What is the Endurance Festival?
The Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival is a swim-bike-run-shoot competition, with the bulk of the event focusing on the first three of those sports. As a participant, you will complete each part of the race consecutively, beginning with swimming, followed by cycling, and finally finishing off with the run portion before you cross the finish line and take part in the Pentathlon shooting challenge.
About the Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival
The Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival is Egypt's largest multi-sport event.
The Winter 2019 Edition celebrates 6 years since the event’s inception in 2014, and welcomes more than 1,200 participants from 30 countries. The typical distances you can choose to participate in are the Supersprint, Sprint, & Youth, while more advanced participants can choose to take on the Olympic and Half Iron challenge.
The Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival features a calm, clear swim, fast but challenging bike ride, and a beautiful run along the promenade.The transition area and race venue are located centrally – right next to the Piazza in the heart of Sahl Hasheesh.
BEFORE THE RACE
What happens at Registration & Briefing?
Registration is where you pick up your Race Bag. Inside it is the Race Magazine with the Rules & Regulations and other important information, as well as your swim cap and timing chip. It is essential that you pick up your Race Bag yourself, or authorise someone to do so for you.
Without it, you will not be able to take part in the race.
When & Where will the Registration & Briefing take place?
Registration takes place at the HSBC Registration Tent on Wednesday from 6 pm to 9 pm, and on Thursday & Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Arabic Briefing session takes place at 8:00 pm and the English Briefing session is at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Where can I leave my belongings before the race?
We suggest you leave all of your valuables at the hotel or in your car if you have arrived to the race with one. All of your race day belongings should be in your bag, ready for the transition area.
What is the Timing Chip? What happens if I lose it?
The timing chip is an essential part of your race experience. It calculates your race time and splits from start to finish. You will receive your timing chip at registration, and you must wear it during the race on your left ankle. The reason you’re supposed to wear it on your left is because if you wear it on your right it can get ripped or damaged when making contact with the chainset on the right-hand side of your bike. Once you finish the race, you must return the timing chip so that we can calculate your race time.
Please note that the timing chip is an expensive piece of equipment, and that losing or damaging it will result in a financial penalty and automatic disqualification.
What are Cut-OFF times?
Cut-off times are deadlines for each section of the race. We do not have cut-off times at the Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival, except in the Half Iron race, so that everyone has their fair chance to complete the event and have fun. However, if a race official or member of The TriFactory management deems that you are unfit to finish the race, you will be forced to stop.
Can I be disqualified?
Yes. You must abide by the Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival Rules & Regulations. These will be shared with you in the official Race Magazine, and will be explained at the Race Briefing the day before the race. You must abide by the rules in order to ensure that you have a safe and fun race experience. Failing to do so will result in your disqualification.
1. Utilise the Nutrition Stations
Nutrition stations provide you with an opportunity to refresh and rehydrate, and are an essential part of any race. Take a moment and stop for a drink of water; the 10 seconds you spend could help you avoid cramps and thirst, and ultimately help you run better and shave minutes off of your final time.
2. Don’t try new things
This rule applies to everything race-related, from new equipment, gear, and nutrition. Whatever you›ve been used to eating and drinking during training is what you should aim to process during the race. This will allow you to avoid surprises for your stomach, while keeping your body energised and hydrated as it's used to being.
3. The importance of Electrolytes
Electrolytes are minerals that the body processes and that are necessary for basic physical functions. The most important of these are sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphate. When you sweat or urinate during the race, your body expels these minerals and it is essential that you replenish them, in order to stave off fatigue and dehydration.
4. Listen to your Body
Eyes stinging from sweat, blurred eyesight, irregular body temperature, dizziness, muscular cramps, upset stomach; this is a list of typical symptoms of dehydration and/or fatigue. Some are more serious than others, but whatever the case may be, we value your safety first and foremost. In the event that you feel unable to complete the race, please rest and a course car/ambulance will come collect you.
DURING THE RACE
What is the Transition Area?
The transition area – often shortened to just ‘transition’ – is your home point during the race. Between each segment of the race, athletes return to transition to change their clothes and collect their gear. Before the race, you will find your designated spot in the transition area, where you will leave all of the items you will need during the race. These will include your bike, helmet, running shoes, nutrition, and any other items of clothing or food that you may need.
