The Hawk Island Triathlon is a beginner-friendly event designed to welcome and encourage people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities as they venture into the world of triathlon. Sprint/Olympic participants range in age from 8 to 80+. That's no joke... our most seasoned racer this year is 82 years young!
The Sprint is a perfect distance for newbies, as well as experienced athletes who like a "warm-up" event for the summer triathlon season. We also offer a more challenging Olympic distance for those ready to hit the ground (swimming, biking, and) running!
The Kids race has three categories with varying distances for ages 2-14. You read that correctly, folks. We have triathletes from toddlers to teens! The swim course is shallow enough that all kids can touch, and the entire Kids race is within Hawk Island County Park, providing optimum safety for racers & visibility for parents.
In many cases, multiple generations of family members train and race together. To the extent possible, we will happily work with racers to accommodate mobility, visual and hearing challenges.
Not ready to tri it alone? We've got you covered with relay options in both distances.
Make it a Family Affair!
Hey moms and dads... why not stay the whole weekend and make the Hawk Island Triathlon your go to event for family fitness? Use this ime to model healthy habits that last a lifetime. Your kids are never too young to swim, bike, and run! Spend quality time training alongside your kiddos.... they can race on Saturday, and you race on Sunday!
Event details and schedule
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Goldfish (age 6 and under): 25m swim, 150m bike, 100m run.
Dolphin (age 10 and under): 100m swim, 3 mile bike, 1 mile run.
Shark (age 14 and under) 200m swim, 4.5 mile bike, 2 mile run.
Sprint: 500m swim, 16k bike, 5k run.
Olympic: 1000m swim, 40k bike, 10k run.
Kids Swim: Shallow water along shore (life vests and other swim aids allowed for Goldfish).
Kids Bike: Golfish bike in a fenced parking area (training wheels/scooters allowed). Dolphins bike 2 loops around the rivertrail within Hawk Island Park. 3 loops for Sharks.
Kids Run: Goldfish run in a fenced parking area. Dolphins run out and back along beach path and boardwalk. Double loop for Sharks.
Sprint/Olympic Swim: Counterclockwise from north beach to south beach. Olympic distance swim is a loop course. Wetsuits allowed, encouraged for beginners.
Sprint/Olympic Bike: Single-circuit loop (Sprint) and 2.5 loops (Olympic) course on paved roads through beautiful South Lansing and Michigan State University farms.
Sprint/Olympic Run: Scenic paved path out and back on South Lansing's award winning river trail. Double loop for Olympic distance.
Registration opens January 1. Rates increase on March 1, May 1, and June 1.
Sprint Relay: $115/$125/$135/$145
Olympic Relay: $135/$145/$155/$165
Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 31. Race day registration is available. Credit Cards accepted onsite with processing fee.Race Shirts
Cotton race shirts are included with Kids registration.
Technical race shirts are available as an opt-in purchase during Sprint/Olympic registration. We started this option years ago (before we had a kids race) based on feedback from participants with years of race shirts, Allowing only folks who want a shirt to receive a shirt eliminates waste and reduces the carbon footprint of our race.
Shirt sizes can only be guaranteed if registered before midnight on May 26, 2017. Overruns in various sizes will be available for purchase on a limited "first-come" basis after the race.
Goldfish are non-competitive. No timing.
Dolphins/Sharks wear bib chips that record overal time. No splits.
Sprint/Olympic are chip timed (ankle) with T1 and T2 splits.Awards
Kids: Top three boys and girls in each age division (Dolphins and Sharks).
Sprint/Olympic: Top three men and women overall, top three masters (40 & older), and top three winners in each age/weight division: Boys and Girls ages 10-14; Men and Women ages 15-19, 20-24, ... 80+; Clydesdales (men 220 lbs+) under 40, Clydesdales 40+, Athenas (women 180 lbs+) under 40, and Athenas 40+.
Hawk Island County Park is located at 1601 E. Cavanaugh St. between Pennsylvania and Aurelius Roads in Lansing, MI. The park features a beautiful beach and swimming area, splash park, playground, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, picnic grounds and shelters, and a beach house/snack bar.
No glass bottles or alcoholic beverages allowed in Hawk Island County Park. Dogs are allowed at Hawk Island with the exception of the area between the playground and the concession stand, which comprises the beach and Splash Pad® area. All dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash.
On-site parking is available for $3 for Ingham County residents, $5 for non-residents. Free parking is available at overflow lots within a half mile of the race pavilion.
Parking will be assigned according to arrival time on race day. Those who arrive earliest will park in the lots on the east side of the park. Handicap parking is reserved in the area next to the transition area. When these are full, drivers will be directed to overflow lots.Check-In
Kids check-in is 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday morning before the kids race. Participants receive bib#, shirt and body marking.
