ALASKA WOMEN'S GOLD NUGGET TRIATHLON
SWIM 500y • BIKE 12mi • RUN 4.1mi
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Volunteers - huge thank you to all of our awesome volunteers this past week! This race cannot happen without each and everyone of you!
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Read more racer information, from swim, transition, bike, and run, in the 2017 Enews issues below.
- 2017 Racer News #1: You Got In - Start Your Engines
- 2017 Racer News #2: Bib assignments & It's Swim Time
- 2017 Racer News #3: Bike & More!
- 2017 Racer News #4: The Run & More!
- 2017 Racer News #5: Countdown to Race Day!
General Email News
About this year's race logo:
Debbie Barker was born and raised in Anchorage and loves all things Alaska! She was blessed to acquire her mother's gift for teaching and her father's meticulous attention to detail, and uses both in her job as a high school counselor and artist. Drawing on her memories of camping in the great outdoors, fishing in Resurrection Bay, and hiking in the deep woods, Debbie creates artwork in various media that exemplifies the natural wonder of our great state.
Need inspiration for getting through training? Feeling a little nervous about the race? Click below for inspiration and quotes from past racers!
Swim: 500 yards
500 yds in the Bartlett High School swimming pool.
Bike: 12 miles
Retrieve bike from Transition 1 (Bike Corral) and follow the 'Exit Bike' sign out of the parking lot. You will use connector path and ride briefly on Native Heritage driveway entrance. Once you reach Muldoon, turn hard left onto bike path. Ride to Fort Richardson overpass. Cross over the highway and make a left onto the Gunnery Range Frontage Road. Bike to marked turn around and proceed back toward overpass. Bear to the left onto Arctic Valley Road and continue for about a mile. At the stop sign, turn left heading east on Arctic Valley Road paralleling the golf course. Bike past the driving range and up a short hill to Transition 2 on your right. Do not dismount until you see signs or hear volunteers asking you to dismount. Leave helmet buckled and on while riding your bike (not prior to dismounting). A volunteer will take your bike and any gear, which will be returned to Transition 1 (Bike Corral) at Bartlett High. A volunteer will also help you locate any gear you left for transport to Transition 2.
Run: 4.1 miles
Run down the hill and cross the bridge. Continue on the tank trail for about 2 miles. Turn right at the fork in the trail. Run on the frontage road and through the tunnel under the Muldoon ramp which is near the Centennial Park Ball Fields. Follow the bike path onto the Muldoon Overpass and continue to the second driveway. Turn right into the Bartlett High entrance and follow the flags and cones to the finish line. Smile - you are a triathlete!
Water, Restrooms and Aid Stations
Water: Mile 6 of the bike, T2, Mile 1 and 2 of the run and the finish area.
Aid Stations: Pool, Ft. Richardson bridge, T2 and volunteers along the run course in direct radio contact to aid stations.
Restrooms: T1, mile 6 of the bike, T2 and the finish area
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PRE-RACE & RACE DAY
Must HAVES for Bib Pick up:
MANDATORY BIKE DROP OFF
Saturday, May 20: 3:00 - 7:00pm at Bartlett High School
All racers must park at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center parking lot. From the VA, it is a short walk to the transition area using the west Bartlett driveway. Do not park in any of the Bartlett lots or along the Bartlett entry road or you will be towed. Only racers and one assistant (friend or family member) are allowed in the transition area. If you are unable to drop off your bike at this time, another racer can bring your bike; however a race official will have to place the bike in the corral for them. They will not be allowed in the corral area to set your items up. The corral will be available from 7:00 - 8:30am the morning of the event for you to drop off any other items you did not want to leave on Saturday. No one will be allowed in the area for set up after 8:30 am due to racer activity in the transition area. Bikes will be secured in the transition area overnight.
On-Deck Swim Times
What is the ultimate goal of changing the “on deck” times for race starts? Hopefully racers will spend less time standing in line waiting for their swim to start. Hip hip hooray!
While there are many variables that determine your bib assignments, those same variables make estimating your time to be on the pool deck, and ready for the swim portion of your triathlon, a challenge.
