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Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri

USAT Level 2 DirectorStart off your triathlon season with the Skyline Triathlon! Sky Tri is a super early-season tri, featuring a pool swim. This event is perfect for first timers or for those who want to get an early start on the 2017 race season. The mostly flat bike course — there’s one very steep downhill on the way out and an equally steep uphill on the way back — takes participants along the scenic Huron River Drive, while the fast and flat run course travels around the school grounds and the surrounding Ann Arbor neighborhoods.


The Goldfish Kids Tri for Young Athletes

Goldfish Swim Schools Logo

Adults aren’t the only ones who enjoy triathlons! Our Goldfish Kids Tri gives children the opportunity to try out a triathlon and experience the thrill of a swim-bike-run combination. There are three age divisions — 5 and 6 year olds, 7 to 10 year olds, and 11 to 14 year olds — all competing in age-appropriate distances. The Goldfish Kids Tri is ideal for children of all abilities: those who have always been curious about the triathlons their parents love to do, those who compete on the junior tri circuit, and those who just want to give a new and exciting sport a shot! Check our Race-Day Guide for what to expect race day (this information will be updated two weeks prior to race day).

Parents: Please note that, as a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, the Goldfish Kids Tri brackets participants according to their age as of December 31 of the race year.

  • If your child is 6 now but turns 7 in September, he will be in the 7-10 age group.
  • If your child is 10 now but will turn 11 in July, she will be in the 11-14 age group.
  • If your child is 14 now but will turn 15 in November, she will be considered 15 on Race Day and would participate in Sky Tri, not in Goldfish Kids Tri.

Our registration system brackets automatically; please input your child’s actual birthdate during registration. Thank you!t

Youth Triathletes: Epic Races is excited to have the University of Michigan Triathlon Club offering a free Kids Triathlon Clinic on Friday, May 26 between 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. This clinic will help prepare young athletes racing Goldfish Kids Tri feel as comfortable about their upcoming race and get them excited about participating in more triathlons in the future! The Kids Triathlon Clinic will cover the swim/bike transition (T1), biking safety tips, the bike/run transition (T2), and running/racing tips. Bring a bike, helmet, running shoes, and comfortable clothing to wear while running and biking!


Sky Tri Race Events

Sprint — 400-yard swim, 10-mile bike ride, 5K run

Mini-Sprint — 200-yard swim, 10-mile bike ride, 1.8-mile run

Aquabike — 400-yard swim, 10-mile bike ride.

Relay — Click here for details and explanation

There is no Duathlon option at the Sky Tri, sorry!

Athena and Clydesdale categories available for the Sprint Triathlon! 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.


Goldfish Kids Tri Events (click on links to view maps):

5 and 6 year olds — 50-yd swim, 1-mile bike, half-mile run
7 to 10 year olds — 100-yd swim, 2.75-mile bike, half-mile run
11 to 14 year olds — 200-yd swim, 4.3-mile bike, 1-mile run
Relay — Click here for details and explanation

Age is based upon your age as of 12/31 of the current year as per USAT rules.



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

Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri 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!


SkyTri2017Race Information

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Where: Skyline High School, 2552 North Maple Road, Ann Arbor, MI
Race Capacity: 500

All Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri participants will receive:

  • An amazing finisher’s medal
  • A super-soft, high-quality race T-shirt (shirt sizes are not guaranteed after May 13, 2017)
  • The best post-race snacks around
  • 30% off all Aquaman wetsuits and 15% off all Aquaman speedsuits



Sky Tri All Shirts 17

Our 2017 Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri race shirts. From left to right: women’s fitted, kids’ tri, traditional cut.

How an Indoor Pool Swim Works

Sprint, Mini Sprint, Aquabike, and Sprint Relay participants: You will be seeded into swim groups based upon your expected swim time. This means that, when you register for Sky Tri, you are going to indicate your estimated time. If you don’t know your swim time, please go to the pool and time yourself prior to registering. You must know your expected swim time in order to complete your registration. To keep the overall pace of the race flowing, it is very critical to be accurate and honest with your swim time.


