Registration & Packet Pick Up Questions

How do I register?  You may register either online, in person at any of the packet pick up locations, or on race day at race site (Note*, If you wait until the last day to register, you will pay a much higher price to participate). 

What is the easiest way to register?  Registering online is the easiest way to sign up

Can I register at a packet pick up location?  Yes

Can I pick up a packet for a friend of family member?  NO, due to USAT Requirements all athletes must pick up their own packet. 

I am on a relay, can I pick up my team members packet?  NO, each team member must check in.  If you are on a relay team, we will check each team member in individually, the last person on the team to check in will be given the teams racing materials. 

If I purchased one day insurance within the registration process, what do I need to bring to packet pick up?  You will only need to bring a photo ID. 

If I am a USAT yearly member, what do I need to bring to packet pick up?  You need to bring a photo ID and a CURRENT copy of your USAT card.  

Are credit cards accepted at packet pick ups?  Yes

Where do we pick up our packets?  See the schedule of events page on the website for details.

I registered and now can't compete, can I get a refund?  No, we do not offer refunds.  You may deffer your registration to the following year if you wish.    

Am I guaranteed a race shirt?  All pre registered participants are guaranteed the race shirt size they requested during the registration process.  Race Day and Packet Pick up sign ups are not guaranteed the shirt size of their choice, shirts will be given on a first come first serve basis.  We will do our best to get everyone the shirt size they want. 

What type of shirts are being given?  The 2014 Paris Tennessee shirt will be shirt has not been determined yet.  Please check back for more details.  

Will I be able to change my shirt size? You will NOT be able to exchange your shirt until after the race. We will have an area for shirt exchange after the race for those wishing to exchange their shirts.  You will be given the shirt size you ordered during registration, sorry but no exceptions.     

What will we receive at packet pick up?  You will receive your race shirt, swim cap, bike number, and run number.

When will we pick up our timing chip?  Your timing chip will be picked up just outside of the transition area on race morning.   

What type of timing is being used?  Start2Finish Event Timing will be timing the event.  We will use our state of the art Jaguar Electronic Timing System.  

Where do we put our timing chip? Your timing chip will be on attached to an ankle strap, you may wear this strap on either ankle.  Participants must where their RUN number on the FRONT of their outer most garment.   

My registration information is incorrect, may I change it?  Yes, please send your request to    

Race Day Questions

What if it is raining on race morning?  The race will happen rain or shine, depending on weather conditions, we may have to delay the start for safety reasons. 

When should I arrive?  Most triathletes plan to arrive at an event 1.5 hours prior to race start time.  If you have not picked up your packet at a packet pick up, please arrive at least 1 hour in advance of race start.   

How long will it take to find a place to park?  Around 2-3 minutes.  Too avoid long lines please arrive early. 

Are recumbent bikes allowed?  No, they are not approved by USA Triathlon. 

Can we participate as a relay team? Yes, relay teams are allowed

Do we need three people to compete as a relay? Not necessarily, you may compete in a relay as a two person team.  One person from the team will compete at two disciplines.    

When are the awards?  10:00am

What categories are you awarding? Please see the awards page on the website.

Are there time cut offs for the swim?  We do not implement a time cut off for our swim, however we strongly suggest that any athlete be fully competent in swimming before attempting to complete any triathlon.  As long as the athlete can swim, there will be plenty of time for them to complete the swim portion of the race.  

Am I an Age Grouper, Clydesdale/Athena, or Open Amateur?  Most participants will be an age group participant.  Clydesdale are males 220lbs or more, Athena participants are female 165 lbs or more.   

Do I have to race Clydesdale/Athena if my weight meets the standards?  No, you may race as an age grouper if you wish. 

Is the race in Memphis?  No, the 2014 race will be held at Harrah's Resort in Tunica, MS. 

How far is Tunica from Memphis?  The race location is a 30 minute drive to downtown Memphis.  

Where should we stay?  Athletes and guest should stay at Harrah's Resort Tunica.  You will receive deeply discounted room rates by reserving your rooms through our website.  

Is this really a family environment?  YES, all rooms are in a different location from the gaming hall.  You will not even have to get within a half a mile of the gaming hall if you so desire.

Is there a pool at the hotel?  There are several pools around the two hotels and race headquarters.

What are the courses like?  The race is held in the Mississippi Delta.  Both the bike and run will be very flat.  If the wind stays down, this will be a very fast course. 

Is there any shade on the course?  99% of the course will be in the open sun with very little shade.  

What are the temperatures like in May? May temperatures in the Mid-South can range from the low 40's to the low 90's.  Expect anything. 

When can I register?  Registration opens December 1 of every year for the following year.

How do I register?  Go to the registration page on the website and click register online.  Follow the steps.

Do I have to qualify to race Memphis in May?  No, you do not have to qualify to race Memphis in May triathlon.  Everyone is welcome to participate. 

How do I qualify to be an elite athlete? Male and female triathletes who can furnish proof of a sub 2:15 and 2:30, respectively, finish time in an Olympic distance triathlon within 12 months of the qualifying race can race Age Group Elite at a 5150 qualifying event (except for the Hy-Vee 5150 US Championship.)  Proof of finish time, via a link to race results, must be furnished to the 5150 qualifying event of the athlete’s choice prior to the race to be classified as an Age Group Elite athlete.    

Is there an Open Amateur category?  Yes, the 2014 Memphis in May Triathlon will have an open amateur category as part of the 5150 series.   

Can I compete in the amateur challenge if I am in college?  Yes

Can I compete in the amateur challenge if I am a Clydesdale/Athena? Yes

Where do I pick up my packet?  You will pick up your race packet at the packet pick up and race expo.  

Can someone else pick up my packet?  NO, athletes must pick up their own packets. 

I am on a relay, can I pick up my team members packet?  NO, each team member must check in.  If you are on a relay team, we will check each team member in individually, the last person on the team to check in will be given the teams racing materials.

Is there race day packet pick up?  No, we do not allow race day packet pick up.  You will need to pick up your packets during packet pick up hours. 

What do I need to bring with me to packet pick up?  You will need to bring a photo ID and a VALID USA Triathlon Membership Card. 

What if I don't have a USAT Membership card?  You may purchase a 1 day membership during the registration process online.  

What if USAT has not sent me my card?  You may print a temporary card from the USAT website.  NO EXCUSES!  If you do not have your card, you will have to purchase a $10 1 day membership.

If I purchased a USAT 1 Day Membership during the registration process will anything be sent to me?  No, all you need to do is bring your photo ID to packet pick up.  

My registration information is incorrect, may I change it?  Yes, please send your request to  

For other questions, please email