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.
Each Island Lake participant will receive:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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