PACKET PICKUP RULES
GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO IDS - All athletes will be required to show a government issued photo ID to pickup your packet (driver’s license or Passport preferred). Onsite proof of an annual or 1-day USA Triathlon license is not necessary as our registration system auto verifies at time of registration.
YOU MUST PICKUP YOUR PACKET - All athletes must pick up their own packet in person during packet pickup hours. There is no event day packet pickup. No exceptions.
ATHLETE AGE DETERMINATION - The athlete's age is determined by how old they are at the end of that event year (12/31/XX).
WHO IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND PACKET PICKUP AND THE PRE RACE BRIEFING - All athletes and their support team captains are required to checkin to packet pickup TOGETHER and to be at the pre-race briefing TOGETHER, no exceptions. We would prefer that if an athlete has more than one support team member that all team members come to packet pickup together and sign the paperwork. The athlete, and ALL support team members MUST sign the support waiver. However, do realize that in some situations the entire team may not be able to make it. It's mandatory the athlete and captain checkin together but if the rest of the team (if more than just those two) cannot make it, the athlete should send the support team waiver to the other member(s), have them fill it out and sign it, and the athlete or support team captain may turn those absentee waiver forms on their behalf during packet pickup.
MANDATORY GEAR INSPECTION - It is not mandatory that athletes bring any of their gear to packet pickup… HOWEVER, we highly recommend it. If you’re 100% sure everything you have for the bike and the run that’s mandatory is correct and will go unquestioned by the event staff, then don’t worry about it. If you have ANY doubts about whether or not you have the correct mandatory gear for either the bike or run we recommend you bring it to packet pickup, have us check it out just to let you know you’re good to go. If you’re not, at least you have a little bit of time before the event to fix it. If you don’t double check with us and something is off on race day you will not be permitted to continue.
LANGUAGE - All athletes and at least one support crew member must speak english.
REGISTRATION - Registration belongs to the registered athlete only.
CLAIMING YOUR REGISTRATION - You must show up in person at packet pickup to get your own packet.
SHOWING ID - You must show a government issued photo ID to claim your packet.
REFUND POLICY - There are no refunds or transfers for any reason, however, we do offer same calendar year deferrals between our events for $50 and next year deferrals for $100. These deferrals must be completed by the athlete at least 2-months prior to the event they are not doing and the event they wish to take part in. Click Here for more info.
NUMBER MARKING - All stickers and body markings given at packet pickup must be applied properly to take part in the event.
NO NUDITY - ***NEW IN 2019*** Seward has asked that we make sure the athletes are not getting naked in public. What this means is that when you chance from your swim gear to warm run gear you will have to do so with a towel covering your waste (men) and a towel covering your chest and waste (women). Long swim parkas (Speedo makes a nice one) work very well for this too. We will have a small supply of restrooms you may also change in. Nudity is not allowed. Public displays will lead to disqualification as well as a possible indecent exposure ticket. Please be sure to not violate this new rule.
HELMETS - Helmets must be worn at all times while on the bike. We must require every helmet to have the US-CSPSC (must be US) inspection sticker on the inside for sanctioning and insurance reasons. Helmet chin straps must be secure (no loose dangling straps) and buckled at all times on the bike.
OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE - No outside assistance. Your support team are part of the event, so are officials, medical, SAG (if there is any) volunteers, and police/fire. Random spectators are not part of the event.
TRANSITION(S) - Transition area is for athletes only and any registered support team members. Spectators are not allowed in transition for any reason.
DRAFTING - Athletes are not allowed to draft on the bike. This means that all riders must keep a distance of at least 3 bike lengths between them and the next rider. If within that distance one must pass the other within 15 seconds or a penalty will be issued.
RIDING TO THE RIGHT - Athletes must ride on the shoulder if available. When a shoulder isn’t available or safe athletes are required to ride as far to the right as safely possible. Never side by side.
STAY THE COURSE - All competitors are required to stay on the course that is given. Any deviation (even if it’s longer) will result in disqualification. It is the responsibility of the athlete and support to know the course(s).
NO VEHICLE FOLLOWING - Support and/or spectator cars are never allowed to follow a rider for the sake of following a rider. Vehicles must always pass riders and keep the speed limit when it is safe to do so.
OBEY ROAD LAWS - Both bikes and vehicles must always obey the laws of the road. The bike courses at all our events are 100% open to vehicles and pedestrians so riders and drivers must be aware of their surroundings at all times and also obey traffic signals and signs.
BE A GOOD SPORTSMAN - No athlete or support may act in any way that may be deemed as unsportsmanlike. Every single person encountered during the course of the day should be treated with kindness and respect.
