Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my child participate in the swim portion using a kickboard, life vest or “floaties”?

A. Yes to the kickboard and life vest – no to the floaties (noodles are also not permitted per City of Davis pool rules). Other items not permitted during the swim are fins or hand paddles. You can bring a life vest or kickboard with you, or borrow one from the pool (plenty available).

Q: Hi, I just registered my child. What is their start time?

A. Start times will be determined based on division entered, gender and age and they will be emailed to you approximately one week prior to the race. Bib and wave assignments will also be posted on this site.

Q: Can my child hang on to the side of the pool or lane lines during the swim if they get tired?

A. Most certainly.

Q: Are training wheels permitted on the bike?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you provide bikes and helmets for the kids to use?

A: No. Each child must bring his/her own helmet and bike.

Q: Can my child participate “up” a division? (eg., child is 10 and wants to participate in 11-12 distance)

A: Yes, if their past race participation/times show that they will be on par with other participants in that division (for their safety and the safety of others)

Q: Can my child participate “down” a division (eg., child is 10 and wants to participante in the 7-8 division)

A: No, unless there are special circumstances. Email to inquire.

Q: My child has special needs. Can he/she still participate?

A: We will do our very best to accommodate special needs and keep the event safe for all. Email to inquire.

Q: Do you offer scholarships for low income families?

A: Yes. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for members of our community. All scholarship requests must be made in writing and describe why there is a need for an entry fee waiver or reduction. Scholarship requests may be made through July 30. You may do so either via US Mail (Mail to: A Change of Pace Foundation, re: CKT Scholarships, 1260 Lake Blvd. #245, Davis, CA 95616) or by e-mailing

Q: What is the field limit for this event?

A: 800 participants.

Q: Can I request that my daughter and her friend start in the same wave?

A: You may make this request by Emailing us at Please note that the waves are built for most divisions based on age and gender. That is, we attempt to place the 8 year old boys with each other in like waves. Upon receiving your request, if it is still possible, we will make an effort to accommodate your request. Please send your request by July 1.

Q: Can I assist my child in the transition area?

A: Parents are not allowed in the transition area at any time, including prior to the event. Only the 6 & Under participants in the non-competitive division may have parent assistance in transition during the event. This is limited to one parent and is for assisting with: tying shoes, mount/dismounting bikes, putting on / taking off helmets and putting on clothes after the swim. One wristband will be included in each 6&U packet; this will grant the parent access to the transition area. 6 & Under athletes are still required to rack their bike themselves after the bike portion. Siblings, pets and additional parental assistance are not allowed. Parents of children in the 4-6 Individual race – competitive division will not be provided with a wristband.

Of course, in any of the Parent/Child divisions, parents may assist, however, may not provide unfair advantage.

Q: Can you recommend a hotel in Davis?

A: Please visit the Yolo County Visitor’s Bureau website for a list of hotels

Q: Can my child ‘skip’ the swim and do just the bike and run? They’re aren’t quite ready for the swim…

A: Unfortunately, no. The event is not set up to accommodate this. We hope that by being able to use flotation devices and hang onto the lane lines that kids will feel comfortable in the pool. You may want to consider the Parent/Child division where the parent actually goes in the pool with the child.

Q: I’d like to do the Parent/Child division with my child. How does the bike portion work?

A: As a parent, you have the choice to either a) ride your own bike (and wear a helmet) alongside your child during the bike portion or b) run/walk alongside your child during the bike. We recommend practicing before the event to see which method will work better for you.

Q: My child is doing the individual event (not Parent/Child) but we both would feel more comfortable if I went alongside him/her during the bike. Is this OK?

A: We really want this to be a positive experience for all involved and if this will help achieve that, we encourage it. We do ask that you be cautious and courteous to other athletes along the course and, if possible, run/walk on the sidewalk. We ask that you do not bring a bike unless you are in the Parent/Child division.

Q: How deep is the pool? Will my child be able to touch the bottom?

A: They will not be able to touch the bottom. Remind them that they can hold on to the lane line or side of pool at any time to rest. Every child will be swimming next to a lane line.

Q: I would like to volunteer. How do I sign up?

A: Please email our volunteer coordinator at We thank you in advance!

Q: I don’t quite understand what happens after the swim. Do the kids go to the restroom or locker room and change into their biking clothes?

A: In triathlon, the swimming apparel (swimsuit) is worn the entire event. After the swim, the participant goes to his/her bike rack in the transition area, where their bike, helmet and clothes are waiting for them. Some athletes choose to do the whole race in simply their suit (using a race belt to attach their bib number); others put on a t-shirt after the swim; and others put on a tshirt and shorts after the swim. Whatever you choose, it should be something that you(your child) feels comfortable wearing during the bike and run. Please note that changing clothes (nudity) is not permitted in the transition area.

Q: How can I sign up for a vendor booth?

A: You may do so here: