About Tampa Bay Babes Tri

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Located at Fort Desoto Park, the swim in the Gulf of Mexico, the flat, closed-to-traffic bike course, and a scenic run make this the ideal race for beginner and seasoned athletes alike.

"My first triathlon was a women's tri in st. pete in 2003. It changed my life. I'm thrilled we can carry forward the strong legacy of women's triathlon in tampa bay."

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F. A. Q

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Explore essential information on bike rentals, race day registration, course details, wetsuit guidelines, and more. We’re here to address all your queries and ensure you have a seamless experience from start to finish.

Several local bike shops do rent road bikes. Call early as all of them have a limited number available.

  • BikeSport in Oldsmar (bike support partner for the BABES Tri) - contact Katie at (727) 460-7926
  • ABC Bicycles in St. Petersburg - reserve online at http://www.abcbicycles.com/rentals

Kafe Racer in Dunedin - reserve online at https://kaferacer.com/pages/rental

You can register through Saturday, February 17, 2024.
The course is an open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico and a flat, closed bike course, and a flat, closed run course. Please check out the course maps on the race homepage.
Per USA Triathlon guidelines, if the water temperature is 78 degrees or below, the swim will be wetsuit legal. We do anticipate the water to be below this threshold. You may use a wetsuit, but it is not mandatory. There are triathlon/swim specific wetsuits that are best suited for open water swimming (SCUBA/surf style wetsuits are not ideal). There will not be wetsuit peelers to assist in getting your wetsuit off.
The swim start is rolling format and self-seeded. Two athletes will receive a send-off at the cue of race personnel every few seconds. We recommend more confident/quicker swimmers line up near the front and less experienced/back-of-the-pack swimmers line up near the rear.

You can have 2 or 3 people on a relay. You will divide the swim, bike, and run among your team. With a 2-person relay, one person will do two legs. With a 3-person relay, each person will do one of the legs.
Once the first athlete finishes the swim, they will meet their cyclist in the transition area at their rack. The cyclist will take the timing chip off the swimmer’s ankle, put it on their own, and then set off on the bike. The cyclist will then meet the runner back in transition at the same spot. The runner will grab the timing chip off the cyclist’s ankle, put it on their own, and set off on the run.
The team's overall time is the combined total of all the segments, including transitions. The entire team is welcome to cross the finish line with their runner. All members of the relay will receive a finisher’s medal and a race shirt.

NO. This is a USA Triathlon Sanctioned event. Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices - including bone conduction varieties - cannot be used at any time during the race.

Learn more about USA Triathlon's Most Common Rule Violations here.

Yes, any bike in safe working condition that has brakes and bar end plugs is permitted. If you are unsure about your bicycle, we recommend taking it to your local bike shop (BikeSport is our bike support partner for this event) to get it checked out. Fixed gear bicycles are NOT permitted per USAT regulations.

I am new to multisport events, where do I start?
We suggest connecting with Team BABE, Tampa Bay’s women’s tri club. You can find them on Facebook or on the Team BABE website.

YES! You must wear a helmet anytime you are touching your bicycle. So, put it on and buckle it before unracking your bicycle. Once you have finished your ride, re-rack and then you may take your helmet off. This is a USA Triathlon regulation and can result in disqualification if not abided by.

We love the Global Triathlon Network (GTN) channel on YouTube for high quality resources. You can check out their tutorial on transitions here.

No. Unfortunately, we cannot mail race items post event. Thank you for understanding.
To edit your registration, begin by logging into your RunSignUp account, and go to your “Profile” page. On the “Profile” page, see Races under Upcoming Events. This shows a list of all Race(s) that are coming up. You are able to manage the registration for the Race by clicking "Manage Registration". Please see the left side menu, this page allows you to view your registration information as well as perform the following: update question responses, resend confirmation email, sign waiver, etc. For more help, email coral@teambabeathletics.com
No, we do not under any circumstance offer refunds. However, you can opt to defer into the following year up to November 5, 2023.
Athletes who experience pregnancy may defer for up to two years from the race for a nominal processing fee. Please email coral@teamambathletics.com for assistance.

Volunteer! Help support our amazing athletes by signing up for a volunteer slot. You can explore volunteer opportunities here. Thank you so much!