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OVERVIEW

 

The 2019 River Roux will be held on November 2, 2019!

River Roux features a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride over the Audubon Bridge into St. Francisville, and a 13.1-mile run in historic New Roads. The race has aquabike, duathlon, and relay divisions.  It wraps up with awards and a finish festival in the greenspace across from transition. 

Rajun' Roux is a shorter distance triathlon that takes place on the River Roux course, including a 1200-meter swim, 30-mile bike, and 8.6-mile run.  

RKF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create and sustain active, fit and healthy children, families and communities through programming, advocacy and education, as an effort to fight childhood obesity through multisport events and camp scholarship and grant programs.  RKF also gives back to local schools/clubs in the cities that welcome us there, such as Boy Scouts, parish and city programs, 4-H, local schools, and more.  

Entries are limited to 400 competitors for 2018.  Ready to register? Click here!

the course

 
swim
swim

The swim course will be a single loop clockwise swim that begins and ends at the floating dock with buoys for sighting and turns to keep you on course. Starting at 6:45 a.m. we will have a designated swim warm up area for your use with safety personnel managing the area. The entire course is not open for warm up.  You will enter the water on the left side (facing the water) and exit on the right side. Athletes will be staged along the grass area behind the ramp.

We will have safety personnel on the course. You may hang on to kayaks and paddle boards to catch your breath but cannot use them to make any forward progress. Your safety is our primary concern and we urge you to raise your hand to alert safety personnel if you are in distress.  Similarly, if you observe another athlete in clear distress, please stop and alert safety personnel.  Upon exiting the swim course, you will run straight up the gangway of the floating dock and along the carpeted area leading to the stairs to access the transition area.   
 

Waves
7:30 am –  VIP and Charity

7:34 am - 35 and older Females and Relays 
7:38 am – 34 and younger Females 
7:42 am – 34 and younger Males
7:46 am – 45 and older Males
7:50 am – 35-44 Males 
*Elites will leave with the age group waves.    

bike

The bike course is a single loop that extends into West Feliciana Parish and takes you over the Mississippi River via the Aububon Bridge. There will be 3 aid stations on the course that will have water, Powerade, and restrooms. If you want a hand up bottle, SLOW DOWN and give our volunteers a chance to get it to you! Aid stations are at approximately miles 15, 22, and 40. The only thing you can discard at this time is your empty bottle. An assortment of Huma gels will also be available. Racers are encouraged to carry their own food as we cannot guarantee gel flavors selections/availability.

Remember that all the roads on the bike course will remain open to traffic throughout the race. We will have police and volunteers at major intersections, but you are still to ride with safety as your primary priority. Every turn on the course will be marked with signs to the right side of the road, as well as orange marks in the road. 

There will be SAG support vehicles on the bike course providing assistance with minor mechanical issues throughout the day.

run
run

River Roux features a 3 loop, super flat, shaded, fast run course. You will meander through the downtown neighborhoods of New Roads, and after you finish your 3rd loop, you will return to finish in the Town Square green area right in downtown!  There will be 3 aid stations on the course (allowing you 12 opportunities to get fluids and gels. We will be serving water, powerade, coke, and Huma gels (variety of flavors) at all aid stations. We have timing mats throughout the course to make sure that everyone completes the full course.

course cut-offs

The swim course is a single loop clockwise course with buoys located throughout the course that will remain on your right side as you traverse the course. The swim course cutoff is at 9am at which time you must be out of the water and clear of T-1. This allows ample time to complete the swim and this rule will be strongly enforced.


There are two bike course cutoffs: you must reach the intersection of JVC and Sage Hill Rd of the bike prior to 11:00am to be permitted to continue, and you have to complete the bike course prior to 1pm to be allowed to transition to the run. Again, these cut-offs will be enforced. 
 

The run course will remain open until 4pm at which time the finish will officially close and athletes remaining on the course will be escorted from the course.
 

