8:00 a.m. Saturday - Short 7:30 a.m. Sunday - Long
September 7, 2013
Square Lake Park
Two fun days! Two great events! Short course is on Saturday, Long course event is on Sunday. Square Lake was voted cleanest lake is metro area, Square Lake Park is an excellent venue for this event.
The time of year, location of these events, and their distances are all planned to help the multi-sport athlete extend their competitive season. Whether training for the Ironman or participating in your first triathlon, we will make sure that you have an excellent experience!
THE SITE – Square Lake is known throughout the Midwest for its crystal clear water, trout fishing and scuba divers. Square Lake County Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the Northeast Metro Area. When you combine these two, along with the fall colors, you will find this the most beautiful and enjoyable multisport venue.
THE SWIM – The swim takes place in beautiful Square Lake which is one of the cleanest lakes in the Twin Cities. Wave starts will be utilized with the first starting at 8:00 a.m. for Saturday’s Short Course and 7:30 a.m for Sunday’s Long Course event. Expect race-day water temperature to be cool. Swim caps will be provided and required for all participants. Wet suits are recommended. The long course swim will consist of two laps. The swim will be a clockwise rectangle. Buoys will be on your right. Swim caps are provided and color-coded for each wave. Lifeguards will be on kayaks and there for your safety. If you need to rest, let a lifeguard know. You will not be penalized for resting on a kayak. Wetsuits are allowed.
THE BIKE – Maps are on the website. The 16.5 mile and 54 mile bike course will take you on country paved roads around Square Lake and through the small town of Marine. The routes are known to be scenic with many rolling hills (and a couple of large hills). This area is a favorite for many Twin Cities cyclists and should prove to be very enjoyable. ANSI or Snell approved helmets are required for all participants when on the bike course. On the long course bike, a water bottle drop will be at the half way point. The bike course is not a close course to traffic. All corners will have volunteers directions and safety. Drafting is not allowed.
THE RUN – Maps are on the website. The Short Course 5 mile will circle Square Lake counterclockwise and the and Long Course 13 mile run is an out and back course. The Short Course footing is a mixture of both gravel and blacktop. The run loop is mostly flat but does have a few hills throughout. There are three aid stations on the Short Course Run. The long course run, aid stations will be available at every mile.
AWARDS and CATEGORIES:
Awards will be presented to the top three men and women in each AGE GROUP: 19 and under, 20-24, 25 -29, 30-34, 35 -39, 40-44, 45 – 49, 50-54, 54 – 59, 60-64, 65 – 69, 70 and above. Other categories include Elite, Athena (women over 145 lbs) Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs) and Teams- all male, all female or of mixed gender.
The transition will close 15 minutes before the first wave is scheduled. At that point, everyone should head for the beach for a race meeting. For safety and security, only competitors are allowed in the transition area. Riding your bike is not allowed in the transition area. Everyone must wear an approved bike helmet. Bike helmets must always be buckled.
A team is made up of 2 or 3 people. 3 people would include a swimmer, a biker and a runner. If you have 2 people, one person will be doing 2 of the events. For instance, the swimmer may also be doing the running portion. A team is working together for one collective finish time. Your team will have one timing chip, which is on a velcro strap to be worn on your ankle. The timing chip is worn by the swimmer, then given to the biker then given to the runner. You will meet each other in the “transition area” where you will do the exchange of the timing chip from person to person. The transition area is where you will park your bike and keep all of your belongings. It is a secure, fenced in area.
The event is being timed with a chip that you will receive at check in. It is attached to a velcro ankle strap. This chips will collect times throughout the race and at the finish line. If for some reason you do not start or do not finish the race, your chip must be turned in or mailed in. You will be charged $30 if your chip is not turned in. We also provide you with a bib number to be worn on your front side and write your number on your arms and legs to help us get a backup set of results. The better we can see these, the better your chance of having all your transition times
ENTRY FEES Individuals Teams
Short Course Entry Fees
Through August 7 $65.00 $90.00
August 8 – September 4 $75.00 $100.00
September 6 – Race day $85.00 $110.00
Long Course entry fees
Through August 7 $90.00 $115.00
August 8 – September 4 $100.00 $125.00
September 5- Race day $110.00 $135.00
Randy Fulton, Race Director