Based on an average swim time and how many swimmers may complete the first of their trifecta within an hour, we have made some changes to the “Time To Be On Deck For Your Swim” schedule. While these changes make it appear that many bib numbers will be asked to be on deck later, it is our intent that you will subsequently stand in line for less time and actually start your swim time earlier than in previous years.
Bib # Start Bib # End On Deck
1 50 8:30 am
51 240 9:00 am
241 500 10:00 am
501 750 11:00 am
751 1000 12:00 pm
1001 1250 1:00 pm
1251 1500 2:00 pm
1501 1625 3:00 pm
Can you define On Deck time? On Deck means on the deck of the pool and in line. You should give yourself an hour prior to your on deck time to pick up your swim card, get marked, go to the bathroom, have a drink of water or a bite of your nutritional bar, warm up in the center pool and be ready for your on deck time.
Watch for swim information, from circle swim etiquette to all sorts of FAQ’s coming out in the pre-race E-Newsletters
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Please attach your chip around your ankle before moving to the pool deck. A volunteer will mark your body and give you a swim card where your lap counter writes your swim time. There is a small lane for warming up before you cross to the other side of the pool and choose the shallow or deep end for your swim.
There are many clinics in town that specialize in either triathlon training, or specific clinics and resources for each discipline within triathlon.
Masters Swimming: Team practices with coaching, ideal for people who can swim freestyle reasonably well, and can swim for more than 1,000 yards in one practice.
Adult Swim Lessons: For those who are not comfortable participating in a structured practice with a team, or are not proficient enough at any of the strokes. Some venues providing lessons include:
If you are swimming on your own, there are several pools in the Anchorage area that offer lap swim time:
Road biking training and racing: Arctic Bicycle Club
Mountain biking: Alaska Dirt Divas
For indoor biking, considering purchasing a wind-trainer, so you can practice riding your own bike in the off season. There are also stationary bikes and spin classes at most local athletic clubs. You can also find many indoor bike workouts online.
Local running events and training:
Indoor running tracks:
TRIATHLON SPECIFIC TRAINING
The Alaska Triathlon Club works to foster the sport of triathlon at all levels, from beginners to seasoned racers. The club offers a variety of clinics throughout the months leading up to the Gold Nugget Triathlon, as well as races later in the summer.
Multisport Training of Alaska offers a comprehensive package of clinics and training sessions. Owned and operated by Lisa Keller, workouts are available for every level of fitness and expertise.
Turnagain Training offers individualized coaching, pre-established training plans, swim and run analysis, and nutritional counseling.
The Alaska Club offers a variety of programs and clinics to prepare their members (and nonmembers) for triathlons.
There are several online sites that offer comprehensive training programs to prepare for triathlons. BeginnerTriathlete.com is geared mainly for new triathletes and offers FREE information. For general information on the sport of triathlon, racing tips, race and event schedules, and rules visit the USA Triathlon.
2017: Kinsey Laine, 1:04:23
2016: Kinsey Laine, 1:04:42
2015: Kinsey Laine, 1:07:20.8
2014: Amber Stull, 1:08:38.30
2013: Amber Stull, 1:12:17.61
2012: Amber Stull, 1:08:49
2011: Shannon Donley, 1:05:07
2010: Shannon Donley, 1:05:19
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2017 Swim Opportunities!
The Gold Nugget Triathlon Board of Directors will host a workshop for first time racers.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
6:00 – 8:00pm
Bartlett High School Pool
The workshop will start with an informational session covering the basics of the race followed by an opportunity to get into the Bartlett pool with pros on the deck to answer questions about the swim portion of the race.
Register Now – open to the first 100 women to sign up.
Want to remember your awesome race? Looking for a special gift for your favorite triathlete? Make sure to check out the great race photography from Alaska's Focus Photography at their website:
• What do I need to know about the swim?
We provide lap counters and no handlers are allowed. While the lap counters can assist you in getting out of the pool, you might choose an edge lane with easy access to the ladder. You may not wear wet suits, fins, snorkels, or any flotation devices. You can use any combination of swim strokes. Stopping and standing is allowed, but walking or running along the bottom is not. Racers circle swim with three to a lane except seeded athletes and those who paid extra for a lane bid who swim two in a lane.
