MANDATORY SWIM GEAR
GOGGLES - Some type of swim goggle is mandatory. We recommend a fairly new pair with limited use and also a variety to choose from (clear and tinted) to accommodate different weather conditions event morning.
MANDATORY BIKE GEAR
HELMETS - All athletes for all events must wear a well-fitting, chin strap secure and safety inspected helmet at all times. The helmet must have the US specific CPSC inspected sticker. It is a condition of our event sanctioning (since it’s in the US) through USA Triathlon that we abide by this rule for our sanctioning and insurance to be valid. There are no exceptions to this rule.
FACE SHEILD OR SUNGLASSES - Some type of eye protection is mandatory.
HIGH VIS/REFLECTIVE TOPS - All athletes must wear a top-to-bottom highly visible (neon) top that has reflective elements. This is for your own safety so don’t wear the bare minimum.
LIGHTS - All athletes must have lights on the front and back of their bike at all times during the bike portion of the event. We require a constant bright white light on the front and a bright red blinking light on the back. If battery life is an issue a batteries or replacement lights should be carried by the athlete or support crew.
MECHANICAL SUPPLIES - The event will not provide mechanical supplies or assistance during the ride. For this reason all athletes and support should be well-versed in changing flats and basic mechanical adjustments as well as carry a basic tool kit and supplies on them or in their support vehicles if they have chosen to provide their own support team.
HYDRATION/NUTRITION - We highly recommend, but do not require, that each athlete provides their own support crew member/vehicle for the bike. If you choose to do this event on your own (unsupported) you must carry enough hydration/nutrition to make it to the top of the main climb at the base of Mauna Kea. This is about 35-miles but will likely take most of the field twice as long as a normal 35-mile ride. It’s 7,000’+ constant climbing to get there. Be prepared. We will have a large self-serve hydration/nutrition station there with medical and restrooms. Athletes needing to hit this again on the way back may do so (it’s about mile 70 at that point) but should be cautious as they will be slowing and crossing the highway on their own (unprotected). If you do this it’s at your own risk. That one station is the only station on the entire bike course but if planned correctly should be enough for the solo athletes.
CELL PHONES - All athletes and support crew (if used) must have a working and charged cell phone on them at all times while on the bike course. This will, at times, require an external battery, with cord, to give your phone a charge.
BASIC FIRST AID KIT - All athletes must have access to a basic first aid kit to treat minor medical issues that may arise during the bike.
MANDATORY RUN GEAR
HYDRATION/NUTRITION PACKS - Athletes and support crew (when/if on the course) are required to wear some type of pack or belt that is capable of holding a combination of hydration/nutrition that is sufficient enough to get them at least from refueling station to refueling stations. At Alohaman they are approximately every 10k on the run.
CELL PHONES - All athletes and support crew (when/if on the course) must have a working and charged cell phone on them at all times while on the run course. This will, at times, require an external battery, with cord, to give your phone a charge.
LIGHTS - All competitors must carry a headlamp on them as well as shoe and or chest lights. Athletes must also wear apparel with reflective properties. A majority of athletes will be running most of the run in the dark and it’s pitch black in Hawaii. There shouldn’t be very many cars on that section of the road but there will be some and they need to see you. You will be required to show us that you have enough lights and reflective items (between your headlamp and other items) that we don’t worry about your visibility and safety on the run before you’ll be allowed to start your run. These will also be checked at packet pickup.
BASIC FIRST AID KIT - All athletes and support crew (when/if on the course) must have access to a basic first aid kit to treat minor medical issues that may arise during the run.
WHISTLE & COMPASS - All athletes and support crew (when/if on the course) must carry a whistle on them for emergencies. Additionally we require everyone carry a compass but it is permitted to simply have a compass on your phone (app or map GPS) since everyone will have that on them and charged all the time anyway.