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2022 State of Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon Series –

Ohio Fall Challenge Tri/Du

OHIO FALL CHALLENGE

September 25, 2022

The final race in the 2022 Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon series takes place at the Ohio Fall Challenge. The Ohio Fall Challenge features a distance for all ability levels, whether you’re getting ready for a fall Ironman distance race or looking for a great course for your first triathlon, the Ohio Fall Challenge is the race for you. Deer Creek State Park is located just 20 miles south of Columbus, Ohio off I-71. The field is limited to the first 700 total participants.

Join us in the last weekend of September at the Ohio Fall Challenge! End your racing season on a high note at this outstanding athlete-friendly event.

Registration opens December 1

UPCOMING RACES:

Race Packet Pick-Up

See Packet pick-up tab.

There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION — packet pickup ONLY

AWARDS

All finishers will receive a handsome finisher amenity.

The Top 3 male & female OVERALL FINISHERS in the Mini, Sprint & Olympic triathlons and duathlons races will receive a commemorative plaque.

The TOP AGE GROUP & DIVISION FINISHER Male & Female in the Mini, Sprint and Olympic triathlons will receive a plaque commemorating their finish.

The top relay team in each race will receive a commemorative plaque.

For Aquabike, ONLY the top overall finisher male and female will receive a commemorative plaque noting their finish.

Race Distances

  • Mini Triathlon: 250y Swim – 7 mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Mini Duathlon: 2 mi Run – 7 mi Bike – 2mi Run
  • Sprint Triathlon: 750m Swim – 18k Bike – 5k Run
  • Sprint Duathlon: 5K Run – 18k Bike – 5k Run
  • Olympic Triathlon: 1500m Swim – 38k Bike – 10k Run
  • Olympic Duathlon: 5k Run – 38k Bike – 10k Run

Relays

For those who prefer to race one element of the triathlon or duathlon we offer a relay division for our sprint and Olympic distance triathlons and duathlons. Relay teams consist of three (3) members (1 swimmer, 1 biker, 1 runner), each member will complete one segment of the race (2 members for duathlon teams).  Each team member will exchange their timing chip bracelet at their assigned bike rack. There are NO age groups in this division.

Packet Pick Up – Race Day Only

1. Date: Sunday
Time: 6-7:45 am
Location: Deer Creek State Park – Beach Parking Area
Pre-Race Meeting: Approximately 7:30 am

Race Site Address: 14403 Crownover Mill Rd
Mount Sterling, Ohio 43145

Please Note: All participants must collect his/ her own event packet. Photo ID is required in order to collect event materials. NO ID = NO EVENT.  HINT if you take a photo of your ID with your phone, that will be sufficient for photo ID purposes. 

Pre-Race Meeting: A brief pre-race meeting  will take place on race morning at approximately 7:30 am located near the transition area. Additionally, before each swim wave, the swim starter will briefly go over the course. We are always available for questions, there will not be time for extensive Q&A before the race so we encourage you to review all race information on the website.

Please see Terms & Conditions before registering.

RaceThrough 5/31/226/01/22 to 7/31/228/01/22 to 9/22/22Race Weekend
Mini Tri/Du$65$75$85$90
Sprint Tri/Du$85$90$100$105
Sprint Tri/Du Relay$95$100$110$120
Olympic Tri/Du$95$100$110$120
Olympic Tri/Du Relay$120$130$140$150

* Prices above reflect cost for USAT Annual Members and all participants MUST have a valid USAT license (annual or one-day).
If you are not a USAT member, adults may purchase a one-day membership for the event at $15 or an annual membership for $50. Youth (17 & under) may purchase an annual membership for $10.


REGISTRATION NOTES
  • Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Fees listed above do not include the online TriRegistration processing fee.
  • There is NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
  • USA Triathlon Rule 3.2a. All age group athletes must participate and compete in the age group division corresponding to the athlete’s age on December 31 of the year of the event.
  • If using a discount or sale code, only one code can be used per transaction.

RACE PACKETS

Official Race T-shirt (if registered at least 20 days prior to event date), Goodie Bag, Post Race Food & Beverages, and ALL finishers will receive a handsome Finishers Medal (including all relay team members).

