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GENERAL LOGISTICS:

RELAY TEAM DIVISIONS

EPIC CHALLENGE (Formerly ADAPTIVE) – One member must have a disability – (Sponsor: Sacramento County Regional Parks)
PUBLIC SECTOR CUP – all members must work for the same  for at least 20 hrs per week – (Sponsor: Eppie’s Wellness Foundation)
OPEN CANOE
TANDEM KAYAK – 4 Person Team – (Sponsor:  CALIFORNIA FAMILY FITNESS)
STAND UP PADDLE – (Sponsor:  CITY OF RANCHO CORDOVA)
CORPORATE – All team members from same company and work at least 20 hours per week – (Sponsor: Eppie’s Wellness Foundation)
CO-ED – Any Age – (Sponsor: NATIONWIDE INSURANCE)
FAMILY – (Sponsor: Leonard Weed Memorial)
JUNIOR RELAY – 18 & Under, Any Gender
WOMENS OPEN
WOMEN 40+ – (40-49)
WOMEN 50+ – (50-59)
MEN’S OPEN – (Sponsor: Paul A. Garcia Family Fund)
MEN 40+ – (40-49)
MEN 50+ – (50-59)
60+ –  Any Gender – (Sponsor: ERDINGER)

**Age as of race day – July 16, 2016

Ironperson Divisions

IRONMAN  (19-39)
IRONMAN 40+ (40-49)
IRONMAN 50+ (50-59)
IRONMAN 60+

JUNIOR IRONMAN – 18 & Under (Sponsor: Pacific Coast Building Products)


IRONWOMAN  (19-39)
IRONWOMAN 40 + (40-49)
IRONWOMAN 50 + (50-59)
IRONWOMAN 60 +

JUNIOR IRONWOMAN – 18 & Under (Sponsor:  Rachel Gray Memorial)

NOTICES TO IRONPERSONS:

  • Those entering an Ironperson Division should be accompanied by a support crew for all phases of the race.
  • There will be one shuttle bus leaving River Bend Park (formerly Goethe Park) at 11:45 a.m. to take ironpersons to Sunrise to pick up their bikes.
  • Remember to remove all previous timing chips from other races, these can cause your accurate time to be misread.
  • Pick up bicycle before 1:00 p.m. See note on bicycle pickup for more information.



SET–UP

GETTING YOUR EQUIPMENT SET-UP:

> Read rules first, then click on link to see map:  Boat Staging

  • Allow at least one to two hours to drop off your boat and bike, as it’s a long drive between points and there are over 1,500 bicycles and boats in the race.
  • Have your crew deliver your bike and boat to assigned locations.
  • BOAT/PADDLE BOARD ASSEMBLY AREA:  Is at the Sacramento Bar across from Lower Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge
  • Boats must be checked in at Sacramento Bar between 5:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. No boats will be allowed into the area after 8:30 a.m.
  • IRON PERSON BOATS: will be placed upstream of the Lower Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge on the north side of the river. (See Map)
  • TEAM BOATS: will be placed downstream of the Lower Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge on the north side of the river.
  • EPIC CHALLENGE Division boats will be placed on the south side of the river downstream from the Lower Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge. If you are not in the Epic Challenge division, you are NOT allowed to set up in that area.
  • Race officials will make random checks to ensure that boats meet the division specifications. Boats not complying will not be eligible for awards.
  • BOAT NUMBERS: ALL Iron Person & Relay Teams are given an extra race number (included in the registration packet) that MUST be affixed to the left front of the boat prior to placing the boat on the beach. This number MUST be visible to the race officials and the finish line photographer. It will also help our volunteers locate your boat
  • Be extremely careful to read the bib number you have placed on your watercraft so that you do not inadvertently take another boat that is similar to yours. This has happened in previous races!

RUN-BIKE TRANSITION AREA:

  • Iron person bikes may be delivered to the staging area beginning at 5:00 a.m.
  • Team cyclists will be lined up in for sections labeled A, B, C, and D by divisions and will remain in the area assigned to their divisions until they have received the official ankle band from their team runners.
  • Runners must enter the lanes for their divisions from the dirt area on the levee side of the bicycle staging area.
  • Disqualification will occur for running to your cyclist on the bicycle trail side of the transition area or for cyclists leaving the designated area.
  • Team cyclists or iron persons’ crew may not enter the transition area with their bikes from the Guy West Bridge and its approaches after 8:00 a.m. Bicycle participants and/or their representatives shall have the total responsibility for the care and control of their bicycles. EGR is not responsible for any lost or stolen bikes.
  • IRON PERSON SUPPORT CREW MEMBERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO STAY CLEAR OF THE BICYCLE RACK AREA DURING THE RACE AND MAY NOT ASSIST THE IRON PERSON WITH THE BICYCLE. Please have a copy of your iron person/team bib number to pick up their equipment, shoes, or clothing left behind.

