2020 Athlete's Guide

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM | EVENT: Packet Pickup at Lakeshore Park

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM | EVENT: Volunteer Briefing at Lakeshore Park

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | EVENT: Race Briefing at Lakeshore Park

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020

5:00 AM – 6:40 AM | EVENT: Transition Opens / Closes at Lakeshore Park

6:45 AM | EVENT: Race Start at Lakeshore Park

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM | EVENT: Athlete Post-Race Food at Lakeshore Park

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM | EVENT: Bike & Gear Recovery at Lakeshore Park

3:00 PM | EVENT: Awards Presentation Ceremony at Lakeshore Park

Click here to download the 2020 guide

Start List will be available the week before the 2020 race.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

The 2020 athlete guide will be available a week before this year’s race. Please see the 2019 athlete guide as a reference

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

START
12:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM

END
6:00 PM
2:30 PM
4:00 PM

EVENT
Packet Pickup
Volunteer Briefing
Race Briefing

LOCATION
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020

START
5:00 AM
6:45 AM
10:00 AM
1:00 PM
3:00 PM

END
6:40 AM

4:30 PM
4:00 PM

EVENT
Transition Opens / Closes
Race Start
Athlete Post-Race Food
Bike & Gear Recovery
Awards Presentation Ceremony

LOCATION
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park
Lakeshore Park

PACKET PICKUP

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Lakeshore Park
6023 Lakeshore Park
Brandon, MS 39047

PACKET PICKUP PROCEDURE

Packet pickup will be at Lakeshore Park on Saturday, 10/03/20. Social Distancing and face coverings will be required while at packet pickup. There will be no packet pickup on race morning. For 2020 DST and USAT are allowing athletes to pickup packets for other participants without ID. The only restriction is that you have a signed USAT waiver on file. If you signed up online then you have signed an online waiver which is sufficient.

RACE BRIEFING

An optional race briefing will be held during packet pickup at 3:00 p.m. We will discuss the courses, aid stations, rules, and any pertinent information that arises. In addition, race directors and USAT race officials will be present during the meeting to answer any of your questions. During this time we ask that all participants maintain social distancing and wear your face covering.

RACE DAY INFORMATION

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Transition, Start, & Finish
6023 Lakeshore Park
Brandon, MS 39047-6006

PARKING

Athlete parking will be in the red colored lots shown on the map above. These lots will open at 4:30 a.m. and will close at 6:30 or when they are full. Athlete parking will reopen at 1:00 p.m. Athletes who wish to leave before then please park in the spectator parking lots. Spectator parking is shown in yellow on the map above. Spectator parking will be open for you to come and go throughout the race. Please notice that there is one entrance and one exit to the park. This entrance and exit is also utilized by the athletes in the race, so parking will yield to race traffic.

RACE DAY INFORMATION

RACE MORNING PROCEDURE

Transition opens at 5:00 AM on race morning. You will be allowed in at that time to setup your gear at your designated location. While in the park and transition area social distancing and face coverings will be required. Body marking will begin at 5:00 AM outside of transition. Do not number yourself expecting to bypass check-in. During the body marking process, athletes are responsible for ensuring the body marking volunteers mark the athlete’s age as of December 31 of this year which corresponds with the age division in which the athlete will compete in on race day. You will not be permitted in the transition area on race day without your body marking. Do not apply sunscreen, oil, Vaseline or lotion until after you have been body marked. Transition closes at 6:40 a.m. All athletes must be out of transition and headed to the swim before this time.

AID STATIONS

There will be three strategically placed aid stations on the bike and eleven aid stations about a mile apart along the run course. Aid stations will offer a variety of nutrition products.

BIKE

Water
Gatorade Lemon-Lime Sports Drink
Gu

RUN

Water
Gatorade Lemon-Lime Sports Drink
Gu
Cola
Oranges

RACE TIMING & CUTOFFS

The race will officially end 8 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start. Aid station stops, transitions, etc., will be included in your total elapsed time. The following cut-off times apply for each segment of the race.