Snake Swim

The snake swim will begin with the fastest-seeded swim group lining up at poolside. Swimmers will enter the water individually at 5-second intervals. Once a swim group has reached the halfway point in the pool, the next-fastest swim group will begin. Upon entering the water, Sprint and Aquabike participants will swim the length of a lap, then turn on the wall and swim back down the lap lane. When you complete the lap, you will then swim under the lane divider, enter lane two, and proceed the same way. Mini Sprint participants will swim a pool length, reach the wall, swim under the lane divider to enter lane two, then swim a length back up the pool. Continue snaking up and down the lanes until you have completed eight laps/400 yards (Sprint and Aquabike) or eight lengths/200 yards (Mini Sprint). The example below shows a map of a 300-yard swim.

Click here for a diagram of how a snake swim works!

Triathlon Pool Etiquette

In a pool swim, there will always be someone in close proximity to you, so please be aware of your surroundings. Expect to experience some contact with other athletes; please be a respectful athlete. Don’t use the rope for turning or maneuvering yourself. Passing may be necessary. We request that you use a foot tap to allow the swimmer in front of you to know that you would like to pass. If your foot is tapped, please respond by holding up briefly at the next wall to let the swimmer pass by. Please do not attempt to pass anywhere but by the pool walls.


I Spy Sky Tri

Check out the action from the 2014 Sky Tri!



USAT (USA Triathlon) Information

USAT Sanctioned Event Color

Sky Tri is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). USAT members must present a current USAT card (either the issued membership card or the digital version) at packet pick-up or race-weekend registration or it will be necessary to pay the one-day USAT license fee.

Beginning on 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.

Starting on 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.


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. However, wetsuits are not recommended for this event.


Parking Information

Plenty of free parking will be available at Skyline High School.


Packet Pick-Up Information

Packet Pick-Up for Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri participants will be held from 4 PM to 6 PM on Friday, May 26 at Goldfish Swim School, 2107 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 as well as on Saturday, May 27 at Skyline High School prior to the race.


Event Schedule

6:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Transition open for ALL EVENTS
7:15 AM — Pool opens for warm-up swimming
7:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Transition close for Goldfish Kids Tri participants; Pool closes
7:50 AM — Mandatory meeting for all Goldfish Kids Tri participants in the pool bleachers
8:00 AM — Goldfish Kids Tri begins
8:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Transition area close for Sky Tri participants
8:50 AM — Mandatory meeting for Sky Tri participants in the pool bleachers
9:00 AM — Sky Tri begins
9:30 AM — Post-race celebration and athlete breakfast begin, finish area
11:00 AM — Awards ceremony (approximate time); Kids' awards will be presented first.


Ages: Goldfish Kids Tri: 5-6, 7-10, 11-14. Sky Tri: 14-15, 16-17, 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 Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri finishers receive a fabulous finisher's medal!

1st Overall Male/Female, 1st Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female (adults only), and the top five finishers in each age division for the Sprint, Mini Sprint, and Goldfish Kids Tri receive special awards.

1st Overall Athena 39 and under, the 1st Overall Athena 40 and up, the 1st Overall Clydesdale 39 and under, and the 1st Overall Clydesdale 40 and up each receive a special award. Please take note that Athena and Clydesdale participants are not eligible for age-group awards.

1st Overall Male/Female, 1st Overall Masters (40+) Male/Female, and the first-place finisher in each age division for the Sky Tri Aquabike each receive a special award.

Hotel and Camping Information

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Ann Arbor

3285 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Special rate:
Distance from race: 10 miles

Sky Tri and Goldfish Kids Tri 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 Sky Tri, 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 Sky Tri, then click Transfer to Another Runner and follow the onscreen instructions. There is a $15 charge to transfer your registration to another event, as well as a Run Sign Up processing fee. NOTE: the deadline to transfer your registration to another person is Saturday, May 13.

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 Saturday, April 15, 2017.

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 send a self-addressed, large shipping envelope with $5 affixed postage and our downloadable Mailing Race Items form (found on our Policies page at http://www.epicraces.com/policies) to us at Epic Races, 600 S. Wagner Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. 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 Skyline High School.