If, at any time, our race coordinators feel that an athlete has no chance of making the cutoff or appears to be in a health crisis, the course coordinators reserve the right to remove the athlete from the course and issue a DNF. Course cutoffs are in place to allow police officers to open intersections and clear the downtown common areas per our agreement with the City of New Roads and West Feliciana Parish. 

Rajun' roux

 

Rajun' Roux is a shorter version of River Roux that includes a 1200-meter swim, 30-mile bike, and 8.6-mile run.  The race takes place on the same course as River Roux, with a bike turn-around at mile 15 on Highway 966.   Participants in Rajun' Roux will complete 2 of 3 loops on the run course.  

Rajun' Roux Bike Course

AWARDS

River Roux awards
  • Overall Male and Female

  • Overall  Masters Male and Female

  • Overall Grand Masters Male and Female

  • Age Group 1st - 3rd, Male and Female

  • 19 and under ​

  • 20-24

  • 25-29

  • 30-34

  • 35-39

  • 40-44

  • 45-49

  • 50-54

  • 55-59

  • 60-64

  • 65-69

  • 70-74

  • Overall Relay​

RAJUN' Roux awards
  • Overall Male and Female

  • Overall  Masters Male and Female

  • Overall Grand Masters Male and Female

  • Age Group 1st - 3rd, Male and Female

  • 19 and under ​

  • 20-24

  • 25-29

  • 30-34

  • 35-39

  • 40-44

  • 45-49

  • 50-54

  • 55-59

  • 60-64

  • 65-69

  • 70-74

RIVER ROUX DUATHLON
  • Overall Male

  • Overall Female

RIVER ROUX aquabike
  • Overall Male

  • Overall Female

LONG COURSE REGIONAL championship awards
  • Overall Male 

  • Overall Female

  • Overall  Masters Male

  • Overall Masters Female

AQUABIKE REGIONAL championship awards
  • Overall Male 

  • Overall Female

  • Overall  Masters Male

  • Overall Masters Female

 

*Regional championship awards for all divisions may only be awarded to individuals from the States of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.   Elites are not eligible for regional championship.  If the overall winner is not from the South Central Region, they will still be eligible to win Overall Male/Female of River Roux Triathlon.  

usat rules

 

River Roux is a USAT Sanctioned event and all rules apply.  Please see the USAT competitive rules to avoid penalties or disqualification.  

USAT Rules

Most Commonly Violated Rules

faq's

 
GENERAL​

 

What type of Triathlon is this and what are the distances?
A: This is a half-distance triathlon with a 1..2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run with aquabike, relay, and duathlon divisions.  

How many years has this triathlon taken place?
A: This triathlon is in its 5th year, beginning in 2012. 

Who can participate in the triathlon?
A: The race is open to professional triathletes, age group amateurs, relay teams, and duathletes. All participants must be 16 years of age or older.

How many entry spots are available to participants?
A: The race is capped at 300 entries. This is primarily due to the space available in transition and the time constraints on the race course.

Is this a good race for first-timers?
A: No, due to the distance of the triathlon.  We recommend first-timers to complete a shorter distance triathlon.  Check out Louisiana Triathlon! 

Where does the race take place?
A: The race is held in and around False River. For more information on the course, CLICK HERE.

When will the race take place?
A: The race will take place on November 12, 2016.

What is the weather and water temperature in November in New Roads?

A: The weather can vary greatly at this time of year. Generally, the weather is chilly, in the 40's to 50's; however some years have seen low 30's and some have seen upper 80's. The water temperature typically creates wetsuit legal conditions.  

 

RACE REGISTRATION​

 

How can I register for this triathlon?
A: Visit our registration website at imathlete.com.


Do I need to be a certain age to compete in this triathlon?

A: Yes, you must be 16 years of age.

What are the entry fees? 
A: Individual registration starts at $180.  See our registration page for details.

