The USAT Tri for Real #1 Olympic Distance Triathlon
Events, Olympic Triathlon, Triathlon

The USAT Tri for Real #1 Olympic Distance Triathlon

For the Tri for Real Triathlon there will be 5-year age groups beginning with 14 and under, 15–19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc. and ending with 70+ for male and female individuals. There will be Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs) and Athena (women over 150 lbs) Divisions. 


First place Overall Male and Female in the Tri for Real Triathlon will receive Overall Champion Awards. There will be awards five deep in each five-year age group for the Tri for Real Triathlon. Relay Team awards will be for the Top Team in each Division of Male, Female and Coed.

There will be three divisions for the TRI for KIDS: 6 and under, 7 to 10 years old and 11 to 14 years old. Each division will have one-year age groups.

TRI for Real Course Descriptions

The race will begin with the 1.5 kilometer swim from the beach area. The swim course will be a triangular course in Rancho Seco Lake marked by the large RedBull buoys. Water temperature should be approximately 70 degrees. Wetsuits are allowed . The swim exit will be up the beach and on a grassy path to the transition area located in the parking area.

The 40 kilometer or 24.8 mile bike course will begin after you exit the transition area and then mount your bike. From there you will exit the park and make a right hand turn on Hwy 104, making a U-turn at the turn around point and returning to the park. Please be careful while on the road. Riders must stay to the right at all times! Riders must not draft other riders: You must maintain at least THREE bike length at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the Highway. Passing is allowed in a timely manner when it is safe to do so. After passing return to the right side of the road and continue to ride safely. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Proceed to the turn around on Hwy 104 and return to the park. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY . The Bike course will Not have an aid station. Water and Clif Electrolyte Beverage, along with Clif Shot Energy gels will be available in the transition area.

The run course begins directly outside the transition area and is a 10-kilometer or 6.2 mile out-and-back course on fire roads and trails within the park. There will be two aid stations with water and Clif Electrolyte Beverage, plus Clif Shot energy gels on the run course. One at mile 1.5, and one at the turn-around point: mile 3.1 on the run course. ALL athletes must wear their race number on the front of their body during the run and have it when crossing the finish line.

The USAT Tri for Real #1 Olympic Distance Triathlon

Transition Area

The Transition area will be on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Athletes may choose their transition spot from any of the non-reserved racks – reserved racks will be marked for Tri Clubs. Glass or bottles are not allowed in the transition area. 

Bodymarking and Race Numbers

Bodymarking will be take place at the entrance to the transition area and must be completed before you enter the transition area. Athletes will have their race number marked on their legs and arms and have their age division on their calf.

Bike numbers must be attached and be visible on your bike at all times during the ride. Run numbers must be worn on your front when crossing the finish line. 

Rules and Regulations

Swim Course – The wave start times and the age groups in each wave will be posted at Registration and the start area on Saturday morning.

Bike Course – ALL athletes MUST wear a helmet the entire time while riding their bikes. Failure to have your helmet on or buckled at any time on the bike will result in DISQUALIFICATION. This includes while riding your bike in or out of the transition area during warm-up and cool down.

Safety is our and your first concern, be aware of all traffic and cyclists while riding. Upon re-entering the park proceed to the transition area. There will be DISMOUNT line where all cyclists must dismount their bike before entering the transition area. Please re-rack your bicycle in the SAME spot and proceed on to the run.

ALL athletes are required to wear an ANSI approved bicycle helmet during the entire bike course. Athletes will NOT be allowed to proceed on the bike course without a helmet. The helmet must be securely fastened the entire time you are on your bike. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Run Course – Run numbers must be worn on the run and when crossing the finish line.General rules – Numbers must be placed on your bike and worn on the run. Drafting is not allowed on the bike course. Riding your bike WILL NOT be allowed in the transition area. No glass will be allowed in the transition area.

Use of headphones or other listening devices during ALL portions of the race ARE NOT ALLOWED.