Your activity in the transition area is broken down into two sections, commonly referred to as ‘T1’ and T2’. T1 is the swim-to-cycle portion. Following the swim you will deposit your swim cap and goggles, and then put on our shoes and helmet and take your bike towards the cycling course.
Following the cycling leg of the race, you will return your bike and helmet to transition, and then head out on to the run course. This is T2, the cycle- to-run portion.
After you’ve finished the race, you must collect all of your items from the transition area.
What is the Mount Line?
You’ll notice that in the above section we wrote ‘take your bike towards the cycling course’. That is because you’re not allowed to ride your bike inside the transition area, for your safety and the safety of your fellow athletes. There is a ‘mount/dismount line’ that separates the transition area from the cycling course. You can only mount your bike once you have crossed it on foot. Likewise, once you’ve finished the cycling course and are returning to the transition area, you must dismount your bike before the line and run into the transition area.
Will there be Water Stations along the course?
Yes. Water stations are spread out at key points along the race course except the bike leg where you are expected to have your supply of water. We also encourage athletes to bring with them the nutrition products that they are used to consuming.
What do I need for the Swim?
The basic items you need for the swim portion of the race are the race swim cap, your goggles, and a bathing suit. Some athletes cho-ose to wear a wetsuit – this is fine but is sometimes not permitted if the water temperature is too hot.
What happens during the swim portion of the race?
Once you have placed all of your items in transition, you should make your way down to the swim start. There, you will begin the race with your correct wave (group of athletes beginning at a specific time). Once you enter the water, you must follow the proper course and complete the correct distance. You can complete the swimming portion using any swim stroke you prefer.
If I get tired in the middle of the Swim, what happens?
You can rest for as long as you want, holding a rope or buoy, standing if you can reach the sand below, or treading water. If you need assistance you can signal to a race official. However, if you move forward using any locomotion other than your own, you will be disqualified.
What do I need For the Cycling portion of the race?
The basic items you need for the cycling portion of the race are a bicycle, helmet, and shoes (either running shoes or cycling cleats). You must wear your helmet before getting on your bike, and keep it on for the entire duration of the cycling portion, until you have finished and returned safely to the transition area.
What happens during the Cycling portion of the race?
Once you’ve crossed the mount line on foot, you can begin the cycling portion of the race. You must complete the prescribed distance entirely on your own. When riding, make sure to stick to the right-hand side of the road, so that faster cyclists can overtake you on the left. When you overtake another cyclist, you must also only do so on the left-hand side. Once you complete the cycling course, you must return to the transition area to deposit your bike and helmet.
If my bike is punctured is there anyone that can help fix it?
Yes. There will be bike mechanics on the road during the race, and they will be able to assist you with your problem. If it is not fixable, you may complete the bike course on foot with your bike by your side, and then continue on to the run course.
What do I need For the Running portion of the race?
You only need your running shoes. Some athletes choose to wear caps and sunglasses
At the end of the run course you will cross the finish line, take part in the Pentathlon shooting challenge, and officially be a Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival finisher! You will receive your race medal and return your timing chip in order to compute your final race results.
Relay Team Information
Taking part at the Sahl Hasheesh Endurance Festival as part of a relay team is a lot of fun. The same Rules & Regulations apply to each member of the team, with the difference being that team members must wait for each other at their designated bike rack in transition. There, they will receive the timing chip from the athlete preceding them, and go on to their own section of the race.
Can I swim, bike, or run alongside my teammate?
No. Relay athletes must rest while their teammates complete their part of the race, and are not allowed to accompany them. However once the runner has reached the red carpet by the finish line, the entire team can cross the finish line together, provided that the teammates wait in an orderly fashion at the designated area.
Are there Restrooms that I can use at the event?
Yes. There are restrooms at the Piazza and at Old Town, both around 2 minutes away from the Transition Area. Olympic and Half Iron Participants will find toilets on the race course as well.
Is there a Lost & Found area?
Yes. We keep anything that is found and brought to us at The TriFactory booth. However, we encourage everyone to take care of their belongings and to leave any valuable at their hotels.
Are there Medical Services available at the Event?
Yes. We have medical services at every point during the race operated by Prime Clinics, as well as ambulances on call the entire time. Our management and coaches are also present and ready to administer First Aid and CPR if called upon. There is also a physiotherapy service available for all athletes operated by IPC, in the event that they need assistance during or immediately after the race.
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