3 Person Broken Relay - World Championship

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Saturday November 5, 2011 will be the inaugural 3 Person Broken Relay World Championship race at Mission Bay's Fiesta Island. The race serves as the final race of TCSD's 2011 race series. What is a 3 person broken relay? It's a relay where all team members are triathletes (complete all 3 disciplines) and where all team members are actively involved in the race for the duration of the event. The distances for the three disciplines are 300M Swim, 5 Mile Bike, 1.5 Mile run.

The broken relay format is as follows:

The first team member completes the swim and tags off to the second team member. The second team member tags the third. Meanwhile, after completing the swim, the first team member has time to remove their wetsuit and prepare for the bike. Think of it as a long transition. The last swimmer tags the first team members who then begins the bike leg. The long transitions give seasoned triathletes a chance to recover and get ready for a hard effort. It gives beginner triathletes a chance to mentally recover and prepare for the next discipline.


A timing chip is given to each 3 person team. The chip takes the place of a baton and must be passed between team members in transition.


The precision image below shows the layout of the race. Similar to TCSD's regular club races, the swim will start on the beach. However, after completing the swim, the swimmer must run up the sand, across, and back down to the corral area where the next member of the team will put on the timing chip and enter the water. The last swimmer will exit the water and run up to the road and where they will hand off to the first swimmer. The first team member then runs down to the bike racks and begins the bike segment. Unlike regular club races, the run course will be and out and back 1.5 mile run. The last runner will turn right and head to the finish line.


The first 125 registered participants will receive a custom-designed t-shirt made specifically for this event. Teams entered in the 6 World Championship categories will compete for some of the most highly-prized awards in the sport of triathlon. The race directors will also have special awards for teams in other categories. In addition, the World Champion teams will have their names inscribed on a special perpetual trophy commemorating this event. The Chadwell Cup, named after club member Brian Chadwell, recognizes the ongoing contributions that he has made to the Triathlon Club of San Diego. He always has a smile on his face while supporting almost all the races we organize. An image of the Chadwell Cup can be seen below.

The race will start at 7:00am - it's recommended that you arrive a bit earlier than usual to accomodate a longer registration process. Individuals or incomplete teams will be placed with other club members on a first come first assigned basis. Register now under Racing -> Members Only -> Race Registration