september, 2019

2019sat07sep8:30 amUgly Dog Tri: Michigan's Original Gravel Road TriSprint (choose 30-mile bike or 10-mile bike) • Aquabike • Duathlon • Relay8:30 am EST Big Portage Lake State Park, Waterloo Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Rd.Event Type :Aquabike,Duathlon,TriathlonRegister Now!

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Event Details

Sprint (choose 30-mile bike or 10-mile bike) • Aquabike • Duathlon • Relay
A Road Optional Event

“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, USAT Hall of Famer

For this reason, we are excited to present to you the Ugly Dog Triathlon.

This is a “Road Optional” event, so naturally, your road choice is optional.  You like gravel?  Choose the “Ugly Dog” gravel option.  Don’t like to get dirty?  Choose the “Pretty Dog” pavement option.

Swimming is not your thing?  Do the du!  Prefer swim, bike, done?  Sign up for the aquabike!

All Ugly Dog events are draft-legal.  Click here to understand the differences between draft-legal and non-draft-legal triathlon.

Interested in gravel but unsure of what kind of bike to ride? You can use almost any kind of bike — whether it’s a mountain, hybrid, cyclocross, gravel, or even a road bike. If you choose to ride a road bike, we recommend using a tire designed for gravel roads.

Stick around immediately after your race to hang out in the Ugly Dog Distillery Signature Summer Spritzer tent for a complimentary cocktail (participants 21 and up). The official post-party will be held at the Ugly Dog Distillery in downtown Chelsea.


The Swag… aka “What you Get”

Each Ugly Dog Triathlon participant will receive:

      • The hottest finisher’s medal around
      • A super-soft, high-quality Ugly Dog Triathlon race shirt
      • The best post-race snacks
      • Post-race Ugly Dog Signature Summer Spritzer for participants 21 and up
      • FREE downloads of your professional Ugly Dog Triathlon photos by Greg Sadler Photography
      • Exclusive Aquaman discount codes for Epic Races Participants: Epicaquaman30 for 30% off wetsuits and Epicaquaman15 for 15% off  anything else!

2018 Swag

2019 Designs Coming Soon!

Triathlon Formats and Distances

800m swim, 50K gravel bike, 3-mile run

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

*PRETTY DOG* 800m swim, 10-mile paved bike, 3-mile run

Duathlon Distances (gravel only)

1.5 mile run, 50K gravel bike, 3-mile run

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

Aquabike Distances (gravel only)

800m swim, 50K gravel bike

800m swim, 10-mile gravel bike

Triathlon Relay Distances (gravel only)

800m swim, 50K gravel bike, 3-mile run

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

*Note: Bike routes are on gravel roads, not trail, and are not technical.*


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!

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


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.


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

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.


8:15 a.m. Packet Pickup, Registration, and Transition Area Close

8:20 a.m. Mandatory Race Meeting on the Beach

8:30 a.m. All Races Start

10:00 a.m. Post-Race Party Begins

6:00 p.m. Award Ceremony at Ugly Dog Distillery


Ugly Dog 30-Mile Bike Map

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Ugly Dog 3-Mile Run

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Ugly Dog 10-Mile Bike Map

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Ugly Dog 800m Swim

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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+

Sprint: 30-Mile and 10-Mile
1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5  in each in each age-group
1st place overall Athena

Aquabike, Duathlon, Clean Dog
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

  • FAQ’s:

I can no longer participate. How do I get a refund?

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We do not offer refunds, but if you purchased insurance when you registered, please visit this link to fill out a claim: You will need to present documentation for claim reason(s) based on the Terms & Conditions of your Policy if the Policy ID starts with “TGSD” , “TGFS” , “TGTS”, or “TGRS” (Ex: Doctor’s Note, Work Travel Schedule and Receipt, Jury Summons, Policy Report, Transportation Delay Printout, etc.)

How do I transfer my registration to another person?

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To transfer your registration to another person, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Transfer to Another Runner button, then follow the onscreen instructions.  Please note that there is a $15 transfer fee plus a processing fee for this service.

How do I transfer from one distance to another?

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 To change events, log into your Run Sign Up account, click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Transfer Events button, then follow the onscreen instructions. You can also change distances at our Packet Pick-Ups on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20.

How do I confirm my registration?

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Go to and click the blue Find a Participant button, then look yourself up.

I ordered the wrong size shirt. Can I change this?

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Yes! Log into your Run Sign Up account, then click Manage My Registration, then click Manage Registration by The Ann Arbor Marathon. Click the blue Giveaways button, then follow the onscreen instructions. The deadline to reserve shirt sizes is March 10, 2019. Shirt sizes will be available on a first come, first served basis after that date.

What happens if it's raining or snowing on race morning?

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The Probility Ann Arbor Marathon will be held rain, snow, or shine. Please be sure to dress accordingly for the weather.

Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?

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Yes! Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2018 from 12 PM to 4 PM at our Expo and on race morning at the starting area.

Just picked up my packet, and my race shirt doesn't fit. Can I exchange it?

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You will need to check with us after the race to see what shirt sizes, if any, we have left over.

I wasn't able to stay for the awards ceremony. Where can I get my award?

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Congratulations! Age-group awards will be available for pick-up at a location to be determined following the race. To have your age-group award mailed, please follow the instructions listed under Mailing Race Items on our policies page at

What sort of bike do you recommend?

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It completely depends on your comfort and skill level. We recommend a gravel, cyclocross, mountain bike, hybrid or something along those lines, but some will ride road bikes.



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