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WELCOME, TRIATHLETES!

epic races battle of waterlooWe’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us for the Battle of Waterloo. Read on for all the important information you’ll need to help you get ready for the big day. Please check back here frequently for updates, and if you plan to print this guide, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change.  Please note that all of the information below applies to both the Full and Half Battle.

 

The transition area for this race is a little different.  There will be two of them.  One at the start/finish of the race and one after leg 2 (the first bike leg).  You will need to carry everything needed for legs 2 – 9 when you head out on your bike. Remember: run, bike, swim, run, swim, run, swim, run, bike, run.  When you begin leg 2 on your bike you will need to have your swim and run gear. You can leave whatever you want at each of the transitions, just be sure you don’t need it during legs 2 – 9. Upon returning to T1, nothing may be left in the Clear Lake transition area. All items left in the Clear Lake transition area will be donated or discarded. Here is a video that may help:

Packet Pickup THE EXCITEMENT STARTS SATURDAY! Packet pickup will be available at Portage Lake (race venue) on Saturday, July 20 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Please note that there is more than one Portage Lake in the area.  This one is “Big Portage Lake State Park” in the Waterloo Recreation Area: 11500 Seymour Rd.

If you just can’t make it to the expo, you can also pick up your packet race morning between 5:45 – 7:00 a.m.

Race Director Q & A

Time: 3 p.m.

Place: Transition Area

What:  Meet the race director to learn what you need to have the best race ever! She will address course details, equipment, rules, and race hints.  You will have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered!

While this talk is primarily for first-timers, the information could be helpful to all.

Please be sure you have a current Recreation Passport.  Vehicles without Recreation Passports will be issued notices to pay the fee.  For details and pricing for both in state and out of state Recreation Passports CLICK HERE.

Colored State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources logoHIKERS YIELD TO HORSES!

 

 

Did you know, horses are a prey species?

  • They perceive anything moving fast, quiet, and/or above them to be a potential predator.
  • Runners, walkers, and hikers can easily spook a horse, and possibly injuring themselves, their rider, or another trail user.

What should you do if you meet a horse on the trail?

  • Stop and move to the lowest side of the trail if possible.
  • Do not make any quick or erratic movements.
  • Most importantly, talk to the rider! Horses recognize human voices as non-predatory.

Trail safety is everyone’s responsibility!

The water temperature in the lakes will range from 74 – 82. You can expect Clear Lake and Mill Lake to be on the warmer side, Crooked Lake will likely be the coolest of the 3.

Aid stations will be located at the entrance and exit of every lake.

Aid stations will provide water, Gatorade, Gu, and other goodies!

There are showers at the campsite that participants may use.

5:45 A.M. TRANSITION AREA OPENS

5:45 - 7:00 A.M. PACKET PICK-UP AND RACE-DAY REGISTRATION

7:15 A.M. TRANSITION AREA CLOSES

7:15 A.M. MANDATORY RACE MEETING AT START LINE

7:30 A.M. ALL RACES START

11:30 A.M. POST-RACE CELEBRATION AND ATHLETE SNACKS IN THE FINISH AREA

11:30 A.M. AWARDS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP

We know your time is precious, so we offer “Grab-n-Go” Awards. If you are an overall or age-group award winner (see award section for details), before heading out, stop by the podium, grab your award (don’t miss the photo-op), and go!

You will have number tattoos and a timing strap on your ankle.  You will not have bibs to wear.

Triathlon Ankle Strap

Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:
>>First, note the age groups and award categories on the event website.
>>Visit the results table which will be set up by the awards table.
>>Check the “results” tab on the event website.
If you did win an award, you can pick it up at the award table. We know your time is valuable. For this reason, we offer grab-n-go awards. Grab your award, take a moment for the photo opp on the podium, then go!

The FAQ states the cutoff time as 7 hours, which it is, but to reach the finish in 7 hours, you must be at the following points by the stated times:

Leg 6 — must reach Leg 6 in 4 hours or by 11:30 a.m.
Leg 8 — must reach Leg 8 in 5 hours, 20 minutes or by 1:10 p.m.
Finish — must reach the finish line in 7 hours or by 2:30 p.m. (Finish area will begin being cleaned up at 1:15 p.m.)

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