What is your refund and deferral policy?
A: We cannot refund entry fees. This isn't because we are purchasing a vacation home in the Caribbean. It is because it takes an enormous effort and funding to stage a triathlon like ours. From venue agreements, signage, food/drink, shirts, goodies, marking chalk, DJ, timing, office supplies, law enforcement, volunteer support, bike rack rentals, trash, bib numbers, permits, sanctioning fees, barricade usage, awards, finishers prizes....even a couple thousand safety pins.....it adds up quick and all that money is already spent by race day, whether you race or not. (However, please DO come pick up your race packet if you can't race - the shirt/goodies ARE yours as part of your entry fee.) WE DO NOT MAIL OUT PACKETS AFTER THE EVENT. If you know you are not racing, your friend may pick up your packet, which will not a contain race number.

Those on relay teams must find a replacement. There are no refunds or deferrals for relay teams or team members.

TRAVEL​

 

What airport should I fly in to for the event?


A: BTR - Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport www.flybtr.com

 

MSY - New Orleans International Airport - http://www.flybtr.com/
 

Where can I park on race day?
A: Parking will be available at the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board, 337 Napoleon St., New Roads, LA. This is located just a few blocks away from transition. Parking WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON MAIN STREET OR IN THE MORRISON PARKWAY LOTS (lots in the Morel’s and Satterfield’s Restaurants). Cars parked on Main St. or Morrison Parkway WILL BE TOWED at the owner's expense. RKF has a positive working relationship with the City and merchants of New Roads. Part of that relationship means that street parking MUST be left for local restaurant customers.

VIPs: You will have a designated parking area. When you arrive, your concierge will be waiting for you with your parking pass to hang from your vehicle. Give them your name and they will let you know where to park your ride.

 

PRE-RACE​

 

How do I confirm that I am registered for the race?
A: You will receive a confirmation email after registering.  Please contact the race director if it is not received.

What is the event schedule?
A: The race takes place Saturday morning with the swim beginning at 7:30am. Packet pick-up takes place on Saturday and days prior in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette area. For more information, CLICK HERE.

What am I required to attend as a participant?
A: Every participant including individual members of relay teams MUST sign in and pick up their own packet at one of the scheduled pick ups. 

When do I pick up my packet?
A: Packet pickups will be offered in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Roads during the week of the race.  Race day pickup is also available; however, we encourage you to pick them up prior to race day to avoid lines. 

What items will I need during packet pick-up?
A: Each participant MUST bring a valid ID. All annual USAT members must bring their membership card.

When do I get body marked?
A: On race day.

When do I rack my bike?
A: Saturday prior to the race start.

When do I receive my timing chip?
A: At packet pickup.

May a friend or family member pick up my race packet for me?
A: No.

SWIM​

 

Where is the swim start?
A: The swim start is at the floating dock, next to False River Paddle Club.  Use the address 108 E Main St., New Roads to find the location. 

What attire is allowed or not allowed on the swim?
A: Goggles, neoprene caps, and neoprene socks ARE allowed. You will be provided with a colored swim cap that you must wear to denote your age group. Gloves are NOT allowed.  Wetsuits are allowed if the water temperature is below 78 degrees.

What is the water temperature in the lake?
A: Typically between 62 and 72 degrees.

What happens if I need help during the swim?
A: There will be boats, kayaks, paddle boards, and water safety teams out on the water during the swim. They are available if you need to grab onto a boat or kayak for a minute to rest or re-orient yourself. This action will not incur a penalty; however, no forward progress should be made while hanging on to the kayak or SUP.  They are there for rescue as well if you determine you cannot finish the swim and wish to drop out of the race.

What is the cut-off time for the swim and what happens if I don't make it in the time allotted?
A: The cut-off for the swim is 9:00.  Any athletes that remain on the swim course will be transported to transition and may continue onto the next leg of the race, but will not qualify for age group awards. 

