Answer to all your REV3 Rush Triathlon Questions:

Bike Pit, Staging, and Transition

Bike Pit:

Approximately 30 minutes before your heat, you will need to be in the Bike Pit to get your bike and Athlete Tote. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you pay close attention to the Announcer. The Announcer will advise athletes when it is time for each heat to proceed to the staging area (located next to the pool). Once your heat is announced, you will have 10 minutes to make your way to the staging area.

Staging Area:

In the staging area, you should have your bike and Athlete Tote with your swim, bike and run gear in hand.

The Staging Coordinator will assign a color and lane number to each athlete (e.g., Yellow, Lane 4).

Once the heat in front of you starts their bike leg, the Staging Coordinator will release you to the Transition Area (the bike racks behind the swim lanes).

Transition Area:

Place your back tire into the bike rack that coordinates with your lane number and color. Your Athlete Tote will sit in the box to the RIGHT of your bike as you face the rack.  NOTHING CAN BE LEFT ON THE GROUND ON THE POOL-SIDE OF YOUR RACK EXCEPT YOUR BIKE SHOES AND HELMET (towels, mats, buckets, step stools, etc.).  Bike shoes may be left clipped on pedals if you prefer, but your helmet CANNOT be on your bike.

What’s allowed in the Bike Pit? 

The bike pit is your place to prepare for your race.  Therefore, anything you need to prepare yourself is OK, however, trainers are not allowed and any person not racing will not be permitted to enter (parents, this means you too!).  This is an athlete’s only area.

How often can I go into the bike pit?

Feel free to come and go from the bike pit throughout the day.  Be aware of the races going on around you and if you are crossing the course, pay attention so as not to get run over by a fellow competitor.  Remember, only athletes racing will be allowed in the bike pit area.

What’s allowed in transition?

The transition area is meant to be a “clean” area.  Therefore, the only items allowed inside, will be:  Bike helmet, bike shoes, run shoes, swim cap, goggles, sun glasses and a visor / hat.  Al of these items must fit within the supplied Athlete Tote (20x9x12)

How do I set up transition?

Because the transition area has to be kept clean, the setup is very easy.  The rear wheel of your bike will be place in the bike rack immediately behind your swim lane. Place the container provided and all of its contents in the space beside your bike.

Do I have to clean up my transition area?

No. After you leave the transition area to start your run, a volunteer will take your Athlete Tote back to your rack in the bike pit area.


Can I wear a wetsuit?  No.  Because the swim is such a short distance and the transition are must remain clean, we will not permit the use of wetsuits.  You may swim in an approved swim skin, but it must remain on for the entire race.

What happens if I miss count my laps during the swim? The lead swimmer will be given a bell signal with 50m to go along with an in-water visual signal.  Ultimately, it is your responsibility to count your laps.

Are caps provided?  Yes.  Swim caps will be provided, but will not be required.

Do I get my own lane to swim in?  Yes.  Each athlete will have their own lane to swim the entire distance required.

Can I do flip turns? Yes.  Flip turns are permitted.

Is this an in water start?  Yes- with the exception of the elite racing category all athletes will start in the water.

Are there starting blocks?  There will be no starting blocks, but Elite Development athletes may dive from the ledge of the pool.

What happens if I false start?  A false start will be grounds for a DQ. There is no “one false start rule.”

Will swim warm ups be allowed?  You will be given the opportunity to warm up after the heat before yours is out of the pool and between your start time. Typically this is about 5 minutes.

Is there a swim cut off?  Yes.  The swim cut off is 8 minutes and 30 seconds.

Can I walk the swim?  While we respect that some athletes may need to touch the bottom during their 250 meter swim, if you are walking the entire distance, the odds of making the 8:30 minute cut off will be very slim.

What happens if I don’t make the swim cut off?  You will be given another chance to race in Prelim B races on Sunday morning as well as a relay (if you choose) on Saturday evening.

How deep is the pool? The pool is 5 feet deep.

Is the pool chlorinated? Yes.  The pool is treated just as any indoor pool that you are used to swimming in.  The levels will be checked periodically throughout the day to make sure we are within recommended limits.


Is Rev3 Rush draft legal?

Yes!  That is the component that makes the Rush format different then any race you have done before.  However, if you are not comfortable drafting, it is not a requirement.  For those athletes, you should treat this event just like the typical non-draft legal triathlons that you may have participated in the past.

