We frequently get asked many questions regarding the Lakewood Summerfest Triathlon. Please see below before contacting us. We hope you find your answer below!

Packet Pickup

  1. When and where do I pick up my triathlon packet?
    Packet pick up time is Friday, July 13th.
    You can pick up your packet at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, 98499. 1st floor from 8:30-10:30am, 11:30-1:30pm, 4:00-5:30pm.
  2. Do I need to pick up my packet or can my friend or family member pick it up for me?
    Friends and family can pick up another participants packet.  They Really Can! However, we encourage participants to pick up their own packets.  If friends or family members are picking up your packet it is your responsibility it ensure you have the complete packet and race day maps, instructions and any and all necessary information.
  3. What will I need in order to pick up my packet?
    You do not have to have ID to pick up your packet.  All participants must be over 15 years of age to participant in the Triathlon.
  4. Can I pick up my packet on the day of the event?
    Yes. However, we Strongly discourage this because you need time to set your bike up with your number and, just as important, the race staff timers need time to input your race bid number into our timing system.   If you absolutely can not pick up your race packet on Friday.  Please arrive early to AMERICAN LAKE PARK, to ensure we can get you all set up.


Triathlon Intro Clinic:

Lakewood City Hall.
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Date: June 9th – Note this is 1 week prior to race day.

Time: 10AM

Cost: $15.00, register by clicking here.

Please feel free to bring your equipment, but it is not necessary.

This is the second season this class is being offered.  Last year is was very popular so it is being offered again.  It is interactive, fun and informative.  Participants in the sport of Triathlon can range from young to mature and can involve star athletes to beginners.  No matter what level you compete at there are basic components to understand. Triathlon is like no other sport and this Triathlon course gives you a jump start on the road to success to this great sport.

Format will be focused on new triathletes, but will include advance tips. Emphasis on having a safe, fun and competitive Triathlon. 1.5 hrs, including question and answer. 2X USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coaches.

Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon information
What is the Sport of Triathlon
Triathlon etiquette
Being competitive in Triathlon while racing safely
Transition 1 & 2 Basic and Advance Tips and Techniques

Triathlon set up and transition; including each step of the:
Race Plan
Plan your Triathlon, Triathlon your plan
Race Nutrition
Triple Threat Race Series information
Additional Recommend Coach clinics
Information on the Triple Threat Triathlon Series; including maps and how to set your PR!

If you have any questions please contact Marc Chung, Race Director, MarcArmyChung@gmail.com


Parking/Shuttle Bus

  1. Can I park at American Lake Park?
    There is very limited parking at American Lake. We prefer you didn’t.
  2. Is there a shuttle bus between the two sites?
    Yes! We encourage everyone to park at Fort Steilacoom Park on Saturday and take the shuttle to American Lake.
  3. Can I take my bike on the shuttle bus?
    No. There will be no bikes allowed on the shuttle buses.
  4. Can my friends and family ride the shuttle bus?
    Yes! The shuttle bus is for all athletes who have checked in and their friends and family to use.
  5. Will the shuttle run during the race so spectators can see both the swim and the bike/run portion of the event?
    Yes, sort of! There will be one final bus run from American Lake to Ft. Steilacoom Park for spectators once the swim portion has started. Keep in mind, the shuttle does not stay until the swim is finished, but returns after the swim portion has begun.
  6. Does the shuttle have a schedule?
    Yes! Click here to view the complete schedule of the shuttle bus.

Transition Areas (T1 & T2)

T1: American Lake Park – Start of race.

T2: Fort Steilacoom Park – Finish of race.

Two Transition points can be Tricky – Here’s how to do it:

1. Pick your Packet up on July 13th, Friday, at Lakewood City Hall. Set your bike up with your race number and get all your gear ready the night before.

2. On Race Day, July 14th, go to American Lake Park for bike drop between 6AM and 7AM. Volunteers will check you into T-1. Place your bike on the Bike racks according to your number and leave your bike/swim gear in T-1.

Drive back to Fort Steilacoom Park with your RUNNING GEAR ONLY (Running Shoes, Race Number, Hat, Sunglasses, drink, nutrition). Park your car at Fort Steilacoom Park.

3. Set up your Running gear (Running shoes, Race Number, Hat, Sunglasses, drink, nutrition) in T-2 (Fort Steilacoom Park).

Ride the Shuttle back to American Lake – Last Shuttle from Fort Steilacoom Park leaves at 8:20. Don’t wait till the last shuttle!

