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Island Lake Triathlon: Part 1 of the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Triathlon Series

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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Island Lake Triathlon:
Part One of the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Triathlon Series

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 inaugural Wolverine State Brewing Company Triathlon at Island Lake, and athl

etes from all over the Wolverine State are invited to take part in the head-to-head triathlon action!

The first race in the Wolverine State Brewing Company Triathlon Series, the Island Lake Triathlon, will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 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.


Island Lake Medal 2017


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 Island Lake Triathlon race T-shirt
  • The best post-race snacks, period!
  • FREE downloads of your race by Greg Sadler Photography

We apologize profusely, but there will not be any post-race beer tomorrow for those of you 21 and older. The reason for this is COVFEFE.




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!


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 part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.




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 in this race. To learn more, click here.


USATWINLogoIntroducing the Island Goddess Wave!

Ladies, make your day at Island Lake utterly divine by participating in our Island Goddess Mini-Sprint wave! Ideal for first-timers and for those still somewhat apprehensive about triathlon, the Island Goddess wave presents novice participants with a truly unforgettable multisport experience. As an Island Goddess, you’ll enjoy the same offerings as your fellow Island Lake athletes… plus you’ll also receive these celestial extras:

  • TGTRunA distinctive Island Goddess transition area adorned with festive leis
  • 15 extra minutes in transition (transition will be closed to non-Island Goddess participants)
  • Island Goddess-only portable toilets
  • A time-trial swim start as the final wave of the Island Lake event
  • A special Island Goddess gift left at your transition spot while you’re out on your run
  • An exclusive Island Goddess award, presented during the award ceremony
  • A bonus award if you’re a first-time triathlete over the age of 50

You’ll also have very own crew of muses: experienced female triathletes from the Ann Arbor Tri Club to assist you during your transition set-up time; Swim Goddesses in the water, equipped with noodles and flotation tubes; and race attendants to escort you from the shore of Kent Lake back to transition. These special assistants all have one goal in mind: making your Island Goddess experience as stress free and enjoyable as possible.

Registration for the Island Goddess wave is capped at $60 per participant. Already registered and interested in switching to the Island Goddess wave? Instructions for transferring from one Island Lake Triathlon event to another can be found in our FAQs section (click the blue FAQs button near the top of this page). Note: the Island Goddess wave is non competitive; participants are not eligible for overall or age-group awards.



The Wolverine State Brewing Company Triathlon Series

If one challenge isn’t enough, try three! The Wolverine State Brewing Company Triathlon Series features three multisport events — the Island Lake Triathlon, the Battle of Waterloo, and the Ann Arbor Triathlon — with exciting challenges for individuals and teams, including the opportunity to win cash prizes and fabulous gifts from Rudy Project, Roka Wetsuits, and many others! For more information on the WSBC Triathlon Series, 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.


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 ColorAs of January 1, 2016, there will no longer be USAT one-day youth memberships. For youth, there will only be annual memberships available; these will cost $10 per child per year. 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.

As of January 1, 2016, a USAT adult annual membership will cost $50. 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.

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: Part 1 of the Wolverine State Brewing Co. Triathlon Series Entry Fees


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 WSBC - 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 20, 2017.

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.

Q. I can no longer attend. Can I defer my registration to next year!
A. Yes! To defer your registration to 2018, email us at info@epicraces.com. NOTE: The deadline to defer your registration is April 22, 2017 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 WSBC - 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.


Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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(734) 585-7101


Packet Pickup Information
Friday, June 2 from 4 PM to 6 PM at the race venue at Kent Lake Beach, Island Lake State Rec Area, Brighton. Saturday, June 3 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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(734) 585-7101


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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!

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