The Transition Area
A unique aspect of the sport of triathlon is the transition from one sport to another. Race organizers provide a transition area to facilitate this. Rows of metal racks provide parking for bikes and a place to stage your equipment for each discipline. Most athletes bring a transition towel—a small beach towel suffices—to claim a space of their own next to their bike to place equipment for the bike and run.
When athletes arrive at an event, the transition area is usually the first stop to deposit all equipment needed for the day. “Body markers,” race volunteers armed with thick black markers, commonly roam the transition entrance and scrawl race numbers on the legs and/or arms of participants.
Timing chips are commonly used in triathlons, as they are in running events. These are worn around the ankle, usually secured with a Velcro strap. Athletes receive their timing chips when they check in for the race or a distribution point for timing chips might be found near the transition area on race morning.