FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Listed below you will find the most common questions asked relating to the Great Floridian Endurance Festival. We are currently rebuilding our FAQ section so many of the questions listed below have yet to be answered.  Please check back soon as they will all be answered in the coming days.

Please email Info@SommerSports.com if your question is not answered below.

REGISTRATION

WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE?
Registration for all events remains open through 6:00pm on Friday, October 20th.  There is no race day registration available.
CAN I SWITCH RACES?
Yes, you can downgrade or upgrade your entry within the Great Floridian Endurance Festival prior to race day.  You will not be allowed to switch races on race day. If you are upgrading, you may be required to pay the diference in entry fees.  If you are downgrading, the difference in entry fees cannot be refunded. Special entry promotions may require a minimal transfer fee in order to switch races. Please email Registration@SommerSports.com to request a transfer to a different race within the GFT Endurance Festival. 
I'M NOT ABLE TO RACE. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
Please click here to review our REFUND/TRANSFER POLICY.
CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY PACKET?
Unfortunately, no. USAT rules require that all participants show a photo ID in order to pick-up theIr race packet. Anyone in direct violation of this rule may be subject to disqualification.
I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO RACE. CAN I STILL PICK-UP MY RACE PACKET AND GOODY BAG?
Yes! Registration volunteers will first remove your race bib, bike number and timing chip before handing over your packet.

 

SWIM

CAN I WEAR A WETSUIT?
Wetsuit use is in accordance with USAT rules.  This means that if the water temperature is 78 or below, wetsuit use is allowed and it will not impact your placement in results or USAT rankings.  The GFT has been wetsuit legal in all but three of the past 24 years.
WHERE DOES THE SWIM TAKE PLACE?
The swim takes place in the pristine waters of Lake Minneola. The lake is a clean freshwater lake with a white sand bottom.
IS THERE A SWIM CUTOFF?
For the GFT 140.6, the swim cut off is 2.5 hours after the start of the first wave.

 

BIKE

CAN I SHIP MY BIKE TO THE RACE?
Yes, please contact our preferred bike partner, Winter Garden Wheel Works for more detailed information on bike shipping and assembly.
i'M UNABLE TO TRAVEL WITH MY BIKE. ARE BIKE RENTALS AVAILABLE?
Yes, please contact our preferred bike partner, Winter Garden Wheel Works for info on bike rentals.
DO I NEED TO RACK MY BIKE THE DAY BEFORE THE RACE?
All full distance particpants including Relay Teams and Aqua Bike participants must rack their bikes by 9:00pm on Friday. Overnight security will be provided. 1/3 distance particpants can rack their bikes either on Friday, or on race day, Saturday morning from 6:00am to 8:00am. The transition area officially closes at 8:15am.
IS MECHANICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE ON THE BIKE COURSE?
Yes, three support teams will be on the bike course during the race. Another support station will be located near the bike special needs station at Waterfront Park.  All cyclists should be prepared to perform basic bike repair tasks like changing a flat tire on their own. 
WHAT TYPE OF FLUIDS AND NUTRITION ARE AVAILABLE ON THE BIKE COURSE?
The bike course stations will have water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, and bananas.  112 mile cyclists will also have access to their bike special needs bags at the end of laps 1 and 2.

 

RUN

IS THE RUN COURSE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC?
Yes, the entire run course is on the South Lake Trail.  All intersections where the trail intersects a road will be monitored by the Clermont Police or Lake County Sheriff's Department officers.
WHAT TYPE OF FLUIDS AND NUTRITION ARE AVAILABLE ON THE RUN COURSE?
The run course stations will be stocked with water, Coca Cola, Gatorade Endurance Formula, ice, salty snacks, cookies, bananas, and more. After dusk, stations will also have warm chicken broth available.
I KNOW I'LL BE RUNNING IN THE DARK. DO I NEED A HEADLAMP?
No, the entire run course is illuminated by street lights and portable light towers. Athletes will also be provided with glow necklaces after dark to help make them more visible to other runners.
WHAT TIME IS THE RUN CUT-OFF?
Run support officially ends at 1:00am.
WHAT CAN I PLACE IN MY RUN SPECIAL NEEDS BAG?
Run special needs bags are only available for the full distance athletes. Typical items found in a run special needs bag include personal nutrition products, electrolyte tablets, extra socks, a long sleve shirt or jacket to wear as the night cools off, a back-up pair of shoes and more. Basically you can put whatever you want in the bag. After the start of the run you will have access to it 5 times during the run. Run gear bags are reclaimed following the race.
CAN I WEAR MY HEADPHONES DURING THE RUN?
No, USAT rules prohibit the use of headphones during a triathlon.
I PLAN TO BE OUT ON THE RUN COURSE A LONG TIME. CAN A FRIEND KEEP ME COMPANY DURING PARTS OF THE RUN?
No, triathlon is an individual sport and USAT rules prohibit outside assistance during the event.  Your friends are encouraged to cheer you on during the event, but from the side-lines.

 

TRANSITIONS

WHAT DO I PLACE IN MY BIKE GEAR BAG?
To be answered soon...
WHAT DO I PLACE IN MY RUN GEAR BAG?
To be answered soon...
IS SUNSCREEN AVAILABLE IN TRANSITION?
To be answered soon...
WHEN CAN I RECLAIM MY BIKE & GEAR?
To be answered soon...
CAN A FRIEND HELP ME IN TRANSITION?
To be answered soon...
I'M PART OF A RELAY TEAM.  HOW DO TRANSITIONS WORK FOR US?
To be answered soon...
WHAT GOES ON IN THE CHANGING TENTS?
To be answered soon...

 

ANCILLARY EVENTS

WHO CAN ATTEND THE PASTA DINNER?
To be answered soon...
WHAT IS THE TALENT CONTEST ALL ABOUT?
To be answered soon...
WHAT IS THE MEGABUS SUGARLOAF CHEER ZONE?
To be answered soon...
WHAT IS THERE TO DO FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHILE I'M RACING?
To be answered soon...
IS THERE ANYTHING GOING ON FOR THE KIDS DURING THE RACE?
To be answered soon...
ARE ALL ATHLETES INVITIED TO THE SUNDAY AWARDS BBQ?
To be answered soon...
WHERE DOES THE FRIDAY MORNING BREAKFAST TAKE PLACE?
To be answered soon...

 

GENERAL

I HAVE FRIENDS THAT WANT TO VOLUNTEER WHILE I'M RACING. WHERE CAN THEY SIGN-UP?
To be answered soon...
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION FOR 2017 OPEN?
It's open now, but be sure to register soon to get the best price for the event!
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SPECTATE?
To be answered soon...