BIKE-BOAT TRANSITION AREA:

(Lower Sunrise Parking Lot and Footbridge)

  • A bike I.D. tag will be included in your race packet. This is an optional security service.
  • If you choose to attach the registration tag to your bike, your support crew will be required to show the matching tag to pick up your bike. We also suggest making a copy of your bib for those picking up your bike.
  • Each cyclist must review the Bike-to-Boat transition information on this website and in the Race Registration Packet (received at packet pick-up) to become familiar with the dismount area, the running route for teammates on the pedestrian bridge and the bike pick-up area.
  • At the conclusion of the bicycle portion of the race, Eppie’s Great Race® staff will catch your bike and take it to the nearby holding area. You must continue on foot and cross the timing mat with the ankle band. Do not stop, continue towards the footbridge. If you are part of a Relay Team, you must complete the “handoff” of your ankle band to your teammate who will be waiting for you on the pedestrian bridge. If you are an Ironperson, you are to cross the bridge and proceed to locate your watercraft to start the paddle portion of the race.
  • After that transition, stay clear of other participants on the bridge. During peak periods, there may be a delay in picking bikes up.
  • After retrieval of your bicycle from the holding area, you may not cross the pedestrian bridge until race officials signal that the bridge is open.
  • Cyclists may not return to River Bend Park along the race course until race officials signal that the course is open. Failing to do so will be grounds for disqualification.

FINISH LINE INFORMATION:

  • Boaters are required to exit their watercraft and run the remaining 50-to-100 feet to the finish chute. Please note that in the Open Canoe Division and Tandem Kayak Division, one paddler runs to the finish line while one paddler stays with canoe/kayak until it is placed on the beach.
  • To prevent injuries in case of a capsize or while running to the finish line, boaters are required to wear shoes in their watercraft.
  • Also to prevent injuries to volunteers and spectators, leave your paddle in the boat – do NOT carry it with you to the finish.
  • Each finisher will pass over two sets of timing mats wearing the ankle band and chip at ankle height to receive time for overall finish place as he/she crosses the finish line.
  • The finisher will proceed through the chute where a volunteer will collect the ankle band and timing chip.
  • Volunteers will be at the beach area to assist in moving boats to the boat storage area under the bridge.
  • Boats may be removed from the boat storage area after they are placed under the bridge. It is advisable to remove your boat from the storage area as soon as possible after 11:00 a.m. to prevent damage to or theft of your boat.
  • Identifying marking on your paddle is strongly recommended.
  • When recovering your boat do not interfere with finish area volunteers.

BICYCLE PICK-UP:

  • It is very important that all Eppie’s Great Race® participants pick up their bicycles before 1:00 p.m. at the Lower Sunrise parking lot bicycle dismount area. Please make a copy of your bib so your support crew will have no problems getting your equipment and/or clothing/shoes.
  • Failure to retrieve your bicycle by 1:00 p.m. creates a great hardship for the race organizers.
  • All bicycles remaining after 1:00 p.m. in the dismount area will be transported to the County Corporation Yard at 4040 Bradshaw Road.
  • These bicycles will not be available for pickup until after 10:00 a.m. on the Monday following the race.
  • A $50 fee will be charged to pick up a bicycle from the County Corporation Yard.
  • The County and EGR will not be responsible for any actual or alleged damage to any bicycle it transports to the Yard.
  • There will be one shuttle bus leaving River Bend Park at 11:45 a.m. to take ironpersons to Sunrise to pick up their bikes.
  • There will only be one bus so it is still recommended that you make your own arrangements for getting to Sunrise.

There will be no transportation back to River Bend Park. Ironperson crews should be at the run/bike transition area at the Guy West Bridge for bicycle security, and a crew member should be at the end of the bicycle segment, near the Sunrise Pedestrian Bridge, to remove the bicycle from the storage area.

BREAK–DOWN

BOAT PICK-UP AREA:

  • An area will be provided in William Pond Park for vehicles to pick up boats close to the river.
  • A 10-minute parking limit will be strictly enforced.
    GETTING YOUR CREW BACK TO THE FINISH AND PICNIC AREA:
  • Allow at least one hour to drop off boat and bike; due to traffic congestion it is a long drive between these points.
  • To get your crew to the finish and picnic area, drive into William Pond Park.
  • Do NOT use the River Bend Park entrance, access is not permitted to the public or participants.  Those who violate this rule may be subject to being disqualified.

