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Race Reports for TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon - Sprint Course

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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Overall this was a great race! Expo and pre-race athletes meeting was nice, swim was perfect, bike course was challenging but not impossible. Run could have been shadier but was flat.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is my third time doing this race. I really recommend it and will likely do it again. They used to have better finisher medals, but since switching to TriRock, the medal isn't as good as it was.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I have been doing this since 2008. It has been a journey from not knowing how to ride a bike to HIM and now my 40th birthday and another race finished. Unfortunately I have suffered from both physical and mental setbacks. I am not sure what my future in the sport will be, but I sure have enjoyed being called a triathlete.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is always a well run race. Enjoyed the course, venue and company.
[5]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I like this race a lot. Part of it are the people I do it with, but it also has a good course, decent activities, great shirts, etc. They got rid of the post race tomato pie (pizza), so that sucked, but it was still awesome.
[6]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Well run event despite some challenging weather the night before. Will be curious to see how the new owners handle the race. The size of the sprint field has dropped dramatically in the last 2 years. AG size in 2010 was 270 and in 2012 it was only 79 participants.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great race well organized. I had a great time and the medal of the liberty bell was pretty cool too.
[8]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: After the awards ceremony, Bob and I stopped off at the expo. After much persistence, I won a doorprize from the Toyota group--a Nathan hand-held water bottle. Sweet!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Always a fun race and it helps it's on a Saturday. About 4:30 better than last year. Also moved up in both AG and gender rankings.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Not sure I will ever do a large city with a toddler again (not the race's fault, but it definitely was much more difficult than anticipated).
[11]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Once again a fun race (my 3rd time in it). I actually kind of like the individually identified rack sections, although I would probably hate it if I was all the way at the end of an aisle. (This eliminates some of the advantage of showing up real early to get a good rack position.) 2 minutes off of last year's time, mostly due to my improved bike pace.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Was a great race. Good music / food / activities. Very organized. Routes clearly marked. Will definitely be back!
[13]
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great medals! Volunteers not well-informed and not helpful calling out turns on the race course. I didn't care for the bike course. Even though I think I'm a decent runner, the numbers don't lie. What would have made me place higher is a better run.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too easy

  • Comments: One water station on the bike loop would have helped me since I dropped mine in transition.
[15]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: My goal was to get under 2:00 hrs and my stretch goal was 1:40 hrs, so in the end, I was happy with 1:47. It was my first Tri, so by definition, everything was a PR, and it should only go up from here. Overall, it was a fun day and I've have already signed up for my second one later this season (Olympic distance). I'll do the Philly Tri again next year, probably sticking with the Sprint distance as a good way to start the season off and to see if I can improve my time significantly or not.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Ive already commented above on the lack of communication - both email and website was pretty sparse. The transition areas were kind of treacherous - it was very steep getting out of the water, most people needed a hand up. It was also very narrow getting onto the bike, and very confusing starting the run. I think most of that could have been avoided with better planning (or better signage). Running out of medals at the end also seemed like a simple thing to avoid. Sad not to get a medal for my very first race.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The course, the volunteers, and everything about organizing the race was top notch. I would do this again. I only had one minor qualm, considering how much the race cost, and the huge sponsors involved, there was ZERO swag/freebies/giveaways. Not even so much as a power-gel in the race bag. You got an event t-shirt and that was it. Even the vendors at the expo were stingy and weren't giving anything away. Heck, there were barely any 'deals' at the expo either. Just retail price stuff. That was kind of dissapointing. The race itself though was top notch.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Let me start by saying I feel terribly for the family of the man who did not make it out of the water. That is very very sad. Before having heard that news, I was on a personal high, as this was my best triathlon performance yet. I took over 5 and a half minutes off my time from last year, which included less time in every part of the event! I even shaved 12 seconds off the swim, despite it being too warm to wear a wetsuit. The biggest gains were in the bike and run. I had a great morning out there.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: a little issue with my wave assignment, but other than that, this is one of the best run races around. it's a sprint/oly put on with the organization and attention to detail of a major race. great course, good post race food, etc.
[20]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What a differnce a couple of weeks makes. After a tough day at Eagleman I was hoping to redeem myself. This was the third year in a row that I've done this race with extended family and we always have a great time. I'm not sure you can find a better race for beginners! Finished 44/81 in AG, solid MOP. For someone who has always been BOP, I couldn't be happier. Got to meet Newbz and said hi to Silver Bullet as I ran by in T2. It was a great day!
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  • Comments: Well organized race, lots of beginners, huge transition area, great ride through park.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: As noted earlier, this was my first road triathlon, and only second overall. This was originally planned as a "warm up" to Xterra Dirty Grizzly in August, which it was, however my results were better in this course. Speaks to my MTB skills at the time. This could also be called my "couch to sprint" race, since I had been inactive the last 10+ years, and started swimming only 6 months earlier. On this race day, I had lost about 30 lbs since January 2010. So looking back, 24th of 82 in my age group, on a mountain bike, wasn't bad.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First triathlon was a success. Swimming leaves the most be to desired though. Believe that I got sick from bacteria in river which led to diagnosis of mesenteric lymphadenitis a week later.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: They do a great job organizing the tri. Lots of fun- A must do!
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  • Comments: I was sick and was nursing an ankle sprain. Combine that with my inability to swim and the time was actually OK. Learned a lot from this race.
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