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August 4 @ 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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The Ann Arbor Triathlon:
Part 3 of the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races

You’re no weekend running hobbyist. You’re the real deal. Other people’s workouts are your warm up. Wind, rain, and snow don’t faze you: just point you at a trail, mount you on a bike, aim you at a lake and you’re ready to roll. You’ve been waiting for the Michigan triathlon that’s just as tough as you.  And now it’s here: the Ann Arbor Triathlon, the third and final event in our Wolverine State Brewing Company Endurance Race Series. Just you and nature, baby… and beer at the finish line. Rock on!

The Ann Arbor Triathlon will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Halfmoon Lake in the Pinckney State Recreation Area, one of the largest state parks in all of Michigan. You’ll swim the open waters of Halfmoon, bike the rolling country roads of the surrounding rural area, then run the 5-mile classic Poto Trail course to complete your mission: showing the world that you’re a rock star.


Awesome Race Swag!

Each Ann Arbor Triathlon participant will receive:

  • The hottest finisher’s medal around
  • A super-soft, high-quality Ann Arbor Triathlon race shirt
  • The best post-race snacks, period!
  • FREE downloads of your professional Ann Arbor Triathlon photos by Greg Sadler Photography
  • Post-race party at the Wolverine State Brewing Company beer garden for those participants 21 and up
  • 30% off all Aquaman wetsuits

Above Left: 2017 Women’s Fitted race shirt. Above Right: 2017 Traditional Cut race shirt. Top: 2017 finisher’s medal.



In addition, the male and female overall winners for each individual event of the Ann Arbor Triathlon — sprint, mini-sprint, duathlon, and aquabike — will each receive a pair of running shoes courtesy of Tortoise and Hare!



Choose Your Challenge

Sprint — 800m (1/2 mile) swim, 14-mile road bike ride, 5-mile Poto trail run
Mini Sprint — 400m (1/4 mile) swim, 14-mile road bike ride, 2-mile trail run
Duathlon — 2-mile trail run, 14-mile road bike ride, 5-mile Poto trail run
Aquabike — 800m swim, 14-mile road bike ride
Sprint Relay — race with a couple of your friends (sprint distance only); click here for relay details

Athena and Clydesdale categories available for the Sprint Triathlon! You’ll be given the opportunity to select Age Group, Athena, or Clydesdale when you register. Already signed up for the race? Manage your registration at www.runsignup.com.


The WolverineMan Collegiate Conference Race

DSC_1144Epic Races is proud to host the Mideast Collegiate Triathlon Conference‘s WolverineMan Collegiate Conference Race! The Mideast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (MECTC), founded in 2010, is an association of colleges and universities located in the Mideastern United States of America. The MECTC is officially recognized as the governing body for the sport of triathlon at the collegiate level in the Mideastern United States of America by USA Triathlon (USAT). We are very excited to have these young athletes competing with us!


The Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races

If one challenge isn’t enough, try three! The Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races features three challenging events — the Waterloo G & G Gravel Road Race, the Island Lake Triathlon, and the Ann Arbor Triathlon. For more information on the WSBC Series of Races, click here.

Wetsuit Information

Each participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in this event, up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.


Guarded by the Best

Every member of the Epic Lifeguard Team has American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding Certification in addition to basic American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification. This means that our guards have all taken and passed an additional course in which they received training in the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to emergencies in non-surf, open-water areas. Our superbly trained lifeguards are yet another reason our races are so Epic! Our lifeguards are also able to keep our swimmers safe thanks to our official SUP company, Red Star Board Company. We’re very grateful to have Red Star as part of Epic team.


Keeping Green

The Ann Arbor Triathlon is a Leave No Trace event. Learn more about our race-day recycling and composting efforts here. Want more information about running a great race and leaving no trace? Click here to visit Happy Planet Running! As part of our green efforts, we will not have printed course maps on race weekend. Please be sure to click the blue Course Maps button near the top of the page to familiarize yourself with our courses.


Safeguard Your Entry with TicketGuardian

Epic Races is pleased to offer participants race insurance through TicketGuardian. TicketGuardian’s standard insurance coverage allows you to get your money back if you are unable to attend your event due to car accidents, severe weather, family emergencies, military duty, and even medical issues. For more information on TicketGuardian race insurance and instructions on how to purchase coverage, click here.


Grab-and-Go Awards

Epic Races understands that, after the energy and effort put into your race, the last thing you want to do is wait around to receive your age-group award. This is especially true when we have multiple events with different starting times. To help get you home sooner, we present age-group awards in a grab-and-go system. If you are one of your division’s top five finishers, just report to the awards table to claim your prize. The podium and backdrop will be set up for photos to create even more amazing race memories!


