july, 2020

2020sat18jul8:30 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 Grass Lake, MI 49240Event Type :Aquabike,Duathlon,TriathlonRegister now!Volunteer now!Athlete GuideResults

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Event Details

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event could possibly become a virtual event. We will announce the status of the race four weeks prior to the race date. At this time, registration is open for both the live event and the virtual event. If you choose the live event and we need to cancel, you will be automatically transferred to the virtual event unless you opt to defer to next year or transfer to another race.

America's original gravel triathlon
Sprint (choose 30-mile bike or 10-mile bike) • Aquabike • Duathlon • Relay
A Road Optional Event

Since 2018 – Ugly Dog Tri is the 1st ever gravel triathlon

“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.

Pretty Dog is NOT draft-legal. It follows standard USAT non-draft rules.

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

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!
>> 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?

wetsuit rental discount

>> Lodging

Room Blocks available: Friday, July 17 –  Saturday, July 18, 2020


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

(734) 433-8000

1645 Commerce Park Dr, Chelsea, MI  48118
(13.6 miles from start)
Last day to book: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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

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

Camping in the Waterloo Recreation Area

>> Race Distances

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.*

>> 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

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.


>> 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.


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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``Pretty Dog`` Paved Option 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+

29-Mile and 10-Mile Gravel Sprint Tri
1st Place Overall Male/Female
1st Place Masters Male/Female
Top 5 in each age-group Male/Female

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

Relay Awards
1st team in each category



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