Download the T-Shirt Sizing Chart here

Ohio Fall Challenge Weekend Schedule

Sunday, September 25
6:30am – 7:45am – Adults Race Packet Pickup
7:50 am - Event Formation begins

Ohio Fall Challenge Start Times

Sunday, September 26
6:30am – 7:45am – Transition area open
8:00am – Olympic Triathlon Waves
8:15am – Sprint Triathlon Waves
8:15am – All Duathletes (Mini, Sprint and Olympic)
8:30am – Mini Triathlon Waves

USA Triathlon Sanctioning

  • All HFP Racing Multisports events are USA Triathlon sanctioned.
  • USAT’s Most Commonly Violated Rules: If you are new to the sport or are wondering why you got a penalty at your last race,
    read USAT’s most commonly violated rules. After each event in our series that has an USAT Official present we will post the Official USAT Referee’s Report on the Results Page for that event.
  • Need to print a USAT membership card? Click HERE.

USAT Age-Up Policy

How the “Aging Up” situation will be handled for those people changing age groups during the course of the year:
HFP Racing’s Ohio Triathlon & Duathlon Series scoring coincides with the USAT “aging up” policy. Participants will compete in whichever age group they would be in as of the 31st of December in the year of the race.  In other words, everyone’s age group for the current season will be determined by their age on December 31st of the year they are racing.

Example: Jane Smith is 34 during the entire 2022 racing season, but turns 35 on Dec. 15th, 2022. Jane will then compete in the 35-39 age group for the entire 2022 season for all events.

USAT Wetsuit Rules

All HFP Racing Series events will follow the wetsuit guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. Those guidelines state:

  • USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards. HFP Racing Series will have a separate category for those who choose to wear a wetsuit in this temperature range. Those athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit will not be reflected in the overall results.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may NOT wear wetsuits.

For Series scoring purposes:

  • If the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower everyone will receive series scoring points.
  • If the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees and you elect to wear a wetsuit, you will officially receive “0” points for that event. The event will count towards the minimum number of required events to become eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or higher, no one may wear wetsuits and everyone will receive series scoring points.

Wetsuit requirements and recommendations for temperatures below a certain number are for safety reasons.

  • If the water temperature is below 65 degree a wetsuit is recommended for any competitor. Any type of wetsuit may be worn, (Long John or Full Suit).
  • If the water temperature is below 58 degree a wetsuit will be mandatory for any competitor.  Any person who is not wearing a wetsuit will not be allowed to compete. (any wetsuit is acceptable)

Expected water temperatures will be posted via our Twitter feed page 12-24 hrs before each event.  Average water temperature for the Ohio Fall Challenge at Deer Creek reservoir has been an average of 76 degree.

Lodging

Coming in the weekend of the event? Make it a family affair and stay at the Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center.  From Golf, hiking, canoeing to many more onsite activities there is something for the entire family.

Visit Deer Creek Park Lodge for details and reservations.

Travel

The event site is the Deer Creek State Park Beach, 14403 Crownover Mill Rd, New Holland, OH 43145.

Race Information

  • Is this your first race? Welcome to the sport and the HFP Racing and Greenswell Events family!
  • All athletes receive a great race, a super comfy race shirt, finisher’s medal, post race food/drink, high-fives and sore muscles!
  • Race categories available for this race are Age Group, Aquabike (swim-bike-done!), Clydesdale, Athena and Relay Teams.
  • All HFP Racing races are USA Triathlon sanctioned events. You’ll be included in their National Ranking as well as support the US Olympic Team.
  • All HFP Racing race registrations are non-refundable. Race registration insurance is available during the registration process.
  • All registered athletes will receive an email on the Wednesday or Thursday before the race with all the information pertaining to their entry to include any last minute details to make your race weekend go smoothly!
  • Spectators – We love when family and friends cheer you on! You’ll watch your athlete start & finish the Swim/Bike/Run and hug them at the finish line!

Parking Information

Athlete and spectator parking is located at the main beach parking lots. However, once the event begins no vehicles will be permitted to leave the parking area until the last bike re-enters the park or law enforcement allows vehicles to exit.

