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The Redman Triathlon hosts the USAT Ultra Distance Triathlon National Championships  September 22, 2018 | 7:30am

Hefner Parkway/W. Hefner Road in NW OKC  Hefner Lake - East Side Oklahoma City, OK

10899 N Old Lakeshore Road, Oklahoma City, OK

Is REDMAN associated with the worldwide series of Ironman races?

NO. The Ironman North America Corporation is a private entity that produces and licenses the use of the name Ironman to produce iron-distance ("Full") triathlon events around the globe. Events with ‘Ironman’ in the title are licensed by Ironman North America corporation, while the term 'iron-distance' is a generic term used to describe the standardized competitive distances of 2.4 mile swim – 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run of an iron-distance ("Full") triathlon.

The REDMAN Triathlon is a Full Distance, Half Distance, and Aquabike event, and is a private entity owned by Friends of Multisport, Inc.

When is the entry deadline?

REDMAN allows entry to as many as 1200 entrants (this number is influenced by conditions such as anticipated weather, compliance with outside regulations, etc.), regardless of distance.

Do I have to qualify to enter the event?

2018 (Redman Triathlon Hosts The 2018 USAT Ultra Distance National Championships)

No qualification is necessary.  (This includes the 2018 USAT Ultra Distance National Championships)


Eligible Age Groups and Awards

New for 2018, the Ultra-Distance National Championships will have Team USA qualification slots for the 2019 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship, part for the 2019 ITU Multisport Festival. It is the policy of USA Triathlon to provide awards only for those age groups which qualify for this level of competition. Age groups will begin with 17-19 and continue in 5-year increments through 80-84. The minimum ages to compete are based on the ITU Competition Rules (appendix A, page 75). 

For the 2018 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championship, athletes must be 17 as of December 31, 2018.
For the 2019 ITU Long Distance World Championships, athletes must be 18 as of December 31, 2019.

Please note that this event may have additional categories other than what is listed here. USA Triathlon will only provide National Championship awards for the listed age groups. If you are wishing to compete at this event, but do not meet the minimum age requirement, we encourage you to participate in one of our youth events. For a chart of recommended distances for youth multisport athletes, please click here.

Note: This event may allow athletes under 17 to participate. In coordination with ITU rules, they will not be eligible for USA Triathlon National Championship awards.

Team USA Information

The 2018 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships in Oklahoma City, OK, will qualify athletes for the 2019 ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championship. At the Ultra-Distance National Championship, the first place athlete in each aged-up age group will automatically qualify. The second place athlete in each aged-up age group will qualify only if their finishing time is within 30% of the first place athlete's finishing time.

Remaining slots for the 2019 ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Championship can be earned in the Long Course Triathlon National Championship at the 2018 USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships Festival in Miami, Florida.

Athletes do not need to do anything at this event to claim their Team USA spot. All spots will be claimed by email within 2-3 weeks after the event.

To whom do the following FAQ's apply?

Although some details in the following content apply to the Full Distance athletes the general information as well as general USAT rules and REDMAN specific details apply to all of the 2018 events. Please read the content carefully to identify that any information is specific to your distance. In addition, the Event Schedule and Maps may contain answers to your specific event not addressed in this section.

Requirements for entrants: You must have (if USAT licensed) a photo ID and current license to pick up your packet! ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS! NO ID NO PACKET!!

You cannot pickup another entrant's packet!

No team member can pick up another's packet or pay the 1 day fee or produce the USAT license for inclusion.

What are the entry fees?

You must be a USAT member OR pay the one day $15 license fee. This includes each team member at $15 per participant. FEES - Click Here

Can I transfer my entry to another athlete if I choose not to race?

No. You may NOT transfer your race entry to another athlete. Any athlete attempting to race under the name of another athlete will be disqualified. For liability insurance purposes and to ensure the safety of all athletes, REDMAN Triathlon must have accurate personal information for every athlete.

Do I get a refund if I can't race?

