The Inaugural Hope Over Heroin AMG Akron City Triathlon

Benefitting the Hope Over Heroin Missions

Portage Lakes State Park/Lock 3 Downtown Akron

Sunday, July 9, 2017

800y Swim, 17m Bike, 4m Run

EVENT CANCELLED for 2017

Welcome to the home page of the 2017 Hope Over Heroin Akron City Triathlon!

 

Although the CHAMP CHUMP Crew likes to believe all of our events are special and unique...well....we believe this one is a one-of-a-kind here in Northeast Ohio multisport racing!  First, this is the first event of its kind in Downtown Akron.  Akron hosts many great fitness events for great causes from marathons to 5Ks, but the sport of triathlon will make its way down King James Way into the beautiful Lock 3 Park pursuing the defeat of drug addiction through its partnership with Hope Over Heroin.   Secondly, this "intermediate" distance event will also be a point-to-point race beginning at Portage Lakes West Reservoir with a 800 yard swim, followed by a 17 mile bike into the City of Akron past some of Akron's landmarks including Bridgestone Golf Club, the newly remodeled Goodyear District, and the World-class Soap Box Derby Racetrack!  Transition Area #2 will be on King James Way in the heart of downtown Akron.  Athletes will then run a spectator-friendly 4 mile (2 laps of 2 miles) course on Main Street and the Towpath finishing in Lock 3 Park.  Thirdly...in addition to individual winner awards and age group place winners, this event will host the first "Triathlon Club/Team" Division using a cross country style scoring system to crown the area's and state's top multisport teams and clubs.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you can join us for a unique day of multisport racing, but more importantly, support an increasing urgency to defeat addiction NOW through the collaboration with Hope Over Heroin.

Fee Schedule: (USAT One-Day Licence add $15)

$69 Registration through April 30

$79 Registration May 1 through July 6

$90 Late registration on July 7-8 at race site

ALERT!  ALERT! PLEASE READ PRIOR TO REGISTERING!

There are 2 registration categories: 1, USAT Member and 2, USAT NON-Member.  

  • If you are a USAT Member with a USAT license, then you will register under the $69 USAT Member Category

  • IF you are NOT a USAT Member, you have 2 options:

    • A) Access the USA Triathlon link below and become a member. THEN once you become a member, you can register under the $69 USAT Member Category.​ OR...

    • B) Register for the race under the NON-Member USAT category and pay the $15 One-Day License fee. 

This event is a USAT Sanctioned Event.  A USAT Member Licence is required for this event. Feel free to click on the logo below for membership information or you can purchase a "One-Day Licence" during the registration process.  One-Day Licenses are $15 and expire at the completion of the event.

Become a USA Triathlon Member Now!

EVENT CANCELLED for 2017

 

Date:  Sunday, July 9, 2017  8:00am

Location:

Swim Venue & Transition Area #1: On Tap Grille & Bar 562 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, OH 44319

 

Finish & Transition Area #2: Lock 3 Park

Event Set-up

A Race for both the individual and teams!

The Inaugural Hope Over Heroin Akron City Triathlon (HOHT) is designed for the veterans of sport

and for the newbie as well.  The HOHT will recognize individual overall and age group place winners as well introduce the area's first triathlon club/team challenge.  

Individuals Age Group Awards:

Awards to the TOP THREE Overall Male and Female

Awards to TOP THREE Male/Female Age Groups

  • 18 & Under

  • 19-24

  • 25-29

  • 30-34

  • 35-39

  • 40-44

  • 45-49

  • 50-54

  • 55-59

  • 60-64

  • 65-69

  • 70 & Over

Team Awards:

Top Male & Female Teams and the pride of being on a team!

Here's How The Team Challenge Works!

As athletes race for individual accomplishments and goals, the CHaMP CHuMPs will use cross country scoring to score the team challenge.  The team race will recognize the top overall male and female teams using the team's top five placers for scoring.  These top five placings (for male teams) and top four placings (for female teams) will be added together to calculate the team score.  

 

Scoring Example Time!

The female triathlon club called TEAM CHAMP CHUMPettes has athletes that finished in the following overall list:

2nd Overall Female= Cindy Crawford

4th Overall Female = June Cleaver

17th Overall Female = Jodan Fankenbaum

23rd Overall Female = Meg Griffin

45th Overall Female = Dolly Parton

59th Overall Female = Julz Shpants

The CHAMP CHUMPettes final team score is 46 (which is 2 + 4 + 17 + 23)  The 46 is the sum of the first 4 places.  Dolly Parton's place of 45th will only be used in the event of a tie.  Julz Shpants 59th finish is very admirable but does not factor into the team score.  She should be very proud of herself regardless!  Way to go, Shpants!  

