Tri Goddess Tri Race-Day Guide

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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 day, Sunday, June 25. Please check back here for updates and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

last updated 21 June 2017


Packet Pick-Up

We’ve got two opportunities for you to get your Tri Goddess Tri goods:

  • Saturday, June 24 from 2:30 to 5 PM at Portage Lake (race venue).
  • Sunday, June 25 from 5:45 AM to 7 AM at Portage Lake (prior to the race).

Participants must bring photo ID to Packet Pick-Up. No ID, no race! Annual USAT members must also bring their USAT card. Without the card, a one-day membership must be purchased at packet pick-up. If you are picking up a packet for someone else, you must 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, 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 Pick-Up at race-day rates in order to participate in this event.

All participants picking up their packets on Saturday, June 24 will receive a special Tri Goddess Tri athlete goodie bag!


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! Most GPS units will locate Waterloo State Recreation Area at the McClure Road location, so please use the stated address on Seymour Road.

Michigan Residents: If you did not purchase a Recreation Passport upon renewing your license plates, you will need to purchase one for $11. Michigan residents may not purchase the daily permit.

Out-of-State Participants: You will be required to purchase a daily permit for $9 or a annual permit for $31. If you are coming from out of state, you will need to pay the daily permit fee both for packet pick-up and race day if you do not have an annual pass. If you come to the park on a bike, roller skates, skateboard, horse, or walking, you will not need to pay for a daily permit.

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.

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 is how our parklands are supported.


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 17 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)!


Enjoy a Pre-Race Tune-Up Ride with Societe Indoor Cycling

Epic Races is thrilled to announce that Societe Indoor Cycling will be offering a Cycle Performance spin class on Sunday, June 18 at 10:15 AM and on Wednesday, June 21 at 5:30 PM to help you prepare for your race!

Cycle Performance is an intense cycling experience using high-energy music and state-of-the-art technology scientifically designed to push you to your fitness limits. Epic Races CEO Eva Solomon will be on hand to answer all your Tri Goddess Tri questions; registered race participants attending the Pre-Race Tune-Up Class will also receive a gift from Epic Races! Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the class for the Tri Goddess Q and A.

If you are new to Societe Indoor Cycling, your first class is free! Already a Societe cyclist? Your Pre-Race Tune-Up Class is available at the discounted rate of $12! Please visit the Societe Indoor Cycling web site for details and a full class schedule. Register here!

Sunday, June 18
9:45 AM — Tri Goddess Q and A with Race Director Eva Solomon
10:15 AM — Cycle Performance Spin Class

Wednesday, June 21
5:00 PM — Tri Goddess Q and A with Race Director Eva Solomon
5:30 PM — Cycle Performance Spin Class


Join Us for Pasta in the Park!

Dine with your fellow Goddesses and your friends from Epic at our Pasta in the Park buffet! Our delicious dinner is sponsored and presented by Juicy Kitchen and 100% of the profits benefits our featured charity, Lung Force.

Pasta in the Park tickets are available for purchase during the registration process. Already registered? Follow these steps to access ticket sales:

  • Log into your Run Sign up account
  • Click My Registered Races
  • Click Manage Registration under Tri Goddess Tri
  • Click the Giveaways/Add Ons button
  • Scroll down to locate the Pasta in the Park add-on (one for adults, one for children)
  • Purchase your Pasta in the Park ticket(s) for $15/adult, $10/child!

Pasta tickets may be purchased through Thursday, June 22. There will be no on-site pasta-ticket sales; your ticket must be purchased online. Please note that you must check in at the pasta dinner by 5:30 PM. Thank you!


Don’t Miss Aquaman!

Our Goddesses are all Wonder Women, so of course Tri Goddess Tri will feature Aquaman. Aquaman Wetsuits, that is! The original triathlon wetsuit, dating back to 1984, Aquaman Wetsuits will be at our Expo on Saturday, June 24 and at Goddess Village on Sunday, June 25. All Goddesses receive 30% off on their purchase of an Aquaman wetsuit!


Race-Weekend Schedule

Saturday, June 24

2:30 PM — Goddess Expo and Packet Pick-Up open at the race site. Packet Pick-Up will be by the transition area.

