14th Annual Rocky Point Triathlon at Las Palomas

14th Annual Rocky Point Triathlon at Las Palomas BROUGHT TO YOU BY HUMAN MOVEMENT MANAGEMENT, UNDER ARMOUR, AND RACELAB Hola Triathletes! Our favorit...
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Hola Triathletes! Our favorite event of the year is almost here…Rocky Point Tri!! Not only has this race been named the “Best Post Race Party in Triathlon” by Triathlete Magazine, but this event has one of the most incredible histories in all of triathlon! We’re so excited to be bringing you the 14th Edition of this Historic Event! Puerto Penasco (or Rocky Point for all you Gringo’s) is a very special place for our team. Besides the beautiful landscape, the wonderful people in town and the great support we receive from the local community; it is a great opportunity for us to support great charities of Sonora. This event benefits Proteccion Civil and the D.I.F. who will both be on site the whole weekend. We would also like to thank Under Armour, the full staff at Human Movement, The Puerto Penasco Government and Gus and Bettina from Racelab for making this event possible. In this athlete guide, you will get a quick run down of the courses and schedule of events. Since we’re all family here, if you have any questions about the website or the Athlete Guide, please call (603) 557-7994 or email [email protected] even when you are in Rocky Point…or just stop by our condo at Las Palomas…it’ll be the one with kayaks, race bibs and beer on the porch… We’ll be happy to help! We encourage everyone to pick up his or her race packet on Friday night at our Packet Pick-Up at Las Palomas Resort. This will allow athletes to have more time to prepare for the event on Saturday morning. Athletes are also welcome to join our (FREE!!) Sunset Yoga session on Friday night as well. On site registration is available Friday night and Saturday morning for the procrastinators. UPDATE: First Wave Will Start at 8:30 AM. Please keep reading for more details! Here’s to a great weekend of racing and spending time with friends on the beach! Healthy Regards, Lindsey Miller, Race Director Human Movement, Inc. u:: www.humanmovement.me u:: www.rockypointtri.com e:: [email protected] 1111 South Street, Louisville, CO 80027

OFFICIAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, April 24, 2015 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Optional Last Minute Bike Tune Ups Provided by Tribe Multisport

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Swim Safety Clinic Hosted by RaceLab (FREE!)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Onsite Registration, Packet Pickup, and Expo Next to pool at the Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort (Phase 1) Must have your picture ID to receive your packet and shirt Accepting credit cards and cash (dollars or pesos) only

6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, & 8:00 PM

Optional Athlete Meeting On stage next to pool Opportunity to gather course details and ask questions

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sunset Yoga (FREE!) Location is TBD depending on number of participants. Meet at 5:45pm at Registration Area. Please bring your own yoga mat. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 6:00 AM – 7:30 AM

Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup Next to pool at the Las Palomas Beach & Golf Resort (Phase 1) Must have your picture ID to receive your packet and shirt Accepting credit cards and cash (dollars or pesos) only

6:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Transition Area Open Athletes only area First Come First Serve Bike Racking Body marking inside transition area

8:00 AM

Pre-race Briefing at swim start

8:30 AM

Triathlons Start (subject to change due to tides) Wave 1 – Olympic Men 39 & Under Wave 2 – Olympic Men 40 & Over Wave 3 – Olympic Women & Relays Wave 4 – Sprint Men 39 & Under Wave 5 – Sprint Men 40 & Over Wave 6 – Sprint Women & Relays

8:50 AM

5K / 10K Start (subject to change due to last swimmers) Mass start on golf course next to transition area

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

DJ ToRo spinning tunes

11:00 AM – 7:30 PM

Beach & Pool Fiesta Free Tecate beer for athletes Free quesadillas, beans, rice, chips and salsa for athletes

