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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to qualify for the HITS Championship in Palms Springs, CA?
The first 500 athletes in each distance will be allowed in. All others will have to qualify.

What are the lengths of the five HITS Triathlon Series distances?

View our Registration page for more information.

What are the available HITS Triathlon Series locations?
View our Registration page for more information.

How do I qualify for an Athlete of the Year Award?
View our Ranking & Results page for more information.

Will you offer training opportunities prior to the race?
Yes, we will be offering on-site training opportunities in our Weekend Preview Camp in the weeks prior to the event.

Will there be professional medical personnel on hand?
Yes.

Will the courses be marked?
Yes. All swim, bike and run courses will be officially marked and traffic control signs will be used on the bike and run courses.

Will aid stations be available?
Yes. Aid stations will be available every 10-20 miles on the bike courses, and every 1-1.5 miles on the run courses.

What will be offered at each aid station?
Each bike aid station for the Half and Full will offer:
Water
HEED
Sunscreen
Vaseline
Hammer Gel
Endurolytes

Each run aid station for the Half and Full will offer:
Water*
HEED*
Ice*
Sponges*
Defizzed Cola
Hammer Gel*
Endurolytes*
Sunscreen*
Vaseline*
Hot Chicken Broth
Glow Sticks
Pretzels
Chips
Gummy Bears
Grapes
Snickers
Orange Slices
Cookies
* These items will also be available for Sprint and Olympic Athletes.

What is the Refund/Withdrawal Policy?
Entry fees for all HITS Triathlon Series races are non-refundable. A one-time event registration transfer per athlete to another open HITS Triathlon Series event within a 12-month period following the race you were originally registered for will be permitted in the event of a participant cancellation. A $25 transfer fee will apply. Participant cancellations must be declared 15 days prior to the original event in order to be eligible for this one-time registration credit. Participant cancellations made after 15 days prior to the original event will not be eligible for the registration credit. Transfers to events that are sold out are not permitted.

What is the Event Cancellation Policy?
In the unlikely event that a race is cancelled, athletes registered for that event will have the option of being refunded in full for the cost of registration OR transfer the registration to another HITS Triathlon Series event within a 12-month period. Refunds must be declared within two weeks after the event cancellation announcement is made. Transfers to events that are sold out are not permitted.

If I am unable to make the race, can I give the entry to a friend?
An athlete transfer for registration is not permitted. If you are unable to race, a one-time event registration transfer per athlete to another HITS Triathlon Series event within a 12-month period following the race you were originally registered for will be permitted in the event of a participant cancellation. A $25 transfer fee will apply. Participant cancellations must be declared 15 days prior to the original event in order to be eligible for this one-time registration credit. Participant cancellations made after 15 days prior to the original event will not be eligible for the registration credit. Transfers to events that are sold out are not permitted.

Can I change the distance I’m registered for after the fact?
Yes; however, if moving down in distance there will be no refund given for the longer distance registration rate. If you are moving up a distance, you will be required to pay the difference in the registration fee. All changes for distance registration must be made at least one week in advance of the event. Transfers to events that are sold out are not permitted.

If general entry sells out, is there any other way to race? Is there a waiting list?
No.

Can I sign up the day of the event?
No. Registraion is only available online. Online registration closes three days prior to each event.

Do I have to be a USAT Member to race?
All HITS Triathlon Series distances are sanctioned by USAT and so all participants need to be a USAT member or must buy a one-day membership for $12. All participants must bring their USAT membership card and a picture ID to the race registration desk. If a participant does not have a membership card, they will pay the $12 fee. If you do not have a picture ID, you cannot race.

Are race distances open to the Clydesdale/Athena category?
All distances within the HITS Triathlon Series are open to Athletes wishing to compete in the Clydesdale/Athena Category. There will be four categories with the same start and cutoff times:
Clydesdale (Men 220lbs+): 39 and under, 40 and above
Athena (Women 165lbs+): 39 and under, 40 and above

Can Physically Challenged Athletes race in the HITS Triathlon Series?
Yes. All distances within the HITS Triathlon Series are open to Physically Challenged Athletes. Category will be co-ed and scored the same with the same start and cutoff times. Awards for all.

Are there age requirements?
Yes. Each distance has an age requirement as follows:
Open – 7 years of age and above
Sprint – 12 years of age and above
Olympic – 12 years of age and above
Half – 16 years of age and above
Full – 18 years of age and above

What are the age-group breakdowns?
HITS Triathlon Series will follow USAT five-year age-group breakouts for annual sanctioned rankings as of Dec. 31st.

What awards are given?
Each athlete who finishes a race will receive a finisher's medal. Overall awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each distance. Age group awards will be given to the winner of each five-year age group or special category.

What categories are offered?

View our Ranking & Results page for more information.

Will there be relay/teams?
Yes. Relay teams are welcome to register in an distance, excluding the HITS Open.

What are the estimated water temperatures for each event?
Palm Springs, CA
60-63° Fahrenheit
Naples, FL

64-69° Fahrenheit
Ocala, FL
60-65° Fahrenheit
Napa Valley, CA
54-59° Fahrenheit
Marble Falls, TX
60-65° Fahrenheit
Grand Junction, CO
60-65° Fahrenheit
Hague, NY
65-70° Fahrenheit
Twin Cities - Waconia, MN
70-75° Fahrenheit
Hunter, NY
63-68° Fahrenheit
Lake Havasu City, AZ
63-68° Fahrenheit

What are the time limits or cutoffs?
Swim

Sprint - 7:30 am (Maximum time 30 minutes)
Olympic - 8:40 am (Maximum time 1 hour)
Half - 8:10 am (Maximum time 1 hour, 10 minutes)
Full - 9:20 am (Maximum time 2 hours, 20 minutes)

Bike
Sprint - 9:00 am (Maximum time 2 hours)
Olympic - 11:10 am (Maximum time 3 hours, 30 minutes)
Half - 12:10 pm (Maximum time 5 hours, 10 minutes)
Full - 5:20 pm (Maximum time 10 hours, 20 minutes)

Run
Sprint - 10:00 am (Maximum time 3 hours)
Olympic - 12:40 pm (Maximum time 5 hours)
Half - 3:30 pm (Maximum time 8 hours, 30 minutes)
Full - 12:00 am / Midnight (Maximum time 17 hours)

How can I contact HITS Triathlon Series?
For further inquiries please contact us by mail, phone or email:
Mail: HITS Triathlon Series, 319 Main Street, Saugerties, NY 12477
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Phone: 845-247-7275