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June 2 @ 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Island Lake Triathlon
Part 2 of the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races

Triathletes throughout Michigan have long considered Island Lake State Recreation Area an epic training destination, ideal for any athlete preparing for a multisport event. This peaceful setting now serves as the venue for the Island Lake Triathlon, drawing athletes from all over the Wolverine State to take part in head-to-head triathlon action!

The second event in the Wolverine State Brewing Company Series of Races, the Island Lake Triathlon will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. You’ll swim the clear waters of Kent Lake, bike the park’s rolling, tree-lined hills, then run the panoramic final leg towards the finish line and your ultimate goal: the conquest of Island Lake.


Awesome Race Swag!

Each Island Lake participant will receive:

  • The hottest finisher’s medal around
  • A super-soft, high-quality Island Lake Triathlon race shirt
  • The best post-race snacks, period!
  • Post-race party at the Wolverine State Brewing Company beer garden for those participants 21 and up
  • FREE downloads of your race by Greg Sadler Photography
  • Memories to last a lifetime!


livintotriChoose Your Challenge!

Mini-Sprint: 400m swim, 12-mile bike, 1.5-mile run

Sprint: 750m swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1-mile run

Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Aquabike: 1.5K swim, 40K bike

Duathlon: 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

Relay: Sprint and Olympic distances

Athena and Clydesdale divisions are available for the Sprint and Olympic events. To learn more, 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 Island Lake 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.


Pure Michigan Fit!

The Island Lake 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 Island Lake State Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your $11 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. 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.

USAT (USA Triathlon) Information

USAT Sanctioned Event ColorUSAT 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
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: 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 a commemorative finisher's medal.

The First Overall Male/Female and the First Masters Male/Female in each triathlon distance receive a special award.
The top five finishers in each male and female triathlon age division receive a special award.

The First Overall Female in each Athena category (39 and under; 40 and up) receives a special award.
The First Overall Male in each Clydesdale category (39 and under; 40 and up) receives a special award.
Note: Athena and Clydesdale competitors are not eligible for age-group awards

The First Overall Male/Female and the First Masters Male/Female receive a special award.
The first-place finisher in each male and female duathlon age division receives a special award.

The First Overall Male and Female and the First Masters Male and Female receive a special award.

The First Overall Team receives a special award.

Island Lake Triathlon Entry Fees

Individual - Sprint and Mini Individual - Olympic Relay Deadline
$74.00 $85.00 $140.00

January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018

$81.00 $95.00 $150.00

February 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018

$88.00 $105.00 $160.00

April 1, 2018 – May 31, 2018

$100.00 $115.00 $180.00

June 1, 2018 – June 2, 2018


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 Island Lake, 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 switch 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 Island Lake, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another person as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Saturday, May 19, 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 April 21, 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 Island Lake.

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. The Island Lake 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. This is not required, although it would help patrolling park officers easily identify participants on the bike 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 Island 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. No wetsuits are allowed if the water temperature is 84 degrees or warmer.

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. Is there a cut-off for the Olympic event?
A. All Olympic participants must be out of the water by 1:15 after the start of their wave. For more details about cut-offs, please visit our FAQs — Triathlon page.

Q. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be one aid station on the run course for the Mini-Sprint and Sprint, two for the Olympic.

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! Please visit our Policies page at http://www.epicraces.com/Policies, then click Mailing Race Items for instructions on how to have your award mailed to you.


June 2
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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734-585-7101 x700


Packet Pickup Information
Friday, June 1 from 4 PM to 6 PM at the race venue at Kent Lake Beach, Island Lake State Rec Area, Brighton. Saturday, June 2 from 5:45 AM to 7 AM at the race venue.
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6301 Kensington Rd.
Brighton, MI 48116 United States
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  1. Tams April 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM #

    What is the terrain of the courses for running and biking? Concrete, gravel, dirt?

    • ana April 10, 2017 at 9:24 AM #

      Hi Tams! The bike course is completely paved. The run course is a combination of grass and paved trail. The run course is also somewhat hilly.

  2. Greg Hirsch May 20, 2017 at 7:16 AM #

    I am a first timer and looking for suggestions on tri suits. I don’t want to break the bank, but also do not want be uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

    • Eva May 22, 2017 at 7:53 AM #

      Hi Greg!
      Your idea to wear a tri suit is a good one! Please email me privately at eva@epicraces.com to let me know where you live and I’ll send you some suggestions.

  3. Katie May 27, 2017 at 8:13 AM #

    I am coming in from Grand Rapids Michigan, can you suggest a good hotel to stay at on Friday night??

    • ana May 27, 2017 at 6:48 PM #

      Hi Katie! We don’t have a host hotel for this race, but if you Google “Brighton Michigan hotels” you should come up with a few options! See you next Saturday!

  4. Drake June 2, 2017 at 8:45 PM #

    I just purchased a USAT membership when I registered for the race. I am unable to print a copy before tomorrow morning. Will this be a problem?

    • ana June 3, 2017 at 3:16 PM #

      Hi Drake! Should this happen again, the confirmation email from USAT showing you purchased a membership will work. Hopefully you’ll have your official card soon!

  5. Mark December 12, 2017 at 8:16 PM #

    Does your event have time limits for the course? I was looking at the Olympic distance.

    • Eva December 12, 2017 at 8:33 PM #

      We will begin cleaning up at 11:30 am and volunteers will clear the course at noon. We will keep the clock running until all participants have crossed the finish line!

  6. Kevin Gilmore December 22, 2017 at 10:26 AM #

    Hi Eva,
    Will this race be a qualifier for Age Group Nationals?

    • Eva December 22, 2017 at 10:39 AM #

      Yes! The top 10% of each age group will be invited to Age Group Nationals!

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