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400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

Saturday June 20, 2015 Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve

Saturday  August 22, 2015 Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve

Limited to 150 participants




Always wanted to Tri? Then this event is for you!

My First TriTM is a triathlon put on exclusively for first timers.  Here’s why:

Triathlons have steadily grown in popularity since the 1970’s, to the point where it has become one of the fastest growing sports in the world - it seems like everybody does them!

That’s precisely what can be intimidating about entering and competing in your first triathlon - it feels like everyone but you has done this before; whether it’s where to put your bike, how to set-up your transition area, or even knowing how fast or hard to swim/bike/run, most new-comers feel a little overwhelmed.

Our solution is to make sure that everyone racing with you is in pretty much the same place...absolutely clueless!  Just kidding  :)

Seriously, though, there is no special equipment needed for your first triathlon.  Almost any bike will do, and on race day you'll see everything from 20-year-old steel mountain bikes to sleek triathlon-specific bikes.  Most use their current road or mountain bike.

As for the swim - the most anxiety-riddled part of the event for most of us - you don't have to be Michael Phelps.  You'll see fellow participants doing the dog paddle, sidestroke, backstroke and all sorts of combinations.  We will say, though...PLEASE get in the open water for a practice swim before attempting a triathlon!  We offer weekly training swims at Long Lake, which is a huge help to many beginners.

Our hope is that we can help you in every part of this endeavor.  Prior to the race we’ll offer training in all three disciplines, seminars to cover questions and strategies, and “gear days” to try out and talk through some of the technology that could vastly improve your race experience.

On race day we’ll have volunteers helping with each step:

  • Arrival/parking
  • Setting up your gear in the transition area
  • Overviewing the course and what to expect
  • Even the opportunity to race with a mentor - an experienced triathlete who sticks right by your side coaching you through every stage of the race! Please email if you would like a mentor. Mentors do the entire race alongside you and at your pace. There is a $15 donation to Tri Fitness tri club for this service.

This race will be gun timed.

While these events can be terrific fun, they can also be physically taxing.  Please check with your doctor before participating in any athletic event.



We have two FREE online training programs, designed to take you from the couch to a triathlon in just 12 weeks!

The Beginner Program is designed for those with little to no existing training base, while the Intermediate Program is a little more challenging for those who've been more active.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like some assistance with these programs, or if you'd like to take your training to the next level with VO2 assessmentscoached swim classes or any other training we offer!

Also, be sure to take a look at our clinics and seminars, which covers a broad range of topics to help during training and on race day.

   Beginner Program    Intermediate Program



These events sell out quickly, so don't wait to get in on the fun!

June 20th August 22nd
Click HERE to register online Click HERE to register online
Print the June registration form HERE Print the August registration form HERE
$85 before 6/6/2015, $95 through 6/19/2015 $85 before 8/8/2015, $95 through 8/21/2015





  Are you a Tri Club member?  Get 25% off the race fee by registering in the store!

Every participant receives an event shirt.  These are UNISEX shirts, and may run a little bit large, so please order accordingly.

NOTE:  If you register within 14 days of the race date, we cannot guarantee the correct size shirt.  We make every attempt to order enough shirts, even accounting for late entries, but we have to order ahead of time based on our best estimates.

Size chart - measure just under your arms, around your chest.  The shirts tend to run a little large, so if you're between sizes, you might want to go a size lower, but it's totally up to your individual preferences.

XS 30-32
S 34-36
M 38-40
L 42-44
XL 46-48
2XL 50-52
3XL 54-55


Packet Pick-Up

Your race packet will include all the materials you need for your race, such as your timing chip, race bib, bike sticker, swim cap and some fun stuff like your complimentary event shirt and special offers.

Pick up your race packets at our retail store at 1338 Highway 96 East in White Bear Lake (get directions).

June 20th August 22nd
Thursday, June 18th from 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday, August 20th from 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday, June 19th from 10:00am-8:00pm Friday, August 21st from 10:00am-8:00pm


Race Location

June 20th August 22nd

My First Tri on June 20th is located at Rice Creek Chain of the Lakes Park Reserve, 7401 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (get directions).

Click here to visit the park's website.

My First Tri on August 22nd is located at Rice Creek Chain of the Lakes Park Reserve, 7401 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (get directions).

