Sunday, May 3, 2009
OFFICIAL ENTRANT NEWSLETTER
Dear NAPA VALLEY SPRINT TRIATHLON entrant,
Congratulations on your entry in the 11th annual
NAPA VALLEY SPRINT TRIATHLON scheduled for
Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the Oak Shores Day Use Area located on the west shore of Lake Berryessa.
We trust that your training has gone well and hope this event will be an ample reward for your effort.
Come prepared to have a great time and pack a picnic to enjoy afterwards!
This is the official "ENTRANT NEWSLETTER." Nothing will be sent via regular mail. All
pick up Race Packets, which include your timing chip, race numbers and swim cap at
PACKET PICK-UP on race day (details below).
Please read the following information carefully and PRINT IT OUT to review again before race day.
Rack your bike FIRST, then come to Check-In.
RACE DAY DETAILS
HELPFUL HINTS FOR NEWBIES
TRANSITION CHECKLIST: Following is a list of items that you will need or may want
Following the swim, there is a short
200-yard run back to the
transition area. Most athletes opt to run this barefoot. However, if
you prefer to have shoes for this short run, some athletes choose to
leave a pair of flip flops or their run shoes on the beach near the
The half-mile SWIM starts in self-seeded, ability-based waves of 100 swimmers each. This means that athletes choose which wave
to start in. Fastest athletes (those shooting for a top-five finish in their age group) are asked to go in the first wave. The
final wave is reserved for new triathletes and tentative swimmers. Everyone else figures out where they fit in between.
Before the start of each wave, the Race Announcer will ask the next 100
swimmers to enter the water. As you enter the water, you will
walk across a timing mat and your timing chip will record which wave you are about to start in; your personal race clock will
begin ticking at the start of that wave. Starting the swim this way minimizes passing during the swim and the bike, making for a
safer, saner event. View
Each group of athletes will enter the water before the start of their wave. The swim course follows a clockwise, triangular
course, marked by orange buoys. Swimmers must keep the buoys to their right at all times.
After the swim, there is a 200-yard run to the bike transition area.
Remember: The transition area is for athletes ONLY. No spectators will be allowed in the transition
The 11-mile BIKE course begins at the main
entrance to Oak Shores, turning right onto Knoxville Rd. and traveling
north. You bike out to the turnaround at the north end of Putah Creek
Bridge (5.5 miles), then return southbound on Knoxville Rd and go past
the main entrance and enter in at the south entrance to Oak Shores. Entire bike course
is closed to traffic. NO HEADPHONES!
View BIKE MAP.
IMPORTANT BIKE COURSE RULES & SAFETY INFO
Your safety and the future of this event depend upon ALL athletes adhering to the following rules while
out on the bike course:
Runners will exit the
transition area and turn left onto Knoxville Rd heading south to the
turnaround (1.5 miles), then return northbound along Knoxville Rd,
entering Oak Shores at the south entrance, down to the dirt path and to
the finish line. Runners should stay to the right at all times.
NO HEADPHONES! View
RUN MAP. There will be one aid station as you exit the
transition area and one that you'll pass at the turnaround at mile 1.5. Runners MUST stay in the lakeside
lane of the road at all times.
COURSE CUTOFF TIMES
The following cutoff times are cumulative from the start of the last swim wave.
POST RACE DETAILS
POST RACE DETAILS
Your ankle-strap timing chip will record all of your discipline and transition splits. An informal awards ceremony will be held
at approximately 11:00 am. There will be some prizes
donated from IslandersWear, The Framery, Health Spa Napa Valley, Gotts Winery and Juice Beauty which will be handed out at this ceremony, so stick around
to take home your prize! Personalized individual award plaques will be mailed to athletes
six to eight weeks following the race. Full results will be posted at www.envirosports.com.
GETTING THERE &
DIRECTIONS TO OAK SHORES
~5520 Knoxville Rd., Napa, CA
Please note: These are slow, narrow, winding roads. You should allow AT LEAST 40 minute drive time from Napa. From
the EAST side of the Bay Bridge, you should allow at least 1. 5 hours
drive time. Please plan accordingly.
From Marin County (Allow 2 hours)
Take Hwy 101 north. Take Hwy 37 east. Take Hwy 121 towards Napa. Turn left onto Hwy 29. Take
the Trancas Street east. When Trancas ends, bear left onto Hwy. 121 (Monticello Road). At Moskowite
Corner, turn left (north) onto Hwy. 128. Turn right on Knoxville Road toward Lake Berryessa. Continue
along the shores of the lake until you reach the Oak Shores Day Use Area.
From Vallejo (Allow 1 hour 15 minutes)
Take Hwy 29 towards Napa. Take the Napa-Vallejo Hwy Exit, which turns into Hwy 121. Take Hwy
121 (it may also be called Monticello Rd.) east towards Napa. At Moskowite Corner, turn left (north)
onto Hwy. 128. Turn right on Knoxville Road toward Lake Berryessa. Continue along the shores of the
lake until you reach the Oak Shores Day Use Area.
From Winters in the Central Valley (Allow about 1 hour and 15 minutes)
Pick up Hwy. 128 in Winters and head west. Turn right onto Hwy. 128. Turn right on Knoxville Road
toward Lake Berryessa. Continue along the shores of the lake until you reach the Oak Shores Day
SEE YOU THERE
We look forward to seeing you at the NAPA VALLEY
SPRINT TRIATHLON on May 3rd!
Wendy & Dave Horning,
Jessica Grace, Michelle Ruettinger
THE ENTIRE ENVIRO-SPORTS TEAM
Enviro-Sports Productions, Inc. | PO Box 1040, Stinson Beach, CA 94970 | 415.868.1829 |
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Whoo Hooo! - I can't wait!
Posted by Shawn at 3:21 PM