SunriseSide Event
Sunrise Side

Date / Location

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

113 Newman Street
Tawas Bay
E. Tawas, MI

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Half:  1.2mi. swim, 56mi. bike, 13.1mi. run
Olympic:  1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run
Sprint:  500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Super Sprint: 200m swim, 10k bike, 1 mile run
Half Aquabike:  1.2mi. swim, 56mi. bike
Olympic Aquabike:  1.5k swim, 40k bike
Sprint Aquabike:  500m swim, 20k bike
Sprint KayaTri: 2 mile Kayak/Paddle Board, 20k bike, 5k run

The Scene

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.  Greg Glowicki


-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.  
Boston Market Catered dinner opens at 4:00.
Dinner served at 4:30.
Raffle and awards at 6:00.

Half Iron Distance Tri Athletes
In order to guarantee your finisher hoodie  you must be registered by 8.23.2017

3DPurple_logo-2 Event

For an extra $25 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



There are no awards for Super Sprint Distance.

Keep in mind USAT sanctioned events have the USAT age up rule.  Your age on race day is the same as how old you will be on December 31st of that year.

Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women Overall in each event, excluded from their age group
Top 3 Men and Top 3 Women within each of the following agegroups 
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.

Top 3 Clydesdales in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 
(Clydesdale =  Male 220lbs or more)
Top 3 Athenas in Olympic and Sprint Triathlons 
(Athena = Females 160lbs or more)

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.


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. 


City of E. Tawas

Pepsi Co
Gatorade Endurance
Rudy Project

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE BUSINESS’S IN E. TAWAS as they are supporters of the event: 

Support Crews
Knights of Columbus

Athletes Responsibility
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 3:00 p.m. or 7.5 hrs.  The course will be closed at 3:00 pm..
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.
Athlete Comments

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 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


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