Tri Goddess Tri Race-Weekend Guide


Welcome, Tri Goddesses! We’re thrilled that you’ve registered for Tri Goddess Tri, Michigan’s original all-women triathlon and duathlon. Read on to get all the important info so that you’re ready for the big weekend, June 22 – 24, 2018. Please check back here for updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

last updated 09 June 2018

Packet Pickup

Opportunities for you to get your Tri Goddess Tri goods:

Friday, June 22 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Race Venue
-Packet Pickup for all races: Zen Tri, Saturday events, Sunday events
-Packet pickup for Sunday events will be offered Sunday morning, but not Saturday morning

Saturday, June 23 from 5:45 to 7:00 a.m. at Race Venue
-Packet pickup for Saturday events only

Saturday, June 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Pasta Dinner                                                                                                                                                              – packet pickup for Sunday events only

Sunday, June 24 from 5:45 to 7:00 a.m at Race Venue
-Packet pickup for Sunday events only

Please remember to bring photo ID to Packet Pick-Up. No ID, no race! If you have an annual USAT membership, you also need to bring your USAT membership card. Did you know that there are now apps for your USAT card.  I highly recommend doing that as you may forget your ID, but you wouldn’t forget your phone!

iPhone App
Google Play App

Without the card, a one-day membership will need to be purchased at packet pick-up. If you are picking up a packet for someone else,  bring a signed note with a photocopy of that person’s photo ID (and USAT card, if applicable).


If your name is not on our participant list (if you are registered for the race, that is highly unlikely), you must present a copy of your confirmation letter to verify that you have registered for this event. If you cannot produce your confirmation letter, you will need to register at packet pickup at race-day rates in order to participate in this event.

Disposable Timing Strap How-to!

Directions and Details

Tri Goddess Tri will be held at Portage Lake, Waterloo State Recreation Area, 11500 Seymour Road, Grass Lake, MI. Waterloo State Recreation Area requires a Michigan Recreation Passport for entry into the park. Please use this address to access the correct entrance! If you put Waterloo Recreation Area in your GPS, it will take you to the wrong location!  PLEASE use the address!

All state parks require a Michigan Recreation Passport for entry into the park.

Michigan Residents:

  • Vehicles: $11 at the time of annual license plate renewal via the Secretary of State (SOS).
  • Vehicles: $16 at state parks, DNR customer service centers or at the SOS outside of annual license plate renewal ($11 Recreation Passport fee plus $5 convenience fee*)
  • Motorcycles: $6  at the time of annual license plate renewal via the Secretary of State.
  • Motorcycles: $11 at state parks and DNR customer service centers ($6 Recreation Passport fee, plus $5 convenience fee*).
  • Towed vehicle: $7 at state parks (good for the length of stay)
  • Commercial daily pass $17 at state parks (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+)


  • Annual non-resident: $32 
  • Daily non-resident: $9
  • Towed vehicle: $7 at state parks (good for the length of stay)
  • Commercial daily pass $17 at state parks (24k+ lbs and/or seating capacity of 16+)

The park rangers will have in-state and out-of-state permits available for purchase on both days. If for some reason, you park your car without a permit, you will receive what appears to be a ticket on your car. It is not a ticket; it is a notice. Please take the notice to the entry gate and pay the daily or annual fee. Please direct any questions to the DNR.

For current pricing and more information about the Recreation Passport, click here.

Epic Races is thrilled to have our wonderful state park system for our events, for training, and sometimes just to visit and enjoy. These permits help support the parks.

Considering a wetsuit?

Aquaman will be on hand Friday through Sunday, allowing you to try their suits and offering some special deals for our Goddesses.  Athletes get a 30% discount on suits including sale models such as the DNA. Combine the discount with the sale for 50% off – a great deal for a great suit! Read up about wetsuit use here.

Come Out for a Practice Swim!

Wondering what Portage Lake will be like? Eager to get more open-water experience prior to the race? Join us on Saturday, June 16 for our Epic Open-Water Practice Swim, right here at the Tri Goddess Tri swim venue (the Portage Lake Unit of Waterloo State Recreation Area)!


Join Us for Pasta in the Park!  

