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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Race Goodies-USAT Age Group Nationals

One of the fund things about doing a race is getting your race packet and seeing what fun things were included as part of the race experience.  So I got home Thursday night and spread it all out. Since this was a National Championship I had high hopes.

First the swim cap is bright green. Every wave has it's own color. There are 44 women in my age group and all women 55 and over will be in the same swim wave. So there will be 96 of us taking off at 8:12 am on Sunday.
Race numbers were next.. There is a whole page of them for a triathlon. You have to put one number on your seat post and front post to even get into transition, there is also number for the swim cap, helmet and for the race belt. You have to wear a number on the run.  The page also included some tri tatts. When you see pictures of elite athlete and pros they are always wearing these.    They work sort of by transfer.  I did not have good luck with them the first too times. Sometimes I have trouble getting them to stick.  Last time I  used them was in Austin and I had trouble getting them off.
string bag
Most of these goodies came in a logo string bag. I have bunches of these from other races. They are great for carrying things around at races and on vacation. Nice if you want to show off competing in a National Championship.

Most races only give you a tee shirt and not much more. We got socks and a great baseball cap.
Tee shirt
The women's tee-shirt was red and pretty nice. It is cotton which is nice to wear with jeans. I did like the navy blue one the men got much better.

Race Program
We also got an event program. I got one of these the first year I did the Paratriathlon Nationals and the Boston Marathon. It will be nice to leave out on the coffee table when I have company I want to impress.

Lots of good perks for being an athlete in this race.  I've seen the finisher medal and it is just as good as all our other perks.

Chris Wodke
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