How far is the swim exit from the main transition?
A: It is about 200 meters and up a set of stairs into the City of New Roads parking lot.

 

BIKE​

 

Is there a course cut-off on the bike course? 

A: There are two bike course cutoffs: you must reach the intersection of JVC and Sage Hill Rd of the bike prior to 11:30am to be permitted to continue, and you have to complete the bike course prior to 1pm to be allowed to transition to the run. Again, these cut-offs will be enforced. 

Can my friends and family wait for me by my bike in transition?
A: No, only participants are allowed in transition.

Can my friends and family decorate my bike position area in transition?
A: NO decorations are allowed including signage, balloons, stuffed animals, etc.  You may cheer with signs, etc. along the streets and finish area!

Are stationary bicycle trainers allowed in transition?
A: No

Are there aid stations on the bike course? ​

A: Yes.  There will be 3 aid stations, approximately at mile 15, 22, and 40.

What type of bicycle is best for this race?
A: A triathlon/time-trial bicycle or a traditional road bike configuration is best.

What is the elevation of the bike course?
A: Flat in the New Roads area and rolling hills once you cross the Audubon Bridge into St. Francisville.  An elevation map can be found on our website: CLICK HERE

Where can I get my bicycle tuned up prior to the race?
A: The Bicycle Shop staff will be on hand in transition and on the course to assist with bike support. However, be patient as they make their way to you in transition or on course.  We recommended you properly air your tires and have it tuned up the week of the race. 

 

RUN & FINISH​

 

What types of surfaces will I encounter on the run?
A: The run course is made up of asphalt and sidewalk.

Is the run course a closed course?
A: No, you will encounter participants that may pass you on the course. Be careful and stay focused. Some parts of the course are narrow, so be kind and courteous to other participants.

Is there a course cut-off on the run? 

A: The run course will remain open until 4pm at which time the finish will officially close and athletes remaining on the course will be escorted from the course.

Where is the finish line?
A: The finish line is located in the Greenspace across from transition.  

Can my friends and family cross the finish line with me?
A: No, only participants may cross the finish line.

Will I receive anything when I finish?
A: You will a custom medal and finisher's Headsweats hat.  Jambalaya will also be available!

 

NUTRITION & AID STATIONS​

 

Where are the aid stations located throughout the course?
A: Transition, Swim Exit, Bike Course (3 stations) and about every 1.5-2 miles on the run course.

What is available at the aid stations?
A: Water and PowerAde.  Gu or similar products on the run course.

RELAY TEAMS

 

What does it mean to compete on a relay team?
A: A relay team is made up of two to three participants who each participate in one leg of the triathlon. Each participant will have their own disposable chip, but must 'tag' the next member before beginning the next leg of the race. 

When and where do the relay teammates switch off for the next leg?
A: The cyclist and the runner must wait in transition by the team's specific bicycle placement on the bike racks. The swimmer tags the cyclist and then the cyclist may unrack the bike. The cyclist racks the bike, then tags the runner.

When do the cyclist and runner need to be in place in the transition area?
A: 7:00 AM. No exceptions or excuses.

 

FRIENDS & FAMILY​

How can I volunteer for the event?
A: We need and accept many volunteers for this race. CLICK HERE for more information.

Where is the best place to watch the race?
A: Morrison parkway will be the site of race start.  The best place to watch transition will be on Main St., next to Ma Mama's or Satterfield's.  

How can I view or track race results?
A: Results will be posted as participants finish.  Results will be available HERE

 

AFTER THE RACE​

 

When is the awards ceremony?
A: The awards ceremony will take place in the Greenspace, across from transition at approximately 2:00pm.

Who receives awards?
A: The top three finishers in each age group will receive awards.  Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will also be giving to males and females in the following divisions: Open Relay, Duathlon, and Aquabike.

Where can I find race photos?
A: Race photos will be available for viewing and purchase following the event weekend through yoursportingimage.com

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