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2023sat29jul7:30 AMBattle of Waterloo: 10-stage triathlon10 Legs, 42 Miles of triathlon fun! ๐Ÿƒ... ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ... ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ... ๐Ÿšถ... ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ... ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฟ... ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฝ ...๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ... ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ... ๐Ÿƒ7:30 AM EST Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd Grass Lake, MI 49240Event Type :TriathlonRegister!Volunteer!Athlete Guide!Results!Shop!

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We have returned to racing!

The mission of Epic Races is to professionally manage safe, fun, and rewarding multi-sport and endurance events that appeal to beginner through elite athletes, raise money and awareness for important causes, and make each participant feel like a champion.

To keep you all safe, we follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines for the state of Michigan.  You can find them here.

Battle of Waterloo only takes place every other year… this is the year!

Featured in Triathlete Magazine as a bucket list tri, Battle of Waterloo has 10 legs totaling 42 miles that traverse the sprawling Waterloo Recreation Area, one of the most rugged and beautiful parks in the Midwest. Youโ€™ll bike paved remote roads, run winding dirt lanes, climb steep trails, and swim across three wilderness lakesโ€ฆ carrying your shoes and swim gear with you the entire time. Donโ€™t have that much time? Try Half the Battle: six legs, 18 miles of the same terrain (OK, less than half, but Half the Battle is a great name!).

The Battle of Waterloo is the real deal: no cargo nets to climb, no pits of mud in your path, no monkey bars to maneuver through. The lake may be ice coldโ€ฆ or it may not. Our only threat of electroshock is a thunderstorm. Lilypad tangles and jungles of aquatic plants are amongst the obstacles youโ€™ll encounter. Battle of Waterloo is you and mother nature and is and you’ll win the battle!

BOW 2021

Please note that all of the information here pertains to both the full and half-battle.  The only difference is that the half-battle has fewer legs.

We have returned to racing!

The mission of Epic Races is to professionally manage safe, fun, and rewarding multi-sport and endurance events that appeal to beginner through elite athletes, raise money and awareness for important causes, and make each participant feel like a champion.

To keep you all safe, we follow the most up-to-date health and safety guidelines for the state of Michigan.  You can find them here.

Deferrals and Transfers
We offer a liberal transfer and deferral policy.  You may defer your race entry to the following year up until 3 weeks before race day.  You may transfer your race to another person up until race morning.  See instructions on how to do this and more about our policies in our FAQs.

  • THE DETAILS
Swag >> The Swag

SWEET SWAG

>The hottest finisherโ€™s medal around
>A super-soft, high-quality Battle of Waterloo race T-shirt
>The best post-race snacks ever
>FREE downloads of your professional Battle of Waterloo photos compliments of Epic Races
>Boasting rights about having completed one of the countryโ€™s bucket list triathlons, as seen in Triathlete Magazine!

*shirt sizes not guaranteed if you sign up within two weeks of race day

Race Distances >> Race Distances

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  • Battle of Waterloo:
    • Ten legs โ€” run, bike, swim, run, swim, run, swim, run, bike, run โ€” for a total of approximately 42 miles
    • Approximately 1.5 total miles of swimming, 26 miles of cycling, and 13 miles of running
    • Leg 1: Run 1.4 miles through Big Portage Lake State Park
    • Leg 2: Bike 20.5 miles from Big Portage Lake State Park to Clear Lake
    • Leg 3: Swim 0.45 miles across Clear Lake
    • Leg 4: Run 4 miles to Mill Lake
    • Leg 5: Swim 0.25 miles across Mill Lake
    • Leg 6: Run 3.4 miles to Crooked Lake
    • Leg 7: Swim 0.7 miles across Crooked Lake
    • Leg 8: Run 3.3 to Clear Lake, which is where you left your bike
    • Leg 9: Bike 5.8 miles to Big Portage Lake State Park
    • Leg 10: Run 1.4 miles through Big Portage Lake State Park to the finish line!
  • Half the Battle:
    • Six legs โ€” run, bike, swim, run, bike, run โ€” for a total of approximately 18 miles
    • Approximately .5 total miles of swimming, 11 miles of cycling, 6 miles of running
    • Leg 1: Run 1.4 miles through Big Portage Lake State Park
    • Leg 2: Bike 5.8 miles from Big Portage Lake State Park to Clear Lake
    • Leg 3: Swim 0.45 miles across Clear Lake
    • Leg 4: Run 3 miles around the lake back to the Clear Lake Transition Area
    • Leg 5: Bike 5.8 miles to Big Portage Lake State Park
    • Leg 6: Run 1.4 miles through Big Portage Lake State Park to the finish line!

