TRi KiDS Oakville
Pre Race Newsletter

TRi KiDS Oakville is this weekend! 


Review the instructions in this email carefully to ensure a safe and positive experience for everyone.  If you have questions, ask now, and be sure to attend one of the orientation sessions when you pick up your race kit on Saturday, July 5th. We guarantee you will learn something to help make race day a success.


Please take some time to review the Rules For Safety, FAQ pagePre Race Video and Race Day Checklist with your athletes before the weekend.


We encourage parents to check the Confirmation List to ensure your child is registered for TRi KiDS Oakville.  The race sold out in March and we will not be accepting new registrations or wave changes. Notifying us of withdrawals is not necessary.


We look forward to race weekend and cheering on all 800 athletes while they swim, bike and run!


Tara and Brad

Race Kit Pick Up & Orientation Sessions


Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014


Location:  J.S. Gairdner Arena, Appleby College, 540 Lakeshore Rd. West. Driving directions can be found on this link.


Time:  10:00 am - 2:00 pm   


Orientation Sessions: Orientation sessions are about 45 minutes and cover important information about race day including race preparation, parking, setting up in transition, counting loops etc. Please plan to attend a session of your choice with your child. 


Orientation Times:

10:30 am, 11:30 am and 12:30 pm


Parking:  There is parking on Appleby College campus for race kit pick up.


Race kit pick up is BUSY and the busiest time is around an orientation session. Here's why race kit pick up is important: 

  • Athletes and parents become familiar with the race site, our volunteers and race day logistics.
  • Course maps will be on display.
  • A list of athletes in each wave will be posted.
  • The orientation sessions cover course information, advice on setting up in transition and how to prepare for race day.
  • Questions from athletes and parents are encouraged.
  • Athletes get a feel for the energy, they get their race shirt, bib number and they have an opportunity to get body marked...the race starts at kit pick-up!
  • Helmets can be checked for correct fitting with Pedalheads.


Race Kit Pick Up Procedure:


STEP 1 CHECK IN AND BIBS -  Lines are alphabetical by LAST name. 

STEP 2 BODY MARKING -  Not mandatory, but encouraged and fun.  

STEP 3 RACE KITS - You will receive your race bag.

STEP 4 T-SHIRTS -  Your shirt is based on the size that was selected at registration. 


Be sure to...

  1. Attend an orientation session.
  2. Take time to view the course map that will be on display.  
  3. Ask questions.
  4. Check the back of your bib for important information.
  5. Hand in your donations and pledge sheets for POGO and Autism Speaks Canada.


Bike and Helmet Safety


Be sure to check your child's bike and helmet before race day. Loose handlebar bolts, zero tire pressure and brakes not functioning....these create dangerous situations for your children and put others at risk. Spending a bit of time to check out their bikes and helmets will ensure a safe race.  





Look for Pedalheads at race kit pick up and on race day.  Pedalheads staff will be checking out helmets to ensure proper fit, handing out bike safety worksheets and going over the 4 S's of bike helmet safety.   Your child must have a helmet to participate...make sure it fits!  Visit the Pedalheads tent.

Race Day  


Date:  Sunday, July 6, 2014


Location: Appleby College, 540 Lakeshore Rd. West   


Parking:  Weather permitting (no rain) there will be some parking on a campus field. 


Once the field is full you are asked to park off site at WH Morden Public School, 180 Morden Rd. (Map). If the field is not available due to rain then all participants are asked to park at WH Morden Public School or St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School. (Map)


Parking on local streets is at your own risk and we are not responsible for tickets or towing.


Arrival Times: All athletes must be set up in transition by the times below: 


3-5 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 8:00 am

6-7 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 8:30 am

8-9 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 10:00 am

10-11 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 12:00 pm

12-13 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 2:00 pm

14-15 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 3:00 pm


Transition areas for each age group will close PROMPTLY at the times listed above. 

These set up times are regardless of your athlete's start time and will be enforced in order to maintain a safe transition zone. Arrive early and set up quickly. 


Race day kit pick up for those unable to pick up on Saturday opens at 7:00 am and will be in the red tent near transition. No registrations or wave changes will be accepted. 


Athletes should arrive in their swimsuits ready to race. Bike racks will be labelled by age group. Place bike, helmet, running shoes, water bottle and towel in the designated area of transition. Volunteers will assist.


Arrive at the YELLOW SWiM flag and tent 20 minutes before your wave start time. Refer to the back of your bib. 


Life jackets will be available on deck for those athletes who would like one. Timing chips will be handed out on the pool deck. Life jackets and water wings are the only permitted flotation devices.  


Athletes in the 3-5 age group MUST be accompanied by one parent in the water.  Even if your child can swim unassisted you must be within arm's length of him/her in the pool. Come prepared to get in the pool with your 3-5 year old.  


The counting of laps in the pool and loops on the bike course and is the responsibility of athletes and parents. Bring the loop and distance chart that you will receive at race kit pick up.

