A portion of this event’s proceeds go to benefit our featured charity, the American Lung Association: Lung Force.
Tri Goddess Tri celebrates women of all abilities, inspiring them to reach new heights of health and set new fitness goals by training for and completing a triathlon. The first-ever all-women’s triathlon/duathlon in Michigan, Tri Goddess Tri is organized by women who know how to make your first (or hundredth!) triathlon tons of fun! The event is held just 12 miles west of Chelsea at the Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area, surrounding our participants in scenery as beautiful and inspiring as themselves.
Tri Goddess Tri features four different events for our fabulous females:
Duathlon — 1.5-mile run, 10.7-mile bike ride, 3-mile run (part of which is a trail run with one steep downhill).
Aquabike — half-mile lake swim (32 lengths in a standard metric pool), 10.7-mile bike ride.
Mini-Sprint Triathlon — quarter-mile lake swim (16 lengths in a standard metric pool), 10.7-mile bike ride, 1.5-mile run (part of which is a trail run with one steep downhill section). Ideal for women trying their first tri! There is also a Demi-Goddess Division in the Mini Sprint, for our youngest Goddesses (ages 11-12 and 13-14).
Sprint Triathlon — half-mile lake swim (32 lengths in a standard metric pool), 10.7-mile bike ride, 3-mile run (part of which is a trail run with one steep downhill section).
Sprint Relay — team up with one or two friends to complete our Sprint Triathlon together; check out relay details here!
The Athena category is available for the Sprint event! You’ll be given the opportunity to select Age Group or Athena when you register. Already signed up for the race? Manage your registration at www.runsignup.com.
Please note that our bike course is open (the roads are not closed off for the event). Police, sheriff, and support crews will be along the course at major intersections and all turns. Please also note that, by USAT regulations, bike helmets are required for the bike leg of all events. Bike support for Tri Goddess Tri will be provided by Fraser Bicycle.
Tri Goddess Triathlon offers our ladies two special awards divisions:
Three Generations of Women
Spend a memorable day in Waterloo Rec Area running with your mother, daughter, grandmother, or granddaughter, or a combination of these kin! The family that swims, bikes, and runs together has fun together, after all, so gather your goddesses and get ready to Tri! Participating in these divisions will NOT preclude you from the regular age-group awards. These divisions are in addition to the age-group awards, so be sure to sign up when you register! Please note: to participate in these division, all team members MUST participate in the Sprint Triathlon.
Tri Goddess Tri 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.
Tri Goddess Tri is a Leave No Trace event. We strive to reduce the amount of biowaste and recyclable material that end up in our landfills. Thanks to our efforts and those of our participants and spectators, our 2017 Tri Goddess Tri only generated 9.9 pounds of trash! 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!
No need to suffer from swim anxiety! We all have our strengths… and our skills we’re working on. To set your mind at ease about the swim leg of the triathlon, we use a time-trial swim start. What does that mean? The swimmers line up on the beach and, at the race starter’s signal, enter the water individually at short intervals (usually three to five seconds). This alternative to the traditional wave start — where a large group dashes into the water all at once — will allow you to focus more on your strokes and breathing versus your position in the crowd. The time-trial swim start does not apply to our elite swimmers; for the rest of our Goddesses, the time-trial starts will be organized by waves. Please take note of your swim-cap color (swim caps are included in your packet!), as the waves are color coded by swim-cap color.
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.
Tri Goddess Tri is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT). USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower. USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
All the professional sports photography taken at Tri Goddess Tri (and all of our Goddess Racing Series events) by Greg Sadler Photography is FREE for our participants! That’s right: all of the photos taken of you at Tri Goddess Tri will be free to download. Just another reason our events are so Epic!
In addition to the free race pix, each participant will receive:
Please join us prior to the event start for yoga on the beach with Lisa Hesse and get your mind and body race ready!
The person behind the Tri Goddess Tri mike will be none other than the legendary
Frankie Andreu! Frankie retired from racing at the end of 2000, after a 12-year professional career that included nine Tours de France, three Tours of Spain, and one Giro d’Italia. He also competed in the 1988 and 1996 Olympic Games, placing fourth in Atlanta. Frankie has announced at international, national, and local cycling events and we are thrilled to have him — and his voice — at this year’s event!