Please join Us for Pasta in the Park!  You will dine with your fellow Goddesses and your friends from Epic at our Pasta in the Park buffet! We have gluten-free and vegetarian options.  The pasta buffet dinner will follow Q and A with the race director, Eva Solomon and during the dinner you can enjoy a pep talk from Meredith Atwood aka “Swim Bike Mom”.

Purchase your Pasta in the Park ticket(s) for $15/adult, $8/child.  If you missed purchasing tickets during the registration process,  tickets are available by clicking the link above.

Tickets will be available online through Wednesday, June 20, but they will not be sold on-site so don’t miss out!


VIP Tent Access

Karen’s Trail welcomes all donors of $25 or greater to visit and spend time in their VIP tent with special snacks, exclusive toilets, post-race relaxation and recovery area, Roaming Goat Coffee, and more, all weekend long.  It will be open to participants, spectators, and volunteers.  Haven’t donated yet?  Simply click HERE and choose your amount.

Special VIP stickers will be handed out at the VIP Tent entrance to all donors of $25 or more. Head over to the tent to get your sticker and place it on your race bib. This will allow you access to the VIP Tent all weekend!

All proceeds for Karen’s Trail support the building of the Border-to-Border (B2B) trail system. Specifically, your support enables construction of the B2B within the next five years.


Weekend Events

Click HERE for Tri Goddess Non-Tri event Details and Registration.

Friday, June 22 (Summer Solstice)

4:00 – 6:30 p.m. — Packet Pickup for all weekend events
5:00  — Triathlon 101 with the Race Director, Eva Solomon and Meredith Atwood, Swim Bike Mom
6:30 p.m. — Zen Tri starts
7:30 p.m. —Ray’s Red Hot Tofu Dogs will be available for purchase (as well, of course, as all of the other menu items offered by Ray’s but in the spirit of ZenTri we’re promoting their yummy yummy Tofu Dogs!)

Saturday, June 23
5:45 – 7:00 a.m. —
Packet Pickup
6:00 a.m. —
Transition area opens
7:00 a.m. —
Yoga on the Beach
7:15 a.m. —
Transition area closes
7:15 a.m. —
Mandatory participant meeting on the beach
7:30 a.m. —
Race start time (Time-trial start meaning participants start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)

Because of the span of time between finishers for the Saturday races, awards will be “grab and go” with a podium set up for photos. Sunday events will have an awards ceremony.

12:00 p.m. — High Noon Yoga in the Park (meet in finish area with your yoga mat or towel, $5 donation suggested)
2:00 p.m. — Art in the Park: Paint your own Retro Tri Goddess…. Remember when…. 
4:00 p.m. — Bike Maintenance Clinic
5:00 p.m. — Q and A with the Race Director (meet beside the Pasta Tent)
5:15 p.m. — Pasta in the Park opens (a portion of the proceeds benefit Karen’s Trail, participants must check in by 5:45 PM)
5:45 p.m. – Pep talk from Meredith Atwood aka “Swim Bike Mom”
6:00 p.m.Karen’s Trail Presentation: Lew Kidder, Karen McKeachie’s husband of 37 years
6:30 p.m. — Pasta in the Park ends

Sunday, June 24
5:45 – 7:00 a.m. — Packet Pickup
6:00 a.m. — Transition area opens
7:00 a.m. — Yoga on the Beach
7:15 a.m. — Transition area closes
7:15 a.m. — Mandatory participant meeting on the beach
7:30 a.m. — Race start time (Time-trial start meaning participants start one at a time, 3 seconds apart)

Race Details

Water Temperature: The current water temperature is 76 degrees.

Time-Trial Start: Tri Goddess Tri uses a time-trial swim start for the swimming leg. You will line up on the beach and, and will be signaled to start 3 seconds apart. You will be called to line up by age-group and then do your best to line up fastest to less fast.

