MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon

 September 7th                                                Madras, Oregon
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The MAC Dash is turning six this year! The sixth annual event will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013. This year’s event includes a sprint triathlon and the kid’s Mini MAC Dash. All events will be centered at the beautiful Madras Aquatic Center in Madras, Oregon. This is a volunteer-organized community event whose proceeds benefit the Madras Aquatic Center’s youth programming.

Triathlon – The MAC Dash sprint triathlon is a fun, high-quality, pool-based event. This race consists of a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile road bike and a 3-mile run. Both individual and team competitors are welcome.

Mini MAC Dash –  The Mini MAC Dash is open to children 10 years and younger. THIS EVENT IS FREE!! The focus of the event is participation, not competition. This untimed event is a great way to introduce young children to triathlons and encourage physical activity. The Mini MAC Dash includes swim, bike and run legs. There are short course and long course options for the swim and bike (approxomate distances).

        SWIM:  Short Course – 2 widths of the lap pool
                   Long Course – 6 widths of the lap pool
         BIKE:   Short Course – 1/3 mile (relatively flat)
                   Long Course – 1 mile (with some fun hills)
         RUN:    Both Courses -1/4 mile  

Children may mix-n-match these varying courses to create the race that best suits them. Flotation devices, training wheels and adult assistance are all welcome. All participants must wear a helmet while biking. Registration for the Mini MAC Dash is now open and will close at approximately one hour before the race begins. The event will begin as the adult triathlon ends, approximately 11:30AM. Every participant will receive a shirt, goody-bag and a medal.Allowing the Mini MAC Dash to be free keeps it open to all children who want to participate. However, the popularity of this event has impacted the budget of the overall MAC Dash. If your family is able, a $10 donation would be greatly appreciated to off-set the costs. Donations will be accepted during packet pick-up.

Community – Madras is a small, rural community located in the beautiful high desert of Central Oregon.  There are nine snow-peaked mountains to the west and rolling hills to the east.  Each leg of the MAC Dash provides amazing views of the mountains and surrounding area.  September is a wonderful time of year in Madras with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Swim course – The MAC Dash will begin at the Madras Aquatic Center, a premier swimming facility. The swim requires completion of 20 lengths of the 25-yard lap pool. Your estimated 500-yard swim time is required to determine your race heat. You will be circle-swimming in a lane with competitors who report similar swim times. Significantly inaccurate times may result in disqualification.

Bike course – The 12-mile bike course begins and ends at the Madras Aquatic Center parking lot. The course leads the bikers through agricultural and quiet, residential areas of Madras.  The roads are wide and well paved.  An ANSI/Snell approved helmet is required.  Ride on the right side of the road and pass to the left.  Drafting, defined as being within 3 bike lengths of the rider in front of you, is not allowed.  Flaggers and volunteers will be at intersections along the race course, but be alert to traffic.  This course is not closed to vehicles. Pacing is not allowed in this event.Run course – Upon beginning the 3-mile run, competitors will head east past the Madras Aquatic Center and Jefferson County Middle School on another wide, well paved road.  The runners will then enter Juniper Hills Park and complete one lap of the paved running trail. Runners will finish the race on the track of Jefferson County Middle School. Pacing is not allowed in this event.
Event Divisions/Entry Fees
                                              received by                                  received by 
                                         August 10, 2013                      September 1, 2013
All male team……..$35 per person…………..$45 per person
All female team…..$35 per person…………..$45 per person
Coed team…………$35 per person…………..$45 per person
Family team……….$35 
per person…………. $45 per person
Mini MAC Dash…….FREE………………………FREE See final registration cutoff dates and times below!
Registration – Triathlon registration will close Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 11:59PM PST. There is no race day registration. Both mail-in and on-line registration are available. There will also be registration forms available at the Madras Aquatic Center.  Triathlon participation will be limited to 250 individuals/teams.
Age Requirements – You must be 10 years or older to participate on a triathlon team. You must be 14 years or older to participate as an individual triathlete. You must be 10 years or younger to participate in the Mini MAC Dash. All persons younger than 18 years must have a parent/guardian co-sign their registration form.

Training – The MAC Dash organizing committee will provide some training opportunities for the triathlon. These will include some focused swim training at the MAC and an opportunity to have a trial run of the race course a few weeks before race. Stay tuned for more information.

Packet Pick-up – Packet pick-up will be available Friday night, September 6th, from 5:00PM – 7:00PM. It will also be available 6:00AM – 8:00AM on race day. Packet pick-up is at the Madras Aquatic Center. All competitors will receive timing chips, transition area access bands, race numbers and technical fabric t-shirts.

Race Day – There will be a competitors meeting in the transition area at 7:00AM. The meeting will detail important information about the event and your attendance is strongly encouraged. The race provides a secure transition area in which only event staff and competitors will be allowed entrance. Each competitor must have his/her transition set-up no later than 8:00AM (sooner if in an early heat). Security will be provided in the transition area from 6:00AM – 12:00PM on race day.  All bikes must be picked up by noon.

Race start times:
Triathlon 7:30AM for the first swim heat
Mini-MAC Dash – approximately 11:30AM

Chip timing – This is a chip timed event. Participants must wear their assigned chip during the event. Participants are responsible for returning their timing chip at the finish or be charged a $30 chip replacement fee. The Mini MAC Dash is not timed. 
Awards – Every participant in the Mini MAC Dash will receive an award. Awards for the triathlon will be presented to the top male and female individual finishers and the top Jefferson County male and female individual finishers.  We will also award the top finishers in each of the individual male and female age categories.  These categories include 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.  There are no age categories for relay teams.  Two and three person teams will compete with each other.  Awards will be presented to the top male, female, co-ed and family teams. Random prize drawings will occur in which all competitors and volunteers will be entered.

Awards Party – The awards celebration includes many fun activities. Each competitor has the opportunity to receive a free massage at the finish by a registered massage therapist! A delicious barbeque is prepared by Madras’s own Great Earth Natural Foods. This is free to all triathlon participants. Lunch may be purchased for $5 by Mini MAC Dash participants and $10 by spectators. There is also music and a play-area for the kids.

Volunteers – Many volunteers are needed for this event.  Volunteers will play a key role in the success of the MAC Dash while having a lot of fun.  Each volunteer receives a T-shirt and is entered in the random prize drawings. You are also provided with early morning coffee and pastries and a free barbeque lunch. Please contact Jim Gemelas with any questions or 541-475-4588.

Parking – Competitors and event staff will park in the south-end parking lot of the Jefferson County Middle School.  Spectators will be directed to park in the north-end parking lot of the Middle School.  Overflow parking will be available at COCC.  There will be no street parking on roads used for the run and bike courses.

Directions – From the south:  Take Highway 97N into Madras.  Upon entering Madras, turn right at the second traffic light onto B Street.  Follow B Street approximately 1 mile and turn right onto City View.  Make your first left onto Kemper Way.  The Madras Aquatic Center will be on your right.
From the north:  Take Highway 97S into Madras.  Upon entering Madras, turn left at the second traffic light onto B Street.  Follow B Street approximately 1 mile and turn right onto City View.  Make your first left onto Kemper Way.  The Madras Aquatic Center will be on your right.

Madras Aquatic Center
1195 SE Kemper Way
Madras, Oregon 97741
(541) 475-4253
 Lodging Best Western Madras Inn…..541-475-6141

 For more information on the MAC Dash contact:
Madras Aquatic Center
1195 SE Kemper Way, Madras, OR  97741
Phone (541) 475-4253

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