Event Day Checklist

EVENT DAY CHECKLISTThis checklist has been prepared to help the new triathletes, allowing them to participate in any event without the fear of forgetting some essential item. For the veterans, using a checklist can definitely help relieve the pre-race stress. The list – based on input from several triathletes – includes the basic items, a few optional ones, as well as tips and tricks learned along the way.


  • Race #
  • Bike #’s (one for helmet & one for bike)
  • Swim Cap
  • Safety Pins
  • Velcro/hospital strap chip band
  • Timing Chip


  • Gear bag
  • Large towel for the ground
  • Water bottle
  • Small towel for drying off


  • Swimsuit or Tri-suit
  • Wet Suit (optional)
  • Swim goggles
  • Velcro/strap chip band and chip attached to ankle


  • Watch
  • Heart rate monitor


  • Bike with # (only 1 per athlete allowed in transition area)
  • Bike helmet with #
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike shorts/jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Bike shoes
  • Socks
  • Spare tire
  • Bike pump
  • Energy bars/gels


  • Run shorts/shirt with Race #
  • Running shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat/sweat band
  • Energy bars/gels
  • Water bottle & carrier (optional)

Lay out all your gear the night before. Double check everything against your list. Pack everything needed for the transition into your gear bag. Leave what you need for the morning out and ready to put on. Check your tires Friday night to make sure they are inflated with no nicks or cuts. Pump the tires to the recommended pressure. Take a floor pump & pressure gage with you in the car, so you can reinflate them if necessary before going into the transition. Check to make sure your brakes and brake pads are working properly.

Good luck!

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