Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon
July 7, 2013
5:45am sharp !
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Plan on making the Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon part of your Fourth of July festivities. This is the second race of the Tucson Triathlon Series. The distances are 750 meter pool swim, 12.0 mile bike ride around the UA area, and 3.0 mile run through UA campus.
The Holualoa Firecracker Triathlon is truly a family affair. The Youth Triathlon is a 250 meters (5 lengths of a 50 meter course) swim, a 4 mile bike and a 1 mile run. Most kids do the event in about 40 minutes. TRI places adult monitors throughout the course to help as necessary.Youth Entry Form
USA Triathlon rules apply. Other rules and updated course info will be in your
This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned event. All competitors must be either an annual member or purchase a one day membership ($10, included in $60 entry fee)
Helmets must meet CPSC/Snell/ANSI safety standards. For more informationclick here. No floatation devices allowed, including wetsuits.
Enter early to be assured a spot in the race.
For more information on the HolualoaTucson Triathlon Series, click here.
In an effort to get everyone out of the heat as early as possible we are going to run the swim in the "serpentine" style. The pool will be set up Long Course (50 meters). Swimmers will be started one after the other at regular intervals in lane #1. Each swimmer will swim 2 lengths (up and back) in each of the first seven 50 meter lanes and 1 length in the 8th lane for a total of 750 meters. The swim is 750 meters in the University of Arizona Hillenbrand Pool.
For more information about the Serpentine Swim, click here to view a detail map.
It is very important that you provide an accurate swim time estimate in the space provided on your entry form . If you are not sure please time yourself before sending in your entry. Entries will not be accepted without an estimated time." (click to view map)
We ask for an estimated 800 YARD swim time on the entry form because most people have access to 25 yard pools and an 800 time is an easier distance to estimate based on practice times. The deadline to update your estimated time is 2 weeks prior to race day.
USA Triathlon has provided a list of approved skinsuits and speedsuits for use in any water temperature- please review this information.
The youth swim will follow a similar protocol over a 250 meter course. (click to view map)
The bike course is 12 miles on partially closed city streets. You will complete 3 laps of south on Campbell(.7 miles), west on Broadway (1 mile) , north on Euclid (1 mile), east on Speedway (1 mile), south on Campbell (.3 miles). These are all wide roads (4 lanes each, 2 have dividers) with the curbside lane coned off from traffic. Police officers are at all intersections controlling traffic for you. This is a very flat course, with only slight, constant grades (Campbell and Broadway are slightly downhill, Euclid and Speedway are slightly uphill). There are no lap counters here, we trust that your integrity will prevail and you will complete at least 3 laps (some have done 4 accidentally). There are no aid stations on the bike course. (click to view map)
The youth bike course will be 1 lap (4 miles) around the same course. (click to view map)
The run is 3 miles, very flat, through University of Arizona campus. See the map for details. Water is available on the run. (click to view map)
The Youth run is an "out-and-back" 1 mile course following the adult course for the first half mile to the turn around cone and then retracing the same route back to the finish line . (click to view map)
Both transitions are in the same area, in the parking lot south of Hillenbrand Pool. There are bike racks and volunteers to guide you through this area. From the swim, you will enter the transition from the east end, and exit on your bike at the west end. DO NOT get on your bike until out of the transition area. From the bike, you will again enter from the east end, and again run out the west end. (click to view map)
For maps to event and of the race course, click here.
Youth Event Maps click here
Relays are available in the following categories:
Family relay members must be related.
Signed waivers for all relay members must be included with the entry form or signed at packet pickup prior to distribution of any team packets.
Race day parking will be limited to the U of A parking lots in the surrounding area. The best parking opportunity will be in the lots on the east and west side of the football stadium on 6th Street. The pool parking lot will be used as the race transition area and will be closed to all vehicles as will the finish area on Enke Dr. We also ask that you avoid the Sam Hughes neighborhood east of Campbell Ave.
Packet Pickup will be held on Saturday July 6 from 11:00am
to 4:00pm at TriSports.com. TriSports is located at
4495 S. Coach Drive, Tucson, AZ 85714.You can also pickup your packet on race day BEFORE 5:15am at
Hillenbrand Aquatic Center (race site). You must pickup your packet before
5:15am on race day even if you are starting near the end.
All athletes (including relay team members) must show a photo ID when picking up their packet. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. NO ID, No RACE, No EXCEPTIONS. All USAT members must show their membership card at packet pickup.
There will be a pre-race course information meeting on Saturday, July 6, 4:00 pm at Hillenbrand Pool on University of Arizona campus. This is the site of the swim and the transition areas. Hillenbrand Aquatic Center is located on Campbell Ave. between Speedway Blvd. and 6th Street (look for the diving towers on the West side of the street).
Awards / T-shirts
T-shirts will be awarded at the finish line. Awards will be presented 3 deep in each age category.
Age group categories include 13-14, 15-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29... in 5 year
increments as high as needed for both women and men. Overall awards will be
given to the top 3 women and men.
Youth Awards: Awards will be presented 3 deep in each of the following age groups - 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14. Finishers ribbons will be given to all youth participants at the finish line.
Adult Race Entry Fees
Only those who have registered for this event and have signed the race waiver
will be permitted to participate per USAT rules.
Age must be at least 13 as of December 31, 2013 to participate the adult (longer) version of this event.
Please make checks to: "TriTucson".
$53 USAT Members
$65 Non USAT
Relay Team Fees
$135 if no team members have a current USAT membership
$123 if 1 team member has a current USAT membership
$111 if 2 team members have a current USAT membership
$99 if 3 team members have a current USAT membership
All USAT members must show their membership card at packet pickup.
Full refunds (less $10 processing fee) through June 9, 2013.
50% refunds through June 23, 2013.
NO REFUNDS AFTER JUNE 23, 2013.
To cancel your entry and receive a full or partial refund (if eligible) please contact the
Youth Race Entry Fees*
Firecracker Youth Triathlon Entry Fees:
$30 Youth USA Triathlon Members
$40 Non Members
Please add a $10 late fee to above for entries postmarked after June 23
No race day Registration !!
*Youth race participants are no longer required to be USA Triathlon members. Non members must pay an additional $10 single event insurance fee as shown above.
Please click here to
print and mail in the regular entry form, or
click here for the youth entry form.
Entry forms are in PDF format and require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click this logo for free download.
Mail entry form/waiver along with the proper fee to:
P.O. Box 42947
Tucson, AZ 85733
Online registration is provided by Active.com.
Please read the Online Registration Information page. When you are ready to register online, click on the appropriate link below.
Click here to register online
For Youth Race Online Entry- click here
Online race registration will close once race fills to capacity (usually 4-6 weeks prior to race day).
1. Aloft Tucson University 520-908-6800 (6 blocks from race site)
2. Marriott University Park (520) 792-4100 (1 mile from race site)
3. Vagabond Plaza Hotel (520) 740-0123/800 882-7661 (2-3 miles from race site)
4. Econo Lodge 1-877-240-2929 (1.2 mi from race site)
5. Clarion 1-877-240-2929 (1.3 mi from race site)
Other area hotels:
Varsity Clubs of America (2.5 miles) (520) 318-3777
Double Tree (520) 881-4200
Embassy Suites (520) 745-2700
Motel 6 (520) 628-1339
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