Swim - First leg of the Longmont Kids Only Triathlon
- The swim is located in the indoor 25 yard Centennial Pool.
- Water is approximately 83 degrees.
- Participants must be able to swim the complete distance independently.
- Participants can stop and rest at the walls.
- Swim heats will be divided up by age, 2 people per lane, parallel swimming.
- 15-17 year olds will go first.
Viewing the Swim
- Pool Deck
- Spectators can cheer for their swimmers on the pool deck in front of the windows and along the blue railing.
- Swimmers will line up along the orange wall by the diving well.
- Observation Room
- Glass walled room with bleachers where you can view the entire pool
There will be volunteers to assist with counting your laps, but ultimately, YOU are responsible for counting your own laps. Credit cannot be given for extra laps completed.
- Timing chips are handed out in the pool area just before your swim start to eliminate participants accidentally walking across timing mats.
- Timing chips are on a comfortable Velcro & neoprene strap and must be securely fastened to the left ankle.
- Timing chips may feel a little loose once you get in the water – this is normal – they will tighten back up once you get out of the pool.
- If a timing chip is lost, the participants’ family will be charged $99 to replace the chip.
Swim Line Up
15-17 year olds will race first.
- Report to the pool deck at 7:30am to be lined up and given timing chips.
- First heat of 15-17 year old females will be in the pool first.
- Depending on participant numbers, it may be a mixed heat.
- The swim will be seeded to go from fastest swimmers to slowest swimmers, in the appropriate distance.
- All heats are seeded according to predicted swim time, so you will be swimming with participants of similar ability.
- All lanes will have two swimmers; genders may be mixed due to estimated swim times.
- 13-14 year old females, followed by 13-14 year old males, will begin as soon as the last 15-17 year old has exited the pool.
- Be on the pool deck at 7:30am to start lining up and receive timing chip.
- Mostly likely will begin swim around 7:50am, swim time could begin earlier or later.
- 11-12 year olds females, followed by 11-12 year old males, will start after the last heat of 13-14 year old males exit the pool.
- Be on pool deck by 7:45am ready to line up, most likely begin swimming by 8:05am, could start earlier or later.
- Please hang out in the pool area so you can hear all announcements.
- 6-10 Years
- Swim is NOT based on estimated swim times, only on age and gender.
- We try our best to keep only two kids per lane, same gender.
- 10 year old females will start after the last heat of 11-12 year old males.
- Report to the pool deck by 8:30am ready to line up.
- All youth ages 6-10 should hang out on the patio listening for their line up time.
- Once all 11-12 year olds have finished the swim, 6-10 year olds will be lined up by age and sex, beginning with 10 year old girls down to 6 year old males.
- Females will swim first for their respective ages.
Once everyone is lined up, they will be walked around the pool to where the diving blocks are located.
There, they will be given their timing chip that they will need to wear the entire event. Each lane of swimmers will be individually started. Once the swimmers in one lane are finished, two more youth will be started.