Once back at American Lake, ensure your Bike is all set up, get your wetsuit on, warm up and get ready to race. Using this Free Shuttle method, your vehicle will be at Fort Steilacoom Park – The finish line. Your gear from T-1 (which you have placed in a marked T-1 Bag) will be brought to Fort Steilacoom Park by the City of Lakewood.

T-1 will close at 8:40AM. Participants should be warmed up by 8:40, including your swim warm-up. The City of Lakewood’s opening ceremony will begin at 8:45, followed by the Race Directors safety briefing and the start at 9AM.

Athletes may use a spouse, friend, fellow athlete as a shuttle system, but we have provided a free and convenient shuttle for your use.

Bike Pick up after the Race: Please pick up your bike at the finish ONLY AFTER all the Athletes have completed their race. By exception only will athletes be able to pick up their bikes before the race is completed. This is not only for your security, but for the safety of the participants.

Can I be disqualified for disrespecting the rules, other participants, race officials or city traffic laws?  YES.

This is not a closed course.  All Traffic rules must be followed.  Traffic control officers will be on the course for safety.  But it is the participants responsibility to follow all traffic laws.   

  1. Is the T1 area secured?
    Yes! There will be plenty of volunteers on hand to watch out for your equipment.
  2. Who is allowed in this area?
    Only athletes and race staff/volunteers are allowed to enter the T1 area. There are no exceptions to this rule!!
  3. What happens to my stuff at T1?
    T1 race bags will be transported to the finish line by race officials for pick up after the race.
  4. Do I have to use the white bags?
    Yes! All athletes are required to bag their gear in the provided white bags before leaving the T1 area for the bike portion of the event.
  5. So all my gear is set up at T1. What do I do now?
    After setting up your bike and gear you should drive to Fort Steilacoom Park to set up for Transition 2 (T2). Stage your running shoes and be ready for the transition off of your bike.
  6. Both of my transition areas are now set up. What now?
    Once you have staged your gear at T2, leave your car at Fort Steilacoom Park and ride the shuttle bus back to the American Lake Park starting line. Remember: Bikes are NOT allowed on the shuttle buses.
  7. What’s the drive route between the T1 and T2? americanlakeparkdirections


  1. Do you mark numbers on athletes?
    Yes!  When you check into T1 at American Lake Park.
  2. What happens after I finish?
    Athletes must turn in their timing chip at the finish. We will be providing athletes with refreshments in the “after race tent.” Then stay and enjoy all of the festivities at the SummerFEST community festival!
  3. Where’s my gear from T1?  The City will bring it to Fort Steilacoom Park.  Please help us by placing you wetsuit into your transition bag at T1.  Volunteers are trained to assist you – and you will be in a rush – but remain calm and move through T1 carefully and safely.

For Relay Teams

All relay team members please beware that teammates must be in the Relay Team Transition Area (RT1) in order to pass the teams timing chip on.  RT1 and will be clearly marked.  Team members must be in this area in order to receive their team members timing chip.

  1. Can one team member pick up all team member race packets?
    Yes. Be Safe, have Fun!
  2. Do we have to pick up our race packets together as a team?
    No. Team members can pick up their packets individually at their most convenient time.
  3. Do all team members get a timing chip?
    Yes! Each relay team member will have their own individual timing chip and must be worn around their ankle. Each of these chips will have the same relay team race number attached to them.
  4. When do team members cross the timing mat?
    Relay team members do not cross the timing mat until its time for their part of the race.
  5. When do we turn in our timing chips?
    Participants must turn in their timing chips at the finish line.

Swimming Team Member

The swimming relay team member will cross the timing mat before the race starts to activate their teams timing chips, then they will proceed to complete the swim portion of the race and cross the timing mat when exiting the water to get an official swim time, then proceed to the RT1 (Relay Team Transition Area) to pass their timing chip to their team member.

Biking Team Member

Biking Team Member will be inside RT1.  Bike team members may have their helmets on in RT1.  Relay teams will stage their bike in the designated Relay team area and will receive the team timing chip in the designated team transition area.  Bike team member they will exit transition to begin the Bike portion of the race.  After completing the Bike Course they will enter the Relay Team Transition Area 2 (RT2) and transfer the team timing chip to their team member then rack their bike.  The Run teammate must be in the designated RT2 area.

Running Team Member

Running Team Member will be inside the designated RT2 area when the cyclist hands them the team timing chip.  Once the runner receives the timing chip, they exit RT2 and start the run.  After the Running Team Member crosses the finish line, the Swimming and Biking Team Members should be at the finish line together, but do NOT have to cross the finish line together.