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F.A.Q.’s

Q: What’s a “Dry Tri”?

A: Our event is called a “Dry Tri” because triathlons typically included a swim, since we’re doing a triathlon that includes running, cycling, a paddle race and NOT a swim, it’s a ‘no swim’ triathlon, thus you stay dry. Tah-dah!!! “Dry Tri”! Kinda clever huh!

Q: Do I have to be a Police Officer of Firefighter to participate?

A: Heck no! If you are a first responder, (Police, Fire, EMS, Telecommunicator) you get a discounted price for registration but we want EVERYONE and ANYONE who is willing to come compete and hang out with us! When you register, you are simply choosing which Department you support, Police or Fire, to help us determine who is getting bragging rights for the next year. Regardless of who wins, all net profits will be split 50/50 between the two Departments.

Q: When and where can I pick up my race packet?

Saturday, September 6, 2013
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Edgar B. Davis South Side Park
1011 S. Magnolia Ave.
Luling, TX

Sunday, September 7, 2013
6:00am – 8:00am
Thump Pavilion
317 E. Davis St.
Luling, TX

Closer to the event and depending on participant registration, a Friday race packet pick-up may be announced at a venue in Austin or San Antonio. (Depending on the geography of registered participants)

Q: Are canoes or kayaks supplied?

A: No! Canoes are available for rent from the City of Luling or you can contact the rental location of your choice.

Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are required.

Q: What is the order of the race?

A: You will start with a 12 mile bike ride, transition to a 3.23 mile run and then the 6 mile paddle.

Q: How long does it take to complete the race?

A: About 3 hours on average. Many participants do the event at a leisurely non-competitive pace. But what’s the fun in that?

Q: Do I have to have a partner?

A: Nope! Be a BMF and do it solo, with a partner, (one bike, one run, BOTH paddle) or with a three person relay team (one bike, one run, one paddle).

We have another division that we’re calling “tandem”. That means all team mates individually bike, and run, (we take the average times from those events) and then everyone paddles in the same boat. I guess if you wanted to roll in a two seat bike this would be your division. Good luck with all that…

Q: Where does the money go? Who benefits and how?

A: The registration profit will be split 50/50 between the Luling Police and Fire Departments. Those agencies would use the monies to purchase gear, support other community functions (Example: Luling PD Blue Santa), replace equipment, or supplement needs in the K9 unit, Swift Water Rescue or where a need is most urgent. Last year the Police Department purchased Major Trauma Kits for each Officer and exterior plate body armor carriers for each Patrol unit. BOOM! Thanks for that!!!

The Luling Fire Department will be earning all profits from BBQ plate sales.

The Luling Area Chamber of Commerce will be earning all profit from beer sales.

The Luling High School Cross Country Team will be earning all profit from non-alcoholic (water/ tea) beverage sales. (that is to say, the STATE AWARD WINNING Luling H.S. Cross Country Team! These Guys and Gals need to hire armed security when they leave a meet to escort them out with all the GOLD they haul away! OWWWWWWWW!!!!)

The Luling Women’s Auxiliary Fire Department will be earning all profit from the spaghetti plates on evening of Saturday, September 6. Packet pickup pasta party at South-side Clubhouse.

The Luling Police Department will be earning all profit from merchandise sales. (We will also be picking up all loose change that rattles out of your pockets/sock/ fanny packs, during the event. Don’t worry, the money will be used to buy the patrol guys breakfast taco’s, not donuts!)

Q: Is the course for road or mountain bikes?

A: MOST of the biking section is paved so it’s your call. Just be aware that even though these roads are paved, sections are still kinda rough. Just like life. Don’t be a whiny lil sissy…

Q: What is the terrain like for the run?

A: The run is mostly on the shoulder of paved roads, however some short sections could be off road and very rough at times.

Q: What if it rains on race day?

A: You’ll get wet. Cops and Fire Fighters don’t get ‘weather days’- suck it up buttercup!

Q: Do I have to be a hardcore athlete to participate, or how competitive is the race?

A: The majority of racers will go at a leisurely pace. About 10% will go hard and compete for the top places. However just finishing earns you bragging rights!

Q: What time can I drop off equipment the morning of the race?

A:  T1 & T2 will open for equipment drop off at 6:30 a.m. T1 will temporarily close at 7:30 a.m. Team Members will be able to re-enter once the race has started. Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

T1= Transition 1. Occurs at the Thump pavilion.

T2= Transition 2. Occurs at Paddling Trail Park, AKA ‘seguin river bridge’.

Q: Is there a time limit to complete the course?

A: Not really, but you need to be done before the sun goes down and the Party won’t wait for you, so hustle up!

Q: Can I use a raft instead of a canoe or kayak?

A: There are branches in the river that may puncture a raft. No motorized watercraft or automated propeller. (Cause that would be cheating clown!)

Q: What does my registration fee include?

A: Race entry, t-shirt, race bib, and a great challenge on a great course, entry into the post-race party, beverage/ Beer*, 1 BBQ Plate, and that warm fuzzy feeling in your belly knowing that you are helping the Luling Police and Fire Departments.

*One beer is included for each participant who is of legal age to consume alcohol. Be responsible – do not drink and drive. (You’ll be surrounded by cops- any underage or DWI attempt will at the very least result in an entry on your criminal record and you being the punch line of jokes for years to come.)

Q: Can I drink more than a beer?

A: I dunno- Can you? You certainly may, assuming a few things- you have to buy it from the Chamber of Commerce Beer tent at Zedler Mill during the post race party, ( Absolutely NO outside alcohol will be allowed on site.) you have to be of legal age to consume, and you have to be responsible. Assuming you comply with those rules and common sense, game on.

Q: When is the entry deadline?

A: You may register at the EVENT an hour before wheels hit the ground, however you must bring cash or check and you probably won’t receive an awesome swag bag, which is why we STRONGLY encourage online registration. (Don’t be “THAT” guy, no one likes “THAT” guy. Go register online- go… now- go!)

Q: What will I need the day of the race?

A: Shoes, Bike, helmet, tire pump, extra tire tube, boat, life vest, and a water bottle. You may also want to consider bringing sunscreen, bug spray, and dry clothes for at the finish line.

You will also need cold hard cash. All sales down at the Zedler Mill post race party will be cash. So the extra BBQ plates you slam, the additional  frosty wheat sodas you crave, the other awesome t-shirts you wanna rock, will all require more than your good looks and winning personality to purchase, bring the cash!

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