Athletes must follow the direction given by the volunteers in yellow t-shirts/vests.  Failure to follow the directions of the race officials, the use of profanity (athletes and parents) and putting the safety of other athletes at risk will not be tolerated.


Please remember athletes will not be permitted to enter the bike or run course without their torsos (upper body) covered. 


If you plan to leave while the race is in progress you will be asked to wait until the athletes have cleared transition before you can enter the area to collect your gear.  Lost and found items will be left at the venue. The organizers are not responsible for lost gear.


Spectators: We ask that you be respectful of all athletes participating and be extremely careful when crossing the bike course.  This is for the safety of all of our athletes. Crossing the race course puts the athletes at risk of being injured. 


Post race snacks (fruit, juice, cookies and SunRype snacks) are available for the athletes only.  Moms and Dads please bring a snack for yourself and for children not participating. 


Detour Mobile Coffee will be at TRi KiDS Oakville - yes, coffee!  Cash or credit only please. 

Jumpin' and Fundraising! 


Thanks to our Series Sponsor, Springfree Trampoline, a minimum $40 raised for POGO or Autism Speaks Canada by a TRi KiDS athlete is an entry in a draw to win a brand new Springfree Trampoline for your backyard!

Setting up a personalized pledge page or fundraising with the pledge form helps raise awareness and much-needed funds for families during difficult times. 


TRi KiDS athletes who raise a minimum of $40 will be entered (one entry per participant) in the season-ending draw.


We are delighted to support POGO and our new charitable partner, Autism Speaks Canada. When everyone does a little the total result is extraordinary! Please make fundraising a part of your TRi KiDS experience.  Thank you!


Keeping Your Kids Healthy One Gummy at a Time

Is your young triathlete ready for Race Day?  Come by the Life Science Nutritionals (IronKids) Tent to get your FREE bottle of IronKids Multi-Vitamin Gummies.

GO Like Never Before! 


The SKECHERS GOrun Ride 3, recently awarded "Best Buy" by Runner's World Magazine, is also the shoe worn by America's top marathoner and 2014 Boston Marathon champion, Meb Keflezighi. Built with enhanced Resalyte cushioning to help go the distance and promoting a midfoot strike, the shoe is now available in kids sizes.

Stop by the SKECHERS Performance booth at TRi KiDS Oakville to pick up a pair for everyone in the family and get ready to GO like never before! 

Thank you to our Sponsors and Friends

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SunRype Products

Title Sponsor of the TRi KiDS Triathlon Series since 2009, SunRype proudly supports the series and provides healthy fruit juice and snacks for TRi KiDS participants before and after the race.   


Since 1946, SunRype has been providing families with delicious juices and fruit snacks. SunRype is committed to helping Canadians make good choices that offer both great taste and wholesome goodness. 


Check out SunRype's NEW website for healthy recipes, new products and 365 ways to brighten your day!


Simply nutritious. That's SunRype. There's nothing complex. Just simple goodness.



Dedicated to developing nutritional products to help your kids stay healthy and active, IronKids Gummy vitamins are   made in Canada by Life Science Nutritionals. Health Canada approved, their great tasting gummies are specially formulated to support the health, growth and development of your children.  Proud Presenting Sponsor of the SunRype TRi KiDS Triathlon Series.

Skechers Kids 

Our new Series Sponsor for the 2014 season, Skechers Kids has added their GOrun and GOride brand to their kids' product platform.  Bright colours, lightweight, comfortable and washable!  Look for Skechers at select races. 


Phillips/Vooro Wealth Management Group 

Specializing in financial planning and proven long-term wealth management strategies, the Phillips/Vooro Wealth Management Group delivers investment advisory services for individuals, families and businesses using customized strategies to help you achieve your goals. Greg Phillips has been our Series Sponsor and Volunteer since 2009.


Springfree Trampoline 

The Springfree™ Trampoline was designed by New Zealand engineer Dr. Keith Alexander, at the University of Canterbury. After more than 15 years of injury prevention research, the design was commercialized in 2003 and is now sold in 15 countries.  Springfree Trampoline is a Series Sponsor of TRi KiDS.  
From training wheels to trails, Pedalheads has been enriching the lives of children through cycling and swimming since 1986. Pedalheads will be participating at select TRi KiDS races checking out helmets to ensure proper fit, handing out bike safety worksheets and going over the 4s's of bike helmet safety. Your child must have a helmet to participate...make sure it fits!  

CanKopy Document Solutions 

Our friends at CanKopy Document Solutions have provided the SunRype TRi KiDS Series with all our race course signage since the beginning.  CanKopy Document Solutions will provide you with a one stop document solution, digital printing and photocopying experience that will set new standards in customer service and production quality.    


Zoom Photography  

Canada's largest provider of race photography with over a decade of experience photographing triathlons, marathons and other sporting events. is 100% Canadian owned & operated.    

Tara and Brad Melville

Founders and Series Directors

SunRype TRi KiDS Triathlon Series



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