What kind of bike do I need?

Tri bikes will not be allowed.  Specifically, you may not have bar end shifters and your aero bars may not protrude beyond your brake hoods.    See ITU competition rules – 5.2. subsection b

Can I use a disc wheel?

No.  Disc wheels will not be allowed.

Can I clip my shoes into my pedals?

Yes.  However, we strongly suggest perfecting this technique prior to race day.  This is a skill that involves a bit of practice to get perfect!  If you are not 100% comfortable with this technique, we highly recommend placing your shoes in the container we provide.

Do I need to count my laps on the bike?

Yes.  We will be keeping track of how many laps you complete via our timing system.  However, we will not communicate that to you during the race.  Counting your bike laps is YOUR responsibility.  If you accidentally mis- count your laps, you will be dis-qualified from that round and you will have the opportunity to race in the next round, if applicable.

What happens if I get lapped on the bike?

With the exception of elite categories- Nothing!  For age group athletes the instances may be rare, but if you get lapped, just keep pedaling.  Don’t get caught up in others races, and be sure to keep an accurate count of YOUR laps. Elite races will have a lap-out rule in effect for finals. 

Will you have bike handlers?

Yes! When you come into transition on your last lap, bike handlers will be there to grab your bike from you at the bike dismount line.  Pass your bike to a handler and move onto transition.  Do not try to re-rack your bike in transition.

Will bike mechanics be available?

Yes.  Bike mechanics will be available inside the bike pit area.

Can I draft off of any athlete?

Yes! There are no restrictions on who you may draft off.  Please keep safety as your number 1 priority and keep in mind that not all athletes may have the same level of comfort as you.

Can I pre-ride the course?

You will not be allowed to pre ride the course.  However, we will be scheduling course tours for the Friday before the event.  A Rev3 staff member will walk groups of athletes through the entire process.

When is bike check in?

  • Friday from 4:00 – 6:45pm
  • Saturday from 7:15 – 8:00am
  • Sunday from 7:15 – 8:00am

What happens if there’s a crash?

If you crash there will be a safety crew with a Yellow flag alerting fellow racers of your position while you are cared to. You will be waved around the accident.  If needed a Red Flag will be issued, the races will be halted and affected heats will be re-run.


Is the run multiple loops?

Yes, for all categories except the 7-9 year olds.   One idea behind Rev3 Rush is that spectators have many chances to see their athletes, so we try to create courses that have multiple loops to accommodate that.

Can I run on the track before my race?

Athletes will have time to swim, bike, or run the course on Friday afternoon from 5:00 – 6:00pm.  No on-track warm-up or preview will be permitted on Saturday or Sunday.


Do I keep my timing chip when I cross the finish line?  

Yes.  When you cross the finish line, your fun is just beginning!  Keep your chip until you are through racing for the weekend.  When you are complete, make sure to return your chip to the Timing Station.  Lost or non-returned chips will be charged back to the athlete at a cost of $110.00.

What happens if I lose my chip while I am racing?

In the case of a lost chip, please visit the Timing Station ASAP.  We cannot make up a time for you, however, we can place you into the next round and a $110.00 lost chip fee will be charged to you.

How, when, and where do I turn in my timing chip?

It is the athletes’ responsibility to return the timing chip to the chip rack (placed at the finish line) after his or her final race of the weekend.


Course Preview



REV3 Rush is a triathlon distance of 250-meter swim, 5-mile bike, and a 1.5-mile run. The swim is in a 25-meter pool constructed specifically for this event on the infield of the raceway. The bike is on the NASCAR track and allows for drafting or riding in a pack. The run circles the infield making the entire race incredibly spectator friendly. Each athlete can race a minimum of two races and a maximum of six races, with various races through the preliminary heats and relays. The fastest times will move on to a semi or final heat. Each athlete has the option of racing in a relay which is included in the athlete’s entry fee. The Elite Category finals will consist of an exciting swim/bike/run/swim/bike/run event. “When I started triathlons in 2001 I was fortunate enough to be able to compete in the super sprint series that was being run in Australia at the time, there was a steep learning curve but one that I am thankful for. The skill set you gain from the fast and furious sprint racing is invaluable, and I am excited that Rev3 is offering these same experiences for juniors as well as the pros.” ~ Mirinda Carfrae, 3x World Champion <read more>


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