The ZTri

Grand Rapids, MN

8:00 a.m.
July 4, 2016

Zorbaz on the Lake - Pokegama lake

The 4h Annual Z-Tri – 1/3 mile swim, 14 mile bike, 3 mile run. Truly a family event. Do it as an individual – or form a team with friends or family. Start your 4th of July off with your own fireworks!

Event Information


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5th Annual – 2016

The Z in Z-Tri stands for Zorbaz on the Lake.  Come to participate or cheer on your athletes, stay for Zorbaz great food afterwards!!  The 4th of July is all about families having fun and we know this is what you will have at the Z-Tri this week!  Our guest list includes people from all over the globe who are enjoying the Grand Rapids area.  Some are on vacation and some are actual triathletes looking for another event.  Whoever you are – you will love this event!

THE LOCATION - Zorbaz on Beautiful Pokegama Lake, Grand Rapids, MN


*The Swim – The 1/3 mile swim takes place right at Zorbaz beach on Pokegama Lake . Wave starts will be utilized with the first starting at 8:00 a.m.  Expect race-day water temperature to be cool. Swim caps will be provided and required for all participants. Wet suits are recommended.  Swim caps are provided and color-coded for each wave. Lifeguards will be on kayaks and boats 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 14-mile bike course will take you out towards Sugar Hills.   This area is a favorite for many Grand Rapids cyclists and should prove to be very enjoyable. 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 volunteers for directions and safety.  Drafting is not allowed.

*The Run – Maps are on the website. The 3.15 mile run circles through the neighborhoods on Lake Pokegama.  There is an aid station at the 1 mile mile point.

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 -3 9, 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

Trophies to top 3 overall Male and Female

Results are Chip timed with Mylaps/ChampionChip.

Technical/Performance T Shirts to all Participants
**Only those who are registered by Thursday, July 2 are guaranteed to get their shirt on race day   Registrations received on Thursday 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, July  8.

Registration is limited to the first 300

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

Event Fees
                                                         Individual                      Team
December 3 – June 4                     $70.00                   $90.00
June 5- July 1                                 $80.00                   $100.00
July 2 – Race day                           $90.00                   $110.00

Online Registration Closes at Midnight Wednesday, July 1.  There will be race day registration.  Paper registration will continue through race day.  No registrations will be taken over the phone.  Cash, check, VISA and Mastercard are accepted on race day.




Friday, July 3

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Zorbaz.  Don’t worry if you can’t pick up your packet on Thursday.  You can also pick it up on Friday morning before the race.

Zorbaz will open at 7:00 a.m. – Tell your family to come watch you compete and have an awesome Bloody or pizza at the same time.

Saturday, July 4

6:30 am Transition area opens for bikes and gear
6:45 am Packet pick up opens – Race day registration is still available
8:00 am Wave 1 starts
Approximately 10:30 am awards – awards will begin when 75% of the participants are finished.

Timing/results info – You will receive a timing chip on an ankle strap in your race packet.  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.  This chip must be worn around your ankle (either one) and not around your arm, wrist, or on your bib strap.   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

Here were the start waves from the 2014  ZTri.  These will probably change before the 2015 event- Each wave was 3 minutes apart
Wave 1=All Males 39 and under, all Teams and Elite
Wave 2=All Females
Wave 3 – Males 40 and older and Clydesdales

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.

PARKING  – The transition area will take up part of Zorbaz parking area, but there will still be room for most cars.  There is an overflow lot just south of Zorbaz.  A portion of the road leading to Zorbaz is posted no parking.  We ask that everyone please respect that.

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


Past ZTri Results     2014 results           2013 Results     2012 Results

Race Contact Information

Randy Fulton, Race Director