Race Updates will be posted here:
It's finally race week, the staff of H3T are very excited to put on a great event and see everyone's smiling faces. A few things to share for the week:
Hawaii Bicycling League will be putting on two free clinics just for the race they will be held:
Road Cycling Skills - November 11th (Sun), 16:00 - 18:00 @Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park
This on-bike workshop is for those who are looking to take their riding to the next level by learning how to become a better bike handler (think: hazard avoidance maneuvers!), master your gears, and enjoy the ride even more!
Basic Bike Maintenance - November 14th (Wed), 15:45 - 17:45 @Boca
This hands-on workshop will get you fixing a flat with no problem in no time! No experience needed. You'll also learn simple maintenance to make sure your bicycle is in tip-top working order.
* Participants need to register in advance at HBL.org/workshops and all participants get to take home a little bike prize of their choice
As in the past, packet pickup will be held at BOCA Hawaii on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (14th/15th) between 12p-6p. Please bring your run gear to drop off, also if you are on a relay team, your runner must sign the base waiver form so please have them pickup your packet or be there. Also, there will be safety briefings at 1215 and 615 those days, if you haven't attended one in the past, please do.
Cyclists, if you choose, you can pick up your bib on race morning, if you can during packet pickup, that would be helpful, but it will be available race morning, if you decide to wait, come early and be patient please, there are at least 400 cyclist this year so far.
Also, spread the word that we will be accepting late bike registeration at packet pickup and race morning. Just please bring cash only.
Finally, to clarify again, the Triathlon and Bike Event will be starting from the Keyhole area near McCoy Pavillion in Ala Moana Beach Park NOT Magic Island.
Thank you again for supporting Hawaii's Fallen Officers in our only fundraiser of the year.
There will be a new swim course and Transition 1 area this year. The new course and footprint will be posted shortly. We are still in Ala Moana Beach Park.
Reminder: ALL bikes that are participating in the bike ride/race MUST be equipped with lights. The ride/race starts at 6am and it will probably be still a little dark.
Ala Moana Blvd, west bound will be closed at 530am. Please plan accordingly and get to the Magic Island early. The Bike Ride will start at 600am Sharp. We anticipate that all town roadways will be opened by 830a.
Road closures at Kaneohe Bay Drive will begin at 600am, relay runners, please get there early for there is limited parking in the community.
H3 Kaneohe bound will be closed starting at 600am, the highway and Kaneohe Bay Drive will be opened as soon as the last rider is clear, or at the 1030a cutoff, whichever comes first.
MCBH Mokapu Gate will remain opened for base access.
H3 Triathlon: Race to the Base November 17th, 2018
Packet Pick Up & Run Gear Drop Off:
Wednesday and Thursday November 14th and 15th - 12 noon to 6pm
At Boca Hawaii, 330 Cooke St, Kakaako, PH 591-9839
• RUN GEAR WILL BE COLLECTED AT PACKET PICK UP - you will be given a RUN BAG at packet pick up marked with your race number to put your run stuff in; bring your run gear with you. Your gear will be transported to the bike/run transition area for your race day change from bike to run. Race staff will hand you your RUN BAG when you arrive to T2 on race day.
- Please make some time available on one of these days to:
- Sit through a 15 minute race briefing to be given at 1215p and 6:15p on both days at Boca
- Come with run gear for the race. Think about what you will need once you rack your bike (ex: Run shoes, run socks? run shirt?, nutrition?)
1 - Pick up race packet (includes a 'run bag' to turn in run gear, and a 'dry bag' to put race morning items you wish to be transported to finish)
2 - Turn in RUN GEAR with your RUN BAG labeled with your race number (Do NOT turn in your race number. We strongly encourage you to have a 'race belt' as you will need to wear the race number on the back of you on the bike, and pull it around to the front of you on the run. Even though this is a chip-timed event, your race number will help us identify you on the course)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
• WHY A POINT TO POINT RACE?
A point to point race means you are on one side of the road, thus creating less congestion. You are traveling with the wind. You are not making left hand turns so you do not have to stop/cross on-coming traffic. A point to point race means preparation, but more adventure! But don't worry! Logistical info will be on our website. Run gear will be collected by volunteers at packet pickup, and buses are reserved for those who need transportation after the meal. Point to point means a better swim site and more interesting change of scenery. Finally, you will get to do a bicycle ride over the H3 Freeway!
• IF THIS IS A POINT TO POINT RACE, HOW DO I GET BACK TO MY CAR AT THE START?
There are several options depending on what your post-race plans are. Please see START LOCATION and BIKE & RUN info regarding parking and bus options to get you back to your car. Some athletes will have friend/family drop them off at the start and then meet them at the finish to enjoy the post-race activities. If a friend is unable to fit your bike in their car, BOCA Hawaii can transport your bike for a fee to the shop and you may pick it up on Monday.
• HOW DO I GET MY RUN STUFF OUT TO THE BIKE/RUN TRANSITION AREA?
You will turn in your run gear (RUN BAG) on Wed or Thur of race week at packet pickup. Race staff will hand you your gear bag when you arrive to T2 on race day (see PACKET PICK UP info above for details)
• IS THIS A CLOSED BIKE COURSE?
This race will be a closed bike course with HPD, course marshals, and Safety Systems and Signs Hawaii in place to mark the course and to inform and alert cars that there is a race in progress. Both cars and cyclists have an obligation to respect each other on the road. Please help us in this opportunity to promote respect for one another. Go as hard as you wish on the swim! Go as hard as you wish on the run! And on the bike, be confident, be smart, and pay attention to your surroundings. The descent down H3 starting from the Hirano Tunnel is extremely fast, please ride safely and stay within your abilities.
• WILL THERE BE AID STATIONS ON THE COURSE?
Yes. There will be 1 aid station on the bike course at the entrance to Hirano Tunnel at the top of H3 and 4 aid stations on the run, you will have 5 aid opportunities on the run.
• CAN A FRIEND FOLLOW ME ON THE BIKE COURSE OR GIVE ME AID OR ASSISTANCE?
No. No outside race assistance will be allowed. Penalties or disqualification may occur per USAT rules. H3 Freeway Kaneohe Bound will be completely closed to vehicle traffic. Please encourage your friends and family to take the Pali Highway or Likelike Highway and meet you at the other end of the bike course/finish line at Aikahi Elementary School. Two bike mechanic stations will be set up on H3, halfway up and halfway down the mountain. We will also have a bike
mechanic roaming the course to assist athletes when possible.