Check Out the Action!

Here’s a look at all the fun and excitement at the 2015 Ann Arbor Tri!


Pure Michigan Fit!

The Ann Arbor Triathlon has been endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports. All events are part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series and qualify for the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge. For details on the Pure Michigan FITness Series and to take part in the Pure Michigan FITness Challenge, click here.


Park Information

A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Pinckney Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your ticket to Michigan’s state parks and outdoor adventures for an entire year! Michigan residents are not able to purchase a one-day park pass. For State Park entry, all Michigan residents must have a Recreation Passport. The Recreation Passport costs $11 when renewing your vehicle’s registration or $16 when purchased at a DNR property. For details about the Recreation Passport, click here. Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase an $9 daily permit or a $31 annual Motor Vehicle Permit.

USA Triathlon (USAT) Information

USAT Sanctioned Event Color

USAT offers youth annual memberships at $10 per child per year. USAT adult annual memberships cost $50. As of Oct. 24, 2017, USA Triathlon will allow athletes to apply the cost of up to three (3) one-day licenses (up to $45 total), purchased within the past year, toward an annual age-group membership (not valid on elite or youth memberships). Previously, athletes could only apply the cost of one (1) one-day license toward an annual membership. The one-day license receipt is valid for one year from the date of the event for which it was purchased. One-day licenses cannot be applied retroactively; however, the athlete can apply their one-day(s) toward their next renewal. If you participate in more than three USAT-sanctioned events per year, purchasing a USAT annual membership not only is more cost efficient but also helps fund USAT development and training programs for athletes, coaches, referees, and more! See USA Triathlon for more information and to join as an annual member.

Non-USAT Fee Explanation: The $15/daily adult and $10/annual youth fee for non-USAT members pays for USAT insurance. The entire fee goes to USAT. USAT is the national governing body for the sport of triathlon. Epic Races’ affiliation is with USAT. Non-USAT members who pay a one-day USAT license fee need not present proof of membership.

USAT members and non-members must present photo ID at Packet Pick-Up.

Click here to see USAT’s competition rules. To learn the most common USAT rule violations, click here.

Race Day Schedule

5:45 AM — Transition opens
5:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration open
6:45 AM — Collegiate Team Photo Shoot
7:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration close
7:15 AM — Transition closes
7:15 AM — Mandatory meeting on the beach
7:30 AM — Race begins
9:00 AM — Post-race snack area opens
10:00 AM — Overall and Masters Awards Ceremony (approximate time)
10:30 AM — Age-Group Awards Ceremony (approximate time)


Male and Female Age Divisions: 14 and under, 15-17, 18-19, 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+


All finishers receive the most rockin' finisher's medal ever!

Special Awards for 1st Overall Male/Female and 1st Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female in the Sprint, Mini-Sprint, Duathlon, and Aquabike!

The top 5 finishers in each age division for Sprint, Mini Sprint, and Duathlon and the first-place finisher in each age division for Aquabike will each receive a special award.

The 1st Overall Male and 1st Overall Female in the Wolverine Collegiate Conference Race each receive a special award.

Special Awards for the 1st Overall Male Clydesdale and Female Athena in both the 39 and under Sprint Tri age division and the 40 and up Sprint Tri age division.

A reminder that those competing in the Athena and Clydesdale categories are not eligible for age-group awards.

Hotel and Camping Information

Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center

1645 Commerce Park Drive
Chelsea, MI 48118
Special rate: Mention the Ann Arbor Triathlon to receive the special $129 rate for the night of Friday, August 3, 2018. Reservations must be made by July 3, 2018.
Distance from race: 10 miles Camping for tents and RVs is available nearby at the Bruin Lake Modern Campground. A State Recreation Passport is required and reservations for Bruin Lake Campground are strongly recommended. For more details and to make a reservation, visit the campground's web page.

The Ann Arbor Triathlon Entry Fees

Individual Collegiate Relay Deadline
$67.00 $34.00 $130.00

January 1, 2018 – February 28, 2018

$74.00 $38.00 $140.00

March 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018

$81.00 $42.00 $150.00

May 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018

$88.00 $46.00 $160.00

July 1, 2018 – August 2, 2018

$100.00 $50.00 $180.00

August 3, 2018 – August 4, 2018
Race-Weekend Registration


Q. I signed up for the Sprint Tri but I think the Mini Sprint is more my distance. Can I transfer?
A. Yes! You can switch from your event to any other by logging in to your Run Sign Up account, clicking the My Registered Races button, clicking Manage Registration by Ann Arbor Tri, then clicking the Transfer Event button and following the onscreen instructions. If you purchased a one-day USAT membership, you will need your one-day USAT membership number. You'll find this in the email sent to you within hours of registration by USAT; look for the subject line "USA Triathlon Membership Upgrade." You can also transfer events at Packet Pick-Up.

