SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR HIXTRI
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE SWIM?
No. Athletes may choose to do Alohaman completely on their own. Transition is in a very nice grassy area with an easy walk down to the swim. The swim is warm, clean, and clear so swimmers should not need assistance from a support team to get from swim exit to their bike. However, support is allowed so if you want to bring your own support crew and they want to wait for you at the water’s edge and run to T1 and help you prep for your ride, that is allowed as long as they wear the support shirt we give them at packet pickup.
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE BIKE?
No. Athletes do not have to provide their own support on the bike. However, we HIGHLY recommend they do. We recommend each athlete come with at least one support person ready to drive one support vehicle stocked with hydration/nutrition/supplies to aid their rider throughout the bike course. Those going solo without support have the option at both mile 35 and 75 to use a large self serve hydration/nutrition station we will setup with our medical crew on the east bound (outbound) side of the highway. It’s a right turn into the parking lot (also has restrooms) on the way out and a crossover of the highway on the way back. If you use this station to refuel, especially on the way back, please be extra alert and aware of your surroundings as you enter and exit the area. Those that choose to provide their own support may still use ours but do not have to. The great thing about having your own support is you can predetermine where and when you want to stop. Please keep in mind if you go solo and don’t provide your own support we will still NOT have any SAG support on the course for mechanical issues. You will need to carry your own supplies and be able to fix flats and other minor issues that may arise.
DO ATHLETES NEED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN SUPPORT ON THE RUN?
No. However, support runners are allowed and we highly recommend having one, but they are not mandatory. After athletes change in T2 they may choose to do the entire run course on their own if they would like. Please note that anyone starting the run anytime close to sunset will be running a majority of this run in the dark. All mandatory gear listed on this site is required.
If you do supply a support runner you have a couple different options we allow. Here is an overview of support (or lack of) on the run.
Option #1 (No Support) - Athlete runs the entire run course by themselves, without any support runner.
Option #2 (Full Support) - Athlete and one support runner run the entire run course together.
Option #3 (Full Support - Different Support Each Way) - Athlete runs to Waiemi & A Mamalahoa and switches support runners for the rest of the course. If you choose this option there is absolutely no parking at the exchange point so support runners would have to use the same car to get out and then return.
Option #4 (Half Support) - The athlete runs with a support runner to Waiemi & A Mamalahoa and drops the runner for the rest of the run OR runs alone to Waiemi & A Mamalahoa and picks up their support runner for the rest of the run. Either way there’s no parking of any vehicles at the exchange point so anyone being dropped or picked up out there would need a driver and vehicle that is not a support runner to make sure the car is not left.
WHY WE RECOMMEND SUPPORT TEAMS
NO HYDRATION/NUTRITION STATIONS ON THE BIKE AND LIMITED ON THE RUN (ABOUT EVERY 10K OR MORE / VARIES PER EVENT) - Given the remote nature of XTri events it’s near impossible to put the amount of hydration/nutrition stations out that would be required as well as fully staff them. There just aren’t enough resources and manpower in most of these areas.
HELP TRACKING, MONITORING AND CARING FOR ATHLETES ON THE BIKE AND RUN - Given the remote nature of these events and the limited medical assets requiring each person to have a support team for the bike and run enables us to have an extra set of capable eyes on them at a higher frequency than the race alone is capable of.
SUPPORT MAKE GOOD MULES - On the bike the support car does the muling and your support team does the driving but on the run having your mandatory support runner by your side the entire time adds more fuel to your tank. Of course both the athlete and the support memeber(s) are required to have their own set of mandatory gear and hydration/nutrtion, but having that support also means you can load them up with extra liquids and solids so that if yours run out before the next station, you are covered! They can be life savers, literally.
THE MORE THE MARIER - The more support both physically and mentally that an athlete has during an event like this, the better. The course can be a lonely place and although that solitude is part of what makes XTri amazing, so is the comradely you feel sharing the experience with your support.
FUTURE ÍSLAND FINISHERS - By requiring support on both the bike and the run we give that support person a look into the world of XTri. More often than not those support members either come back as support for others, join our XTri Staff, or better yet, become athletes themselves in the future. With such limited resources in these areas and XTri being a niche market, we need all the support and new athletes entering the ranks as possible to survive.
Support Team Captain job duties will include but are not limited to:
driving the athlete
carrying athlete bags
getting stuff for the athlete
going to packet pickup with the athlete
going to the pre race briefing with the athlete
helping the athlete in transition before the race starts
helping the athlete out of the water
helping the athlete through T1 - Swim-to-Bike Transition (changing, getting warm, prepping for the bike and getting out to the mount line)
identifying pull off areas along the bike course to be prepared to support the athlete with whatever they may need.
helping the athlete through T2 - Bike-to-Run Transition (changing, getting warm, prepping for the run and getting the athlete out onto that run)
putting all the athlete's gear into the car and clearing T2 quickly (not a storage area)
possibly running with the athlete (although optional for this event)
celebrating with the athlete at the end of this monumental day
getting the athlete whatever they want and need afterwards
making sure they get up in enough time to make it to the awards brunch the next day
trying to have fun out there while doing all this work