Athlete Guide: Island Lake Triathlon

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Epic Races Island Lake Tri

Welcome, Triathletes!

We are thrilled that you will be joining us for The Island Lake Triathlon! There is lots of information to know in order to be prepared for race day and you can find all of that right here in your Athlete Guide.  If you do plan to print this information, please wait until the day before the race as some information may change due to weather or other conditions beyond our control.  

Packet PickupPacket pickup will be a little different this year.  You will have 2 options to pick up your packet:

1. Reserve your packet pickup date and time here.

Pick up times and locations:
Wednesday, 4 – 6 pm at Epic HQ: 600 South Wagner, Ann Arbor
Thursday, 4 – 6 pm at Epic HQ: 600 South Wagner, Ann Arbor
Friday, 12 – 2 or 2 – 4 at Island Lake Recreation Area

2. Race morning, your packet will be at your assigned bike rack.

When you arrive, you will check in using the QR code that was sent to you in your confirmation email. Don’t have it? Login to your RunSignUp account and send yourself a new confirmation! Can’t figure that out? Call us at 734-585-7101.

After you check in and answer our medical screening questions, you will enter the transition area where you will find your packet at your assigned bike rack unless you picked it up earlier in the week.  If you choose to pick up your packet earlier in the week, don’t forget to bring it!

Please join us for the pre-race meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, June 1 at 7pm. Zoom link will be sent via email to all participants and also available on Facebook Live.

Meet the Race Director in the Transition Area at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 4 to get an overview of all you need to know to have a successful race and have all your questions answered!

You may use a personal swim buoy, but we ask that you start toward the back of the pack. Not sure what we mean by “personal swim buoy”?  Learn more here:

The best way to wear your number in a triathlon is with a race belt.  If you don’t have one, we sell them online and will also have them available at our merchandise tent for $10.

Order your race belt here

Island Lake Recreation Area

6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, MI

Check the Island Lake Recreation Area FACEBOOK PAGE for updated water temps.

If the water temperature is below 55 degrees, the swim portion will be canceled. 

If the water temperature is below 61 degrees, a wetsuit will be required.

Park Entry

Michigan State Recreation PassportA State Park permit, or Recreation Passport is needed to enter Waterloo State Recreation Area. A permit costs $11 per year for Michigan residents; out-of-state residents will be required to purchase a daily permit for $9 or an annual permit for $31. If you come to the park on a bike (or on roller skates, skateboard, horse, or walking), you will not need to pay for a daily permit.

Michigan residents are not able to purchase the daily permit, only the annual permit for $11. Michigan residents who checked “YES” for the Recreation Passport when they renewed their license plate already possess a Recreation Passport: it’s the two tiny Ps printed at the top and bottom of your license plate sticker, as well as the words “Recreation Passport” on your registration. Epic Races is thrilled to have our wonderful state park system for our events, for training, and sometimes just to visit and enjoy. These permits are how our parklands are supported.

The park rangers will have in-state and out-of-state permits available for purchase. If, for some reason, you park your car without a permit, you will receive what appears to be a ticket on your car. It is not a ticket; it is a notice. Please take the notice to the entry gate and pay the daily or annual fee. Please direct any questions to the DNR.

To purchase a Recreation Passport, please visit the Michigan DNR customer-service center.

Aid Station will be self-serve with bottled water and will available at these locations:

  • Transition Area Swim In/Run Out
  • Run Course Mile 1.5 (Sprint and Olympic Only)
  • Run Course Mile 4.5 (Olympic Only)



7:20 A.M. 1st group lines up at beach

7:30 A.M. START

Start Schedule – Subject to Change
You will be called to the beach in groups and will line up 6 feet apart to start one at a time

7:30 am Olympic Men

7:33 am Olympic Women

8:00 am Sprint Men & All Duathlon

8:03 am Sprint Women

8:15 am All Mini Sprint, Time Trial Start (This means you start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)

Aquabike and Relay start with respective distances/wave assignment 



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!

Triathlon Ankle Strap

You will be given both a bib and an ankle strap.  Please wear your bib on your back during the bike and on your front during the run.  The best way to do this is with a race belt. Don’t have a race belt?  You can order one here: (Coming soon)

It’s important for your bib number to be visible so we can easily tag and you can find your free photos!

Also, please note the QR code on the front of your bib.  You can scan this to find your results moments after you cross the finish line!

Epic Races QR code results

You can see your results freaky fast with the QR code!

Wondering if you won an award?

You can check several ways:
>>First, note the age groups and award categories on the event website.
>>Check the QR code on your bib with a QR scanner on your phone (if you don’t have one, you can download the app).
>>Visit the results table which will 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 last date to transfer your bib to somebody else is Thursday, May 3o.  You may transfer to a different event within Island Lake Triathlon at any time.

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