Q. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A. Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, click the My Registered Races button, click Manage Registration by Ann Arbor Tri, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Q. I can no longer attend. How do I get a refund?
A. By registering for an Epic Races event, you have purchased a ticket to participate in one of the most exhilarating and enjoyable races in Southeast Michigan. As with a ticket to any sports or entertainment event, there are no refunds or credits if you are unable to attend. However, if you chose to purchase the optional TicketGuardian race insurance, you can file a claim to have your entry fees reimbursed. Visit http://claims.ticketguardian.net.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year?
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2019, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is June 23, 2018 and you can only defer an event once.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I get my race shirt and medal sent to me?
A. We are happy to send you your race shirt; please follow the instructions under Mailing Race Items on our Policies page at http://www.epicraces.com/policies. However, our finisher's medals are reserved for those who complete our race.

Q. Where do I park on race morning?
A. Parking will be available at Halfmoon Lake.

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. Ann Arbor Tri will be held, rain or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Q. Do I have to wear my race bib on my back during the bike leg?
A. Yes! The local law enforcement has asked that all Ann Arbor Tri participants wear their race bibs on their back during the bike leg so that they are easily identified on the course by patrolling officers. You will then switch your bib to the front for the run leg.

Q. Do I have to pin my bib to my race outfit?
A. No. In fact, we strongly recommend the use of a race belt. The race belt will have toggles with loops that fit through the top two holes of your race bib. You will then be able to swivel your belt around from back to front without having to unpin anything.

Q. Do I need a wetsuit?
A. The temperature of Halfmoon Lake should be about 74 degrees on race day. A bathing suit or tri suit on its own should be fine, but wet suits are allowed up to 78 degrees. Warmer than that, you can wear a wetsuit but you would be ineligible for any awards according to USAT rules.

Q. Can I change out of my bathing suit to dry clothes for the bike ride?
A. No. Plan on bringing an absorbent towel to keep in transition to help dry yourself off, especially if you are wearing a bathing suit and plan to pull your biking/running shorts over it.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be one aid station on the run course.

Q. Should I bring a lock to secure my bike to the rack while I'm swimming and running?
A. No! The transition area is for athletes only and we have many volunteers securing the area. Locking and unlocking your bicycle would also cause you to lose time.

Q. I don't know how to set up my transition area. Will there be someone to help me?
A. Yes! We will have volunteers to assist you in transition.

Q. Do I have to wear a helmet?
A. Yes! Helmets are mandatory! No helmet, no race.

Q. I really hate riding with a bike helmet. Can I take it off the second I'm back in the park?
A. No! USAT rules prohibit participants from removing their helmet until their bicycle is once again racked in transition. Your helmet must stay buckled and on until then. Similarly, you cannot go past the MOUNT line to start the bike leg until your helmet is on and buckled.

Q. Can I ride my bike out of transition to start building up speed?
A. No! For safety's sake, you can only mount your bike at the MOUNT line. You must also get off your bike at the DISMOUNT line prior to entering transition.

Q. My friend and I are doing the race together. Can we ride side by side?
A. No! USAT rules prohibit participants from riding side by side. Please remember that the course is open to traffic; you must ride to the right of the road in single file.

Q. What happens if I get a flat tire during the bike leg?
A. Fraser Bike will be providing bike support for our event. They'll be on the course, ready to help any cyclist in need of assistance. You may, however, wish to practice changing a flat tire prior to the race (plenty of how-to videos on You Tube).

Q. Can my dog run alongside me during the bike and run legs of the tri?
A. No, dogs are not allowed on any part of the event course due to safety, security, and insurance reasons.

Q. Are headphones/ear buds allowed?
A. No. Portable music devices are not allowed in any USAT-sanctioned event. They are a safety concern, especially on an open bike course. It's important for you as a participant to be able to hear oncoming traffic as well as your fellow participants and our course marshals.

Q. When will results be posted and where?
A. You'll find the results by clicking on the blue Results button at the top of this page. Results will be posted within 12 hours after the race ends.

