SAFETY FIRST – ALWAYS

We believe in "Safety First" as a policy for how we run our events; safety is our number one priority. Tri-FUN Kids’ Triathlons are also fully supported and sanctioned by Triathlon Ontario to help ensure the safety of all participants.


Kids in the 3-5 age category must be accompanied by one parent or guardian through the entire race course. Parents or guardians are allowed to "take turns" or switch places when accompanying the child in each portion of the race. For example, one parent/guardian could do the Swim portion with their child while the other parent/guardian waits for them in Transition to switch in for the Bike portion, and then the first parent/guardian switches back to complete the Run portion and cross the finish line with the child. Please choose what works best for you and your child.


Our Volunteer Crew is there to help enforce our Safety First policy. Volunteers will be stationed along the race course and around the event site. Please respect their guidance and don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance. Join our Volunteer Crew.


There is a First Aid station run by a trained Paramedic on-site at every race. In the event of a medical emergency, please inform a Volunteer Crew member who will help in obtaining medical assistance from the First Aid station as needed.


SAFETY GUIDELINES

Athletes

  1. Athletes must respect the rules of the pool facility and listen to the Lifeguards, Swim Captain and Volunteers on deck to ensure their safety during the Swim portion of the race.
  2. Athletes must walk at all times on the pool deck and will be directed by the Swim Captain to start in the pool. All age categories finish in the shallow end for safety and ease of exiting.
  3. Athletes requiring a flotation device will be provided one by pool staff prior to entering the pool.
  4. One parent or guardian must accompany athletes in the 3-5 age category by entering the pool alongside them and giving whatever assistance needed to complete the distance. The swim for this age category takes place in the shallow end and adults will be able to touch the bottom.
  1. Athletes must exit the pool area safely as they make their way to Transition.
  2. Only parents of the athletes in the 3-5 age category will be allowed in the Transition area during the race. For kids age 6 and up, Volunteers will be present to assist them however needed (i.e. tying shoe laces, buckling helmets, etc.).
  3. Athletes must cover their torsos for the Bike and Run portions of the race by either their swimsuits or shirts and also must have their bib numbers attached to the front.
  4. Athletes must wear a helmet with a fully buckled chin strap and use a bike that is in good working order for the Bike portion of the race. Kids are allowed to use “Big Wheels,” tricycles, balance bikes, or bikes with training wheels, as long as the equipment is in good working order. If you are unsure about the condition of your child’s bike, we recommend having it inspected by a professional bike shop like GEARS. Watch the Tri-FUN & GEARS Bike Shop video demonstration of how to perform a pre-race safety inspection on kids' bikes now.
  5. Athletes must wear closed-toe running shoes – no other footwear is permitted.
  1. Athletes must safely walk their bikes from the Transition area to the start of the Bike portion of the race, where they will be directed by Volunteers and signs for where and when to get on and off their bikes.
  2. Athletes must wear their helmets fully buckled at all times for the Bike portion until they have fully dismounted from their bikes at the Bike Drop where Volunteers will take their bikes and helmets for them so that they can begin the Run portion of the race. Watch the Tri-FUN & GEARS Bike Shop video demonstration of how to properly size and fit a bike helmet for kids now.
  3. One parent or guardian must accompany athletes in the 3-5 age category by running alongside them and giving whatever assistance needed to complete the distance.
  4. Volunteers are placed along the Bike course for athlete assistance.
  1. Once athletes have completed the Bike portion of the race, Volunteers will help them as needed to safely dismount their bikes at the Bike Drop (where directed by Volunteers and indicated by signs) so that they may begin the Run portion of the race.
  2. One parent or guardian must accompany athletes in the 3-5 age category by running alongside them and giving whatever assistance needed as they make their way to the finish line.
  3. Volunteers are placed along the Run course for athlete assistance.
  4. There is a relief station on the course where athletes can obtain water.

Spectators

  1. Spectators must stay off the race course. Please remain within the designated spectator areas to keep the course clear and safe for athletes.
  2. If a spectator needs to cross the race course for any reason, a Volunteer must be informed and he/she will ensure a safe crossing for the spectator without disruption to the athletes.
  3. Please respect the guidance of the Volunteer Crew and please don’t hesitate to ask for their assistance as needed.
  4. Please note the location of the First Aid station when you arrive on race day. In the event of a medical emergency, please inform a Volunteer Crew member who will help in obtaining medical assistance from the First Aid station as needed.