TRi KiDS Okanagan
Pre Race Newsletter

TRi KiDS Okanagan is this weekend! We have been looking forward to our 4th year in the beautiful Okanagan, meeting new TRi KiDS and seeing many of you from previous years.


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 19th. We guarantee you will learn something to help make race day a success.


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


On race day we ask that every athlete is cheered on while they are swimming, biking and running. Call out their names! Make them feel extra special! Stick around to cheer on the older athletes. 


TRi KiDS Okanagan is a near SELL OUT and we will be accepting in person registrations during Saturday's race kit pick up only.  There are limited spots in each age group. There is no race day registration.


We look forward to race weekend!


Tara and Brad

Race Kit Pick Up & Orientation Sessions


Date: Saturday, July 19th, 2014


Location:  H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre, 4075 Gordon Dr., Kelowna. Directions can be found here.


Time:  10:00 am - 1:00 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 and 11:30 am  


Parking:  There is parking at the H2O Centre for race kit pick up.


Race kit pick up is busy, especially 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!


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 kit and goodies.

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 BCCH and Autism Speaks. 


Bike and Helmet Safety:


Be sure to check your child's bike and helmet BEFORE race day. Loose handlebar bolts, low 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. Visit Cyclepath for your pre-race bike tune-up and be sure to tell Garry you're a TRi KiD. Cyclepath will be on site on race day.


Race Day  


Date:  Sunday, July 20th, 2014


Location: H2O Adventure and Fitness Centre, Driving directions can be found on this link.



There is parking at the H2O Centre. Due to a Transit reroute some parking spots will not be available please obey signage.


Arrival Times: All athletes must be set up in transition by these listed times:


3 to 5 age group set up in transition NO LATER than 8:00 am

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

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

10 - 11 age group set up in transition NO LATER than 10:30 am

12 - 13 age group set up in transition NO LATER than 11:00 am

14 - 15 age group set up in transition NO LATER than 11:00 am


These set up times are regardless of your athlete's start time and will be enforced in order to maintain a safe transition area. 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 a red tent near transition. No registrations or wave changes will be accepted on race day. 


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 20 minutes before your wave start time. The flag will be located near the front doors of the centre. 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 are the only permitted swim aids, except for the 3 to 5 age group where water wings are permitted.


Athletes in the 3 to 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 to 5 year old.  


The counting of loops on the bike course 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.


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.  


Equipment Restrictions: As per Triathlon Canada and Tri BC the following restrictions and guidelines apply at all TRi KiDS races:

  • Torsos MUST be covered for the bike and run portion of the race. This rule is for both girls and boys. You will be asked to return to transition to put on a shirt. Sleeveless shirts and one piece bathing suits are permitted.
  • Clipless pedals are permitted at any age, with the following conditions: for ages 13 and under, the cleat must be recessed into the cycling shoe, such that the sole of the shoe, not the cleat, makes full contact with the ground. The athlete must be able to clip into both sides of the pedal. For ages 14 and up, all clipless pedal systems are permitted.
  • Cage pedals are NOT permitted at any age.
  • Aerobars are permitted for the 14-15 age group only and must not extend more than 15cm beyond the front wheel axle, and they must not be longer than the brake levers foremost line. 


Spectators: We ask that you be respectful of all athletes participating and be extremely careful when crossing the race course.  This is for the safety of all of our athletes. Crossing the race course puts the athletes at risk of being injured. Only athletes in the 3 to 5 age group are permitted to have one parent accompany them on the course.  


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.  

Okanagan Energy 

When your days are jam-packed, enjoy a healthy boost with a SunRype Okanagan Energy bar. Full of fruit, whole grains, sunflower, flax, dark chocolate chips, and SunRype's Okanagan Energy blend of pea protein, green tea and ginseng to provide a safe and natural energy boost.


We use pea protein instead of soy of whey, because it is an easily digestible, natural source of protein with a low potential for allergic responses.  Pea protein is also dairy and cholesterol free and non-GMO.


These power-packed bars contain 7 grams of protein and are a source of fibre and iron, and contain no preservatives and nothing artificial.  Plus, they are nut free and taste absolutely amazing!  Be sure to stop by the SunRype tent to sample Okanagan Energy!


Go on... live, laugh, jump, play, thrive!


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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.  

Only available at race kit pick up.

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.


IronKids Gummies 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! 


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.


Save-On-Foods   Since 1915, Save-On-Foods has built a reputation for delivering low prices plus all the things you can't put a price on: exceptional service, consistent quality and a great place to shop. With locations across BC and Alberta, and everything they need at the prices they want, it's easy to see why customers love to Save-On-Foods. Save-On-Foods generously supplied the fresh fruit at the post race food tent for TRi KiDS Okanagan.


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.


CanKopy Document Solutions Our friends at CanKopy Document Solutions have provided the SunRype TRi KiDS Series with all of 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. 


Cyclepath Cycle and Snow  

Located at 2169 Springfield Rd in Kelowna, Cyclepath's philosophy is quite offer the best experience, service and expertise to their customers.  Visit Cyclepath for your pre-race bike tune-up and be sure to tell Garry you're a TRi KiD.


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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