If you or family members must leave before the last bike re-enters the park, please park in the overflow lot – 1st road to your right when you enter the park. No parking in the grass.

Race Number & Sticker Kits

The race number you receive at packet pickup should be worn during the bike and run portion of the event. This will help identify who is participating in the event and also will help identify you to volunteers, team members, other athletes and emergency personnel.

You will receive a sticker kit containing 3 numbers that match your race number. Each sticker has a purpose – 1 sticker is for your bike, 1 sticker is for your bike helmet, and 3rd sticker (if available) is for your gear bag (only applicable in a two-transition event).

Body Marking

Athletes will self-body mark in 2022. There will be markers available to you on race morning.  For marking, mark your assigned race number on both your upper right and upper left arms. Mark your Age on the back of your left calf if you are racing in the Age Group division or if you are racing as a Clydesdale “C”, Athena “A”, Aquabike “AQ” or Relay “R” . On your right calf, mark “M” Mini, “S” Sprint, and “O” for Olympic.

Timing Chips

All events produced and timed by HFP Racing are timed with Race Results Chip Equipment. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the following procedures to insure successful timing of your event:

  1. All participants will receive their Timing Chip at packet pick up (athlete check-in). You are REQUIRED to show your paper Bib number in order to receive you timing chip.  Our Volunteers are human so please double check that your timing chip number matched your bib number.
  2. Along with the timing chip participants will receive a Velcro ankle strap. For those participants who have their own neoprene strap they may use that for holding the timing chip.
  3. Relay Teams will exchange their timing chip at their bike rack located in the transition area (swimmer to biker and biker to runner).
  4. It is REQUIRED that all participants wear the timing chip on their LEFT ankle.

How to wear the timing chip with the provided neoprene Velcro strap:

  1. Thread the loose strap through the timing chip and securely fasten the Velcro
  2. The chip should be in a small “pocket” on the chip strap.
  3. Place the strap around your LEFT ankle
  4. Give the chip a firm pull, it should remain securely fastened
  5. Double check that strap is fastened correctly and securely as loss of timing chip will results in a bill of $35

REMEMBER, YOU MUST RETURN YOUR CHIP AT THE FINISH LINE. YOU CANNOT USE THIS CHIP AT OTHER RACES.

IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO FINISH ANY LEG OF THE RACE YOU MUST TURN IN YOUR TIMING CHIP BEFORE CROSSING OVER ANY ADDITIONAL TIMING MATS. IN THIS EVENT TAKE YOUR TIMING CHIP TO THE TIMING CHIP COLLECTION AREA NEAR THE FINISH LINE AND INFORM THEM OF YOUR DECISION.

You will be assessed a $35 charge for your chip if not returned.

Transition Area

Triathletes may enter the transition area at the posted start time of race morning packet pick-up. All bikes must be racked 15-minutes before the start of the first swim wave. Bike racks are identified by distance and triathletes must put their bicycles and gear in their designated bicycle location.

Each bike rack can hold 4 bikes, as such each athletes space is approximately 3 feet wide and 3 feet long. Once your bike is in place your space left for use is approximately the same size as a standard bath towel.

After racking your bike, proceed to the athlete check-in area located near the transition area and obtain your race number, timing chip, etc.  Please body mark yourself at least 1/2 hour before the race.

Rules:

  1. Bike storage will NOT be provided the night before the event.
  2. Glass containers are NOT allowed in the transition area.
  3. Only triathletes and transition workers are allowed in the transition area. Please advise your family and friends that they will need to remain outside of the transition area.
  4. You MUST rack your bike on race morning. First come first serve any rack that does not already have 4 bikes on it.
  5. Participants will NOT be allowed to mount their bikes in the transition area and will be required to dismount at the designated spot outside the transition area.
  6. Triathletes must show their race number to remove their bicycle and gear from the transition area after the race.