12:00 PM

Transition closed

12:00 PM

Award Ceremony (subject to change) On stage next to pool

10:00 PM

Pool Bar Closes

Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mexican Buffet Breakdown At the Las Palomas’s Citron Restaurant Make sure to wear your athlete wristband for discount. $18 per person


directions to las palomas


1. From PHX take Loop 202 or SR60 (Superstition Freeway) to I-10 South 2. Exit on SR 347 (Exit 164) and head towards Maricopa 3. Continue on SR 347 through Maricopa until you reach SR 238 towards Mobile (also known as Dead Cow Road) 4. SR 238 will end at a STOP sign. Turn left at the STOP sign and it will put you into Gila Bend. 5. Continue through Gila Bend until you reach McDonalds. Turn right at the sign just before the McDonalds for Mexico/ SR 85 South. 6. Take SR 85 South to Ajo (39 miles) 7. Continue on SR 85 South to Why, AZ (10 miles) 8. Continue on SR 85 South to Lukeville, AZ (27 miles) 9. Lukeville is the border between USA and Mexico. Once you cross the border, you will be in Sonotya, Mexico. At this time, distances change from miles to kilometers. 10. Continue on the main road for approximately 1.8 miles. You will arrive at a 2-way intersection with a stop sign. At this time, you will see a monument and signs for PTO Penasco and Santa Ana to the left. Make a left at the stop sign and then bear right, follow the signs to PTO Penasco. 11. Stay to the right towards Puerto Penasco/Caborca and the Y on the road. There is a traffic light soon after you bear right. Continue straight through this traffic light to Mexico Highway 8. 12. Once you have gone through Sonoyya, continue on Highway 8 from Sonotya to Puerto Penasco (60 miles). Along the way, there is a sign that says El PTO Penasco. DO NOT TURN at this sign. It is in the middle of the desert! Continue on Highway 8 until you see the sign for your appropriate resort. For all Sandy Beach Resorts (Sonoran Sea, Princesa, Las Palomas, Las Palmas, Bella Sirena, Sonoran Spa, Sonoran Sun, Esmerelda, Casa Blance), you will turn at the first light when you reach town. This light will have signs for Sandy Beach Resorts and it is named Blvd. Samuel Ocana. 13. If you turn to go to Sandy Beach Resorts, continue on Samual Ocana past the railroad tracks. You will reach a round-about with a Circle K. Continue on the road and head towards the resorts on the horizon through the arches at Costa Diamante.


Valencia Road is the largest major street in Tucscon that then becomes State Highway 86- head West. You can also use Ajo Way or I-19 (Ajo Exit)- both heading West. Once on Highway 86, continue West through Sells and Quijotoa (these towns are on the Papago Indian Reservation- Tohono O’Odham) to the town of Why. At Why, turn left onto State Highway 85 South. Follow Highway 85 South to Lukeville, Arizona at the Mexican border. For information on the border crossing, see our Customs information page. Just over the U.S./Mexican border is the Mexican town of Sonoita. Stay to the right and there will be signs which direct you through town to Puerto Penasco. They will place you on the Mexican Route 8 and an almost straight run to Puerto Penasco, commonly known as Rocky Point. There are a few sharp turns so stay alert and preferably drive only during the daytime.


Take Interstate Highway 8 East through the Arizona bordertown of Yuma, to the town of Gila Bend. At Gila Bend, turn south on State Highway 85 through the towns of Ajo and Why until you reach Lukeville at the Mexican border. For information on the border crossing, see our Customs information page. Just over the U.S./Mexican border is the Mexican town of Sonoita. Stay to the right and there will be signs which direct you through town to Puerto Penasco. They will place you on the Mexican Route 8 and an almost straight run to Puerto Penasco, commonly known as Rocky Point. There are a few sharp turns so stay alert and preferably drive only during the daytime.


Local Contact FOR THE RACE Lindsey Miller p:: (603) 557-7994 e:: [email protected] Nick Christopher p:: (303)-827-6282 e:: [email protected]

Get Mexican Auto Insurance It’s a real thing. It’s super cheap and will save you a ton of hassle if you are unlucky and get into an accident.

RACE DAY PARKING INFO Athletes who are not staying at Las Palomas, please follow the instructions of the Parking Officials who will be onsite directing traffic. Spectators and participants will be parking at the “Sales Office” lot and/or the “Golf Course” lot for both Packet Pick up on Friday night and for the race on Saturday morning. It will be EXREMELY difficult, if not impossible, to get your car out while the bike course is open. Please don’t try. Go have a free Tecate on us! If it is an emergency, please contact a race official for help.


