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I’m a runner. I’m a cyclist. I am NOT a swimmer. And yet, I love triathlons. How can this be? Because there’s this awesome thing called a triathlon relay. It’s the best way to do a triathlon even if you can’t swim. For most people, a triathlon starts in the water. When you do it as a relay, though, the non-swimmers get to cheer for their swimmer from the sidelines. Unless your swimmer is really fast. When I did my first triathlon relay in Conn, with Jeff and Chris a couple years ago, Jeff our swimmer, was really fast. Which meant after he hit the water we had to quickly get back to the next stage: the bike. So, how does a triathlon relay work? Well, first you get three people.  You need one to swim, one to cycle, and one to run. In our case Jeff was our swimmer, Chris was the cyclist, and I was our runner. Just like with 99% of triathlons, the swimmer goes first, then the cyclist, and then the runner. You have one timing chip on a Velcro ankle strap that you hand off to your next teammate when you’re done with your part. When you pick up your packets your swimmer gets his/her swim cap, the cyclist gets his/her helmet and bike number stickers, and the runner gets his/her bib. Just don’t show up 15 minutes before packet pick-up closes and ask lots of questions. The triathlon staff tend to get a bit cranky. The volunteers were lovely, however.

On race morning you leave anything any of your teammates need by your bike which is on the rack in transition or in some cases in the separate relay transition. This is also where you pass off the timing chip after each leg. So after your swimmer starts it’s time to hang out in transition and wait! But the best part is that because there are three of you on the team you always have someone else to chat and cheer with while you wait! By the way, you can also do a relay with 2 people, one to swim and bike or one to bike and run, etc..

When you do a relay you get a huge ego boost out of passing people. Because, of course, when you’re on the bike you didn’t also just swim half a mile and when you’re running you didn’t just swim half a mile and then bike 10 miles!

Once you hand off the timing chip to your runner it’s time to head over to the finish line and wait for her to come in. Then you can run together as a team across the finish line!

Then you can celebrate with your team and brag brag brag!  Grab a seat and take a break!

That’s the skinny on triathlon relay team involvement. The Tri-State Triathlon prides itself on triathlon relay so everyone has the opportunity to participate in the most exciting and fastest growing sport in the country. The benefits of being able to have a triathlon experience even if you’re not comfortable with one or two of the sports involved tends to outweigh the slights. The Tri-State Triathlon is a bargain at $40 per racer, you wont find that anywhere in the sport and you certainly will not find the attention placed on triathlon relay at any other race, that is a fact.

Once you’re registered for this amazing race, Enjoy it! Pick your favorite sport and go all out. And have a great time with your friends while doing it, and have that awesome triathlon experience even if you can’t swim.


TST Triathlon Relay Explained

The Tri-State Triathlon will consist of one transition area that will accommodate All Athletes including individual and relay racers.

please read the 2015 Tri-State Triathlon Athlete Guide for all required information and check the website for updated race info. Fine it here.

Please become familiar with the map and be clear on all routes in and out of transition. (Please see map below)

Relay athletes. Please become familiar with the Relay Corral and the position it is situated in outside the transition area. Please see map below and we ask that you review the website for daily updated race news and reports. Relay bikers and runners will have a separate relay corral located next to the information hut next to the swim exit, please see map below.

Open Relay Teams

Open Relay Team: An Open Relay Team is made up of two or three participants who compete in a team format during the race. Team members are divided up among the three stages of the course with one team member competing in no more than two legs of the course, the swim, bike, or run.  Teams may be made up of any two or three participants regardless of their gender, affiliation, relationship or age (must be over the age of 18).  Teams may consist of all men, all women, or a mixed team.  Awards are presented to the top teams finishing in the following categories: All Male, All Female, and Mixed.

Relay Teams utilize the timing chip as the “baton” to be passed in transition.  The Swimmer is responsible for the short run from the swim exit to transition at Marina Green.


Please read carefully before you begin:
1. Each team member must register and pay online individually.
2. Each team member will be asked for their team name and in which leg(s) of the race you will compete.  Please have this information decided and ready BEFORE beginning online registration. Team names MUST MATCH within the database.
3. If one of your team members is going to complete two legs of the race, please register for one leg only and then notify us so we don’t expect a third registrant.

