Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age groups for awards?
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.

What kind of food & drink will be at the aid stations?
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.

What are the race distances?
Sprint triathlon & relay: 750m swim, 20km (12.4mi) bike, 5km (3.1mi) run 

Olympic triathlon & relay: 1500m swim, 40km (24.8mi) bike, 10km (6.2mi) run

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

Are there time cut off times for the swim, bike, and 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.

Are the roads closed to vehicle traffic?
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. 

What is the minimum age to participate?
The minimum age to participate in all events at the Traverse City Triathlon is 12 years old as of December 31, of the current year. 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.

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 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.

Can I pick up a packet for my friend/family member?
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.

Can I wear a wetsuit?

You sure can! Check out the complete set of rules on the USAT website here.


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