorchester High School.

Awards for the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Distance will be presented at the Champions Brunch at The Hyatt Regency in the Chesapeake Ballroom on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 9 AM. Please remember to keep your wristband on as this will be your entry into the Brunch.



Columbia Triathlon Association would like to thank and welcome our sponsors for the
2010 ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival.
Please show your appreciation for their support of our events by supporting them.



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