Early check-in for Sprint/Olympic race is Saturday, 12-3 p.m., after the kids race. Participants receive bib#, shirt (if purchased), and body marking (if requested, otherwise race day).
Race day check-in is 5:30 - 7 a.m. (Olympic) and 5:30-7:30 a.m. (Sprint). Timing chips and ankle straps are only distributed at race day check-in.Race Policies
BIB Transfers: If you are unable to compete, for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to find a replacement racer. Transfers can be completed through Active.com and a $25 transfer fee will be charged. Information on how to transfer is available here. Racers handle all financial transactions related to swapping registrations. No transfers allowed after 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 31.
Note: If the registration being transfered included a shirt order, and transfer is complete by May 26, shirt size can be changed. After May 26, the new participant will get the original shirt ordered.
Transition Area: For the safety and security of our participants, the transition area is off limits to everyone except racers and volunteers (wearing fluorescent volunteer shirts). Race numbers MUST be displayed to gain access to the transition area.
See Weekend Schedule below for times that transition area closes. The transition area will reopen after the race at the discretion of Race Staff. This is for the safety and consideration of all participants, no exceptions.
Athlete Conduct: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who behaves inappropriately toward fellow competitors, volunteers, or race management staff.
No Refunds: No, nada, zip, zero. While we sympathize with athletes who register for our event but later find themselves unable to compete due to injury, illness or other circumstances, no refunds will be given under any circumstanceMedical Services
EMS provided by Mercy Ambulance paramedics. Resident physicians and medical students are stationed along the courses with emergency supplies. First Aid is available at the finsh line courtesy of McLaren Greater Lansing nurses. The First Aid tent is equiped with: cots, IV supplies, gauze, BP cuffs, stethescopes, antibacterial ointment, bandages, alcohol wipes, ice packs, Benadryl, Ibuproffen, ambubags, anelgesic spray, and oxygen.Aid Stations
Water is available on the run course, under the race pavilion, and at the finish. We do not have water on the bike course – make sure to bring a bottle.Massage
Massage therapists are available after the race on Sunday. Free!Volunteers
Lifeguards from the Park and local YMCAs will be on shore and in the water monitoring the swim. There is no such thing as too many; we can always use more. Volunteers are needed to provide direction on the swim, bike, and run segments of the race. We also need volunteers monitoring the parking and transition areas, serving refreshments, providing body markings, attaching and removing timing devices, and handing out medals. Teams, clubs, and other organizations are welcome to volunteer as a group. We provide training, shirts, and food!Lodging
Our official race hotel is on the bike course! We are proud to have Candlewood Suites as our preferred accommodations for the Hawk Island Triathlon. This property is conveniently located on the last leg of the bike course at 3545 Forest Road, next to MSU’s University Club and Forest Akers Golf Course.
Hotel guest rooms have a kitchenette, free internet access, and on-site fitness center. And they are pet friendly! Room rate for triathletes and their families is $89 per night. Reserve your suite by calling (517) 351-8181.See the Sights!
As long as you're in town, Saturday, June 3 is also Lansing's annual "Be A Tourist" event, where you can visit 80+ local attractions for $1 (that's one single dollar!). Visit as many places as you like: Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, the State Capitol Building, the Michigan Historical Museum, REO Olds Museum, Beal Botanical Garden, and so many more! Visit the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau for more great events in the Lansing area on race weekend.Benefit
Proceeds from this event support South Lansing Community Development Association's efforts to increase outdoor recreational opportunities, encourage physical activity, increase access to fresh foods, and improve overall community health.
Race Weekend Schedule
Friday, June 2
6-7:30 p.m. Open Water Swim Practice (Olympic/Sprint and Kids)
Saturday, June 3
8-9:30 a.m. Kids Check-in
10:00 a.m. Goldfish
10:20 a.m. Dolphins
10:30 a.m. Sharks
11:30 a.m. Kids Awards
12-3 p.m. Early Check-In (Sprint/Olympic)
Sunday, June 4
5:30 a.m. Gates Open/Check-In Opens
7:00 a.m. Olympic check-in closes
7:15 a.m. Olympic transition area closes
Olympic pre-race briefing at the swim start
7:30 a.m. Sprint check-in closes
7:45 a.m. Sprint transition area closes
Sprint pre-race briefing at the swim start
8:00 a.m. Sprint start (waves in order below)
Elite men (race times expected 1:10 or less)
Elite women (race times expected 1:20 or less)
Boys and Men 29 and under
Girls and Women 29 and under
Men 40 and older
Women 40 and older
9:30 a.m. Post-race food
11:00 a.m. Awards
South Lansing Community Development Association