june, 2020

2020sat06junAll Dayfri03julIsland Lake (Virtual) TriathlonOlympic • Sprint • Aquabike • Duathlon • Mini Sprint • Relay(All Day) EST Island Lake State Recreation Area, 6301 Kensington Rd Brighton, MI 48116Event Type :Aquabike,Duathlon,TriathlonRegister now!Athlete Guide!Results

Event Details

Swim.Bike.Run or Invent A Whole New Kind of Tri 

What is a Virtual Race?!: No, it’s not Virtual Reality, but we promise you’ll have a ton of fun! Pick any day between June 6 – July 3rd and complete your aquabike, duathlon, or triathlon. For this race, you can even swap the swim for a whole new discipline! Use the Island Lake official course or compete in your own back yard. There will be no crowds. No long port-a-potty lines. There is no start gun or nervous, pre-race chitchat with other participants. There is not even a starting line! Choose your date, time, place, and competition, and go!

Never done a triathlon before? Island Lake Triathlon the Virtual Edition is the perfect place to start! We even have a beginner training plan to make your first race a success!

Event Distances: Below are the standard event distances! If you prefer to swim for a set time or to do a different activity for your swim leg, please do 7min for Mini-Sprint, 15min for Spring, and 30min for Olympic.

Mini-Sprint: 400m swim, 12-mile bike, 1.5-mile run

Sprint: 750m swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run

Duathlon: 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

Virtual reality figures and multi sport racers in a nature scene

What about the Swim?! COVID-19 has put a damper on swim training for many folks 🙁 Because of this, with Island Lake Triathlon you have the ability to swap out the swim leg for anything you choose. Anything??? Yes, ANYTHING. You can choose to add a second leg of running, break out your pogo stick, or build a sandcastle in place of the swim, we are letting you call the shots. But, wait, I want to swim! We know some of you would rather double the swim and scrap the run or bike. If that describes you then swim on our aquatically inclined friends.

Swim Timing: RaceJoy, the app we use to provide custom race support and timing from afar, doesn’t have an open water swim feature. Because of this, we will use a set time for each distance of the swim. Whether you’re swimming or doing a different activity please follow these guidelines for how long the first leg of your tri should last: Mini-Sprint 7 Minutes, Sprint 15 Minutes, and Olympic 30 Minutes. If you have a smartwatch or other personal tracking device and will be swimming you may also use the exact distance swim you’d be asked to complete in person!

Instagram captions with people swimming, rollerblading, hula hooping, and more.

Routes and Race Tracking: We work hard to make our virtuals as lively as possible! The course of all distances for the bike and run will be uploaded to RaceJoy so you can compete against one another on our exact racecourse. RaceJoy gives you turn by turn directions and will cheer you on along your journey to solo-racing triumph! For more information about getting set-up on RaceJoy and posting your results see our virtual race instruction page.

Don’t want to race at Island Lake? No problem. Whether you race at Island Lake or elsewhere we want to know how your race went and celebrate your accomplishments. Share your alternative leg ideas, routes, and post-race eats with us on our Facebook page!

Swag: A virtual race with some serious swag! You’ll get a super-soft T-Shirt or Muscle Tee (your choice), finisher’s medal, and our new RacingAloneTogether Buff!

You will receive all of your swag in the mail at the address you used to register for the race. The US Postal Service has been impacted by COVID-19 so shipping times may be delayed. We will get your items to you as quickly as possible.

Island Lake Tri Virtual Swag

Awards and Awards Ceremony: The race is virtual, but thanks to tracking with RaceJoy you can still compete! We will be having an awards ceremony via Zoom on Tuesday, July 7 at 7 PM. Tune in to celebrate our overall and age group winners as well as see our live raffle for a Halo Swim Bench! Awards will be given following the same format as our in-person races and you must use our official RaceJoy course to be eligible for these awards. See age group designations in our 2021 race info for all the specifics.

