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Registration forms and checks may be mailed to:
Natalie Taylor - RecWell
1115 Eppley Recreation Center
College Park, MD 20742



If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please contact Natalie Taylor at


Thank you to our sponsors:


Here is the list of who we have racing the 2016 Event. Please make sure that your names, ages and swim designations are correct. Any changes may be sent to, no later than Friday, 22 April 2016. 

Key - A = advanced, I = intermediate, B = beginner. YS = youth small, YM = youth medium, S = small, M = medium, L = large, XL = extra large

Event File - 25 April.pdf


Email Update 1


Email Update 2


Email Update 3


Weather - right now, the forecast is still for rain and thunderstorms all day on Sunday. Per the event rules, "In the case of inclement weather that hinders cycling road conditions, the event may be changed to a swim and run format. This information will be posted on the event website and at registration. No refunds will be issued." We are goign with a game day decision on the bike, so BRING YOUR BIKE ON SUNDAY. All updates to race format will be communicated via the event website, and email. 

Timing Chips - you will collect these on Sunday morning between 6a and 6:30a. You must return them once you cross the finish line.

Parking - please park in the Terrapin Trail Garage. You can access the garage from either University Blvd (rt 193) or Paint Branch Drive. This will allow for the easiest access onto and off of campus, without impacting the race. 

Transition - this will be in the parking lot in front of you as you cross over the bridge from the Terrapin Trail Garage (Lot 6). In the event of a swim, run, we will move transition inside. Transition closes at 6:40a, so make sure you have everything ready to go by that time. 

Swim - swim waves are scheduled for 7a (advanced - white cap,relay (green cap), 7:15a (intermediate - yellow cap) and 7:30a (beginner - black cap). You must wear you assigned cap and swim in your assigned wave. 

Warm up - You may warm up between 6a and 6:30a in the pool and around campus.

Packet Pick Up - there are 2 packet pick up sessions before the race on Sunday. The first one is on Friday, 29 April from 4-6p on the pool deck. The second is on Saturday, 30 April from 10a-12n, also on the pool deck. When you come into the building on the main level, tell the staff at the Information Desk you are here for packet pick up, and they will direct you down the stairs to the pool on the basement level. Saturday is MD Day on campus, so there will be some added traffic. If you are unable to collect your packet on Friday or Saturday, you may collect it before 6:30a on Sunday. 

Course Maps - Our goal (weather permitting) is to have the bike course marked on Friday, and the run course marked on Saturday.  

Waivers - If you have not sent us your waiver, we will have some available for you to sign when you pick up your packets. 

Spectators - spectators are more than welcome to watch all parts of the race from the pool, to the run. We only ask that they stay out of the transition area, and are careful making their way around campus.

Rules - Make sure you read over the rules of the event. There are no glass containers permitted. No head/ear phones may be worn during the event. You must wear a helmet while on the bike.


2016 Triathlon Rules
Directions to Campus

Packet pick up 

Friday, April 29th 4-6p, Saturday, April 30th 10a-12n and Sunday May 1st 5:45a - 6:30a.

All packet pick up sessions will be held on the pool deck of the Eppley Recreation Center. You are encouraged to pick up your packets on Friday or Saturday, to avoid issues and being rushed on Sunday morning. We will have maps of the courses posted during these times so you can ask any questions you may have.

The courses should be marked on Saturday (weather permitting) so you will have the opportunity to do a dry run if you so desire. We will also have large maps of the courses posted during packet pick up.



$55 - UMD Students and RecWell Members
$65 - Students (Non-UMD)
$80 - Community Members

Relay Teams
$135 - Student Relay Team
$210 - Non-student Relay Team


  • The first wave of swimmers (advanced) will go off at 7a.
  • The second wave of swimmers (intermediate) will go off at  approx 7:15a.
  • The third wave of swimmers (beginner) will go off at approx 7:30a.
  • The relay swimmers will go off with the first wave (advanced) of swimmers at 7:00a. 
  • All swimmers will be given a swim cap that corresponds to a particular wave. You must swim in your assigned wave.
  • The pool will be open for warm up from 6a til 6:40a.
  • Participants are required to count their own loops (5) of the swim course.
  • Everyone starts on the right side of the course and swims with the buoys on their left side. After passing buoy number 4, 5 times, you exit the pool on the left and head towards transition.
*Advanced swimmers should be able to complete a 500 yard swim in under 9 minutes. Intermediate swimmers should be able to complete a 500 yard swim in under 16 minutes.