4:15 PM — Triathlon 101: Overview of the event and your opportunity to ask the Race Director ANYTHING

5:00 PM — Pasta in the Park Opens and Packet Pick-Up Closes

5:30 PM — Deadline for all Pasta in the Park attendees to check in for dinner.

6:30 PM — Dinner service for our Pasta in the Park ends at 6:30 PM sharp.

7:00 PM — Goddess Expo closes.


Sunday, June 25

5:45 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration open

5:45 AM — Transition Area Opens

7:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Registration Close

7:15 AM —  Transition Area Closes

7:15 AM — Yoga on the Beach with Lisa Hesse

7:25 AM — Mandatory Meeting on the Beach

7:30 AM — Race Begins

8:45 AM to 11:30 AM — Post-Race Celebration and Athlete Snacks

10:00 AM — Award Ceremony (approximate time)


Race Details

Water Temperature: The current water temperature is 77 degrees.

Time-Trial Start: Tri Goddess Tri uses a time-trial swim start for the swimming leg. Participants line up on the beach and, at the race starter’s signal, enter the water individually five seconds apart. Participants will be called to the starting area by age group, then asked to self seed themselves with the faster swimmers at the front. This does not have to be exact. Remember, the alternative is everybody starting together!

The Duathlon will begin at 7:30 AM. All sprint-distance Elite swimmers who predict finishing their swim in 14:00 or less will begin at 7:33 AM.  The Elite start will not be a time-trial start. Following the Elite start, participants will line up within their age groups in order of estimated swim time.  Swimmers will leave 3 seconds apart. Note: there is no mini-sprint elite start.

 We will begin the time-trial start based on age groups in this order:

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

18 and under
29 and under
39 and under
49 and under
59 and under

Your swim caps are included in your packets. Please be sure to note your cap color, as our swim waves are grouped according to cap color!

Timing Chips: On race-day morning, you will receive an individual timing chip to wear on your left ankle. It secures with a Velcro strap. Please be sure to attach this, with the orange timer 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.

ChiponAnkle ChipWearInstructions

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 Strips: You will also be given a small colored strip to number your bike for security reasons. You must attach the strip to your seat post, just beneath the saddle, as shown in the photo below. Your bike must have a bike strip 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.

bike number on seatpost

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 two Goddess races? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series hoo-rag at the Goddess retail booth at your second race. Completing all three? Please pick up your Goddess Racing Series medal at the Goddess retail booth at the Detroit Women’s Half Marathon!


Help Ozone House, Help Yourself!

Epic Races will be holding a Give Confidence drive in conjunction with Ozone House during both Tri Goddess Tri Packet Pick-Ups. For every three full-sized toiletry or personal-hygiene items donated, you will receive a vintage Epic Races shirt! Help our local youth have confidence about themselves by making a donation on race weekend!


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!

54 Responses to “Tri Goddess Tri Race-Day Guide”

  1. Mary Magos June 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM #

    Is there a bigger map available for the course? This one is really tiny.

    • Eva June 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

      The map on the “race day info” page is not a course map. It’s a map of the transition, packet pick up, and parking area- just to give you an idea of the lay of the land. The course maps are on the event page. Toward the top of the page, there is a tab marked “course maps”. Click on that and you will see links to all maps.

      • Lyn June 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM #

        I can make out everything on the packet pick up map except the red circle under “bike in/out”. What does it say? Thanks!

        • Eva June 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM #

          Sorry about that map, Lyn – it’s clearly just for the 39 and under age group! 🙂 I believe that says “trail” – meaning the trailhead for the first run of the duathlon and the run for the mini sprint.

  2. Annette June 9, 2014 at 2:11 PM #

    I can’t make the packet pick up Saturday, June 21st so I assume
    early 5:45am the day of Tri Goddess is ok.
    Thank you

    • Eva June 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM #

      Yes, race day is fine.

  3. Annette June 11, 2014 at 12:51 PM #

    Oops! forgot to ask.
    Is there an open swim before the June 22nd Tri Goddess at Portage Lake?
    Thank you.

