LIVE IN-PERSON EVENT
May 16th – 9:00 a.m.
Bring it on, right? For those that are comfortable and ready for a live event – this one’s for you!
In keeping with local guidelines and protocols this event will be live but limited to 400 participants. The 2021 live event will take place at Chugiak High School and the surrounding Birchwood Loop bike course.
This page contains details on the live event (start times, transition, and more), please scroll for more information.
- Distance: 300 yard snake swim*
- Distance: 9 miles
- Same course as the Bike For Women
- Course map to come
- 3.1 miles
- Same course as the Eagle River Tri
- Course map to come
Swimmers will go out in 30 second intervals
Event starts 9:00 a.m.
See bib assignment page for 2021 assignments and detail on how bibs are assigned.
It is important that you are on time and ready for your specific start time.
Please do your best to arrive in your assigned time frames (not too early, not too late). With racers starting in 30 second intervals this will ensure there are no significant delays.
When you arrive at the outside door (north end of Chugiak High School) to line up in bib order always maintain 6 feet of social distancing.
As much as we would love to stay and chat, we are asking everyone to please gather your belongings and depart the race venue area upon completion of your event. In order to stay within the current gathering limits, we are unable to accommodate everyone at the event at the same time.
Also, due to gathering limits we are asking that there be no spectators on the premises.
Transition Area Set-Up
- The top 50 bib numbers will have their spots numbered in transition. Please use only your numbered spot.
- The remaining spots will be grouped by color and zones:
- 1-50 in the green zone
- 51-100 in the yellow zone
- 101-200 in the red zone
- 201-300 in the blue zone
- 301-400+ open zones (race officials will direct racers to color zone/transition spot)
- You may take an empty spot anywhere in your color zone area.
- As racers complete their event and move out of the transition area transition volunteers may point out available spots in other zones that you can use as space opens up. Do not take an empty spot, outside of your color zone, unless you have been given direction by a volunteer to do so.
- Detailed map coming soon!
On the Pool Deck
- There will be no swim warmups in the pool.
- Do not bring any personal gear in with you. You will not be allowed to have any items on the pool deck. Remember you are entering the pool at one end and getting out of the pool at the other, thus there is so space for gear.
- You may use the locker room; but you must continue to maintain social distancing at all times.
- Please assure your race tattoos are on before arriving at the venue. If your tattoos need any touch up, please have a family member or someone within your bubble touch it up with a permanent marker (“Sharpie”).
- Timing chips and ankle straps (both neoprene or plastic). will be distributed on the pool deck. If you prefer, you make bring your own ankle strap. You will be asked to put your chip on your ankle strap and your put the ankle strap on your left ankle yourself. Volunteers will not be allowed to assist.
- Chips and ankle straps must be returned to the ‘chip bucket’ in the finish zone upon completion of your race.
All racers must enter the pool through the designated as the pool entrance inside the school. Entrance to the pool is at the far northeast end of the school.
Timing chips will be passed out on the pool deck along with plastic ankle straps for the chip. If you have your own strap feel free to bring it. Place the strap on you left ankle (before you start your swim) and do not take it off until you cross the finish line. These are not disposable chips and must be left off at the finish line and placed in the chip bucket. Please note, you will have to take the chip off yourself. We will not be able to have a volunteer assist in this manner as in past year. Scissors will be available to cut off the plastic straps.
In a snake swim there will be other swimmers in the lane ahead of and behind you; it’s your responsibility to stay on the designated sides of the lane and you snake up and down each lap.
What is a snake swim?
Snake swim is a format where swimmers all enter the pool from the same lane/start with approximately 30 seconds space between each racer. Racers swim the length of the lane, turn at the wall and then swim back down the same lane on the other side – completing a full lap (50 yards). With the first lap complete, racers then swim under the lane line, entering the next lane and proceed in the same manner as they did in lap one. They will continue snaking up and down the lanes until completing the 300-yard/12 lengths/6 lane snake swim.
Why a snake swim?
The snake swim format allows us to manage distancing and other COVID safety requirements throughout the entire swim portion of the event from on-deck staging prior to entering the water, to the actual swim itself (minimizing the number of times people swim adjacent to each other, and exiting the swim). It also requires less volunteers also contributing to COVID safety management.
What are the Rules for snake swimming?
There is a great layout of the snake swim above which really helps to understand the ‘how-to’s’; however what you really want to know is, ‘can I pass’ or ‘where do I pass, right?
YES you can pass and pretty much anywhere that is safe to do so. Long answer…….be careful. If you are going to pass you MUST look up first to assess no one is coming towards you that you might run into while passing. If it is safe to do so then yes, feel free to pass. If it is not safe to pass, simply tap the person in front of you on the foot signaling to that person they need to pull over when they get to the wall and let you pass.
What if I get tapped? So, if you’re the one that is getting their foot tapped please be kind and move over at the wall, let that person kick off before you and then slide in to position right behind them.
COVID protocol musts
- Racers must have masks on when not If you are setting up your transition areas, mingling, standing in line, etc. you must have a mask on. We recommend prior to getting in line to enter the pool area that you switch to a disposable mask. If you did not bring one there will be masks available at several locations around the venue:
- At the Info table
- At a table by the entrance to the locker rooms
- At the swim chip pickup table just inside the school leading to the pool
- Inside the pool area (close to the diving boards)
- At the medical tent
- At the finish line
- Don’t forget to include a second mask with your gear in the transition area.
- When you begin your swim (see GNT Snake Swim Diagram) in lane 6 you will throw your disposable mask in a bucket to be disposed. When you depart the pool, you are now in competition mode and do not have to put a mask back on until you finish your race.
- Once you have finished your race you must immediately put a mask on and leave it on until you are in your vehicle.
- We understand how tired you are at the end of your event and may forget to put your mask on. Our friendly volunteers will remind you out of courtesy for your safety and those around you. Please be patient with all volunteers.
- There will be sanitizer in multiple locations throughout vent.
- Immediately upon the conclusion of your event that you pack up your belongings and bring them to your vehicle. It may be necessary to use your spot in transition for someone who has not started their race yet.