GirlsBestFriend Event
Girls Best Friend

Athletes Responsibility
Date / Location

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Prairie View County Park
899 E U Ave
Vicksburg, Mi. 49097

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Olympic - 1000m swim, 40k bike, 10k run 
Sprint - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5krun 

Olympic Aquabike:  1000m swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike:  500m swim, 20k bike

The Scene

The setting is another beautiful Kalamazoo County Park, Prairie View in Vicksburg.  This event is close to 10 yrs. old now, morphing into the women’s only GBF.  Located just south of Kalamazoo and just north of Vicksburg, it is a perfect spot to host an all-female event.  A nice small, clean, clear, calm lake swim with no houses, a flat all right turn bike course on smooth rural roads, and a part cross country part paved path run course that will keep you entirely inside Prairie View County Park.  

The park is just minutes away from downtown Kalamazoo, the Air Museum, Western Michigan University and plenty of hotel choices.  A great venue and event for both the experienced and first-time female multi-sport athlete. 

Annmarie makes this event special for the ladies, as she is in charge at this venue


-A custom event shirt
-Custom finishers memento
-Custom finisher medal
-Custom latex swim cap
-Sponsor supplied samples
-Professional chip timing with results available online
-Awards to top three in each age group
-A great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher

Also the best post-race snack table out there.


There are no awards for the Super Sprint Distance.

Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their age group
Top 3 Women within each of the following age groups 
19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 39 and under and 40+ categories 
(Athena = Females 160lbs or more)

In the event there may not be at least 4 athletes within an age group, an age group may be combined, for example 2 in 20-24 and 2 and 25-29 = 20 - 29 age group combined.

Awards will in NO circumstances be given out early, or individually before the awards ceremony.  If you must depart before the awards ceremony, you may opt to pay a shipping and processing fee and have the award mailed to you.  Please see the link above and under the forms page. 

You MUST send the form within 2 weeks following the event with a check or money order, one fee per award in order to receive your award.  Please understand we have NO control over the US postal service.


This is a Kalamazoo County park. You must either have an annual Kalamazoo County Park pass or purchase a daily pass for $5. This goes straight to the park to help maintain the nice facilities at the park. 

This $5 only allows you to enter for the day. 

If you come to check-in on Saturday, you will need to pay the $5 again Sunday for the event.


Prarie View County Park
Kalamazoo County: Parks, Sherriff, Search & Rescue

Pepsi Co
Rudy Project
The Tri and Bike Shop
Pierce Footwear
Huub Design

Support Crews
Michigan Mayhem

Athletes Responsibility

bopsuperstar EventDue to an increasing amount of athletes entering events they may not be properly trained for, we are asking each athlete to be responsible and honest with his/her ability to complete the distance registering for.  Due to safety concerns for everyone involved including you the athlete, but also the support crew volunteers and officials like police, sheriff, fire department, etc. we must instill course cut off times at 4 hrs.  Raffle and awards start at 3 hrs and 30 minutes in Olympic distance events and 99% of all athletes are finished by that time. So you must register for the event you will finish under that 4 hour time limit.  Being a responsible athlete means if you cannot complete the Olympic distance comfortably under that time we recommend you participate in the sprint event.  We encourage you to train for the goal to reach that Olympic distance under the 4 hour time limit.  If you do not have a clear idea as to how to achieve that goal we are here to help, please let us know.

An athlete will be informed he/she has reached the 4 hr. cut off, at which time the athlete will acknowledge he/she understands completely and he/she will be brought in off the course by the course coordinator.  If the athlete refuses this he/she will be informed that there will not be any support left on the course from that point and he/she must acknowledge this and understand he/she is continuing under those circumstances at which time the athlete will remove the timing chip/strap and give to the course coordinator.  

Again an athlete must take the responsibility on as an athlete understanding his / her ability at the time of the event.  Knowing that support crew volunteers, as well as other personnel out on courses must be kept in safe conditions as well.  

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