First step is to enter. This is where you click one of the links, fill in your details and pay the necessary fees to participate. Registration occurs on the morning of the event when you turn up to participate and you have your name checked off and receive your event pack with your race bib and timing chip.
Visit Go – Series Link and then click through to the event of your choice.
Yes online entry and credit card payment is the only way to enter the Go - Series prior to the event.
Online entries close at 12midday the day before the event. Entries are available on the day at the Registration desk.
The youngest age is 5 years for Triathlon and for Duathlon whilst the oldest is 15yrs. The age is as at 31st December 2015.
No, the GO - Series is designed for kids to learn about triathlon and to have loads of FUN in their participation in a BIG event! We explain everything they need to know (briefing) and there are lots of people to help on the day. It's all about 'giving it a go!' You can encourage your child to go swimming, riding and running before the event. The event is designed to meet the outcomes of Triathlon Australia’s Try-Stars Program (Link).
Your child does not need any special equipment, however, each participant will need the following:
- A bike. Any type is allowed as long as it is safe, sound and serviced. PLEASE have a bike shop give your bike a safety check.
- A bicycle helmet that has passed the relevant safety checks (ASSA) - This is the Australian Safety Standard Association. If the helmet has passed the relevant safety checks it will have a sticker located inside the helmet.
- Swimming suit and goggles - Aqua shoes and/or wetsuits may be allowed you are allowed.
- Running shoes. You MUST wear shoes for both the Cycle and Run legs. Your shoes must fully cover your feet - no thongs or sandals.
You will receive a finishers' medal and other giveaways from our sponsors plus a great day out!
Yes, once you are registered you can alter which event you wish to participate in. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what event you wish to change to.
Yes you may get a refund minus a $10 admin fee up until one month out from event day. After this date we cannot provide any refunds.
This depends on the age group and whether the child is strong in swimming, cycling and running or all three! The Long Courseevent generally takes about 20-30 minutes while the Short Course can take about 18 -25 minutes. However, you should allow a couple of hours to register, rack your bike and set up transition, complete the race, remove your equipment from transition and attend the awards ceremony. Also bear in mind that the event will be started in “waves” according to age. The important thing is that everyone finishes and has a great day.
Upon entry there is a place for you to write down specific medical or physical condition that we should be aware of. We request that you call us on 02 9979 1455 and outline the condition prior to entry. Please make sure the Event Director knows about it. We need to make sure that your child will be safe on the day!
If your child does not feel well during the course of the event they can let a volunteer or official know straight away. Event first aid will treat your child. Event Management will then contact you using the emergency contact details listed on the entry form.
There are guidelines set for triathlon distances that children can participate in based on their age. If an older child wishes to participate in the shorter distance then we are happy to accommodate this too. Similarily if the younger children wish to compete in the longer distance then we can accommodate.
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1. ARRIVE AND REGISTER
On event day you need to turn up to the registration tent first to collect your race pack before racking your bike.
Registration will be done by event and age group. You will be required to show your confirmation of entry before receiving your race pack with bib, swim cap, timing chip and other information.
You will then get your number written on your right arm and leg with texta. Our volunteers will do this for you.
You can then head to the transition area.
2. GO TO TRANSITION
It is now time to head to transition. You will need to line up to have your brakes and helmet checked. Remember to put your helmet on your head before getting to the front of the line. Once in transition find your numbered bike rack and place your bike on the rack.
Place a towel on the ground next to your bike and then place your shoes, socks and clothing that you will wear on the ride and the run here. Remember to also place your cap, sunglasses and any other equipment in transition. Place your helmet on your bike so that you do not forget it.
3. WALK TO THE START OF THE SWIM FOR YOUR BRIEFING
Event briefing will always be at the start of the swim. You will hear an announcement to tell you when to head over for your briefing. Please be patient and listen to the announcer as we would hate for you to miss your briefing. Your briefing will inform you of any details about the course and what to expect out on the course.
