The swim will take place in Lake Cadillac, a very shallow lake, so you will start in the water.
The bike will take you north of town on rural country back roads, rolling most of the way as well as tree lined.
The run course is great. Taking you around the lake - once for Olympic athletes and twice for the Half athletes. And then an out and back for Sprint athletes heading the opposite direction towards the state park. The run course is flat, flat, flat.
Opens - 6:00am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open.
Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Swim: 200m, 500m or 1500m
7:45am - Swim start will begin with the Olympic athletes, at the city park directly across from the high school. This will be an in the water start, triangle swim format, entering and exiting down a flagged chute in the water. Wave starts will be posted on Saturday at registration. Followed by Sprint athletes at 8:05. Super Sprint will follow 10-15minutes after sprint athletes. KayaTri athletes will start right after the Olympic wave.
Kayak athletes will simply head out in the opposite direction following the BLUE 2’ buoys along the shoreline to your turnaround point depending on what event you are participating in. Kayaks will be placed in the kayak corral and you will head into the Transition Area with the swimmers.
Kayak / Paddle Board
First and foremost, ensure you are entered into the correct event at registration!
You will be allowed to drop Kayak/Paddle Boards off on Saturday, as well as at the high school during registration times only.
Kayaks and Paddle Boards will be placed on the beach opposite the swim start corral, inside your own flagged corral. This will be indicated by Kayak/Paddle Board start sign.
Your wave will be indicated on the wave start sheets posted on the black information boards.
You will line up 5 feet behind your Kayak, when the horn goes off you will begin. Most courses will take you along the shoreline following 2’ Neon Green buoys out and back. Sprint turnaround will be indicated with a black S on the buoy.
When finishing your Kayak/Paddle Board discipline, you will beach your Kayak or Paddle Board inside the flagged corral, then proceed under the swim finish structure, crossing the timing mats to complete your time for the Kayak/Paddle Board discipline.
You will then mesh in with the swimmers exiting the water and head into the Transition Area to complete the rest of the event.
Bike: 10k, 20k, 40k
Exiting the Transition Area along the back of the high school parking lot you will head out on the course. This is a very flat, fast and smooth out and back course for Super Sprint and Sprint athletes who will turnaround at the large orange turnaround sign at 5k and 10k. A series of traffic cones will be placed as you are approaching those spots.
Olympic Distance athletes will continue past the sprint turnaround sign to the Olympic turnaround sign at 20k. The Olympic distance course is rolling after the sprint turnaround. A series of traffic cones will be placed as you are approaching those spots.
Remember this is an OPEN course! You will be sharing the road with vehicular traffic. Use caution at all times. It will be your responsibility to print maps and know the courses. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know and understand the courses.
Helmets are a must. No helmet - no race. MP3 players on the bike course are an automatic disqualification.
Due to the actions of a few athletes in past events, we are making you aware not only in this event, but ALL events, whether hosted by us or any other event management company, YOU MUST OBEY ALL OFFICIALS and EMERGENCY VEHICLES on the course AT ALL TIMES!! The bottom line here is that your race time is not more important than an EMERGENCY or OFFICIAL on the course. In the event of an emergency, you MUST obey official’s requests and you MUST STOP and pull off the road for any and all EMERGENCY VEHICLES to get through. This is not only to ensure that emergency vehicles can proceed, it is for your safety as well. Any athlete who does not adhere to this rule will be disqualified from this race and all 3D Discipline races for the rest of the year.
Run: 1mi, 5k, 6.9mi or 13.1mi
You will start with your specific swim wave. Check the information cube at the event for wave start information.
You will complete the Swim and Bike disciplines of the event. Following your Bike discipline, you will dismount your bike, cross the Bike In timing mats and place your bike back at your spot on the rack in the Transition Area. You will then proceed across the Run Out timing mats and you are done! Your finish time will be when you cross the timing mats at that point.
DO NOT re-enter the transition area through Run In/Out or Bike In/Out. This will cause a timing error.
If the event offers a finisher’s memento, please proceed to the finish area to receive the item. Tell the support crew at the finish line you were in the aquabike race and they will hand you the finishers memento.
You will keep your timing chip & strap on until all the bikes are off the course. Once we announce the transition is open, you may turn your chip & strap in at the designated collection point and retrieve your gear at that point.
This has kind of a weird swim entry/exit point to navigate, but checking that out early will benefit. This is another really really fast course. There is about 5k to get out of the residential area, then a little traveled road that’s newly paved affords you the opportunity to fly. As flat as the race is, you don’t really need to save much, sprint athletes you have a simple out and back flat run so you can just fly.
Long course athletes have a great run around Cadillac Lake on a paved path. It is not a boring run, we have run it and provides some good spots to see who is ahead of you so you can go after them. Definitely use that whenever possible. It can get windy on both courses, so be prepared for that, tuck behind someone for a bit on the run, so you are not breaking the wind alone out there. Just get aero and stay there if the wind kicks up.