Race Information

Heat Information for the 2019 triathlon will be posted a couple days before the event. In order to anticipate start times, we have included the heat start times from 2017.

Heat 1 (swimmers with estimated times of 20:00+) will begin at 8:00am. Heat 2 (18:00-20:00) will begin at approximately 8:30am. Heat 3 (10:45-15:00) will begin at approximately 9:00am. Heat 4 (all relays) will begin at approximately 9:30am.

The 2019 triathlon will have the same course as 2017 & 2018. It will feature a 1000 yard swim, 16.3 mile bike, and a 5 mile (8k) run. The Triathlon is open to individuals or relay teams of two or three people.

Getting to the Race

  • Visitors may park at either the Carleton stadium parking lot or the parking lot behind Leighton Hall, both located along HWY 19. The race begins at Carleton West Gymnasium. Please check in at the check in area, located inside the main entrance to the gym. You can find a campus map here.

General Information

  • All athletes must obey instructions from course marshals/volunteers, and other emergency personnel.
  • This is an open bike course on public roads. Volunteers will be at major intersections to direct traffic, but you are NOT TO ASSUME you have the right of way.
  • If you need equipment or transportation to the finish line for a medical, notify any course volunteer or water-stop person, and they will contact a race director. Campus Security--(507) 222-4444--is the first point of contact. Any medical emergency should be directed to “911”. Any race volunteer can assist in making this contact. Water or other hydration drinks will be provided at the halfway mark of the run and at the finishing area.
  • You must know the start time for the race and ensure that you arrive in time. All race participants are expected to be at the start line 10 – 15 minutes pre-race for any last minute updates and directions. Swim Heats will begin with READY – SET – and a WHISTLE will sound noting the start of each heat.
  • The finish line is located directly under the walkway into West Gym. Split times will be taken prior to the exit from the pool; from the exit/entrance to the transition area; and at the finish.
  • All turns off the existing roadway are noted by at least either one of the following: a course volunteer or road surface paint. The course will be marked with either orange, blue, or white paint.
  • No participant may wear headphones or any sound producing device during the bike portion of the race (results in disqualification). During the run it is OK.
  • Body marking for all racers should be completed at least 15 minutes before your swim heat starts. Body marking will open at 7:30am near the registration area at West Gym. We will mark your number on your arm and on your leg. Your wave number will be written on your hand.
  • We want to provide you with the best possible results. You can help us do that by knowing what your race number is in case someone at a timing transition asks.
  • Results will be posted on this website after the event
  • After the event, we will have food that you can enjoy, for all participants free of charge.

SWIM: 1000 yards

  • The Swim will start in West Gym's Thorpe Pool. Please refer to this site for posted schedule and exact start times of each swimming heat. Waves are assigned according to entry time for the 1000. Individual swim heats will proceed from slow to fast with relay teams in the wave after the last group of individual competitors.
  • 1000 yards is 20 laps (down and back) in the pool
  • Lifeguards will be on site for your safety. If you need to rest, let a lifeguard know. You will not be penalized for resting.
  • Water Temperature is always around 79˚ Fahrenheit. WETSUITS are NOT allowed.
  • IMPORTANT: We will provide lap counters!

Transition Area

  • Bike placement areas will be set up and are on a first come basis.
  • For safety and security, only competitors are allowed in the transition area after 7:00 am. Riding your bike is not allowed in the transition area. Everyone must wear an approved bike helmet. Bike helmets must always be buckled.
  • Team Area—There will be a specific location in the transition area for team members to exchange. Please do it safely.
  • Only race participants will be allowed to pick up bicycles.
  • You must mount and dismount at the designated line

BIKE: 16.3 miles

  • All bikers must mount/dismount at the designated point right outside of the transition area. The distance is measured to this turnaround, so if you stop short, you're cutting the course! There will be a threshold line that you must cross before dismounting your bike. This is the same place you will need to be when mounting to take off for your ride. This is for safety purposes and to minimize "on-bike" traffic within the transition area.
  • Please watch out for traffic! All roads are open to traffic.
  • The bike route will be marked on the roads with white or blue paint. It is your responsibility to pay attention while on the bike course.
  • There is a turnaround point on the biking portion of the race (see map). There will be a van at this point in case you need anything.
  • All bikers will need to provide their own bike AND HELMET! If you do not have a helmet, you will not be allowed to bike!
  • For the safety of spectators, volunteers, and themselves bikers must slow down as they approach the finish line.

RUN: 5 miles

  • The run goes through the lower Arb. Please see the run course map to learn the course.
  • The course will be marked with orange, blue, or white spray paint on the trails.
  • There will be a water station halfway through the course.
  • iPods are allowed during the run (unlike the bike).