4. GET READY TO SWIM!
There will be anywhere from 5 – 10 wave starts for the swim, depending on entries. Each wave will have between 10-20 participants and will be set off 3-5 minutes apart.
The swim is very straight forward. Swim to the buoy which corresponds to your age group and then turn right around it and swim to the shore and the designated exit point.
6. EXIT THE SWIM AND RUN TO TRANSITION
You now need to get ready to ride your bike. Exit the water and run/walk into transition. Remember your legs may be a bit wobbly so take your time and get your breath.
7. TRANSITION NUMBER 1 (T1)
This is your first and probably most confusing time for transition. Find your bike and put on your shorts and a shirt. Take your time, put your socks and shoes on last then make sure you put your helmet on before unracking your bike. Take your bike off your rack and look for the CYCLE EXIT sign. Once you exit the transition a technical official will show you the “mount line” which is where you can hop on your bike.
Enjoy your bike ride. Make sure you keep left and ride at a nice even speed. Don’t ride too close to the person in front and do not ride next to anyone unless you are passing them. If you are passing, you must pass on the right hand side. Complete your lap/s and head back to transition.
9. TRANSITION NUMBER 2 (T2)
On your second visit to transition you will need to return your bike to the same place on the bike rack. Only once your bike is racked can you take your helmet off. If you need to place a cap or sunglasses on, now is the time. Turn and look for the RUN EXIT sign and head out onto the run course.
Time to Run! You know your distance and how you feel so look after yourself and enjoy the last part. Keep to the right hand side of the footpath at all times on the run course.
If it has rained or is raining, and the event can still be conducted safely, the event will go ahead – with possible course adjustments if required. However, if weather conditions before or on the day of the event make it unsafe for the event to proceed, and adjustments cannot be made to make it safe, the event will be cancelled. An event may be cancelled depending on the effect or likely effect of actual or forecast weather conditions. Please note that the decision to cancel an event is not made lightly and safety is our priority when making this decision including the safety of the children.
Give yourself plenty of time to get ready. You will need to register and then pin your bib on your suit, take your bike into transition and get everything ready. To ensure a stress free time please give yourself at least one hour prior to your event start to get ready
Yes the course is set up so that your supporters will be able to see you regularly. They can then cheer you on as you swim/ride and run your way around the course.
The medical service tent will be located at the finish line too. If at any time you require medical assistance please seek out a volunteer or go straight to the medical tent.
One drink station will be located on the run at the turn around point where you will be provided with water. There will also be water and fruit at the finish line recovery area.
You will receive your finishers medal at the presentation following conclusion of the event.
All roads within the Memorial Park and St Ives Showground are closed to traffic on event day.
Every finisher gets a Go - Series medal.
Yes every participant will receive finish time. After the event we will post the results on the event website where you can view how you and your friends went.
Event results are available on the Go-Series Facebook page and the website after event day under the “Event Results” link.
Mildren Events is an event management company specialising in sporting events. Mildren Events work with Triathlon NSW to provide this opportunity to all the enthusiastic young people wanting to get involved in the sport.
The Event Crew volunteers all wear a Hi-Vis vest. They will be able to assist you. If they can’t they will be able to steer you in the right direction.
No, not specifically. We suggest that they have their water with them next to their bike in the transition area. They can then take a drink after the swim and before the run.
Parking is available in the surrounding streets, King St, Arana St. The Memorial Park is closed to all cars.
We suggest that kids go to the toilet before the event starts. If they need to go during the event and cannot hang on, they can just let a Volunteer know and they will be able to take them to the toilet. They will be able to rejoin the course at the place where they left. There are toilets located at the far end of the bike course and in the middle of the run course.
It's highly recommended at the beginning of the day you organise with your child a special spot to go to if they cannot find you or you cannot find them. At the finish area would be the most obvious point. Lost parents announcements can also be made over the PA system.
Before the day
- Make sure the swimsuit is the right size so it won't cause rubbing and chafing.
- Test goggles for leaking or scratches and check the band is not perished.
