Transition & Gear Bags

All events at the Kerrville Triathlon Festival will use a two transition area format. T1 (swim to bike) and T2 (bike to run) are in different locations approximately 2 miles apart. Participants will ride their bicycles during the event from T1 after the swim to T2, where they will begin the run.

Only participants are allowed in transition, friends and family (including children) must wait outside of transition.

There will be mechanics just outside of T1 for any last minute needs and with bike pumps for airing up your tires. Once transition closes, you will not be allowed back in, so make sure and arrive early.

After packet pick-up, there is MANDATORY bike check-in and run bag drop. This will require a trip to T1 with your bike and a trip to T2 to drop your run bag. Please see the course maps for the locations of T1 and T2. Mandatory Bike and Run Bag check-in is at the following times:


4:00 – 7:30 PM
Bike Check-In at T1 and Run Bag Check-In at T2
5:30 – 6:30 AM
Packet Pickup (Sprint only) and Run Bag Check-In at T2, followed by Bike Check-In at T1

It is strongly recommended that you check in your bike and run bag on Friday, if possible.


1:00 – 5:30 PM
Bike Check-In at T1 and Run Bag Check-In at T2

Saturday Bike and Run Bag Check-In is MANDATORY. There is no check-in on race day.


Body Marking

Body Marking takes place in front of transition. Each participant will have their bib numbers written on the top of each arm and above their knees. Their “triathlon age” which is how old they will be on December 31 of the year is written on their right calf. Relay teams get an R on the left calf.  Participants must be body marked before entering transition.

Racking Your Bike

Transition will have racks assigned to each age group. It is open racking within your age group. You must be body marked and wearing your athlete wristband before you enter transition.

Morning Bags

After the swim, all of your gear will be transported from T1 to T2, so that all of your belongings are in T2 after the race. You will drop your Dry Clothes Bag off at the designated location outside of T1. You will leave your bike bag on the ground at your transition spot. Everything must inside the bag, items that are outside the bag will not be brought to T2 and are at risk of being lost.


Hanging Your Run Bag

Racks are by organized by distance and Age Group. You will tie your run bag to the rack, no more than 8 bags per rack. Everything must stay inside the bag and nothing can be left of the ground. Leave even spacing knowing that 8 bikes will need to fit onto the rack when you come in from the bike course.

Reclaiming Your Other Gear Bags

Your bags will be brought to T2 from T1 and organized by your bib number. Communicate with the volunteers to reclaim your gear bag, you will need to have your bib that matches the bags. It is important that you have clearly marked your bags with your bib number. If you have a morning bag and a bike bag, tie them together so they don’t get separated.

Bike Check-Out

Bikes will not be allowed out of Transition until the final cyclist has completed the bike course. An announcement will be made when transition is open for bike check out. You will need to have your wristband on to enter transition and have the matching number to the bike to take it out. Participants will be allowed back into transition after they finish, but bikes may not be removed from the racks. Please be courteous to your fellow participants.

Kerrville Tri T2 transition from bike to run in Louise Hays Park


Relays will have one chip assigned for the group. The team members will meet in the corral next to the relay rack to exchange the timing chip. After the bike, the team member will rack their bike and then proceed to the corral to pass the chip to the runner. Team members must wait in the corral and are not allowed to wander transition. Be sure to have an idea of your team mates timing so that you are there when they return. All relay team members receive a finisher medal that can be picked up at the finish line. 2 person relay groups will split the disciplines 2 and 1.


Athletes will receive 3 bags with their packet. These are important to make sure your belongings are where they need to be one race day. Here is how they are used:

  • Run Gear Bag: This bag should be used to hold all of the items needed for transitioning from the bike to the run. This bag must be checked into T2 on the day prior to the event.
  • Bike Gear Bag: After the swim, all of your swim gear will be transported from T1 to T2, so that all of your belongings are in T2 after the race. Anything you wear during the swim that you will not take with you on the bike must be placed into the Bike Gear Bag after the swim. This typically includes goggle, swim cap, and a wetsuit.
  • Dry Clothes Bag:  Any clothes that you wore to the race site that you will not be using during the race must be placed into the Dry Clothes Bag. You must drop off your bag at the designated location outside T1 before swim start.

Check out this quick video to see an example of what to put in each bag.

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