Here are some questions to get you thinking about the event in more detail? Have a question that we don’t cover? Send it to us by email: triathlon@factoregon.org! We’ll get an answer posted within one week.

 

Who is coordinating the All Ability Tri4Youth?

 

My child has never done a sporting event or race of any kind, is this an event for them?

It could be! Start with asking a few questions:

Do they like to be outdoors?

Do they like to do things by themselves or as part of a group?

Do they like the sense of accomplishment when they do something new?

Read about the two ways an athlete can participate, and see if either sound like a fit for your child.  To read about these options go to the Tri4Youth event webpage and scroll to Athlete Information and look for: Individual Athlete / Team.

 

Can a child who does not experience disability participate?

Absolutely! All really means all! Athletes that do not experience disability can either compete as an individual athlete or as a member of a team, in which case they are supporting an athlete who experiences dosability. To read about these options go to the Tri4Youth event webpage and scroll to Athlete Information and look for:Individual Athlete / Team.

 

What adaptive equipment is provided at the race?

The pool will have noodles, kick boards, and life jackets. Adaptive rafts, bikes, strollers, chairs, walkers, etc. are the responsibility of the athlete.

  • Indicate at the time of registration that your athlete will be using adaptive equipment and we will send you a survey to find out the specifics. We will share information and resources on where you can look to borrow equipment.
  • Email triathlon@factoregon.org for more ideas and suggestions.

 

What does it look like to compete as an individual?

Individual athletes include athletes with and without disability able to complete the swim, bike, and run course independently (i.e under their own steam; with their own power).

  • Individual athletes are definitely allowed to use adaptive equipment! See more on that topic throughout the FAQs
  • You can also indicate at the time of registration if your athlete needs additional support at transition (between swim, bike, run segments). If you or someone that already has a relationship with the athlete would like to provide this support, you will need to register as an “athlete direct support volunteer.”  
  • Only registred Athlete Direct Support Volunteers (with lanyards) and team members can be in the transition areas helping athletes – otherwise it will become too crowded and confusing for everyone.
  • The Athlete Direct Support Volunteer can be a friend, parent, sibling or other family member or PSW – it’s flexible, but we allow only one Athlete Direct Support Volunteer per participant.

Here are some examples of what it might look like–

  • Athlete experiences physical disability and uses different mobility supports to navigate course (i.e. flotation device in swim, handcycle for bike, race chair for run, etc.)  
  • Athlete experiences disability in such a way as to require cueing for what comes next as they navigate the course (i.e. the person registered as the Athlete Direct Support Volunteer provides verbal prompts and cues and direction)
  • Athlete experiences disability and uses an adaptive trike for bike course
  • Athlete doesn’t experience disability but not confident in swim (i.e. athlete may use flotation device)

 

What does it look like to compete as a team?

Each team is made up of a team captain (who is an athlete experiencing disability) and one or two team members (athletes able to support the captain in completing the swim, bike and run). Teams may have up to 3 members.

Here are some examples of what it might look like–

  • Captain experiences disability with significant mobility challenges; team members may use adaptive equipment such as a raft, to pull the captain to complete the swim, pull them in a bike trailer for the bike, and push them in a run stroller or chair for the run – and they can have the assistance of an Athlete Direct Support Volunteer in the transition zones. (Keep reading for more on the Athlete Direct Support Volunteers.)
  • One team member can support in all three legs of the course or 2 team members may take turns, and in some cases both team members may provide support at the same time.
  • For example, if the captain experiences disability in a way that makes support during the bike necessary while able to complete the swim independently: the captain competes in swim on their own, the team member(s) (and Athlete Direct Support Volunteer if needed) meet the captain as they exit the pool and head to bike transition, and the team member bikes on their own or with the captain in an adaptive device; the team members (and Athlete Direct Support Volunteer if needed) meet at the next transition area and do the run leg and cross finish line together.
  • You can also indicate at the time of registration if your athlete needs additional support at transition (between swim, bike, run segments). If you or someone that already has a relationship with the athlete would like to provide this support, you will need to register as an “athlete direct support volunteer.”
  • Only registred Athlete Direct Support Volunteers (with lanyards) and team members can be in the transition areas helping athletes – otherwise it will become too crowded and confusing for everyone.
  • The Athlete Direct Support Volunteer can be a friend, parent, sibling or other family member or PSW – it’s flexible, but we allow only one Athlete Direct Support Volunteer per participant.

 

What is the expected participation of the Team Captain?

It is the goal to have the team captain participate in each of the three legs of the race, to the greatest extent possible, with support from team members as needed to make their participation possible. Exceptions can be made if absolutely necessary but we encourage every team to to strive toward this goal. Email triathlon@factoregon.org for additional ideas on how to support your athletes fullest participation.

 

Will there be accessible parking at the event?  How many spots are available, and do I need to sign up for it?