HEADPHONES - From the start to finish line no headphones are ever allowed. Listening to them before or after the event is fine but during the event athletes and support cannot do so.
WETSUITS - Full Neoprene Wetsuits (to ankles and wrists), booties/socks, and head cap are always mandatory.
LITTERING/ABANDONMENT - At no point is littering ever acceptable at any of our events. Carry your trash on you and throw it out when you see a trashcan.
PRACTICE SWIMMING - Athletes may not do any swimming on the swim course prior to our pre race swim and the event itself. Resurrection Bay is not an area that swimming is typically allowed.
BIKE LIGHTS - Bike lights are required for the entire bike course. A constant front white light and blinking rear red light. If they will not last the entire ride then extra lights or batteries should be carried by the athlete and/or support for replacement.
BRIGHT REFLECTIVE VESTS/JERSEYS - It is a requirement that athletes wear a vest or jersey that is bright AND reflective from top to bottom. Dark/dull colors are not visible. This should not be something you try to do the bare minimum on. Go nuts, we want you to stand out on the course. The goal is safety. If you aren’t sure if it’s bright/visible enough, odds are it’s not.
CELL PHONES - Cell phones are required and to be carried by the athlete at all times on the bike and run. Same with any support crew members. Athlete/support provided external batteries may be necessary to keep the phone charged at times.
PACING - Pacing is not allowed by anyone that is not a registered athlete or support crew member.
MANDATORY GEAR - All mandatory gear listed for each event must be carried by the athlete and support as shown on the mandatory main Alaskaman page of this website.
BIKE SUPPORT/SAG - No bike support (SAG) will be provided by the event. All athletes and their support must know how to service their own bike. This also means being responsible for your own supplies and tools to fix the bike in the event of any kind of breakdown.
BIKE/WHEEL CHANGING - Changing of bikes and/or wheels/rims is not allowed. Tires and tubes are obviously to change but the bike and wheels must never change. Be sure to research the landscape and weather of the event and choose your equipment wisely.
BIKE COURSE HYDRATION/NUTRITION - It is mandatory that each athlete and their support crew be responsible for their own hydration/nutrition on the bike course.
RUN COURSE HYDRATION/NUTRITION - We have hydration/nutrition stops at T2 and miles 7.5, 17, 20.5, and the finish. Run support is mandatory for at least the last 10-miles on the mountain. Athletes and support must be capable of carrying enough substance to sustain them between these refueling stations.
WITHDRAWING - Those withdrawing from the event must communicate that with the event by calling or texting +1 (248) 466-4907.
DOPING - The use of prohibited methods and substances included in the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods is strictly forbidden. Athletes may be subject to random testing by Anti-Doping USA/International, at any time.
ENGLISH REQUIRED - The athlete and at least one member (the captain) of the athlete’s support team must speak English.
CAPTAIN REQUIRED - Each athlete must have a captain. This captain must be listed on the athlete's registration. This captain must also be present with the athlete at both the packet pickup and the pre race briefing.
OTHER SUPPORT MEMBERS - If a team has more than one support team member we would like for all members to be at packet pickup and the briefing but we realize that is not always realistic. Any members beyond the athlete and support captain that cannot make packet pickup and the briefing may sign the support team form/waiver and give it to the athlete or captain to turn in for them in person at packet pickup.
SUPPORT FORMS & WAIVERS - All athletes and support team members (including the captain) must sign all necessary waivers at packet pickup and turn them in to be permitted to race the event.
ATHLETE WITHDRAWAL - If a support team's athlete withdraws from the event at any point before or during the event, a crew member is required to inform the event crew immediately by calling or texting +1 (248) 446-4907. The event crew phone is manned from the pre-event meeting onwards. We don’t answer leave a message or try texting us
SUPPORT TEAM CARS & WINDSHIELD STICKERS - All teams will receive a small athelte number sticker (same as the swim cap and bike stickers) as well as a large sticker that obviously warns other passing vehicles about the event. Both of these stickers are to go on the back windsheild of the support vehicle in the bottom left corner. Stack them so that the big warning sticker is on the bottom and the athlete number sticker is on top of it.
SUPPORT SHIRT - Each athlete will be given only one support shirt at packet pickup, regardless of how many members are on their support team. If there is more than one member on a team it's up to the athlete and captain to decide who gets what, and when and we recommend ordering a shirt size that fits your biggest support team member so if the shirt is passed around it fits everyone.
During the race the support shirt is to be worn by whatever support team member is going to be helping the athlete through these areas:
Transition (T1) - Pre race - to help with setup and to calm nerves.