Race Flow

  1. Swim – When triathletes finish the swim portion of the race, they will enter the transition area and proceed to their designated bicycle rack (relay teams make their exchange at their designated rack number). Each triathletes swim time will end when they cross the timing mat located near the swim exit. NOTE: DUATHLETES – when duathletes complete their 1st run they will enter transition and proceed to their designated bicycle rack to transition to the biking leg of the race.
  2. Bike – Bikes may NOT be ridden in the transition area. It is important to use extreme caution when departing the transition area, it is may be very congested! All athletes must put on their helmet and snap the strap before mounting their bike. The helmet on and buckled until they dismount and rack their bike. Not following the helmet rules may result in a disqualification (DQ). Bike times will start when athletes depart the transition area through the ‘Bike Out’ chute and end when they re-enter the transition area through the ‘Bike In’ chute in the transition area. Once the bike portion is completed, athletes will return their bike to their designated spot in the transition area.
  3. Run – All athletes depart the transition area by exiting through the ‘Run Out’ chute. Athletes run time will begin when they depart the transition area at ‘Run Out’ and end when they cross the finish line.

Water Temperature and Wetsuits

The top two questions we receive about our events is what is the water temperature and are wetsuits allowed. Since one answer usually answers the other the explanations for both are bundled together for you here.

Water Temperature
The water temperature for each open water event is taken and posted on Twitter 24 hours before the posted packet pick-up time. This temperature reading is a preliminary reading. The official water temperature will be taken on race morning about 60-90 minutes prior to race start by the Race Director or the USAT official on site.

Wetsuits
As per USAT rules, if the water temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or below then wetsuits ARE allowed. At 78.1 to 83.9 degrees Fahrenheit participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion; however, wearing a wetsuit in the temperature range will mean that the athletes are ineligible for awards and their results will be placed in the Wetsuit category section of the category results page. Your results will not be placed in the overall results as wearing a wetsuit is an unfair advantage.  At 84 degrees Fahrenheit and above wetsuits are NOT permitted at all – this is for your own safety.

More details coming soon.

We pride ourselves on the success of our events to which none of it could be possible without the support of our amazing volunteers.

How to Become a Volunteer

It is simple. Send us an email at customerservice@hfpracing.com and let us know you wish to support the event! We will then send back details about positions, descriptions, and schedule.

Volunteer as a Group

HFP Racing events are a great opportunity to get your community group, run club, tri-club, ANY group involved and volunteer together. We have many areas of the race that are perfect for groups from 5-15 people to volunteer together. Send us email at customerservice@hfpracing.com and let us know!

More details coming soon.

COURSE MAPS

MINI TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The mini distance triathlon will start off with a 250 yard out and back swim (in waist deep water along the beach), followed by a 11.25 mile bike course through the countryside and finishing with 2 mile out and back run within the park. Duathletes will start off with a 2 mile run.

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SPRINT TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The sprint distance triathlon features a 750 meter clockwise triangle swim, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k within the park, followed by a single loop 18k bike course through the gently rolling countryside surrounding the park and finishing with an out & back 5k run within the park.

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OLYMPIC TRIATHLON & DUATHLON

The Olympic distance triathlon features a 1500 meter 2-lap clockwise triangle swim, while the duathletes are running an out & back 5k within the park, followed by a two lap 34k bike course through the countryside surrounding the park and finishing with a three lap out & back 10k run within the park.

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ABOUT THE VENUE

Deer Creek State Park

20635 State Park Road 20, Mt Sterling, OH 43143 | Website

Welcome to Deer Creek State Park. A true vacation destination, Deer Creek offers a balance of modern and rustic facilities to satisfy every visitor. Set amidst rich farming country, the park’s well-appointed resort, marina, large campground, and 18-hole golf course facilities blend perfectly with outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, camping, and hiking. The park also boasts a presidential connection with its historical Harding Cabin. In summer, Deer Creek offers nature programming, and in winter, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

The Ohio Fall Challenge features a distance for all ability levels, whether you’re getting ready for a fall Ironman distance race or looking for a great course for your final triathlon of the year, the Ohio Fall Challenge is the race for you. The field is limited to the first 500 total participants.

Join us in the last weekend of September at the Ohio Fall Challenge! End your racing season on a high note at this outstanding athlete-friendly event.

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