Frequently Asked Questions

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When did online registration open?
Online registration opens January 6th

When will online registration close?
On-line Registration is now closed. On-site registration will be held on Saturday, June 23rd at South Shore Harbor from 11:00am to 7:00pm. On-site entry fees are $150.00 for the 5150 New Orleans event and $125.00 for the Big Easy Sprint!

What is the entry fee?
Registration fee for individual entry is $99, Relay Entry: $120.

Is there a waiting list for the event?
No, we do not offer a waiting list.

Are there age requirements?
Yes, all participants must be 15 years of age as of 12-31-2012 per USA Triathlon rules.

What age group will I race in on race day?
All participants will race based on their age as of 12-31-2012.

What is the age group breakdown?
Standard 5 year age groups.  15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, ….. 75+.

How do I switch out of or into an existing relay?
Only the team captain (i.e. the person that completed the registration) can request a switch by e-mailing  All requests must be received by June 1st, 2012.

What if my team members can’t compete due to unforeseen circumstances and I am the only one on my team?
If only one athlete remains on the team due to unforeseen circumstances or injury, that athlete can participate as an individual.  The individual will not be refunded the difference in entry fee.

What is the fee to switch relay team members?
Any switch will result in a $25.00 charge. This includes any changes made on-site.

Do all team members have to be present at athlete check in?
Yes, without exception, all relay team members must check-in at the same time or they will not be able to participate.

Will all team members receive a medal and t-shirt?

What categories are offered?

  • Professionals – contact
  • Elite Amateur (Open Amateur) – This is for REALLY FAST age group athletes.  Those expecting to place TOP 10 overall.  In order to race as an elite amateur, you must furnish proof of results of completing a USAT sanctioned international distance event within one year of the 5150 event you will be competing in.  Please send results via e-mail to Men must furnish proof of a sub 2:15 finish time and women sub 2:30.
  • Age Group
  • Clydesdale (39 and under, 40 and over)
  • Athena (39 and under, 40 and over)
  • ParaTriathlete
  • Relay (2 or 3 person teams allowed)

Who do I contact if my registration information needs to be updated?

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Are we starting in the water or is it a beach start?
In water start.

What is the normal water temperature?
Mid 70s.

What are the cut off times?
Swim:  1 hour from start of last wave
Bike:  3:30 from start of last wave
Run:  5:30 from start of last wave

Where can I find course maps?
Under Athlete Info Tab.

Am I able to swim the course before race morning?
No, the swim course will not be open to the public prior to race morning. There is a nearby water hole located at the intersection of Lakeshore Dr. and Rails where athletes are permitted to swim.

Race Photos
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Who do I contact regarding race photos?
FinisherPix is proud to be selected as the Official Photo Service of the 5150 New Orleans. Finisher Pix will have several photographers working at the swim exit, on the bike course, on the run course, and of course, at the Finish Line!  In addition, FinisherPix will have photographers positioned after the finish line where you can have a photo taken after you receive your medal.

So what you need to do?

  1. Register your e-mail address at to be notified as soon as photos are online.
  2. Please be sure you have your number visible on the FRONT of your bike helmet so we can identify your cycling photos.
  3. Please be sure to keep your bib number visible on the FRONT of your body during the run & at the finish line so we can identify your photos.
  4. Smile & celebrate when you cross the finish line!  Don’t worry about touching your watch, the timing company will ensure as accurate record of your achievement.

Visit to view, order, and share your photos from the event!

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Who do I contact for media-related inquiries?
Jessica Weidensall –

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How do I qualify for the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship?
Place top 15 in your respective division.

What division will have qualification spots?
Age Group
Elite Amateur
Professionals – visit for more information on professional qualification.

How do I get registered?
There will be a Hy-Vee Qualification tent set up during the awards ceremony. There, qualified athletes will pick up their Hy-Vee registration binder, Hy-Vee Qualifier visor, and backpack. In the Hy-Vee registration binder there will be registration instructions for the athlete to follow in order to get registered for the event. Registration will open the Tuesday following the event, and will only be open for two weeks. If there are any questions pertaining to the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship registration process, please contact

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Awards will be distributed to top 5 in each division.

Race Week Event Schedule
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The event schedule is posted under the event information tab.

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Where do I find information on race rules?
Rules information is posted under the athlete information tab.  All USAT Rules will be followed for 5150 events.

Do I have to be a member of USAT or buy a one-day license?
All 5150 events will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon.  Participants that are not current annual USAT members will be required to purchase a $10 one day license at athlete check in.  You will also be required to furnish a photo ID at athlete check in.  All athletes must pick up their own packet.  You CANNOT have someone else pick it up for you.  All Relay team members must be present to pick up the relay team race packet.  Please visit for a complete list of competitive rules.

What are the wetsuit restrictions?
The rule allows participants to wear a wetsuit if the water temperature is 78 degrees or less. The upper limit was set because wetsuits are allowed for protection against hypothermia, and there is little risk of hypothermia for a swimmer in water as warm as 78 degrees.

Beginning in 2013, participants must ensure that any wetsuit used has a uniform thickness of 5 millimeters or less. If the water temperature is between 78 and 84 degrees, a participant may elect to use a wetsuit but is removed from age group competition and rankings.

Here’s the rule:
4.4. Wetsuits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.

Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

For a complete list of approved skin suits, visit:

Are disc wheels allowed?
Yes.  Race organizers reserve the right to restrict use depending on conditions.