Lowest point value of all the teams wins!  YAY!

Event Timeline:

Now through July 9  Prepare yourself to be the best you can be!

Thursday, July 6    Online Registration Ends

Friday, July 7         Registration & Packet pick-up at On Tap Grille & Bar Portage Lakes 

                                                                           562 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, OH 44319

Saturday, July 8    Registration & Packet pick-up at Lock 3 Akron

Sunday, July 9       SHOWTIME!

5:30am  TA 1 @ On Tap Bar opens for bike drop

6:15am  Shuttles open from TA 2 @ Lock 3 to TA 1@ On Tap Bar

7:15am  Last shuttle from TA 2 to TA 1

7:50am  Pre-race blah-blah yap-yap form the race director and meeting stuff

Event Waves begin at 8:00am @ On Tap Grille & Bar, Portage Lakes

 

 

 

 

EVENT CANCELLED for 2017

 

SWIM COURSE  Swim Course Map

The 800 yard swim course will have buoys on the left side.  This will be a square shaped 2-lap course. 

BIKE COURSE     View Bike Course Map               View Bike Turn-by-Turn

 
RUN COURSE   
 
 
The run course will begin on Main Street at Lock 3 just south of the Convention Center as you exit transition area #2. The run course is a spectator-friendly, mostly flat 2 lap X 2 mile course.  
Click here to access run map

The 2017 HOH Akron Triathlon will be a point-to-point race with the swim and transition #1 at Portage Lakes State Park/On Tap Bar & Grill and Transition #2 on King James Way in downtown Akron.  There are several options to consider when preparing for a point-to-point event.

 

First, we need to explain the packet-gear bag thingy.  Your packet/gear bag you will have the following items:

  • Timing chip and strap.  Must be worn throughout the race.

  • Race bib.  Only needs to be worn on the run portion of the race through the finish.

  • Bike frame number.  Applied to the bike frame prior to the race.

  • Event wrist band. Must be worn throughout the race. This band will be also be used to collect your belongings after the race.

  • 1 BLACK plastic bag and 1 WHITE plastic bag.  These bags will be used to pack your gear in transition areas.

  • Official race T-shirt.  We hope you like!  If not, please apply blame to the tall lenky race director lady!

  • Goodies & sponsor items

Which category applies to you?

Category #1:

 

You are in Category #1 if you...

  • ...Choose to pick-up your packet/gear bag on Friday 7/6 @ On Tap Bar & Grill or Saturday 7/7 from 4-8pm at Lock 3 AND...

  • ...Have your own transportation before and after the race.

Here what you will do...

Friday or Saturday:  You pick up your packet/gear bag at the respective site.  After that, you will rack your bike in the assigned transition #1 bike rack area.  You can place your bike gear (shoes, helmet, etc) here at your spot overnight or you can drop this gear off in the morning upon arriving at the beach on race day.  You can report directly to the swim as we will have a "T2 Bike Bag" drop off truck and will transport that bag to Akron/T2 for you. 

Sunday/Race-day:  Your transportation drives you to  and you report to your transition  #1 spot and fine-tune your area.  You then get your game face on and get ready to go!  After your swim, you will pack ALL of your swim gear in the BLACK T1 Bag provided and then away you go on the bike!  Make sure all your swim gear and transition area is clean of your gear and IN YOUR BAG prior to leaving for the bike course.  CHAMP will load this bag and get it back to you in Akron.  Upon your arrival in Akron after your bike segment, you will then head through transition #2, drop off your bike, grab your WHITE T2 Run Bag (with your run gear in it) and change for the run.  Then away you go!!!  Then you will finish!  (we hope!)

 

 

Category #2:

 

You are in Category #2 if you...

  • ...Choose to pick-up your packet/gear bag on Friday 7/6 @ On Tap Bar & Grill or Saturday 7/7  from 4-8pm at Lock 3 AND...

  • ...are flying solo and need transportation from Akron to the swim.

Here what you will do...

Friday or Saturday:  You pick up your packet/gear bag.  After that, you will rack your bike in the assigned transition #1 bike rack area.  You can place your bike gear (shoes, helmet, etc) here at your spot overnight in your T1 Bike Bag.

Sunday/Race-day:  You drive to Akron/Race-day check-in area to prep and drop your T2 Run Bag.  You will then hang out and catch the transportation bus to the swim.  Once you arrive at the swim, you double check and prep your T1 area.  You then get your game face on and get ready to go!  After your swim segment, you will pack ALL of your swim gear in the BLACK T1 Bike Bag provided and then away you go on the bike!  Make sure all your swim gear and transition area is clean of your gear and IN YOUR BAG prior to leaving for the bike course.  CHAMP will load this bag and get it back to you in Akron.  Upon your arrival in Akron after your bike segment, you will then head through transition #2, drop off your bike, grab your WHITE T2 Run Bag (with your run gear in it) and change for the run.  Then away you go!!!  Then you will finish!  (we hope!)

