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Ugly Dog Triathlon: A “Road Optional” Event

August 25 @ 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but gravel, or allroad, is kind of a triathlon thing. Just look at the front page of the Slowtwitch Forum right now. Maybe three

threads on it, right now, on gravel, the bikes, the races. Gravel is really where road and tri meet. Multisport gravitates to it because we like tech – a

lot – and we like moving from one endurance paradigm to another.” – Dan Empfield

Read more about Road Optional here.

For this reason, we are excited to present to you the Ugly Dog Triathlon: Swim, Gravel, Run

Keeping with the Epic Races’ style, we will, of course, also offer duathlon and aquabike, but all events include gravel!


Triathlon Distances

800m swim, 29-mile gravel bike, 3-mile run

800m swim, 10-mile gravel bike, 3-mile run

Duathlon Distances

1.5 mile run, 29-mile gravel bike, 3-mile run

1.5-mile run, 10-mile gravel bike, 3-mile run

Aquabike Distances

800m swim, 29-mile gravel bike

800m swim, 10-mile gravel bike

Park Information

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.


Official Awards Ceremony at the Distillery!

Stick around and join us at the Ugly Dog Distillery in downtown Chelsea, MI Saturday evening for the Official Ugly Dog Triathlon Awards Ceremony and Epic Races Volunteer Recognition Party. Ugly Dog is opening its doors for our celebration of a fantastic new event as well as the conclusion of another successful triathlon season. Festivities, including a complimentary drink and distillery tour,  begin at 5 PM at Ugly Dog’s new location on Main Street. Epic Races will be providing dinner!

Event Schedule

5:45 a.m. Registration and packet pickup open
7:15 a.m. Transition and packet pickup close
7:15 a.m. Mandatory pre-race meeting on beach
7:30 a.m. Longer race begins
8:15 a.m. Less long race begins
9:45 a.m. Post-race festivities begin
Awards will be grab and go with a photo-op

5:00 p.m. Official Awards Ceremony & Epic Volunteer Recognition Party at
Ugly Dog Distillery, Chelsea


Male/Female, Five year increments: 15-19, 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 the coolest medal ever!

Overall winners in each event will receive a special bottle of Ugly Dog Vodka!

Triathlon Awards for 1st Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters (40+), top 5 finishers in each age division.

Duathlon Awards to 1st Overall Male/Female, Overall Masters (40+), top finisher in each age division

Aquabike Awards to 1st Overall Male/Female and top Overall Masters (40+) - no age group awards.

Hotel and Camping Information

Chelsea Comfort Inn

1645 Commerce Park Dr
Chelsea, MI 48118
ask for "Ugly Dog Tri" block

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Special rate: $129
Distance from race: 15 miles

Hyatt Place Ann Arbor

(734) 995-1234
3223 S. State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Use the link below or ask for the Ugly Dog Tri rate if you call!

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Special rate: $129
Distance from race: 30 miles

Ugly Dog Triathlon: A "Road Optional" Event Entry Fees

$100.00 $90.00 $100.00 $90.00 $90.00 $80.00

May 1, 2018 – June 17, 2018

$105.00 $95.00 $105.00 $95.00 $95.00 $85.00

June 18, 2018 – July 31, 2018

$110.00 $100.00 $110.00 $100.00 $100.00 $90.00

August 1, 2018 – August 23, 2018

$125.00 $115.00 $125.00 $115.00 $110.00 $100.00

August 24, 2018 – August 25, 2018
Event Weekend


August 25
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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734-585-7101 x700


Packet Pickup Information
Ugly Dog Distillery, Friday, August 24, 4 - 7 PM
Average Water Temperature


11500 Seymour Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240 United States
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Course maps: 29 Mile Bike 10 Mile Bike 3 Mile Run 800m Swim

All courses are subject to change up to and including race day
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