Swim Exit - to help athlete out of the water and get them to transition. They will need your help and it's a ways of a walk/run to transition.
Transition (T1) - Swim-to-Bike - to help athlete warmup, change, and prep for bike. Be prepared to do what it takes to warm them up and change them, they will not be as capable as they think. Support must also clear out all athlete gear and take it with them when they go.
Transition (T2) - Bike-to-Run - to help athlete change, and prep for the run. Support also is responsible for clearing all athlete belongings out of T2 immediately and putting them in the support car. T2 is temporary for changing and transition not for storage of any kind.
SUPPORT WRISTBAND - Each athlete will be given only one support wristband at packet pickup, regardless of how many members are on their support team. We will not put the wristband on anyone at packet pickup because once we put it on it is permanently on them until it's cutoff. We suggest putting the wristband on whomever is running with the athlete. The shirt can be passed around (if there’s more than one support team member) the wrist band cannot. Most support runners will not want to run with the support shirt, so the wristband works great. Since we allow support on all of the run course and potentially more than one support runner might be involved (one running the first non mandatory part and another running the mandatory part) we recommend temporarily securing the wristband if you are exchanging support runners between the first 17 miles and last 10 miles.
BIKE SUPPORT ONLY BETWEEN MILES 30-85 - We only allow support for the athletes between miles 30 and 85 on the bike course. In the briefing we will talk more in detail about where specifically this is but the reason is because the first 30 miles are narrow and miles 18-29 have virtually no shoulder with no real areas to safely pull off. Athletes should be more than capable of getting through mile 30 with whatever they take from transition on their bike. After mile 85 there's only 28 miles left which is little enough mileage for athletes to carry what's necessary on them after their last support stop with their team. If support is made to come to T2 after mile 85 (or sooner) it ensures that support will be into the Day Lodge Parking Lot (T2) and ready for their athlete in more than enough time and it also eliminates congestion further up on the course.
Between miles 30-85 support cars are permitted to pull of into the following areas:
Scenic Pull Offs
Small side roads with little no traffic and low speed limits (still park off the road)
BIKE COURSE SUPPORT TEAM CAR RULES
One car per team.
Everyone in the car must be a registered support team member. Anyone that is not is not allowed to offer support to the athlete in any way. Violations will be an automatic time penalty and possible disqualification.
Support vehicles must have small sticker on front and large sticker on back (as described above).
Support vehicles are only permitted to park in areas designed to do so. This is a busy high speed highway. No support vehicle is permitted at any time to park randomly off the shoulder or across the road.
If a support area is full or looks full do not pull in or wait to pull in and backup traffic potentially causing an accident. Go to the next available area.
SUPPORT VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FOLLOW BEHIND ATHLETES ON THE COURSE - Any vehicle that follows an athlete (slow or fast, hazards on or no hazards on) will get their athlete immediately disqualified and may be issued a ticket by Alaska State Troopers. It will not be permitted at any time and EXTREMELY unsafe. Support cars should pass riders, find their predetermined area and park, shut off the vehicle and get out.
Athletes may be offered support from their team in two ways. Both ways are outside of the vehicle. DO NOT OFFER SUPPORT FROM WITHIN A VEHICLE.
Athletes ride by slowly as they grab a bottle and whatever else they needed from their support that's running along side them. No support should ever wait or run on the road or shoulder in the path of cars or riders.
Athletes pull off into the area where their support is, dismount, and take care of business off the bike.
NEVER park on the left side of the highway.
NEVER cross the traffic of the highway.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Alaska is beautiful but sightseeing during the event is not smart and irresponsible. Keep your attention on the road and give cyclists as much room as possible at all times while minding the oncoming traffic.
Whether riding in your vehicle or out of it on foot, BE AWARE of the riders and cars on the course. It is very easy to turn right into a parking lot without looking behind you and hit a cyclist or walk onto the shoulder and have a cyclist hit you. Pay attention!
Athletes and support should use actual restrooms when available in a number of the scenic pull offs. They are not in all of them. Support vehicles should carry toilet paper and athletes should be prepared to go into the woods to relieve themselves if need be. DO NOT LITTER. Plastic bags for later disposal of toilet paper or a quick bury/cover-up of toilet paper is a must to keep Alaska clean and allow us back.
Obey all vehicular traffic laws at all times. This includes speed limits. Just as the athletes have to stop for lights, signs, and pedestrians, so do support crew vehicles. Additionally Alaska State Troopers have made it a point to tell us that in an effort to make sure vehicular traffic does not backup due to our event, on the Seward Highway, they will be issuing tickets to any vehicles not obeying the speed limit on either side (too slow or too fast).
