Splash n Dash FAQs
How do I prepare for something like this?
Having a base level of fitness for any event is paramount. But what does that mean? Before attempting an event such as the Wet ‘n Wild Dash & Splash, I would ask the following questions:
- Are you able to walk at a brisk pace for more than 45 minutes OR
- Are you able to jog/run for 30 minutes or more OR
- Are you able to perform a walk & jog combination for a distance of 3 miles or more?
- Are you able to swim 50 meters (any stroke) without stopping?
Is there a medical reason for why you should not participate in an event such as this?
If you answered “no” to either question 1 or 2, then you might want to take your time and prepare for next season or next season’s event. If you answered “yes” to both questions 1 and 2, then register now!
If you answered “yes” to question 3, please consult with your physician.
What do I wear for a Dash 'n Spash?
Athletes that participate in multisport events have honed their ability to dress accordingly, as most events don’t have areas where participants can change their clothes. Plus, the seasoned athletes would rather not waste time changing clothes. For us newbies, it’s not so easy. If you are looking for ideas of what to wear, here are a few:
- Wear a swimsuit under your regular running gear. Be sure to apply vasoline or body glide to any tight or rubbing spots before the run. Shed your layers in the transition area and hit the pool.
- Wear a tri suit OR tri bottoms + swim top (for the ladies) under whatever layers you may need for the run. If the weather is warm, forego the extra layers. Tri suits are one-piece and make transitioning during duathlons and triathlons a breeze. They are typically made of spandex and polyester and are meant to have a very snug fit. Ladies normally wear a tri bra (like a compression sports bra, but made of quick-drying material) underneath a tri suit. Tri bottoms are cycling shorts with a very thin, quick drying pad. Tri tops look like a snug-fitting jersey or tank top.
What do I eat before the race?
First of all, don’t change your eating habits in the days leading up to the event. Avoid heavy or rich foods the night before such as steak, sweets and lots of dairy.
On race morning, eat something light about 1-2 hours before the event. This might be toast with peanut butter, a piece of fruit or a granola bar. Most people recommend a meal or snack that is mostly carbohydrates before a race as they are easier to digest.
Will I need special “gear” for the race?
Aside from appropriate running shoes and attire for the “dash”, participants are expected to provide their own cap and goggles for the “splash”. Clovis Aquatic Center rules apply: no tee shirts or street wear in the pool.
What should I bring?
Here’s a packing list. *Some items are optional.
- Confirmation number or printout of registration information from newmexicosportsonline.com
- Swim suit or tri suit
- Layers for the run, if weather is cold
- Vasoline or body glide for irritating parts of swim/tri suit
- Running Shoes
- Sandals for showering
- Swim Cap*
- Toiletries for showering*
- Change of clothes for after the race
What do I do once I get to the Aquatic Center on race day?
Check in closes at 7:45. Find the registration area and check-in. You’ll receive a goody bag and t-shirt. Set up your transition area and enjoy the live DJ until the start of the race at 8:00am. After completing the Dash ‘n Splash, enjoy the post-race refreshments and cheer on other race participants.
Where are the facilities?
Toilets and showers are located within the Aquatic Center. Additional toilets are located within Hillcrest Park, adjacent to the Splash Park and Dog Park.
Will there be a water stop on the course?
How do relay teams work?
Relay person A is the runner. Relay person B is the swimmer. B waits in the transition area while A runs. After the run, A meets B in the transition area, tag each other, then B proceeds to the swim course. A cheers on other racers or heads to the pool deck to watch the swimmers.
Can I bring my dog?
No. Absolutely no dogs are allowed on the course or in the transition or finish areas.