St. Paul Triathlon

St. Paul, Minnesota

7:30 AM
August 20, 2017

Lake Phalen Park

The best Triathlon in St. Paul. Sprint and International Courses available!

Event Information

The 12th Annual St. Paul Triathlon will be held Sunday,  August 20, 2017
Sprint and International Distances

The time of year, location of this events, and this distances is all planned to help the multi-sport athlete continue 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 Location – Lake Phalen is one of the largest lakes in Saint Paul and is the centerpiece of the Phalen Regional Park System.  The lake has always had sailing and boating. In the 1890s sailing was very popular. In 1919, 880 canoes were stored onshore. Now the Saint Paul Sailing Club has space to moor 50 boats on the lake.In addition the lake hosts College Rowing competitions on a 1,940-meter course.The University of Minnesota holds several meets a year at Lake Phalen. The first competition to be held was in the spring of 2003 after the U of M elevated rowing to a Varsity Sport in 2000.  In 2006, the Big Ten Championships were held at Lake Phalen.  Currently gas powered motors are not allowed on the lake.  The city of Saint Paul acquired the lake and surrounding area in 1899 for $22,000.  The area surrounding the lake has been made into a 494-acre (2.00 km2) park.  The park has the only swimming lake in Saint Paul. An 18 hole golf course is also located in the park.


The Sprint Course:
The St. Paul Triathlon Sprint Course consists of the following: a 1/2 mile swim, a 8.5 mile bike, and a 5k run.

The International Course:
The St. Paul Triathlon Short Course consists of the following: a 1 mile swim, a 17 mile bike, and a 10k run.

The Swim:
The swim will be a clockwise rectangle. Buoys will be on your right. International distance participants will do two loops. 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:
There will be a new bike course this year because Wheelock Parkway will be under a long needed construction. The new course is still a closed course that leaves the transition going south on Wheelock Pkwy to Phalen Boulevard, pass under 35E to the turnaround. Ride  back to the starting point.  Sprint course does 1 lap. International course does two laps. All corners will have volunteers and police for directions and safety. Drafting is not allowed. Helmets must be worn.

The Run:
The 3.1mile run circles Lake Phalen clockwise. International distance participants do two loops. There is one water stop on the 5K run. International course participants will have 3 water stops. Where there are two paths, please use the outside path.


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 165 lbs) Clydesdale (men over 220 lbs) and Teams- all male, all female or of mixed gender.

Medals to top 3 in each category

All finishers receive a Finisher’s Medal

Trophies to top 3 overall Male and Female

Results are Chip timed with Mylaps/ChampionChip.

Registration is limited to the first 1000

Technical/Performance T Shirts to all Participants
**Only those who are registered by Thursday, August 18 are guaranteed to get their shirt on race day   Registrations received on Friday and on race day will get a shirt but may have to wait and pick it up at FrontRunner, 1665 9th Street, White Bear Lake after Wednesday, August 24

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Complete entry form and mail with check/money order to:
St. Paul Triathlon
FrontRunner Events
1665 9th Street
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


ENTRY FEES –                            Individuals                    Teams

Sprint Course Entry Fees
August 24, 2014 – July 21, 2016                             $70.00         $85.00
July 22, 2015 – August 17, 2016                              $80.00         $95.00
August 18 –  Race day                                                $90.00        $105.00

International Course entry fees
December 1 – July 21, 2106                                $80.00            $90.00
July 17, 2015 – August 17, 2016                          $90.00         $100.00
August 18, 2016 – Race day                                 $100.00          $110.00

Ask us about our family and group rates

Online Registration Closes at Midnight Wednesday August 17.  There will be race day registration unless event fills.  Paper registration will continue through race day (unless we reach 1000).  No registrations will be taken over the phone.  Cash, check, VISA and Mastercards are accepted on race day.




Tentative Race Day Schedule (This may change)

EARLY PACKET PICK UP:  Friday, August 19 – Noon – 4 – Packet pickup at FrontRunner, 1665 9th Street, White Bear Lake, MN
We are behind the house.  Come around to the east side of the building.  You may also check in on race morning at the park, and get everything you need at that time.

Wave starts will be utilized with the first starting at 7:30 a.m.  I’ll get a water temp as the events nears.  Swim caps will be provided and required for all participants.  Swim caps are provided and color-coded for each wave. Lifeguards will be on kayaks and there for your safety. You will not be penalized for resting on a kayak.

ANSI or Snell approved helmets are required for all participants when on the bike course. The bike course is not a close course to traffic.  All corners will have Police and/or volunteers directions and safety. Please use common sense during all parks of the bike.  Drafting is not allowed.

Sunday’s Schedule:

Transition opens at 6:00 a.m. – Remember that it is still dark at 6:00 a.m.

Bike racks will already be set up and are on a first come basis

6:15 – Registration opens.  Pick up your number, chip, swim cap and shirt at the registration area.  Everyone will get their bodies marked with their numbers.
7:30 First Long Course wave starts

These were the waves starts for 2015 – The wave starts for 2016 should be similar

Wave 1 – International Elites, Teams, all Males including Clydsdales – Green Swim Cap

Wave 2 – International Females including Athenas – Blue Swim Cap

Wave 3 – Sprint Elite, Teams, Clydsdales – Green Swim Cap

Wave 4 – Sprint Males 29 and younger – Blue Swim Cap

Wave 5 – Sprint Females 29 and Younger – Yellow Swim Cap

Wave 6 – Sprint Females 30 – 39, Athenas – Green Swim Cap

Wave 7 – Sprint Males 30 – 44 – Blue Swim Cap

Wave 8 – Sprint Females 40 – 54 – Yellow Swim Cap

Wave 9 – Sprint Males 45 – 54 – Green Swim Cap

Wave 10 – Sprint Females 55 and Older, Males 55 and Older – Blue Swim Cap


*The Sprint may start earlier that 8:00 a.m. if the International swim goes faster that planned

Awards will be at approximately 11:00 a.m.

All day – Stay and enjoy the park.

Transition Area:
The transition closes 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.

Timing/results info – You will receive a timing chip on an ankle strap in your race packet.  This chip must be worn around your ankle (either one) and not around your arm, wrist, or on your bib strap.  This chip will collect your times at 5 different split areas –  The Swim, Transition 1, the Bike, Transition 2, and the Run, as well as a Finish time. We will be collecting this chip at the end of the race.

Please do not leave the venue with your timing chip still around your ankle.  If you unintentionally do leave with your timing chip, please mail back in your packet envelope.

Please wear your bib number on the front of your shirt/jacket

PARKING – Parking is always tight in and around Lake Phalen.   Please car pool if posssible.

Online results will be posted at usually by mid afternoon race day


Past Race Results         2015 Sprint Results  2015 International Results    2014 Sprint Results        2014 International Results            2013 Sprint Results        2013 International Results 
2012 Sprint Results  2012 International Results

Race Contact Information

Randy Fulton, Race Director