• What do I need to know about the bike?
There is no mandatory bike safety check, but it helps to make sure your bike is in good working order for the race. No tandems, recumbent bicycles, fairings or any other air resistance devices are allowed. (Exceptions for disabilities are at the Race Director's discretion.) Anytime you are on your bicycle, a protective hard shell bicycle helmet must be worn with the chinstraps fastened. This includes during bike drop off.
• Will there be aid stations and restrooms on the bike and run course?
Powerade, water and restrooms will be available on both the bike and run legs.
• Can I form a team?
Yes! The top times from 5 racers in your team combine for a team score. Awards for teams are given for Business, School and Open affiliation. All team members must complete the whole race.
• Is there a mother-daughter or grandmother-mother-daughter division?
Participants wishing to enter the Mother/Daughter division may make this designation online during registration. You may designate more than one daughter as well. There also is a Tri-Generation division for one grandmother, mother and a daughter. All members need to register and get their own unique link. Racers can be a Mother-Daughter team, or a Tr-Generation Team, but not both. Mother-daughter teams do not count against your participation in one other corporate, school, or open team.
• Why are there time penalties?
We follow the USA Triathlon rules to keep a safe, fair and fun race. Penalties are easily avoided by reading the rules, following instructions in the emails and listening to race officials. Common penalties are for abandoning gear, outside assistance, drafting and helmet infractions. Here is a link to the rule book for USA Triathlons.
• Can I give my timing chip and number to a friend?
Race numbers and chips are non-transferable. Transferring your number and/or chip to another participant and/or receiving a transferred number and/or chip will result in disqualification from this and future races. Chips and ankle straps will be distributed at bib pick-up. Bring them with you to the race!
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The Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon welcomes vendors to participate in the event in the Vendor area at the main event venue/finish line.
The Gold Nugget Triathlon would not be possible
without our volunteers! Volunteers make a difference
for each and every racer and are part of what make
the GNT so special. Over 70% of the volunteers are
racers. Family members and friends make great volunteers too!
Possible volunteer opportunities include:
... and more!
If you have questions, please contact us!
Over 500 volunteers support the race
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"A Woman's fitness event encouraging women of all ages and abilities to participate."
The Gold Nugget Triathlon mission is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls through athletics.
The Gold Nugget Triathlon Board of Directors believes that our women’s triathlon is more than just a one-day event. Women and girls train for this event year-round and many sign up as a way of kick-starting a brand new training and fitness regime. They often find this to be a life changing experience. Mothers and daughters train for this event together, as do groups of friends and colleagues.
The Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon is put on every year by Gold Nugget Triathlon, Inc. (GNT), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2003. Since 2003, there is a Board of Directors (who are entirely volunteers, with no paid positions or monetary compensation of any kind) which oversees the staging of the event and the other activities which the organization sponsors. The GNT contracts for certain services such as race management, timing, traffic control, course logistics and registration support. During the weekend of the race, and particularly on race day, several hundred more volunteers are needed to make the event run smoothly. We are very grateful to all who volunteer to make our event so fun and special for our participants!
Gold Nugget Triathlon Inc. became a not-for-profit in part so that we could receive tax-deductible donations. Most donations received go towards staging the event, which is an extremely costly endeavor. There are some years in which the race yields a profit, which we then try to spend in ways that fulfill our mission. In the past, we provide financial assistance to participants for whom the entry fee is prohibitive, donated to several high school triathlon teams, other Triple Patch events (Ski, BIke and Run for Women), Girls on the Run, Diabetes Organizations, Running Free Alaska, Let Every Woman Know, and to the all-girls' ski event "Fast & Female."
The Gold Nugget Triathlon is run by a volunteer board of committed directors, all of whom are interested in advancing sports for women of all abilities:
Lia Keller (President), Claire Norton-Cruz, Betsy Haines, Diane Barnett, Shannon Donley, Rose VanHemert, Trudy Keller (Secretary), Lynda Limón, Jennifer Schrage, Micaela Jones, Kristen Droge (Treasurer), Mary Vollendorf (Vice President) , Sarah Miller
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