    • Eva June 11, 2014 at 6:48 PM #

      We had the swim this past weekend at Halfmoon Lake…. sorry!

  4. Diana June 11, 2014 at 7:12 PM #

    Is the water temp posted somewhere?

    • Eva June 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

      It is posted on the race day info page, but this early it is not reliable. A hard rain (like today) or a day of sun and heat (like this weekend) can change the water temperature 5 degrees in a day. Start watching it at the beginning of next week.

  5. LW June 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM #

    Hi Eva,
    If we already know that we would like to switch from the distance we registered for to the other distance how can we let you know that in advance? Or is it okay to just let you know at packet pick-up that Saturday?

  6. Dawn June 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM #

    If we decide to change events,is there still a charge for price difference[but no change fee] For example, I registered early but it’s $20 more for the event I would like to switch to due to later registration

    • Eva June 15, 2014 at 8:04 AM #

      Yes, Dawn. The price will go up because the price of the race has gone up and the computer will see it as a new registration. We cannot avoid this. You can also switch races in person race morning. Please go to the “solutions” table. I suggest arriving a little earlier. We will be sure you are in the correct race! Feel free to email me directly if you have any more questions.

  7. Jen June 15, 2014 at 11:19 PM #

    Is the new bike route an out and bike, Eva? Also, as a newcomer, how difficult is it to find your bike in the transition area? I thought I saw pics of ppl with balloons on their bikes, but is that really needed? Thanks for the help!

    • Eva June 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

      Yes, it is out and back.
      Your spot will be numbered so it you pay attention when you leave your bike you should be fine. Balloons, flags, etc. can be helpful. While we do allow this, not all races do so don’t get too used to it!

  8. Meg June 16, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

    Can a friend pick up my race packet for me on Saturday?

    • Eva June 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

      Yes, but your friend must have a copy of your id and a signed letter giving her permission.

  9. Jen June 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM #

    Can we wear wetsuits or no?

    • Eva June 16, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

      Please see the wetsuit rules on our event page for a complete explanation.
      The water temperature is currently 75 which means wetsuits are legal.

  10. Charlene June 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    Are wetsuits allowed for the swim??

    • Eva June 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM #

      Please see the wetsuit rules on our event page for a complete explanation.
      The water temperature is currently 75 which means wetsuits are legal.

  11. Angela June 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    The website says packet pick up starts at 1 but email said 3. Is it 1 or 3? Thank you.

    • Eva June 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM #

      It starts at 3. Where did you see 1?

  12. Ann June 20, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

    Are you allowing the “mini elite” to go off with the sprint elite.

    • Eva June 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM #

      That’s a great question, Ann and I apologize for not publicizing it. We will have a mini elite wave at the conclusion of the sprint swimmers. Any mine sprint participant who expects to swim the 400 in 7 minutes or less will start in the elite wave. Remember that our posted results from past years include the run up to transition. The time I am suggesting does not include this.

      • Ann June 21, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

        Thank you. That sounds great.

  13. Jennifer Boyce June 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM #

    I just read the swimming portion. Do I need a pink swim cap? I am doing the sprint. Or is that for the elite sprinters?

    • Eva June 21, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      We will supply caps! 🙂

  14. Becky Wilson June 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

    Will the race results be posted anywhere?

  15. Janet June 22, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

    I lost my black iPhone 4 at the race. Did anyone find it? Thanks

    • ana July 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM #

      Hi Janet! We’re sorry, but we did not find any lost phones at TGT. Hopefully you’ve found it!

  16. Shannon June 6, 2015 at 10:45 PM #

    Is the starting line for the duathlon by the transition area. Last year started out down by beach but wondered if it’s ok to start where actual start mat is?

    • ana June 7, 2015 at 5:48 AM #

      There is no starting mat, as most start in the water. The first leg of the du starts at the beach, so that the duathlon participants and the first wave of triathletes can start together on the clock.

  17. Helen June 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM #

    Eva, are we allowed to listen to music during the bike and run, as long as we’re aware of traffic and other participants?