Lodging:

SUTTER HOUSE / BEST WESTERN:     sutter_house

Sutter House/Best Western has been a loyal supporter of Eppie’s Wellness Foundation and its efforts to continue presenting “The World’s Oldest Triathlon®”. We are proud to continue our partnership and welcome them as an Official Sponsor of the 43rd Annual Eppie’s Great Race®!

**Be Sure To Let Them Know You Are A Participant, Exhibitor or Loyal Spectator here for the Eppie’s Great Race®!


Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Rancho Cordova

Eppie’s Great Race Room Block

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate 99.00 USD  per night

MORE LODGING OPTIONS:


Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism
Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau

Parking:

All Eppie’s Great Race® participants, spectators, family and friends are encouraged to park at William Pond Recreation Area, located on the North side of the river, across from River Bend Park.

*Please try to arrive early as Parking is limited!

**Parking at River Bend Park will be closed on Saturday, July 16th.

Directions to William Pond Recreation Area:
From Hwy. 50

  • Exit Watt Avenue North
  • Turn right on Fair Oaks Blvd.
  • Then right on Arden Way to the park.

From Business 80 (Capital City Freeway)

  • Exit Arden Way East
  • Stay on Arden Way to the park.

Kayak and Canoe Sales and Rentals

Rental kayaks sell out fast! We encourage participants to reserve boats as soon as possible.  Remember purchasing a kayak may be your best bet, since it can pay for itself after 5 or 6 uses.

Current Adventures Kayak School

Training Programs (including boat and paddling gear for Eppie’s Great Race) and Race Day Rentals. 530-333-9115 or 888-452-9254

Adventure Sports

Paddling Sales and Rentals. 2633 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821. 916-971-1800

CSUS Aquatic Center – Note, you must enroll in program to use boats for EGR

Paddling Rentals only available to CSUS Aquatic Center Clinic Participants. 1901 Hazel Ave., Rancho Cordova, CA. 916-278-2842

Sierra Outdoor Center

Paddling Sales and Rentals. 440 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603. 530-885-1844

Royak Marine Co.

Paddling Sales and Rentals. Top of the Line Multi-Sport Kayaks. Orangevale, CA. 916-989-5600

Sports Chalet (Sales and Rentals)
(NO reservations, some locations will do pre-paid one week before the race*)

  • Antioch: 925-777-2030
  • Concord: 925-521-7009
  • Elk Grove:  916-714-5740
  • Pleasanton: 925-225-0708
  • Roseville: 916-773-6828
  • Sacramento*: 916-977-1730
  • San Jose: 408-531-0771
  • Vacaville: 707-447-8092

Bike Sales and Rentals

PERFORMANCE BICYCLE – (3 LOCATIONS)

Performance Bicycle has been an Official Sponsor of the Eppie’s Great Race®

  • Performance Bicycle in Roseville –  Get Directions  to: 1901 Douglas Blvd., #150; Roseville, CA 95661  (916) 791-1044
  • Performance Bicycle in Sacramento –   Get Directions to: 919 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825  (916) 614-9901
  • Performance Bicycle in Fair Oaks  – Get Directions  to:  5271 Sunrise Blvd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628  (916) 961-1488


American River Bicycle
916-363-6271

Mike’s Bikes
916-446-2453

Kinetic Cycles

916-979-9936

The Old Spaghetti Factory – Pasta Dinner and Packet Pick-Up Party:

All Eppie’s Great Race® participants are encouraged to pick up their race Gear Bags (bibs, shirts, materials) on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:00 PM. 

All race participants, family, friends and spectators are invited to purchase tickets & enjoy a delicious dinner sponsored by the Old Spaghetti Factory at River Bend Park. Eppie’s Great Race® Pre-Race Expo is the perfect time to visit all the Exhibitor booths, Chat with Course Information Advisors, meet with Family & Friends on a beautiful summer evening.  Information as follows:

  • PRE-RACE EXPO:   Friday, July 14, 2017
  • EXPO Hours:  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Spaghetti Dinner Served @ 5:00 pm
  • LOCATION:  River Bend Park – in Rancho Cordova, CA – Race finish line area.
  • No refunds will be given for unused tickets.

Late Packet Pick-Up:

Individuals unable to attend the Packet Pick-Up party on Friday evening can receive their packets on race day near the starting line area at 6:30 AM.

  • Ironperson and Team: 6:30 – 7:30 AM.

**Note:  All bikes must be dropped off at the Guy West Bridge by 8:00 AM, Saturday, July 16, 2016 & All boats must be dropped off by 8:30 AM on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the lower Sunrise Foot Bridge.

All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the packet pick-up/pasta dinner, Friday night at River Bend Park to avoid any issues that may arise.

Click on any map to download printable version:

2016.FULL COURSE MAP copy 3

RUN TO BIKE MAP Final

Bike Dismount Map.Final

BOAT STAGING MAP_Final