RIVERHILLS BANK SWIM COURSE

The swim course will close 1 hour and 10 minutes from the time the last swim wave starts. Each athlete will have at least 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete their 1.2 mile swim. Individual athletes who take longer than the allocated time to complete their swim will receive a DNF.

FARM BUREAU BIKE COURSE

The bike course will close 5 hours and 30 minutes after the last swim start. Participants taking longer than the allotted time will receive a DNF.

FLEET FEET RUN COURSE

The run course will close 8 hours and 30 minutes after the last swim wave start. Participants taking longer than the allotted time will receive a DNF.

RACE RULES

The Deep South Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event and as such we will have USAT officials on course to enforce the rules and pass out penalties where necessary. Please review the USAT most common rule violations at:
http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/rulebook/most-common-violations.aspx

RACE NUMBER

At packet pickup each participant will receive their race number, a race bib with their number, two bike stickers with their number, and a timing chip.

BODY MARKING

Race Numbers are to be marked on your body in the required locations. Participants must have their race number marked on both of their upper right and left arm, as well as the side of their right and left calf. Participant’s race age (their age by December 31) or relay division (“R”) must be marked on the back of their left calf. Body marking will be made available to participants at transition on race morning.

BIKE TAG

While on the Farm Bureau Bike Course, the provided bike stickers must be visible on both sides of your bike. The Farm Bureau bike tag is the most convenient way to display your race number and ensure the sticker does not damage your bicycle; however, the stickers may be applied directly to the bike if desired. Bike tags are only available in limited quantities and will be first come first serve at packet pickup.

TRANSITION

Transition will be located at the south side of the park. You will always be entering transition (swim in & bike in) from the west side, and exiting transition (bike out & run out) from the east side.

SWIM COURSE

The River Hills Bank Swim Course is a single 1.2 mile triangle course that will start and end at the beach area at Lakeshore Park. Pre-race swim warm up is at your own risk and will be allowed until 6:40 AM. The swim will start in waves: Relay, Male, Female, and Wetsuit Optional (if water temperature is between 78.1 and 83.9). Relay numbers and assignments will be provided closer to race day. Your time will begin when your wave starts. The swim cutoff time will begin with the start of the last wave. If you are an age group participant and a relay participant you should start in your age group wave. If you are not comfortable starting in a pack please hang back on the beach until the participants in your wave have entered the water. The swim will consist of three turns making the course a triangle, ultimately leading the participants back to the beach. There will be 4 large orange triangular buoys marking the turns and the entrance / exit. Smaller round green buoys will be used in between the turn buoys. ALL BUOYS MUST BE KEPT ON YOUR RIGHT WHILE SWIMMING. At the end of the swim, athletes will swim between two large yellow cylinder buoys. Once athletes exit the swim they will run a short distance through the grass to transition which is located in one of Lakeshore Park’s parking lots.

WET SUIT INFORMATION

The Deep South Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event and as such we will follow USAT recommendations regarding wet suits. Per the USAT rules: “Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water. temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.”

BIKE COURSE

The 56-mile Farm Bureau Bike Course is an out and back that begins at the transition area in Lakeshore Park. Athletes will exit the park and then head north into scenic rural Rankin County. Rolling hills and some technical turns will greet the athletes along the way. The route has all the elements of a great course, and will treat the beginner and more experienced cyclist to a ride to remember. As the athletes near the end of the ride, they’ll return back to the transition area at Lakeshore Park. See DeepSouthTriathlon.com for turn by turn cue sheets.

BIKE COURSE AID STATIONS

The Farm Bureau Bike Course will have aid stations at approximately miles 12.5, 28, and 43.5. The aid stations will be stocked with bottled water, bottles of Gatorade, and Gu Energy Gels.

RUN COURSE

The Fleet Feet Run Course is a 13.1-mile loop that takes athletes around Pelahatchie Bay on the multi-purpose trail for a flat and fast experience. There will be a short out and back on Fannin Landing Circle. Athletes will easily be able to navigate the friendly multi-purpose trail ultimately crossing the reservoir at mile 12 and finishing inside of Lakeshore Park. See DeepSouthTriathlon.com for turn by turn cue sheets.

