Traverse City Triathlon

August 19, 2018

Dividing West and East Grand Traverse Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers stunning scenery and a challenging landscape. The 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 18, 2018

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 19, 2018

**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
7:45 a.m. – Race briefing at transition (required for sprint, Olympic, duathlon athletes)
8:00 a.m. – Transition area closes for all athletes
8:00 a.m. – Wave 1: Olympic triathlon (men)
8:05 a.m. – Wave 2: Olympic triathlon (women), Olympic relay (all)
8:20 a.m. – Wave 3: Duathlon (men & women)
8:30 a.m. – Wave 4: Sprint triathlon (men), sprint relay (all)
8:35 a.m. – Wave 5: 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. – (approximate) 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. – (approximate)Transition area opens for Olympic bike/gear retrieval
11:20 a.m. –Olympic awards ceremony at Bowers Harbor Park



Century 21 Northland
Endurance Evolution Timing Services
McLain Cycle & Fitness
U.S. Air Force
Hagerty Cycling Team

River of Life Chiropractic and Wellness

Frequently Asked Questions

The following age groups apply for male and female in the sprint, Olympic, and duathlon 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.
All aid stations on the run course will have water and Gatorade, and select aid stations will also have Gu Energy Gel. There will be food such as bananas, bagels, pretzels, and similar items at the finish line.
Sprint triathlon & relay
750m swim, 20km (12.4mi) bike, 5km (3.1mi) run

Olympic triathlon &

1500m swim, 40km (24.8mi) bike, 10km (6.2mi) run

Duathlon & duathlon relay
1.7mi run, 20km (12.4mi) bike, 5km (3.1mi) run

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.

All roads are open to vehicle traffic on race day, but traffic is typically light on race morning. Athletes must ride as far toward the right shoulder as possible, and run as far toward the left shoulder of the road as possible at all times during the race. Volunteers and police will be stationed at major intersections to aid in athlete crossing, but athletes should be prepared to stop if needed.
The minimum age to participate in all events at the Traverse City Triathlon is 12 years old as of December 31, 2017. This means that if an athlete is 11 years old on race day, but will turn 12 by December 31, they may participate. If an athlete will not be 12 years old by December 31, they’ll have to sit this year’s race out.
The bike racks in the transition area are numbered according to your bib number. Look for your bib number range on the rack and 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.
Because we’re a USAT sanctioned event, we have to follow their rules, which means that everyone must pick up their own packet and present photo ID when doing so. This goes for relays as well as individual events. Packet pick up will run from 5-7pm on Saturday evening and 6-7am on race morning at the finish area.
You sure can! Check out the complete set of rules on the USAT website here.