The Duathlon will begin at 7:30 AM.  We will begin the time-trial start at 7:33 based on age groups in this order:

Olympic Tri and Aquabike
18 and under
29 and under
39 and under
49 and under
59 and under

Mini-Sprint Tri 
18 and under
29 and under
39 and under
49 and under
59 and under

Sunday, June 24

Sprint Tri and Aquabike
18 and under
29 and under
39 and under
49 and under
59 and under

Mini-Sprint Tri
18 and under
29 and under
39 and under
49 and under
59 and under


Timing Chips: New this year, we will be using disposable timing chips which you will receive with your packet.  Please wear it on the outside of your left ankle, prior to the race. If you choose to wear a wetsuit, be sure your wetsuit is pulled above and does not cover your timing chip.  For best adhesion, please put your chip on your ankle at least 20 minutes before entering the water.


Race Bibs: You will also receive a race bib with your individual race number. The race bib must be worn on your BACK during the bike leg and on your FRONT during the run to identify you to local law enforcement and to our course marshals as a Tri Goddess Tri participant. Your race bib must be clearly visible on the outside of your clothing during both of these legs of the race. We strongly encourage you to use a race belt, which will allow you to quickly attach your bib and to swivel it from your back to your front.

Bib Quick Tips:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the BACK during the bike and on the FRONT during the run
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle, or remove back tag)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners or secured to a race belt
  • Race bib is worn on the outside of your clothing and is not covered (by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

Bike Number & Helmet Sticker: You will also be given a bike number sticker and helmet sticker that correlate with your bib number. Please adhere your number to your bike for security reasons and your helmet sticker to the front of your helmet. Your bike must have the bike sticker on it in order to leave transition. As you prepare to leave transition after the race, an Epic Races staff member will examine your bike. Please be ready to show your bib number (or your body marking) for us to compare with your bike strip number.

Relay Teams: Relay team members will share the same race bib number. You will exchange the bib number and the timing chip inside the relay tent. For details on relays, check here.

Bike Support: Bike support will be provided on race day by Fraser Bicycle.


Bike Leg Information

All participants, whether on a relay team, competing in duathlon or aquabike, or participating in either triathlon distance, MUST wear a bike helmet. Per USA Triathlon regulations, you will not be allowed to compete if you do not have a helmet!

During the bike leg of the race, all participants must wear their race bib so that it is visible on your back. Our local authorities have asked that our participants be easily identifiable on the bike course, so please be sure to put on your race bib prior to leaving transition!


Changing Events

If you would like to switch from the triathlon to the duathlon or aquabike, from the sprint to the mini sprint, or make any other change in your registration, you can do so online. Simply log into your Run Sign Up account, click “Manage My Registration, ” click Manage Registration under Tri Goddess Tri, then click Transfer Events. Please note that you may incur a fee as pricing will be adjusted to the current registration fee. Run Sign Up also charges a nominal processing fee for this service. You can also transfer in person during Packet Pick-Up on Race Weekend.


Result Notifications

Want to receive notification of your official Tri Goddess Tri results? You can have your results sent straight to your email address or cell phone by registering for Result Notifications! To do so, follow these steps:

  • Log into your Run Sign Up account using the email address with which you registered
  • Click the blue My Registered Races button
  • Locate Tri Goddess Tri on your race list and click Manage Registration
  • Click the blue Result Notification button, then follow the onscreen instructions.

Goddess Racing Series Gifts

Participating in all three days of Tri Goddess Tri? Or two-three days of Goddess racing events? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series hoo-rag at the Goddess retail booth. If you ran the Goddess 5K and are participating in either the Tri Goddess Tri or The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K or you are doing all three days of Tri Goddess Tri you earn the swag!

Completing all 2018 Goddess events? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series Gift at the Goddess retail booth at the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon! Series includes The Suburban Chevrolet Ann Arbor Goddess 5K & Mile Fun Run, Tri Goddess Tri and The American Home Fitness Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K .

Ditch the Discomfort

If you experience any aches, strains, or pain during your training or race, contact our friends at Probility Physical Therapy for a free injury assessment.


Helpful Links

Transition Details
Suggested Packing List
Bike and Run Information
Relay Information
Wave Information
USAT Rules Simplified
USAT Common Violations



And Don’t Forget…

Participate in all three Goddess Racing Series events — Ann Arbor Goddess, Tri Goddess Tri, and the American Home Fitness Detroit Goddess Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K — and receive a fabulous Goddess Series medal. Participate in two Goddess Racing Series events and receive a signature Goddess hoo rag!