U.S. citizens returning from Mexico must present a passport or passport card to enter the United States. Children 15 and younger can cross with a U.S. birth certificate or naturalization certificate. DO NOT TRY TO BRING FIRE ARMS OR AMMO!! That will land you in jail for sure!! With some frequency, the US State Department issues travel advisories warning about increase violence along the border. The city of Puerto Peñasco is in northern Mexico. But the town has not seen the rolling gun attacks seen in the border towns of Juarez, Nogales and Tijuana. Safety concerns in the beachside resort town are at a “far lesser degree” than the aforementioned trouble spots, said Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard late last year. The facts and statistics show that since 2008 there have been four gun related deaths among the police, but no tourist casualties. Mexican authorities heavily patrol the highway to Rocky Point knowing that the community needs tourists to continue to thrive.

There are thousands of Americans that visit Rocky Point on a regular basis… It is very, very rare to hear them complaining about safety or crime issues. Some perspective: every Christmas in Britain about 700 people go to hospital for treatment to injuries inflicted while opening their gifts (knives slip, scissors go too far etc). There are 60 million British people. 20 Million people visit Mexico each year. So far (and not to take away from the tragedy and seriousness of it) only a handful of innocent tourists have been caught in the unfortunate criminal shootings… That means you are 4 times more likely to be injured by your own Christmas present in Britain than by a Mexican thug. Just saying. The water is safe to use when cooking, showering and brushing your teeth. It is probably also safe to drink but stick with bottled water to be safe. We also HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Mexican Auto Insurance before you cross the border. It can and will save you a lot of hassle!


Ok Tri Geeks (we can say that because we are one), this is a little different than our hard core, draft until you’re caught, triathlon. Rocky Point is more of a celebration than a race. Yes, we will have accurate courses, chip timing, awards and all the goodies you expect from a triathlon, but the spirit is much more relaxed. Transition opens at 6:00am on Saturday morning. It is totally secure, but you are still responsible for your belongings- aka - don’t throw your wetsuit three bike racks over as you’re racing to get on your helmet and claim it was stolen. If anyone is going that fast in transition, we may ask you to slow down. The bike course is “secure” but not completely closed. Please be aware of traffic and be courteous to everyone - fellow triathletes, cars, workers, and volunteers.

The run course is on a closed golf course. The weather looks like it will be amazing, possibly even warm. If you require more water than the aid stations can provide, we recommend running with a camelback or a water bottle. PLEASE DON’T LITTER. The golf course is so kind to let use their course to run on it, so let’s leave it better than how we found it. The water will be 100% purified bottled water put into disposable cups. Please don’t take your bike out of transition before EVERYONE has gone out on the run. It’s simply not nice or fair to those who are still “racing”. No exceptions. Also, you will need your bib number or your body marking to get your bike out of transition. Again, no exceptions. Please have all equipment out of the transition area no later than 12:00pm, as we will not be responsible for it after that time. We recommend securing all of your gear before you start celebrating the day.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What do I need to cross US / Mexico border?

Where will parking be located?

Where do I pick up my race packet?

How many aid stations will there be on course?

Crossing the border into Mexico should not be a problem. For re-entry back into the US, make sure to bring proper documentation, such as a valid passport.

Packet pickup will be setup next to the pool of Last Palomas Resort (Phase 1) on Friday April 24th from 5pm-8pm. Athletes will need to show your picture ID in order to pickup your packet and shirt. You can pickup your friend’s packets if you have their ID.

What else do we need to bring?

We are asking that participants bring donations to the event that Rocky Point Triathlon will donate to local schools and kids in need. Any sporting goods (basketballs, soccer balls, etc.) as well as any other items (clothing, shoes) you think would be beneficial would be greatly appreciated! Please do not bring any perishable items such as food. G to We will have a drop off location located near registration – so just bring your items with you when you pick up your race packet and we will take care of the rest!