  • All bikers must have their own bikes and helmets. Helmets will not be provided to any participants. Helmets required for ALL riders!
  • The course will be marked with arrows (white) but participants are expected to know the course without having to rely on course markers. 
  • Participants are required to count their own loops (3) of the course.
  • Bikers may mount their bikes after the mount line at the boundary of the transition area upon exit of T1. 
  • Bikers must dismount their bikes before the mount line at the boundary of the transition area into T2.
  • Race bibs must be displayed at all times on the bike course.
  • The bike course will be open for warm up from 6a till 6:40a.
  • There will be two water/ aid stations on the bike course for your convenience. The staff at these stations will be in contact with race staff if you have an issue and need assistance.
  • Police will be on the course to assist with traffic management. Roads will not be fully closed during the race. 
  • The run course goes out to a turn around point and returns to the finish.
  • The course will be marked with arrows (white) but participants are expected to know the course without having to rely on course markers. 
  • Runners are advised to stay on sidewalks and running trails on the run course.
  • Race bibs must be displayed at all times on the run course.
  • The run course will be open for warm up from 6a till 6:40a.
  • There will be a water/ aid station on the run course for your convenience. The staff at this station will be in contact with race staff if you have an issue and need assistance.
  • Transition will be open for racking of bikes from 5:30a till 6:30a.
  • There will be no racking of bikes allowed after 6:30a.
  • Each bike rack holds 8 bikes.
  • There will be no changing area in transition.
  • There will be no riding of bikes in the transition area.
  • Only participants will be allowed in the transition area after 6:30a and until the race is completed.
  • There will be volunteers monitoring the transition area but participants are encouraged to leave valuables with family and friends.

Timing Chips –

These will be distributed on Sunday morning and collected as soon as you cross the finish line after the race. If you do not return your timing chip, you will be charged a $40 replacement fee.

Participants are required to collect their timing chips between 5:45a and 6:30a on the morning of the race. There will be a table set up next to transition for this purpose.

Participants and spectators are welcome to use the locker rooms in the pool area.






SWIM COURSE: approx 1/2 mile

Must complete 5 laps of the course

BIKE COURSE: 13 miles

The 2016 bike course has some changes compared to previous years. We will be completing 3 loops of the course in 2016. We will be on Paint Branch Drive for more of the course, and will bike along Presidential Drive. As always, we will clearly mark the course with large arrows, and have plenty of volunteers to assist you.

RUN COURSE: 3.1 miles

The 2016 run course is slightly different from previous courses, in that you will be starting from the foot bridge behind the ERC and ending once you have returned across that same bridge. As per usual, it is an out and back course and we will have a water station along the course.

Volunteers - What you need to know.

When and where to arriveMeet in the parking lot between the ERC and SPH buildings at 5:30am on Sunday, May 1st


What to wearTerrapin Triathlon volunteer t-shirt (given to you on 1 May), athletic shoes, jean or khaki shorts/pants, weather-appropriate gear (i.e. rain coat), and a watch.

What you will be doing - Assisting with participant check-in, distributing water cups at water stations, guiding participants on the Bike or Run courses, monitoring lap completion on the swim and bike courses, collecting timing chips at the end of the race, and providing assistants to triathletes throughout the event. 

All volunteers will be assigned a numbered station (on race morning)Please report to your station by 6:30amDo not leave your station until the last participant passes you (as indicated by the UM Police Officer on a motorcycle or bicycle). 

Where should you park - Lot 6 - Terrapin Trail Garage

What should you do if there is an emergency - Either use your cell phone to call a Professional Staff Member. Cell phone numbers will be included on the back of the map you will be given on the day of the race.  OR Go to the nearest water station, and use a radio to call a Professional Staff Member. Alert a UMCP Police Officer to the incident. Police officers and auxiliary members will be all over the courses. 

General Course Info - The swim course is first. All athletes must complete 5 loops. The bike course is second. All athletes must complete 3 loops. The run course is last. It is an out and back course where athletes turn around at the mid point. 

How long will you be volunteering - As long as the race goes according to plan, you should be able to leave by 10:30a. 


Can you bring a friend to volunteer as well? - Yes, we always like having more volunteers. 


If you have more questions - email Natalie at