This is a USAT Sanctioned Event. Athletes must follow USAT Rules which can be found here: https://www.teamusa.org/~/media/USA_Triathlon/PDF/About%20USAT/USAT%20Competitive%20Rules%20%20%20Updated%2011%2014.pdf
Please keep in mind this is a challenge, not a race. We want you to pace yourself for endurance and finish the event vs race each day as fast as you can and not be able to finish. With that said, we will be keeping track of time for event timing metric purposes as well as to provide to USAT per their requirement. There will be no first, second, third place winners, only finishers and participants.
We will be traveling together and ask that all athletes, crew and staff wear an EPIC5 piece of apparel to represent our group. This may be a shirt, hat, visor, jacket or other item of your choice.
With the exception of Kauai to Oahu, which is a larger plane, we will be split into smaller planes in an effort to evenly distribute luggage and avoid any delays (i.e. bikes!). Athlete, Crew Chief and Bikes will go on the largest of the interisland planes.
All associated costs for luggage are the responsibility of the athlete.
Hawaiian Airlines Baggage Fees up to 50 lbs are as follows for interisland travel:
$25 1st checked bag ($17 for Hawaiian Miles members)
$35 2nd checked bag ($20 for Hawaiian Miles members)
$50 Each additional piece
$35 Excess weight fee 51-70 lbs
$35 Oversize (Bike Box) fee
Recommended Checked Luggage (per athlete/team)
Check one piece of luggage per person to get the 1st checked bag lower rate.
NOTE: Crew should NOT check any luggage and should do carry on only. We are at high risk for luggage being delayed if we have too much. The airlines will remove a bike box to fit more luggage pieces.
Carry on luggage:
Award ceremony shall take place nearby at Fosters Kitchen. All finishers shall receive an award. Each athlete, both finishers & participants will be invited to speak a few words about their experience. Attendance not required, but highly encouraged for both athlete & crew. A plated dinner, dessert & adult beverages is included.
If conditions develop causing a change in plans, efforts will be made to either modify the course and/or postpone until conditions are safe.
This event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. As part of this sanction, each participant will be required to hold a current USAT membership, sign USAT waiver (AWRL), and Medical Consent and Release Form. Any participant who does not possess a valid USAT card will be required to complete an application for a single event permit as part of the registration process. We will have forms onsite at the pre event meeting.
Filming of the event for commercial or private use must have prior approval in writing. Film makers must adhere to all rules of the road and focus on safety first.
Colin Cross is our Professional Photographer for the event. His photos may be used for personal use on Twitter/Facebook by linking to the EPIC5 Official Flickr library. Please publish photo credits to Colin Cross. Any usage in blogs, newspapers, with sponsors, advertising, professional media require approval and/or purchase by contacting Colin at email@example.com.
All ground transportation to be arranged directly by athlete or his/her representative. We recommend this be done as far in advance as possible. Minivans are strongly recommended to fit bikes, luggage and crew. SUVs may also work but typically have less space.
More details on rental cars can be found HERE.
Let us know if you need help!
Athletes will be required to wear the official event swim cap during the swim. These will be provided in the EPIC swag bag
Each Athlete’s team is required to provide swim escort support on Kauai, Oahu & in Kona. If a crew member is unable to provide support, please contact us to assist with finding a volunteer.
Event will provide watercraft (SUP or kayak – not always a choice).
Although this event will be one of individual endurance, no one would be able to finish it without the cooperation inherent in good teamwork. Each support team will be required to provide for their participant’s needs and must not hinder or interfere with another team or person at any time. On the other hand, the underlying philosophy of this event is to encourage and promote the spirit of camaraderie with respect for all. Therefore, honesty, good judgment and sportsmanlike conduct are all integral parts of the event and will be expected of everyone at all times.
There are no time limits to finishing each day other than being able to make the group flights.
The event name and logos are registered marks which may not be used or reproduced in any manner without prior written consent from the Race Director. Any artwork including the logo must be submitted in advance to the Race Director and approved. A logo licensing fee may be charged. Such marks, as well as selected sponsor logos, may be required to be worn and/or displayed by participants and team members during certain portions of the event. Notification of such requirements, if any, will be made as part of the registration process. Participants may make copies of pertinent written materials in connection with preparations for the event; however, such copies are for personal use only and may only be distributed to bona fide team members who may not reproduce them in any manner thereafter.
Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event.
Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle.
Penalty: Disqualification on the course
Drafting: Drafting–keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position–keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking–riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken–once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again.
Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times.
Penalty: Course Marshal’s discretion
Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden.
Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, ipods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the event.
Wetsuits: Each participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.
Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course.