Tri Goddess Tri made its debut 10 years ago to celebrate women of all abilities and inspire 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.
In celebration of our 10th year, we have three days of activities planned for you. We will also be honoring the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie — a world-class triathlete and sports pioneer, a community leader, a force of nature to all of us who knew her, and the co-founder of Tri Goddess Tri. We will be raising money for Karen’s Trail, which commemorates what Karen loved most by expanding recreational opportunities for everyone in the region. Donors of $25 or more receive VIP Tent access (read more about what that includes on our Race Weekend Guide).
We encourage you to camp with us at Portage Lake and participate in all three days of activities. Register for both a Saturday race and a Sunday race and you will save 10% off your second event! Participate in all three days — the epitome of a Tri Goddess — and you will receive a beautiful Tri Goddess Tri buff in addition to your 10% discount!
Click HERE for Tri Goddess Non-Tri event Details and Registration!
Friday, June 22 (Summer Solstice)
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. — Packet Pickup for all weekend events
5:00 — Triathlon 101 with the Race Director, Eva Solomon and Meredith Atwood, Swim Bike Mom
6:30 p.m. — Zen Tri (supporting Karen’s Trail) starts
7:30 p.m. — Ray’s Red Hot Tofu Dogs will be available for purchase (as well, of course, as all of the other menu items offered by Ray’s, but in the spirit of ZenTri we’re promoting their yummy yummy Tofu Dogs!)
Saturday, June 23
5:45 – 7:00 a.m. — Packet Pickup
6:00 a.m. —Transition area opens
7:00 a.m. —Yoga on the Beach with Lisa Hesse
7:15 a.m. —Transition area closes
7:15 a.m. —Mandatory participant meeting on the beach
7:30 a.m. —Race start time
Because of the span of time between finishers for the Saturday races, awards will be “grab and go” with a podium set up for photos. Sunday events will have an awards ceremony.
12:00 p.m. — High Noon Yoga in the Park with Rachel Yu (meet in finish area with your yoga mat or towel, $5 donation suggested)
2:00 p.m. — Art in the Park: Paint your own Retro Tri Goddess…. Remember when….
4:00 p.m. — Bike Maintenance Clinic
5:00 p.m. — Q and A with the Race Director (meet beside the Pasta Tent)
5:15 p.m. — Pasta in the Park opens (a portion of the proceeds benefit Karen’s Trail, participants must check in by 5:45 PM)
6:00 p.m. — Karen’s Trail Presentation: Lew Kidder, Karen McKeachie’s husband of 37 years
5:45 p.m. – Pep talk from Meredith Atwood aka “Swim Bike Mom”
6:30 p.m. — Pasta in the Park ends
Sunday, June 24
5:45 – 7:00 a.m. — Packet Pickup
6:00 a.m. — Transition area opens
7:00 a.m. — Yoga on the Beach with Lisa Hesse
7:15 a.m. — Transition area closes
7:15 a.m. — Mandatory participant meeting on the beach
7:30 a.m. — Race start time
Our Olympic and Sprint Triathlons feature an Athena category! You’ll be given the opportunity to select participation as an Age-Group athlete or as an Athena when you register.
Please note that our bike course is open to all traffic. Police, sheriff, and support crews will be along the course at major intersections and all left 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.
Meredith is a four-time IRONMAN triathlete, author of Triathlon for the Every Woman, motivational speaker, writer for Triathlete Magazine and host of The Same 24 Hours Podcast. She’s the founder of Tri*Fe Tri — triathlon wear for the “every” woman — in sizes S to 4XL. She is a USAT Level 1 and IRONMAN certified coach and METS Level I. Currently she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children and writes at www.SwimBikeMom.com.
At 4 PM on Friday 6/21 Meredith Atwood (“Swim Bike Mom”) will host a talk and Q&A session for you about what you must know about triathlon AND why triathlon is the catalyst for changing your entire outlook on life. You can follow her: @SwimBikeMom on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Tri Goddess Triathlon offers our ladies two special awards divisions:
Three Generations of Women
Spend a memorable weekend in Waterloo State Recreation Area running with your mother, daughter, grandmother, granddaughter, or a combination of these kin! The family that swims, bikes, and runs together has fun together, so gather your Goddesses and get ready to tri! Participating in these divisions will not preclude you from the regular Age-Group awards; they are in addition to the Age-Group awards, so be sure to create your Mother-Daughter or Three Generations of Women team when you register! Please note: to participate in these divisions, all team members MUST participate in Sunday’s Sprint Triathlon.
We use a time-trial swim start for our Sprint Tri, Sprint Aquabike, Sprint Relay, and Mini-Sprint Triathlon. What does this mean? The swimmers line up on the beach and, at the race starter’s signal, enter the water individually three seconds apart. The time-trial swim 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.
Looking to “test the waters” before race day? Sign up for our EPIC OPEN WATER PRACTICE SWIM which will be held on June 16 at the same location.
A note regarding the Aquabike timing: The clock stops when you re-enter transition after your ride. At that point, rack your bike, fix your hair, and make your way to the finish line to claim your medal and get your finisher’s photo!
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. As per USAT rules, if the water temperature is between 78.1 and 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
Need a wetsuit? Check out these special offers for our Epic triathlon participants!
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!
Please join us for yoga on the beach before each day’s race start to get your mind and body race ready!
Our announcer this year is the inspiring Del Baldwin! Del recently made her home in the Ann Arbor area after moving from Southern California, where she coached run clinics and ran beach boot camps, training dozens of women to run their first ever races. Since moving here, she has created Delirium Fitness, an all-women’s boutique fitness studio that specializes in small-group personal training, with the goal of making every member as “delirious” about fitness as Del is! Del was not an athlete growing up and her love for empowering women and changing lives through fitness and run training is inspirited by her own success story: she ran her first mile (since high school) at age 35 and never stopped. Now, a decade later, she has touched hundreds of women by motivating them to achieve fitness goals they never thought possible!
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 Bicycle, 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 Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Belle Isle State Park!
What better way to look like the Tri Goddess you are than by racing in one of our stunning Goddess Racing tri kits? Made exclusively for us by Betty Designs, our new-for-2018 gear is utterly divine. Available in triathlon and cycling styles. Order yours today at our online store!
Check out this clip from the 2015 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 email@example.com. 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]
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.
Click here to read what USAT had to say about the Year of the Goddess!
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 Recreation Area. The Recreation Passport is your 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. Out-of-state residents will be required to purchase either a daily permit or an annual Motor Vehicle Permit.
For current pricing and more information about the Recreation Passport, click here.
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