 

 

Category #3:

 

You are in Category #3 if you...

  • ...Cannot pick-up your gear until Sunday (race-day) morning.

  • ...Have your own transportation before and after the race.

Here what you will do...

Saturday:  Nothing!  You are busy doing something important, like spending time with your family, or fishing at the campground, or maybe sewing a new quilt, or going to the dentist, or trying to score brownie points with the in-laws by building them a new deck or changing the oil in their cars, or perhaps playing the star role of Bilbo Baggins in a community theatre musical called, "The Hobbit on a Rampage." 

Sunday/Race-day:  Your transportation drives you to On Tap Grill early to pick-up your Packet/gear bag.  You then rack you bike in the assigned transition #1 rack area and prep your spot.  Once everything is prepped and ready to go, you will make sure your T2 Run Bag is packed and loaded on the CHAMP truck (at On Tap Grill).  We will transport this bag to Akron/T2 for you.  You then get your game face on and get ready to go!  After your swim segment, you will pack ALL of your swim gear in the BLACK T1 Bike Bag provided and then away you go on the bike!  Make sure all your swim gear and transition area is clean of your gear and IN YOUR BAG prior to leaving for the bike course.  CHAMP will load this bag and get it back to you in Akron.  Upon your arrival in Akron after your bike segment, you will then head through transition #2, drop off your bike, grab your WHITE T2 Run Bag (with your run gear in it) and change for the run.  Then away you go!!!  Then you will finish!  (we hope!)

 

 

 

Category #4:  The most time-consuming option :(   Be sure to leave plenty of time to prepare.

 

You are in Category #4 if you...

  • ...Cannot pick-up your gear until Sunday (race-day) morning.

  • ...are flying solo and need transportation from Akron to the swim @ On Tap Grill.

Here what you will do...

Saturday:  Nothing!  Just be chillin' like a villain! 

Sunday/Race-day:  You drive to the swim @ On Tap Grill  to pick-up your Packet/Gear-bag.  You will then rack your bike in the assigned racking area in T1 and prep your spot.  Once your T1 spot is ready to go, you will then drive to Akron/Race-day check-in area to prep and drop your T2 Run Bag.  You will then hang out and catch the transportation bus to the swim.  Once you arrive at the swim, you can double check your T1 area.  You then get your game face on and get ready to go!  After your swim segment, you will pack ALL of your swim gear in the BLACK T1 Bike Bag provided and then away you go on the bike!  Make sure all your swim gear and transition area is clean of your gear and IN YOUR BAG prior to leaving for the bike course.  CHAMP will load this bag and get it back to you in Akron.  Upon your arrival in Akron after your bike segment, you will then head through transition #2, drop off your bike, grab your WHITE T2 Run Bag (with your run gear in it) and change for the run.  Then away you go!!!  Then you will finish!  (we hope!)

This option requires you to check-in first at On Tap to pick-up your packet, and then drive to Akron to catch the transportation bus back to the swim.  The CHaMP CHuMPS suggest the following time frame if you are in category #4:  Arrive approx. 5:30am at the swim to pick-up your packet and prep your T1 transition spot.  This will take approximately 30 minutes.  You will then have to drive to Akron/Lock 3 which is about a 15 minute drive.  This will get you to Akron approx. 6:15am which will give you about 45 minutes to catch the bus.

 

 

Points to Consider-

  • Remember, race time begins at 8:00am.

  • Bus transportation will be limited and will make runs from Newton Falls to West Branch beginning around 6:30AM with the last bus leaving at 7:20am  PLEASE!...OH PLEASE, OH PLEASE.!..do NOT procrastinate like me and wait until the last bus.  Plan your time wisely to ensure you have space on a bus.

  • You will have two transition bags: 1 black and 1 white.  Your black bag is your T1 swim to bike bag and the white bag is your T2 bike to run bag.  Make sure that following the swim, you pack all of your swim gear in the black bag in T1, and then following the bike, all of your bike gear gets in the white bag in T2.  We will then collect these bags and you will use your wrist bands to claim this gear after the race at Akron.

  • The T2 process will be a linear process and will go like this:  1.  Upon entering T2, rack your bike in T2 wherever you find an open spot along the racks,   2. Grab your white T2 bag lying on the ground in numerical order (we will have some volunteers to help locate your bags.)    3.  Get you bag and change into your run gear, 4. Drop off your T2 bag as you exit the transition area in Akron