The Battle of Waterloo and Half the Battle
Yes, you read the date correctly. The next event will happen in 2019. This odd race only happens during odd years so catch it when you can!
A portion of this event’s proceeds go to benefit our featured charity, Team RWB.
Searching for a true test of your triathlon skills? Look no further than the Battle of Waterloo, featuring 10 legs totaling 42 miles that traverse the sprawling Waterloo Recreation Area, one of the most rugged and beautiful parks in the Midwest. You’ll bike paved remote roads, run winding dirt lanes, climb steep trails, and swim across three wilderness lakes… carrying your shoes and swim gear with you the entire time. Don’t have that much time? Try Half the Battle: six legs, 18 miles of the same terrain (OK, less than half, but Half the Battle is a great name!).
The second race in the Wolverine State Brewing Company Triathlon Series, the Battle of Waterloo will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The Battle of Waterloo is the real deal: no cargo nets to climb, no pits of mud in your path, no monkey bars to maneuver through. The lake may be ice cold… or it may not. Our only threat of electroshock is a thunderstorm. Lily pad tangles and jungles of aquatic plants are amongst the obstacles you’ll encounter. Battle of Waterloo pits you against Mother Nature. Can you survive the adventure?
Each participant will receive:
- The hottest finisher’s medal around (the three finisher’s medals in the series are all functional tools. Talk about beautiful — and practical — bling!)
- A super-soft, high-quality Battle of Waterloo race T-shirt
- The best post-race snacks, period!
- FREE downloads of your professional Battle of Waterloo photos by Greg Sadler Photography
- Post-race party at the Wolverine State Brewing Company beer garden for those participants 21 and up
- Boasting rights about having completed one of the country’s toughest wilderness triathlons, as seen in Triathlete Magazine!
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.
Choose Your Challenge!
Battle of Waterloo: swim 1.5 miles, bike 26.3 miles, and run 13.5 miles over 10 legs. Click here for a detailed course description!
Half the Battle: six legs — run, bike, swim, run, bike, run — for a total of approximately 18 miles of Waterloo wilderness. Click here for a detailed course description!
Athena and Clydesdale categories available for the full Battle of Waterloo! 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 Battle of Waterloo is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.
The Battle of Waterloo 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!
Full Battle of Waterloo participants must meet the following cut-off times to continue the race:
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
Finish — must reach the finish line in 6 hours 15 minutes or by 1:45
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. Would you really want to carry it, though?
So How Do I Carry My Shoes, Again?
With three swim leg three swim legs (full Battle) or one swim leg (Half the Battle) right in the middle of the triathlon, you’ll need to find a way to keep your shoes, socks, and anything else you want to carry along dry. Yes, some folks just wear their shoes in the swim — or tuck them up their swimsuits — and don’t worry about the squishy wetness and chafing, and more power to them. If that’s not your cup of tea, we’ve got a solution for you: the SaferSwimmer!
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) developed the SaferSwimmer as a personal safety device for open-water swimmers and it is ideal for the Battle of Waterloo. The SaferSwimmer makes you visible to our lifeguards while you are swimming. It can be used as a flotation device in case you suffer cramps, dizziness, or need a breather. Its waterproof seal also provides storage to keep your stuff safe and with you during the three one-way swims. Take a look at our slide show at the top of this page; you’ll see photos of Battle of Waterloo participants, all sporting the brightly colored SaferSwimmer. Want a SaferSwimmer? CLICK HERE
Preliminary results will be posted at the race venue, with finalized results posted on our site several hours following the conclusion of the event. As per USA Triathlon rules, there will be no time adjustments should participants be delayed by traffic, train crossings, accidents, weather, or other causes of detainment.
Sneak Peek at What Lies in Store…
USAT (USA Triathlon) Information
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 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.
All participants, regardless of whether or not they are USAT members, must present photo ID.
The Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area is located at 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240. For personalized directions, click here. A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Waterloo 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. Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase either a daily permit or an annual Motor Vehicle Permit.
For current pricing and more information about the Recreation Passport, click here.
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