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Kids Du Is Back for 2022!


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Hey Oxford County, we’re back June 2022 just as good as we ever were!
Join us on June 12 at Southside Park for our annual Kids Du.
A fun challenge run – bike – run event.
Everyone that completes the course receives a finishers medal. This event is for kids 3 to 13 years of age.

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Registration opens March 20, 2022.

*** Click here for our online registration process, and you’re all set! ***

Early bird pricing is in effect until April 10. Enter early and save some money. Full refunds available ONLY if event is cancelled due to covid.

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The run is 1 loop of the age appropriate course except for the oldest group who will run 2 loops each time. The bike course is out and back for the 3 to 5 yr olds and loops for all other ages [in parenthesis after distance].

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without whom this event would not exist




BASIC RULES


1] All competitors will wear a shirt with their bib number pinned on the front.
2] All competitors will wear closed toed running shoes.
3] All competitors will race in their own age group unless approved by race officials.
4 No attempt will be made to impede the progress of any other competitor. Competitors or their support crew found to be impeding another competitor’s progress on purpose will be disqualified from the race.
5] All competitors will obey the directions of race officials and volunteers.
6] All competitors in the 3-5 age group must have a parent to help the athlete [eg. Buckling a helmet or tying shoes] and encourage their child to finish. No parent/guardian will assist their child’s forward progress in any physical [pushing, dragging, carrying] way. Parents/guardians of competitors in the 3-5 age group are expected to be within an arm’s length of their child at all times during the race. [yes parents, you will need to be in good shape or have a substitute assist]. If an older sibling is assisting, please do not wear your race Tshirt while supporting your brother/sister [it confuses our timekeepers].
7] Competitors not completing the correct number of loops on the bike course will be disqualified.
8] Once the races start, no parent/guardian is allowed in the transition zone except those of with athletes in the 3-5 age group.
9] All competitors will assemble in the marshalling area 15 minutes prior to their wave start to allow an orderly race start and to allow for last minute instructions.
10] Competitors are allowed to stop or walk at any time during the race but please move off to the side of the race route in order to avoid collisions. During the bike section of the race competitors must stay in contact with their bike if they are moving forward toward the bike finish.
11] All competitors must wear an approved and certified bike helmet whenever in contact with their bike. The bike helmet must be done up prior to taking the bike off the rack. The helmet is removed after the bike is re-racked at the end of the bike section.
12] Competitors must pass the “bike on” sign before mounting their bike.
13] Competitors must dismount their bike before the “bike off” sign.
14] Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are strongly recommended for all [parents and children].
15] Please be safe on the course. Do not cut people off on the bike route.
16] This is a participation event. Support all competitors. Have fun!!!!

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ENTRIES


1] All competitors will register for the event under their own name.
2] You cannot pass the entry to a friend if you cannot attend the race. There are no refunds.
3] The event will run rain or shine. Delays may occur in a thunderstorm.
4] Late entries may not receive the race T-shirt or grab bag because supplies are limited.
5] Late entries will be cash only. No entries will be accepted past 5pm the day before the race.

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REGISTRATION


RACE DAY CHECKLIST


Please ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep and encourage them to have a good breakfast on race morning. Packing their equipment the night before will reduce anxiety and ensure the athlete has everything they need to complete the event and have fun while doing it.

Equipment
• Running shoes and socks. Sandals and crocs are not permitted
• Shorts and T shirt with race bib pinned to the front of the shirt. Shirts must cover the entire torso area.
• A bicycle in good working order. Training wheels are permitted in any age group. Please take your child’s bike to a professional and have it checked before the race.
• An approved helmet properly fitted and with a fully functioning chin strap. Click here for a short how-to video.
• Water bottle filled with water [bike]. Encourage participants to drink.
• A hat to run in because it is going to be sunny! [we hope].
• Snacks just in case they get hungry.[We will provide post-race food but kids can be finicky].
• Don’t forget your [parents] running shoes if your child is in the 3-5 age group. You are expected to accompany him/her in their race.
• Sunscreen, sunglasses and bug spray are always a good idea.
• Any medication your child needs [puffers, epi-pen, insulin etc.] should be close at hand.

Suggestions:
Arrive at Southside Park early. It will take some time to park your car and get to the race site. Help your child [3-5] or have your child [6+] put their bike in the proper transition zone and get set up for the race. Once you leave the transition zone you will not be allowed back in. No riding bikes in the transition zone. Outside the transition zone helmets are mandatory when riding. Ensure your child has their race number on the front of their shirt. Go to the marshalling area well before the announced start time for your child’s race. Relax and get ready to cheer for all the kids racing on the day.

FAQ



What does my child need to participate?
All your child needs is a bicycle (balance bike, road bike or mountain bike) or tricycle, PROPERLY FITTED bike helmet with functioning chin strap, running shoes (no sandals or Crocs), shorts and shirt, water bottle, hat, towels and sunscreen. Helmets must comply with either CPSC, SNELL or ANSI standards as indicated by a label on the inside.

Can you confirm that my child is registered?
Please follow this LINK and enter your last name.

Will I receive a refund if my child is unable to participate?
We regret we will not refund an entry fee if your child is unable to participate FOR ANY REASON. This policy is firm.

If I am unable to make the race, can I give my entry to a friend?
No. If someone else races under your name and is injured, or causes an accident, that person will not be covered by any protection typically afforded to an athlete through the triathlon associations that sanction this event.

