TRi KiDS Niagara
Pre Race Newsletter

TRi KiDS Niagara is this weekend! Our 8th race of the 2014 season is upon us!


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, August 23rd. 


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


TRi KiDS Niagara is sold out.  We will not be accepting registrations on race weekend.  We do not need to be notified of withdrawals.  We encourage parents to check the Confirmation List to ensure your child is registered for the race.


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


Tara and Brad

Race Kit Pick Up & Orientation Sessions


Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014


Location:  Ridley College, 2 Ridley Road, St Catharines, ON. in the Athletics 

/Arena Complex. Driving directions can be found on this link. A campus map can be found on this link.


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 Session Times:

10:30 am and 11:30 am


Parking:  There is parking at Ridley College for race kit pick up.


Race kit pick up is an important part of the race, here's why: 

  • 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 event starts with race kit pick up!
  • Donations and pledge sheets for POGO and Autism Speaks Canada can be handed in. 

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.

STEP 5 Stop by the IronKids Vitamins & Supplements tent to pick up your full-size bottle of IronKids Multi-Vitamin Gummies. 


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.  Bike inspection is not mandatory.

Race Day  


Date:  Sunday, August 24, 2014


Location:  Ridley College, 2 Ridley Road, St Catharines, ON. Driving directions can be found on this link.  


Parking:  There is parking on campus on race day. 


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 9:30 am

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

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

14-15 age group must be set up in transition NO LATER than 1:00 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: 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 on race day. 


Swim, Bike, Run: 

In transition - bike racks will be labelled by age group and bib colour. Place bike on the appropriate rack with helmet, running shoes, shirt with bib pinned on the front and towel under your bike. Volunteers will assist.


Arrive at the YELLOW SWiM flag in swimsuits, ready to race 20 minutes before your wave start time. Refer to the back of your bib. Listen for your wave to be called.


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 (water wings for 3-5 age group ONLY) are the only permitted flotation devices.  


3 to 5 Year Old Age Group: 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.  One parent will assist athletes in the 3-5 age group throughout their race.

Athletes in 6-7 Age Group and Older: During the race there is no parental assistance for athletes in the 6-7 and older age groups.  Parents are not permitted in transition, volunteers will assist all athletes. Parents are permitted to help set up the athlete's gear upon arrival.


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


Equipment Restrictions: 

As per Triathlon Canada 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. This means no belly button showing.

-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.


Please remember athletes will not be permitted to ride their bikes or run without their torsos (upper body) covered. A shirt is required or one piece bathing suit or triathlon suit.


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.


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


If you plan to leave while the race is in progress you will be asked to wait and follow the direction of crew/volunteers before entering the transition area. 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. 
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 donation page for POGO or ASC, or fundraising with the pledge forms found on our website, 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 & Happy One 
Gummy at a Time 

Is your young triathlete ready for race day? Come by the IronKids Vitamins & Supplements Tent to get nutritional tips & advice. 
PLUS pick up your race kit on Saturday and get a full-size bottle of IronKids Multi-Vitamin Gummies!

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. 


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. 


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!

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. 


Spokes 'n Slopes

Located at 307 B Steeles Ave East in Milton (new location!), is our official bike shop and onsite support for our Ontario races. You'll often see Matt helping out in the Transition Zone. Drop in or give them a call to make sure your bike is in racing condition.  


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


[email protected]


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