Yes! When you arrive, you will look for parking volunteers for further direction. There is plenty of close in parking and the race coordinators will set aside as many ADA spots as are needed.

 

Will we have to provide our own equipment?

The pool will have noodles, kick boards, and life jackets. Adaptive rafts, bikes, strollers, chairs, walkers, etc. are the responsibility of the athlete. Email triathlon@factoregon.org for ideas and suggestions on where you might acquire adaptive equipment.

 

Can I be out on the course with my athlete?

Cheering fans and family will not be allowed on the actual course, but there are plenty of places to cheer from the sidelines! We encourage you to bring friends and family members, and cheer from along the sidelines and at the finish line. If your athlete will require support on the course, you can indicate at the time of registration that your athlete needs additional support at transition (between swim, bike, run segments). We will send you a survey so that you can share what support might look like. Only registered Athlete Direct Support Volunteers (with lanyards) and participating team members can be on the course or in the transition areas helping athletes. The Athlete Direct Support Volunteer can be a friend, parent, sibling or other family member or PSW – it’s flexible, but we allow only one Athlete Direct Support Volunteer per participant. To register as an Athlete Direct Support Volunteer, go to the Tri4Youth event webpage and complete the volunteer registration form.

 

Will there be medical personnel on site?

Yes there will be a paramedic on site, as well as some first aid people on bikes (with first aid kits and radios) to help meet our athletes out on the course as needed.

 

What if I have safety or medical concerns for my athlete?

If you identify that your athlete experiences disability you will be asked to provide additional, more specific information at the time of registration. If you feel your athlete will require more support than what teammates can provide, you will have an opportunity to share what support might look like and to complete the Athlete Direct Support Volunteer form. Only registered Athlete Direct Support Volunteers (with lanyards) and team members can be on the course or in the transition areas helping athletes.To register as an Athlete Direct Support Volunteer, go to the Tri4Youth event webpage and complete the volunteer registration form.

 

Who will be on the field supervising?

We plan to have over 100 volunteers on event day supporting our 250 athletes. There will also be a segment lead for each leg of the course (swim, bike, run) who knows that section of the course inside and out, and LOTS of course marshals all along the way. Athletes will never be out of sight of a trained, adult volunteer!

 

Will there be bathrooms and refreshments on the course?

Yes! We will provide ADA accessible porta-potties and aid stations with water and sports drinks.

 

How long will the race take?

It will be different for every athlete or team. We highly recommend your athlete or team get together and train before the event, whether at THPRD or on your own. This will give you a much better sense of the time it will take for them to participate in the course. Following are some training opportunities at the THPRD race facilities. You can also go to open swim times and tour the facility – find out details at thprd.org.

 

Planned Tri4Youth Training Sessions at THPRD

Join fellow athletes and coaches for a chance to try out the course before race day! Each session is $18 for in-district residents and $22.50 for those outside of THPRD boundaries. Check out one or all three sessions!

Swimming Session – AQ19400

July 1, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center

Running Session – AC12704

July 8, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Athletic Center

Biking Session – AC12705

July 29, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Athletic Center

For this training session, if you want to borrow an adaptive bike, call 503-629-6330.

 

Does every participant get a medal?

Yes!

 

Is the event going to be held no matter the weather conditions?

Yes! This is a rain or shine event but race coordinators will follow THPRD event cancellation procedure should weather present a danger to athletes and volunteers.

 

Swim Segment Questions

The Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center is a 50-meter pool that provides swimming and aquatic programs for all ages. Read more about the pool here

 

Can I visit the pool at THPRD to train?

There is a Tri4Youth swimming training session at THPRD where you can try out the pool and equipment along with the fellow athletes and coaches. The session is $18 for in-district residents and $22.50 for those outside of THPRD boundaries.

Swimming Session – AQ19400

July 1, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center

You can also go during open swim or join an aquatic program at THPRD. Check out the THPRD summer aquatic catalogue here! On page 98 you will find the pool schedule.

My child does not swim, how can they do the swimming part?

Participants are welcome to use adaptive equipment during all segments of the race (swim, bike, run). The pool will have noodles, kickboards, life jackets and rafts.

 

How do participants get in and out of the pool?

There is lift, steps, and ladder access to the pool. (lift and steps pictured here). Ten lanes have been set aside for the event, and the race will take place in 8 of them. Participants will have time to get into the pool and get their equipment situated in one of the unused lanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What kind of adaptive equipment can I use?

Noodle – yes

Kickboard – yes

Life jacket – yes

Raft – yes

 

Can my child participate in the shallow lane only?

Yes

 

How deep is the pool?

3 ½ feet to 4 ½ feet at deepest point

 

How long is the pool?

25 Yards

 

My child will need to change out of a swim diaper before the rest of the race.

