Frequently Asked Questions

1.  See race-day schedule, check-in, start times (waves), etc. on the home page.  Scroll down.

2.  Where’s a good place to stay?

River View Resort — our host hotel, of course!  Rates start at $93 for 2 people / $10 for each additional guest.  2 BR condos sleep up to 5 people.  Yay, a full kitchen for your early breakfast needs!  For reservations, call: 888.224.8413 / 207.824.2808 or AND TELL THEM CHAD SAID TO HONOR THESE RATES.

Each spacious suite offers:  2 bedrooms (1 with queen/1 with 2 singles), Living Room/Dining Room, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Large Modern Bathroom, Cable TV, Free Hi-speed Wi-Fi, Room Telephones, Adjustable air-conditioning, Electric Heat, Linens, Housewares, Daily Maid Service, Heated Indoor Pool & Hot Tub, Canoes and kayaks available for guests.
Why not plan to stay for the whole weekend!  Lots of outdoor activities in the Bethel area!

3.  What divisions can one compete in?

See Registration page, scroll down…

4. Saturday check-in & race packet pick-up, strongly recommended


– Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce office
8 Station Place, Bethel, ME 04217 (behind The Gem Theater, formerly Casablanca Cinema 4.  We got a movie theater in town again.  Yay!)
– Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 3pm-6:30pm.

5. Saturday competitors’ meeting, strongly recommended


– Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce office
8 Station Place, Bethel, ME 04217 (behind The Gem Theater, formerly Casablanca Cinema 4.  We got a movie theater in town again.  Yay!)
Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00pm

6. Sunday morning packet pick-up details, if there is a serious need (you could not get anyone to pick up your packet on Saturday)

6:00-7:00am only

We can accommodate some Sunday morning packet pick-ups, if there is a real need, but again, we greatly prefer a Saturday packet pick-up. Have a friend pick up your packet, if possible. If it is just not feasible to pick up your packet Saturday, and you do not have a friend that could pick up your packet…

Sunday morning packet pick-up (if you did not check in Saturday) is across the street from the Bethel Inn Lakehouse (561 Songo Pond Road, Albany Township, Maine) 6:00-7:00am only.
NO EARLY BIRDS – the Davis family has requested this and we LOVE the Davises for letting us use their yard!
NO CHECK-INS AFTER 7:00am! Don’t be late, please!
(There is NO NEED to email us saying you need a Sunday check-in.)

7. Do I have to check in Sunday morning if I picked up my packet on Saturday?

No, we’ll know you’ve arrived when you pick up your timing chip Sunday morning at the timing truck near swim start/finish. (WEAR CHIP ON LEFT ANKLE.)

However, if you pick up your timing chip and then DO NOT SWIM, you must return your timing chip and tell timers you’re not racing!
If you must flee, give your timing chip to a responsible volunteer and call Julia Reuter’s cell phone, 207.890.9944 (if possible).

8. Timing chip pick-up, Sunday morning of race.


All swimmers must pick up timing chip at Back 40 Timing’s truck at the Davis house (new location for 2017) AND return timing chip at finish of the triathlon/aquabike/duathlon. (Volunteers will remind/help and hand you water!) (WEAR TIMING CHIP ON LEFT ANKLE.)

9. Please read USAT rules — however this is NOT a sanctioned race (but we follow USAT rules, for the most part).

 (Basics: bike helmets required, no drafting, no assistance, no ear buds — even on the run leg).

USAT rules apply. Please go to’s rulebook and become familiar with them.  We DO allow recumbant bicycles however.
The most important four rules are –
a.) Bicycle helmets are required.
b.) No drafting on the bicycle leg.
c.) No assistance (other than shoes which may be handed to you as you exit the water – if you can’t run barefoot to your bike).
d.) No headphones, headsets, walkmans (ha! Do they still exist?), iPods, mp3 players, and other types of personal audio devices carried or worn at any time during the race.

10. Wet suits are allowed, not required.

No swim aids.
Experienced triathletes wear wet suits for buoyancy, not for warmth.

11.  Are there spotters on the swim course?
Can I get help during the swim if I need it?

Yes, there are usually ten boats in the water with people watching certain portions of the swim.  You may hang on the side of a boat if you need to rest a bit, if you’ve gulped water, been kicked, etc.