If you wish to withdraw your entry, you must notify REDMAN Triathlon in writing via land mail. If you withdraw before March 22nd, 2018, you will receive a refund not to exceed 25% of your registration fee. Thoughtful consideration goes into this policy. As athletes we do understand injury and life circumstances and how they influence, sometimes negatively, our best laid plans. However, the costs of the event do not subside or change significantly with a withdrawal. Because of the enormous costs associated with the production of an event of the caliber and scope of the REDMAN Triathlon we are unable to grant refunds.

We do appreciate your understanding, look forward to your participation in the event, and hope that you give the same thoughtful consideration of the event before signing up.

What lodging accommodations are available near the event?

See Hotels link in the sub-navigation bar under the Athletes section.

What is your plan for event photography?

REDMAN is proud to announce that we have chosen a photographer for the 2016 event. A professional photographer from our own ranks, James Randell Photography, will be the vendor for this years athlete pictures! You can expect a quick and quality response form James and his crew!

What are the cutoff times on the course?

Due to restrictions of municipal permits, race insurance, volunteer staffing and the danger of cycling in darkness, all participants must remain on pace to complete REDMAN in 17 hours.

Exact cut off times and locations are as follows:

Swim 2.4 miles / 3.8km The swim cut off time is 2 hours, 30 minutes after the race start at 7:30am.

Bike 112 miles / 180km The bike course cutoff time is 6:30 pm. At that time any remaining bikes on the course will be picked up and transported to transition by the SAG crew. Police support leaves the bike course at 4:30pm. Athletes must adhere to all traffic laws that any moving vehicle is subject to. REDMAN Triathlon, Inc. will not be held responsible for your safety after the cutoff time.

Run 26.2 miles / 42km The run course will close at 12:30am, 17 hours after the race start. If you choose to continue on the course, you are proceeding at your own risk. The REDMAN event is not responsible for your safety or your aid.


Is this a mass start race?

Although tradition in Full Distance events worldwide assumes that all Full Distance Athletes will all start together, current sanctioning requirements have created a change from that protocol. Hence, the Full Distance athletes will launch in a minimum of two waves. The Aquabike/Full athletes will launch in these first waves as well. The Half-Distance and Aquabike/Half athletes will launch in waves 3,4, and 5+(specific "wave numbers" may be slightly different from race year to race year, depending upon whether any championship races are happening the same day). As an added safety measure we continue to include an additional safety wave. The Safety wave will consist of athletes that are new to triathlon, or who may classify themselves as beginners. To create the safest swimming environment and to appropriately keep track of athletes, each wave will "stage" in a pre-swim corral. As your wave color is called, you will move into the chute and prepare for your swim there. Each athlete will be allowed to enter the water only after crossing the chip/timing mat at the water entry. You will assemble in the water between a set of start buoys in the lake so there will be plenty of room to avoid disturbance from other swimmers fighting for position. Slower swimmers may choose to start in the rear to avoid disturbance from attempted passing early in the swim.

What is the swim course like?

The 2018 swim course will be a counter clockwise looped course. It will parallel the shoreline and will be visible to athlete support groups and the event staff. Athletes competing in the Half distance will complete one loop, while the Full distance athletes will complete two loops of the same course. In years with excessive heat and drought which may impact the depth of the water, the course is moved to the middle of the lake and a triangular pattern course is adopted.

What is the expected water temperature at Lake Hefner?

The estimated race day water temperature is 71-77 degrees. The main variable is the summer air temperatures in Oklahoma City. There is no outflow from the lake except for municipal water usage. Lake Hefner draws its water from another lake in the area. REDMAN has been wetsuit legal each of the last ten years.

Have arrangements been made if I don't have a wetsuit but would like to use one during the event?

One of our loyal partners/sponsors, Schlegel Bicycles, www.schlegelbicycles.com has wetsuits available for rent. Supply is typically limited so contact them early, 405-232-4040. Another obvious option is to contact a quality on-line group that carries a significant supply to rent.

Is there any current in the water?

There is no current in Lake Hefner.

What are the considerations for a swimmer who gets in trouble during the event?