Q. What happens if it's raining on race day?
A. Sky Tri/Goldfish Kids Tri will be held, rain, snow, 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. Yes! Ann Arbor law enforcement has specifically asked that all Sky Tri participants wear their race bibs on their back during the bike leg so that they are easily identified on the course by patrolling officers. You will then switch your bib to the front for the run 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. My estimated swim time has changed since I registered. How do I update this?
A. Log into Run Sign Up and click My Registered Races. Locate Sky Tri and click Manage Registration. Click the blue Questions button, then update your time and save. The deadline to update your swim time is Saturday, May 20.

Q. Do I need a wetsuit?
A. No! Skyline High School maintains its pool at a temperature of 78 degrees. A bathing suit or tri suit is fine!

Q. Can I change out of my bathing suit to dry clothes for the bike ride?
A. We will open the locker rooms on race day if chilly weather is expected. You may set up a towel and change of clothing there if you would like, but understand that the timer doesn't stop for clothing changes... it continues throughout the race until you cross the finish line. 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. How many aid stations will there be?
A. There will be one aid station on the 5K course.

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. Can I help my child between each leg of the race?
A. Yes! One parent will be permitted in the transition area to assist their child.

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 on Skyline grounds?
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 or in the post-race food area 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. Do I have to bring my USAT membership card to Packet Pick-Up, or can I just tell you my ID number?
A. Yes, you must bring your USAT membership card to Packet Pick-Up! If you cannot provide proof of membership, you will have to purchase a one-day membership if you wish to compete.

Q. I can't find my name on the alpha list, but I know I signed up. What do I do?
A. If you cannot find your name on our alpha list, you will need to produce your confirmation email (printed out, please!) to verify that you are indeed registered for this event. If you cannot present your confirmation email, you will need to register at race-weekend rates in order to participate.

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 and click the Mailing Race Items link for instructions on how to have your award mailed to you.


Saturday, May 27, 2017
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Packet Pickup Information
Friday, May 26 at a time and location TBA; Saturday, May 27 from 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM (Goldfish Kids Tri) and from 6:45 AM to 8:45 AM (Sky Tri) at Skyline High School.
Average Water Temperature


2552 N Maple Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 United States
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Year Race Results
2017 Searchable Results View Results
2016 Searchable Results View Results
2016 Sky Tri Sprint and Mini Sprint View Results
2016 Sky Tri Sprint Athena & Clydesdale View Results
2016 Sky Tri Aquabike View Results
2016 Sky Tri and Sky Kids Tri Sprint Relays View Results
2016 Sky Kids Tri View Results
2015 Searchable Results View Results
2015 Sky Tri Sprint View Results
2015 Sky Tri Mini Sprint View Results
2015 Sky Tri Aquabike View Results
2015 Sky Tri Relay (Adult) View Results
2015 Sky Kids Tri, 11 - 14 View Results
2015 Sky Kids Tri, 7 - 10 View Results
2015 Sky Kids Tri, 5 & 6 View Results
2014 Sprint View Results
2014 Mini Sprint View Results
2014 Relay View Results
2014 Sky Kids Tri View Results
2014 Sky Kids Tri #2 View Results

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  1. Austin May 15, 2015 at 11:03 PM #

    For the swimming part, is it possible to take 30 second pauses between laps? Not exiting the pool but just to catch your breath. I’m new to triathlon swimming and don’t want to burn myself out in the pool. Thanks!!

  2. Dana Demski March 19, 2016 at 3:37 PM #

    My company, Gritty Soap, would be interested in a modest sponsorship at your event. Please contact me at the email below with details, we can go from there. Thank You!

  3. Bethany Steinberg May 8, 2016 at 3:13 PM #

    Hello Eva-

    My daughter Sophie Steinberg is interested in joining two friends to complete a relay team. She would do the biking portion. She believes she heard that if you are currently competing as a Varsity athlete for Skyline you can’t participate. She’s running track right now. Do you know if this is true? Thanks.


    • ana May 8, 2016 at 8:48 PM #

      Hi Bethany! Epic Races does not exclude varsity athletes from our events. However, it’s our experience that most varsity track & field and cross-country coaches prohibit their team members from participating in races and triathlons during the varsity season. You may wish to contact the Skyline women’s track coach for more information.

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