Click here to visit the park's website.






For spectators, there is a $5 park fee. If they ride with you, there is no fee since we pay the park for participants' vehicles.


Schedule of Events

6:30 am - Park and parking lots open

7:00 am - Packet pick-up and body marking begins

7:00 am - Transition area opens

7:30 am - Race announcements begin

7:45 am - Transition area closes

7:50 am - Final course updates (at the beach)

8:00 am - START OF EVENT

10:00 am - Door prizes


What To Bring

We want to help ensure that you have the necessary equipment on race day for the best experience possible.  The following list is a general guide - don't take it as mandatory.

At the very least, you will need to wear something to swim in and some goggles, you'll need a bike and helmet, and you'll need to have some shoes for running (which can be the same ones you wear on the bike).

Here is some gear you will either need or want:

  • Towel
  • Water Bottles (please fill them at home - there isn't usually water available at the park)
  • Sunscreen
  • Gel (Energy Replacement)
  • Wetsuit
  • Swimsuit/Trisuit
  • Swimcap
  • Goggles
  • Bike
  • Bike Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Bike Shoes
  • Bike Tubes
  • Tire Pump/CO2
  • Running Shoes and Socks
  • Race Number
  • Race Belt
  • Body Glide or Suit Juice (to help prevent chafing)


Course Profile

June 20th


Before the race begins, it's a very good idea to get in the water and do a little practice swim.  Please plan on giving yourself some extra time to get into the water before race time.

The swim is approximately 400 yards in Centerville Lake.   You'll swim about 100 yards out from the beach, approximately 200 yards across, then 100 yards back to the beach.  Always keep the buoys to your left..

Centerville Lake is a beautiful small lake with very little boat traffic.  It has not usually been very weedy.  We will have buoys in a trianglular route, as well as lifeguards and volunteers in canoes/kayaks in case you need assistance.

If you do need help during the swim, feel free to hang on to the buoys, or the lifeguards.  It's perfectly fine as long as you don't use them to advance farther in the swim (in other words, you can't use a kayak to pull you along during the swim).

If you need serious help, please remove your swim cap and wave it in the air.  A lifeguard will come to you immediately.

Once you exit the swim, you'll walk / run across the grass to the transition area. 


You will leave the transition area, get on the road you drove in on while entering the park, then take a right once you leave the park onto Main Street

You will then take a right on Centerville Road, then a right on Heritage and a left on LaMotte Drive to LaMotte Circle, where you will take another left.  You will head around the cul-de-sac back to LaMotte Drive, where you will take a right, then your next turn will be a fairly sharp right onto the bike path (in LaMotte Memorial Park).  You will stay on this path and it will return you to Centerville Park, at which point you will repeat the loop.

This is a flat and potentially very fast course.  Please be aware that this is an open course, so when on the road, please stay as close to the white line as possible.  Riding inside of the white line is suggested if possible (closer to the edge of the road).  When on the bike path, please keep to your right unless you are passing someone.  If you are about to pass someone, make sure that the road/path is safe to do so, please announce "On your left" and pass as quickly as possible and return to the right side of the road/path.


Once you park your bike, you will run out of the transition area and take a right onto a paved trail, which will lead you out to Main Street, where you will take a right and stay on the path.

This is an "out and back" course, with one small hill as you head towards Centerville.

There will be water provided at the turn-around on the run.



August 22nd





Results and Photos

All participants will receive an event shirt and a finishers medal.  These are unisex shirts that run generously, so please plan accordingly if you're between sizes.

NOTE:  If you register within 10 days of the race date, we cannot guarantee the correct size shirt.  We make every attempt to order enough shirts, even accounting for late entries, but we have to order ahead of time based on our best estimates.

Because the focus of My First Tri is finishing the event and pursuing personal goals, we do not give out competitive age group awards.


  • Individual Male: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Individual Female: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

These age groups are standard for most races; this lets athletes compare their respective times with those in a similar age range.  These divisions will not affect the standings in My First Tri; our goal is to have you finish successfully...and to have a great time!




Refund / Cancellation Policy

This policy has been created in fairness to all the athletes so that equal opportunity exists for registering for all Tri Fitness events.