NEVER approach wildlife. This includes stopping to take photos of any along the way, driving slow to do the same, or even seeing how close you can get to anything you may encounter on the course(s).
Be sure your rider is prepared before the event, exiting T1, and throughout the bike course. You never know when a support vehicle may have car trouble, be stuck in traffic, or just not make it to the next stop on time. Every step along the way the athlete and support vehicle should be thinking worst case scenario while hoping for the best. Carry more hydration/nutrition than you think you will need to the next stop. Know how to fix your own tire, tube, derailleurs, brakes, chain, and seat post (most common issues). As support it’s your job to make sure your athlete is self sufficient and this includes carrying limited bike tools and spare kit(s) to fix things for themselves if you’re not lucky enough to be around them when/if something goes wrong.
Athletes are NOT permitted to sit in the support crew vehicle at any time (this pertains to the entire event not just the bike course).
Athletes are NOT permitted to change their bikes or tires unless they are damaged to the point it is not safe or impossible to ride on them.
RUN COURSE SUPPORT RULES - MILES 0-17 - Support is NOT mandatory in this section but it IS permitted. However, if an athlete chooses to run with their support runner for miles 0-17 they have to run with them the entire time. This is a no person left behind policy or at least a no person left behind policy until help arrives for that person. Support is NOT permitted to start and stop randomly wherever they want on the course. If they start the run with you that runner must at least make it back to the parking lot (mile 17) with you OR be passed off to a volunteer, staff, or race management of some kind before you can continue on your own during the first part of the run.
RUN COURSE SUPPORT RULES - MILES 17-27 - During this section, it's mandatory to have at least one support runner. If you had a runner with you for the first 17 it can be the same or different runner that does the last 10 miles with you. If it's a different runner don't forget to hand off the support wristband. If you ran the first 17 alone then remember you MUST have a support runner with you the last 10 miles.
SPECTATOR AREAS, FINISH, POST RACE - Any friends and family spectators may hangout in the Day Lodge Parking Lot Area as long as they like as long as they are not standing in the middle of the road. That area is Bike Finish, T2, Run Start, Mile 17 Mountain Checkin, and the finish. It's a great place to be. We also suggest that if spectators want to view runners a couple times in a different more scenic area they take the tram at Alyeska Resort to the top of the mountain. It's $29 for a day pass but worth the money. Once at the top spectators will be able to cheer on their athletes when they summit the front face at about 20-miles and again when they submit the other side, North Face, at 24-Miles. WARNING Spectators cheering on their athlete at mile 24 will likely not make it down the mountain in time to see them finish. At the finish we will have food and drink to replenish athletes and support but it's not enough for spectators. It's also not a full meal. If athletes, support, and spectators are looking for a meal we suggest they checkout the grill at the Day Lodge as well as the other restaurants in Girdwood and at the Resort on the second floor.
EVENT CUTOFF TIMES
We reserve the right to pull any athlete and/or support at any time if we think there is a problem. Obviously that’s not what we want and our goal is to have everyone finish but sometimes we see things from the outside the athlete and support doesn’t or weather conditions worsen and it’s necessary to pull athletes from the course. Course alterations have never happened but there’s always a chance. We have had athletes the didn’t know they were experiencing medical episodes we had to pull against their will but for their own good. If we change any distances we will maintain the pace average required below. We may also institute checkpoints along the way based on times and average paces shown to keep everyone moving along.
06:20 - Overall Swim Course CutofF (4:30am START)
3,000-Meters in 1hrs 50min - Must average 3:30/100-Meters
14:00 - Overall Bike Course Cutoff
113-Miles / 182-Kilometers in 7hrs 30min - Must average 15.06mph/24.5kph
Mile 30 Checkpoint by 08:30 (2hrs)
Mile 60 Checkpoint by 10:30 (4hrs)
Mile 90 Checkpoint by 12:30 (6hrs)
23:00 - Run Course / Finish Line Cutoff
27.5-Miles / 42.5-Kilometers in 8hrs 45min - Must average 19:05/mile - 12:21/kilometer
Mile 7 Checkpoint by 16:35 (2hrs 20min)
Mile 17.5 Checkpoint by 20:00 (5hrs 45min)
Mile 23 Checkpoint by 21:00 (6hrs 45min)
Those not making this 21:00 cutoff will not be permitted to attempt the “High Route” or second climb on the mountain for the orange shirt. However, anyone not permitted to continue will be able to attempt the “Low Route” for the white shirt but must still make the Finish Line Cutoff of 23:00. All athletes must be across the finish line by 23:00 no matter what course they are on.