  • Is there a changing room?
    • There are 2 private family changing rooms, as well as a large Men’s and Women’s locker rooms. There is plenty of space to change, use the bathroom and rinse off as needed.
    • If your athlete requires personal attendant care (toileting, changing of clothes) during the race we ask that parents identify the person that will provide support and ensure they register as a Athlete Direct Support Volunteer.
  • How does that affect their overall race time?
    • The timing is only race start and race finish, so each person or team should set goals based on what they want to achieve. The THPRD facilities are big enough that no one will have to wait in line to get changed or use the bathroom between segments.

 

 

Is there a lift to get in and out of the pool?

Yes there is one lift. We will schedule one participant per heat in the lift lane of the pool. Please include this information in your registration materials.

 

Is the pool chlorine or saline?

Chlorine.

 

Bike Segment Questions

The bike racks and beginning of the bike course are very close to the pool building. The Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex is 92-acres! The Tri4Youth triathlon will use some of the paved trails within the complex, as well continue the race on a blocked off roadway. Both the trail and the street sections of the race will be marked with cones and chalk so it is easy to see the way ahead. There will be a clear separation between race participants and cars, and there will never be a section of the road or trail where volunteers are not lining the course.

Here are some photos of the bike course. There are some slight changes in elevation on the course (not big enough to call a hill), and the bikes will go from trail to sidewalk to street in one section (wide area, no drop offs) – but bikers who would like to practice the course should be sure to come to the THPRD practice session!

 

 

Can I train at THPRD?

There is a Tri4Youth biking training session at THPRD where you experience the actual course, and try out equipment equipment along with the fellow athletes and coaches. The session is $18 for in-district residents and $22.50 for those outside of THPRD boundaries.

Biking Session – AC12705

July 29, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Athletic Center

For this training session, if you want to borrow an adaptive bike, call 503-629-6330.

 

My child cannot ride a bike, how can they do that part?

Participants are welcome to use adaptive equipment during all segments of the race (swim, bike, run). There are many adaptive bicycles to explore! Tricycles, recumbent bikes, scooters, etc. We are developing a resource list and will share it soon!

 

Will there be bikes provided?

Adaptive bikes, strollers, chairs, walkers, etc. are the responsibility of the athlete.

  • Indicate at the time of registration that your athlete will be using equipment and we will send you a survey to find out the specifics. We will share a resource list with you on community partners where you might be able to borrow equipment.
  • Email triathlon@factoregon.org for more ideas on what might support your athlete and suggestions on where you might acquire adaptive equipment.

 

What kind of adaptive equipment can I use?

Trailer – yes

Tagalong – yes

Trike – yes

Scooter – yes

*Have an idea not listed here – let us know and we’ll add it!

 

The team captain would like to complete the last portion of the bike course under his own steam. What could this look like?

An example is that a team member could ride 1.5 miles and the team captain could take off from this spot. There is a convenient meet up spot where the course transitions from the roadway back onto a paved path. If adaptive equipment is needed it should be positioned at the right spot before the race. You can indicate the need for Athlete Direct Support on the survey of support needs, and a volunteer will be identified to support the captain making their way to their team transfer spot.

 

Running Segment Questions

The Tri4Youth triathlon will use a closed off parking area as well as some of the paved trails within the complex for the running segment of the triathlon.

Here are some photos of the run course. There are some minor hills on the course. It will be very well marked and there will never be a section of trails where volunteers are not lining the course.

 

Can my child walk instead of run?

Yes!

 

Can I practice on the running course in advance?

Yes! Please join us for the Running Session – AC12704

July 8, 2017 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Tualatin Hills Athletic Center

 

Will there be adaptive equipment provided?

Adaptive bikes, strollers, chairs, walkers, etc. are the responsibility of the athlete.

  • Indicate at the time of registration that your athlete will be using equipment and we will send you a survey to find out the specifics. We will share a resource list with you on community partners where you might be able to borrow equipment.
  • Email triathlon@factoregon.org for more ideas on what might support your athlete and suggestions on where you might acquire adaptive equipment.

 

Can I volunteer?

Yes!  Visit www.factoregon.org to complete the volunteer form. You will be taken to the THPRD volunteer portal to complete a background check.

 

What are the volunteer roles?

  • Pre-Event Packet Stuffing
  • Check In/Registration
  • Post Race (Party!)
  • Parking Attendants
  • Art Booth (assist making motivational signs)
  • Floaters (general help as needed)
  • Body Markers (mark athlete’s legs and arms with bib # and age)
  • Bike Course Monitor
  • Run Course Monitor
  • Direct Athlete Support (transition support as needed)

 

Have a question about the event not listed here?

Email triathlon@factoregon.org! Send us as many questions as you’d like and we will respond AND add the answers to this FAQ section to help other families!

 

We hope you will join us for the first ever All Ability Tri4Youth! The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation facilities are world class and accessible, and the course is beautiful. After the race we will have snacks, lunch, music, games and a resource fair!