Are there special lodging rates for participants? We’re so glad you asked! Yes – there is. Either go online or call Las Palomas Resort – and use the following Group ID: TRIA15 and Password tri15. If you have already reserved a room without using the code – call the Reservations Department, tell them you’re part of Rocky Point Triathlon, and they will update your room reservation.

Is the race timed?

Our friends at Gemini Timing will be timing all races. Athletes will pick up their timing chips during packet pick up. This race has selected the Multi-Sport Tag Timing System. Your timing chip and strap should be attached to your left ankle. You must wear a timing chip to receive your time. Timing chips will be collected as soon as you cross the finish line. Timing chips must be returned. If they are not, an $85 replacement fee will be charged to the athlete.

Where are the bathrooms?

Bathrooms are located throughout the Las Palomas Resort. Please be patient and courteous to your fellow participates.

Athletes and guests will be permitted to use the resort parking lots race weekend. Resort staff will be directing parking at the entrance gate.

There will be no aid station on the bike course so athletes are responsible for being their own hydration. On the run course, there will be 2 aid stations. Aid stations will be stocked with bottle water and ice.

How will the courses be marked?

The bike and run course will be marked with blue and yellow duct tape. Athletes will follow the color tape that matches their race bib. Olympic Triathlon and 10K participates will follow the blue tape. Sprint Triathlon and 5K participates will follow the yellow tape. There will also be mile markers along the courses.

Will wetsuits be allowed?

As this not a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, there are no set regulations on when a wetsuit can or cannot be used. It is up to race director to make this call the day before the race. We recommend not wearing a wetsuit if water temperatures are higher than 85 degrees.

Will there be bike technicians on hand?

Tribe Multisports will be available the day before and race day to deal with any last minute tune-ups. They will also be operating a “stag” vehicle on the bike course.

Will there be food for athlete’s families and friends to purchase?

Families and friends can purchase food and drinks from the resort.

Will beer be served?

Athletes 18 or over can celebrate your finish with FREE Tecate beer. Other alcoholic drinks and soda will be available for purchase from the resort bar.


• The Department of Familia or DIF will be on hand collecting non-perishable food, clothing, and monetary donations for the local community. DIF is a social assistance branch of the government that seeks to direct public policy regarding social assistance while promoting the integral development of the family and community. Remember you can not bring any type of food, even can goods, across the border so it will have to be purchased locally. The town of Puerto Penasco has been so supportive in making this event is a success year after year, we want to give back and need your help. • Volunteers will be doing their best to remove each athlete’s timing chip as they cross the finish line but ultimately it is the athlete’s responsibility to make sure their timing chip is returned. Athletes will be charged $85 for chips not returned to Gemini Timing within one week after the event. • We strongly recommend that everyone consider purchasing Mexico auto insurance before crossing the border.

AND LASTLY, we’d like to thank Under Armour and the Racelab Training Family, but especially Gus and Bettina. See you at the beach! Sincerely, The Human Movement Staff

TriSports.com is proud to support the Rocky Point Tri participants by offering ® a 15% discount off in our online store! Simply enter code RACE15R in the coupon code field at checkout to receive your discount. Sign up on our website for our brand new Loyalty Pays program and you can also earn points for all of your purchases, as well as for reviewing products, referring friends and more! Then you can redeem your points for more gear! Please note that this

discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or on sale or clearance products. Not valid on bikes or products deemed as noneligible by our manufacturers. For a complete list of such exclusions, please see our website at http://www.trisports.com/discounts.html. Points awarded on post-discount amount. Valid through Dec 31, 2015.


Human Movement Management, an event production company based in Louisville, CO, produces over 350 events annually. Yes, annually. They host the biggest 5K’s in the World - The Ugly Sweater Run, Dirty Girl Mud Run, The Zombie Run - but their roots are in Triathlons. They started the triathlon craze in Tempe Town Lake in 2002 with the little Splash and Dash Races, then the famous Soma Half Ironman and Timex Triathlon. Now their staff of over 150 produces races all over the globe every weekend but are so excited to be down in Rocky Point to party with all of you.. and they can party.. a lot.