We have a soccer game on the same day, can my son be placed in an earlier wave?
Sorry, we do not take wave requests. Please understand that we assign waves based on the number of participants and it would not be possible to accommodate every request to change a wave assignment due to another commitment. Please ensure your child has no other commitments during the Kids Du.

Can my child switch his/her wave assignment?
We create the waves based on a random sort and wave assignments cannot be changed. Sorry, we do not take wave requests.

Are there refunds for cancelled races?
We will not cancel the event unless really severe weather occurs. Weather is an uncontrollable factor every effort will be made to proceed with a safe event. It is possible that the event may be delayed in the case of heavy rain or thunderstorms. The KiDs Du is an outdoor, rain or shine event.

What happens in inclement weather?
The race goes on rain or shine. In the case of lightening the race will be delayed or stopped immediately if in progress. The race will not resume until 30 minutes after the last incidence of lightening. There are NO rain dates, NO refunds or transfers if a race is modified or cancelled due to weather.

What is a “wave”?
Waves are the groups in which athletes are placed based on their age. Each athlete is assigned a wave # and they are called into the marshalling area by this wave number. There are usually 8-12 athletes per wave.

Do participants in the 3 to 5 year old age category have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the race?
Yes, for safety reasons participants in the 3 to 5 age group must be within steps on the bike and run. If you are an older sibling who is assisting please do not wear your race T-Shirt as it confuses our timers.

Can I participate in the duathlon with my child?
No, it is strictly a children’s event for those in the age categories 6 years and older. Our volunteers are experienced and are there to assist all participants throughout the event. Participants in the 3 – 5 age group must have an adult accompany them throughout the event.

Are parents allowed in the transition zone?
Parents are allowed in to help set up their child’s gear before the race. During the race, only parents of the 3-5 year olds may enter the transition zone and assist their child. Parents of older athletes [6+] cannot enter the transition zone or the course routes. Volunteers will be permitted in the transition zone to assist the athletes, especially the younger ones in need of assistance.

Can my son ride with no shirt? Can my daughter wear a bathing top on the bike course?
Torsos MUST be covered for the bike and run portion of the race. This rule is for both girls and boys. You will be asked to return to transition to put on a shirt. This rule will be fully enforced for this event.

Who counts the laps and loops for the athletes doing multiple laps/loops?
It is the responsibility of parents and athletes to count the laps and loops. We will make suggestions at each venue as to the best place to stand so that you can call out how many loops your child needs to complete. Attend an orientation session with your athlete so everyone understands how bike looping works.

Do they need to wear a helmet?
YES. No one will be allowed to bike without a helmet. Transition volunteers will make sure no athletes leave the transition zone without a helmet that is fastened!

Are Balance Bikes permitted? What about training wheels?
Balance Bikes are permitted in the 3-5 age group only. Training wheels are permitted in any age group. Please contact us if you have questions about bikes and other equipment.

Is my child safe on the course?
Safety is our highest priority. While parents need to understand that participating in a sporting event like a duathlon has, by its nature, elements of risk, as do all sports. You can help make your child’s experience the safest and most enjoyable by practicing before the race to improve their skills and increase their confidence.

How do I volunteer for this event?
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. It is a rewarding experience and you will not be disappointed. Learn more and sign up.

Where will we find the finish line photos?
All photos will be posted on our website and/or Facebook page once we receive them from our photographers.

What happens after online registration closes? Can my child still participate?
Last minute registrations may be permitted if there is sufficient time. We will accept late registrations in CASH ONLY on Saturday between 2 and 6 pm. We cannot guarantee your child will receive a race t shirt, finisher’s medal or grab bag [supplies will be limited] when registering late. We strongly advise signing up early to avoid disappointment.

What are the rules for clipless pedals?
Clipless pedals are permitted at any age, with the following conditions: For ages 13 and under, the cleat must be recessed into the cycling shoe, such that the sole of the shoe, not the cleat, makes full contact with the ground. The athlete must be able to clip into both sides of the pedal. We recommend just flat pedals for this event.

How do we get our equipment out of transition?
Once your child has finished their race you may collect their gear from the main transition zone under the direction of the volunteers in transition. Their job is to make sure it is safe for parents to collect from transition while the race is still going on. The race organizers are not responsible for lost gear.

Is this a timed event?
Yes, it is a timed event and finishing times will be posted via our home page under the results section. There are no awards. The finishing time of each individual will be posted in bib number order and not in order of completion time. We encourage and celebrate participation and all participants.

Are Aerobars permitted?
No aerobars will be allowed in this event.

Are cage pedals permitted?
Cage pedals are NOT permitted at any age.

Is bike inspection mandatory?
No, however it is strongly recommended. Safety is a priority and you want to avoid disappointment if the bike cannot be used on race day.

Do race kits have to be picked up the day before the race?
Picking up your race kit the day before makes your race day hassle and stress-free and it’s the only way you will know your start time. We also encourage both athletes and parents to attend the orientation sessions during race kit pick up. We will have race kits available for pick up on race day for those coming from out of town and those unable to pick up the day prior. Plan to arrive early and look for the KIT PICK UP at the boathouse.

How will my child know where to go on the race course?
The race course is well marked with traffic cones and numerous volunteers are strategically placed throughout the course to provide direction and support. The race format literally becomes a game of follow the leader! Also, we encourage athletes and parents to attend an Orientation Session to familiarize themselves with the course, specifically the bike and run exits, the turn-around points on the bike and run course and how transition works.

How does my child get his/her name on their race bib?
Our online registration has a deadline for personalized bibs. Please make sure your child is registered before this deadline. Race day entries can have their name printed on their bib with a magic marker.

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