The beautiful Lake Huron port town of East Tawas hosts our Festival of Races. The jewel of the east side of Michigan’s coastal tourist destinations is perfect for one of the country’s best Half Iron distance events. Plenty of shopping and restaurants await you on Newman Street, which will be transformed into Triathlon Central as the Festival of Races takes over the street.
With the finish on the first block and transition area on the second, this is a perfect venue to keep friends, family and spectators busy with what all Downtown East Tawas has to offer. The swim venue is perfect, on the bay in crystal clear Lake Huron, with a swim along the shoreline.
Spectators enjoy the perfect vantage point on the pier, white sandy beach, and a huge park to host the pre and post race festivities with live band and catered post race meal.
The bike and run courses are second to none, taking you through the national forest, along the Au Sable River. The run course takes you out past the finish line, past some quaint shops and through the residential area to the turnaround point.
Then Downtown East Tawas and Newman Street host the best finish line in the state!
At the finish, a post race catered meal with awards and raffle with over $10,000.00 in prizes!
"Great way to wind down your season, fun clear cool swim, my favorite bike ride, smooth roads that challenge you all the way, with a nice run that has some great volunteers cheering you on!"
Date / Location
Half IM - 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1mi run
Olympic Triathlon - 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint Triathlon - 500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Half IM Aquabike: 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike
Olympic Aquabike - 1.5k swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike - 500m swim, 20k bike
Sprint Kaya-Tri: 2 mile Kayak/SUP, 20k bike, 5k run
Super Sprint - 200m swim, 10k bike, 1mi run
Relays offered for all events.
What athletes are saying about Sunrise Side Triathlons:
"You guys are really the best triathlon folks in the state, and I wanted to say that emphatically even though I’m guessing you get your fair share of complaints. No other company "gets" the experience as well as y’all. Best wishes with the PowerMan series, and I’ll see y’all next summer! Cheers!" -Todd S.
"We did enjoy the event overall. We are hooked on triathlons and will participate in more soon!" -jddsherrie
"I have done several 3D races, and as usual your staff is extremely friendly and happy. It is the opposite of a WTC event. Thank you again for hosting a great race, and please try to heat Lake Huron for next years event!" -Bob
"Thanks for making my first race an amazing overall experience. I had a blast and will definitely be back to this and other events!" -Berlinb
"Other than the water being so cold…lol not in your control… I loved it! It was a well run race and I liked being body marked and having all my race things the night before. Our time was limited or we would have enjoyed all the shops and the dinner afterwards. Thanks to everyone for a job well done!!" -Vstrong
- There is city parking throughout town. Please follow all city parking ordinances.
- Registration/Check-in is located at the city park on the corner of Newman and 23, between the city campground and Tawas Bay Beach Resort under the tent.
- Custom event shirt
- Custom finishers medal
- Custom latex swim cap
- Sponsor supplied samples
- Professional chip timing with results available online
- Awards to top three in each age group
- Great sponsor supplied raffle and awards ceremony following the last finisher
- Catered dinner opens at 4:00pm
Dinner served at 4:30pm
Raffle and awards at 6:00pm
- Half Iron Distance Tri Athletes
In order to guarantee your finisher hoodie you must be registered by August 23, 2017
For an extra $35 select the PURPLE option at the registration process. You will have until 2 weeks before the event to add this to your registration as well. To plan for each Purple event this will close 2 weeks prior to each purple event. Exclusive PURPLE Tent for those registered will be set privately adjacent to the post race area.
In addition to the tent you will enjoy these PURPLE Amenities:
- Morning coffee
- Fast trac packet pickup
- Preferred racking
- Exclusive 3D recovery tent: recovery boots, masseuse, lounge chairs, fan, ice pool, towels, rollers, food & beverage
- Purple results and more…..
Age Up Rule
Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31 of that year.
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event and excluded from their age group.
Top 3 Men and 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+
*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.
*Sprint Triathlon - Typically offers 15 and under and 16-19 in addition
*Masters - First place 40+ masters in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons
*Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Clydesdale = Male 225lbs or more)
*Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Distance Triathlons (Athena = Females 165lbs or more)
Aquabike - First place Olympic Aquabike and first place Sprint Aquabike
Kaya-Tri - Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall (when applicable)
Super Sprint - All athletes will receive a finisher medal when crossing the finish line. This category is designed for those wanting to Try the Tri or to enjoy a fun, family-friendly race. In that spirit, no awards are presented. Everyone is a winner!
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 click on the link below to be taken to the Transition Bag Store where you can select the AWARD Item.
REQUEST AWARD MAILING
City of E. Tawas
PLEASE SUPPORT THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES IN E. TAWAS AS THEY ARE SUPPORTERS OF THE EVENT:
Knights of Columbus
Due to an increasing amount of athletes entering events they may not be properly trained for, we are first asking each athlete to be responsible and honest. 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. For this event with the Half Iron distance an athlete MUST be able to complete the Half distance comfortably by 3:00pm or 7.5 hrs. The course will be closed at 3:00pm.
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.