Frequently Asked Questions


What does registration cost?
Olympic Length
  • $90.00 until 12/31/16
  • $105.00 until 2/13/2017
  • $120.00 until 4/18/2017
  • $135.00 until Registration closes on 5/07/2017 ​
 
Sprint Length
  • $80.00 until 12/31/16
  • $95.00 until 2/13/2017
  • $105.00 until 4/18/2017
  • $115.00 until Registration closes on 5/07/2017 
 
Olympic Relay
  • $175.00 until Registration closes on 5/07/2017 

Sprint Relay
  • $160.00 until Registration closes on 5/07/2017 
 
What does the race consist of?
A triathlon is a 3 leg even consisting of a swim, bike, and run in that order.  Participants may choose to do all 3 legs of the event or compete as a single member on a relay team.  This event has 2 distance options.  The Olympic distance race is a 1500 meter swim, a 40 kilometer bike ride, and a 10 kilometer run.  Our Sprint length race is a 750 meter sime, a 20 kilometer bike ride, and a 5 kilometer run.
 
When does Registration close?
Online registration through will close at midnight CST on Sunday, May 7 OR when 1100 participants are registered. Early registration is highly encouraged as this race is expected to sell out again for 2017. There will be NO race-day registration and NO race-day packet pickup.  This will also give athletes the opportunity to drop off their transition the day before, allowing a few more moments of precious sleep come race morning.
 
Are there age requirements?
Yes, all participants must be 14 years of age as of 12/31/2017 per USA Triathlon rules.
 
What age group will I race in on race day?
All participants will race based on their age as of 12/31/2017
 
What is the age group breakdown?
Standard 5 year age groups, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,….75+
 
Are wetsuits required?
No. Wetsuits are not required but we do recommend wearing one if conditions are permitting. The average water temperature varies based on weather conditions, especially during the spring months.
 
Do you offer Athena or Clydesdale divisions?
When you register, there will be a check box you can click. For Athena, you must be a female and weigh 165lb or more. For Clydesdale, you must be a male and weigh 220lb or more.
 
What if my team members can’t compete due to unforeseen circumstances and I am the only one on my team?
If only one athlete remains on the team due to unforeseen circumstances or injury, that athlete can participate as an individual. The individual will not be refunded the difference in entry fee.
 
What is a Course Talk and why are they so important?
The 2017 2nd Annual St. Louis Triathlon at Creve Coeur Lake will offer course talks on Saturday, May 20 at Tremayne Shelter. The first course talk is at 10:30AM and then every hour until 4:30PM. Every participating triathlete is required to attend a course talk. These talks will provide athletes with information about the race course, the swim start, race rules and regulations, and a Q&A opportunity. They last about 30 minutes and are a great opportunity to find out the current conditions at Creve Coeur Lake and get some race tips from veteran athletes. There are multiple course briefings scheduled during the day and you can coordinate your packet pickup with attending a course talk. Please check the weekend schedule for the times of the briefings.
 
What does "USAT-Sanctioned" mean? Why do I pay to become a 1-day member?
USAT, or USA Triathlon, is the national governing body of the sport of Triathlon. Sanctioning an event through USAT means the race is provided insurance for its athletes, race coordinators, and volunteers. As a sanctioned triathlon, all athletes are required to either be an annual USAT member or purchase a one-day membership pass. If you are currently a USAT member please make sure to bring your proof of membership when you pick up your packet. If you do not bring this proof, you will be charged for the one-day membership fee. If you are not an annual member, you will need to purchase a one-day membership (to insure you as a triathlete) before you are able to pick up your packet. One-day membership will be collected when you register online.
 
Does everyone get a finisher medal?
Yes. Everyone who crosses the finish line will receive an amazing Inaugural St. Louis Triathlon 2017 finisher medal. You earned it!!1-2-3 winners in each category will also receive award medals.
 
What if it rains?
There is NO rain date, We Go Rain or Shine. In case of inclement weather, management reserves the right to cancel/alter/modify the race/course for safety concerns. In any case there will be No Refunds of race entry fees. Each athlete must accept any such risk of their entry fee paid. There is no complementary race entry to a future race. All monies collected are used to develop and produce the event, including all race supplies, staffing, and administration. We pledge to make every effort to produce a fair, safe and exciting event for all. Any decision we make to go forth with the race is based on the overall event safety.
 
I heard the water is polluted, is this true?
The short answer is a defenitive "No, it is not true."  As St. Louis natives ourselves, we did some research to find that answer. The toxic chemical in question all these years is called chlordane, banned in the US in 1988, and the water was cleared of this risk nearly 15 years ago by the Missouri DNR, the Dep't of Conservation, and the STL County parks staff. This report, which clears the water for human consumption in relation to this chemical, is online here and public information for all to see. Also, after the Page Extention was completed, the entire lake was completely dredged (also public data) making this lake a very nice venue for our swim!! 
Independently, regular bacterial checks are performed by the State Public Health Laboratory in Jeff City ensuring compliance for a fun and safe swim.