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Q: How does the pricing for a Relay Team work?
A: Upon registration, the captain will be asked to register all teammates and pay the full registration fee.
Q: Can a Relay team purchase the Full Refund Plan?
A: No. Due to the flexibility of the teams being able to switch members at no cost and handling payment between several people, we do not allow this option available for teams.
Q: Is there a relay category for any North American IRONMAN (140.6) events?
A: No. Only certain North American IRONMAN 70.3 permit relay teams.
Q: What is the withdrawal policy for a relay team?
A: The withdrawal policy for a relay team is the same as individual athletes.
Q: Do all my relay members need to be the same age and gender?
A: No teams can be comprised of a mix of gender and ages, however, all participants must be 18 years of age on race day.
Q: Are two person relay teams permitted?
A: Yes. A two person relay can complete the race with any combination of disciplines.
Q: Can a two person relay team later add a third member?
Q: If a team member needs to drop out, can we do a two person relay?
Q: How do I request to switch a relay member?
A: Any final changes to the team (teammate changes/team member additions) may be made race week at Athlete Check-In.
Q: Is participation on two different relays permissible if I am competing in different disciplines?
A: No. Team mates are only allowed to compete on one relay team.
Q: Can I switch from an individual entry to a relay entry or vice versa?
A: Relay entry to Individual entry: Yes, you many change your relay entry to an individual entry, if General Entry is still open. Please note, you will NOT receive the difference in entry fee. Once you switched categories, you will NOT have the opportunity to do so again. Requests must be received in writing via e-mail to your race specific email. Without exception all requests must be received on or before the withdrawal deadline. Individual entry to Relay entry: If relay registration is open, you will be able to change your entry by paying the difference between the individual entry price and the relay entry price. Requests must be received in writing via e-mail to your race specific email. Without exception all requests must be received on or before the withdrawal deadline.
Q: As a PC athlete, can I participate as a relay team member?
A: Yes. Please make sure you verify that the course is Physically Challenge/Handcycle accessible. Feel free to reach out to your race specific email address if you have any additional questions.
Q: Do all team members need to show up to athlete check-in?
A: Yes. All teams must arrive together for athlete check-in to ensure that all the materials are accounted for.
Q: As a relay member, what materials do I receive?
A: Everyone, will receive a participant t-shirt at athlete check-in and a swag bag. At the finish line, the runner will make sure to pick up a Finisher Medal for each team member.
Q: Does each relay member receive a timing chip?
A: No. The team will receive one chip. The timing chip acts as a “baton” and team members must handoff the timing strap/chip to move forward to the next discipline. Relay athletes must keep ankle strap and chip on their ankle at all times until making the transfer between teammates.
Q: Do all team members need to be body marked?
A: Yes. Relay athletes will get body marked with race team number and the letter “R” denoting a relay team. The team’s bib number will be marked on both arms and the “R” will be marked in the right calf.
Q: How does transition work? Do the cyclist/runner need to stay in transition the entire time?
A: For most events, a relay pen will be designated for the teams to gather. This is where the passing of the timing chip will take place in order to move on to the next discipline. If the race provides a relay pen, only the cyclist is allowed in transition, he/she must have the chip from the swimmer before un-racking the bike, and must rack the bike before passing the chip to the runner.
If the race does NOT provide a relay pen, the cyclist and runner will meet their team members at the bike rack. Please make sure to coordinate with team members regarding estimated times members are not loitering in transition during the race.
Q: Is there a Relay specific wave?
A: No. The swimmer will place themselves where they see fit based on swim times.
Q: Are cutoffs the same for relay teams?
A: Yes. Relay Teams are expected to make the below course cut-offs.
Swim: Each wave will have 1:10 to complete the swim. Athletes who take longer than 1:10 to complete the swim will receive a DNF. Additionally, any athlete that starts in the final wave and misses the 1:10 cut off will not be allowed to continue on in the race and will receive a DNF.
Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start.
Run: 8 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave start.
Total Time Cut-off: The race will officially end 8 hours and 30 minutes after the final wave. Each team will have 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete the race. Any team that takes longer than 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete the race will receive a DNF.
Q: Can cyclist/runner watch the swimmer?
A: You are more than welcome to head to the swim start to watch your swimmer. Just be cautious of the timing. At double transition races, it may be difficult for the runner to get back to Transition 2 before the cyclist returns.
Q: If a team member fails to make the course cutoff, can other team members still complete their leg of the race?
A: Yes, but the entire team will receive a DNF. Please refer to the Athlete Guide for the time cut-offs on each bike and run course.
Q: Can all team members cross the finish line together?
A: No. Only the run leg relay participant is able to cross the finish line. If more than one team member crosses the finish line, the team will receive a DNF. All other relay participants will be able to access post-race finish line athlete areas (not including the finish line chute).
Q: How are Relay medals and Finisher hats distributed?
A: Relay Medals are given to the runner upon finishing. It is the responsibility of the run leg athlete collect and distribute the hats and medals to the team.
Q: What is the award process? Are awards broken down by gender, age-group, or overall?
A: Awards are given out to the top 3 overall teams. Gender and age-group are not considered.
Q: Can relay teams qualify for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship?
Q: How do I find another relay member for my team?
A: Please feel free to reach out on our Facebook Page