Relay Team Entry Fees:
 – Open Relay Team: $40 per team member*
– We accept VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, or Discover Card.
*Non-USAT Members will have to pay a $12 one-time membership fee.

OCTRI Mixed Team Relay

What is the TST Mixed Team Relay (TSTMTR)?

Simply put this is a relay team built by the team captain or team members. This was created in an effort to drive continued participation in multisport and raise awareness regarding the fun and exciting aspect of a mixed team relay racing. Although the mixed team relay format has been around for years, the Orange County Triathlon now further exposing the fun, exciting, and camaraderie building race that is sometimes forgotten. Grab two males and one female, or two females and one male, or all male or all female to complete your mixed team relay! It is completely up to you, we just ask that you have fun!

TSTMTR is required to be timed but splits are not required.

To participate in the TSTMTR, athletes must be at least 14 years of age and have a USA Triathlon Annual or One-Day Membership! If you do not yet have a membership, you may purchase one prior to or on race day with the event’s race director. You may also visit the USA Triathlon Membership site to purchase your Annual Membership and in turn, qualify for all Annual Member benefits!

All events are open to first-timers, community groups, families, companies and corporations, seasoned veterans, and those looking to stay active – all while in an event atmosphere. Teams may be a mix of youth and adult athletes so gather your teammates to participate!

Why participate?

Exposes athletes to the unique and dynamic format of a mixed team relay!
Fosters teamwork and camaraderie among both males and females in a mixed team relay format!
Continues to expose and educate all athletes to the multisport lifestyle, all while being involved in a fun, exciting, and safe atmosphere!
Engages all athletes in pre-race and post-race activities such as vendors areas, clinics, and additional educational opportunities.
Creates an opportunity to meet friends and other athletes who engage or want to become engaged in the multisport lifestyle!
Perfect for youth and adult, first-timers, community groups, corporations and companies, seasoned veterans, and those looking to stay active.

Event Format & Distances

Relay teams will consist of three persons of your choice. We don’t judge. You will pick which teammate will swim, bike and run.

All participants within a team will complete the swim sequentially, bike sequentially, and run sequentially. To further clarify, athlete 1 will complete the swim, tag athlete 2 who will then complete the bike, tag athlete 3 who will complete the run.

Have Fun!

Can I participate?

Absolutely! You are eligible to take part in the TSTMTR Series if you are 14 years of age or older and have a USA Triathlon Annual or One-Day Membership! If you do not yet have a membership, you may purchase one prior to or on race day with the event’s race director. You may also visit the USA Triathlon Membership site to purchase your Annual Membership and in turn, qualify for all Annual Member benefits!

Be prepared for a great experience and bring a positive attitude!

USAT most common rules violations


1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.
Penalty: Disqualification

2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only.

3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

5. Drafting: Drafting–keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking–riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken–once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.
Penalty: Referee’s discretion

7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Penalty: Disqualification

8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

9. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing.
Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number, Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

10. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit 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 wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

11. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.
Penalty: Variable time penalty

Variable Time Penalties

Distance Category First offense Second Offense Third Offense
Super Sprint 2 minutes 4 minutes Disqualification
Intermediate 2 minutes 4 minutes Disqualification
Long 4 minutes 8 minutes Disqualification
Ultra 6 minutes 12 minutes Disqualification
For a complete list of rules, please refer to the most up-to-date USA Triathlon Competitive Rules

What is USAT Sanctioning?

All events within the OCTRIMTR Super Sprint Series are USA Triathlon Sanctioned.

The term “sanction” refers to the compliance of a multisport event to USA Triathlon’s safety requirements. Safety plans, course maps, and event details must be submitted for review by experienced USA Triathlon staff. This ensures events are safe and fair competition environments.

USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,000 events across the country. USA Triathlon not only sanctions triathlons, but also paratriathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, aquabikes, off-road events, winter triathlons, youth races, camps and clinics.

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