Tri Fitness reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule an event in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster.  In the event of such a cancellation, there will be no refund of entry or processing fees.   If Tri Fitness decides to cancel an event for reasons under our control, entry fees will be refunded to existing registrants.

There are no race transfers on race day, even if a registered athlete is a no-show and a slot is available.  This is to ensure that events start on time, for safety considerations and event management.

Severe Weather

There is a chance of inclement weather. The safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators, police and everyone else is our top priority, so we may need to make race-day adjustments.

The race director will have NOAA weather alerts via phone and walkie-talkie, and will monitor any severe weather alerts.  All volunteers will watch for lightning and alert the director immediately if they see it.  We will be following a 30-30 policy, which is: if we witness a flash of lightning, and hear thunder within 30 seconds, then we will delay the race by 30 minutes. Everyone should avoid any metal objects or tall, solitary objects and head to their car if possible. 

The roads will almost certainly be wet in that case.   Please watch for slick roads and standing water.

In the case of lightning during the course of the event, we may have to cancel and pull participants off the course. This will be the responsibility of the sag wagon and other volunteers as we can afford.   We will work to notfiy all participants currently on the course that the event is being canceled.

There are no refunds or transfers in the event we have to cancel the race, though we reserve the right to issue a transfer via email to registered participants. It is the absolute last option, but we have to have everyone's safety in mind.

Athlete Refund

Tri Fitness has a no refund policy.  If an athlete cannot participate for any reason, their registration may be transferred to another athlete for a $10.00 transfer fee.  For any transfers of registration, please contact to update athlete information. 


Under certain circumstances, race transfers can occur for an event within the same calendar year. A race transfer is defined as transferring an athlete’s registration to another race for any reason.

A race transfer can occur under the following conditions:

  • The request to transfer out of a race must be made 14 days or more prior to that scheduled event date.  No transfers will be allowed underneath this deadline unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • Extenuating circumstances: If you have an injury (verified by a doctor's order) or a member of your immediate family has a death or a medical emergency and it is within 14 days of the scheduled event yet greater than 72 hours prior to the event, you will need to notify us in writing.  The race director will consider each request on a case by case basis after the event, for credit towards a future Tri Fitness event within the same calendar year.   No credits will be issued with less than 72 hours prior written notice to the event.
  • Transfers can be made to any race owned by Tri Fitness and list on our Events page.   Race transfers are only allowed once per person, per season.
  • Credit for the transfer will be based solely on the entry fee paid, and not inclusive of processing fees, etc.
  • If the race to which you are transferring has a higher entry fee as of the date of the transfer, you must pay the difference by making out a check to Tri Fitness.
  • There is a $10 fee to refund or transfer for any race and for any reason

Considerable effort goes into producing an event and funds are expended and applied in good faith based on a registration. Transferring two weeks out from an event can be managed, but under the two week limit a transfer causes considerable issues, both monetarily and organizationally as packets have been prepared with sized t-shirts, chip numbers have been requested based on the athlete’s entry, and perhaps a race has been closed in which a transfer would bar another athlete from entering the event.

Thank you very much for your understanding of this policy and thank you also for your participation in Tri Fitness events.



Please thank all the volunteers who helped with this event. I don't think we can thank them enough. They were all so helpful, encouraging - oh my  were they encouraging. As one of the last to finish, their enthusiasm is what really kept me going for the last 2 mi run. But all the way through. It was a really tough course especially for first timers...but I was able to finish and when all is said and done we had fun. Must have because yes we are thinking seriously of doing the My Last Tri in Sept. Again my thanks to all-I know it is alot of work. All the goodies were great-tshirt, swim cap,snacks. One last comment. Thank you for leaving the finish completely set up for those of us who were last. As a first tri athlete it was so very important to me to have the finish still the finish. I have never competed in any team sport, individual sport. This was my very first athletic event ever in my entire life and I will be 60 this Aug. Happy Trails! Thanks Again!

- Linda in Chaska


Thanks to you and everyone at TriFitness. My (20 year old) son completed his first Triathlon today at My First Tri. It was a great experience for him and has convinced him that he will continue to train for future triathlons. The event was well organized and low-key enough to make it comfortable, but competitive enough to keep the athletes motivated. Thanks again!

- Michelle Kennedy


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Thank You to Our Sponsors

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