Q. Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
A. Yes! They will need a photocopy of your photo ID and your USAT ID card, as well as a signed note from you giving them permission to pick up your packet for you.

Q. My race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?
A. Yes! However, exchanges can only be done after the race and there is no guarantee of size.

Q. I left before results were posted and I won an award! How do I get it?
A. Congratulations! To receive your award, please visit our Policies page at https://epicraces.com/Policies and click the Mailing Race Items link for instructions on how to have your award mailed to you.


August 4
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Packet Pickup Information
Friday, August 3 from 4 PM to 6 PM at Hafmoon Lake (race venue). Saturday, August 4 from 5:45 AM to 7 AM at the race venue.
Average Water Temperature


8690 Hankerd Road
Gregory, MI 48137 United States
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Year Race Results
2017 Searchable Results View Results
2016 Searchable Results View Results
2016 Collegiate Results View Results
2016 Sprint & Mini-Sprint with Leg/Transition Rankings View Results
2016 Athena & Clydesdale with Leg/Transition Rankings View Results
2016 Duathlon with Leg/Transition Rankings View Results
2016 Aquabike with Leg/T1 Rankings View Results
2015 Searchable Results View Results

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  1. Jiaxing May 17, 2016 at 9:58 PM #

    Hi I am planning to register this event, but have 2 questions: 1. Do I need a road bike? I currently have a hybrid bike. 2. I am a PhD student of University of Michigan. Can I register as collegiate? Thank you!

    • ana May 18, 2016 at 1:47 AM #

      Jiaxing, you can use whichever bike you’d like! Our participants use road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, tri bikes, you name it! The collegiate division, however, is for those college students who are members of their college triathlon team/club and are representing their university at our event.

    • Eva May 20, 2016 at 6:37 PM #

      Contact zach@epicraces.com to find out about joining the UM Tri Club and racing for their team!

  2. Kevin July 18, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    Quick question,

    Are there two packet pickups? I see one on August 1 and one on the day o the race? Are both mandatory?

    • ana July 18, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

      Hi Kevin! We have packet pick-up on August 6 (the day before the race) and on race morning. You only need to attend one! Participants who live out of town prefer having to drive out only once, while those closer by like to get all their race materials prior to the race to avoid rushing on race day. Either day works!

  3. kevin August 3, 2016 at 1:22 PM #

    Are snorkels allowed?

    • ana August 3, 2016 at 1:45 PM #

      Hi Kevin! USAT rules allow for snorkels and/or scuba masks to be used during triathlon swim legs… just no underwater swimming!

  4. Julia July 22, 2017 at 6:29 PM #

    Is there a time limit/pacing requirement on the course?

    • ana July 22, 2017 at 6:51 PM #

      Hi Julia! Here is the information on cut-offs from our FAQs – Triathlon page:

      Q. Are there cut-off times?
      A. Epic Races encourages triathletes of all levels of experience and ability to take part in our events, so there are no cut-off times. We do ask, however, that you please take into consideration the volunteers and staff members who have given their time to set up, man, and take down our bike and run courses when selecting your triathlon distance. We will be there for all of our participants at the finish line, but our crew may begin dismantling certain structures and points along the course due to time constraints. Back to the top.

  5. Lisa July 27, 2017 at 10:02 PM #

    Hello! I saw the note on wetsuits but wanted to get some clarification – If the water does make its way above 78 degrees, will wetsuits still be allowed as long as the people wearing them know they won’t be eligible for podium medals?

    • ana July 28, 2017 at 1:19 AM #

      Hi Lisa! That is correct: when the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion. Participants who wear a wetsuit within such a temperature range will not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

  6. Pete July 28, 2017 at 9:43 AM #

    Can you use a swim snorkel?

    • ana July 28, 2017 at 9:58 AM #

      Hi Pete! Yes, you can! See you on the 5th!

  7. Jen August 4, 2017 at 7:42 PM #

    I see online registration is full for the sprint and mini-sprint. Is there still spots if I pay the morning of the event? Online it states still, “IMPORTANT! Registration for the Ann Arbor Tri is available in person Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM and Saturday from 5:45 AM to 7 AM at the race venue at Halfmoon Lake. Cash only (exact change preferred)!” I wasn’t sure if (but hoping) that meant I still have the opportunity to get a race spot the day of the event.

    • ana August 4, 2017 at 8:28 PM #

      Jen, that “Important!” message does indeed mean that registration is available in person on race day from 5:45 AM to 7 AM at the race venue at Halfmoon Lake. We will accept cash only (exact change preferred).

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