- Make sure your helmet complies with Australian Safety Standards. (the sticker should be inside the helmet)
- Ask your local bike store to give your child's bike a thorough safety check.
- Make sure everything is packed the night before so you don't have to worry about finding things on the morning of the event!
Event Day Checklist!
- Confirmation of Entry that was emailed to you upon entering
- Swimsuit and goggles
- A towel - a brightly coloured towel will make it easier for your child to find their bike in the transition area.
- ASSA approved bicycle helmet.
- A safe and mechanically sound bike (working brakes, all mechanical parts checked and with safe tyres inflated to correct pressures)
- A good comfortable pair of running shoes.
- Sun screen and a hat or cap
- Warm clothes for before and after the event
- Healthy snacks, like fresh fruit, and drinks
- Why not make a day of it? Bring a picnic lunch to have after the event, and bring your whole family!
- Most important of all help your child to bring a positive attitude and a big smile for the photographers!
The swims take place in a freshwater dam and due to the short distance of the swim wetsuits are allowed but not recommended. A rash vest may be worn as an alternative.
You will assemble at the start of the swim course. This is where you will receive your briefing and sit whilst waiting for your wave to start. Please be sure to listen to the announcer as he will explain the start procedure.
Waves consist of specific age groups. Each wave sets off roughly five minutes apart but this may change on the day.
You cannot use any type of flotation device or flippers as it may impact other athletes swim and provide you with an unfair advantage.
Yes you can…we encourage all strokes as long as they are safe and do not impede on any other participants progress.
Once kids return to T1 they must make sure their torso is covered and they have fully enclosed shoes on before commencing the bike ride. If they feel more comfortable wearing shorts, they can take their time and put them on.
Transition is the area where you put your bike and other equipment for the event i.e. helmet, riding / running shoes, riding / running shirt, cap sunnies etc. Only athletes will be allowed in transition during the race. Athletes and ONE parent will be allowed in transition before the race to help set up.
After racking your bike you can place a towel beside your bike for your clothing and shoes. Place your helmet on your bike for easy access.
One adult per athlete ONLY can help set up the bike and helmet in the transition area before the event. Adults are NOT permitted into transition during the race. There will be a team of volunteers to help where necessary. Once the event is finished transition will be open to athletes and one adult to help collect equipment. Bikes are not to be removed from transition until advised.
No you cannot. Each participant must have their own bike. This is to ensure that no bikes are stolen and there are not people in transition trying to change bikes whilst others are trying to participate in their event
All bikes are racked according to bib numbers so just look for your rack line number and/or the number, which is the same as your bib number. Another good method in to find a marker like a tree or bush and remember where your bike is in relation to that.
Any type of bike is fine. The most commonly used bikes are mountain bikes although others use racing bikes, some use hybrids. The most important thing is that your bike is safe and has working brakes.
Yes you are required to have your helmet on and done up before you take your bike off the rack. You are not allowed to remove your helmet until AFTER you have placed your bike back on the rack before heading out on the run. Please ensure that your helmet meets Australian standards and fits well.
Training wheels on bikes are NOT permitted.
Yes. Fully enclosed shoes are required for both the bike and run legs. Bare feet or open toed shoes such as thongs, sandals are NOT permitted.
Personal safety of our participants is a priority. We have an obligation to offer all participants the same transition environment free from obstacles and additional people not participating.
Therefore, whilst transition is “active”, only competitors are allowed in there.
So, we ask parents, guardians and participants to wait until the Event Director advises that transition is open. This is usually after the last bike has ben racked. This is common practice for ALL triathlon events and is a requirement of sanction approval from Triathlon NSW.
If they feel comfortable and you want them to be sun smart then we suggest they do wear a hat. It is not an event requirement
Yes, each participant will receive a time and results will be available on the website www.mildrenevents.com.au following conclusion of the event.
The Go - Series is all about fun, participation and giving it a go. Every participant receives a finishers’ medal once they cross the line.