12. What’s the water temperature?

The water is at least 72 degrees, probably warmer.

13. What determines being a “novice?”

We are a low-keyed event and are not sanctioned, therefore anyone who wants to register as a novice may. We have no “watchdogs” that say, “Hey, she’s not a novice, she’s already done two triathlons!”

Basically, if someone feels more comfortable going out in the novice group — it goes out last — so there is less fierce/serious competition (read here-less getting kicked in the water!), he/she may. Yes, he/she will get timed, and yes, there are prizes, so be considerate, don’t sign up as a novice so you can kick butt in that category! Do what feels right to you, and be fair.

Bear in mind there are no age categories within the novice category — prizes are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd novice male and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd novice female.

14. Race day – where do you park?

All parking will be in designated parking lots in the yard at start/check-in/bike pen area. Park tight please.

We will be parking people – racers and families — in parking lots in yards at bike racks/gray house (P1), north of gray house with bike racks (P2). We will have parking guards and signs. (See page 6 of this PDF map.)

NO PARKING ON ROUTE 5 & 35 OR BAKER ROAD, OR ANY ROAD THAT IS PART OF THE COURSE! (If you must park on a road, be sure it is north of Rts. 5/35 and Baker Road.)

15. How do aquabikers finish?

Aquabikers will dismount and come through finish shoot — they will need holler “I’m an aquabiker, dismount, and run/walk/jog with their bikes through finish shoot.  They will NOT go into transition zone and rack their bikes.

16. How do duathletes start?

Duathletes start in transition zone with their bikes – volunteer will announce that it is OK to start once some of the top swimmers have exited the bike zone.

17. How and where do TEAMS pass the timing chip?

Teams behave just like individuals. They pass the timing chip at their bike rack. One timing chip per team.  (WEAR CHIP ON LEFT ANKLE.)

18. May a team be just two people, instead of three?


19. Transition zone/bike racks closed until last runner out
on course, and timers give the OK to open it.

Remember, the transition is CLOSED to any participant who has completed his/her event.
The transition will reopen when the last runner has left it.

20. Bib # info & body marking info.

In the race packet there are THREE ways to mark yourself for the race –
1) bicycle top-tube number & 3 twist ties.
2) stick-on number for front of bike helmet.
3) number for the front of your run clothing and 4 safety pins.

You will also mark your body at check-in/packet pick-up with permanent ink –
Bib # on both arms on FRONT, vertically.
Bib # on both thighs on FRONT, horizontally.
Bib # on LEFT REAR calf.

(Do NOT mark your age on your body, bib # only.)

(TEAMS: Do NOT mark a T after the number.)

NOTE: There are no individual bib # markings on the bike racks. The racks will have signs on the row ends only designating a group of spaces (i.e. 1-8, 9-17, etc.). Your individual bike space/running shoes space will not be marked. Don’t move other racers’ stuff when you set up!

21. Water stations – THREE on run course.

1) .3 to .4 of a mile south of start of run, on pond side of Rt. 5/35.
2) At left turn onto South Shore Lane (off of Rt. 5/35)
3) On Baker Road, about .3/mile from T-junction off of Morningside Drive. See map.

22. Awards, raffle giveaways, free food.

At the finish line, you will be handed a reusable, BPA-free water bottle FILLED with Maine water.  (This year, we won’t forget the team finishers and the aquabikers.  Our bad!)
Awards will be at 10:30am or so, in front of house next to bike racks. Giveaways too.
Free food at finish – bagels, cream cheese, oranges, bananas — maybe more/different.

23. No showers available.

Rinse off in Songo Pond. No soap please.

24. Disqualified if “your friend on a bike,” impedes other racers!

If you have friends or family that want to bike around and talk to you when you are on the course, (AND THIS IS A REALLY BAD IDEA), and they impede another racer, and he/she reports it, you will be disqualified.

25. Cool down south of finish area please.

When you finish, please do your cool down SOUTH of the finish area. It is so-o-o-o congested north of the finish area with cyclists, runners, cars, volunteers, spectators… you get the picture, eh?

26. Who benefits from the Maine State Triathlon?

Proceeds benefit the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and all it does to promote the Bethel, Maine area.  The BACC is a non-profit (501©6) organization which works so hard to market the Bethel area and keep its businesses open.

27. Spread the fun.  Use #mainestatetri in your social media posts.