    • ana June 11, 2015 at 4:26 PM #

      Per USA Triathlon rules: Headphones, headsets, Walkmans, iOods, MP3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Thank you for following these important regulations!

      • Helen June 11, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

        Thanks for the information, Ana!

  18. Janet June 13, 2015 at 9:15 AM #

    The 14:00 minute cutoff for the “elite swimmer” seems a bit restrictive. A quick review of last year’s Sprint results shows 1 swimmer meeting that criteria. I am in an older age group and swam it last year. It was great not having to make my way through wave after wave of swimmers.
    I will not swim with the “elite” swimmers this year because I clearly do not meet the criteria but I am bummed.
    Thanks for letting me vent.

    • ana June 13, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

      Hi Janet! Sorry to here that the Elite Swimmer cut-off of 14:00 seems restrictive. For Elites, this is actually a generously timed pace. Remember, this is just the time in the water. It does not include the travel time to the transition area, where the timing mat that ends the first leg is situated. If you’d like to swim with the Elites, you are more than welcome to do so!

  19. Hope June 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM #

    This is my first open water race. How is the swim course marked?

    • ana June 8, 2016 at 3:40 PM #

      Hi Hope! The swim courses are marked by large, colorful buoys. We will go into more detail about the swim course at our mandatory meeting on the beach at 7:15 AM on race-day morning, but you may wish to attend our Triathlon 101 clinic at 4 PM on Saturday, June 25 at the race site to help make your first open-water race more comfortable!

      • Hope June 8, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

        Thank you, that’s what’s I expected. Roughly how far apart are they?

        • Eva June 10, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

          About 50 – 100 meters apart.

  20. Kris June 10, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

    Will the bike course be the out and back course or the around the lake course?

    • Eva June 10, 2016 at 8:34 PM #

      The bike course will go around the lake. You can see the map on the website under “course map”.

  21. Lisa Williams June 13, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

    My 12 yr old is doing the Demi Goddess as her first-ever tri. I’m doing the Sprint distance. Will the Demi wave go before or after the sprint? I need to make a plan for meet-up. Thanks,

    • ana June 14, 2016 at 3:09 PM #

      Hi Lisa! The Demi Goddess division is part of the Mini Sprint, so she will be starting her race with the 18-and-under Mini-Sprint group. Here’s the order that our participants will swim, from the Race-Day Guide. You can always plan on meeting up near the finish line!

      Once all the Elite sprint swimmers are underway, there will be an Elite start for the mini-sprinters. All swimmers who predict finishing the mini-sprint distance swim in 7:00 or less will begin at approximately 7:50 AM. Once the mini-sprint Elite swimmers are off, we will begin the time-trial start based on age groups in this order:

      Sprint (Pink Caps)
      18 and under
      29 and under
      39 and under
      49 and under
      59 and under

      Mini-Sprint (Yellow Caps)
      18 and under
      29 and under
      39 and under
      49 and under
      59 and under

      • Lisa Williams June 19, 2016 at 8:05 PM #

        Thanks Ana. Swimming is her weakest sport, so I’m nervous that she will be run over. I’m grateful for the time-trial start! Will they self-seed within that wave? There will be lots of kayaks and SUPs, right? Sorry to be a worrywart. 🙂

        • ana June 22, 2016 at 9:33 AM #

          Yes! She will self seed, and there will be kayaks and SUPs out there. And no worries about worry-warting! I did the same at my son’s first Tri!

  22. Andrea June 24, 2016 at 7:55 AM #

    Is the run a trail or pave.

    • Eva June 24, 2016 at 8:44 AM #

      The run is a combination of paved road and trail.

  23. Monica June 25, 2016 at 4:56 PM #

    Tri Newbie here,

    Will I be able to leave items in the swimming to biking transition area so that I can pick them up after the race?

    • ana June 26, 2016 at 4:17 PM #

      Sorry not to see this until after the race, Monica! You probably found this out already, but we recommend only having your race items — cycling and running shoes, socks, a hat or visor, a water bottle, your bike helmet, etc. on your transition mat. We do have staff and volunteers in transition but anything of value should be locked in your car or left at home.

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