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400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

Saturday, June 21, 2014 near Hudson, WI

Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Lino Lakes, MN

Limited to 120 participants

 

 

Overview

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 Square 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!

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

If you'd like to race with an experienced mentor, just call the store at 651-426-1919 or email races@trifitnesswbl.com and we can note your request.  Mentors do the entire race right alongside you, providing encouragement, tips and strategies.  There is a charge of $15 to race with a mentor.

 

Training

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

 

Registration

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

June 21st August 23rd
Click HERE to register online Click HERE to register online
Print the June registration form HERE Print the August registration form HERE
$85 before 6/17, $95 through 6/17 $85 before 8/9, $95 through 8/22

 

 

 

 

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

Every participant receives a premium race 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 race 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 21st August 23rd
Thursday, June 19th from 10:00am-8:00pm Thursday, August 21st from 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday, June 20th from 10:00am-8:00pm Friday, August 22nd from 10:00am-8:00pm

 

Race Location

June 21st August 23rd

My First TriTM  is located at Homestead Parklands, 550 PerchLake Road, Hudson WI 54016 (get directions). Click here to visit the park's website.

My First Tri on August 23rd is located at Rice Creek Chain of the Lakes Park Reserve, 7401 Main St, Lino Lakes, MN 55038 (get directions). Click here to visit the park's website.

For spectators, there is a $7 park fee. If they ride with you, there is no fee since we pay the park for participants' vehicles.

                                                                

Overflow parking is available at the boat parking area on Perch Lake Road. It's about a .75 mile walk to get back into the park. We'll try to have a shuttle available to bring you back into the park if you end up in overflow parking.

 

Parking on race day will be available within the parks. Signs and volunteers will direct the participants and volunteers.  Please note that parking is tight within the park - so PLEASE CAR POOL if at all possible.

 

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 21st

SWIM COURSE

  • Printable map
  • Interactive map

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 out-and-back across Perch Lake.   You'll swim about 200 yards towards a beach area, round the buoy and swim back.  Always keep the buoys to your right..

Perch Lake is clear and pristine, with no motorized traffic.  It has not usually been very weedy.  We will have buoys in a line along the 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 up the hill to the transition area.  This hill is fairly steep (it rises about 100 feet over .25 miles), so please be careful and take your time.

BIKE COURSE

  • Printable map
  • Interactive map

You will leave the transition area and go down the hill out of Homestead Parklands.  PLEASE USE CAUTION ON THIS HILL AND BE AWARE OF THE SPEED BUMP NEAR THE WORK SHED.

Take a left and go east along Perch Lake Road.  Then turn right and head south on 60th Street / Somerset Road until you reach County Highway E.  Take a right and head west on E until you reach Valley View Trail.

Take a right and head north on Valley View, following that along a winding course until you come to 60th Street / Someset Road once again.  Take a right and head south on 60th Street until you reach Perch Lake Road.  Go right on Perch Lake Road until you get back to the park entrance, then head back into the park to the transition area.  The hill going into the park can be challenging - if you feel like walking your bike part of the way, please do so!

This course is quite hilly, but it's nothing you can't handle!  The biggest hills are the first one, right around mile 1, and again the hill going back up to the transition area.  If you feel like you need to get off your bike and walk it part of the way, then by all means do it.

The roads are in good condition and tend to be low-traffic, with all right turns (so you don't have to cross against traffic).

RUN COURSE

  • Printable map
  • Interactive map

Once you park your bike, you will run out of the transition area and do a counter-clockwise loop around the park on a paved trail.  Once you pass the playground equipment, you'll take a right down the hill and pass the area where you began your swim. 

You'll run along this crushed-gravel road, going around the lake and then up into the wooded area.  You'll run a clockwise loop that looks a little bit like an hourglass, then head back down to the crushed-gravel path to the finish line.

The run has nice scenery of the park area.  This is on the park's trails, which are a mix of gravel and dirt.  There are a couple of modest climbs / descents and the park has railroad ties there to help with erosion, so please watch your footing!

Because the hills are a little more challenging, we have shortened the run route somewhat.

August 23rd

SWIM COURSE

BIKE COURSE

RUN COURSE

 

Results and Photos

All participants will receive a tech shirt for registering for the race.  These are unisex shirts that run generously, so please plan accordingly if you're between sizes.

NOTE:  If you register within 14 days of the race date, we cannot guarantee a race 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.

Divisions:

  • 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!

RESULTS

PHOTOS

 

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 at no charge.  For any transfers of registration, please contact races@trifitnesswbl.com to update athlete information. 

Transfers

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 $5 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.

 

Testimonials

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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For More Information

Please contact us at races@trifitnesswbl.com.

 

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Are you interested in becoming a race sponsor?  We have multiple opportunities available - click here to get all the information.

   

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