Traverse City Triathlon

6th Annual Traverse City Triathlon 

presented by McLain Cycle & Fitness


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dividing West and East Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers stunning scenery and a challenging landscape. Both Olympic- and sprint-distance races start in the calm, clean waters of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay for a triangular loop swim. The bike courses point athletes past picturesque orchards and vineyards and over a few tough climbs. Heading out on the run, racers follow Neahtawanta Road along the water before turning up a dirt road into the Pyatt Nature Preserve. Athletes then return to the pavement for the final stretch to the finish line at Bowers Harbor Park. The Traverse City Triathlon delivers a beautiful course, professional race management, and great racing; this is Northern Michigan’s most memorable triathlon. See you at the start line!

Event Details

What distances are offered for the triathlon, duathlon & relays?
The Traverse City Triathlon is much more than just a triathlon. We offer a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon, a duathlon, as well as a sprint and Olympic triathlon relay, and duathlon relay (2- or 3-person teams). The three legs of the triathlon are swimming, biking, and running, in that order. The shorter sprint race is a 750-meter swim (0.47 mile), 20-kilometer bike (12.4 miles), and a 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles). The olympic triathlon involves a 1500-meter swim (0.93 mile), 40-kilometer bike (24.8 miles), and a 10-kilometer run (6.2 miles) The duathlon is 2.8-kilometer run (1.75 mile), 20-kilometer bike (12.4 miles), and a 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles).
What distance is offered for the open water swim?
The open water swim is a 1500-meter swim (0.93 mile).
What distance is offered for the duathlon?
The duathlon is a 2.8-kilometer run (1.75 miles), 20-kilometer bike (12.4 miles), and a 5-kilometer run (3.1 miles).
When does the race happen?
The race takes place on Sunday, August 17, 2014. All athletes must be checked in by 7:00 am.The Olympic race starts at 8 am, with the first sprint athletes starting at 8:30 am.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 16, 2014

5:00-8:00pm Registration and packet pick up – McLain Cycle and Fitness on 8th Street

Sunday, August 17, 2014
6:00-7:00 am – Registration and packet pick up at Bowers Harbor Park
6:00-7:45 am – Transition area open for ALL athletes to set up
7:45 am – Transition area closes for OLYMPIC racers. All Olympic distance racers must leave transition area.
7:45 am – Race briefing at transition (required for ALL athletes)
8:00 am – Transition area closes for SPRINT racers. All sprint distance racers must to leave transition area.
8:00 am – Wave 1: Olympic triathlon (men), Open water swim (men)
8:05 am – Wave 2: Olympic triathlon (women & Olympic relay), Open water swim (women)
8:15 am – Wave 3: Duathlon (all)
8:30 am – Wave 4: Sprint triathlon (men & sprint relays)
8:35 am – Wave 5: Sprint triathlon (women)
11:15 am (approximate) – Transition area opens for bike/gear retrieval (after all cyclists have finished)
11:25 am – Awards ceremony at Bowers Harbor Park

Where does the race take place?
The race takes place twelve miles–roughly a twenty-minute drive–from downtown Traverse City. Parking, registration, and the race finish are held at Peninsula Township Park, 2750 Bowers Harbor Road, Traverse City, Michigan 49686. From there, it is a three-minute walk to the swim start and transition area at the Bowers Harbor boat launch.
How much does it cost to register?
Prices start off at $52 for individuals and $92 for relay teams. We never charge processing fees, so when we say $52, we mean it.* You’ll notice that prices increase as the race date nears. We would LOVE for every athlete to register for the lowest possible price by registering as early as possible; increasing prices allow us to compensate for the cost of securing timing services, race shirts, and food without knowing exact participation. *All racers must be USA Triathlon members or purchase a one-day license for $12. If you are racing as a relay team, every member must have a USAT membership or one-day license. If you would like to purchase an annual membership, you can do so at for $45. (Youth memberships for athletes 17-years-old or younger are $15 for a year.)
What do I get for signing up?
Registration includes a technical t-shirt, swim cap, chip-timed results, post-race grub and guzzle, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re better than the lazy schlubs that didn’t wake up until 11 am on race day. Your entry fee also covers the permit fees, medical and police support, volunteer swag and food, and various other expenses that come with putting more than 400 athletes on public roads. Along with those tangible benefits, we believe that every Endurance Evolution race offers something more than the typical endurance event in the way of customer service and professionalism. You can read more about our philosophies and our policies in our About Us section.
What are the age groups?
The following age groups apply for male and female in the sprint, Olympic, duathlon, and open water swim individual events: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and older. Relays are not awarded according to age, just an overall sprint, Olympic, and duathlon winning team.  
Where do I set up my bike in the transition area?
The bike racks in the transition area are numbered according to your bib number. Look for your bib number on the rack and place hang your bike on the rack so it hangs off the rack toward you, on the same side as the number. If you need any help, or there’s someone in your spot when you arrive on race morning, ask a volunteer in an Endurance Evolution shirt for assistance.
What do I win?
The overall male and female winners of the sprint and Olympic races receive an award plus free entry into next year’s race. The top three individuals in each age group also receive an award. Relay awards are given to the winning sprint and olympic teams.