8 Tips For Camping At A Triathlon Like Wildflower

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Apr 29, 2013
  • Updated Apr 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM UTC

Camping at the race venue is a fun, relaxing way to take some of the financial sting away from traveling to a race. These eight tips will help you make the most of the Wildflower Festival weekend. Load up the car and hit the road!

Don’t forget the details
Double-check the pre-race checklist. Spending the night before the race at a campsite means that basic necessities like water may not be readily available. Have a plan for every meal leading up to the race…and bring a toothbrush.

Be ready for minor bike emergencies
Basic tools and supplies like screwdrivers, allen wrenches and a pump can turn a catastrophe into a minor inconvenience. Bring supplies.

Bring a few portable luxuries
The coffee machine doesn’t have to be left at home since pre-race camping is almost always done with a car near by. A sleeping pad and pillow make crashing on the ground a lot more pleasant.

Set the alarm
Many campsites do not have electricity so make sure your alarm (or phone) has enough juice to wake you on race morning.

Bring post-race refreshments
Pack some coals and fire up the grill. Take the opportunity to enjoy the things that may have been scarce during training. Delicacies—like a beer and a burger—never taste better than after a race.

Make friends
Share your sense of accomplishment with the other racers hanging around the venue.

Take in the scenery
Spending a day hiking around the woods is a great way to recover, both physically and mentally, after an exhausting race. Ask a local to recommend a trail.

Enjoy a shower
Camping is great fun but dirt can start to accumulate after a few days. Savor your first shower after returning to civilization.

More Wildflower tips.

Headed to the Wildflower Triathlon Festival this weekend? Join Triathlete for our annual bonfire party on Saturday from 5-8 p.m. The festivities will take place at our campsite at the C-Loop in spaces 9 and 10. Details here.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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