RUN COURSE AID STATIONS

The run course aid stations will be laid out approximately every mile. All aid stations will be stocked with water and Gatorade Lemon Lime. Various aid stations will also have bananas, oranges, Gu Gel, pretzels, and cola.

HOTEL INFO

Deep South Triathlon has partnered with Home2Suites to offer a special rate of $89 + tax. The code to be used either online or when booking with the hotel directly is “DST”. This code is valid through Friday September the 18th.

To reserve your room now, go to: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/janfwht-home2-suites-jackson-flowood-airport-area/

POST-RACE INFORMATION

GEAR RECOVERY

Mandatory Bike and Gear Check-Out begins at 1:00 PM in transition; no one will be allowed to remove any items from transition prior to 1:00 PM. You are required to reclaim your bicycle and gear after the race. You must have your bib and race markings in order to enter transition. If you are unable to personally claim your bicycle and gear, a family member or friend can do so by presenting your race bib provided in your race packet prior to race day. If your bags are not reclaimed by 4:00 PM Deep South Triathlon will not be responsible for any items left overnight.

ATHLETE FOOD

Athlete post-race food area is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The athlete post-race food area is for athletes only; your bib and race markings provide you with access as well as one food plate from the race grill. Spectator Food can be purchased at the race grill by providing a donation to Camp Rainbow.

AWARD CEREMONY

The Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Lakeshore Park. Don’t miss out on claiming your award!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL

When is Packet Pickup?
        The Saturday before the race (10/03/20).

Is there a mandatory race briefing?
        There will be a race briefing at packet pick up the day before the race. It is not
mandatory.

Can I ride or run the courses now?
        We encourage all participants who can to ride the courses before the race.

Are there cut off times?
          Yes, see the dedicated section above.

What is the race start time?
          6:45 AM

Will there be finisher medals?
          There will be finisher medals for all finishers.

How will the race be timed?
          Each racer will be provided a timing chip. The chip will mark a split every time the participant crosses a timing mat.

Can my secretary/friend/teammate/doorman/nanny pick up my race packet?
        Yes, only if a USAT waiver has been signed for this event.

Do I have to check my bike on Saturday?
          No. You will bring your bike and set up your transition area race morning.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RELAY

How many participants are required to make a relay team?
          A relay team must consist of 2-3 people.

Can a racer doing the individual race participate on a relay team?
          Yes. This option is only available for the swim leg of the race. The participant doing the individual race would complete the swim with two chips and a hand off will be required at T1.

What are the relay categories?
        There will be a male division, female division, and a mixed division.

Can members of a relay team pick up all of their team members packets? Can I pick up my friend’s packet?
        Yes, only if a USAT waiver has been signed for this event.

SWIM

What kind of start is the swim?
        The swim will be a multi-wave start from the beach area at Lakeshore Park. Waves will be divided between Relay, Male, Female, and Wetsuit Optional (if water temperature is between 78.1 and 83.9).

What is the expected water temperature?
      All past Deep South Triathlon races have been wetsuit optional, with most being wetsuit legal; however, official water temperature will be taken morning of the race and an announcement will be made.

Am I allowed to warm up in the water prior to the start?
        Yes.

BIKE

How many aid stations will be on the bike?
          There will be 3 aid stations on the bike course.

What will be offered at the bike aid stations?
        Water, Gatorade, and Gu Energy Gel.

RUN

How many aid stations will be on the run?
        There will be 11 aid stations on the run course.

What will be offered at the run aid stations?
      Water and Gatorade Lemon Lime Sports Drink will be offered at every aid station. Gu Gels, fruit, chips, pretzels, and coke will also be offered at select aid stations.

If there are any other questions not answered by the FAQs above please contact the
race director at allen@msracemanagement.com.

“RACE SMART, RACE FAST!” – K.G.