Padden Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Protocols & Suggestions

In 2021 races will be modified and subject to guidelines and recommendations under the Governor’s Healthy Washington Plan. The information below outlines current conditions for participation (conditions may change as advised by the Washington Department of Health or WA State) :

  • Participants must wear a mask except while racing
  • Please do not bring spectators. We realize that this may not be practical or reasonable in some cases (e.g. youth, those who may need assistance in order to participate)
  • There will not be an awards ceremony this year
  • Heats will be reduced to 30 participants
  • Maximum registrations have been reduced to 250 per event

Basic Rules

  • You must treat each other, our staff and volunteers with respect.
  • The swim cap must be worn, but only during the swim.
  • All participants must be able to swim.
  • Water wings and other forms of floatation, except wetsuits, are not allowed.
  • Bike helmets must be worn and buckled any time you are on your bike.
  • Participants Only – in the transition area. there will be no exceptions for relatives, roommates, helpers, pets, imaginary friends, or dire enemies.
  • You are not allowed to ride your bike in transition – walking or running with it is fine.
  • You can only enter/exit a bike from transition if it matches the number on your body marking, even if it belongs to your friend, wife, or your loving Uncle Fungus.
  • The course is not draft legal. (Drafting: riding (except to pass) within 7 meters behind or 2 meters to the side of another cyclist)
  • Any equipment left in transition after the time limit will be removed to an unsecured location.
    • Long Course equipment must be removed by noon
    • Short Course equipment must be removed by 4 pm
  1. Can I pick up someone else’s packet?
    You can pick up someone else’s packet at early packet pick up provided you have a signed from them.
  2. Can I transfer my registration?
    No. If you would like to discuss this you can contact Lance Romo at
  3. Parking
    It’s a fact, made up for the purposes of these FAQ’s, that carpoolers and bike commuters collect more draw prizes than those who drive solo. The main entrance will be closed to allow for our transition area. Please enter the park using 40th St. from there you can access parking in the lot and, one way, along Wilkins Street. There will be signage and parking staff to assist you.
  4. What time should I get there?
    Get there with enough time to park, pick up your packet, get body marking, apply sunscreen, rack your bike in transition and do whatever other things you do before a race. Short Course event participants can certainly arrive much later than Long Course event participants. If I were racing I would plan for 1.5 to 2 hours prior to start time.
  5. What if I forgot to train?
    It’s probably going to hurt.
  6. Water Temperature
    The water temperature has been reported as “warm, wonderful, fantastic”, however, this is the Pacific Northwest. A wetsuit may not be necessary, but if you chill easily it is a good idea to secure one and practice both swimming in it and removing it before go time. The peril of skipping this practice may lead to uncomfortable chafing and the amusing sight of a triathlete in bike shoes and a wetsuit.
  1. Time limits
    Time limits are not flexible. The Long Course distance-time limit is 3 hours. The Short Course distance-time limit is 2.5 hours.
  2. Relay
    Relay teams will exchange the timing chip in the transition area. Participants will wait at the bike rack. Note: relay participants will not wait directly in front of the transition entrance/exit.
  3. Prizes
    We offer trophies for the top 3 male and female finishers in each race. We do not do age group awards. Draw prizes are open to all participants and volunteers.
  4. What are the divisions?
    Male and Female 10 & under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+, Clydesdale (200 lbs), Athena (160 lbs) weigh in at packet pick-up.
  5. Timing
    • Timing is done with magic, pixie dust, and computer chips. Participants self-seed for the swim with the fastest swimmers going first in heats of approximately 50.
    • Heats will start 3 – 5 minutes apart.
    • Participants are timed from their heat start.
    • Transitions are included in your overall time.
    • Participants not completing any portion of the event will not receive a time.
    • Participants finishing outside the time limit will not receive a time.
  6. Will there be cars on the road?
    Yes, the course is open to vehicles. As a participant, it is your responsibility to share the road and yield, even if it makes you a little slower. It is not worth a confrontation or getting squished to save time. We will have between 8 and 13 certified flaggers on the course.
  7. Results
    Results will be posted on our website the Monday following the race and on the Pacific Multisports webpage the evening of the race. Check out our website for past race results and those speedy transition times.
  8. Photos
    A link to pictures of each leg will be posted on our Facebook page after the event or on our photographer’s (Jon Brunk Photography) website.
  9. More questions?
    Ask away at Facebook or or (360) 778-7000.


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Lance Romo
Recreation Coordinator
(360) 778-7000

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