You will be escorted/supervised throughout the swim by a series of lifeguards on/in various craft that each cover a particular section of the course. Also in the water at the exterior and interior of the course will be roving kayaks. In addition, other craft will be available if quick evacuation is necessary.

An ambulance will be standing by in the immediate vicinity of the event throughout the day and night. If you encounter any difficulty, raise your hand and a lifeguard/kayaker will paddle to you for assistance. You can hang on the side of the paddleboard to catch your breath without penalty. The event medical staff will be in contact with the water support personnel to be abreast of any emergency that might possibly occur.


What are the bike courses and road surfaces like?

Please see the course map for the actual route of the bike course. Please note that the full distance course consists of two complete loops of the course whereas the half distance will require one loop of the course, and loops very near the transition area. The bike course will consist of the normal asphalt or concrete surface. As we all know, rural road surfaces are unpredictable and change frequently. Please be prepared for any/all surfaces and ride safely.

How severe is the climbing?

This event is advertised as a rolling hill - fast course. It will not include any significant climbs. The elevation gain from transition to the bike turnaround is 7 feet. The most significant single elevation gain is approximately 20 feet. We do understand that this definition is open to wild variation based on perspective. However, our description is often considered accurate.

What is the traffic control plan?

We have been able to coordinate with the Oklahoma City Police Dept. to provide adequate support at all major intersections. Police support on the bike course ends at 4:30 pm. The other areas will be manned by volunteers. Once outside the city limits the Oklahoma and various County Sheriff Departments will patrol the course.

What are the locations and contents of the bike course aid stations?

Bike Aid Station 1 & 7 (BAS-1,7) will contain a fully stocked aid station as well as a bike maintenance area and special needs bag storage area. In 2018, this aid station is located approximately 3 miles into the course after the full distance mid-course bike turnaround (located near transition). Bike Aid Stations (BAS-2, BAS-3, BAS-4, BAS-5, BAS-6) located approximately 10 miles apart will have sponsor provided gels or blocks and bars, Hammer Endurolytes, Lemon-Lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and of course plenty of water, bananas, etc. In addition each of these aid stations will include a "Porta-Potty" as well as trash and recyclable containers. Please refer to the bike course map for the logistics of the aid stations.

The single largest contributor to trash on the Bike Course is discarded gel packaging. In an effort to minimize the impact of this problem, we ask all athletes to "carry out what they carry in".

Due to our interpretation of current research, no pain relievers of any kind will be dispensed at any aid station, on any course.

Can I utilize a special needs bag on the bike?

You will also have the opportunity to have a bike special needs bag to be located at Bike Aid Station 1 (See above paragraph for more information). Full Distance athlete's bike course special needs bags are included in the race registration bag. Fill it with desired items, taking care to select items that are durable for transport. You will turn in your bag the day before the race at bike check-in.

As a courtesy to the volunteers we strongly encourage you to make Friday gear check in a priority, however gear bags may also be checked in between 5-6:30 am on Saturday. Upon closure of the bike course, bike special needs bags will be transported to the Gear Claim Area located in the SE corner of the transition area. Every effort will be made to gather personal items on each course. Any remaining personal items will be available in the Gear Claim Area on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning. Any unclaimed items after noon on Sunday will be considered forfeited property.

What if I'd like to ship my bike to the event?

We are currently in the process of contracting with RACE DAY TRANSPORT to handle the shipping and assembly of athletes bikes!

Is there a bike shop nearby?

Our Bike Shop Sponsor Schlegel Bicycles will be on-site for the expo as well as providing bike mechanics during registration and bike check-in on Friday and for last minute maintenance on race day. If you arrive earlier you may visit one of the fine Schlegel shops. For location and phone number visit, www.schlegelbicycles.com


What are the locations and contents of the aid stations?

R1, 2, 3 and 4 are placed at periodic locations along the course route. As per USAT rules, athletes will have access to aid roughly every mile of the run course. Basic medical supplies including a first aid kit, Vaseline, etc will be at each aid station. Each station will also have at least one port-a-potty. Basic food supplies will also be available at each station, those supplies include but are certainly not limited to Lemon-Lime Endurance Formula Gatorade, water, sponsor donated gels and bars, Hammer Endurolytes, salt, etc. Please refer to the run course map for the logistics of the aid stations and First Aid Tents.

