Traverse City Triathlon
August 21, 2016
Dividing West and East Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers stunning scenery and a challenging landscape. The half-, Olympic- and sprint-distance races start in the calm, clean waters of Bowers Harbor on West Grand Traverse Bay for a 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!
Schedule of Events
Saturday, August 20, 2016
5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration and packet pick up – McLain Cycle & Fitness, 750 E Eighth St, Traverse City, MI 49684 (Map here)
Sunday, August 21, 2016
**All race day parking is at Devils Dive Rd.**
6:00-7:30 a.m. – Registration and packet pick up at Bowers Harbor Park
6:00-7:45 a.m. – Transition area open for all athletes to set up
7:15 a.m. – Race briefing at transition (required for half-distance athletes)
7:20 a.m. – Transition area closes for half distance athletes
7:30 a.m. – Wave 1: Half distance triathlon and relay (all), and open water swim (men & women)
7:45 a.m. – Race briefing at transition (required for sprint, Olympic, duathlon athletes)
7:55 a.m. – Transition area closes for all remaining athletes
8:00 a.m. – Wave 2: Olympic triathlon (men)
8:02 a.m. – Wave 3: Duathlon (men & women)
8:05 a.m. – Wave 4: Olympic triathlon (women), Olympic relay (all)
8:30 a.m. – Wave 5: Sprint triathlon (men), sprint relay (all)
8:35 a.m. – Wave 6: Sprint triathlon (women)
9:20 a.m. – Swim course cutoff (swim course closes for all athletes)
10:40 a.m. – Sprint/duathlon bike course cutoff (sprint bike course closes)
10:45 a.m. – Transition area opens for sprint/duathlon bike/gear retrieval
10:50 a.m. – Sprint/duathlon awards ceremony at Bowers Harbor Park
11:05 a.m. – Olympic bike course cutoff (Olympic bike course closes)
11:15 a.m. – Transition area opens for Olympic bike/gear retrieval
11:20 a.m. –Olympic awards ceremony at Bowers Harbor Park
1:00 p.m. – Half distance bike course closes
1:05 p.m. – Transition area opens for half distance bike/gear retrieval
3:30 p.m. – Half distance run course closes (race concludes)
3:35 p.m. – Half distance awards ceremony at Bowers Harbor Park
Frequently Asked Questions
In order to help keep all athletes safe while participating in the Traverse City Triathlon, we have the following course cutoff times. Athletes must finish the following portions of the race by the following times in order to move on the the next portion of the race:
Swim (all athletes): 9:20 a.m.
Sprint Bike: 10:40 a.m.
Olympic Bike: 11:05 a.m.
Half Bike: 1:00 p.m.
Half Run: 3:30 p.m.