 

Cutoff: Full Battle participants must reach Leg 4 by 2 hours and 25 minutes after the start of the race. Participants who do not meet the cutoff time will be asked to finish the race via Leg 4 of Half the Battle. These participants will be entered into a new, hybrid race category and will still be eligible for awards!

Note: as much of the run is trail, distances shown on maps may vary slightly from what we tell you, just trust us !

>> Course Maps

All courses are subject to change at the discretion of the race directors.  

Packet Pickup >> Packet Pickup

Packet pick up details will be found in the athlete guide –

Coming Soon! 

 

>> Awards

Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):
15-17, 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+

Half-Battle
1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
1st place in each age-group

Full Battle
1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 3 in each in each age-group

Athena & Clydesdale
1st Place Overall 39&under
1st Place Overall 40+
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>> FAQ

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>> Photos
Epic Races Hotel Options >> Hotel

Room block check-in available: Friday, July 30, 2021

COMFORT INN CHELSEA $99/night

Combines small town charm with easy access to the hustle and bustle of Ann Arbor.

+1 734 433-8000

1645 Commerce Park Dr, Chelsea, MI  48118
(13.6 miles from start)
Last day to book: Friday, July 30, 2021

  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Fitness Center
  • Heated Pool and Spa

Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation until 4:00 PM local hotel time on registered check-in day.

Note: Please check hotel websites for current travel restrictions and eligibility during COVID-19.

Room block check-in available: Friday, July 30, 2021

Courtyard Ann Arbor $89 – $99/night

+1 734-995-5900

3205 Boardwalk Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
(30min drive from start)
Last day to book: Tuesday, June 29, 2021

This Ann Arbor hotel is situated near I-94, minutes from downtown, University of Michigan, local businesses, research parks, hospitals, and medical centers.

  • Free High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • On-site Bistro to Eat. Drink. Connect.ยฎ with refreshing breakfast choices and a variety of dinner and cocktail options in the evening. Also offers specialty beverages made with Starbucksยฎ coffee to help you get a jump on the day
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM

Cancellation Policy: Free Cancellation at least 2 days prior to registered check-in day.

Note: Please check hotel websites for current travel restrictions and eligibility during COVID-19.

Camping also available in the Waterloo Recreation Area at the Portage Lake State Campground

Check the website Or Their Facebook Page

Zero Waste >> Zero Waste

epic races happy planet runningThe event 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!

>> Water Safety

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. Weโ€™re very grateful to have Red Star as part of Epic team.

CLICK HERE FOR EPIC LIFEGUARD APPLICATION

>> Wetsuit Rule/Rental

USAT Rule 4.4 Wet suits. Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite athletes at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

Don’t own a wetsuit but want to rent one?

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>> USA Triathlon

This race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT) therefore all participants must have an annual membership or purchase a one-day membership. These options will be available during the registration process. The annual membership fee is $50 and the one-day fee is $15. To learn more about USAT visit https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/.

Click here to see USATโ€™s competition rules. To learn the most common USAT rule violations, click here.

Because our triathlons are sanctioned by USA Triathlon (USAT), we follow their wetsuit rules. 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 โ€“ 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.

 

Click here to see the USAT approved skinsuits.

  • SPONSORS:

We know you have choices and we thank you for choosing to participate in our event. We are grateful for our sponsors for helping to make this event possible. Please keep them in mind when choosing your products and services.

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