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.
Each participant will receive:
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
As 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.
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