All Tri Goddess Tri participants ages 21 and up are welcome at the Wolverine State Brewing Co. beer garden to celebrate their finish! Our friends from the Ann Arbor Velo Club will be there, serving as your hosts for the post-race party and ready to hear how your event went!
Packet pick-up is also pampering time for all of our tri goddesses! At our Tri Goddess Expotique, you can visit many of our Epic Races sponsors and supporters, sample some of their products, and learn more about their offerings. Expotique exhibitors include the American Lung Association, Detroit Metal Works, Fraser Bikes, Goddess Racing, and Probility Therapy Services. You can even learn about other Epic Races events, including the American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K, coming September 17 at Belle Isle State Park!
Our Pasta in the Park follows the Expotique! Why worry about finding a restaurant when you can join your fellow Goddesses for a delicious, catered meal? Pasta in the Park tickets must be purchased no later than Thursday, June 22. Please note that all Pasta in the Park participants must check in between 5 PM and 5:30 PM. Pasta in the Park tickets are available for purchase during the registration process. Already registered? Follow these steps to access ticket sales:
Check out last year’s Tri Goddess Tri!
We’d love to hear about what inspired you to register for Tri Goddess Tri… or about whatever inspires you to swim, bike, run, or all of the above! Submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are several submissions from our goddess contingent!
Elaine’s Story: I’m a member of the “Sisterhood,” women between 45 and 60 or so who meet together twice a month to support each other, learn new things, grow in faith, etc. We are based at the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor. We were on a “Flygirlz” trip last year together at Niagara Falls doing a bicycle wine tour (among many other fun things) when Kim G. began talking about the Tri Goddess event… [more]
Letty’s Story: My 7-year-old son learned how to ride a bike without training wheels before I learned how to ride a bike. Go ahead and take a second to laugh. I grew up on 10 acres with three horses and a gravel road in the country in western Pennsylvania. I played with Barbies, did ballet, did gymnastics, and did a lot of reading growing up… [more]
Stacey’s Story: I hate running. I put up with it in my office lunch group because it’s social, and I’m likely as not to bail at the 3-mile mark. I’ve done a few 5Ks and even did the 5+10K Turkey Trot as a challenge (I walked a lot of it). As a contrast, I grew up loving open-water swimming. I bike 3.5 miles each way to work if it’s above freezing… [more]
Megan’s Story: This will be my first triathlon (yah!). I am so exited and so nervous. I have been a runner for a few years and was a lifeguard in high school… and then there’s the biking part. While I did ride a bike as a child (I have the scars on my knees to prove it)… [more]
Shane’s Story: Fifteen years ago, I participated in my first triathlon outside of Chicago. My dad’s picture was taken cheering me on and was featured in the local newspaper! In November 2013, my dad received news that he had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three to six months to live… [more]
Tri Goddess Tri is partnered with LUNG FORCE, led by the American Lung Association, to help raise funds and awareness and to unite women to stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. A portion of each race entry will be donated. Read on to learn more about our charity partner:
Only a force of many can take on lung cancer, the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States. Consider these eye-opening facts:
It’s a big problem, so we have big goals.
We work to change people’s minds about what it means to have lung cancer so that everyone understands their risks. We raise our voices for innovations in research that will lead to earlier detection and more personalized treatments so that everyone has a fighting chance.
And we work to advance lung health — a life free of lung disease — for everyone who suffers from asthma, COPD, and other lung diseases or has someone in their life who does.
We stand together against lung cancer and for lung health. We stand together as one LUNG FORCE — for our breath, for our lives.
To make a donation to Lung Force, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/TriGoddessTri.
As of January 1, 2016, there will no longer be USAT one-day youth memberships. For youth, there are only annual memberships available; these 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 costs $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.
The Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area is located at 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240. Click here for personalized directions. A State of Michigan Park permit is required to enter Waterloo 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.
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