Can’t race on the Island Lake Course?  Want to win awards not based on your finish time? Learn more about Epic Swag Rewards which gets you one of a kind Epic gear for racing, posting of social media, and staying active with us in other ways.

Halo Swim Bench

All information below pertains to 2021

Olympic • Sprint • Aquabike • Duathlon • Mini Sprint • Relay

ILT Finish Line Image

Description of 2021 Event
Triathletes throughout Michigan have long considered Island Lake State Recreation Area, home of the Island Lake Triathlon, an epic training destination, ideal for any athlete preparing for a multisport event.  Set within a 4,000-acre park in Livingston County that offers an “up north” experience without leaving southeast Michigan. The terrain is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in with a paved road of rolling hills weaving throughout.

You’ll swim the clear waters of Kent Lake, bike the park’s rolling, tree-lined hills, then run the panoramic final leg towards the lakeside finish line, then join in the post-race festivities including the best recovery meal and beer tent ever!




We are proud and excited to announce that we will be Samuel Adam’s beer for participants 21 and older at the finish line of the Island Lake Triathlon!

Swag >> The Swag


Race chip timing with freaky fast results
super-soft, high-quality race shirt*
Our best finisher’s medal ever
Delicious post-race snacks
Post Race Beer Tent
*shirt sizes not guaranteed if you sign up within two weeks of race day

>> 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.

Special wetsuit rental offer for Island Lake Tri participants:

Wetsuit Rental Discount Image

>> Senior Olympics

The Michigan Senior Olympics is proud to partner with Epic Races for the Island Lake Triathlon on Saturday, June 1st. Registration for this event can be done by visiting www.epicraces.com. When registering, make sure you check the option to be a part of the Michigan Senior Olympics, for only $5 more. Participating in the sprint or Olympic distance will give you the opportunity to receive an additional medal from the MSO! We will be awarding 1st to 3rd place in each age group.

We will also be partnering with Epic Races for the Swim to the Moon Event on Sunday, August 18th. The Swim to the Moon event is an extraordinary open-water swimming adventure through the picturesque Hiland Chain of Lakes near Hell, Michigan. Participants choose their distance — half mile, 1.2 mile, 5K, or 10K. To learn more please visit www.epicraces.com. When registering, make sure you check the option to be a part of the Michigan Senior Olympics, for only $5 more. We will be awarding 1st to 3rd place in each age group.

Michigan Senior Olympics
Race Distances >> Race Distances

Choose Your Challenge!

Mini-Sprint: 400m swim, 12-mile bike, 1.5-mile run with a time-trial start (this means you start one at a time)

Sprint: 750m swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run with a wave start (this means you start in small groups organized by age and gender)

Olympic: 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run with a wave start (see above for what this means)

Aquabike: 1.5K swim, 40K bike with a wave start comingled with the Olympic distance

Duathlon: 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run

Relay: Sprint and Olympic distances

Athena and Clydesdale divisions are available for the Sprint and Olympic events in this race.

Zero Waste >> Zero Waste

epic races happy planet runningThe Island Lake Triathlon 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

Wave Starts
The Olympic and sprint distance events will be wave starts organized by age and gender.

The Time-Trial Swim Start
The mini-sprint is 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 is an alternative to the traditional wave start where a large group starts all at once.

Epic Lifeguard Image


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 kayak sponsor, Heavner Nature Connection Canoe & Kayak Rental. We’re very grateful to have Heavner as part of our Epic team.


>> 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 USAT’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 – 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.


Click here to see the USAT approved skinsuits.


Olympic Distance Bike Map

Olympic Distance Run Map

Sprint and Mini-Sprint Bike Map

Sprint Run Map

Mini-Sprint Run Map


Age Groups (Male and Female Age Divisions):
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+

1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each age-group Male/ Female

Athena & Clydesdale Olympic/Sprint
1st Place Overall Male/Female 39&under
1st Place Overall Male/Female 40+
What’s this?

Aquabike & Duathlon
1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 3 in each in each age-group

Relay Awards
1st team in each category









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