Due to our interpretation of current research, no pain relievers of any kind will be dispensed at any aid station, on any course.

Can I utilize a special needs bag on the run?

You will also have the opportunity to have a special needs bag transported to the run course, approximately at the halfway point at mile 13. Full Distance athlete's run course special needs bags are included in the race registration bag. Fill it with desired items, taking care to select items that are durable for transport (avoid bananas or other delicate items). Consider warm garments for running in declining evening temperatures. You will turn in your bag the day before the race at bike check-in. As a courtesy to the volunteers we strongly encourage you to make Friday gear check in a priority, however gear bags may also be checked in between 5-6:30 am on Saturday. You will retrieve your run special needs bag adjacent to the transition area at the 13-mile mark of the run. You may have to retrieve the bag yourself if the area is congested with athletes. Upon closure of the run course, run special needs bags will be transported to the Gear Claim Area located in the SE corner of the transition area. Every effort will be made to gather personal items on each course. Any remaining personal items will be available in the Gear Claim Area on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning. Any unclaimed items after noon on Sunday will be considered forfeited property.

Where is a good place for my family or friends to watch the run?

The 2018 Full Distance athletes will complete four run loops. Spectators can easily view runners at "race central" near the spectator/transition area four and two times respectively, without the need to take any quick trip in the car to the far end of the run course. Details will be provided at packet pickup, should a spectator wish to observe their athletes more frequently than this running pattern allows solely from race central.

Will there be auto, bicycle or pedestrian traffic on the course?

The lake will be closed to recreational boating, swimming and other craft for the event. The bike course will be closed to vehicle traffic along the Hefner Dam road. Detailed traffic control plan is discussed in the bike FAQ's. The bike trail will be closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic for the duration of all events. You will share the trail only with fellow REDMAN run competitors.


Age Group awards will go three deep, male and female, in the following categories

17-19 (signed parental consent for those under 18)
Physically Challenged

Awards will also go three deep in the following categories

Overall Male and Female
Masters Male and Female
Clydesdale (male over 220lbs) 39 & under - and 40 & over
Athena (female over 165lbs) 39 & under - and 40 & over
Relays: Coed, All Male, All Female

Awards will also go three deep in the following Aquabike categories

Overall Male and Female
Masters Male and Female

Physically Challenged division

Those not eligible for the hand cycle division will compete in the physically challenged division. All entrants must have completed a half distance or greater event prior to REDMAN .

Type of awards to be announced.

Finishers Medals for all events. Finishers Shirts for all events.

Awards ceremonies will be held at the following times (please confirm on race site schedule page):

Saturday, 9/22, 4pm - Half & Half Aquabike

Sunday, 9/23, 9am - Full & Full Aquabike

Those not in attendance at the awards ceremonies that wish to receive their certificate, must request the award/certificate via e-mail, No Later Than 10/1/18.

The Athlete Buffet will be held on Sunday morning at 10am at the Race site, in the same tent as the Packet Pick-Up. This Full Distance award buffet (Open to Half DIstance Athletes as well) is open at no additional cost to all athletes that RSVP to the positive during the registration process. Additional tickets for the buffet may be reserved for $15 per person.


Can I practice on the REDMAN courses prior to the event?

There will be 2 practice swims prior to the event. ( See the event schedule ) You will be able to bike the outer portion of the bike course (north of Memorial Rd.) at any time prior to the race. The run course will be a closed course and will be open for running at any time.


While there is a vast difference of opinion on how to best prepare for an event covering the distances similar to the REDMAN event , there are some important training guidelines that are universal for all athletes.
1. You must approximate the challenge of the event in training
2. You must avoid over-training, burnout; injury and illness to have a successful event

REDMAN sincerely desires that you are well-trained for the event and enjoy the preparation process as the main benefit of your entire experience.