Saturday August 27th, 2016

Age-Graded Relay
Sponsored by:

The Lab

See details below.

As you know, the Santa Barbara Triathlon prides itself on offering “something for everyone.” This year, we’re offering a unique relay division that levels the playing field like never before. Now you can test yourself against the other participants within your discipline, regardless of age or gender: swimmers vs. swimmers, bikers vs. bikers and runners vs. runners. In our TriTheLab Relay, everyone goes head-to-head with one another in our unique “age-graded” scoring system. That means there’s no advantage for older, more experienced athletes or younger, I’ve-got-more-time-to-train athletes.

Check out the Top Ten Reasons to TriTheLab Relay below–and tell your friends.

Space is very limited.

Long Course Age-Graded Relay Division

Top Ten Reasons to TriTheLab Relay

Calling all Swimmers, Cyclists and Runners! We’re offering an innovative option for athletes who are interested in participating in the Santa Barbara Triathlon but who prefer to focus their training efforts on their single specialty.

Here’s why our TriTheLab Relay is for you:

  1. You can focus on what you’re already good at (swimming, biking or running).
  2. You don’t have to find team members (we pick them for you).
  3. You get all of the benefits of this amazing community event without taking too much time away from your other obligations.
  4. You have an opportunity to test yourself against each participant within your discipline: swimmers vs. swimmers, bikers vs. bikers and runners vs. runners. (Everyone goes head-to-head with one another in our unique “age-graded” scoring system. That means there’s no advantage for older, more experienced athletes or younger, I’ve-got-more-time-to-train athletes.)
  5. It’s the most cost-effective way to try our Tri (as little as $75 for those early birds).
  6. Registration comes with shirt and finishers medal just like other entries.
  7. You’ll meet like-minded athletes and make new friends.
  8. You get to participate in a world-class event while staying inside of your own personal comfort zone.
  9. You can test your already-honed skills in an all new environment.
  10. You’ll enjoy family-friendly post-event activities on the beach with old and new friends.

The TriTheLab Relay is sponsored by The Lab, a cutting-edge wellness facility focused on improving human performance by using cutting-edge research and techniques related to both athletic performance and individual wellness. At The Lab, athletes of all levels and abilities have access to the tools they need to improve, recover, and perform to their full potential. Visit their website at TheLabSB.com.

Space is very limited so sign up today!

Want to learn more? Click the buttons below for more details.

Athletes interested in this division will sign-up as individuals who will complete one discipline – either swim, bike or run. Our event staff will randomly assign each participant to a relay team. Each team will be comprised of three athletes (1 swimmer, 1 runner, 1 biker). Both the teams and individuals in this division will be scored using Age-Graded Scoring. Gender and age will not be considered when selecting teams.

I’m ready: Sign me up! (Look for the Registration Types: TriTheLab)

What is Age-Graded Scoring?
Basically, Age-Graded Scoring allows all individuals within a race to be “scored” against each other. That is done by first comparing the individual’s finish time to an “ideal” or best time achievable. For the purposes of this event the “ideal” time will be the fastest time achieved at our event for over the previous 5 years in each particular discipline.

  • Example:
    The fastest time achieved on our 1 mile swim course in the past 5 years is 20:27. It was achieved by a 41 year old male. If you are a 28 year old female you will receive a time credit of 5 minutes and 37 seconds for your swim. That’s because the fastest 28 year old female time recorded in the past 5 years for our swim was 5:37 slower than our fastest recorded time. So the age-graded time for a 28 year old female swimming our course in a time of 30:35 would be adjusted to 24:58 (30:35-5:37). This age-graded adjustment effectively places all athletes on an even playing field.

We have devised the age-graded tables which will show the time credit associated with all ages and genders. Those tables will be posted on this website for you to view soon.

What are the Prize Categories?
Top 3 Relay Teams: The 3 teams that have the highest combined Age-Graded scores will win. Each team member will recieve a gift certificate for $50 to Hazards Cyclesport – made possible by Howell Moore & Gough, LLP
Top 3 Individual Performances: The top Age-Graded scores for swim, bike and run will also receive a gift certificate for $100 to Hazards Cyclesport – made possible by Howell Moore & Gough, LLP

TriTheLab participants are subject to the same USA Triathlon rules as all of our participants. For the detail of those click here. In addition, there are some special considerations and requirements for this unique division. Check them out below;

  1. Times are calculated as follows; a swimmers time starts when her wave hits the water and ends when she crosses over the timing mat into transition area, a bikers time begins when she crosses over the timing mat when exiting the transition area and ends when she crosses over the timing mat as she reenters the transition area and a runners time begins when she crosses over the timing mat exiting the transition area and ends when she crosses over the timing mat at the finish line. Transition times are not included when calculating your swim, bike or run finish times. (That said, each member in this division must exit the transition within 5 minutes of their preceding member entering the transition. In other words you have 5 minutes to hand off the chip – that should be plenty of time. We do NOT want any team members waiting for other participants. Any transition time longer than 5 minutes may result in disqualification for the team.)
  2. If we do not have the age and gender of each relay member we will not be able to calculate age-graded results and the team will not be ranked.
  3. Since gathering splits in real time is not a perfect system we ask that each participant self-time their start and finish times. That way if we miss a split we can manually input it. If you do not see your team in the preliminary result listing, report to the timer immediately (at the finish line) and provide start and finish times for each member.
  4. In order to enter this division you have to be willing to help us improve, perfect and deliver – we’re definitely taking it seriously and will be busting our butts to provide real time data and results – so bring your best attitude!
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Course Details

Swim | 1 Mile

A straight forward rectangular swim course paralleling the beach. Swimmers will swim out approximately 50 yards to the buoy line and turn right towards Stearns Wharf. After close to 1/2 mile you will turn right again and swim halfway to shore making another right shoulder turn heading back to the start – finish area. This part is a bit trickier due to the rising sun, best to sight off the beach on your left. The final buoy is the ONLY LEFT shoulder turn on the course and will be well marked.

Bike | 34 Mile

This spectacular bike course starts and finishes with a flat and fast two mile straightaway. The middle section is somewhat technical and includes a few mandatory stops.

There will be a water bottle transfer at approximately mile 15.

Please note that event volunteers are not able to disrupt or instruct the flow of traffic; do not take instruction regarding your right-of-way from anyone unless it is a City Police officer or California Highway Patrol officer.

Run | 10 Mile

Most of the run is on a bike path. The rest is on residential streets that are open to traffic. Please obey traffic laws. There are a few awesome inclines but the route starts and finishes with a flat and fast two mile leg. There will be water stations at each mile.

Water & Gatorade will be offered at each water station.

USAT officials will be roaming the course. Violation of USAT rules or any unsafe or unlawful cycling may result in disqualification or time penalties.

Obey all traffic laws – this is an open course. Safety is our first concern!